This month I recently celebrated my sevententh wedding anniversary with my hubby in Colorado and Utah. And I also had the pleasure of celebrating my hubby’s birthday. Very thankful to God for a wonderful time.
My hubby and I saw many beautiful rock formations and awe inspiring scenery that made us really want to incorporate more plants inside our home and around the yard. Certain plants promote great air quality and are very calming. I found on wikipedia that the NASA Clean Air Study said that the Peace lily, Boston fern, Rubber plant and Spider plant are some of the greenery that promote good air quality.
This is why I am so excited about this Hanging Water Garden and $50 Giveaway! What better way to relax after a full day at work or just winding down after a busy day. Seeing this Hanging water garden in your home will put you in that peaceful mode.
Let’s face it: most of us can’t afford to budge on our wedding budgets. Planning a ceremony when money is tight is easier said than done; however, savvy couples can easily cut costs granted they know where to look.
First and foremost, couples should consider the most important aspects of their ceremony and trim the fat accordingly. For example, compromises should be made concerning the following:
The size of the ceremony and how many guests should be invited (an intimate affair versus a lavish party)
Which of the major and minor details of the ceremony matter the most, from fabrics and arrangements to music and catering
How much you’re willing to spend on the essentials, such as wedding rings, her dress and his tuxedo
Understanding what matters most can reduce a couple’s stress of planning the ceremony; meanwhile, it can also uncover opportunities for you to slash costs and stay within your budget. By harnessing the power of smart shopping and keeping the following tips in the back of your mind, you can save big without sacrificing your ceremony.
Research the Ring It’s incredibly easy to overspend on your wedding rings if you don’t know what to look for. Diamond prices can vary wildly from dealer to dealer and are determined by a number of factors including:
The diamond’s weight and amount of carats
The cut of the stone
The clarity and certification of the diamond
If such concepts seem foreign to you, make sure that you research the in’s and out’s of price prior to committing to a ring. In many cases, it makes more sense to shop around online versus buying blindly at a brick-and-mortar retailer.
Frugal with Flowers Flowers can eat up a shocking seven to ten percent of your wedding budget, leaving many couples wondering how they can keep their ceremony classy yet also save on decorations. Thankfully, getting frugal with your flowers is relatively easy, depending on how much of your budget you are willing to spend. For example:
You can rely on seasonal or local blooms which are guaranteed to be fresh and cost-effective
Seek out year-round blooms such as roses and orchids which likely won’t have to be imported
Consider artificial flowers or a mixture of real and artificial flowers: in many cases, guests won’t be able to tell the difference
Flowers on candle stand
Many couples aren’t willing to fore-go flowers; therefore, consider cost effective options before ruling them out entirely. Once you’ve made your decision, price out your flowers both locally and online to find the best deals.
Cutting Cake Costs What’s a wedding without cake? Elegant wedding cakes are indeed fun to marvel at and eat; however, they can quickly add up in terms of price. To compromise, it’s common for couples to have a small centerpiece cake coupled with a large sheet cake. You can also get more mileage out of your cake by cutting it into smaller slices or choosing butter cream icing versus pricier fondant. A little bit of creativity can go a long way to keeping your wedding cake delicious yet affordable.
A small cake can save money when on a budget.
Wedding’s don’t have to be insanely expensive: it all comes down to how you allocate your budget. By shopping smart, doing your homework and looking for smart ways to save, you can have the wedding of your dreams without sacrificing the essentials.
Most of us have an image in our heads of our ‘dream figure’- how we would ultimately love to look. Perhaps it’s how we used to look when we were younger, or maybe we aspire to achieve a celebrities enviable shape. This can be useful in motivating you in your diet and exercise regimes. However, it’s important not to get hung up on a shape that’s not actually achievable for you personally. Here are some of the things to consider when working towards your dream body.
