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Beauty Review: Kerastase Hair Products

I was recently sent the Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 shampoo and Kerastase Masquintense Fine conditioner/mask from Influenster for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

You can get you own free products from Influenster, it is free! Check it out here.

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I have tried quite a bit of shampoo and conditioners, and I genuinely have never been impressed by an shampoo. The last time I was even impressed by an conditioner was when I tried Garnier Fructis Whole Blends.

These products completely changed my viewpoint.

My favorite thing about the shampoo is you can feel it helping your hair. It does not dry out your hair at all! Even after just shampooing, my hair immediately feels softer.

I immediately noticed a change in the ends of my hair. After two weeks of using the products, my hair became healthier and grew faster.

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I also love the scent. It is very fresh, and it just smells luxurious.

When I visited my family for Thanksgiving, I had everyone come and ask me what I was doing to my hair. I literally just use the shampoo and conditioner and a little frizz free serum.

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Meet the new puppy, Fiona

I have some exciting news to share! My little family has grown by four paws!

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I made the decision in September to get another dog after my friend’s mini Australian Shepherd had a litter of puppies.

Because I already have Schmidt, getting another dog has always worried me. BUT – Schmidt loves to play, and he is by himself while I work, so I knew he needed a friend.

However, he is a very jealous dog, therefore I decided he need a female puppy to ensure the easiest transition.

And good news, they love each other! The minute the new puppy, Fiona, saw Schmidt, she ran to him to play. He will lay on the ground for hours while she chews on him.

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He even shares his toys with her – as long as they are playing with them together.

Not to mention they chase each other around the house in spurts.

I named Fiona after one of the main characters from Shameless. Schmidt was named after a character in New Girl. It’s a trend.

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The growing pains of having a new puppy are so real – potty training, crate training and learning tricks have been a struggle.

However, thanks to Schmidt, her hyper levels are controlled! She loves her big brother!

Be sure to follow all of their adventures on Instagram! Christmas cards coming soon!

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Gift Basket for a Visiting Pet – COUPON

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Txt4Pet #CollectiveBias

One of my favorite things about getting ready for the holidays is prepping my home for guests. I love setting out crisp sheets, displaying cute mini toiletries and baking holiday snacks!

Recently, I have realized furry visitors do not get as much attention as human ones. It is often stressful for a traveling pet, and when they come into a new home, they tend to look for something comforting.

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This is why I thought of creating a nice gift basket for a visiting pet. Thanks to Target and Purina, the gift basket can be super affordable with their $10 off a $40 purchase using a text offer. Text PETS10 to 827438 to receive the offer!

The offer starts the week of Dec. 4! You don’t have to print anything out! Just text, and the offer is yours – even if you forget to do it until you are in the store!

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I have a family of 7, and we collectively have 10 dogs. Not all of them are visiting me, but it is important to know what kind of dog (or any other pet) is visiting you to create your basket.

Purina and Target have been so helpful in this endeavor! I would never want to spend a holiday without my beloved pets, and Purina makes it so much easier and affordable to do things for them.

The best thing about using their offer in connection with the gift basket is you can get so much for $40 (or $30 with coupon)! Target has an amazing selection of pet gifts, and Purina has an exceptional variety! If your pet (or visiting pet) has a need, Purina products can fill it.

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THE GIFT BASKET

First, you need to find some kind of container. I found this cute basket at Target in the dollar bins! If you really want to go all out, you can find a dog bed with raised ends for the basket (probably best for a smaller dog).

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Gift Basket for a Visiting Pet

Second, you need to pick out some festive tissue paper (trust me, your visiting pet will appreciate the attention to detail). I loved the little gold details in this paper I found at Target, and I thought it complemented the silver-ish basket!

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Third, you need a jar to put dog food in. Purina makes two different formulas that have meat as the first ingredient, which is a good sign of quality food. In my two pup household, our favorites are Purina Beyond Salmon, Egg and Pumpkin and Purina Beneful Original with Real Chicken.

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Purina Beyond Salmon, Egg and Pumpkin is a great option for your pet with a lot of hair. I have two Australian Shepherds, and it is very important for me for them to have beautiful fur. The omega-3s and oils in this dry food helps keep their coat shiny and healthy.

We also are fans of the Purina Beneful Originals with Real Chicken. This dry food is affordable and great for any pet! Purina’s new formula makes beef the first ingredient listed!

In the jar, you can even mix the two dry dog foods from Purina to get all the benefits!

If you have a visiting cat, grab some Purina Friskies wet food. I don’t know much about cats, but the rumor is they adore wet food, especially Friskies!

