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Honoring Our Heroes: Military Families

June 22, 2016

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My sisters and I live a very peaceful life, a life that is safe and we never have to worry about waking up to some of the horrors that happen around the world every night.  A lot of that safety is thanks to military families and the service men and women who do so much for this country and everyone living in it. We grew up as a military family and we know first hand what it is like to have a parent who is absent anywhere from a few months to a few years. We grew up moving from one station to another and knowing that at any moment another deployment could separate us all.I think that a lot of times we don't realize just how much military families do for the rest of us. Giving up a parent/s for months or years at a time is very hard. Being born when your dad is on deployment, like my sister China was, and hearing the stories from mom about how she had to drive herself to the emergency room to have her because there was no one else to take her. Or not knowing whether your parent is alive for months at a time, this was back before the internet, and sleeping with the phone next to your ear for fear of missing a call. We were pretty lucky when you come to think of it and we know it, because our dad came back in one piece every time. 
Then there was the time that we got stationed in Hawaii and we got to spend three of the most amazing years living on that beautiful island getting to know every inch of it and its people. This was the night of our arrival in Oahu, I was only one at the time and those three years were some of the best of my life. Again, we were lucky to have gotten stationed together and at such an amazing place. Today I want to talk about Honoring Our Heroes, the military personnel of the United States and their families. 
Behind every military man and woman there is a family who is home waiting for their arrival and struggling day-day without them. 
 You too can help honor our heroes by purchasing something for your home that you already buy.  Show your appreciation to our active duty service members and our nation's 23 million veterans by shopping for Kleenex® Brand at Kroger and Kroger's family of stores. I purchased KLEENEX® BUNDLE PACK® Facial Tissues and KLEENEX® BUNDLE PACK® Tissues which we always have in our living areas.
Buy one Kleenex® Facial Tissue 4-pack bundle from your local Food 4 Less and other Kroger stores and Kleenex® Brand will donate one pocket pack to the USO.
Giveaway: There will also be 13 giveaways, one from each Kroger family of stores, with a prize valued at up to $100. You can enter the giveaway by sharing your “Hero Story” on social media and tagging it with the hashtag #HonoringOurHeroes.
More than 2 million Americans serve on active duty or in the reserves today, the Kroger Co. Family of Stores and the USO stand behind our nation’s military community. Honoring Our Heroes is a way of saying thank you to our active duty service members and our nation's 23 million veterans. Kroger stores have raised more than $14 million since 2010 to help support USO programs - the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75 year history.
Our service members and their families sacrifice so much for our country, we could never do enough to thank them fully. But shopping for items that I already purchase for my home and shopping at stores like Food 4 Less and Ralph's that do so much for them, is one of the ways that I try to give back to active duty personnel and their families. Our dad retired years ago, but so many families out there are still fighting that daily fight and doing for us. They are truly heroes. 
Find Kleenex® Brand products at Food 4 Less and find out more about Honoring Our Heroes

An Everyday Summer Shine-Free Look

June 15, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyLondonLook #CollectiveBias

I have oily skin which can be problematic during the summer months because I will get oilier a lot faster than normal. That's why when the hot months arrive I change up my makeup routine to include a foundation that can stand the heat and give me the matte look that I love. 
A foundation that I have known for a few years now and that I have always enjoyed is the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation. This foundation, along with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, are staples in my makeup bag and I am never without them. Today I am going to share a quick Everyday Summertime Look featuring these Rimmel products. With this Matte team of products, I know that I can trust my makeup to stay all day, even when I will be working outdoors in the sun.  
For my look I will be using the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in #203 True Beige,  Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, the Kate Sculpting Kit and a tube of Stay Glossy lip gloss, among other Rimmel favorites. 
I started the look with a Rimmel primer and then dotted the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation all over my face and began to blend. The formula is an airy, lightweight mousse texture, incorporating state-of-the-art gel emulsifiers, which simply glides over the skin, blending seamlessly and evenly. You can use your fingertips to apply this foundation but I really enjoy using a brush. 
As you can see, the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation has a very matte, full coverage finish that really evened out my skin tone and covered all my blemishes. 
Now I take a a Rimmel concealer and apply to my under eyes and the bridge of my nose. I do have discoloration in my under eye area and a good concealer will get rid of that plus give me that awake and refreshed look I lack from going to bed so late. 
Next I set my entire face with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder controls shine for up to 5 hours, minimizes the appearance of pores with a natural, matte finish and keeps me shine free all day. This product is a must-have for many beauty lovers and it's worth the hype as I have loved it for years and years. 
The next is a product that has become a fast favorite, the Rimmel Kate Sculpting Kit is Rimmel's first sculpting palette designed by Kate Moss. This palette includes 3 shades to Highlight, Contour & Blush. Long-lasting color seamlessly blends with natural skin tone for a radiant healthy looking glow. The shade I use is called Golden Bronze, which is perfect for my medium skin tone, there are two lighter shades available for lighter skin tones as well.
I start with the shading/contour powder to contour and recede areas of the face for a natural contour (Sides of nose, jaw line, forehead). 
I then apply generous amount of highlight to the tops of my cheekbones to add light to my face and finish off with a shimmer powder blush for color and definition with just enough shimmer to make it perfect for the summer months.
My next steps were to add a winged liner (my everyday liner) and mascara plus false lashes. 
To top off the look I now used a tube of Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss to give my lips a full and summer-ready glossy finish. 
My look is now finished and with these Rimmel products, especially the matte ones, I know my face will stay on for a full day of work outdoors. 
While it's hard to capture with a camera, my skin is matte while still being very bronzy and glowy. A lot of times that can be hard to achieve for us girls with oily skin but with Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation I can control the oil and get the bronziness and glow from the Kate Sculpting Kit. 
Find the entire Rimmel range at Walmart and take advantage of this Ibotta offer to save some cash. Now you can stock your summer beauty stash while saving some dinero!
Summer is going to bring temps as high as 120 to my neck of the woods. But I am ready and I am pretty confident that my makeup routine is ready too. What changes do you make to your beauty routine during the summer months?

