Saturday, June 29, 2013

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+

Before Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Rubber Rough, my routine was...well...boring.  With curly hair, I've found the less heat I apply to it, the better it will look.  After towel-drying my hair, I would apply a cream and maybe a spritz of hair spray for added protection.  Afterwards, I would use a pick and let the damp curls fall where they may. If I wanted to style it, I could do it then or wait until its dry.  But that's it.  Five minutes at best.  Influenster sent me Rough Rubber... Kill. Routine. Reloaded.

This product has an innovative rubber consistency (hence the name) and provides you with outstanding texturizing effects.  It is versatile with a moldable texture and will work for any hair type, providing a strong style control for thick hair, but not overburdening for fine hair.  It separates, defines, and shapes as you wish!  It does not provide a shine, but instead a more natural matte effect.  PERFECT for special occasions!! 

Here's how your routine will go:
- Take a small amount and rub it between the palm of your hands

- Apply it on dry or damp hair and work it throughout the hair
- Roughen up your style as you wish!

Thank you influenster for changing up my routine!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tastykake® Kandy Bar Kakes

"You get the BEST of both worlds!"  Oh Hannah Montana's theme song rings through my mind as I take a bite of this Tastykake!!  "Kake" or S'more??
Can you believe the company that makes these sweet treats came about in 1914??  How am I just now finding out about this....  One of the country's leading bakers of snack cakes, pies, cookies, and donuts resides in Philadelphia, PA, and is the MAN of the Tasty Baking Company.  There are over 100 products... more sampling for me!!  There was so much freshness and quality packed into that little wrapper.  I'm on the edge just thinking about having another!!  You can buy them indiviually for $1.69... but why stop there.  The family pack is only $4.49! 

Light.  Fluffy.  Chocolate.  Cake.  Candy Bar.  Creme filling.  (Need I say more?)
...S'mores, peppermint, and even peanut butter!!  :)

Thank you influenster for giving me the best of both worlds. 

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

I recieved my first influenster VOXBOX and it included Broadway Nails - hello Revolution!  In 10 minutes I was out the door and on my way to impress - it truly is the ideal way to apply polish!  It's simple, you peel off, press on, and you're done... you don't have to wait for anything to dry!!  It is already shined and it lasts up to a week!  It's as easy to take off as it is to put on, which gives you the option of trying out new colors and patterns!!  My favorite patterns always include flowers, but there are trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints as well!  A selection for every girl!  With imPRESS, your nails will always be your best accessory.

imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Build the PERFECT Easter Basket!

I loved finding my basket after the Easter bunny would drop it off.  My dad would hide mine and my sisters baskets in the yard and we'd have to look for it.  It was almost like an Easter egg hunt with personalized goodies rolled up in one adventure.  So, this year, get your kids hopping with happiness over their baskets!  Visit for other creative ideas!

To build the perfect Easter basket, you will need some happiness to fill it with!  Try fun foam ideas, special gifts, and other basket stuffers.

Fun Foam Ideas
One thing I always got in my basket was something to keep me busy.  I'm sure my parents had a motive for that, but I loved it because whatever it was I could keep for a long time.  I liked the candy, but if your kid is anything like me, the candy was gone after a few hours. 

Fun Foam Kits are great for the kid who likes to create things of their own imaginations.  With these you can create decorative wall hangers or paper bag puppets, like rabbits, chicks, or frogs.  They even have paper mache eggs.  Those are messy, but its an egg you'll never forget!!

Other creative ideas for your Easter basket: puzzles, coloring books, and paint-by-numbers!

Special Gifts
My mom always managed to sneak in something special for me.  It was something that I would get that my sisters wouldn't.  (They would get their own special gifts though!)  Every year it would change based off of my interests.  I've received finger nail polish, personalized jewelry, stuffed animals, designer kits to make friendship bracelets, books, movies, and music!

For boys you could try legos, t-shirts, hot wheels, sports stuff, and of course books, movies, and music would work too!

A special gift hidden amoung all the candy and crafts will make your child feel like they were really thought of when you were building this perfect Easter basket.

