Thursday, April 17, 2014

Healthy Hair With VERB

My hair used to be pretty damaged. After a year (and counting) of no dying and using heat tools less often, my hair is finally starting to look and feel healthy again. My last dye job has almost grown out and I recently had 5 inches of fried hair cut off. During this 'hair quest', if you will, I have also been paying more attention to the products that I use. I recently happened upon VERB Professional Haircare Products. VERB offers professional quality hair products that do not contain parabens, sulfates, or gluten but do contain natural UV protectants and awesome nutrients. They are also color safe and can help repair damaged blonde locks. Two other great facts? They are made right here in the US and are very affordable. 


One of the items I tried was their Styling Cream ($14). This cream contains argan and jojoba oils for smoothing and body and green tea, sunflower extracts and bamboo to strengthen and protect against heat styling and breakage. You apply a small amount to damp hair and blow dry and style as normal. As I have mentioned before, blow dryers and I don't get along. I usually end up with a fuzzy, poofy mane. This actually tamed all of that. My hair was left silky and shiny but not weighed down or looking like it was overloaded with products. This cream is super lightweight and has a light scent. I really like the way this made my hair look and feel, even after a rigorous blow dry.


The next product I tried was the Finishing Polish ($14). This polish contains almond fruit, green tea, and bamboo extracts as well as argan oil. I have never used a finishing polish before but now I am starting to wonder why. I really like this product! I have never really cared for hair spray or mousse because the crunch and smell just isn't appealing to me. This polish defines my style and tames my flyaway hairs while also providing a little hold. I love that I can style my hair and keep it looking fresh without it feeling crunchy or smelling like I was attacked by an aerosol can. The scent is light and fresh. A little citrus-y and a little floral. I really like it!


The last product I tried was VERB's Ghost Oil ($14). This oil is a blend of argan and moringa oils. I use an oil in my hair almost everyday and this has quickly become my favorite. When they say this oil vanishes, they aren't kidding! My hair is left feeling soft, smooth and silky and looking shiny, healthy, and light. I love that it doesn't weigh your hair down like a lot of other oils can. I have a naturally oily scalp so I have to be careful with the kinds of oils that I put into my hair. The Ghost Oil doesn't leave my hair looking or feeling oily at all. I really recommend this product for fellow oily scalp sufferers. You can reap the benefits of hair oils without the worry of adding more oil to an already oily situation. 

I couldn't be more pleased with VERB products. They are truly professional quality at an affordable price. Their line contains 11 products in whole and there are definitely a few more I really want to try including the Leave-In Mist, Sea Spray, and, of course, their Shampoo and Conditioner! Head on over to VERB's website and check out all of their products for yourself. They also have really helpful step-by-step instructions for each product and very accurate before and after images. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well so you stay up to date on any news or exciting promotions!


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid & Walmart GC Giveaway

I hate to admit it but I sweat and more often than not I have stress reaction sweat which smells less than sweet. Mostly it is due to the fact that I have severe social anxiety and just chatting with someone can make a wet spot in my arm pits! Thankfully I can always count on Secret to keep me dry and smelling fresh. Secret is always coming out with new products that deal with my sweat issues perfectly.

Recently they have released new clinical strength products. The clinical strength line is my favorite because it protects against heat, activity and most of all stress sweat. There is a reason stress sweat smells worse and that is because sweat from heat and activity is  99% water and 1% nutrients, while stress sweat has bacteria. Water + Nutrients + Bacteria = Odor

 It is moisture activated and has odor neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent.  Speaking of fresh scents, Secret Clinical Strength comes in three varieties and four great scents. The new, Clear Gel variety leaves no white marks, the new Invisible Solid goes on dry and stays dry and the Smooth Solid contains skin smoothing conditioners. The scents are: Completely Clean, Powder Protection, Ooh-la-la Lavender, and Sport Fresh. 

