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10 Best Curl Defining Products

Spring in Ohio.  Rain, rain, and more rain.  It's been raining almost every day for a week, so I gave up on straightening my hair.  My hair is naturally curly, but I still struggle with getting my curls to stay in place and not have my hair looking wild.  I like my hair to be styled, yet soft.  I don't want it to be stiff or crunchy to the touch.  These are the best curl defining products that I've found, and all of them will hold your curls for hours without giving you crunchy hair.  Even though I love these curl definers, all hair is different.  I wish I could tell you that they will all work equally as well for you, but it is trial and error, unfortunately.  I really suggest reading the reviews before purchasing and don't be afraid to try new products if you haven't found one that you love.

Mixed Berry, Yogurt, and Granola Pops

Summer is coming, and we go through a lot of frozen treats when the weather gets warmer.  I make my kids pops so we can avoid extra sugar, dyes, and high fructose corn syrup.  One of my sons can't have dyes or HFCS, so we can't have most pops.  I usually make our summer treats from juice or dye-free drink mixes, or yogurt.  I love this recipe because it's a little more filling for a mid-day snack, and it's fairly healthy with yogurt, berries, and granola.  It does have some sugar in it, but you might find that you can use less after you make it and adjust to your taste.

Dry Oil Perfume Spray Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareMemories #CollectiveBias When I saw the new  Coca-Cola™ Share a Coke and a Song cans, I had to pick some up because I love music.  I have specific playlists on my computer and on my phone so I can select the right music for my mood and the situation.  I have lists for working out, writing, cleaning, and relaxing.  Music not only sets the mood, but it also triggers powerful memories and emotions.  For me, smells are also powerful in evoking my emotions, so that's why I made this dry oil perfume spray, because it also helps me remember happy memories.

DIY Clarifying Shampoo Recipe

This DIY clarifying shampoo removes product buildup naturally for better looking hair. If your hair is dull and flat, it could be from your shampoo, conditioner, and styling products.  All of these products can build up on your hair over time.   As they build up and create a layer of gunk, it starts to weigh down your hair. To keep your hair looking great, use a clarifying shampoo once a week to gently cleanse your hair without stripping away your natural oils.  After you use this DIY clarifying shampoo recipe, your hair will be shiny and beautiful. Not only is this recipe great for your hair, but it also helps soothe and protect your scalp.  This is a two step process, but it is worth it for naturally clean hair.

My Arthritis Journey + Free Printable Journal & Weekly Goals

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhatInconvenience #CollectiveBias When I hit my mid-20s, I started experiencing almost daily pain.  The pain was so severe that there were days that I couldn't get off the couch.  There were times that the pain was so severe that I would lie down and shake uncontrollably from the excruciating pain.  Since I was young, the doctor really wasn't sure what was happening, so he ordered tests.  He could tell from the results that I had a lot of inflammation, so he sent me to a specialist where I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  He suggested that I take Advil to help me with the pain.  I made some lifestyle changes to help me reduce my overall pain, and I'm very thankful for anti-inflammatory medications for take care of the rest of my pain.  Thanks to Advil , I can do things that I couldn't do a few years ago.  I'm not alone in my arthritis pain; 53 mil

Tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser With Before and After Photos

This post is sponsored by PRIMP and Tria Beauty.  As always, all enthusiasm is my own.   If you follow me on Instagram , Twitter , or Facebook , then you've no doubt seen my posts about the Tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser in the last two months.  I've been posting FAQs as well as my experience, including a before shot and after shots at two and four weeks.  Luckily, my eye area isn't too bad.  I've been pretty blessed in that I don't have a lot of fine lines.  I do get some puffiness, especially if I'm tired or not eat well and not drinking enough water.  Don't be too jealous; I definitely have some other aging issues going on elsewhere.  Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect when I got the device.  Keep reading for my review and before and after shots after using the Tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser .

Your Guide to Melt and Pour Additives

Learn how to customize melt and pour soap with various additives.  This is your guide to melt and pour additives and what's safe and what isn't to add to your soap. Melt and pour soap is a fun craft to make for yourself, for sale, or for gifts. It's inexpensive, especially compared to making cold process or hot process soap, and you don't have to use lye.  Lye can cause serious injuries if not used properly. I didn't use it or keep it in the house until my kids were older because I was worried about an accident or getting distracted. Melt and pour soap, by contrast, is easy to make. You just need a microwave and a knife to cut the soap, and you can make a custom bar of soap in about 10 minutes. Older kids can even help with adult supervision. With so many melt and pour additives, you can customize your bar of soap, too. With traditional soap recipes, you have to be very careful about the amount of oils and other additives that you use or your

Makeup For Oily Eyelids

I've struggled with eyeliner for a long time.  My eyes would look perfect for an hour, but then my eye makeup with start to slide off.  Worse, my eyeliner would turn in to raccoon eyes after just a few hours.  Short of carrying eye makeup remover with me and reapplying constantly, I wasn't sure what to do.  I kept buying different eyeliners because I was blaming them for not staying.  Then I used one of my liners on my daughter for a play that she was in, and I couldn't get it to come off.  Why would it run on me but be stuck to her?  Oily eyelids is why.  If your eye makeup keep sliding, creasing, or disappearing, follow these tips to keep your makeup on fleek all day long. Links in this post may be affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission from sales Tips for Oily Eyelids Your oily eyelids might be caused by genetics, or they might be because of the products that you use.  I have oily skin, so I'm pretty sure that is what's causing my

Moroccan Green Tea Cocktail or Mocktail

When you're trying to eat healthy, that means that most alcoholic drinks are off limits because of their high sugar content.  This is one of those drinks that isn't too bad for your calorie intake, and you can omit the vodka to make it a mocktail.  My favorite time to have this is when I have a cold, sore throat, or cough.  I make it hot if i'm using it when I'm sick so the tea helps soothe my sore throat.