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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Exploring the island
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Aloha again from beautiful Maui! Today's post is all about exploring this beautiful island! It's interesting, everybody's definition of exploring seems to be a bit different, and I think that is just great. For instance, our "exploring" on this particular trip is at a different level than if Brod and I were on a trip without the boys, and even at that, there are others that probably take the word "exploring" to more daring and crazier things than we would ever do. But I love that, we are all unique and have varied comfort zones and "dare meters" so that is how it should be. Our exploring this particular day involved taking the little dudes to downtown Lahaina, stopping off in a little "jungle" park area near the beach, and spending time at the coolest Banyan tree ever. Lahaina is such a cool little town, and the boys and I loved strolling around, popping in and out of shops, and of course, eating our fair share of shaved ice (Ululani's...it's unreal good!). We then hung out at this Banyan tree that is seriously the most amazing tree I have seen. The size of it alone is breathtaking and all the different branches and vines make you feel like you are in some other world! The boys loved it and Hanes kept saying, "mom, how come this tree is so bendy haha?" We then drove the coast for awhile and finally stopped off in this beach side area that had more cool trees and let the boys run around and kicked it in the shade! A big thanks to Avis, cruising in the comfort our Explorer made it easy to explore on all of us! Any how, I hope you all have a great day and get to explore wherever you are!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hair Cleansing
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Hey guys! I have partnered with L'Oreal Paris to talk about the new L'Oreal EverPure cleansing conditioner and how I have incorporated it into my hair care routine. I am so excited to share this new product with you that I have been using for the past month and have absolutely loved the results. As you can tell, I color my hair, and coloring my hair can leave it feeling dry and feeling in need of some extra TLC. Well, this EverPure cleansing balm has been the answer! Using it has helped my hair feel much healthier and given it that shine that I was looking for. Today, I thought I would share a few tips on what the cleansing balm actually is, what it does for your hair, and how to use it.

What is it, and what does it do for your hair? It's quite simple really. The EverPure Cleansing Balm is a cleansing conditioner with a gentle, low-lather formula that helps lift away dirt without stripping your hair, and restores moisture to your hair, without weighing it down. After using it my hair feels soft, refreshed, and nourished.

How do you use it? Well, this can vary depending upon your hair type, lifestyle, and schedule each day. However, it's recommended to use in between your traditional shampoo/conditioner washes that you would regularly do. The Cleansing Balm is meant to be used to refresh your hair, when it does not require deep cleansing. After the gym when my hair needs a refreshing "pick-me-up" and quick clean is an example of when I use it. The how is very simple and easy to do. You just add 6-8 pumps (or more if your hair requires it, I use 10-12) to wet hair, let it sit for 3 minutes, and then rinse. I love how easy it is to use and as mentioned before, I have loved the results in my hair so far, and this EverPure cleansing balm is not going to break your bank. The price point (it sells for $11.99 at your local drugstore) is cheaper than other brands, and can be found at places like Target for even less ($9.99). I hope this helps you better understand how I have used and will continue to use the cleansing balm as part of my hair care routine. I have included a video/tutorial as well, so make sure you check it out! Hope you enjoy!