I was lucky enough to get try one of the new varieties and I picked the Invisible Solid in the scent Completely Clean. I loved that it went on so smoothly and didn’t give me any white marks on my clothes. But what I really loved was that it really gave me all day protection. I used it once at night and never had to reapply during the day.  It does exactly as it says and exactly what I have come to expect from Secret.

If you also want to try the new varieties it is so easy to order them from Walmart. Walmart really is a one-stop-shop for all of your personal care needs. You can find Secret Clinical Strength products at your local Walmart store or online at www.nostresssweat.com

One lucky reader will win a $25 Walmart gift card so you can also try the new Secret Clinical Strength. Open to US residents 18 and older. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Winners have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

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Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by Secret. I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. My Empty Nest is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Clawz Shoes Giveaway

Welcome to Our Clawz Shoes Giveaway

Sponsored by Clawz Shoes
Clawz Shoes are unique new slip-on shoes shaped like animal claws. Part shoe, part play thing and all adventure; Clawz Shoes are a spunky, wild hybrid of ergonomic comfort and creature for kids, teens and adults.
Available in a wild range of colors - lime, orange, black, blue, pink and white!  Which would you choose if you won?
You can see Clawz up close and personal on BabyCostcutter's Clawz Shoes Review
We have an exclusive coupon code for all of you! Use code babycost30 at checkout to give you 30% off Clawz! Plus, you get Free shipping on orders over $45. Our unique code Expires May 20, 2014.
One lucky reader will receive one pair of Clawz in the size and color of your choosing!! 
Open to US Only. Must be 18+ years of age to enter. Ends April 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST 


My Empty Nest received no compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Boxtera

My subscription box addiction just got more amazing. I have been lucky enough to experience some pretty cool subscription boxes in the past, but Boxtera has got to be at the top of list. With Boxtera you will receive a monthly box stuffed full of natural, delicious snacks containing no trans fats or artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. They offer 3 subscriptions: a standard box with 5 snacks ($19.95), a family box with 10 snacks ($29.95), and a corporate box with 20 snacks ($49.95). All of the snacks are full-size products and fall under one of 5 categories: sweet, salty, savory, bitter, and sour. Let's see what was in my March box, shall we?



The first snack to catch my eye was the tangerine slices. I was born and raised in Florida, so citrus fruits have always been my favorite. I have never tried a dried citrus fruit so I had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and taste. They are chewy and soft. They also have a sweet, tangy, and a little bit of sour taste to them just like their juicy counterpart. Also, in case you are wondering; yes, they are seedless! 



As you can see, my husband didn't give me enough time to snap a picture before he tore into this Wasabi Bean Medley. This mix has sesame coated black beans, wasabi coated lentils, rice crackers, peanuts, soybeans, and almonds. This mix had a great, crunchy texture. It was a little too spicy for me and definitely falls under the bitter snack category. Even though I couldn't eat more than a handful, my husband really enjoyed this mix and proceeded to finish it off within a few days. If you like a little kick, this is right up your alley.




The Honey Almond Crunch mix was my father's personal favorite and I had to pry it out of his hands to have a taste for myself (he, like my husband, couldn't wait for pictures to be taken!). I don't blame him; this mix is great! It is sweet and salty while also being soft, chewy, and crunchy. There are a lot of different textures and tastes making this an awesome snacking experience. If you want a snack but can't choose between sweet or salty, this could definitely hit the spot.




The last two items were both banana based. The Banana Ribbons were exceptionally delicious. They were chewy and full of rich, banana flavor. Since the other items presented a choking hazard for my one year old, these quickly became his snack of choice. My two year old enjoyed these the best as well. The last snack sounded very odd but ended up being a house favorite. The BBQ Banana Chips were a little sweet, a little tangy, and even had a little kick to him. If you are a heat newbie like me, I would recommend eating these in small quantities. The heat sure doesn't take away from the awesome flavor though.




