15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

Ah, summer…Can you just hear the sound of waves crashing on the shore, smell the salty sea air, and taste of the tropical drinks? No? Are you too busy dealing with breakouts, frizzy hair and a sun burn to enjoy beach season? We all know the coveted Victoria’s Secret -swimsuit-model-look isn’t easy to achieve, but if you follow these 15 summer beauty commandments, you’ll spend more time having fun and less time worrying about the way you look (and feel). After all, confidence is the best accessory!

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Take Advantage of Your State’s Tax Free Shopping Days

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Back to school shopping is my favorite shopping season of the year since I work on Christmas and birthday gifts all year long so it’s less painful to the budget.  One of the best ways to save another 7% to 10% right off the top (depending on where you live) is to plan ahead and shop on your state’s tax free shopping days. Many states have tax-free shopping weekends in August, where customers don’t pay sales tax on items like school supplies, electronics and clothing.  Use the list below to find out if your state has a tax-free weekend and what items it exempts. Dollar amounts in parentheses indicate the maximum cost for which an item can be tax-free. Most of the information below is courtesy of TaxAdmin.org and I’d recommend verifying each state through the links provided.

Alabama: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($750), school supplies ($50), books ($30)

Arkansas: Aug. 1-2, clothing ($100), school supplies (no limit listed)

Connecticut: Aug. 16-22, clothing and footwear ($100)

Florida: Aug. 7-16, cchool supplies (no limit listed), clothing ($100), supplies ($15), computers ($750)

Georgia: July 31 – Aug.1, school supplies (no limit listed), clothing ($100), supplies ($20), computers ($1,000)

IowaAug. 7-8, clothing ($100)

Louisiana: Aug. 7-8 All Tangible Personal Property, which usually refers to stuff that you could take with you somewhere, such as furniture, art, clothing and household items ($2,500)

Maryland: Aug. 9-15, clothing  and footwear ($100)

Mississippi: July 31 – Aug. 1, clothing and footwear ($100)

Missouri: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($3,500), school supplies ($50)

New Mexico: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), computers ($1,000), computer equipment ($500), school supplies ($30)

Ohio: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($75), school supplies ($20), instructional material ($20)

Oklahoma: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100)

South Carolina: Aug. 7-9, clothing (no limit listed), school supplies (no limit listed), computers (no limit listed)

Tennessee: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), school supplies ($100), computers ($1,500)

Texas: Aug. 7-9, clothing, backpacks and school supplies ($100)

Virginia: Aug. 7-9, clothing ($100), school supplies ($20), energy star products ($2,500), hurricane preparedness items ($60), generators ($1,000)

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#ImagineSpring with OshKosh B’Gosh Kids Spring Fashions

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Clothes from Oshkosh B'Gosh

It seems like it was freezing just a week or so ago but now we’re already having high temps in the high 70s, low 80s and the azaleas are blooming like crazy. I didn’t think spring was ever going to get here and I’m thrilled that it has and that with it we get these longer days since the time change. We’ve been spending lots more time playing outside and that makes everybody happy, but especially momma since they’ve been sleeping so well at night after all the playtime.

I went over to the Oshkosh B’Gosh store at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley, Alabama and was very pleased with such a large selection of adorable kids’ clothes at such great prices. There were lots of fabulous things on sale plus I had this coupon for 25% off an Oshkosh B’Gosh purchase of $30 or more.

Clothes from Oshkosh B'Gosh

There was so much to choose from that I didn’t have a problem finding some new spring clothes for all five of my kiddoes and I’m psyched to report that I ended up with 13 items for $118.52 after 25% off coupon, plus I got back $20 in Carter’s & Oshkosh Rewards that are good off any purchase of $20 or more through early May. My girls got two shirts each and my “pink” girl got an adorable pair of pink pants. My oldest son got a shirt and some much needed socks, and my identical boys got a shirt, pair of shorts and pair of swim trunks each. They were all happy campers about their new spring clothes couldn’t wait to model them for these pictures.

I can’t wait to go back and spend my rewards on more cool clothes for the kids! You can find a store near you here or check out their website, and don’t forget to grab your 25% off coupon! While you’re at it you can also check out Oshkosh on Facebook and Twitter.

How to Use Homemade Printed Tee Shirts

With the increasing accessibility of screen printing programs and materials, more people have been able to take advantage of screen printing in their own home. Making homemade printed tee shirts can be fun and easy when you have all of the right supplies on hand. Starting with a comfortable blank tee, you can turn your imagination into a one-of-a-kind creation. The following ideas are just a few examples of the many ways to use homemade graphic tee shirts.

