Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Direction for Mom, Paper, Scissors...

Hi, friends! Just a quick update. I haven't forgotten about this blog!! haha I am, however, in the midst of changing it's focus somewhat. This blog will become more integrated with my business, Sweet Olivia Handmade Bath & Body. I want to keep you abreast of my recent products, custom orders, and more! I hope to add an online shop, as well, so that you can purchase Sweet Olivia products directly from my  website. Until I figure that out, I will still link products to my Etsy shop. I am still going to include more personal touches like family updates, but I am excited for the new direction this will take! 

Until the new website is up and running, please head on over to Facebook and follow Sweet Olivia Handmade there. Thanks for hanging in with me!!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Packing Tips!

Hey!! We are 3 days away from getting our moving truck and 5 days away from being in our new house! Yippee!! That's right, we finally found a house we love :) I can not wait to show you all how it looks now...and after I'm done putting some magical touches to it! I have lots and lots of decorating ideas pinned on Pinterest, so go follow me there, if you're interested!

For now, I am sharing some packing tips that have worked well for us during this process. Let me know what you think by commenting below! Don't forget you can follow me on Facebook to keep updated on our move, as well!

One reason I'm looking forward to the move being over: Going to the grocery again! We have been trying to eat up all the food in our pantry. I'm down to 1/2 a bag of rice and Diet Coke!! HA! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Moving Checklist

In my last post, I announced we will be moving long distance very soon! My plan is to take a break from regular blogging until we get settled into our new city. But, I thought it might be useful to share my 'to do' list!

I have checked off about half of these already!  I am sure there are some things I forgot though, so let me know in the comments what you would add to the list!

Friday, June 27, 2014

We're moving!

I am very excited to announce that we have decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia! We recently vacationed there and had been thinking about moving. So, we decided to start applying for jobs just to see what would happen. Applications turned into phone calls, interviews, and job offers! I start my new job the first week of August. My 'to do' list is a mile long! haha

With all the excitement and things to do over the next month or so, I may not be posting regularly. I will try to check in every now and then to let you guys know what is going on! I will start back with a regular posting schedule once things settle down.

Until then, wish us luck!! :)

I still have the free ebook giveaway going on until July 9th. Check out this post to enter!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HSI Professional Argan Oil: Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

A few months ago, I got the itch to do something drastic with my hair. For years, I have been coloring simply to hide the grey or to add a few highlights. Nothing too crazy! Now, all of a sudden, I was dying to go PINK! haha Well, with working in a hospital, that was not going to be possible. So, I decided to go with the ever popular OMBRE! This may not be a drastic change for you, but for me....well, it is drastic!! But, I LOVE IT!



I just LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! And somehow, with it being lighter, it looks LONGER, too! haha

I was worried about ruining the health of my hair with overprocessing it. I have started to take really good care of my hair this year and I didn't want to ruin those efforts. After getting it ombred, it was courser on the ends. I was so happy to hear from HSI Professional, because I had every hope their Argan Oil would correct that. And it has!

I use this product every day in a couple of different ways.

1. I apply to my hair when wet, before brushing.
2. I use to protect before heat styling.
3. I use after styling to tame any flyaways or frizziness.

I use a tiny bit (about a dime size portion) at a time. I simply pour it in the palm of my hand, rub my two palms together a bit, and run it through my hair. I start it at the roots, then run my hands through the rest of my hair with the excess product. This argan oil does not make my hair feel greasy, oily, or heavy at all! It is wonderful! If you have the same issues I did with my hair, please try this product. You won't be disappointed!

If you would like to try this product, the company has kindly given these offers:

50% off 2 oz. bottle PLUS free shipping with code: ARGANO50
60% off 4 oz. bottle PLUS free shipping with code: ARGANO60

Visit their website to use the codes!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Top 5 Lists of All Things Travel-Review and Giveaway!

I was given the opportunity to review this travel book and I jumped at the opportunity! My family loves to travel and I often search out quick tips about whatever city we are headed to next. The Top 5 Lists of All Things Travel is an excellent book from deciding where to stay to learning how to avoid being scammed.


I can't tell you the last time I was able to complete an entire book, but this book is such a quick read, I finished it in two days! I love that it is laid out very simply: A topic and the lists. It is very easy to read through or to find what you need and just read about that.

The authors, Kristine and Toni, provide tips that you might not have thought of yourself such as staying at a monastery for the truly adventurous! Also, included is valuable information about scammers not just for travel, but every day life! Do you know what a Pigeon Poop Pickpocket is? After reading this book, I do!

Throughout the book, the authors also include bonus material such as stories, blogs, and videos to expand on a topic. Hearing the authors real voice was such a treat! I especially like hearing their tips on travelling solo. As much as I love traveling with friends and family, sometimes it is nice to get away alone. Think about it: Nobody to coordinate your schedule with, you get to do exactly what you want to, and there's nobody to complain and ruin the trip!

If you would like to read this book also, you can visit the Amazon listing (just 99 cents right now!) or enter to win a free copy of the ebook below!! (This is a Kindle ebook, which I found out can easily be read through an easy and free download if you do not own a Kindle!) 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale: Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember weekly updates on our health and fitness goals. I haven't updated in awhile, but we are still working toward them! It's a slow process, but I keep telling myself 'the slower it comes of, the longer it will stay off.' Am I right? lol

Well, one huge tip about staying healthy is to weigh out your food. You may think you are eating a healthy 4 oz. portion of chicken breast, when in reality, you are eating 6-8 oz. Now, that may not be bad...if you account for those calories. But, how can you account for them if you don't know how much you are actually eating? So, in order to be as accurate as possible, use a food scale!

I have the Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale. It is awesome! It can convert to several measurements, is easy to clean, and gives an accurate reading each time. I also like how lightweight it is!

If you don't believe me, check out the product's awesome reviews on Amazon!

More info about the product:

1. Easy to Clean, Durable Tempered Glass Construction (11lb capacity)
2. Measures Grams (g), Ounces (oz), Fluid Ounces (fl oz), Kilograms (kgs)
3. Tare / Zero feature to add additional ingredients or remove container weight.
4. Designed in the USA!
5. Easy to Read, Large 2.4" High Contrast LCD Display
6. Auto-Off Technology
7. 4 High Precision Gauges with 0.1lb resolution
8. 1 Lithium Long Lasting Battery (included)
9. Touch Sensitive Buttons
10. Low Profile Design (15mm thin)
11. Responsive Customer Support
12. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

I hope you'll consider this scale, as it gets daily love in our kitchen!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.