Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse Light Review + Giveaway #beautycarechoices

I have rocked some pretty questionable hair styles in my thirty-something years. Most have been because every hairdresser I ever went to in New Zealand treated me like I had straight hair - I don't.  Too many times I feel for 'the diffuser won't make it frizzy'. And this is how I would look…every time.
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These days I just ask for it to be flat ironed. On the other 360 days of the year I like to just let my curls do their thing. For the past few years, I have been using a curl friendly gel – it holds the curls but they look wet and smell of it gives me headaches. I had always figured shine was out the question.

I was wrong! Framesi was kind enough to send me a can of Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse Light.

I washed my hair with my usual olive oil based shampoo and conditioner: towel dried it and applied a handful of Framesi BY Sparking mousse.  I let it air dry for several hours and got a good surprised when I remembered to go back and check the mirror. I had defined curls, that were shiny without looking wet.  They were a bit crunchy feeling, but this wasn't a problem with my next wash when I used a little less mousse.

About a week later my daughters returned to Ballet after a summer break. It made a huge difference to their hair as well. They both have shoulder length straight and shiny hair (the kind I wished I had as a kid). It is nearly impossible to twist into a neat bun.

I used the Framesi BY  Sparkling Mousse on their dry hair and then styled it. I wish I had some pictures what their buns looked like at the start of the summer so you could see the huge difference. This is what I can manage now with Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse.

All I need to do now is convince my husband to try it, but he's holding out because of the scent -he is convinced it smells too good for him to use. Personally I think it has a nice fresh scent, not too feminine at all! I would recommend it for a natural looking hold in all hair types. 

Framesi has been generous enough to let one of my readers try it for free. If you can't wait to try it you can get your own at Please enter using the giveaway tools widget. One (1) entrant, chosen by random will win a full-size sample of Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse Light.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, August 15, 2014

'Year of American Girl Doll' Wardrobe Giveaway!

A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway
We have something special for you! 27 wonderful ladies have teamed up to bring you the "Year of American Girl Doll" Wardrobe Giveaway. This collection includes clothing and accessories for all holidays and occasions in a year. Your 18" doll will be ready for any occasion! This outstanding giveaway is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, and contributors~
1. Diana of Diana Rambles - Diana, aka FreeStyleMama, the coordinator of this giveaway, is a self-described creative crafty mama of three who blogs about food, crafts, family and fun. She also is a blog designer and seamstress.
2. Laura of Laura Kelly's INKlings - Laura Kelly is a licensed artist and creative project designer for She blogs her journey with hopes of inspiring and stimulating creativity in others.
3. Katrina Thennis of The Chicken Wire - A wife and a mother of three, blogging about homeschooling with a fun mix of faith, family and farmstead added in.
4. Char of Doll Diaries - Char is the founder and blogger at Doll Diaries where girls of all ages are inspired to create, play and share doll related activities. There is a weekly feature of wonderful ideas of doll lovers around the web.
5. Amy of SewsNBows - Amy is a fabric hoarder and sewing pattern collector who enjoys sewing children's clothing and accessories. Her beautiful creations are showcased on her blog.
6. Gina of Gina's Craft Corner - Gina is a wife, homeschooling mother of two young girls and a bagaholic. Visit her blog to see her latest handbag creations, sewing tips and tutorials, along with other easy DIY crafts.
7. Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way - Jenny is a proud wife and mama who enjoys blogging about teaching her kids, the books she reads and food. With another job relocation always just over the horizon, most of the projects she writes about are an attempt to distract her from packing.
8. Debbie of Heartbeats~ Soul Stains - Debbie is a wife, mother of seven, and nurse living in Hawaii where she shares what life is like in a large household; recipes, giveaways and just about anything that gets thrown her way. She and her children have survived many obstacles and tragedies, but have persevered through it all, with faith and love.
9. Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy - Stephanie is a 30-something stay-at-home mom of three, ages 4 to 14, who blogs at The TipToe Fairy about sewing and crafty tutorials, delicious recipes, book reviews, and more. She is an avid sewist, crafter, book lover, and cupcake baker.
10. Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama - Dee is a blogger, freelance writer and mom to five active kiddos. She writes about easy crafts, DIY projects and simple family meals.
11. Jessica of Jessie's Girl Clothing - Jessica started sewing for her daughters and loved it so much that she didn't stop; and kept finding more things to sew. She loves a challenge so making custom (whatever she makes) really excites her.
12. Anna of Doll It Up - Anna shares projects and inspiration to sew, craft and create for dolls. From easy to advanced projects -- come and create, repurpose and PLAY!
Winter Outfit - Starabella Doll Design
Coat & Boots Set - Tickie's Treasures
Valentine's Dress - Aunt Sissy Originals
St. Patrick's Day Outfit - Laura Kelly's INKlings
Easter Dress - Kimmie Sew Crazy
Spring Outfit - Jazzy Doll Duds
Fancy Dress - Doll Fashions by Luanne
Summer Outfit - Mini Me Doll Divas
Bathing Suit Set - Jessie's Girl Clothing
4th of July Dress - Doll It Up
Mermaid Outfit - The Tip Toe Fairy
School Uniform Collection - SewsNBows
Fall Outfit - Camelot's Treasures
Halloween Elsa Costume - Cat's Meow
Christmas Formal Outfit - Darlin Girl Creations
5 pair of Shoes - Confetti Doll Designs
Two Bags - Gina's Craft Corner
Months of the Year Headbands - Punch Place Plus
Wooden Bed - Meatloaf and Melodrama
Bedding Set & Nightgown - FreeStyleMama
Girl & Doll Scrapbook Set - Learning and Growing the Piwi Way
A Year of American Girl Doll Wardrobe Giveaway
Enter the giveaway using the PromoSimple entry form below.
18+ yrs, US & Canada Only. Official Rules at bottom of the entry form.
Bonus entries unlocked after required entry.
The more entries, the better chance you have of winning.
This giveaway was coordinated by Diana Rambles!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Speekee #SpanishforKids Giveaway & Review

