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Eprouvage Gentle Volume Shampoo- 8.45 oz

I have very thin, fine hair. I’ve tried so many products I could open my own hair product store. I saw this shampoo boasting no sulfates, and volumizing, so I thought I would give it a try.
I opened the bottle and it smells amazing!! Absolutely love it! I have medium hair, so I don’t need a ton. A small quarter size works wonderful with this shampoo, I certainly don’t waste any.
The bottle is a very pretty royal blue, with a pop open spout, I keep it shut until I’m ready to use it, that way it won’t spill out if it falls, and it’s plastic.
This has left my hair not only feeling more voluminous but looking much thicker as well. There isn’t a perfume smell, nor flowery, just a clean smell. I would definitely recommend this product to my family and friends.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way.

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Juboury Hydration Backpack–Hydration Rucksack Bag Includes Free 2L Water Bladder for Running, Hiking, Biking, and for All Other Outdoor Sports Where You Need Water

Bought this hydration pack for my son, who is out in the woods quite a bit. He hates carrying anything so a backpack was a perfect choice. These water packs were a great invention.
This water pack measures in ounces and liters…can hold 72 ounces and 2 liters.
The “bladder” part of the backpack, the easily removes from the pack is light green and the hoses are easily removed for cleaning.
To clean just open the valves and soak hot water through them and let air dry. There is a separate little pouch inside the pack, to store extra goodies if you desire.
The tabs on the bungy cord holder are safety tabs, you can see in the dark.
Great water hydration back pack.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way.

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THERMOS CAN & FOOD JAR 12 oz – Vacuum Insulated Double Walled Stainless Steel Extra Wide Mouth. Unique Flip Lid with Inside Straw. Bonus: Extra Straw & Instruction Manual Offered by Insane Laboratories Price: $39.99

This thermos and food jar is a great item to have on hand for tailgating, for hiking, road trips, work, work or wherever you might need either a drink, be it hot or cold, soup, fruit, trail mix, anything at all.
This thermos comes with two interior straws, and a flip spout for easy access to liquids. If you choose to take soups or anything with more solid substance, just take the straw out, and voila!
The 12 oz thermos is perfect size for a regular cup of coffee, water, soda, and will keep your item of choice hot or cold for quite awhile.
You must pre-heat or pre-chill the interior for about 5 minutes prior to use, so the insulation can work. Best used vertically, and is spill proof. This container is BPA free, and stainless steel. Since it’s stainless steel, it won’t absorb odors, so no worrying if your onion or bean soup will leave an odor.
The exterior is a rubbery material, the paint is same and won’t peel. This material acts as a coozie, and won’t sweat.
Great item, and would make a great gift.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way.

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Back to School~So Bittersweet

Ok so school started back up for both my college bound kids.  Our son, moved himself in, packed his truck, hugged me goodbye and off he went.  (He’s only about an hour and half away).  We have seen him a couple times since.  Hunting season is upon us, so you know he needs to get ready for that, right?  Every time he walks in and out, already so independent, I just want to ask “don’t you need me”?  Secretly not sure what answer I wanted lol)
Our daughter goes three hours away, so her trip requires a little bit of strategic planning.   (Good thing that’s my husband’s job for work).

So we have our neighborhood Labor Day BBQ, which, of course, is near our home, so after a great afternoon of amazing food, wonderful friends (we have been blessed with awesome neighors), kids having water balloon fights and trash bags full of our afternoon feast debris, we cleaned up, then started packing our daughter’s college bound belongings.

Have I told you I don’t move very fast? Thanks to my OA, RA and Fibromyalgia, it takes me quite awhile to get moving enough to actually say I’m ready.  430am came QUICK.  

Two travel coffee mugs later, we are out the door, dad, mom & daughter.   Three hours later we are at her college where she runs into a few friends from last year.  We get her keys, find a cart among the endangered cart preserve to load all her “stuff” up.  About an hour later she’s picked her bed, started unpacking, decided what she lacks, for our obligatory trip to the local department store, and we head out for another huge pile of “stuff”.

We get back, meet her roommate, help unload the final bin so we can again return the cart to the endangered cart corral.  My husband had to turn over his driver’s license to get one of those endangered carts! 🤓

Our only 19 year old daughter turns, says “ok you can go now”.  We offer lunch, offer anymore shopping (yeah I know we are procrastinating), she replies “nope I’m good”.
Needless to say, I’m bereft, but happy, too.  As much as we all knew it was time, it’s hard to see her want to do it all herself.  It means we’ve done what we are meant to do as parents….bittersweet.

Knowing you’ve done all you can (even though there are days you really wish you could start over, knowing what you know now), helps ease the empty ache as they walk out the door into a life of their own.


With today’s technology (I grew up BEFORE Internet, before cell phones, THANK THE HEAVENS), it’s easy to reach out.  It gives a bit of comfort knowing they are just a phone call, text, Facebook message, tweet (if I ever learn how), Skype, Instagram or Snap chat  (again, if I ever learn) away.