Fall Doesn't Smell Like Bacon

We had breakfast for dinner last night. Bacon and eggs with tall glasses of milk. The downfall of such a delicious meal? The scent of bacon permeating every room in my home. Walk in the bathroom? Bacon. Open my closet? Bacon. When dinner is over, the odor of my favorite pork product ceases to be delicious and it must be replaced by something more nostril neutral.

Enter my favorite Fall scents. I feel like each season has it's own unique smell. Winter of pine and spiced oranges. Spring of new blooms. Summer of the beach. Fall? Mmm…Fall is my favorite. It includes things like pumpkin and maple, leather and fallen leaves. (Do fallen leaves even have a scent?) Basically anything roasted, toasted, and warm.

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Isn't it funny that smells can induce such intense feelings? Scents that are warm make me want to put on a sweatshirt and beanie, head to a park, and kick leaves into the air. Then when it gets too chilly, stop by a coffee shop for a salted caramel coconut steamer for the walk home. Doesn't that sound divine?

If I could, I would share some of my favorite autumn scents with you. But since scratch-and-sniff computer tech hasn't been invented yet, I created 5x7 chalkboard art piece with a quote from Emily Bronte's poem, Fall, leaves, fall. "Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree." Is

To download the print, click on the image above. A new window will open where you can save the image. Then print, frame, display, and think of me every time you see it. Well, maybe just think of Fall and how your house doesn't smell like bacon.

This post was sponsored by my role as blog ambassador for SC Johnson, A Family Company.

Being Brave & Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am. Here I go!

And sans makeup…

I go out in public a lot without makeup, but never without my glasses. Mostly because I need them to see, but also because they're my shield. Sharing this no-makeup pic is strangely liberating. I'd like to think I share all of me with you on this blog, but now you're truly *seeing* me. Now it's time to see you too.

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Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories - Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

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21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode - in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper - in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

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39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That's What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful

59. Let's Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo's Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen B and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe - in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kid Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful

Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!

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Saving Memories with Seahorse

I attended four, count them, FOUR blog conferences this year. Am I crazy? Probably. Because everyone there is obsessed with social media, we're on our phones the entire time and snapping pictures as if we all have short-term memories, which we probably do. The annoying part of it all is missing a shot that someone else took, then having that person send us the pic or wait until is posted and kindly "borrow" it. Well I'm pleased to tell you that the problem is no more, thanks to the Seahorse app!

This is, by far, the easiest way I've found to share pictures. Whether it's a family reunion, girls' night out, or even events from a decade ago, you can create albums with your friends and family so no memory is lost. Here's how simple it is to use…

Search in your app store for Seahorse or use these direct links for iPhone and Android to download the free app. After signing in, you can start sharing!

Create a New Scene, name it, then start adding friends. If they already use Seahorse, they'll receive an invite to your event. If not, they will have to download the app. But they'll want to anyway because hey, it's awesome!

Now it's time to add media. You can give Seahorse access to take photos directly in the app, import from your camera roll, or access the event through your desktop and add images there. For this album, I chose pictures from this year's SNAP Conference.

Once your event images are uploaded, they're stored on a secure cloud. The beauty of Seahorse is all your images retain their resolution, so when sharing, exporting, or printing, there's no distortion.

If you find you need more storage for your events, fear not! Seahorse is offering you, my dear readers, an extra 5GB or storage by entering the promo code CLEVERHORSE. This code is good until October 31 and can only be redeemed once per user.

To redeem…

  1. Tap the icon on the top left corner to access your account settings
  2. Tap "Redeem"
  3. Tap "Write code" and enter CLEVERHORSE
  4. Tap "Go" on your keyboard

Done! You now have an additional 5GB of room for all your shared experiences. So go have fun and make/relive some memories!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Bistro Board — Dry Erase Dinner Menu

I'm pretty sure the first question I'm asked when my kids walk through the door after school is "What's for dinner?" Instead of answering the question for each child 500 times, I decided to create a dry erase board to display the evening meal.

I created the image on in Pixelmator using elements from PicMonkey. I was going for a French theme and La Maison Bistro translates to The Home Bistro. Perfect for my little kitchen cafe. I knew I wanted it to be dry erase friendly, so I uploaded the image to one of my favorite sites — Tiny Prints.

They offer a product called Glossy Easel Art that I absolutely adore. It's such good quality and the colors are brilliant. You can upload any 8x10 or 5x7 image and it will come to you as a dry erase print.

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Once I figure out what I'm making for dinner, I grab a dry erase marker and write the meal on the board. No more answering questions about what's for dinner!

Want to order your own menu board? Click on the image below to download the jpg, then head over to Tiny Prints to upload it and order your own glossy easel print.

Bon appetit!

Speedy Salsa Recipe

My go-to salty snack is, and likely always will be, chips and salsa. But the salsa has to be homemade. I'm picky like that. When I get the craving for Speedy Salsa, my quick fix involves some fresh ingredients and a Blendtec blender.

Speedy Salsa

1 small jalapeño, seeded (leave seeds in for extra heat)

1/2 red onion

2 cloves garlic

1/4 C cilantro

1/2 tsp salt

pinch pepper

1 lime, juiced

1-28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained

1 scoop Red Blendfresh (optional)

Place all ingredients in Blendtec and pulse 3-5 times.

Bam! Done. Enjoy with some delicious corn chips.

 

If you're interested in purchasing a Blendtec blender for $199 through Blendfresh, let me know!

Don't Be A Flake with Head & Shoulders

Just when I thought Sofia Vergara couldn't get any cooler, I watched a video of her dancing to Footloose with Derek Hough after the Emmys. They tore that dance floor up! Honestly, I don't know if I'd have the guts to whip my hair all over the place. (Not that my hair would whip that much at this length anyway!)

It's not the dancing itself that would cause my humiliation, but the flakes that would shower the dance floor sure would. See, I've been blessed with seborrheic dermatitis. I affectionally call it dandruff. It's not severe, but it is constant. Or, should I say, was constant. I finally had the sense to try Head & Shoulders and it's been a game changer!

I've been using it for a few months now and can tell a serious difference. I don't see flakes on my shirt like I used to. I've been using Original, but I recently tried the Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology Collection. Um, yum! I can't speak for the other scents, but Green Apple is amazing.

You know who else uses Head & Shoulders? Sofia Vergara. We finally have something in common! I might not be able to have her bombshell waves right now, but you can. Sunnie Brook Jones, Head & Shoulders Celebrity Stylist, shares her how-to for some awesome hair.

  1. Start with a clean and fresh foundation by using Head & Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner.
  2. Blow dry hair and create volume on the sides and crown by lifting the hair with your fingers.
  3. Comb hair back and then use the tip of the comb to part hair in the middle.
  4. Curl hair away from the face using a 1-1/2" curling iron. Let hair cool and comb through with fingers to loosen up waves.
  5. Caress your hair with love and be #PartOfOurFamily!

Speaking of Sofia Vergara, how would you like to meet her? There's an amazing sweepstakes, running until September 1. For a chance to meet Ms. Vergara at an upcoming Head & Shoulders advertising shoot, follow @HeadShoulders on Twitter and post a photo of your gorgeous, flake-free hair tagging #PartOfOurFamily #sweeps and @HeadShoulders.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.