Sunday, December 17, 2017

Your Teen's First Smartphone

It's a big purchase for you teen. The cell phone has been replaced by the smart phone. And it is an important part of life anymore. But when do you get your teen's first smartphone?

Studies have shown that smartphones are contributing to depression in teens. But like all things doesn't have to be that way. Moderation is the key. Experts recommend a half hour to an hour a day on the precious device. But that doesn't answer the question when do you provide them with the phone?

And experts are recommending that fourteen is the golden age when teens are able to handle the stressors that can come along with owning a phone. This allows them to communicate with friends and family. And they are able to learn about the world around them.

But I really like the suggestion one individual I know provided in order to monitor their child's smartphone use. They disabled the social media on the phone, and only allow their child to participate in these activities on their family computer at home.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

I was contacted a week or so ago, by a company named Maple Holistics. They asked if I would be interested in doing a review of their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. I visited their website and I thought oh, yeah. This sounds like something I need to try out. They sent me a free sample of the product. And I'm going to tell you about it, and what I think of it.

The Product

According to the Mapleholistics website the shampoo may help improve scalp and hair health. And it may even encourage hair growth. It is cruelty free, paraben free, GMO free, and gluten free. And it is currently selling for $8.95 for an 8 oz. bottle. 

The bottle comes with a seal on top so it is difficult for the product to leak. And the outside of the bottle has a purple background. It has a picture of white tea branches. 

The ingredients are clearly listed on the back. And as I read the list I realized that I really did need to learn more about the names of some of the ingredients. But overall, it looked like a earth friendly list.

When I opened the bottle the shampoo has a pearly color, and it had the scent of tea tree oil.
And when I used the shampoo on my hair, it lathered well. I scrubbed the shampoo into my scalp, and it rinsed out well. 

What I Think

I liked that this shampoo was easy to use. My scalp did feel clean and while I used the shampoo, I did not have problems with dry scalp. I don't have trouble with dandruff, but in the winter my scalp and hair do get a little dry and itchy. The shampoo did help with this, so I was pleased that it did what it claimed to do. 

Tea tree oil is not my favorite scent, and I was worried that the scent of the shampoo would linger in my hair after use. This wasn't a problem. My hair simply smelled clean. 

I like that the shampoo was so easy to rinse out. Sometimes soap clings to my hair, and it can leave it looking a little waxy. Perhaps, it was the tea tree oil in the shampoo. Anyway, I like the look.

I like that that Mapleholistics products have a free sample program. You can actually try the product before you purchase it, and hey who doesn't like freebies? Make sure you follow the link to get your sample.

There was one thing I didn't like about the product. The original price of an 8 oz. bottle of shampoo is $25.00. I felt that was a little steep, but it is currently on sale for $8.95, which is a great deal. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Stars Are Fire

The Stars Are Fire is a novel by Anita Shreve. She is also the author of the bestselling book The Pilot's Wife.

The Story

Fire comes to a small town in Maine. Grace finds her life turned upside down. She looses her home, she looses her baby, and her husband doesn't return from fighting the fire. She finds that she must figure out a way for her children and mother to survive. Grace goes to her husbands childhood home, with her family. She finds that someone has squatted there. And he is a pianist. He is much different than her husband, and they soon fall in love. But it isn't meant to be at this time.

Grace's husband returns, he was in a coma after being severely burnt during the forest fire. He is angry, and extremely difficult to get along with. Grace decides that she must get her family out of this situation. Where will this decision lead her is the big question though.

What I Think

I did enjoy reading this book. Grace is one of those characters I really felt sorry for. She is trapped in a marriage she really isn't that happy in. And then she feels like she is going to be set free. She begins a life where she is independent, and she is able to survive. And then when her husband returns she must give up all of the new found independence. I can't imagine what that must have felt like. I absolutely disliked her husband. Even in the beginning of the book, and the author meant for that to happen. And I was glad that the author showed that there were good kind men in this world Grace lives in. I was glad that it showed the angry man as the exception and not the rule. 

