Purex Laundry Detergent savings #cartwheel

in , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, August 22, 2014

I love being part of the Purex Insiders team so I can bring you great savings like this one. While I wasn't compensated  for sharing, I will be entered into a gift card giveaway.

I enjoy using Purex products, especially their laundry detergent. Not only does it work great, it's affordable and now you can save even more on Purex when you shop at Target.

Purex Laundry Degergent #save

All you have to do to save 10% off you next purchase of Purex at Target is to visit their cartwheel site by clicking here and add the savings to your cart. Easy! It will look like this:

Purex Laundry Detergent #cartwheel

Then you just show your bar code at checkout and you are done. There are some terms and conditions to share:
terms & conditions
Offer valid in store only. Limit no more than one manufacturer coupon, one Target coupon and one Cartwheel offer can be combined per item. Scan all other coupons before scanning your Cartwheel bar code in store. Each Cartwheel offer may be used for up to a maximum of 4 qualifying items per offer per transaction, unless otherwise noted. Limit of 1 Cartwheel bar code per transaction and 6 Cartwheel bar code transactions per day. Void if copied, scanned, altered, transferred, purchased, sold, or prohibited by law. Item(s) may not be available at all stores. Not valid in Canada. Offer value may not exceed value of item purchased. No cash value.

Here's the savings link again. 

I hope you enjoy shopping and saving with Purex and cartwheel. Please share in comments: On average, how many coupons do you use weekly?

I love playing with makeup and enjoy wearing a fully done, natural face when I’m out of the house. I do have a few brands that I’m loyal too, but I’m no makeup snob. If you looked inside my makeup bag you would find an eclectic blend of high and low priced products that I use and would recommend.  I recently received a complimentary set of makeup and brushes from Sheer Cover Studio in partnership with ModernMom Insiders and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you today, which are 100% my own.

Sheer Cover Studio #makeup #brushes

Sheer Cover Studio knows how to delight a gift recipient!  I really thought I was going to try their Perfect Shade Mineral Foundation and that’s it, so imagine my delight when I opened my box and saw all these products to play with. Be still my makeup loving’ heart and thank you Sheer Cover Studio! You can find out more about them by visiting their website and following them on Twitter

I couldn’t wait to dive in and give this line a try.  I will tell you right now, I was a little concerned about how well the mineral makeup would fair in the sweltering, humid weather we are having. I don’t normally use mineral makeup for this reason, so I was guardedly optimistic that Sheer Cover Studio Mineral makeup would work for me.

I applied my regular moisturizer (a must!) and after it soaked in; I applied a small amount of the Sheer Cover Studio’s Base Perfector Primer and allowed it time to soak in, which took a few minutes and some dabbing to get my face not to feel oily.  

Next I applied the Conceal and Brighten Trio. This product goes on silky smooth using either a concealer brush (I like how soft theirs is); or by dabbing with your fingertips. Because of the small amount used per application, I think it's worth  $24.95 and will probably buy this product again.

Sheer Cover Studio #Concealer and Brightening Duo #makeup

 A little bit of concealer and a sweep of the brightening highlighter and I was ready to try the Mineral Foundation. This mineral foundation is light and soft and everything you could want in a mineral foundation- but it was no match for this crazy southern heat and humidity! I finally had to concede and wipe off my face. I’ll try this product again in late fall/winter. 

Once I had applied my regular, stay put liquid foundation, I was ready to apply the Sun- Kissed Bronzing Minerals. So pretty and so easy to work with! The colors stay true on my face and never turned too orange out in the heat. The only downside to this product is the small amount you get for $26.95. I probably wouldn't pay that much to re-purchase it.

Sheer Cover Studio #Bronzer

Last but not least, I applied their lengthening mascara. Look at this brush.

Sheer Cover Studio #mascara

It covers all your lashes, even the little ones without clumping and stays put during the day, yet is easy to wash off.  I will have to practice a little more with the extending fibers Sheer Cover Studio sent me though. Having never used them, they felt a little odd on my lashes at first. Once I get the hang of applying the fibers, I’ll be using them on date nights. Their mascara price is right in line with department store mascara's at $16.95, so I may purchase this one again.

While all of the products I received for my review won't find themselves in regular rotation in my makeup bag, I really enjoyed using all of the Sheer Cover Studio products including the makeup brushes. 

Would you like to give this line a try? Then be sure to enter their contest for a year supply of makeup!

Before you go enter the giveaway, please share in comments: What is your can't live without makeup product? 

As my blog name attests- I am a work at home Mom with a simple plan- to keep the focus on home. What I mean by that is- I strive daily to keep my “home” and all those who live here or visit top of mind. It isn’t always easy- this home/family/work balance I have, but it is worth every minute of planning and nurturing it takes. 

I enjoy being a home maker.  I enjoy cooking, gardening, cleaning (most things),
decorating and being downright domestic. It’s a part of who I am, just as much as running two small businesses are, which I also enjoy immensely.

When I was a teenager, I dreamed of having a Home. Not just a house, but a true home. One filled with lightness and love and happiness and laughter.  A home filled with feelings. Good vibes if you will. And I am blessed to have that home. 

Rainbow light #happyhome

Two of the highest compliments I’ve ever received on my homemaking skills were based on feelings these people felt while in our home. 

The first came from a dear friend of my Mother in laws who came to a family BBQ we were hosting. This fine lady stood in my kitchen drinking tea and laughing when out of the blue she said something along the lines of - "You know, you and your husband have something rare and beautiful here. You have a happy home and family. You can feel it, see it in every little detail and every sparkling room.” I couldn’t stop smiling as I thanked her for such a compliment. 

Maya Angelou #home #quote

The next compliment I received about our home came from a friend of my teenage daughters, who was here helping my daughter celebrate her birthday. We were hosting a sleep-over pizza party and our home was bursting with teenage girls! A fun time was had by all. I could tell by their faces, laughter and animated conversations well into the night.

The next morning, the girls got up and one by one, slowly gravitated to the den where my daughter and I were talking quietly. One girl, long blond hair in a mass of tangled curls, was sitting in my office chair happily eating a muffin when she said to me “I like it here Mrs. Linda”. “This is what a home is supposed to look and feel like- all happy and comforting.” “This is what a family is supposed to be.” I wanted to hug her, but instead I smiled and invited her over anytime she could come.

To these two people, years apart in age and time of visits, it was all about the energy, the feeling of our home and ultimately, me, the homemaker. These compliments mean that more often than not, I’m doing my job as homemaker correctly. And that to me is a blessing.

Are you a homemaker at heart who may need to refocus your energy? Do you think your home may be lacking in positive energy? You can change it!

Here are three quick tips to start you on your way:

  • Check your own feelings. Moms and wives- you are the heartbeat of your home, so you will reap what you sow. I know this all too well. I was in a foul mood for a brief time on Saturday. I took my whole family down that stinky road with me until my funk moved on. Even though it was short lived, it dampened the mood and impacted the energy in our home for at least an hour afterwards.

  • Respect your home. Tidy up a little each day, or at night when you get home from work.  Make a list of chores and delegate as needed. Yes- a level of clutter is to be expected and accepted in everybody’s home- but don’t let it take over! Clutter frustrates and makes for bad energy.

  • Love the home you have now. Not the home you dream of. A favorite life quote of mine comes from Sheryl Crowe’s song- Soak up the Sun:  “It’s not having what you want; it’s wanting what you’ve got.” This goes for your home too.  Whether you are renting a two bedroom condo or living in a 3 bedroom with a mortgage – this is what you have and you need to accept it, small bathrooms and all. 

Our Home #welcome

There are tons of remodeling projects we want to do to our mid-size Ranch, but until we have the time and the money at the same time- I’m going to love this home, just the way it is. And you will be welcomed into my less than perfect home if ever our paths cross and hopefully, you will like what you feel from the moment you step out of your car and long after you drive away.

Please share with me in comments: What room in your home has the most positive energy, or gives you the most joy when you enter?

My family will be gathering around the dinner table tonight tired but happy to have our first full week of school over and done.  Even though we started practicing our back to school schedules ahead of time, it still shocked our systems to get up so early, so I plan on hitting the easy button tonight for dinner. That means it time to visit Papa Murphy’s pizza.

Papa Murphy's take N Bake Pizzas #PapaMurphy'sMom

Long before I became a Papa Murphy’s Mom, I enjoyed the convenience of being able to pick up one of their made to order, take and bake pizzas, through together a quick garden salad and have a wholesome dinner on the table in no time. If I am really time crunched, I can pick up a pre-made salad at Papa Murphy's, right at the check out line.

I’m relying on Papa Murphy’s again tonight and I know their pizzas won’t disappoint us. The hardest part is deciding what to order! 

While all Papa Murphy’s Pizzas are tasty, our family has clear favorites like the classic Pepperoni. You can’t go wrong with this for a quick dinner, especially if your teen or tween is having guests over. Pepperoni Pizza is like a whole food group to them and their top pick is always Papa Murphy’s.

Papa Murphy's Pepperoni Pizza #dinner

Quick health tip: Press a napkin or paper towel on your slice of Pepperoni Pizza to blot off excess oils. Depending on the size of your slice, you could save yourself and your family up to 50 calories a slice.

You can use the blotting technique on Papa Murphy’s Cowboy Pizza too. This pie is one of my husband’s favorites!

Papa Murphy's Cowboy Pizza #meatlovers

Followed closely by the Papa Murphy’s meat lover’s pan pizza. Make no mistake; this is a loaded, man fuel pizza pie sure to please your hungriest bunch! I can eat one slice and I'm done.

Papa Murphy's Pan Pizza #manfuel

Quick cooking tip: Even though Papa Murphy’s cooking instructions say to wipe off the bottom of the pan and to check for holes before baking the Pan Pizza, I still wound up with baked on grease on the bottom of my oven the first time we got this pie. I suggest you always cook this pizza on a pizza pan just to be on the safe side because it does have a fair amount of grease.

I’ve saved my personal favorite for last, This is by far one of the  healthiest pizzas I've had in a long time. I LOVE Papa Murphy’s Herb Chicken Mediterranean Delite Pizza. 

Papa Murphy's Herb Chicken Mediterranean #Delite Pizza

From its flavorful chicken, Feta cheese, fresh spinach and sun-dried tomatoes to its thin, crispy crust, this pizza is just delicious. Made with olive oil and a zesty herb blend, it is a light pizza that never makes me feel like I ate a heavy meal.

Papa Murphy's thin crust Herb Chicken Med. Delite #Pizza

Have I made you hungry for pizza now? I invite you to learn more about Papa Murphy’s Pizza by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter

Please share in comments: What is your family’s favorite kind of pizza? Would your family like one of the pizzas I shared today?

Disclosure: As part of the Papa Murphy's Mom group, I receive promotional and educational items occasionally to use and share my thoughts. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wordless Wednesday- Summer Watering

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer watering #gardening
A drink for the grass and the Wasps I want to keep away from me

Summer watering #herbs #gardening
Rosemary gets thirsty quickly in the summer heat

Summer watering #peach tree #gardening
Fresh water in the bird bath and a drink for the Peach tree

 Please share in comments: How often do you water during the summer?

I have been hearing about prize candles for some time now, but until I was asked if I’d like to try one free to review via Taste Maker Mom, I was content to burn my regular “no prize candles”.  Curiosity got the better of me and my daughter’s.  I was happy to learn I’d been selected to participate. All opinions are my own.

Prize Candle offers elegantly crafted scented natural soy candles that contain a hidden prize in every candle.

Our pretty Prize Candle arrived and naturally the first thing we noticed was the scent. We received the Adriatic Fig, which is light and fruity. I also liked the snow white color of the wax. 

Prize Candle Adriatic Fig #soy #candle

There’s just something inviting about a snow white candle to me. I almost didn’t want to burn it, but how else were we going to get to the prize?  My youngest daughter couldn’t wait to see what we’d win after reading this on the back of our candle box.

Prize Candle prize information on #box

With the assurance that we would win a prize of at least $10, we lit our candle.

candle flame Prize Candle #soy

The Prize candle burns clean and evenly, just like I’ve come to expect from a soy candle. It also burns slowly, which normally is a good thing- but not when you are waiting for your first glimpse of your prize!

lit soy Prize Candle #pretty

Our candle burned just over an hour before we saw the prize pack. We let it burn another 20 minutes before we could pull our prize from the melting wax. 

prize inside melting candle starting to show

Opening the little plastic bag covered in wax was a messy but fun job. My daughter and I were up to the task and this is what we got for our efforts.