Have You Considered Your Bone Structure? If the ‘dream figure’ you have in your head is tall and petite, and you’re five foot nothing with naturally wide hips, then you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. It doesn’t mean to say you won’t look incredible at your goal weight. But all of the diet and exercise in the world isn’t going to change your bone structure. It’s the reason why the ‘thigh gap’ trend and other similar fads are so dangerous. Not all women are naturally built in a way where this will ever be possible at a healthy weight. Focus on looking like the best version of yourself, rather than a celebrity or model that’s built completely differently.
Will You Be Losing a Lot of Weight? Losing weight if you are above a healthy BMI is of course fantastic for health, as well as confidence reasons. But sometimes after losing weight, the body doesn’t ‘spring back’ to the smaller shape it once was. Some people can find loose skin or pockets of stubborn fat an issue. These kinds of things can be treated successfully with plastic surgery, but it’s worth knowing that this may be a hurdle to cross when reaching your dream figure. You could check out a cosmetic surgeon such as belredcosmeticsurgery.com to find out the different procedures available. Alternatively, you could look into non- surgical body sculpting methods such as fat freezing and laser fat removal.
Have You Had Children? The miracle of pregnancy and childbirth is of course incredible. The only problem is pregnancy can permanently change some areas of your body. For example carrying a baby can make your ribcage expand meaning you look wider in this area regardless of how much weight you lose. This is why even if you’re looking at an old picture of yourself as your ‘dream figure’ inspiration, it’s not necessarily possible to get back to exactly that. Hormones change during pregnancy as well as from just natural ageing. This means you’re likely to carry any excess weight differently to when you were younger.. So something to bear in mind when trying to slim down to your pre-pregnancy body.
It’s always good to have a goal and something to aim for (providing it’s a healthy goal). It’s just important to be aware that ‘perfect’ doesn’t exist, and aiming to be the best version of yourself is the best way to look at things.
Are you working towards your ‘Dream Figure’?
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Are you thinking about your steps? If not, you may want to start thinking about them. I thought that I had it all mapped out and I was getting my steps each day. I felt kinda proud about it. I would intentionally walk up and down three flights of steps at work about two or three times a day and I thought that was enough. I surprised that I had only achieved about 3,000 steps out of the 10,000 step goal. I started using a personal fitness tracker and it kicked my step level up a notch. However, with that tracker I had to always check my smart phone or its website to see how many steps I have achieved. This can be a disadvantage, especially when I want to see where I am at in a jiffy. I recently had the opportunity to try the FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, to see what the difference might be. The FitBit Blaze watch is available from Verizon for $199.99 and is available in Black, Blue or Plum.
JT hiking in the Canyonlands with her Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness watch
Specifications from Verizon website:
Fitbit Blaze™ Smart Fitness Watch
Get fit in style with the Fitbit Blaze™—a smart fitness watch designed to help you maximize every workout and every day. Use fitness features like PurePulse™ continuous heart rate, multi-sport tracking, Connected GPS and FitStar workout on your wrist. Automatically track your activity, exercise and sleep. Stay connected with call, text and calendar notifications. Customize Fitbit Blaze with a variety of watch faces or accessorize with bands and frames. It’s everything you need for fitness and style—all in one sleek time piece.
Activity Tracking – whether you are running, biking or hiking; the sensors recognizes the type of activity that you are doing and records it for you.
PurePulse™ Heart Rate and Simplified heart rate zones – This feature tracks your heart rate during the day and during a workout. It will let you know if your heart rate is in the rate zone when exercising, to burn the most calories.
Connected GPS – If you want to know the route of your walk or run; the GPS feature will track it for you.
FitStar Workouts – From your wrist, the Blaze will give you instructions with graphics for a simple and quick workout. A perfect option if want to have a workout on the go. You can workout anywhere at anytime with images and instructions on how to do the specific exercises.
The workout summaries provide insights and track progress from day-to-day, and week-to-week.
The design is sleek with a high resolution screen that is easy to read.
The watch band is interchangeable in leather, stainless steel and sports band selections.
With a flip of the wrist you can see the time and your current step total.
