How to Apply Younique Mascara 3D Fibers (Giveaway)

To me, mascara is the most important part of my makeup routine. Without it, I look like I have zero eye lashes.

Since I was in high school mascara has been an important part of my makeup routine. I am super picky.

I hate for my lashes to be clumpy. That said, since mine are so thin, I have to work at it to add length to them.

Once I find a mascara brand I like, I am loyal to it. For years I’ve used a specific brand that I could get at the drug store or at the local discount store.

Back in July I tried Younique Mascara for the first time. I had reservations. I was worried about it being too dramatic or clumpy. After all, I had never used mascara that required two different wand applications.

But let me just tell you, this is the only maraca I have used since July. The results are amazing and this mascara will give you the longest and fullest lashes you can get.

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Like I said there are two wands. The first one is called transplant gel.

The second wand is the actual 3D fibers that add lengeth.

This is a close up of what the fiber wand looks like.

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How to Apply Younique Mascara

Here is a video where I show you how to apply this. You get to see me without maraca. Fun!

In the video I show you the real time process of how I apply this mascara and a few of my mascara tricks.

I believe that good mascara is what create the overall look of your mascara and Younique Mascara makes your lashes look the best you’ve seen. I just know you will be as impressed as I am with this line!

I LOVE this mascara and it has become a part of my makeup routine!

As I mention in the video, Younique offers other products too.
This is their lip liner and lip gloss line.
It goes on easily and offers hours of wear without additional application.

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My friend Leslie Shiflet is a Presenter for Younique. Our older boys went to school together years ago (back in our public school days) and we volunteered in PTA together for a couple of years.

I am so excited to share her business with you!

She is giving one of my lucky readers the following:

This is everything I demoed and shared in the video.

This collection would be perfect for someone on you holiday shopping list, a secret Santa at work, a treat for yourself or someone else.




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Godiva Soft Serve and Trufflelata ($25 Giveaway)

When I think of fancy chocolate the very first name that comes to mind is Godiva. This then leads me to the word decadent. Tracking Pixel

Did you have any idea that Godiva now makes soft serve and an amazing drink called the Trufflelata? Let me elaborate.

You’ve seen their truffles, right? They come in every flavor. A couple of my favorite truffles are Crème Brulee Truffle and Hazelnut Crunch. They have tons of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate combinations. (You can buy them by the box or by the each at any of their Godiva stores.)

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Last week I met up with three other Dallas area bloggers and we we’re give the inside scoop on some amazing new things launching at Godiva this summer.

Let me tell you why this new shake and soft serve is something you want to add to your MUST TRY lists ASAP.

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The shake (aka Trufflelata) …. oh man. Here is what they do. They take a truffle, ice and other ingredients and mix them together to make a shake that has a truffle in every sip!

Flavors options include:

  • Chocolate Lava Cake Trufflelata
  • Salted Caramel Trufflelata
  • Strawberry Creme Trufflelata
  • Hazelnut Crunch Trufflelata
  • Milk Chocolate Trufflelata
  • Oreo Trufflelata

They top it with whip cream and some syrup, if you choose and you have cold creamy sippable truffle that will make the perfect summer memory!

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I tasted every single flavor. It is hard to just pick one favorite, and although I am not a dark chocolate fan, the Chocoalte Lava Cake Trufflelata was malty and perfection in my mouth!

Then, there is the soft serve. It has rich and creamy elements of traditional soft serve, but they include premium Belgian ingredients that create memorable moments in every single bite!

There are three flavors;  Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate Vanilla Bean and Swirl, and can be enjoyed in a variety of premium Belgian waffle cones, each one dipped in either milk or dark chocolate, or in a traditional five ounce cup.

I opted for the swirl. Again, I am not a fan of dark chocolate…. or so I thought.

This was perfection for a hot summer day.

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Right now they even have Happy Hour, every weekday from 3PM to 7PM.

Buy one (soft serve or Trufflelata) and get one 50% off!

