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What’s In My Mailbox – May

May has been an extra extra full month. I had my best friend’s baby shower, both of my best friend’s birthdays (including one that I threw), my sisters’ graduation and tons of those once a year errands.

I am so extremely grateful that this month is finally over, and summer has began – even is summer means 100 degree heat here in the Lone Star State.

It’s is that time of the month where I share what goodies came in my mailbox!

To start it off, I got the Glow VoxBox. If you want to get your own Voxboxes, sign up here for Influenster.

My VoxBox came with some fun flash tattoos, this amazing smelling leave in conditioner from Not Your Mother’s and the perfect summer nail color from Sinful Colors!

 

I also got an experimental beauty product this month! It is this amazing lotion from Busy Beauty that lets you shave without water! I have already used this when I was asked last minute to go to the pool!

It is amazing – no razor burn at all! Be sure to add this to your bag this pool season.

 

The last couple of things I received were from SampleSource!

I have been testing out the Method Laundry Detergent and some other goodies!

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Eggo Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoWaffleBar #CollectiveBias

No matter how old I get, I still love grilled cheeses, banana popsicles and Kellogg’s® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles.

As an adult, I have really learned to love Kellogg’s® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles in a different way than my childhood. They are such an easy and quick breakfast or snack! I love throwing almond butter, apples and a little honey on them for breakfast – or topping them with a fried egg and a piece of ham.

But my favorite way to incorporate Kellogg’s® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles is with ice cream!

I love making a quick Kellogg’s® Eggo® Homestyle Waffles ice cream sandwich when I get the urge for a sweet snack in the middle of my binging watching.

PLUS: Delicious News! Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources.

AND the Eggo Waffle Truck is traveling to Walmart across the country to give you a chance to try a waffle creation! The truck is going to be in my area this weekend, and I am so excited to check it out!

The Waffle Bar Truck will move a total of 200 times over 100+ days. The truck started in April and will continue through September!

To see where the waffle truck is heading next, click on the image below:

The whole event inspired me to share my recipe with you! So all you need is four simple ingredients that you can find at your local Walmart!

Eggo Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

INGREDIENTS (SERVING SIZE: 1) :

1 Tbsp Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter

1 Scoop of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream

1 Kellogg’s® Eggo® Homestyle Waffle

1 Kellogg’s® Eggo® Chocolatey Chip Waffles

Eggo Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

INSTRUCTIONS

I am not a huge fan of peanut butter, but I love it on an Eggo waffle or covered in chocolate! This is why I chose to get the Kellogg’s® Eggo® Chocolatey Chip Waffles, along with the homestyle.

Start by putting one of each Eggo® waffle in your toaster. Once they have popped out, place them on a plate and let them cool for about 10 minutes in the fridge. If the waffles are not cool in 10 minutes, keep them inside until they are.

Afterwards, spread the Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter on one of the waffles.

Eggo Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

Then, take the scoop of the Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and pop it right on top of the peanut butter.

Finally, squeeze the waffles together and enjoy your tasty dessert! Warning, these things are rich and delicious!

If you want to make these in bulk, you can freeze them for a special occasion like the Fourth of July or a graduation party!

Eggo Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwich

What’s your favorite recipe with Eggo waffles?

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How to get rid of fleas at home

As a doggie mom of two who lives in community that used to be an open field, I have gone to battle with some fleas.

When I moved into my house in January, I immediately realized there was an ant infestation. After buying traps and spraying the yard, their presence decreased, but never disappeared altogether.

Also, when I went to feed the dogs one day, I found a cockroach and a spider in the food. I am from the country, so it takes a lot to shake me, but after that I made the decision to do a basic bug bomb in the near future.

But, then the fleas happened.

I am sure all doggy moms hate fleas, but I feel like I am at war when they arrive at my home. My poor doggies were itching, and I had bumps all over my body.

How to get rid of fleas at home

I put on my armor, and I mass murdered the crap out of those fleas.

If you are going through the same thing and are ready to be flea free, here are the steps I took to get rid of fleas without an exterminator. If you follow these step by step, you will get the best results.

FLEA PILLS

The first thing you need to do is cut off your fleas feeding supply – your pet.

There are a number of different flea pills, so you need to contact your vet. I have used Triflexis for years, but I have recently switched over to Comfortis. Triflexis tackles way more than just fleas, so if you are looking for an all-in-one product, that is the one for you.

SEND YOUR PETS AWAY

After they have been treated for the fleas, it is good for them to not be around while you go on a flea murdering spree. I was lucky enough to be able to leave them at my parents for a week, but if you could just board them for a day that would be enough.

VACUUM

Vacuuming is so essential in getting rid of fleas. I now vacuum my whole house, including hardwood and tile, 1 to 2 times a day. Before you start putting out chemicals, make sure everything Is vacuumed.

SPRAY FURNITURE

When killing fleas, you are dealing with two demons – the fleas themselves and larvae. Larvae is hard to kill than actual fleas. I bought a flea spray from Hartz for putting on bedding and furniture, and I sprayed all of the cloth items in my home.

SPRINKLE CARPET

After I sprayed my furniture, I sprinkled a flea killing powder on the carpet. The one I used was also from Hartz. I let this sit in the carpet for hours.

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FOGGING YOUR HOME

After you are done prepping, it is time to bomb the house. My house is close to 2,000 sq. ft., so I used 9 foggers. I bought 3 bug foggers specifically for fleas and bed bugs and 6 of the regular fogger from Hot Shot.

First, I put the foggers for fleas and bed bugs in rooms that I knew the dogs frequented. I knew the fleas were rampant in my bedroom, the living room and the utility room where the kennels were.

How to get rid of fleas at home

Then, I put the other foggers in all the other rooms in my home. I went to work and let the foggers work their magic for 9 hours.

When using foggers, be sure to follow directions on the box! When I returned home, I washed and wiped down all surfaces while my house aired out.

WASH, WASH, WASH

When the house has aired out, it’s time to wash everything. I washed my sheets, bedding, pillows, towels, clothes on the ground – literally everything that was exposed to the fogger.

This is also great because it’s a little spring cleaning, so everything is fresh.

OUTSIDE

The last thing you need to do is spray the outside. I like to use the brand Seven, my family has used it for years. I use the container that has its own sprayer, and I sprayed every inch of my front and back yard. It is good to focus on high grass or brush because that is usually where fleas gather.

How to get rid of fleas at home

It is also good to keep your grass cut and brush cleared in general to prevent fleas from living in your yard.

I also put out some cedar because it is known to repel fleas.

I hope this helps your flea problem, and if you have any questions, please drop them below!

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How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

It’s summertime, and everyone is looking for a way to stay cool, have fun and not spend too much money.

My favorite way to do that is to throw a fun game night for my friends. I love throwing back a drink or two and beating my friends at every game (or at least trying).

Recently, I threw a game night with a new game called Codenames: Deep Undercover. This is a game for adults only, and you need at least four players.

How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

Codenames (the original game) was most recently nominated for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres and the won the Origins Awards for Game of the Year, Best Family Game and Fan Favorite.

This version combines the original gameplay with an adult theme making it perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties, ladies nights in, or game night at the local bar!

How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

The gameplay remains the same, where each team has a spymaster looking at a key card, gives their team a one-word clue and a number to locate their team’s words.

So after you purchase the game, it’s time to make a signature drink and some snacks! Since we are trying to stay in a budget for an affordable night in, I love to do popcorn mix-ins and sangria!

SANGRIA

How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

1 bottle of red wine (Cabernet or Merlot)

1 orange, sliced in wedges

1 lime, sliced in wedges

1 lemon, sliced in wedges

1 tbsp of sugar

1 shot of gin

1 cup of frozen strawberries

1/2 cup of orange juice

4 cups of ginger ale

Pour the wine into a pitcher. Afterwards, squeeze the fruit into the pitcher and throw in the left over fruit.

Add the rest of the ingredients and serve over ice!

How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

For the popcorn, I just popped some classic movie butter popcorn and grabbed a box of M&M’s, Peanut Butter M&M’s and Milk Duds.

Then, I just set them out, and everyone can make their own bowls!

How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

As for the game, it took a minute to get down all the rules, but it is great if you like word games! The games are quick and fast, so you can easily play multiple games in one night!

 

How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

How to Throw an Affordable Game Night

What’s your favorite way to enjoy summer on the cheap end?

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5 Changes for a More Natural Home

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Lately, I have been trying to make more positive changes in my life. I really care about the environment and health, and I have been trying to have that reflect in my new home.

When I first bought my home, I was so excited to be able to easily recycle and switch my electricity to green energy. I have also been big on conserving water and energy for environmental and financial reasons, but I still wanted to do more.

In the last few months, I made 5 little changes that have made a big impact on how natural my home operates.

Compost

I started a compost bin! This is one of the easiest things you can do as a homeowner.

I started by getting a plastic totes and drilling air holes all around it. Once I was done with that, I collected newspaper clippings, leaves and potting soil. I mixed everything inside the tote and watered it just a tad.

Then, I bought an indoor compost container for my kitchen waste. I fill it up with leftover vegetables, coffee grounds, egg shells and fruit leftovers. Once my container is full, I empty it into my compost bucket outside.

Your composting materials should smell natural – not gross.

Switch your shampoo/conditioner

Another easy change started with what I actually put on my body! I have always been conscious of what I put on my face, but I had never really put much thought into what I put in my hair.

After I went to the hairstylist, they told me to look into sulfate-free products because they will damage my hair less. I am constantly changing up my hair, so I need a product that will keep my hair looking brilliant.

5 Easy Ways to Have a More Natural Home

AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner contains naturally derived cleansers and a sulfate free formula to gently cleanse your hair and scalp.

These are great too if you have sensitive skin or a sensitive scalp. These are also dye-free and paraben-free. I love seeing results from using better products for a natural lifestyle.

You can find the AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® line at the hair care aisle at Walmart. You can also use this coupon for $1.00 off one AVEENO® product, excluding trial and travel sizes.

Switch your detergent

Probably one of the easiest changes I made was my detergent. I started using the sulfate-free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS®. The new sulfate-free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® delivers a powerful clean without the harshness.

The sulfate-free formula infuses into the fabric with proven ingredients that get rid of stains and deep clean clothing. You can read and understand all the ingredients in the bottle, so you know what it going into your laundry – WHICH I LOVE!

The all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® is one of the first products to put their ingredients on the bottle for consumers to see! I love that they did this because it is easier to trust a brand if they’re honest with you from the beginning!

5 Easy Ways to Have a More Natural Home

5 Easy Ways to Have a More Natural Home

The detergent can be found at the top shelf on the laundry aisle at your local Walmart. You can also use this coupon to get .50 off your all® purchase while supplies last!

Reusable bags

The next time you are at your grocery store, stock up on reusable bags! First of all, they are more practical because you can fit more inside them.

When I lived in an apartment, they were my favorite thing because I had less trips upstairs.

Second of all, think of all the plastic bags you are saving! You can fit 3-5 plastic bags worth of stuff in one reusable bag!

Plus, reusable bags are great for travelling, picnic-ing and going to the beach!

Use useful plants

Instead of buying things with harsh chemicals, trying planting plants that are useful! Rosemary and Citronella are great mosquito repellants, and I love to plant Lavender to use as a fragrance in my home!

You can also plant your own herbs and vegetables – like tomatoes and peppers!

How do you keep a more natural home?

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