The sensors are sensitive and can register you taking steps when you are actually checking the screen. On my wedding anniversary, my hubby and I took an all-day Jeep tour through Canyonlands and Arches National Park. When we were jeeping through the rocks and rough terrains the Fitbit blaze was measuring my movements as steps. That was not an accurate count for me that day. It was good that I was also hiking on the tour. There is a big difference between in the total number of steps taken with my other tracker and the FItBit Blaze. If i reached 10,000 steps on the FItBit Blaze, I would still have about 3000 to 3500 more steps to do with the other tracker. This was very interesting because trackers were worn on different arms at the same time.
With the FitBit Blaze connected to my smart phone, you can receive Smart notifications from your calendar, email accounts, and text message on the watch. Everything is easy to see and clear.
The smart phone app organizes your daily stats with the option to add water intake and caloric intake. The information from the FitBit Blaze synced with the smart phone app with out any issues or problems.
On the Fitbit’s website, you and see more detailed information about your steps, weight, sleep and compare it with previous days statistics. This allows you to see if you are on track with your target number of steps, calories burned, or water intake. You can set goals and the app and website will do the tracking for you to see if you within reach of achieving that goal.
Though the FitBit website, you can join groups of like-minded, fitness-minded people. You can challenge each other for monthly step totals, miles covered or active-minutes achieved.
Once you sign up for the app and website, you will receive weekly updates of your progress; and provide you with tips for a healthy life. These tips include recipe for healthy food choices.
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness watch
The FitBit Blaze watch is your all-in-one fitness tracker. It is the ideal tracker for anyone who wants to take control of their fitness level and goals. It is all within reach of your wrist or your laptop. With all the technology built into the FitBit Blaze; there is no need to worry if it will be hard to understand. FitBit has gone the extra mile to simplify everything so that it’s easy to set-up, easy to use and easy to understand. The time is now to know your fitness level and to know where you want it to go to. You can get there with the FitBit Blaze.
Verizon Wireless provided me with the FITBIT Blaze to sample for six weeks, after which time I returned it back to Verizon. I received no monetary compensation to write this review. All opinions are my own.
For my wife and I, our favorite way to travel is in our Jeep Wrangler. We have been blessed and fortunate to be able to travel to some amazing places over the last seventeen years. From the Biltmore Mansion to Monument Valley; from Chicago to Memphis, we have experienced wonderful museums, historic sites, national parks, restaurants and places to stay. We have walked through the urban mountains of the big cities. We have driven through and to the top of the real mountains. We have stood on the top of bridges, looking down at the people and the water. We hiked in the desert heat to see the Earth’s beauty.
And We Are Home! Returning from a road trip to Utah
In a new series on our blog, we will share with you our experiences from the road. It may be a memorable stay at a bed and breakfast or reliving a special moment together. It may be providing must-see sites in the cities that we have traveled to. It may providing tips and tricks that we have learned that will make your own road trip a better experience for you and your family. It may be destinations and sites that is on our wish list of places to go.
Just hop in the Jeep, sit back and enjoy the ride with us.
Every dog owner is aware that sometimes it comes at a price. More often than not this is your home. Just like with small children it’s inevitable that a dog will make a mess in your home. So you are going to have to invest in more time keeping it clean. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some top tips to keep your home clean and tidy. Allowing you more time to enjoy with your dog.
Unpleasant smells As a dog owner, we know that they have a scent. One that can get stronger at times especially when they have been outside. These odours can linger in the home. So it’s important to ensure that your dog gets bathed regularly. But make sure that you don’t wash too frequently, or avoid not washing your dog often enough. Just like we have specific requirements for our hair, so does your dog. So take into account if your dog’s hair is particularly greasy or dry. While bathing your dog is a great way to keep odours at bay, consider making sure your home is ventilated. Also, use strong fabric fresheners to ensure the rest of your home continues to smell rosey.
Damaged items Another thing that dog owners are all too familiar with is damaged items. If your dog likes to chew things, then you sure know about it. Nothing is safe from your slippers to the carpets. To avoid your furniture and other items being destroyed consider bones for them to chew or indestructible dog toys for them to enjoy. You can go to the website online to find out more information on what’s available.
