Sunday, December 21, 2014

Affordable Holiday Apparel

Christmas is right around the corner and I am ready! Well, almost ready. I still have to pack, wrap gifts and cook but I am prepared in other ways. I have my Christmas outfit and my makeup look for the holidays and today I’m going to share this very affordable outfit that I purchased at Walmart. I wanted to find something that was festive, comfortable and of course looked good. I was immediately drawn to a pair of juniors No boundaries cuffed jeans that come with a sequined red belt or scarf, depending on how you want to wear it. I have to admit that I’ve worn it both ways because I love this outfit so much and have already had it on! I suppose you can guess that I was the kid hunting for Christmas gifts before the big day because I could not wait!

In addition to the jeans, I chose “The perfect shirt” a Lee fitted white shirt($14.94). This shirt is great because it doesn’t require ironing, once removed from the dryer you smooth it out and go. I am not a fan of ironing so this is really good choice for me. I decided that I wanted to do red accents so that I really have a festive look. I choose a red cami ($2.99)  for a peek of red under my white top.

To accessorize the outfit, I went with a red bauble statement necklace that was only $5.00. As I mentioned, I’ve already worn this outfit because I like it so much. When I went to church last week I used the belt as a ribbon for my hair and people really were impressed with my holiday spirit! I know that the holidays can be hectic and stressful but it is so important to take a breath and enjoy it.

Looking good always helps me feel good and with an outfit like this one I can’t help be feel great no matter how much work I still have to do! Be on the lookout for my holiday make-up post coming soon!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Aerogarden 3L Review

On Tuesday my Aerogarden 3SL has been growing my herbs. As I mentioned in my original post, I was very excited to see how well my garden would do given that I really do not have a green thumb. I am happy to report that my garden is growing extraordinarily well and it has been so simple to use. After originally placing my herb pods in the Aerogarden 3SL, I didn’t have to do anything except add nutrients after two weeks. The light comes on automatically and if the water decreases I just have to add more water. With each herb a range of days for sprouting is listed, my first herb to sprout was dill. The other herbs had a similar sprouting time but I didn’t see much so I re-read the directions and realized I needed to move the light to the lowest setting so my baby plants would get the light that they needed.

After moving the light, it seemed like the dill started growing very quickly and soon the other herbs sprouted too. My son had a great time watching as the plants began to grow and was excited the more they grew. We are really enjoying the Aerogarden 3L and I am looking forward to growing lettuce for salads with the additional growing kit that came with it. 

The Aerogarden 3L is a gift that people who want to grow a small garden year round, or like me loves fresh herbs. It is available exclusively at Walmart for $49.97.

I cannot wait to add my fresh dill to some salmon in the very near future. I love the combination of dill and salmon and look forward to enjoying baked salmon and salmon salad made using the dill that I’ve grown in the Aerogarden 3L.

My Walmart Holiday Hub videos! {video post} #wmtmoms

In October I visited Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas with the Walmart Moms program. At that time we got a sneak peak at the Walmart Holiday Hub set, I’m sure by now you’ve seen the commercials featuring Anthony Anderson and Melissa Joan Hart. The Holiday hub is gorgeous and as soon as I saw I it my first thought was “I wish I had the opportunity to shoot on the Holiday Hub, I’d be perfect for it!”  I didn’t share my thoughts with anyone and believed it was wishful thinking. Imagine my surprise when a week later I was contacted about filming cooking segments for the Walmart Holiday Hub!

I was whisked to Los Angeles and had an entire production crew to make me shine! It really was a surreal experience knowing that I was literally under the famous Hollywood sign making one of my dreams come true! The production team and crew were very accommodating, made me feel comfortable and encouraged me every step of the way.

I had a GREAT time. It was my very first time reading a teleprompter and “cooking” food with a crew. It is my hope that I get to do this again because I had a fabulous time and I am really comfortable in front of the camera. I filmed two segments, one cooking with sweet potatoes, my all time favorite and another making gumbo using okra. Here are my videos, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. You can see all of the Holiday Hub videos on the Walmart channel on YouTube and today my video is being highlighted on the Walmart facebook page.

Last minute Christmas gifts - Fragrances at Walmart

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It is hard to believe that Christmas is just a few short days away. If you are anything like me, you are deep in the midst of preparation for the holidays - cleaning, cooking and picking up those last few gifts. If you are still looking for gifts for hard to shop for people on your list I have a suggestion, give the gift of fragrance! Walmart has a large selection of fragrances in the Holiday Fragrance Gift Center on   When you visit the page, you can take a fragrance quiz and receive a $4.00 coupon good for fragrances $14.88 and higher.

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You will also find exclusive holiday fragrance gift sets from the top fragrances that everyone loves that are exclusive to Walmart. There are also celebrity fragrances from Beyonce, Faith Hill, Katy Perry and more!

The fragrances are great gift ideas for both the men and women on your shopping list and with prices starting at $8.98 they are affordable too! As I’ve mentioned before, the holidays for me are all about giving back and if you are looking for items to donate to your local shelter, I think one of these fragrance sets are perfect for gifting! I was sent Nautica Blue and it comes nicely packaged and ready for giving. I plan on taking this to the local men’s shelter as a donation along with several other items I have acquired over the year.

I am so excited about this holiday season, as I’m making all of my preparations I like knowing that I can pick up a few fragrance items at reasonable prices for my last minute gift giving. This is my favorite time of the year and quite frankly, I have done most of my holiday shopping at Walmart. Quick and easy affordable gifts work for me and Walmart has a large selection of fragrance gift sets that fit the bill!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DIY Coconut and Salt Scrub Christmas gift

It is that time of the year, teacher gifts! Every year I like to make a gift for my son’s teacher because I think it is more personable and shows the love I have for the person who is helping educate my child. This year I decided to make a sea salt and coconut oil scrub for my son’s teacher. I know that she enjoys crafting as much as I do and I think she will end up making this scrub for herself in the future. This is such a simple craft with only 3 ingredients, it takes no time to make and it is perfect for a teacher or hostess gift. Check out my video to see how it is done!

I purchased the majority of the items I used at Walmart, with the exception of the essential oil. You can find essential oils in many online stores or even in health food stores in your area. This recipe is pretty flexible and I chose to use liquid coconut oil but you can also use olive oil if you like. Coconut oil has an exceptional fragrance and it feels exceptionally good on the skin. I paired the coconut oil with tangerine essential oil. I love the mix of aromas and the citrus also has antibacterial properties.

The sea salt works as an exfoliant, coconut oil is the moisturizer and the essential oil is a cherry on top! The scrub is really simple to make. I mixed 3/4 of a cup of sea salt with 1/2 cup of liquid coconut oil. Next, I added 5 drops of the essential oil. After mixing all of the ingredients completely, I transferred them to an 8 ounce canning jar. I finished off the project by adorning the jar with ribbon and a small Christmas ornament. I’m pretty sure my son’s teacher will be pleased with the Coconut oil and salt scrub and will think of us everytime she exfoliates and moisturizes her hands. I suggest using this product once a week, using it more often will cause dryness.

So tell me, what are your favorite DIY teacher gifts for the holiday season?

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