Archive - October 2017

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» Review: BROO Craft Beer Shampoo and Conditioner
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» Commuting in the 2017 Mazda CX-5
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» Light Shine Candles

» Review: BROO Craft Beer Shampoo and Conditioner

We were recently selected to review BROO Craft Beer Shampoo and Conditioner through Moms Meet. As always we had a great time sampling and it was especially interesting to try the different varieties on the many different hair types in our household. The packaging is quirky and fun with reminders like do not drink this. The BROO brand also aligns with many of the things we look for in our body and hair products.

BROO contains NO:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates or phthalates

  • Dyes or artificial fragrance
  • Silicons
  • PEGs, DEAs, MEA, TEAs or dioxane

So how were the results? I’ll be the first to admit that I often have trouble seeing top-notch results from “natural” products. We tried moisturizing, invigorating and thickening. Each provided the intended benefit and really surpassed our expectations. My hair is curly/wavy and has a coarse texture. The invigorating variety of BROO was my absolute favorite. It energized my hair with it’s minty tingle and caffeine and left my hair very soft… thanks to the aloe leaf! My girls also enjoyed using the products and we found that BROO made their dark black hair silkier and shinier than many products we’ve tried. And as you can see below… you can still work up a generous lather without all the yucky sulfates.

Why Craft Beer? I recall my grandma talking about doing a beer rinse on hair but I didn’t put much stock into that idea. Until now! Apparently the hops in beer are full of essential oils that protect and nourish hair… making it super shiny and soft! Thankfully, using this product does not make you smell like beer. The scent is light comparable to a creamy citrus.

Where can you find BROO? BROO products are currently available at Walmart for just $7.49. You can even pick up some via online order. You can feel good about your BROO purchase. Not only will your hair benefit, but BROO donates a portion of every sale to clean water efforts world wide. Grab your $1.00 off coupon here.

Guess what? One Lucky winner will receive a pair of BRÖÖ Craft Beer Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner in an organza bag! Simply like our Facebook page and share this post! Easy Peasy! We will announce a winner on Wednesday night! (11/1/17)

» Commuting in the 2017 Mazda CX-5

As you know, we recently moved to another part of Nashville. We needed to situate ourselves closer to the kids’ schools… this also meant, unfortunately, the work drive would increase significantly. Nashville traffic has only gotten worse over the years, pushing our daily commute to a little over half an hour each way. If you’re like us and spend 5-6 hours+ in a car every week, a comfortable and fuel efficient car is a must. That’s where the CX-5 fits in. The 2017 CX-5 Grand Touring AWD in Machine Gray Metallic is a great looking car! So great, in fact, that Mazda didn’t change much from the previous year model.

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The ride is so smooth that I could barely feel the change when accelerating from 15 to 50 mph. Driving home from work can get dangerous with stop-and-go traffic and the additional fatigue from a long work day. The Grand Touring package has an Advanced Heads-Up Display that almost magically displays the speed limit, your current speed, blind spot warnings and more right onto your windshield. This definitely brought more awareness and kept me alert throughout the long commute. Not to mention reminding me to slow down! Don’t worry, I’m not driving and taking a picture!

We Love the Look – The entire 2017 Mazda line looks great and the CX-5 is no exception. The minor changes they’ve done from previous years were definitely welcome. Other moms will take notice, for sure.

We Love the Interior – The interior is very roomy. Even with three kids in the back, the touching and bumping (that leads to fighting) was kept to a minimum. And no, we didn’t ditch a kid, sweet Lola takes the bus to her school and missed out on the Mazda fun. The automatic trunk open and close came in handy as they were able to load and unload their backpacks without having to worry about reaching the door. The leather seats provided seat warmers for both the front and back along with a vent that blows onto the steering wheel for those early mornings! The one thing that brought the fights? Arguing over who got to push the “butt warmer” button. (good grief.)

We Love the Fuel Efficiency – Commuting can get expensive. I found the 24 city / 31 highway mpg to be accurate and a happy medium for the speed, size, and comfort of the vehicle.

Conclusion

With our family size, four kids and two adults, I’m not sure a sedan will ever be in the cards. However, I truly enjoyed the Mazda CX-5, this CUV would be a great option as a second vehicle for us. If you have a family of four or less, this might just be the perfect primary vehicle. It met all of our basic vehicle needs and then excelled way beyond that with tons of extra features. If you’re in the market, definitely head to your nearest Mazda dealership and give it a test drive!

 

 

 

Special thanks to Mazda USA for allowing us to test drive the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD. As always, these opinions are my own.

 

» Light Shine Candles

Months ago we drove across town to meet new friends for dinner. As many of you know we made some big changes in our family this year including a new house, new town and new school for our kids. These new friends were part of these upcoming changes and we jumped at the chance to share a meal and learn more about their family. Fast forward to the present… our children have growing friendships and I’ve learned so much about the powerhouse mama who founded Light Shine Candles. Anna Reyes and her family work in community development initiatives and live in the Nashville area; they have also served in El Salvador. This is part of the driving force behind Light Shine… flexible work that creates space for serving the community. You can read more about the Light Shine story here. 

So let’s talk about these candles. I’m very picky about the candles I use in my home. I look for non-gmo soy wax and cotton wicks. Did you know that most of the candles on the market use lead wicks?? Not a good thing to breathe in my friends. Not Light Shine… they use 100% non-GMO soy, no phthalates and no dyes. Their candles begin with a glass jar, a cotton wick and they are finished out with locally printed labels. And rumor has it Anna uses recycled packaging materials from friends as often as she can which reduces waste and overhead for her little company.

But really, it’s more than just delightfully scented gmo-free soy candles. There is a whole lot of give-back going on over at Light Shine. Customers who take part in the monthly subscription program  (Shine Club!) can anticipate a wonderful assortment of candles each month while knowing that $5 of their monthly box subscription will support developing communities in El Salvador.  Light Shine also gives Anna’s family freedom as they continue community development work with Global Outreach Developments International. Additionally, Anna offers fundraising opportunities for churches, adoptive families, community groups, schools… you name it. You can learn more about fundraising with Light Shine here.

I encourage you, especially during what I call peak candle season, to head over to Light Shine and feed your fall candle habit. It’s always sweet to add special touches to our homes while supporting strong moms who not only work hard for their families but support their communities both globally and locally. Women like Anna are living Proverbs 31She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands… she opens her hand to the poor and reaches out to the needy…She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

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