Thursday, August 28, 2014

Love Your Locks [Product Review]

I've tried so many different brands of shampoo and conditioner in the last few years, trying to find a perfect fit that moisturizes my long hair without leaving a lot of build up or residue which weighs it down. I am picky, because my hair is prone to tangles and my scalp is almost always dry and itchy. My husband will attest to that because I am constantly asking him to give me head scratches!

Besides being moisturizing and not leaving buildup, I also want my hair products to smell amazing AND be cost effective. Recently I tried Head & Shoulders, with the new Fresh Scent Technology. Beautiful hair has never smelled so good! Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology is a breakthrough formula to leave you with 100% flake-free* hair that smells amazing for an improved in-shower scent experience. I loved how fresh and clean my hair smelled, even after I dried and styled it. I also could feel how well it moisturized my scalp almost instantly.

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The Sweepstakes will run from August 18 – September 1. The winner will get to meet Sofia at an upcoming Head & Shoulders advertising shoot. You can find out more information about the sweepstakes here!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Business Trips Aren't So Bad

Another week has begun and I'm at the airport, heading on my third business trip in the past three weeks! I am a homebody and really miss my home, but there are perks to traveling for work, even if I don't get to go to the Bahamas for my job. (Ahem, Ashten).

1. First of all, you get a big king bed all to yourself. Is it just me or is this a real luxury? I love sprawling out in the middle of the bed and having all those fluffy pillows to myself. It's the little things.

2. You get to discovering local  restaurants and coffee shops. When I was traveling a few weeks ago, I found an amazing little coffee shop that had Cookie Dough lattes. I went their twice one day because I just couldn't stay away. I also found this little local restaurant that had homemade ice cream and I had the most amazing Coconut Almond Fudge ice cream and it was HEAVENLY.

3. Someone does all the cooking and dishes for you. I always try and stay in hotels that have continental breakfasts and nothing makes me more happy than to not have to worry about meal prep, grocery shopping, and having to cook after a long day. Not having to clean up and do dishes after is also a gift.

4. At the end of your work day, you have an entire evening with little responsibility. I love that I don't have to worry about folding that basket of laundry that awaits me at home or do other chores at home. Most evenings when I travel I can either sit near the pool/on a balcony and read, write, or go over presentation if I am teaching a class. I can also choose to go to a restaurant and eat a nice dinner and have a glass of wine, or sometimes, I just bring dinner back to my room and eat it in bed while taking advantage of the cable TV. The possibilities are endless!

5. Although business trips are busy, I love exploring new cities. Even when I go to small towns in Idaho, my favorite way to explore the town is go for a run or walk. Its nice to get out of my every day routine, work from a different office, interact with my colleagues who are in the District Offices I don't get to see at Headquarters every day, and see new things. Its a nice change in scenery, and keeps me from getting burned out on the same routine day in and day out.

Today I'll be interviewing job candidates for most of today and tomorrow, and then I'll head home tomorrow evening just in time to go babysit. Its another busy week, but they sure do go fast this way!

Do you ever travel for work? Do you love it or hate it?

Guest Blogger: Megan from Arroway

Its Tuesday and I have another gorgeous blogger taking over my space here today! I am so thankful to have someone to help me keep y'all entertained, especially when my week is crazy busy with travel and work commitments! Say hello the the ever lovely Megan!

Hello! My name is Megan and I blog over at Arroway. I just LOVE people. I am the true extrovert at heart. So we should become friends because that's what bloggers do right? they make friends with errybody!

Let me tell you a little bit about myself! In two weeks my husband and I are celebrating ONE year of marriage! It's been a fun year! That's for sure.

We live in the great state of Montana with our two doggies! This state has brought me such a great sense of adventure and love for the outdoors! If you ever get the chance, come visit! Our house is on the way to Glacier National Park! Some of our hobbies include, rock climbing, skiing, biking, boating (hello laketime!) and so much more! So if you're ever up in the area, we will take you for a fun tour!

Aside from being a slight adrenaline junkie (I say slight because I am a pansy sometimes!!) I am a hippie at heart! I love all things all-natural, growing my own herbs, not showering (kidding...kind of), clean eating (and cooking!!!) and attempting to make my own stuff!

Earlier this summer I opened up my Etsy shop as a way to have a more artistic outlet for more homemade products as opposed to just my normal business  and wedding clients (whom I love dearly!!).  I believe that a handmade home, is a happy home! More importantly, I want my art to display the love of Christ and  encouraging notes! I love filling my home with beautiful words and quotes that inspire and uplift. So come check it out!

Also, if you really enjoy my shop, I'm giving you the chance to win this print from it! So enter my giveaway to win this print (What I love most) and be my friend!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

5 Things I'm Thinking About

Ohhh hey Friday. So nice of you to show your pretty little face. I am sure each one of you is just as happy to see this lovely day as I am. Its been another crazyyyy week, and I have another one coming next week, so I am going to attempt to have a quiet and relaxing weekend.