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Did I mention their chocolate makes a  great gift? Get a gift card or give a box of chocolates! Or, do both!

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$25 Godiva Gift Card GIVEAWAY

Want to win a $25 Godiva Gift Card? Tell me in the comments, What was your most memorable summer fling?, to be entered to win

Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM CST  8/15/14. You may enter once.


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Super Easy and Meaningful Gift for Dad {plus $100 Home Depot Giveaway}

I am so excited to share with you a super easy {and very meaningful} gift idea for Dad.

This is perfect for Father’s Day or for any day of the week.

We made this yesterday for my husband and sat it on the end table in the living room. It was the first thing he noticed when he came home from work and he could not stop talking about.

It uses supplies you likely have on hand. It is so easy and he will love it!

And you know what pairs with it perfectly? A Home Depot gift card!

Dad’s wear many hats. My husband works so hard for our family. A pair of socks just isn’t going to cut it this year! (You can even give Home Depot gift cards online!)

Let me show you how to make this craft and then I will show you some amazing gift card ideas!

super simple gift for dad #springmadesimpleSupplies:

  • card stock
  • finger paints or acrylic paints
  • paper plate for holding the paint
  • hair dryer, for quick drying
  • picture frame
  • a Home Depot gift card to pair with it

Add one color of paint to a paper plate.

Let the child with the largest hands go first.

Coat one of his hands with paint.

Press the hand down in the center of the card stock.

Use the hair dryer to dry the paint. It takes maybe 2 minutes of running the hair dryer over the hand print to get it to dry.

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Get the next color ready on a clean paper plate.

Have the child with the next largest hand go next. There is a big difference in a 13 year olds hand and an 8 year olds hand.

Repeat this hand print and drying process ending with the smallest hand last.

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Once you’ve dried each hand print you can frame it right away.

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Now, let’s check out the Home Depot gift card that you can out with this! I know what my husband will use his gift card for. He wants a new generator!

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  • You can buy the gift card online if you want.
  • You can also buy it from a group (as in all the adult kids can go in together to buy Dad a gift even if some live near or far).
  • Dad can always go online to check his gift card balance.

Who wouldn’t want a hand print keep sake and a Home Depot gift card? My husband would love this generator!

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Want a chance to win a $100 gift card from Home Depot. Dad loves being celebrated on Father’s Day or any day of the year!

Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win!

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Connect Your Smartphone to a Coca-Cola Machine (in Dallas Firehouse Subs Locations) $50 Gift Card Giveaway

I am sure you’ve seen the Coca-Cola Machine dispensers with the touchscreens on them at some of your local restaurant. My kids love them! They are called Coca-Cola Freestyle.
Well, Coca-Cola and Firehouse Subs have something really cool to offer you.
First, download this app.
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Create your favorite five drink mixes and save them.
You can save mixes you like, mixes your kiddos like and mixes your husband like. Cool, right? My kids love to create crazy drinks with all the Fanta stuff (when I will let them).
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Go to one of the local area Dallas Firehouse Subs before December 1st. The possibilities are endless- this is totally a cause for celebration!
Then, by simply “bumping” your phone against the Freestyle screen or scanning a QR code at their favorite Dallas Firehouse Subs location,  you can select and dispense one of your five favorite beverages.
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This is only here in Dallas for a limited time.  You gotta go before December 1st.
We are one of three markets to get to try this new technology out. If you have a smartphone you’ll want to go give it a try.
I could totally see our 12 year old and all of his friends amazed by this.
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Firehouse Subs Locations:

-        Preston Commons – 3184 Preston Road
-        Rockwall Plaza – 1067 E. 1-30
-        W. Arbrook – 1001 W. Arbrook Blvd.
-        Galleria – 13465 Inwood Rd.
-        Custer – 5999 Custer Rd.
-        Lewisville – 2325 S. Stemmons Fwy
-        Euless – 2750 State Hwy 121
-        MacArthur Park – 7601 N. MacArthur
-        N. Richland Hills – 6020 Parker Road
-        Firewheel – 3003 N. President George Bush Fwy
-        Western Center – 2901 Western Center Blvd
-        Frisco Square – 6025 Main St.
-        Burleson – 12650 South Freeway
-        Lake Worth – 6060 Azle Avenue
-        Coit Rd at Park – 2304 Coit Rd.
-        Murphy Marketplace – 231 E. FM 544
-        Alliance Town Center – 9180 N. Freeway
-        Highlands Ranch – 6100 Long Prairie
-        South Irving – 2450 N Beltline Rd

Go here for the app for your iphone and here for the app for your Android.


Totally cool right?! Want a $50 Firehouse Sub gift card? You can use this as a Christmas stocking stuffer!

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iPad Air/Surface 2 Giveaway!

I have the perfect giveaway that you can use for your someone on your shopping list or keep it for yourself.

Welcome to the iPad Air / Surface 2 Giveaway!

Who wouldn’t love a new iPad Air or Surface 2 just in time for the holidays?!? Whether you need a new one for yourself, or plan to give one as a gift, be sure to enter the iPad Aid/Surface 2 Giveaway!

I have joined up with some awesome bloggers to offer one lucky reader a chance to win his or her choice between an iPad Air or a Surface 2 tablet! This giveaway is organized by Bay Area Mommy and co-hosted by The WiC Project, Freebie Depot, Coupon & Freebies Mom and Mom To Bed By 8.

Giveaway ends December 14, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Open worldwide. Void where prohibited. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. If the winner resides outside the US, he/she will receive $500 cash instead. Entries will be verified. Winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter, will receive an email from and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours from the time email was sent, a new winner will be picked. No Purchase Necessary. To enter, use the form below. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. For questions regarding this giveaway, contact Bay Area Mommy.

Activision Family Game Summit with Korie Robertson #ATVIFamGames ($400 Giveaway)

Do you have gamers on your holiday shopping list? Wondering what the new hit games of this holiday season will be? You totally need to join the fun with me of this Activision Game Summit #ATVIFamGames!!  Actually, I am giving away $400 worth of Activision Games. Scroll on down for the entry options.

For a couple of years now I have attended this event, one year it was in person here in Dallas. This year I will be watching online, and you can too! The hostess this year is mom of five Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty. How awesome is that?I never miss one of their shows. (Our 12 year old actually plays football for Si Robertson’s son-in-law here in our town. Who wants to play seven degrees of Duck Dynasty?)

At the event they will be discussing how and why video games have become such an important part of our entertainment culture. They will also take a look at video games and their journey through time. We will hear from those who are contributing to today’s games. Pretty cool!

Activision Family Game Summit 2013

Activision Family Game Summit Host

I hope you will join us online. Mark your calendar, here are the details:

Ready to win some games to give as gifts this holiday season? I am giving away $400 worth of Activision games.

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Enter to Win

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Urgent Care App (Free Phone Download) #urgentcareapp

I don’t know about you, but when my kids are not feeling well I am notorious for getting online and searching for diagnosis information and I never know what I can trust and what I cannot trust.

I will call some of my girl friends and run the symptoms by them, in some cases, to see if they have ever experienced certain symptoms with their kids, etc.

Little did I know, there is a trusty app I can be using. urgent care app #urgentcareapp The free GreatCall Urgent Care app allows you to:

  • Have one-touch access to a live nurse or doctor for advice 24/7
  • Get health-related assessments, general health information, diagnosis or even a prescription
  • Have access to an easy-to-understand medical dictionary
  • Research your symptoms with the medical symptom checker tool.

It’s particularly convenient to use this tool when:

  • You simply don’t have time to run to the doctor,
  • You need medical advice when your physician or Urgent Care is closed or unavailable
  • You don’t feel totally comfortable discussing your symptoms in person with your normal doctor
  • You want to save money. (The app is free, and calls are only $3.99. Much less expensive than a doctor’s bill or co-pay!)
  • You have a quick on-set of symptoms

Um, that is a pretty valuable mommy solution! Can I get an Amen?