Homemade Gifts

If you are finding it difficult to select a gift for a friend or loved one that really captures their personality or sense of humor, you may want to go the route of making a homemade gift. Although you may not consider yourself crafty or creative, a screen printed shirt made with a custom design, saying, or graphic can be a fun and unique way to give a personalized gift that they cannot buy in a store.

Team or Group Unity

When trying to create unity or cohesiveness amongst a large group, tee shirts are a great way to make a group into one unified body. If you find that custom logo printing is too expensive, you may want to try making printed graphic tees on your own. Starting with a basic shirt, you can create a matching logo to apply to all of the shirts you need made. Take a look at the following infographic to get more information about the basics of home screen printing.

Infographic below by ShirtSpace.com:

Screen Printing Instructions Infographic

Locutions of Leather: A Glossary of Terms for Leather Lovers

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Back to School with Kohl’s and Disney Apparel

Disclosure – I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.”

Kohl's Disney Collection Sofia the First

There are eighteen days until my five kids go back to school, not that I’m counting or anything (wink, wink). They’ve been in summer camp all summer and they’re really having a great time and go on lots of field trips every week, but I think they’re ready to go back to school too, and I’m positive that the budget is beyond ready.

I’ve been busy getting all the school supplies that they’ll need ready, but I think the most important thing is that they have something new and “cool” to wear the first day. I remember when I was a kid and how excited I was to put on a new outfit with new shoes and a new backpack and head to school to make some new friends and see all the old friends that I’d missed over the summer. That always got me excited to be back in school and I (sometimes) envy the kids when I see how excited they are to be doing all the back to school shopping.

My kids are all huge Disney fans and my girls absolutely love Sofia The First so they are really going to enjoy these new outfits for the first day of school. It always amazes me how different the quads are from one another, even though they were all born within two minutes. One of my girls is a “girly” girl and loves dresses and fingernail polish so she’s going to adore this Sofia the First tiered dress with a tulle skirt. My other girl is more of a tomboy and loves animals of any sort so she’s going to wear these bling leggings with the tiered skirt and Sofia the First “I love my animal friends” shirt.

There is a whole new line of Sofia the First character apparel now available at Kohl’s as well as a new line of Jake and the Never Land Pirates clothing that my boys are going to go crazy for. They are available in kids sizes 4 to 7 and toddler sizes. Check them out online or in store and let your kids experience the adventurous spirit of wearing Disney clothing by Jumping Beans.

Purchase The Proper Hair Extension For Fashion’s Sake

Remy Hair Extensions

When people shop for women’s hair extensions, they must make sure they are looking for extensions that actually make them look better. Hair extensions must be purchased based on the length, color and style of the hair of the wearer. Some women want an extension that they can style their hair like, and other women would prefer to get an extension that looks just like their natural hair.

Length

Some women want thicker looking hair, and they can use extensions to make their hair appear much more gorgeous than it already is. The hair extension can be tucked inside their natural hair to help give it some body.

Other hair extensions are designed to make the hair look as long as possible. There many extensions that will make the hair appear very long, and there are some extensions that will make the hair appear just slightly longer. There is nothing wrong with purchasing an extension as long as it the right length for the lady.

Color

Every extension should be purchased in a color that makes the most sense for the lady. There are times when ladies have a difficult time finding the right color, but a little searching will help ladies to figure out which color is best going to match their natural hair. If the extension is purchased properly, the lady will always have options when they want to change their look.

Look Different

Many ladies wants to invest in a hair extension because it is going to change their appearance. They can look completely different, and they can wear these extensions when they want to look different in a costume. Some ladies prefer to wear these extensions when they are dressing up for a big event, and other ladies will wear the extensions all the time.

With each new extension, ladies can wear something that makes them feel beautiful and desirable. The best hair extension makes a lady’s hair longer, fuller and more beautiful. Choosing the right color and length is the only way to make a lovely change. A new head of hair is around the corner with a new extension.

5 Essentials For Your Jewelry Box

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When’s the last time you updated your jewelry collection? If you’re anything like most women, you probably haven’t added anything new in awhile, and every time you attend a semi-formal gathering you despair of your limited choices. The good news is that this state of inertia doesn’t have to last. If you’re ready to throw open your jewelry box and add something new, here are five pieces that will allow you to build great looks from the ground up.

