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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bravo's #OddMomOut Hysterical Review


Tuesday I received an awesome screening package for Bravo's new show Odd Mom Out.  I could not hardly wait to watch it and since I was done teaching for the day and all caught up on grading a few of my colleagues and I hung out and laughed until we almost peed.  This show is already our new favorite and was a great way to ring in our summer break.

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The show is set in NYC and is based on an affluential family with one mom that is just not quite like the others.  She pretty much is me, which made the show that much more hysterical.  One of my favorite moments was Jill Weber (the odd mom) awkwardly "Won" the spin class race.  It was one of those moments where I was totally cheering her on to win a race on a stationary bike.  Her humor and antics are awesome but what I loved most was that Jill manages to stay grounded and real.


In this day and age of highly competitive parenting it is nice to know that there are more "Odd Moms" out there then you think and that we are really the norm.  Yes I write a blog and make cool things but most of the time I am a plain jane mom who plays on the ground with my kids, snuggles during movies, feeds them crap food and runs errands, all the "cool stuff" I do happens when my kids are sleeping.  We are all trying ladies, no need to be perfect, that is the beauty of parenting.  

So are you jazzed to see this yet?  Grab some girlfriends and plan for June 8th at 10/9c to watch Bravo and catch the first episode.  It will be epic and you will love me for telling you all about this. Oh and seriously make these: 


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Oh wait there is more!  Odd Mom Out and Bravo are hosting an awesome sweepstakes.  Viewers have an opportunity to win $20,000 in each of the first 4 weeks of premiere episodes (starting 6/8 – 6/29) through the Tune-In to Win Sweepstakes. Make sure to tune in live at 10/9c on Mondays (6/8-6/29) for the secret hashtag and tweet it out to @BravoTV each week for their chance to win.

In addition, fans who engage early on will be able to take advantage of all of the VIM Perks Program discounts and will be entered into the Ultimate VIM Sweeps by sharing the sweeps with their friends using #OddMomOutSweeps and tagging @BravoTV.

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So what are you waiting for? Check Odd Mom Out on Facebook and Twitter and get to it, I mean who wants to pass up $20K?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hex Performance Products Review

A couple weeks ago I introduced you to the Hex Performance Product line designed to clean and protect your sports gear.  I lovingly refer to it as "laundry care for your sports wear", and like the packaging says it is a radical breakthrough in clean!
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Although my last post gave you the basic info about each of the individual products I did not get a chance to do a formal review.  So off I headed to Target on the big unveil promotion day to learn a bit more about what HEX has to offer and grab up the product to try.

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The product is in the laundry isle and easy to locate.  Its bright packaging is great and I also love that the prices are very reasonable.  Items range from $2.00 for the spray to $13.00 for the detergent.  In addition they offered very high value coupons at Target for $5.00 off so that was a bonus!

The gentleman at Target that was demoing the HEX was very knowledgeable and explained that there are three main products to the line.  First is the detergent which is easily dispensable and comes with a great measuring cup.  Although the bag looks small I assure you that there are PLENTY of washes that you will get out of this.  A little goes a very long way in this situation.  Next is the spray that is an in between work out way to keep your gear smelling fresh and clean and help rid it of bacteria that causes those stenches.  Finally is the Dual Action gear wash which is a power combo to attack those odor causing bacteria and protect your gear to add longevity. 

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It was time to put HEX to the test with a pair of my sneakers that had never seen the inside of a washing machine (they are 2 years old).  I wear these things to work out, when we do labs in my classroom and working outside.  They are filthy as you can see in the photo, but worse, is that they smelled terrible!

I washed them with the Hex Performance Laundry Detergent and then dried them in our new dryer on the shoe rack.  When I opened the dryer door I was elated to quickly realize that my shoes DID NOT smell bad anymore, in fact they actually smelled pretty good.  In addition the detergent did get out some of the dirt.  Unfortunately my before and after photos look so similar because of the lighting that you cannot see the differences.  There are still some stains (because you know science labs stain everything), but overall the shoes are much shinier, cleaner and whiter.

Hex does recommend that you use this with your new sports wear and gear and continue to use it to ensure longevity and protection.  My shoes were 2 years old and I was very surprised that they were pretty clean and even more so I was elated that the stench was gone!

Make sure to check out HEX at Target and their Website!

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Disclosure:  I was compensated for this post as always all opinions are mine.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

DIY $5.00 Scarf Holder

If you are anything like I am, scarfs are your love and your closets nemesis.  I try to pride myself on keeping an organized closet, but honestly, the scarfs have just been thrown in their with no real organization.  I knew I needed a frugal fix that did not take up a lot of space.  Check out how I accomplished this DIY $5.00 Scarf Holder and read on to see what I will be changing.

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What is great is that you probably have most of these items around the house, but if you do not, you can easily grab them at your local box store.  I had the clothes hanger and then purchased the yarn on clearance and the shower rings from Wal*Mart.  I actually spent $3.00 but figured that if you had to purchase the yarn at regular price that you would spend around $5.00.  Not too shabby considering that scarf holders on Etsy are running around $40.00!

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It was very easy to make and I just did it one night while watching my favorite TV show.  I figured that it would be easier to type the directions on the photos this go round, so check out the photos and leave any questions in the comments section. 
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It looks great and is very functional.  I love that I can see all my scarfs better now.  I think you could easily add a 3rd row if you need more or just make 2.  However, there is one thing that I will be fixing on mine.  Take a look at the photo below. 

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It looks great and really does organize my scarfs, however, that bow in the center is not working for me, so I did a little readjustment.  It is not super pretty but I actually like it.  I think it looks fun and it definitely fixes the bowing problem!

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So what do you think?

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day & Grandpa

On a beautiful day in March, my husbands truly amazing grandfather passed peacefully with his loved ones nearby.  Grandpa was a veteran and as such was laid to rest at our local military cemetery with respect and honor.

In one of the most beautiful services I have ever attended two servicemen paid tribute to a man that has been critical to my husbands upbringing and truly the patriarch of our family.


Memorial Day is about the men and women who gave all and are no longer with us.  As an American who has not served in the armed forces, I am deeply thankful that there are those that were so brave, so strong and so willing to accept the ultimate sacrifice for my family to have freedom.  

So Thank You to the Hubby's Grandpa and My Great-Grandfather and the millions of Americans who gave all.

RIP

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Makobi $100 Amazon #Giveaway #Pinterest

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