August 29, 2016
I know there are really great brands out there! But there have been many times that I've ran into Target to get a birthday card or something and also needed to pick up more hair products or toothpaste. I've spent so much time reading the back of packaging in the aisles at Target. I thought it would be fun to start a new series where I show you great products I love and use regularly from a variety of stores. I'm sure we all know that cruelty-free is better, but sometimes it's not easy to know which is the better product to buy.
Here are four beauty related items I found at Target that are cruelty-free and I love!
To be honest, I never thought I would be writing about how much I love a brand of toothpaste. But I LOVE THIS TOOTHPASTE! I fell in love with the packaging at the store and wanted to try it immediately. My teeth have never felt cleaner and it feels amazing to use a product that is VEGAN, made in the USA, packaged in boxed made of recycled materials, and there are no dyes or microbeads. The list could go on for this products. You can read more about the company here. And purchase at Target here!
Kenra Finishing Hair Spray
My hair is super thin and light. If I don't use hair spray, it's in my face all the time and lifeless. I was so excited when I found this hair spray at Target. It was the only one I could find at my local Target! This finishing spray works great and doesn't cost a fortune. It costs about $17 and is salon quality. It might cost a little more than our brands, but it's important to vote with your dollars and buy brands you believe in. This is one of those brands for me. Find it online or at your local store here.
Pixi Eye Brightener
I just recently realize that the Pixi brand at my Target doesn't test on animals! I'm so excited to have another line of products to shop from. I've never used eye bright liner, so I thought I would give it a try. I really like it! I don't use it every day, but if I'm going out or just want to feel a little brighter I will put it on. I'm going to try the foundation next! Find it at your local Target here.
Being in Phoenix, Arizona, it's important to wear sunscreen daily, not just at the pool. The sun is so intense, I often get tan and sun burnt just through the car windows while driving. I really wanted a great sunscreen that I could wear daily that didn't test on animal, didn't have a strong smell, and was a good price. After reading nearly every label at Target, I found this Babyganics Sunscreen! While it's designed for babies, it works for every one! It's free of fragrances, contains organic ingredients, made in the USA, and never tested on animals! Plus it's only $12 for a big bottle! I highly recommend this brand. I've used it several times and I'm really happy with it. You can see which Target stores carry it or order online here.
I feel so many better to put on products that you know were made without cruelty. My goal is to find even more products that are vegan and cruelty-free. If you have any questions or have a product that you love and want to share, let me know in the comments! xo. Laura
August 25, 2016
I've been using my Ninja Coffee Bar almost daily since receiving it and I'm really happy with it. I wanted to show you some of my favorite features!
Ninja Coffee Bar. Since I've never had a coffee maker, I wanted something that was easy to use. I don't want to fuss with a machine while I'm leaving for work or struggle to make the perfect cup. I love how easy it is to make a pot of coffee or iced coffee.
Another thing that I was so excited about from the Ninja Coffee Bar is the milk frother. I love chai lattes! It's my all time favorite drink, especially in fall and winter. The milk frother makes it so easy to make frothy, creamy milk in under two minutes. You just pour milk to the fill in of the milk frother and microwave it for a minute and then pump the milk a few times with the lid (don't microwave this part of the milk frother!). To make a tea latte, steep your favorite tea in 4 oz. of water for several minutes (around 10-15 or until you're happy with the strength) and then add 4 oz. of the frothy milk. I let mine steep for a couple more minutes and then enjoy!
Ninja Coffee Bar! It comes with a recipe book filled with a ton of ideas! If you are new to making coffee drinks at home, I highly recommend the Ninja Coffee Bar. It makes it so easy to try many different brews and recipes without spending a fortune on equipment. You can check out the Ninja website here and their YouTube channel for recipes here. Leave me a comment of a coffee recipe you'd love to see here on my blog! I have some fun ideas, but I'd love to hear what your favorite drinks are! Especially fall favorites! Enjoy! -Laura
Thank you, Ninja, for the wonderful Ninja Coffee Bar. While I did receive this product as a sponsorship, my review and opinions are my own.
August 21, 2016
Year of Yes so much that I knew I wanted to feature it on it's own card. The Kelly Purkey Reading List stamps are the perfect stamps for documenting my favorite books!
This layout is also a great example of getting bad photos to work. I love this photo of Astro waiting for Grant to get home, but it turned out so dark. Using the white vinyl stickers and white ink made the photo pop and turned a bad photo into an artsy photo. Not sure if artsy is a word, but I'm going to go with it. It looks artsy! The other bits of black and white really tie the whole thing together. I went from not liking this layout to this being one of my favorites!
vellum and used the tiny attacher to staple it to a journaling card. The striped card and pink card are both from past Messy Box kits.
white cardstock. I love that something so simple can make plain cardstock look so good. It was so easy to make and really looks great. One of our dogs, Jack, is always barking. I stopped by my parents one day and he just kept barking at me. I thought the black washi tape and vinyl stickers were the perfect way to document this silly dog and tie together this photo with the black and white photo.
The contrast of the colors with the black and white really make this week pop! I love how it came together! -Laura
August 3, 2016
The kitchen was really dark. It only has one small window which is covered by a patio cover on the other side. As you can see in the photos, I had to open the door to even get enough lighting for good photographs. It felt cramped because of the wall (which we've taken out). Nothing about it was bright and cheerful, which I wanted in a kitchen.
Overall, the kitchen isn't bad. We've been living in it for a few months and we've figured out what we definitely want to change and what we are comfortable living with. We haven't made renovations yet, but have big plans coming up! Thanks for reading the before and I can't wait to show you the after! xo. Laura
July 28, 2016
After our hike/walk, we went to have lunch. We got seated by a window, which was funny because we could watch everyone stop to catch Pokemon. I'll admit that I got some good ones up in Flagstaff! After lunch, we walked around some of the shops downtown. It was starting to rain and look very stormy, so we stopped at my favorite tea shop to get a tea for the drive home. I ordered an Earl Grey latte with lavender. It was so good! It was the perfect rainy weather drink.
We picked up a fun hiking book and are already planning our next trip up! If you live in the area and haven't been to Buffalo Park, go check it out! It's such a great place to walk and chat and workout with family or friends!