Dog toys everywhere Dogs are just as playful as young children. So it shouldn’t surprise you that there will be an accumulation of things like toys everywhere. It’s important to keep your dog occupied, especially when you are not around. But consider having a storage space where they can live at night or when your dog isn’t keen to play. Doing this will ensure that your home stays tidy.
Dirty paw prints The last thing you want is for your dog to go trailing through your home with muddy paws after a long walk. But these incidents can happen and cause stains on carpets, flooring and even the walls. However, training your dog to wait until you give the order to enter your home is one way to combat it. Although, you may find that these things do happen from time to time, so make sure you have a good stain remover spray on standby. Tackle the marks as soon as possible to avoid them staining.
Dog hair Finally, one of the biggest issues with dogs is the accumulation of hair that can gather all around your home. Of course, the amount of hair a dog sheds depends on its breed. Regular grooming is essential to make sure you brush away those stray hairs. A dog will shed its hair more at certain times of the years, so make sure you are aware of when you may need to groom your dog more regularly.
I hope these tips help you keep your home clean and tidy.
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Do you ever feel like you want your lashes to grow longer or brows to look fuller? Are you wearing faux eyelashes and would really like to get rid of them?
I hear you loud and clear. I have never worn faux lashes and don’t pluck my eyebrows, but I do know what it’s like to fill in brows to make them look fuller.
New York Biology UltraLASH
New York Biology has an UltraLASH Lash & Brow Serum that claims to make those brows look fuller and grow those lashes longer. I am always a little skeptical for such claims being made but I don’t mind giving the product a try. My brows and eyelashes are already full but I do add powder or a brow liner stick for fullness.
The UltraLASH brow and lash serum comes in a 3.5 mil box and when you take top off it has brush applicator on the top. After I wash my face I apply according to the directions the brush gently along my brows . You only need to apply the serum once so it will last a long time.
My brows look full, healthy, however, my brows are already thick so not seeing a lot of change right now. I will keep using the serum and see how it works overtime.
JTwisdom applying applicator to brows
When I apply the serum to the upper eyelashes I would apply the brush from the inner part of my lash line to the outer part. it was very easy to apply, and a little of the serum was all I needed. I have used this product a month and I can tell that areas were my lashes need to look thicker I am starting to see thickness.
JT applying brush to lash area
The ingredients and more information about the UltraLASH & Brow serum is listed below for your convenience.
Aqua (Water), Glycerine, Hydrolyed Starch Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Pentapeptide-17, Pterocarpus Marsupium Bark Extract, Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Mannitol, Panthenol (D), Glutamic Acid (L), Xanthan Gum, Lecithin 1, 2- Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Chloride Disodium Succinate, Tropolone, Phenoxyethanol, Phytic Acid.
Draw the applicator carefully along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes going from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part. May also apply to eyebrow area. Use once daily. External use only.
About the Product
DERMATOLOGIST & CLINICALLY TESTED this irritation-free and allergy-free formula was tested to deliver results without causing discomfort. This eyelash serum has gone through rigorous testing at an independent lab under dermatologist supervision to insure you have peace of mind.
LAB TEST IN CLINICAL TRIALS SHOWED that after use of Eyelash Enhancing Serum, users found that applying the solution daily, gave a 25% increase in the thickness and length of eyelashes after two weeks, and a 75% increase after six weeks of regular use. The results were studied over a panel of applicants and measured with SigmaScan software.
THICKER, FULLER, & LONGER LASHES our Eyelash Growth Serum is made utilizing cutting edge technologies such as Pentapeptide-17, Swiss Apple Stem Cells and Botanical Complex Tricholasty®. These active high-end ingredients encourage hair to grow thicker, fuller, and longer while improving the overall appearance and condition of your lashes.
CREATE THICKER, MORE DEFINED BROWS unlike other eyelash growth products the ingredients in this serum have been tested to work on brows just as effectively. Our clinically proven formula is designed to transform weak, uneven and sparse brows into healthy-looking, fuller brows.