This book is a true romance, so spoiler alert, it does have a happy ending, but Grace has to work to get there. 

So if you are a fan of romances, this book will be one that you will enjoy.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Be Fearless

Have you ever had a time when you worry about a new situation? Maybe you are starting a new job. Maybe you are going to a different school. There are things you are worrying about. Your imagination is running wild. Here are a few situations and a few suggestions on how to deal with those situations.

No Friends

This is a common fear. Most people don't like being the outsider. The easiest way to start a conversation with someone you don't know is to pay a genuine compliment. Tell someone how much you like their shoes or necklace. Most individuals smile when you compliment them and you may hear a story about this person.


Everyone has had a time when they have tried something and it didn't work out.  One way to overcome this fear is to picture yourself doing what you want. If you are worried that nobody will come to that holiday party you are planning. Picture yourself talking to your guests and your home full of merriment.

The Schedule

You are worried that you won't be able to get everything done. When you start feeling a little overwhelmed with the new things you are faced with take a deep breath so you can think clearly again. I had a job where where we had papers that would be handed to us. There were days when the stacks seemed like mountains. I would take a breath and grab one off the top. Before I knew it the stack of papers would be gone. Digging into the situation and seeing it get finished made me worry much less about big projects in the future.

So go out there and be fearless.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Killer Confidence

There are days when I have to boost my confidence. You know there is just something a little off and you don't feel as good about yourself as usual. Here are a few ways you can get back that killer confidence you normally have.

Wear It

Put on that outfit that makes you feel and look great. You know the one that everyone compliments you on. Then add a twist mine is use a new lipstick. I love lipsticks and lipgloss. And a new color just makes me feel like new.

Keep It Going

There are times when you are just feeling a little shaky. You are ready for something new. Start dreaming bigger. Remember there is always more to see and do in life.

Make It Happen

Say it out loud. Say something good is going to happen to me today. It just creates a positive feeling. And when you say it you will believe what you are saying.

So do you have suggestions on how to get killer confidence?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Take A Breath

I want everyone to do something right now. It's a simple thing. Everyone right now take a deep breath. Make sure it is the type of breath where you feel your lungs with air. The type of breath where you feel your entire chest expanding. That was easy wasn't it?

But there are individuals out there in the world who struggle with this. Have you ever seen someone with pneumonia or asthma struggling to catch their breath? It's kind of scary isn't it? But while these are scary and dangerous these conditions are treatable.

But there are a few conditions out there where taking a deep breath is not easy and it will get worse. People like my father who died from ILD. And this week my friend Brian.

Brian and I weren't close he was a friends boyfriend. But he was still a friend. I saw him struggle to walk up stairs at a wedding. He got up the stairs, but he was winded. I heard my friend's fear when she found out they were going to put him on a ventilator. And that final text about how Brian was doing that just stated "He's gone."

I remember feeling so sad for my friend. But I was so thankful that I could take a breath without struggling.

Monday, December 11, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

This past week I have been reminded that I need to be thankful for one of the things we all take for granted. My good health is what I am thankful for. I have a couple people in my life who are facing major health issues. And it hit me, you need to be more thankful for the fact that you are healthy. And I am. I am thankful that I am able to move around without any paint. I am thankful that I can breathe freely. All of these are things we often take for granted, but we shouldn't.
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Welcome to week#3 of the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Santa's Suit


WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 10 Ways to Improve Your Christmas Right Now by Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen

Finding My Center (in Two Ways) by Life In Spandex
20 Minute Home Core Workout
8 Organization Mistakes That You Are Making & How To Fix Them by Just Measuring Up

How to Organize Your Home for Good

4 Top Saving Tips You Need To Know For Christmas by Intentional Home Life
Getting Christmas done on a budget can seem impossible! I've got four frugal money-saving tips to help you stay in the black without being a Scrooge!

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:

You're a STAR
We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts). 
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.


All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )