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Mar 1, 2013

I have gotten several emails asking me specific questions about recent products I have bought, wondering if I love them etc.  I thought it would be fun to give you some reviews on the latest and greatest things in my life.

{Suave Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner}

I bought the Keratin kind specifically for colored hair.  I have to say I love this shampoo and conditioner.  They smell great and I can make it three days without washing my hair.  That is huge.  My hair is sleek afterwards as well and not frizzy.  I use them with the Suave Moroccan Oil.  At $3.50 a bottle you should totally buy this shampoo and conditioner.

{Himalayan Pink Salt}

I was intrigued by this salt after Caycee told me she loved it.  I found some at TJMaxx and promptly bought it.  The color is gorgeous and just looking at it on my counter makes me happy.  But the salt is amazing, it is more intense than regular salt and has an incredible flavor.  Amy had the genius idea of sprinkling it over chocolate desserts- because who doesn’t love pink salt sprinkled on their plate.  I highly recommend this pretty and tasty salt.

{Tequila Lime Chicken}

We have made this recipe twice now, once following Ina’s recipe and the second time following Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  and both times it was horrible.  The chicken was tough, it was like the lime and tequila cooked the chicken while it marinated in it.  Makes me sick thinking about it, we both took one bite and threw the rest away.  Do not make this recipe it was gross!

{Breaking Bad}

Now that we have our Apple TV hooked up we have access to so many great shows.  There were so many I wanted to watch like Friday Night Lights, Downtown Abbey,  and Dexter but Matt chose Breaking Bad.  It is about a guy who gets lung cancer and decides to start selling meth so his family will have enough money when he dies- depressing right??  So I gave the show a shot because Matt was into and it is really good.  It is depressing but it sucks you in.  I actually look forward to our evenings when we watch it.  It is so different from anything else I normally watch.  We finished the first season and are halfway thru the second.  I say give it a shot!

{Ultimate Flora Probiotics}

I have talked about Probiotics before on here, I am a big fan.  I was lucky enough to get samples of these and they are great.  They really help regulate your digestion system.  Seriously if you are bloated or constipated take these and they will clear you right out.  They are great for keeping the healthy bacteria in system.  I try to take one everyday!  I can’t say enough good things about probiotics.

{Olive Oil as Make-up Remover}
I can’t remember who first introduced me to this idea- I think it was after my drug store post.  I figured what the heck I have some good olive oil I will give it a try.  Let me tell you it worked wonders.  The olive oil took every ounce of my eye make-up off and left my eye area feeling so soft and smooth.   It really moisturized the area where I feel like some make-up removers dry it out.   The olive oil seriously worked better than any make-up remover I have used.  Save your money and just use olive oil!  I most def recommend you try this!


{Forever 21 Maxi}

Forever 21 has been getting in really cute maxis lately.  I snagged this one for $14.  It comes in olive and black.  It is so soft, it feels like a tee-shirt and so comfortable,  plus it looks cute.  I swear it looks like some other more expensive maxis I have seen for upwards of $200.   Definitely recommend this easy breezy summer dress.  Charleston peeps they have the Olive color in the store but not the black.

Have a great weekend!  We have a busy one filled with lots of fun plans!

I will report back on Monday,  hopefully with some pictures!


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  1. I need you to come with me to TJ and help me find these amazing things! I need that salt! I need that dress! I hate it when recipes don't work. Olive oil?!? Girl, I'm going to try that one! I hate eye make-up remover!!! Thanks for the mention love!

  2. I love that last quote! I never think to go to the food section of tjmaxx but I need to start I think. My MIL always finds the coolest and yummiest things. Pink salt sounds amazing. We tried Breaking Bad but the first episode was slow. I've heard such good things about it, maybe we need to give it another shot!

  3. thanks for the review — I've been thinking about buying those suave products but wasn't sure it would work! xo


  4. Can you put the olive oil on the lid and lashes too? I would be afraid it would get in there? Do tell!!

  5. The first time I had the hawaiian salt was in Turks & Caicos and I have been hooked ever since! It's delish, like can't get enough!! Thanks for all of your reviews, have a fab weekend!

  6. Melissa W. says:

    You have changed my life with probiotics! I take that same kind and get them at Whole Foods!

  7. I have never ever heard of using olive oil as make up remover – so good to know.

  8. Breaking Bad is amazing! I absolutely love it and cannot wait for the last season. Going to give that pink salt and shampoo and conditioner a shot! Happy weekend my darling!

  9. Leah says:

    We just started Breaking Bad on Apple TV too, love it. I'm going to have to see if our F21 has that dress, love it!

  10. Natasha says:

    LOVE that maxi dress…I need some inexpensive staples for maternity wear and this seems to fit the bill perfectly!

    by the way, dont you HATE it when you cook a recipe and it's awful?? i've had that happen plenty of times!

  11. I am definitely going to try Olive Oil as a makeup remover. Such a great idea.
    The Pumpkin Spot

  12. Breaking Bad is so addicting. I thought the first season was depressing, but it gets really good AND CRAZY from there!

  13. We're totally caught up on Breaking Bad and I can't wait for more. Highly recommend Homeland, too. Claire Danes is awesome. I will never go back to pricey shampoo – love the Suave!

  14. Sara says:

    Trader Joe's has the pink salt in a grinder. Have you ever tried using coconut oil as a makeup/face cleanser? It's great too!

  15. I use that same Suave and love it too!!

    That dress looks cute on you. I found a similar one at Target.

  16. wowww I will have to try that olive oil trick!

  17. You are tall right? I love maxi dresses but at 5'7" its hard to find ones that don't come to my calf! That one looks perfect on you!

  18. Becca says:

    I use that shampoo/conditioner and LOVE it. It does smell so good!

  19. I use the pink salt in my water, I was told by a holistic place that if you sprinkle or put some in your water, it hydrates you better and some other things I can't remember, I just know it is supposed to be good for you – ha!

  20. Stacey says:

    Great finds and you look gorgeous in that dress!

  21. I've had the exact same problem with tequila lime chicken. We ate one bite and threw it all out too! Can't wait to try that shampoo and conditioner!

  22. Susan says:

    BB is amazing! The plot really deepens if you stick with it! Aw:( love Ina and Pioneer Woman…sad that didn't work out for you! Enjoy your weekend!

  23. Alyson says:

    I left the comment about the olive oil on your drugstore post and also just started using it and it is awesome for an eye makeup remover! I totally agree.

  24. misslily says:

    late to the party, but since you're still posting about it, i'll add baking soda to the list of drug store (well…grocery store) finds. it's a really gentle exfoliant. mix whatever cleanser is already working for you (cetaphil gentle cleanser for me) with it and use it as often as every day.

    thanks for posting proverbs 19:21!

  25. Val says:

    Totally going to buy the suave shampoo and conditioner. I color my hair a lot and am always searching for something that helps with frizz. I'm in love with Tequila Lime Chicken. BIG LOVE

  26. I JUST bought that same dress at Forever21 (but in black). Too funny! They have had some great stuff recently!

  27. Alyssa says:

    I wasn't sure about Breaking Bad because of the depressing story line- but trust me, it keeps getting better and better!


  28. Elise says:

    I've been searching for a cute and simple maxi – going to head to F21 asap! Bummer about the chicken – we love this recipe from Sandra Lee, maybe your family will like it too: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/margarita-chicken-skewers-recipe/index.html