After you have the jar ready, put it in the basket. Next, add toys that fit the breed and size of the dog. My puppy, Fiona, loves to chew on rope toys because of the fraying string. However, my full-sized Aussie, Schmidt, loves big toys that he can throw around.

Gift Basket for a Visiting Pet

Target of course had the perfect options for the basket. I found a giant hot dog for the older dog, and a tug-a-war rope for the puppy! Target also had a pizza and a hamburger, but the hot dog was so perfect, I couldn’t resist

The next step requires you to ask the owner what special needs their pets has. Once you know, add the treats that best fit the pet coming to your house.

Here are a few of my favorite treats from Purina:

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Purina Beneful Healthy Smiles Dental Twists

These are for the dog with the slobbering bad breath. Chewing on the twists help clean the dogs teeth and the treat freshens the dogs breath! I always add these because as much as I love to cuddle with dogs, it helps when they have good breath.

Purina Busy Bones

These are for puppies. Whenever I leave my puppy alone, she cries in her crate. If I give her Purina Busy Bone, she can gnaw away until I get home. The best part about these are they are not rawhide, so they are perfectly safe. Make sure you get the right size for the dog!

Purina Beneful Baked Delights Stars

My mom was the first person to introduce these to me! On Schmidt’s first Christmas, my mom had bought them for him because she thought they looked like Christmas cookies. We have bought them every year ever since! Of course, the first year in 2013 there were only three dogs eating the “Christmas Cookies”. Now there are 10.

COMBINATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

Puppy: Purina Busy Bones (mini) and Purina Beneful Healthy Smiles Dental Twists

Active Dog: Purina Busy Bones Chewnola and Purina Beneful Baked Delights Stars

Senior Dog: Purina Healthy Smiles Dental Twists and Purina Beneful Baked Delights Snackers

Gift Basket for a Visiting Pet

Now for the finishing touches! In the dollar bin at Target (I could live in that section), I found a fuzzy stocking. It is perfect for a visiting dog during the holidays.

I also added some poop bags. These are mainly for you because no one wants a poop minefield in their backyard.

I purchased all Purina products at Target and I saved $10, so I only spent around $30 for my family’s pet to feel comfortable while we they are visiting. It is such a relief to have one less thing to worry about when you have family down. Plus, it is a very thoughtful gesture.

What are your favorite dog treats?

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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

I have never been one to really enjoy breakfast. If I could eat breakfast the way I wanted to, I would just have a cup of coffee.

I have been trying to change my habits ever since I went all in for my weight loss, and I know breakfast is really important in maintaining a healthy metabolism.

When I first lost 30 pounds, I had oatmeal every morning for breakfast. Oatmeal is very filling, and it really kept my full all day long.

I thought with this next effort to lose the weight, I would do the same. This time around, I tried to mix it up. This is my first attempt at a homemade oatmeal. I would really like to branch out and try more recipes, but this one is so tasty that it is great for now!

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Ingredients:

1 cup of Water

1/4 cup of Old Fashioned Oats

1 Banana

1/2 tablespoon of Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds

1/2 tablespoon of Peanut Butter

1/2 teaspoon of Agave

1/2 tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine water, oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, agave and half of the banana, sliced
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Stir mixture until creamy
  4. Serve with chocolate tips and remaining banana

What is your favorite oatmeal recipe?

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LOVING: Woodsy Winter Fashion Watch – GIFT CODE INCLUDED

I am the worst at wearing arm jewelry, but everything has changed every since I was sent this beautiful JORD Wood Watch in Dark Sandalwood and Emerald!

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For starters, the craftsmanship in this watch is incredible! The wood is a gorgeous color, and the Emerald face compliments the wood!


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The watch looks beautiful on its own or paired with other jewelry.

My favorite thing about this watch is it matches my winter fashion completely.

I love the woodsy earthy tones of the season, and you will usually see me in brown, maroon, forest green, navy or grey! This watch compliments all of those colors!

If the Emerald face is not your style, they have a ton of more options – including separate watches for men and women styles.

Plus, I love having a unique piece of jewelry hanging on my wrist.

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For example, every time I have gone out with this on, I have had someone compliment it. So far, everyone has been impressed with how sleek the wood looks!

I quite honestly have never even heard of a wood watch before JORD, but I am already planning on future Christmas gifts (wink wink).

GIVEAWAY

Now, if you want to try out a watch for yourself or for a gift, check out this link to get an instant $25 gift e-code.

The link expires 12/28 at 11:59 p.m. Each e-gift codes will expire on 02/28/2017.

This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.

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