1: Pearls

Nothing says sophistication like a classic string of pearls, but did you know these sparkling gems come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors? The traditional kind is the Akoya pearl, round and white, but South Sea pearls can be up to 22mm large, and Tahitian pearls can be everything from gold to green.

2: Diamonds

Diamonds are forever, but that doesn’t mean you should only buy one rock and call it a day. Diamond jewelry has grown throughout the years to include necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets, so give yourself a diamond for every appendage if you’d like to be prepared for every occasion.

3: Gold

If you don’t already have gold jewelry, then why not? You’re missing out on the richest and most luxurious kind of shine. Drape gold chains around your neck to make a statement at the opera; use gold bangles or anklets to add a bit of elegance to your wrists and anklets; attach a gold brooch to your blouse to draw every eye in the room.

4: Silver

One of the oldest materials in the natural world, silver has been a part of folklore since the days of werewolf hunting. It can sometimes and erroneously be seen as the “cheaper” cousin to gold, but the real fashionista has both. You never know when gold will be too gauche for a dinner party or casual occasion!

5: Precious Gems

Rubies are the gems of love and passion. Sapphires invoke the feeling of wealth and royalty. Even emeralds have become a billion-dollar business in recent years. If you’re looking for something new to add to your jewelry box, precious stones will give color and flair to any ensemble.

Whether you’re looking to find a keepsake or just upgrading your existing collection, these are five essentials for the modern day, fashion-forward jewelry shopper. While there are endless varieties out there, these are the absolute must-haves! Shop jewelers like Precious International to learn more.

Check Out These Teenage Pageant Dresses!

Teenage Pageant Dess

A Gateway To Beauty

Teenage pageant dresses are a gateway to beauty that every girl should be able to enjoy. A dress can be used for the evening gown portion of a beauty contest, but it can also be something that makes the girl feel lovely when she is on the town. The best way to choose these dresses is by following a few simple steps to make the girl feel gorgeous.

The Cut

The cut of the dress is important because of how girls are shaped. Some girls can wear strapless dresses because their body is shaped in a way that they can support the dress. Other girls can wear dresses with halter straps to show off their shoulders, and still other girl can wear dresses that only slide on one shoulder to make themselves look modern and contemporary. The cut of the dress must fit the girl’s body, but the cut must also make sense with the girl’s body.

The Size

The size of the dress is just a number, and the dress needs to be tailored after it is purchased. Most girls are going to find that they do not fit into standard sizes because every girl is different. There is no shame in purchasing a size that the girl does not normally wear, and the girl should rest easy in the fact that she can purchase something that will actually fit her body regardless of the number on the tag.

The Tailoring

The tailoring of the dress can be done easily by a professional tailor who will pin the dress and help the girl fit just right into the dress. The dress can be fitted again after it has been tailored, and that will ensure that the dress is just right for the girl. Most of the time, tailoring is a necessity that girls do not take advantage of with their regular clothes.

When girls want to look good in their pageant dresses, they must take advantage of the many styles of dress that are available. Most girls can enjoy their dress in more places than the pageant after they have invested in the dress and their look.

Kohl’s New #MagicAtPlay Disney Clothes & $100 GC Giveaway!

Disclosure – I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.”

Kohls #MagicAtPlay

I am super excited to announce that I’ve been chosen to be a Kohl’s Disney Ambassador because I’m a huge Kohl’s fan and my five kids all love anything and everything Disney! Kohl’s is one of my absolute favorite places to shop because they have a huge selection for the whole family and for the house, they always have great sales, and they often have coupons for even better deals. In fact, I did the good majority of my Christmas shopping there and at Kohls.com, and it’s usually my first stop for birthday and other holiday gifts as well. I went shopping there today to check out Kohl’s new line of Disney character clothing by Jumping Beans.

Kohl's Disney Clothing

My boys adore their new Mickey shirts and shorts and I fell in love with all the fabulous Minnie skirt outfits and dresses. I wish they were available in my size! There are so many terrific choices for both girls and boys, and the new patriotic collection is perfect for upcoming summer holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Kohl's Disney Clothing

The new Disney line inspires both fun and imagination and is available exclusively at Kohl’s for both boys and girls in sizes 4 to 7 in a full range of active wear, play clothes and dresses. The selection is outstanding and the quality of the items is terrific. I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway a $100 Kohl’s gift card so one lucky reader can pick out some adorable Disney pieces of their own.

To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, May 2nd.

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