A few things on my mind today:

1. All the negativity on social media is really getting to me lately! I mean, no matter where you look there is negativity surrounding the Ice Bucket Challenge, comments from people about how annoying it is that everyone is pregnant or engaged, negativity about negative people, and the list goes on and on. Social Media is full of people just wanting to vent to their thousand closest friends, and I just wonder if society has always been so focused on the negative, and so quick to share their opinion regardless if it might hurt someone, or if now that people have a big audience and get immediate validation from likes, favorites, and comments, they immediately feel the need to share. I am guilty of this myself, but its been bothering me more and more lately. Maybe its time for another social media break?

2. Its no secret our budget is streched tightly with Ronnie in school, but it seems like we are busier than ever before! With all my traveling for work lately, and the babysitting I'm doing for extra money on top of Ronnie's school and two jobs, we have very little downtime. I've been thinking really hard about seeing if there is a way to stretch our budget, sacrifice a dinner out or my beloved Starbucks to hire someone to help us clean twice a month! My pal Ashten does this, and I thought to myself how nice it would be to not have to spend one of our few days off scrubbing the house every weekend. Its definitely something I'm pondering, even if I don't know if its do-able right now.

3. Speaking of being insanely busy, I've decided to take a little hiatus from offering Sponsor Packages for other bloggers. Rest assured, the ads that are currently running or are queued up to begin soon, you will get all the love and attention and perks you paid for. But, going forward, I think I am going to take a break so I don't have a huge weight sitting on my shoulders, reminding me that if I don't blog then my sponsors might suffer. Sometimes I get so anxious about making sure I am keeping up with all my Sponsors, and I feel so much pressure to come up with great content and do my shoutouts and spotlights, it sucks the fun right out of blogging. I have a lot of travel scheduled for the fall, and will be babysitting twice a week (or more) after I get off my regular job, I just dont think I can devote as much time to my Sponsors as I'd like. I don't want someone wasting their hard earned money on a sponsor package with me unless I can really commit to helping them grow their blog. Hard decision, but its just for this season while life is craaazzzy.

4. We're still debating the second dog idea. Part of me says yes, we NEED a protector in the family, and the other part of me realizes that A. Dogs are expensive and B. Puppies need a lot of time and attention, which you have probably gathered isn't something we have a lot of at this moment. Also, puppies chew and pee on the floor and I don't love that.

5. I AM SO READY FOR FALL SHOWS TO BE BACK. Hello Scandal, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Nashville. Looking at you. Come back to me.

S P O N S O R   S P O T L I G H T

Carlee is one of my new blogging pals, and I am so happy to get to introduce you to her! She is a fellow Diet Coke addict, so immediately I felt kinship with her. Carlee is also a student at the same school Ronnie is attending, even though she's attending on the other side of the country than he is! Bless you, online school! I think Carlee has the most kind and genuine heart. Even though she is young and in her early twenties, God has really laid on her heart a love and desire to adopt a child one day. Although she isn't to that point in her life yet, she's started to pray for that child, whoever he or she may be and I think that is SO incredible.

Her writing always makes me stop and think, like her post that reminded me that life isn't always about the plans we make for ourselves, but instead, to appreciate the unexpected way God changes our course for good. Carlee is a sweet and charming girl who I know you will love. Go stop by and say hello!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Here Comes Baby...

Not for me, friends! HAH! Did I trick any of you, for even just a second? My gorgeous friend Maegen is the one who is expecting, not me just yet. She's here to entertain you while I recover from another work trip. Say hello to Maegen from the Modern Tulip and make sure you see what she's giving away at the bottom of the post. I wish I could win!

Hey y'all, I'm Maegen, the girl behind The Modern Tulip. I know guest posts are pretty boring. I mean, you didn't come here to see me right? BUT if you think about it, we already have something in common. A mutual love for Brittany am I right!? So I can go ahead and assume we will be great friends meaning you should probably stick around.

If you are still unsure let me give you the low down about me so you can and decide if we have a blogger friendship in our future.

I'm a southern gal with an alter ego for the 50's living in good ole' TN with my hubster of over two years. He makes my heart swoon!

I'm completely obsessed with humor and sarcasm. Just ask my husband, I'm pretty sure it's his favorite quality about me...

I own an online boutique which gives me the ability enjoy one of my passions, fashion.

I speak to my dogs like children. Don't tell me these faces aren't human. My great dane sits butt first on the couch like a human and my pointer demands cuddles before bed each night.

Speaking of babies, I'm having a real one in March! New pregnant mom here who plans on spilling the beans weekly about what I'm experiencing both good and bad.

Oh and I'm overly obsessed with Fall and everything that comes with it. Needless to say, I'm gearing up for all the goodness already!

I think that about sums me up. So what do you think? Have I persuaded you? Can we be friends? I sure hope so! If you still aren't sold... I'll bribe you. Come stop by for a visit after you enter my giveaway for a lovely geometric cuff!