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Chilly Chill

June 14, 2016

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Chilly Chill is a plummy brown liquid lipstick in the traditional Ultra Matte liquid lipstick formula that is my favorite from the ColourPop range. Chilly Chill is a little bit browner than my favorite shade Beeper but it's a very wearable brown and I am glad I ordered this to add to the rest of my brown/taupe ColourPop lippie collection.  

5 Things You Should Be Buying Online

June 14, 2016

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When you're as busy as I am shopping online can be a real lifesaver. I do in fact do 80% of my shopping online and it's how I manage to stay on top of things that might have been left by the wayside. But I keep a constant list of things we need around the house or for the kids and a few nights a week I sit down to get it all ordered. This makes less trips to the store for me, on days that I am already incredibly busy, and it buys me more free time to spend with Julius on the weeks he gets to spend with me. 

Of course we can't buy everything we need online, but how I wish we could! There are things like groceries that still require constant trips to the store and until those services are available, you will still find me shopping for them in-store. But so many things can be ordered from the comfort of your home and delivered to your door, without having to stand in long lines or push heavy carts around. Today I want to share my top 5 things you should be buying online.

5 Things You Should Be Buying Online

High-end Cosmetics: I love taking advantage of cash back sites that give you back a percentage of your purchase, especially when I am shopping for items that are higher in price. When it comes to high-end makeup, I always visit the counter first to check a product out in person and color match and will then place my order from home. That way I can get some cash back on my expensive purchase and take advantage of any samples or freebies that may be offered with purchase. 

Diapers: Diapers are one of the items that I can always find a better deal for online rather than in-store, especially on the larger boxes. Plus another perk of buying these large boxes of diapers online is that I don't have to carry them home, instead I can await for them to arrive to my door. 

Bulk Items: Big bulky items like toilet paper, paper towels and bulk or large cleaning supplies are easier to order online. I know that it's popular to shop at the big box store on weekends but I have a tiny car and a normal trip to one of those stores doesn't fit into it. Instead I order my larger and bulk items online and visit the store for the rest. 

Books: Books are expensive, so much so that it's almost a luxury to be able to buy a book and I can't afford to buy all the ones I want in the fancy book stores. Online book stores are a much better place to score a good deal on that book you've been hearing so much about and I can usually buy two for the price of one in-store. 

Motor Oil: Depending on time we will either take our car to get its regular oil change at Walmart or do it ourselves at home and that's why I always order Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage Motor Oil from Walmart.com. Many Penzzoil items are on rollback right now so it is a great time to stock up on your vehicle maintenance needs. 
Ordering Penzzoil motor oil online saves me time and energy and means we always have it in the garage for when its time to do the next oil change. I can order it online and either have it delivered at home or I can pick it up if I am going to be in-store. I like how convenient it is to pick up my item in-store while skipping the lines and still grabbing that gallon of milk I desperately needed to pick up.
Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage Motor Oil helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. It's a motor oil that is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time. Our car has a lot of miles on it but this motor oil helps to keep it going strong.
Online shopping is a convenient way to get a lot of my personal and household shopping done without me having to spend time in crowded stores and long lines. The less time I can spend doing the shopping, the more time I can spend with my son doing things that are a lot more fun, like watching a movie or going to the park. What are some of the things that you shop for online?

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