{21 Day Blog Challenge!!}

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Kelsey over at the Candid Camellia and I have teamed up to sponsor a 21 Day Blog Challenge…. Please feel free to join us for one or more of the blog posts for any specific day!!

We cant wait to see all of our fellow blog sisters come along for this ride!!!

See below for the Content Calendar!!!

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The following blogs will be participating in our 21 day blogging challenge!! Please following along by clicking on their link below:

Christa @ Mom Unrated

Michelle @ Where do I begin

Kelsey @ The Candid Camellia

Ramsi @ Mixed Kids and Mixed Emotions

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Living in a small town….

I was born and raised in a town of 500 people. Though it was small, I never realized how small it was. I didn’t know any difference in where I was living and what it would be like living in a larger town. It was a farm town full of people who knew everyone’s business and whereabouts at all times. It was annoying and growing up I hated that my mom would know things before I ever got home. I was so angry one day, I had just won the school spelling bee and I was so excited to tell my mom, but she already freaking knew! How much bullshit was that?

Anyways fast forward several years, I was living in a giant city at a large university. I loved it, it was fantastic and no one knew who I was. This was my accomplishment, I made it out of the small town and I was not known by the things my older siblings did before me. I was not called by my older sisters name. I wasn’t told on a daily basis how much I looked like my mom. While these things aren’t so bad, it was frustrating for me at that age. This is what I had wanted for years. I just knew that I would never move back to a small town ever again! I couldn’t! It was boring and I had gotten the taste of bigger city living. But things always have a way of changing when you don’t expect it to.

Once I started having kids I understood the good things about living in small towns. We ended up moving to our current small town when my oldest was a 1 year old. I thought I would hate it. But I really don’t. Yes there are the gossipers, the people who know your business and of course the people who belong to cliques just like in high school lol. But there is safety, there are friends to help in a crisis, there are those people who have come to love your kids like they are family. It is home and it is the perfect place to raise my kids.

Sorry for the long back story but it brings me to my current thought from the day. My car died right in front of the elementary school today and it was so frustrating. In the matter of seconds I had someone asking if I needed help. Within 5 minutes, at least 5 people had stopped and asked if I was okay, if I needed anything. I’m sure the entire town knew that I had a dead car an hour later lol. It is just one of those things, news travels fast in a small town.

This my dear friends, is not something you find everywhere. This is small town USA, this is a place where people care and they will bend over backwards to help you out. This is exactly why I love raising my kids in a place where farming happens, hard work is recognized and acknowledged and everyone knows you by at least your first name. It is a place where you help a neighbor out and you learn to respect others. I sometimes hate living in a small town, because let’s face it people are busybodies lol but it is a place where I am thankful to be living my life.

Small towns aren’t always what you think they are. I definitely never imagined raising my kids in a small town but yet here I am. 🙂 God has so many plans for us, sometimes it’s not what we expect but he has plans lol! Hope you have a great evening!

 

Review: Camel Insulated Coffee Mug

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I am a coffee lover, actually a coffee addict if I am being completely honest lol! I have been through several coffee mugs and travel mugs. I have had some that I love and I have some that have just not been up to the standards that I look for in a coffee mug. To begin with this is a very small travel coffee mug, holding barely the amount of a small ceramic mug. This isn’t a huge problem, but when I take my coffee to go I would like for it to last longer than a few drinks.

I do like the fact that it has a tight lid on it. I found that when flipped around and upside down it doesn’t leak. The lid on it is questionable in appearance though. The first thing my husband said about it was that the lid looked like a urinal, which immediately made me not want to use it lol! Damn husbands anyways! 😉 Back to the lid, it has a weird setup which you can see in the picture, but hey as long as it doesn’t leak then I’m ok with it.

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The inside of the coffee mug is the most important thing to me. I have had several that have a seam in the inside of the mug and it has leaked into between the layers and has caused me to have to throw it away. It gets stinky and impossible to wash. This mug has a seam in it and it is frustrating because I see that happening in the future. Obviously, it doesn’t happen over night but rather over time and I can see it being a problem eventually.

