Holiday Swap Reveals.

Over this past holiday season I participated in several swaps. Over Christmas I got sick with the flu, then on New Years had strep throat – so I’m finally feeling better and have some time to catch up on blogging.

Giving Thanks Box hosted by Emma & Nicole
I was partnered with Adrienne for the swap.

2014 Ornament Swap hosted by Dawn
I was partnered with Lisa for this swap.
from lisa to brandi
Scarf Swap hosted by Bethani
I sent to Bethani and  received from Melanie.

Color Swap hosted by Melissa
I was partnered with Nina for the swap.

12 Days of Christmas Swap hosted by CG Swaps
I was partnered with Brittney for the swap.

Merry & Bright Swap 2014 hosted by Bailey
I was partnered with Bex for the swap.

Christmas in the Country hosted by Jamie, Laurie, Robyn, & Erin
I was received from Nicole and sent to Sarah.

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Winter Time = Soup Time.

Did you know January is National Soup Month? Makes sense with these colder months and flu season kicking in that this centuries old dish would get it’s own month. Which is why personalized gifts company Personal Creations conducted a survey to find out what soup reigns supreme in the U.S. You can see the results below—did your favorite soup place first?

Favorite Soups

Own Your Bed Head.

Casper pig jumped over the moon

When you woke up, were you dealing with out-of-control frizz, an untamable tress-mess, or mangled tangles?  Doesn’t this always happen the days you have to be up early or are running late? For me at least, it’s a yes!

Casper is a new start-up mattress company. Their outrageously comfortable mattresses are made of latex and memory foam. They are designed specifically for “better sleep for better days”. Casper knows that not even the perfect mattress can prevent bed head, so they reached out to find tips and tricks on how to manage, combat, or embrace your bed head as part of their ‘Own Your Bed Head’ Project.

So I’ve come up with my top 5 tips for combating and embracing bed head…

1.The obvious one, would be the clean slate. Start fresh. Jump in the shower, shampoo and condition your hair, and style like usual. This is much more time consuming than other options but is the best fix.

2. If your hair is lacking volume, flat, or a bit on the greasy side I start with dry shampoo. I spray it on, let it sit a minute, rub it in, the rub the brush through my hair. This will usually go the trick.

3. If your hair is frizzy, kinky, and just plain out of control I generally start with some styling products and a flat iron. Not the best thing for your hair, but hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

4. If it’s just plain unmanageable or you’re running too short on time, resort to the good ol’ up-do/style. Pull your hair into a ponytail, messy bun, or clip it up. Hide all that bed head:). Pair that with a flashy necklace, flattering shirt, or more makeup than normal – nobody will notice your second day, frizzy bed head up-do!

5. Embrace, embrace, embrace. Jump out of bed, run a brush through your hair, and own it. Easier said than done, I know.

Everyone knows that the key to a good nights sleep is a good mattress. The key to looking your best is being well rested. Get a good nights sleep by checking out the newest innovation in mattresses by Casper. This may not make your hair look any less crazy, but you’ll be looking so good nobody will notice your sub-par hair. Plus, with a 100 night risk-free trial and free shipping you can’t go wrong.

Casper Sleeping


Survival Kit Essentials.

I was contacted by Man Crates Gifts for Men to share my top five must-haves for a survival kit. This wasn’t supposed to be your average list of survival items, but just those ‘fun’ items you can’t live without.

Man Crates is gift box for men. Most arrive in a wood crate with a personalized crowbar to open it with. There are crates for every personality; survivalist, carnivore, beer lover, snack enthusiast, gamer, or athlete. The crates include themes such as; whiskey, jerky, bacon, gamer, snacks, new dads, survival, grill master, coffee, shaving, and even old school.

Rather than doing the standard survival items of food, water, a plane, a boat, your mom and husband I decided to have some fun with my five items…

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1 | Pepsi. It’s a must-have for me, gotta have my caffeine fix. Hey, I’m a nurse I need it to get through the shift.

2| Carmex Cherry Lip Balm. I’m also a fan of cherry Chapstik. The Carmex balm doesn’t smell or taste the best, but it works. I use it every night it keeps my lips from chapping and getting dry. I use Chapstik during the day because it works but isn’t as strong.

3 | Samsung Galaxy S4. My phone. I’m not one of those people who always have there phone glued to their head or couldn’t survive without it. But this is a survival kit and a phone comes in pretty dang handy! Plus, I’d have internet access, games, apps, etc. Gotta have something to do.

4 | Kenra Dry Shampoo. Gotta keep your hair looking and smelling nice. I’m a big fan of this dry shampoo, works great and smells good.

5 | Crest Pro-Health Gum Protection. C’mon people it’s a survival kit, gotta have your toothpaste. This is by far my favorite toothpaste ever. It’s minty fresh and leaves your month and teeth feeling clean all day.

What are 5 items you can’t live without?

And with the holiday season quickly approaching be sure to checkout Man Crates for a great gift for the men in your life.

Spring Beauty Swap Reveal.

Beauty Swap

Back in March I signed up for the 3rd Crystal Cattle beauty swap AKA the Spring Beauty Swap. This swap was co-hosted by Taysha from Dirt Road Charm. I was paired up with Carilynn from A Patchwork Life. And boy did she spoil me! Check it out:


The wonderful goodies I received:

*Organix Coconut Oil Mist
*Teal Sally Hanson Nail Polish
*Hugo Naturals Himalayan Salt Scrub
*Polka Dot Makeup Bag
*Cute little bin to store everything in
*Sample Packets
*And YES, that is the UD Naked Basics Palette! Like I said, girl spoiled me! 🙂

I had a great time getting to know Carilynn and hope to stay in touch. And as usual I can’t wait until the next swap!

Mug o’ Comfort Swap.

This month I signed up to participate in the Chaotic Goddess Mug o’ Comfort Swap! You can read more about by clicking the picture below. Sign up ends March 3rd so you still have time to join if you want! I’ve only done beauty swaps so I’m excited to try a different kind.

Basically you get paired up with someone and you send them a mug along with goodies that go along with it (hot chocolate, tea, coffee, etc.). Since we’re still fighting off the polar vortex this will be perfect to help warm you up!