Summer Sale at Sally Beauty

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Summer can be tough on your hair! Between the sun, sand, salty water, chlorine and humidity there is always something making your hair less than ideal.  Luckily there are products that can help with whatever your specific hair issues are, and right now they are on sale for Buy 2 Get 1 Free at Sally Beauty Supply.

I love Sally Beauty because of the wide variety of products that they offer. Right now my biggest hair issue is color fading. The summer sun always makes my hair color fade fast. Luckily Sally Beauty has products that can help, like the Ion Color Defense After-Color Sealer. This is designed to protect and seal in color, so it sounds like just what I need!

Check out all the hair products on sale and let me know which ones are right for you.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches

Chicken Parmigiana is an Italian dish that my kids love – but it is not one that I make at home. It is difficult to get it just right, and there are so many great Italian restaurants around town that we just order it when we are out.  But these Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches are easy to make at home, and feature the  same Italian flavors.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches - an easy Crockpot meal for busy schoolnights

Of course these aren’t authentic, but they sure are tasty!  The chicken is not breaded and fried, so this dinner is a lower calories than traditional Chicken Parmigiana too.  I love dinners like this that I can put in the crock pot in the morning and know that everything will be ready when I get home.  With a simple salad this is a complete and tasty dinner for the whole family.Continue Reading

Stylish School Supplies for Back to School

This is a Mode sponsored post.

Are you tired of boring school supplies? I’m sure your kids are too! They don’t want to show up at school this year with the same old yellow pencils that everyone else has.  So instead of settling for the same boring supplies add some style and excitement to their school days with some cool accessories that will make them stand out from the crowd.  Here is a slide show of cool accessories, from pretzel erasers to nail polish highlighters.

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Which stylish school supplies are you favorites?

5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

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For me, getting a good night of sleep is crucial to how my day goes! If I spend the night tossing and turning it is a good bet that I am going to be in a bad mood the next day, have trouble getting things done, and snap at my kids.  But even more than those issues sleeplessness is actually a health issue.

Not getting enough rest can impact your immune function, memory and many other vital functions.  It is estimated that 4 million Americans suffer from chronic insomnia.  I always think of insomnia as difficulty falling asleep, but it is also the inability to stay asleep all night long.


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Brownie Sundae Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

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These Brownie Sundae Cookies are a perfect mini dessert!

Brownie Sundae Cookies - Chewy flourless brownie cookies topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce and a cherry.  A delicious summer mini dessert baked in Mason jar lids.

This dessert has flourless Brownie Cookies as a base.  The cookies are a family favorite, because they are so big and chewy.  But the batter is very thin and runny, so it spreads all over the cookie sheet.  So I had the idea to use Mason jar lids as a mold, so that the batter would be contained and the cookies would be perfectly circular. Continue Reading

Cantaloupe Orange Smoothie with Ready Pac Bistro Salad

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When you are looking for quick and healthy meals ideas a salad and a smoothie are a perfect combination!

Orange Cantaloupe Smoothie - this tasty smoothie combines orange juice, cantaloupe and a banana for a light lunchtime drink.

This Cantaloupe Orange Smoothie is filled with fruit, which makes it  a great beverage for a quick lunch. The smoothie uses orange juice as a base, and then adds in some cantaloupe and banana, for lots of fruit in one delicious glass.Continue Reading

Mango Overnight Oatmeal

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It seems like school just ended, but back to school sales are already popping up all over! Back to school time means the end of lazy summer days and the start of schedules and more organization, which means we need quick and easy breakfasts – like this Mango Overnight Oatmeal.

Mango Overnight Oatmeal - a quick and easy school day breakfast with oats and mangoes.

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Ant-Man Activity Sheets – Free Printables

Marvel’s Ant-Man is in theaters everywhere this week. I am seeing it later this week, and it is getting great reviews, and everyone says it is unexpectedly funny and action packed.  Paul Rudd is an amazing actor, and it sounds like he really brings Ant-Man to life.

Ant-Man Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages - free printables for family fun with Marvel's Ant-Man movie

Marvel has put together a whole bunch of Ant-Man activity sheets for you to use to have fun with your family!  The activities include a matching game, maze, coloring sheets and whole bunch of find the difference games.  These are the perfect way to sneak a little learning into your summer activities!Continue Reading

Catapult Engineering Academy Review

Last school year my 10th grade son took an engineering class from Catapult Engineering Academy. The class was Introduction to Solid Modeling and Engineering Design, and was my son’s favorite class of the year. The 2014-2015 school year was the first year this was offered, so I wanted to write a review to help other homeschool parents learn about the classes.

About the Program

The classes offered are based on the Engineering Academy at Hoover High School, in Alabama, where the same curriculum has been used in a traditional school setting since 2004. The idea is to take these classes and transfer them to online course so that more students can benefit from them. Right now there are two classes offered, the Solid Modeling class my son took and an Engineering Computations class which teaches MatLab and Labview. Eventually two more classes will be added, Engineering Instrumentation & Analysis and Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship. The classes are designed to prepare students for the kind of classes they will encounter in a college engineering curriculum.

There is a huge push to encourage high school students to learn about and consider STEM careers. Students with STEM skills are in high demand in the workforce, and the jobs tend to be well paying.  But preparing for these careers can be hard for homeschoolers because of the technical knowledge required.  These classes help provide access to engineering curriculum and trained teachers with expertise in the subject matter.

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Paper Towns Movie with Giveaway

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The movie Paper Towns will be in theaters July 24th!  This is a coming of age store centering on Quentin and his mysterious neighbor Margo, who suddenly disappears. She leaves behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher.


The search for Margo leads Quentin and his friends on an adventure that is both hilarious and moving. Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.Continue Reading