It does advertise it to be used for hot or cold beverages but as of right now I have only used it for my hot coffee. It keeps it hot for quite awhile and it like I said I haven’t had any leaks which is fantastic. I’m conflicted on whether or not to recommend. There are things I like about it but there are also things that aren’t that great about it. If you need a decent priced mug then this would be great for you. I will continue to test it, if I find any issues in the future you guys will be the first to know! 🙂 Happy Coffee Drinking!!

 

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Review: LaikaGears Pet Hair & Lint Remover

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My house has 4 dogs in it and 1 cat. I know that is a lot of animals, my husband hates it lol, but we have a very large house and yard! I love my babies profusely and treat them like they are human kids ;). My daniff is really the only one in the group that sheds a lot. So needless to say there is hair and dog hair is a nuisance.  I clean daily to keep the hair at bay, but it still is there. My biggest pet peeve is when the hair sticks to your clothing or the sheets on our bed. They all seem to migrate to our bed to sleep and play.

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This lint remover is pretty darn handy and I really like it. It comes with two different removers in the set. The small one is handy to have in your purse or car for those lingering hair pieces that get stuck on your clothes and you don’t see them until you leave the house! Am I the only one with this issue?!? Anyways the remover part retracts from its plastic case and within the case it has more fabric that helps to remove the hair from the wand.

The larger version completely comes out of it’s plastic container. It is fantastic for going over larger areas such as our bed and the couches. This wand set also has fabric on the inside of the plastic holding container which helps to remove the hair from the wand. This is helpful when you need to swipe it over something more than once. You can easily wipe it over your couch and stick it back into the plastic container to get the hair off to immediately use it again. Once finished with the wand you can easily dump the plastic container to rid it of the picked up hair.

This might be difficult to understand without actually seeing the product. I had no idea it came set up like this but was very happy with the way that it works. The pictures throughout this post will show what I am talking about and hopefully will make more sense! It is a handy product and I have used it numerous times since getting it! I recommend it if you have pet hair problems! 🙂

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Review: Taigod Fitness Resistance Hip Bands

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Are you into fitness? Are you up for trying new things? Always changing your workouts up for the best results? This a great piece of equipment that doesn’t take up much room but is great for getting that little extra oomph into your workouts. The Taigod Fitness Resistance Hip Bands are amazing! They come packaged in a tiny drawstring bag that helps to keep them together and prevent them from getting misplaced or lost. They are the perfect size to tuck into your bag for use at the gym or easily store them away for use at home.

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Coming a black color is a great decision, helping to keep them from getting stained or dirty. They also can easily be washed if you are careful with them, putting them in a cold wash and don’t dry them. Easily one of my favorite things to use while working out. I am a yoga instructor and believe it or not I have used them numerous times in my yoga flows. I plan to purchase more and offer a resistance yoga class. The bands are great for working many different muscles. My favorite is using the largest band around my thighs to help tone them up. The smaller ones are great for toning the arm muscles.

All together a great sturdy product that I really have enjoyed using. I highly recommend them and I can’t wait to get my hands on more to use in class! I love them and I know you will too! 🙂

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Cover Reveal!!!! “Tragic” ~Devney Perry~

 

 

Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.

Alone.

So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face.

But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate.

Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.

 

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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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Review: Boar Bristle Hair Brush With Added Nylon Pins

I am a cheapskate, I always have been and always will be lol. I have literally had the same hairbrush for years and it is one of those cheap ones you can find at Walmart. I have bought a few extras over the years, because you always need one in your purse and car, but they have also been the cheap ones. I just have never found a need to purchase a more expensive, better quality brush. I received this boar bristle hair brush to review and I was completely overwhelmed with how AMAZING it is!

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I guess it goes to show that sometimes you just need to treat yourself! I am obsessed with this hairbrush! I love the way that it feels on my scalp and how it transforms my lame locks into a luscious mountain of flowing hair.  😉 I made my mom try it out (she is a cheapskate like me lol, I wonder where I learned it from?!?) and she absolutely loved it. She said it was like she was getting a scalp massage. Needless to say she tried to steal my brush!