Prize code from soy candle
prize ring inside soy candle

The ring, which is a pretty costume jewelry piece, is small for my average size fingers, so it only felt comfortable on my pinkie finger. That didn’t bother me at all because I’d already promised my daughter she could have the ring. 

We headed over to the Prize Candle site to redeem our prize next. My daughter was so excited that we had a chance to win lots of money. Her excitement was contagious and I crossed my fingers as we entered our special code in the appraisal box. We won $10 dollars off our first purchase of a Prize Candle which was a bit of a letdown. I will use the coupon code though if I chose to purchase a Prize Candle for a friend.

Prize Candle boxes with flowers, #prizes

All in all we are happy with our wonderfully scented soy Prize Candle and can now join the ranks of others who love the thrill of burning a candle with a prize inside. I invite you to visit their website to discover all their scents and learn more about Prize Candle the company. You can also follow them on Twitter

Please share in comments: What is your favorite summer candle scent?

Being a Mom of a teenager can be tricky; being a mom of a teen age girl can be sticky.  I say this because, if a parent isn’t very careful, she will find herself in one sticky situation after another because teenage girls are full of emotions. That’s why I was thrilled to receive a complimentary copy of Enough by Kate Conner via Flyby Promotions to review and host a giveaway. 

Enough by Kate Conner book cover #10things

I couldn’t wait for this book to arrive. Even though I have a good relationship with my 15 yr. old daughter, I’m open to learning all I can about parenting, especially during the turbulent teens years.

Once my copy arrived, I turned the book over to read the back jacket as I always do and these are the words that greeted me.

  • You are beautiful.
  • You are valuable.
  • You are enough.

Those are powerful, beautiful and truthful words.  Words that I daresay we do not hear enough in our lives so please take a moment and read those three sentences again. And if you take nothing else with you after you read this post- I will feel honored that I could share those truths with you. 

About the Author:

Kate Conner is a 28 year old writer, blogger, speaker, Southerner- hailing from North Carolina, Mom of 3, Counselor of teenage girls, Daughter of Christ, thrift store shopper. That’s what I got from her bio on Enough. After reading this book though, I discovered Kate is so much more than her bio. She’s smart, funny, real, and authentic, the kid sister I never had and the big sister influence teenage girls need. 

About Enough- #10 things we should be telling teenage girls

Quotes from Enough book by Kate Conner #10things

This book was born from a blog post on March 25, 2012. I never read Kate’s “10 things I want to tell teenage girls” postbut apparently I was completely out of the loop, because 2 million other people read it in just two weeks. After reading Enough, where Kate expands and explains her 10 things, I can see why her post was so wildly popular.

Quotes from Enough book by Kate Conner #10things

Kate touches on the teenage girl of today; she talks openly about why men and boys stare, modesty and why how we look matters. She talks openly about drama, using words as weapons and over-sharing on social media. She shares insights into being female and controlling our emotions instead of our emotions controlling us. 

Quotes from Enough book by Kate Conner #10things

In essence, Kate covers most of the power struggle, hot bed topics that will or may have already come up with your teenage girl.  I enjoyed this book and found it to be a valuable resource. 

If you have found yourself arguing with your teenage girl about clothing, dating, friends etc. and don’t want to wage another war- hand her this book, tell her it’s a “must read” and walk away. She’ll read it and learn from it.  My daughter read it and really liked. While our parenting mirrors Kate's wise words- she touched on subjects in a new and different way that resonated with my daughter.

 I even recommend that Moms with teenage sons read this book, because if it hasn’t happened yet- girl drama will affect your son and what better way to help him navigate this area than to have an insight?

You can learn more about Enough here and Kate by visiting her sites: 

Quotes from Enough book by Kate Conner #10things

The Giveaway:

One lucky reader will receive a paper back copy of About Enough- #10 things we should be telling teenage girls courtesy of Propeller Consulting, LLC. Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter form below.  Terms: Open to U.S. residents 18+. No purchase necessary to enter/win. My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook. Read full terms and conditions on Rafflecopter form. 

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