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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Buddy's Pizza Gives Back with Buddy Bones {GIVEAWAY}

Disclosure: The giveaway in this post has been donated by Buddy's Pizza. 

One of my favorite restaurants just got even better! Just in time for the holiday's, Buddy's Pizza has found a way to bake up their fresh, unused pizza dough at the end of each day into tasty, all-natural treats for dogs.

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Tomorrow, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and we will be dining on tons of great tasting foods. Those of us with dogs know what a struggle it can be to not allow them to join is our feast with us or throw them a scrap or two from the table. However, many of the foods we will be enjoying tomorrow are actually dangerous to dogs. So why not instead get them their own safe, all-natural treat and give back to help homeless animals at the same time? You heard me right, Buddy's Pizza has partnered up with the Michigan Humane Society to use the proceeds from the sale of the Buddy Bones to help feed and care for the homeless animals in our very own community.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Easy Retro Everyday Hair Styles #HeartMyHair

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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Retro hair styles: they're glamorous, stylish and well, let's face it, a bit intimidating. After a night full of tossing and turning on my not to comfortable hair rollers, I can't help but wonder how the ladies of the 40's and 50's did it! I mean, up until now my options for getting set in curls for the day was either pin curls, which usually fall out during the night, rollers, which are quite painful to sleep on or a thin standard curling iron, which can take a lot of time and cause my arms to go completely numb in the process. Plus, all but one of these options meant that I needed to shower the night before in order to have time for my curls to wet set overnight. I really hate doing that. I need my shower and my coffee in the morning in order to wake me up. But wait, did you read what I wrote very carefully? Check out this sentence again, "I mean, up until now my options for getting set in curls. . . ". That's right! I found a set of products that can dry and set my hair in perfect curls for a vintage style hairdo in the morning before I have to head out the door! Before we get started with my favorite retro hairstyle tutorials, lets take a look at the products that I will be using as a base for all of the looks in this article. Since almost every retro hairstyle starts with a great curl, this piece of information is going to be pretty useful. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Volunteerism: Opportunities May be Closer Than They Appear #SimplyHealthy

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The other day my daughter came home from school upset. The snack that I had been sending her to school with kept disappearing from her cubby and she was frustrated with what could be happening to it. Why would someone be taking her food? I grabbed my phone in my hand and immediately dialed up my mother to tell her my frustrations. I was hoping to get her advice on the matter before I started to over react. This was something I always did when I had a problem, call her AND over react. My mother always somehow has the best reasoning skills. When my mom answered the phone, I began to tell her about how I thought someone might be stealing her snack at school and asked her what she thought I could do about it. This time however, her good reasoning stopped me right in my tracks and could you believe that she did it with only three little words. "Maybe they're hungry". Geesh, I hadn't thought of that. I broke down into tears. How foolish of me to jump right into the assumption that whoever was doing this was just being spiteful. This time of year everyone is talking about volunteerism and my kids and I are always happy to drop a few bucks in kettle as we walked by or donate our time to organizations in need of help, but now I was faced with a need right in front of me and I couldn't believe that I was absolutely oblivious to it until now.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Small Village, Big Traditions #MeetMeInMilford

#MeetMeInMilford Holiday

Last night my family and I attended the Big Reveal event in Downtown Milford. Tonight, I wanted to share with you the photos that I snapped at this event. I wanted to share these photos with you because something funny happened to me while I was there. It was sort of hard to explain, but while I was at this window reveal, in a pretty small village in Michigan, I felt the holiday spirit greater than I had ever felt before.