Join us today for a Twitter Party to learn all about this amazing app that gives you medical information at your fingertips. Whenever and wherever you are! If you miss the party, no worries. You can go back and search the hashtag on Twitter to see all of the awesome conversation about this free app.

Twitter Party:

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 29th at 11am-12pm PDT
Hashtag: #UrgentCareApp

Want to download the app? Get it at the iTunes Store or on Google Play.

Giveaway ($25 iTunes or Google Play Giftcard)

To celebrate the Twitter Party and this awesome app, I am giving away a $25 iTunes or Google Play giftcard.

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Get this app for your phone either through Google Play or through iTunes. You can gain more information about this app and the other apps that GreatCall has to offer by visiting their website. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.   Feel free to read my disclosure here.

Our Favorite Bedtime Story (And an OshKosh B’Gosh Giveaway)

Post and giveaway sponsored by OshKosh B’gosh, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.


We are a family that reads. I have shelves and shelves of books. I collect them and love them.  I have always loved reading to my kids.

When my oldest was little, his favorite bedtime story was Brown Bear Brown Bear (What Do You See).  We loved to read it together. Then at the end we would go through all of the animals super fast. Faster than the time before. Brown bear, yellow duck, blue horse….

He would tell me, “Faster, Mommy. Faster.”.

This book is still a favorite on my shelf.

With my youngest little guy his absolute favorite book is Good Night Moon. He LOVES this story. I was always sad that none of my other kids loved this book. And then when Matthew was about two we checked it out from the library and renewed it every three weeks for a year.

Needless to say we own it now.

He loves to find the mouse over and over again on every page as though it is his first time to hear the story.

Now Good Night Moon is a book we all enjoy together with Matthew.

Likely you have a favorite story you love to read to your kids over and over again.

United Through Reading Military Program

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OshKosh B’gosh is proud to help military families stay connected with our partnership of the United Through Reading® Military Program. This unique program allows deployed parents to read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.

How to Support and Share

  • Donate $1, $5 or $8 at checkout (online & in-stores) with your OshKosh B’gosh baby or kids clothes purchase! Donating $8 buys one book and DVD set for one military family.
  • Feel free to donate directly at
  • Create a bookmark that will be sent to United Through Reading families. Take the bookmark to your local OshKosh store thru July 7 and the stores will mail them to United Through Reading.
  • Find a store near you.


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$50 OshKosh Giftcard Giveaway

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Disclosure Statement
OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote United Through Reading.  As part of the program, I received a gift card. OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any giveaway in this program will be randomly chosen and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

iPad Mini Giveaway Event!



Welcome to the iPad Mini Giveaway! This is a great giveaway offer.  Are you ready for another chance to win one of these adorable and powerful iPad Mini’s? If you win who is it for? For you? For Hubby? For the Kids? I’d love to know! Good luck entering and if you win, let me know. This would be great for my kids and homeschooling. Do you have an iPad or an iPad Mini already? Do you use it for School? Do you have any educational apps? Let me know!

Organized by and With a Side of Thriftiness.

Hosted by Work Money Fun & Susie QT Pies Cafe.

The iPad Mini is the newest addition to Apple’s iPad family with all of the features of the iPad but at a smaller and more convenient size. With a 7.9-inch display, fast and fluid performance, FaceTime and iSight cameras, thousands of available apps, and a 10-hour battery life, the iPad Mini has quickly become one of the most popular tablets on the market. [Read more…]

iPad Mini Giveaway Event

Need a mini? Yes I know you want an iPad Mini! If you are a blogger you can enter to host this free event on your blog. Everyone can enter and the details for both are below!

iPad Mini Giveaway Event!

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Prize: iPad Mini 16GB

Event Dates: May 27 – June 18, 2013

This event is free for bloggers to join. Click here to join this giveaway

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