MADE IN THE USA our Eyelash Enhancer Serum is made using the Highest Quality Ingredients. Produced in our FDA Approved cGMP Facility does not contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates and is Cruelty Free.
With the hot and humid days of summer upon us, I want to keep my skin routine to a minimum. I do not want to put much of anything on when the temperature reaches 90 degrees and above. If you have heard the expression ‘sweating off your make-up’, that definitely will happen when the humidity reaches 100 degrees. I am always on the look for a moisturizer that will keep my face feeling fresh; but not oily and will last the whole day through. Vivo Labs recently contacted my about trying its Vitamin C and Amino Day Moisturizer. I was intrigued and curious to see if this moisturizer would be an ideal fit for those humid days of summer.
A big “Thank You” to Mayank and the team at Vivo Labs for providing me with the opportunity to try the moisturizer; and to give one to one of wonderful followers to try as well. The moisturizer comes in a sleek and sexy bottle. It is a 1.62 ounce bottle and retails for $58. Details on the giveaway are at the end of this review.
Directions (from the box)
Apply the Vitamin C+ Amino Day moisturizer generously to the face and neck. For me, I only needed one pump. I do not like to waste any product. When I tried one pump, it was more than enough and my face did not feel oily at all. For dry skin, you may need two pumps or more. But I suggest that you start with one pump and see how it goes. You may need a second or third pump, but you don’t want to overdo it and be looking oily and shiny. The bottle should last a long time if you are only using one pump.
Applying the moisturizer Thanks to God and good genes, my skin is in pretty good condition. I applied the moisturizer by massaging from my neck to my face in upward motions. I apply moisturizer this way because it decreases wrinkles and it is just a great massage. The Vitamin C+ Amino Day moisturizer absorbed into my skin well. My skin felt soft and supple. The moisturizer never felt weighty or heavy, so my SPF glided on smoothly. It lasted the whole day through. My skin never felt dry or rough; always fresh and smooth.
JT applying Vivo moisturizer
The Spotlight ingredients are ProVitamin B5, Citric Acid, and Chamomile. Enrich your skin with ingredients like coconut, cucumber and pro vitamin B5 Features Shea Butter and Green Tea Leaf Extract Helps moisturize and replenish your appearance Leaves you with a healthier looking complexion Great for all skin types
I have sensitive skin with an occasional acne breakout. I have to be very selective about what I use for my skincare regime. I have used the moisturizer every day for two weeks and I am still using the product. I like how it feels as it is absorbed into skin.
Discount Code!! Vivo Labs is very generous and offering a 60 percent discount to all of my readers and subscribers on its website.
Use this code to receive the discount: JTWISDOM60
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New Giveaway ending date is Sept 30, 2016
Winner will be announced on October 1, 2016
If you have any concerns about compatibility with your skin please check with your doctor first.
Today was a beautiful sunny low humidity day.
What a wonderful day to go for a run and get in the zone with some really good music. When I run, my music makes me not even think about how hard i am working.
Because of my partnership with Verizon Wireless, I recently had an opportunity to demo the LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Stereo headset. This wireless headset is designed for the on-the-go person for listening to music and taking phone calls. I was curious to listen to the quality of the sound from the earbuds and how well the wireless worked.
LG Tone PRO Bluetooth Stereo Headset
– The headset has a comfortable, lightweight, around-the-neck sleek design. It do no like wearing anything heavy weight hanging on my neck. This headset is a perfect companion.
– I synced the headset via Bluetooth with my phone. The music sounds quite clear and I could hear the bass really well. If a call comes in, the music pauses and I can answer the call. After the call finishes, my music is there for me right where I left off.
– Tone & Talk™ 2.0- Tone & Talk 2.0* allows text reading over TONE PRO. It also incorporates Voice Memo for recording memos and Find Me for locating a paired device.
– The new wire design is low profile and specially made to accentuate the slim design of the next generation TONE PRO. Wires are constructed of tough, quality, lightweight Kevlar fibers for durability and performance.