The idea of teaching your kids to speak Spanish, when your entire knowledge of the language comes from Dora and Diego, is daunting.

Our eldest child (8.5 years) was fortunate enough to take Spanish through a Homeschool Co-op but since we moved from Texas, I have to admit it has been a struggle continuing without Ms. G.

I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review the online version of Speekee Spanish. We have checked out some of their DVDs from our local library so we are familiar with the fun videos and the cute characters: Speekee, Dino and Lupi.

Speekee Spanish

Speekee Spanish for kids is an an online program design for children between the ages of 2 and 11 years. The program is has a total immersion approach meaning that the videos your kids will be watching are all in Spanish. The activities in the videos make it clear what the kids are saying however. There is also the option to turn on the english captioning so you can watch to see that your child is saying the correct words. 

The videos teach everyday words like parts of the body, food, colors and things that you might see at the park. For younger children Speekee has a Fast Track Program which gives you 40 weeks of Lesson plans and links to download free worksheets and flash cards.

For children over 7 years there is the Speekee Spanish Challenge. In this program Spanish is taught through over 40 videos and and game play. There is also the option to interact safely with other Speekee Members. As an added bonus Speekee tracks your child's progress and sends you reports by email.

When we first logged on, I have to admit I was a bit confused as to which track to take.  I settled on the Fast Track program so we could all do it together. It took a few videos for our 4.5 year old to get that the songs and dialogue were in Spanish. Once she understood this she got into the swing of it and began interacting more.  Try as I might our 8.5 year old just didn't want to engage with the program until she realized that little sister was picking up words she didn't know yet. I didn't push the issue and after a few days she was joining us in the lessons. She began to explore the Speekee Map too. 

Speekee Spanish makes learning Spanish simple and fun. A basic account is free so give it a try! Login and click on the gold bell and you will be given your first activity.

If you go to the bottom of the Speekee Homepage you can print some of the flash cards to try and view the Fast track lesson plans. I would recommend this program to all parents looking to teach their children spanish as a second (or third) language. 

A paid membership gives your children access to all of the videos, games and locations to explore and unlock.  Try out the free trial today and I'm sure you'll agree it is worth the affordable membership fee.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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