Friday, December 11, 2015

5 Quick Winter Beauty Tips

   Cold weather is pretty much around the corner (well at least for us in NYC it is).  With the changing weather there are some adjustments that we should be making to our personal care routine.

1. Get a humidifier:
   These devices are actually a godsend not just for your hair but for your skin, lips, throat, nose, pretty much everything that is negatively affected by the dry air in the winter (they help a lot when the kiddos bring home sickness). It is important to take care of your humidifier per the manufacture's instructions. If it is not cleaned and properly maintained you can actually cause irritation and maybe even help spread germs through the air. A well maintained humidifier will go far in helping combat problems that arise when the air is super dry.
PureGaurdian H7500 90-Hour Elite Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier

2. Use some sort of lip moisturizer:
  I have ALWAYS had a problem with dry lips. I have to work to make sure mine aren't. I recently found a way that is really helping keep the dryness at bay. I currently use one of three lip products that I love. Two are very natural brands and the other is a medicated one. I just use what ever one is closest to me at the time. That being said the natural based ones are probably better because people do tend to ingest some of what they put on their lips. My personal favorite is Toosh (We lost the cap on accident so I replaced it with a washed cap that had belonged to another lip care product that I wasn't too crazy for.) We had received it in a Bluum Box and I have been in love with the product ever since. Now the tip that really helps is to lock the moisturizer in (usually at night before bed) with some petroleum based jelly.

Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter

3. Wear gloves when you're outside and use a hand cream:
  Sometimes I am in a hurry with the two little ones. (Getting ready takes forever in the morning when you are getting little people ready along with yourself.) However, it doesn't take long for my skin to show that it isn't happy with me for forgetting to grab my gloves. My hands get cracked really quick if I am not good about putting on gloves before going out side if it is a little chilly. And a good hand cream can also go a long way for both your skin and nails. I am currently using Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream.

4.Protect and treat your hair:
 Winter can be brutal on hair. The combination of dry hair and wind does a number on healthy stands if you aren't mindful. If it is a windy day outside I suggest securing your hair in some sort of style that will prevent the wind from tangling it.  The less often you have to untangle your hair the less likely your strands will be subject to what is known as "mechanical damage" which is when you physically cause breakage by tugging on the hair and causing a snap on the hair strand. This is especially important if you have long locks, they tangle like you wouldn't believe. Also be sure to use some sort of deep conditioning treatment. I use coconut oil on my hair and scalp  every once in a while.

5. Drink more water:
 If you're anything like me, it can be easy to forget to drink an adequate amount of water. If you want to be running around all groggy, slow, dehydrated and such then continue on. If you want you want to be slimmer, have healthier and even younger looking skin, or just be healthier overall then making  a conscious effort to take in the proper amount of water for your lifestyle will go far. 

*And one last thing, try to remember your sunscreen too for exposed skin. The UV rays don't care that it is 20 degrees out they are still going to cause damage. 

Note: In this post I have used some affiliate links, which if used to make a purchase will give me a commission. If you do thanks for your support, if you don't still thanks for taking your time to read what I have to say! All of the above products mentioned I have either bought for myself or been given as a gift by a friend. I only write how I honestly feel about the products compensation does not sway my opinion on products nor how I write about them.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Pocket Extra Cash On Your Holiday Shopping!

     Hey guys I am back at this blogging thing again! I figured what better way to start back up than to write about something I am passionate about and that is saving money. If you know me, then you know that I can be a crazy couponer. During this holiday season you may do some of your shopping online, so why not get cash back on it?
     Last year I stumbled on this great site called Ebates while reading one of my go-to couponing blogs. You can scrape back some decent cash that can be used for whatever you want really. I started last year and have gotten back about $47.81 which out of that $11.75 is still pending (they pay you "Big Fat Payments" at set dates through out the year... more on that later).

Screen Shot from My Account Page


     While I realize you just went " wow... sigh" because it doesn't really seem like a lot, it is so easy to do that if you aren't you might as well be pissing your money away. Also I don't feel like we do a crazy amount of online shopping either.
      So lets get into it! Kiley how can I get some of my money back? Well that is pretty simple, you go to Ebates and sign up. There should be something like the picture below where you can sign up via email and password, Facebook, or  Google+.

     Then it should bring you to a page which looks pretty similar to the one below.


      Now you can open shopping trips from there or make life really easy on yourself and have Ebates do the work for you. To do this you install the Ebates Cash Back Button. If you click on "Help" at the top of the page. It will bring you to the links to set up the Cash Back Button. The help page also has a slew of other good information should you have any questions about how it works. I currently have the Cash Back Button installed on my Safari Browser. 

See the Button with the "E" on it? This is the Ebates button on Safari.
     Once you have installed the Ebates button when ever you go on a shopping site that has an Ebates offer going on a window will drop down that will say "Active whatever % Cash Back". You click on this and it will take you to this like waiting page while they open up your shopping trip and bring you right back to the online shop's main page.  Admittedly the fact that they bring you to the shop's home page is kind of annoying it would be an improvement if they opened up the shopping trip on the page you were at before you activated the offer,  but if you had stuff placed in your shopping cart rest assured as most sites will still have those items in the cart for you. 


    You can always check to see if you have activated an Ebates offer on the site by checking your Cash Back Button, if it had a check mark next to the "E" as in the picture above then you can be sure your shopping trip has been opened and after you have activated the offer you can shop or checkout if you happened to be shopping before realizing the offer was there. Just always activate the offer before checking out and placing your order. And that is pretty much all there is to it.
     Now that you have checked out while having an Ebates offer activated they will usually send you an email to let you know that you earned the cash back. It will look something like this.

We started some of our holiday shopping the other day... last year when it was closer to the holidays some of the rebate percentages shot up quite a bit, pair a rebate with an already seriously reduced price and make a coupon or two depending on the store and you are really making your money work for you all the way around. And yes sometimes the good deal stars do align and allow you to catch a sale price, rebate, and coupon on one item.

     Then you basically just wait for the big fat payment period to roll around and they will either send you a check via snail mail or you can link up your paypal account and they can give you the money that way. I am due to get my payment on the 15th, sweet!

See more of this on help tab at Ebates.
      So there you go, sign up for Ebates, install the Cash Back Button on your browser, and whenever you're shopping online be sure to check to see if there is an Ebates offer. If there is cash in on it and get small/ or big (depending on how you shop) payments sent to you every few months. Sounds like a sweet deal to me and I love those. If you have any questions about this feel free to hit me up.

*Note: In this post I have used referral links from my account. It is not necessary for you to sign up for Ebates using those links, but if you do I do receive some compensation which is awesome because I just a mom trying to make a little money while doing something I love. It is a great deal and I wouldn't have shared this if it wasn't something I truly thought was awesome and that could benefit you all too. *