Isn't Boxtera awesome? If you are still a little iffy, you might be happy to know that you can purchase each of their snacks individually without making a monthly commitment. I know you won't be disappointed either way and will be left craving more. For a little savings, they have provided a 10% off code for their April box: APRILBOX. Also, they were kind enough to host a giveaway. One lucky reader will receive their own Boxtera box! Just enter using the widget below! Make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well to never miss any new snacks or cool promotions!


Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. My Empty Nest is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Knittin' Kitten

After my success last week with bows I started a novice hat pattern. The new skills in this project are changing colors. I know I know I am a slow learner, one thing at a time. I found some lovely pink camo yarn that will go great with my left over pink.

Isn't that a pretty mixed yarn?

I also found some new needles. These are circular, which means the bigger projects will fit better and you will notice there is a little stitch counter too. That came with the set so I though I'd give it a try. 



The little blue thing is the stitch counter

To make this hat you will cast on 84 to a size 6 needle and then for rows 1-16 k1, p1 all the way across. This will give you the ribbing for the beginning edge.


successful color change!

Now change color and needles to size 8, Row 17 all knit, Row 18 all Purl. repeat row 17 and 18 until you get 7 1/2 inches. This is called a stockinette stitch.



All done!

Once you have the right size knit two together all the way across making it 42 stitches. Next row Purl, next row knit two together making it 21 stitches. Cut a 36 inch tail and run it through your stitches on the needle.


Draw the stitches together with the tail and use the remaining tail to join the side seam! Easy enough that I could do it. This makes two completed projects. I have some lovely, brown, yellow, purple, and gray yarns so lots of choices for this coming week. Have a great one! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Naturepedic Twin Size Mattress Giveaway

Naturepedic Mattress Giveaway
Naturepedic Twin Size Mattress Giveaway
April 12-April 30

I have teamed up with Lauren Paints| a beautiful life, Naturepedic,
Chronically Content, Deliciously Savvy, My Silly Little Gang
and several other bloggers to give my readers the opportunity to win
several different giveaways through out the months of March & April!
I will be posting a new giveaway every couple of weeks to help
my friend Lauren, from Lauren Paints | a beautiful life, and her husband
celebrate their journey through an unconventional way of becoming parents.
You can learn more about their journey here.

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Naturepedic makes the best mattresses on the planet, I promise you. This mattress has one side that is completely waterproof (perfect for those potty-training little one's) and one side that is pillow top. It's sure to last a while and is the right mixture of comfort and support! You can read more about Lauren's experience with Naturepedic mattresses here.


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One lucky winner will win a twin size Naturepedic mattress! 
Use the giveaway tools form below to enter to win:


Disclaimer: This contest will run through April 4th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Please note My Empty Nest and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes, please contact laurenpaintsflorida@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

Epoch Design $300 Gift Card Giveaway

Epoch Design $300 Gift Card Giveaway
April 12-April 30
 300 Gift Card Giveaway

I have teamed up with Lauren Paints| a beautiful life, Epoch Design,
Chronically Content, Deliciously Savvy, My Silly Little Gang
and several other bloggers to give my readers the opportunity to win
several different giveaways through out the months of March & April!
I will be posting a new giveaway every couple of weeks to help
my friend Lauren, from Lauren Paints | a beautiful life, and her husband
celebrate their journey through an unconventional way of becoming parents.
You can learn more about their journey here.

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Epoch Design is a great company, they are better by design. They specialize in quality products at affordable prices for the entire home. My lucky friend Lauren reviewed the Dakota Bunkbeds and stands behind them 100% - their products really are beautiful, timeless, and sturdy. Plus, their furniture promotes conservation and environmental stability! You can read more about the bunkbeds in Lauren's review here.

Lucky for my readers, Epoch Design has offered to provide
one lucky winner with a $300 gift certificate!

You can also enter to win a twin size naturepedic mattress here!

Enter to win with the giveaway tools form below:


Disclaimer: This contest will run through April 4th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Please note My Empty Nest and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes, please contact laurenpaintsflorida@gmail.com if you have any questions.