Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mini Blast Ionic Blow Dryer Sephora Collection Review

I've done a lot of "little" weekend getaways this past summer and have wanted to pack as lightly as possible. That includes all the beauty gear! It's easy if your Hotel room comes with a hairdryer and if it does, it works in a superior manner, that's just one less thing to bring, correct?

Perhaps you're like my family, all of us packed into the room and waiting in line for the next person to be done using the blow dryer to use the blowdryer!

I found the cutest little blow dryer on the planet The Mini Blast

The Mini Blast has two speeds and packs 280-degree Fahrenheit heat. It is compact but still delivers a 1200 watt power just like its full-size counterpart. This Mini Blast uses Negative Ion Technology that seals the hair's cuticles, this helps to eliminate any frizz. As pictured above, the Mini Blast comes with a concentrator nozzle and a diffuser attachment for usage control.

I also enjoyed the weightlessness in your hand and the feel of the Soft touch finish that resists scratching and gives it a non-slip grip and the color (rose-gold) is a bonus. it was priced fairly at $26.00 (weight is under one pound)

I recommend this Mini Blast distributed by Sephora for Sephora Collection. It worked very well, dried my hair quickly and I know it will be easily packed into a tote or a small piece of luggage or case.

***** 5 stars

This is not an ad for Sephora or Sephora Collection, this is a part of my personal belongings and this post was designed to give my jet-setting/traveling readers ideas for ease of travel.

Monday, September 10, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day

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If you know someone, or you are someone who needs emotional support in any way, please be aware that you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number to call is:


This Lifestyles website is about self-love and the love of others. Please know that you can share this number with anyone that might need it.  Thank you for listening with love and kindness It counts tremendously.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The VOLO Hero: The Gentlest Hair Towel Ever.

The VOLO Hero: The Most Gentle Hair Towel Ever

I have one of these coming and I cannot wait. I have purchased a few different types of hair towels, however, they successfully failed at doing their job. They either did not stay in place, completely feel off my head, were way too heavy or even made out of shabby materials and proved to be not that absorbent or even feel apart.

I stumbled upon this product in its very early Kick Starter Phase and I cannot wait to get mine!  Here's a link to get one for yourself. The Hero Hair Towel by Volo is not only beautiful it is affordable and functional and will prevent hair damage.

A quick throwback to chemistry 101:
Your hair is made of proteins (called keratin) bonded together. These protein-to-protein bonds are super strong! But when your hair is wet, water penetrates into these bonds, weakening them. Weaker bonds = greater opportunity for damage. Plus, the extra weight of the water stretches your hair out. 
Removing water quickly and efficiently (especially before brushing or blow drying!) keeps your hair from breaking.
The most important time to take care of your hair is immediately after stepping out of the shower.
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Here's my link to pre-order now:


Let me know how you like it when you get it and my review will be coming as soon as I receive mine in early October.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pickling The Last Bits of Summer With Easy Brine and Binge Watching

It's the end of August and the kids are back at school, and now you can make the most of what is left of the long hot summer days, but by yourself! Are you in the pool with the large mattress float, are you exercising with the music blaring, or how about binge-watching your favorite shows on the patio (with a huge bucket of popcorn)?

Whatever you're doing, I hope that you can find your beachy waves if you want them still.
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For myself, I deep clean the house! So many neglected spots and dust bunnies, I've lost count. I also embark on picking the haul in the garden. My family loves pickled foods and I  have just the easiest of all pickling brine recipes.

This recipe is tried and true! I have been using it for many years. It is a cold pickling method instead of the boiling canning that once was the prominent way to make pickled foods. This method uses only a few ingredients and within the week they're ready to eat.

Easy Pickling Recipe (Dill)

This recipe uses Quart jars, but you can use a myriad of jars as long as you mix the brine right.
You will yield approximately 3 quarts.

mason jars or mason jar type jars w/lids  (clean)


Pickling cucumbers (these are the smaller cucumbers) About 10.
4 Cups of water
2 TBSP Kosher salt
2Cups of White vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 large bunch of fresh dill
1 full head of fresh garlic (remove skins & smash)
whole pepper peppercorns (at least use one to two per jar~or to taste)

1. slice cukes into spears (can cut coins if desired)
2. To make brine: in a saucepan combine the
water, vinegar, and sugar on low to medium heat stir until sugar dissolves. Once dissolves remove from heat. Set the pan aside to cool to room temp.
3. Once the brine has cooled add your speared cukes. Leave wiggle room in the jars, don't pack too tightly.
4. Now add to each jar the sprigs of dill, 1-2 cloves of garlic (depending on its size and to your taste),
and divvy up the salt(should be separating between three jars) and add as well as a couple peppercorns.
5. Now fill the cooled brine to cover the tops of the cuke spears.
6. When topped with brine, tightly close each lid. (air-tight lids are needed)
7. Now put each jar into the refrigerator. Let steep for at least one week.  After one week you can eat.
(*put stickers on top put dates on when you put them in the fridge)

*A Bay leaf or onions are optional to add into each jar.
**Vegetables can be put into this type brine as well such as carrots(cleaned and cut), cauliflower, broccoli, or green beans (cleaned and slightly blanched) or green tomato. You may also prefer thyme or rosemary in place of dill.

***The cukes and vegetables can be kept up to two months, however, you can reuse the brine again!

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Find your last bits of the beautiful summer with the last summer fling on the patio with your friends and family as you impress them with homemade pickles or vegetables!