– The LG TONE PRO offers noise-canceling, dual MEMS microphones for clear calls even in noisy surroundings. Featuring echo cancellation and noise reduction, you can take your calls knowing that TONE PRO will deliver your voice clearly.
JT using the LG Tone Pro Bluebooth Stereo headset
With the wireless feature, the headset will work up 33 feet from the base station – whether it is a phone or computer and another Bluetooth device. If you keep your phone on you, you will not have problem. However, if you keep the phone in a room and leave for another location, you will find that the reception will get very spotty outside of that 33 feet range.
The headset is designed for 10.5 hours of music time, up to 16 hours of talk time and up to 30 days of standby time. Charging time is less than two hours.
In the Box
One LG TONE PRO, Charger
Extra Ear Gels (Small and Large) – My ears are small so the ear gels it came with fit me snug and perfectly.
Quick Start Guide
I would see people using headsets not thinking it was a needed purchase. However, after reviewing the LG Tone Pro Bluetooth Stereo headset it can be a benefit to a lot of people, from the business person to the stay at home mom or dad. The hands free feature is a bonus if whether you are working in the yard or presenting a report to the board. The headset is available at Verizon Wireless and retails for $69.99 an
Verizon Wireless provided BubblingWithEleganceAndGrace.com with a demo of the LG Tone Pro Bluebooth Stereo headset, to write this review. All opinions are strictly our own. We did not receive any monetary compensation to write this review. After the one month time, the headset was returned to Verizon, to write this review.
I hope that your week is going well! It is hard to believe that we are approaching the end of August Where did the summer? I know it’s been hot, humid and very rainy here in the Show Me State. So, for me, I am so looking forward to fall. One important thing to think about in August is ‘Back to School.’ Whether it is you or your child, going back to school is a big deal. In addition to the school supplies and new clothes that need to be bought, you may also want to consider upgrading or purchasing new cell phones for you and the family. With all the phones on the market, it is hard to know which one is the best one for you and your family. You may want to consider the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 available from Verizon Wireless.
Because of our partnership with Verizon Wireless, we tried this phone for about a month to write a review on the blog. We enjoyed using this phone because of the many features that it offered and how easy it was to use.
Motorola Droid Turbo 2
Product Description From Verizon
The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 has the world’s first shatterproof display, guaranteed not to crack or shatter for four years. It has a battery that can last up to 48 hours from a single charge. The Turbo charging port can charge the battery for thirteen hours of use in only fifteen minutes. The built-in camera can captures the perfect shot with its 21–megapixel rapid–focus feature. The phone is powered by fast 4G LTE, only from Verizon. The DROID TURBO 2 comes in 32GB internal memory and is available in Black Soft-Grip, Black-Pebble Leather, Gray Ballistic Nylon, or Winter White Soft-Grip. Check out VerizonWireless.com for additional details on all of these features and specifications.
My favorite feature of the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is exclusively found only on the Motorola brand of mobile phones. When each of your family members has a Motorola phone, they can keep connected with each other with the app known as Moto Loop. After setting up the app, you can add members to your Loop and check-in with them throughout day. You can track their location on a map. It may be a child coming home from school or a husband who is out running errands on his day off. It can also be used for an elderly parent who is staying by themselves and need to checked on each day. Moto Loop provides that peace of mind for a mother or wife who who wants to keep her family members close at hand. The app can also be connected to your NEST thermostat to adjust the temperature and HUE lighting devices to turn lights on and off. This great feature keeps tabs on your house when you are not at home and helps keep it energy efficient as well.
We recommend the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 to anyone who wants to use an advanced phone with many high-quality features. We recommend that everyone in the household have this same phone. It provides easy connections with each other throughout the day. It keeps everyone at peace because no has to worry about not have the best phone. The phone retails on Verizon’s website for $528. Check with a Verizon representative for any special promotions or sales related to this phone.
Verizon Wireless provided BubblingWithEleganceAndGrace.com with a demo of the Motorola Droid Turbo 2, to write this review. All opinions are strictly our own. We did not receive any monetary compensation to write this review. After the one month time, the phone was returned to Verizon.