Other Basket Stuffers
- Candy!  You can't forget the good stuff.  My favorite candy has always been the Robin Egg whoppers, try those!
- If you do a coloring book or something like that, make sure to include the crayons, markers, paint, etc.
- Sidewalk Chalk, a jump rope, a frisbee (something fun to do outside)!

What kinds of things would you like to see in your Easter Basket?

Check out the DIY page for other creative ideas and resources!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Renovations: Let's face it, HAPPY needed a make-over!

'a HAPPY how to' has been a working progress for a couple of years now.  I’ve had some good posts and some bad ones.  It’s the life and reality of being a busy writer.  Still, I want to give those smiling faces lots of attention.  So here’s the deal, I thought about giving HAPPY a face lift.  She’s had a lot of work done; it may take a little bit for the “swelling” to go down.  So please be patient.

The first thing you’ll notice is that there are several NEW pages.  These are straight off of my pinterest account.  I find so much inspiration shuffling through others discoveries…I thought it might be fun to do a little building based off of that.
Teacher Things: For the aspired and experienced.  Some of you may have picked up by now that I am studying to be a teacher.  Not only that, but currently I substitute and I teach a group at church once a week.  There's LOTS of resources out there for teachers and I wanted to share things that I have found here.  This may include websites, projects, crafts, lesson plans, tips, parties, and much more!
FOOD: Low calorie and otherwise.  We all love food.  Some of us like to cook it but we all love to eat it.  Whether your a calorie-counter (guilty!) or a fan...this is where you'll find the JUICE.  Find recipes and more!  If there is a specific thing your looking to cook, let me know!
a work of ART: It's what you make it.  One way for sure that I've found happiness is through expressing myself.  You might try something new, or maybe you just want to be inspired.  Find out more on this page - want to build something but not sure how, just ask!
LOSE it.  We should all try to be the best we can be...and as cliche as it sounds, exercising and eating properly have helped me to do just that.  Need training techniques, motivation, tips, and more?  Look no further, HAPPY has it!
...The other thing you might notice is that there is a new Creative Commons copyright license.  I feel official!  Take a look at that below if you have any interest in using my HAPPY.
What other improvements can HAPPY make?  List your suggestions in the comment section below.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Like Water to a Sponge: My Relationship with Reading

My fingers brushed along every spine.  I walked along the rows of bookshelves, entranced by the options.  A trip to the library for me was not an “in and out” experience.  Every time I would feel completely indecisive.  What should I read?  It all looks so intriguing with the colorful covers and bold striking titles.  Places like Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million make bank off of people like me.  It takes honest strength for me to walk out of book store and not look like Gus-Gus off of Cinderella; a stack of books so high, my chin is the only thing keeping them from flying all over the place. 
As we speak, I have several books glaring at me, waiting to be read, mulled over, and loved.  Letters to a Young Teacher by Jonathan Kozol, a loaner from a teacher friend (what aspiring teacher wouldn’t want to read this?); The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, current popular teenage read borrowed from a youth member at my church; The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, loaned from my concerned father about our education system (this looks a little intimidating as it presents like a text book); Old Yeller by Fred Gipson, Ralph S. Mouse and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary, old treasures thrown out and discovered; Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, a fifth grade favorite and possible cultural point book review candidate; Matilda by Roald Dahl, ‘I can’t believe I saw the movie as a child and didn’t realize it was a book’ must-read; and finally Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, I picked this up because I read The Glass Castle and fell in love with the authors sassy but well-spoken nature. 
My waiting list of books varies to say the least.  Most were suggested by friends and family, I love to bond with people through reading.  Others have worn out pages and are stamped from old libraries and teachers with forgetful students; somehow they found a home on my book shelf.  No complaints.  I will read them so that their pages continue to wear, but also because I may have a chance to hand them out to my own absentminded students.  And then there are the books I have chosen for myself. 
The excitement I feel for my new collection of Children’s Literature is high to say the least.  I have a second pile of books from one of my classes and they are glaring just as hard as the first.  Imagine Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  She loved to read, it’s apparent from the beginning of the movie.  She loved to read so much that she was given the library at Beast’s castle.  What a gift!  Ever since I could remember, I’ve wanted to absorb the words of our time, give consideration to each of them, and to adore them. 
“Like water to a sponge."
List your favorite books here.