*L'Oreal Sponsored

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Perfect Basic
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Hello to all of you beautiful people! Today I have teamed up with Vince Camuto at Macy's to talk about their spring/summer line that can be found at Macy's. Now who doesn't love a black dress? I have always been a huge fan of wearing black, and when doing so in a little "midi" dress, you just can't go wrong. This look is just one of the many options that you will find when you check out the Vince Camuto line at Macy's. They have a such great selection of tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories. It would pretty much be impossible to not find something you love! I love this look because it feels effortless and is a dress that you could go back to again and again. Everyone needs a "go-to" black dress and this look has absolutely nailed it. Also, this black dress can be easily paired with a variety of shoes. I chose wedged heels for this look, but this little black number would be complimented well with a pair of pumps, or flats too. Anyhow, if you get a chance, I highly recommend taking a look at Vince Camuto at Macy's, you will not regret it. I would love to see the pieces you find and the looks you put together, please share them and use the hashtag #MacyLoves when you get a chance. Thanks to all of you for following and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Aloha! I know so many of you have been able to use that Hawaiian term when greeting or parting from someone, but I never have and that is why I am going to say it again, aloha from Maui! I hope you are all having an absolutely wonderful day wherever you are. As mentioned above, today's post comes to you from the beautiful island of Maui. The boys and I are so excited to be here to explore the island and soak in the beautiful sunshine and ocean air. We have teamed up with the Sheraton Maui and are staying in one of their Ohana suites, and let me just tell you that this place is a dream. We are loving every single thing about this resort, including the pools, service, room, and grounds. It really is a bit of paradise. As you can tell from the pictures, the boys were barely excited haha! Seriously the minute we woke up this morning all they wanted to do was get in their swimsuits and hit the pool. And wow do they love the pool here. It's pretty rad because the pool(s) kind of wind in and out of good portion of the grounds here, and each section of the pool is a bit unique. There is a slide, waterfalls, big swimming areas, and little water tunnels that sprawl across the Sheraton Maui campus. Hanes, Arrow, Brod, and I spent most of our time in the kid's area of the pool, which was nice because it has a super shallow section that the boys love to play in, and Brod and I could watch them and play with them without having to hold them or worry about them being in too deep of water. They seriously would have stayed in there all day if we let them, we probably will let them one of these days haha!

Something else that I really love about the Sheraton Maui is the space that it allows for running around or just chilling. We spent time today just in the grass playing, laughing, and relaxing in the sun, and it was so comfortable. We never felt cramped or overcrowded, we simply walked out the back door of our room and spent some time roaming, walking, and relaxing in the grass. After the pool, we took the dudes to the beach via the private beach access the resort has and they loved it so much! They both have a love/hate relationship with the waves and the sand! They love chasing the waves from the shore, then as the waves break, sprinting away from them like a monster is attacking them. It is hilarious to watch because without fail one of them trips and falls and gets knocked over by the waves, then sort of half cries/half laughs, and gets up and does it again! The beach really is breathtaking and I think it is safe to say that Maui may have my heart already. As for the swimsuit I am wearing, it is from Swimwear world and I want to give a shout to them for making such well fitting and super cute swimwear, I love it! Anyhow, if I haven't said it enough, I will say it again, this place is amazing and my family and I are so happy to be hear and look forward to sharing our adventures with all of you!

If you have a trip coming up to Maui or would like to plan one, be sure to check out the Sheraton Maui and have a look for yourself, it is a gorgeous place! Thank you all for following, it means the world to me! I love you all!

*partnered with Sheraton Maui for this post.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Just Splendid
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Hey gang! I hope that this post finds you happy and well and loving life! Today I am so excited to be teaming up with Splendid to talk about spreading softness and good wherever and whenever you can. The initiative behind the #spreadsoftness campaign is to talk about those "soft spots" in our life, or to talk about what makes us a "softie?" For me, the soft spots in my life are definitely centered around my boys. I have such a soft spot in my heart for my little guys and for Brod, and I am so happy to have them in my life! Getting to hang with them each and everyday is the best thing ever, and I love just simply spending time together, no matter what we are doing. What are the "soft spots" in your life? Family? Friends? Memories you have made?

To me spreading softness goes hand in hand with spreading good and going about doing good wherever we can. One thing we have tried to teach our boys recently is the importance of remembering events or experiences that teach us or remind us of the good things in life. Ever since I have known Brod (8 years now) he has kept a little book that he writes his favorite quotes or little notes about experiences he wants to remember in. He doesn't do it every day or even every week, but I will see him with it a few times a month and will notice him jotting down something in his little black notebook. It is a practice that I want to teach the boys because I think it is so important to reflect on and read about events/experiences that have had a positive impact on our lives, and also to read those words of wisdom that motivate us to do better. Obviously Hanes and Arrow are a little young to fully understand this, but Hanes thought it was pretty cool to get out his TMNT notebook and stickers and sit by dad, and do what dad was doing. What are some traditions or habits that you guys have to spread good or spread softness to the world or with your own families? I would love to hear about them.

Finally, as part of the kick-off of the #spreadsoftness campaign, Splendid is a running a GIVEAWAY so that you can win a pack of their exclusive "Soft tees for Softies" (Brod and I are wearing them in the photos - too cute!!) To enter - visit @SplendidLA on Instagram and click the pic of me and Arrow. The contest ends May 22nd, so be sure to enter ASAP! *link is here