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At first glance it looks like it would be rough and uncomfortable while brushing but it really isn’t. In case you can’t tell I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! 🙂 It also came in a fancy package. A beautiful cardboard box held this set and the brush itself was in a nice cotton drawstring bag. Along with this brush, you will also receive a wooden comb and a cotton headband. The headband has velcro on it to resize it to your specific head size and it is super soft! I love to use this combo right after a shower! The head band is perfect for keeping your hair back. The brush is great to get out any tangles and also leaves your hair softer than ever!

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I highly recommend this product! You should DEFINITELY go buy one for yourself! 🙂

 

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Review: Terra Touchless Automatic Bathroom Faucet with Heavy Duty Ceramic Valve

 

 

I have been bugging my husband for weeks now to replace the faucet on one of our vanities in my house. Not that there is anything wrong with the faucet, it was just time for a change! We haven’t done much to this bathroom since moving into our house 7 years ago. The Terra automatic faucet is fantastic! It is seamless and a beautiful heavy duty chrome.

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When I received it I was impressed by the packaging.  It came nicely wrapped up and the actual faucet was in a nice mesh bag. Right off the bat I knew I liked this company! If they cared that much about packaging then this must be an awesome product worth my time!

When we got ready to replace the faucet I didn’t realize that there would be two holes on each side of the new automatic faucet. This is the one and only thing I don’t like about the product. Most vanities come with a two handled faucet so therefore it makes sense that their are two holes lol. But I didn’t think about this being an issue! I do wish it would have come with something to cover those holes though because now I will have to go out and purchase something that will cover them up.

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Other than that I love that I don’t have to touch it to wash my hands, but I do find myself reaching for a knob! My kids love it and it is super easy to install!

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It is battery powered so you don’t have to worry about any kind of electrical hook up for it which was a big perk for us because there are no outlets nearby. The batteries fit easily into the faucet where they are safe from water. The top of the faucet comes off easily to allow access to the battery compartment.

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I also love how clean it looks, even after being installed for a week and my crazy kids around it the thing still looks clean! Right now it looks funny with the holes but I love the faucet and would highly recommend it! I plan on putting this in my other bathrooms! I wish that they had one for my kitchen lol! 😉

Go check it out at Amazon

 

Review: LoveYou Studio Gratitude Journal

 

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YOU GUYS!!! OMG I LOVE JOURNALS!!!! Do you love journals???? If you do then this is one to add to your collection! It is super adorable and has writing prompts!!!! WHAT?!?!?!

When I first got this in the mail I was a little skeptical, it seemed like a plain journal and it wasn’t very big. BUT, then I opened it up and the pages are different colors, there are quotes in it AND writing prompts!!!! It also came with a “You are so loved.” bookmark! YAY! How cool is that?! The quotes are heartfelt and it is just all around an amazing journal! I absolutely love it and can’t wait to see what other kind of goodies this company has!!!!!

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Available at AMAZON

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Review: Jade Roller Kit with Face Serum

 

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I never realized how much I would love this awesome roller!!! It’s seriously one of those items where you don’t know what you are missing out on until you have tried it! I suffer from really bad sinus issues due to year round allergies. I was having really bad inflammation in my sinuses the other day and I used this roller! It was cooling and just the right amount of stimulation to that area that it relieved the pain I was having.

Jade is an amazing stone. It has been thought to have many healing powers and it is beautiful. I love the color and the history of the stone. I really love this product and am so glad I get to share with you how much I loved it!!!

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It can be used on its own, with the serum or lotion and also cooled in the refrigerator! it comes with a great carrying bag that keeps it clean and it is easy to clean after each use. I love using it every evening and it makes my face feel amazing! I highly recommend getting one of these!! It has great benefits and is very relaxing! I love to have my face massaged and this is equivalent to that! 🙂

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The vitamin C serum is not too oily and it makes my skin super soft. The nice thing about this is that you can use whatever lotion you want on it and it doesn’t affect the quality of the product! It is a high quality product for a fantastic price! I have recommended this to all of my friends! Even my husband likes using it, but shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone I said that lol he wouldn’t want anyone to know lol! 😉 Go check it out! It is totally worth the money! 🙂

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I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!

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