A few years back I was part of an online group for Christian Military Wives.  At that time my hubby was in the Army and this group became a valuable resources for me.  Recently, a friend from that group contacted me because she too is trying to start a review and giveaway blog.  Her site is called Pea Of Sweetness.  She is giving away a Jordan Essentials product and you can head on over to enter.  If you stop by please let her know we sent you!

I also wanted to take this time to remind you we have a giveaway still going on for a $25 gift card, with LOW entries.  And I want to give you a teaser of a few giveaways we have coming THIS MONTH.  First, there will be a giveaway for a $100 Amazon giftcard!  Who doesn’t want that, right?  You can buy almost anything from Amazon and have it shipped right to your door.  Also, we are taking part in a cloth diaper hop and there will be a $500+ fluffy prize.  So, while you are waiting go ahead and add our button and sign up for our emails so you can get all those extra entries and stay in the loop.



BeautiControl has been in business for over 30 years and is a company that specializes in Spa Treatments, Personalized Skin Care and Advanced Anti-aging products through a unique at home spa experience.   They offer many wonderful products including cleansers, makeup, and lotions to name a few.  They even offer a men’s line with skin care products and cologne.  With over 140,000 Consultants in the USA, Puerto Rico, and Canada, BeautiControl is a leader in the Spa Home Party Industry.

I recently had the chance to try a couple of their products thanks to Diana Barr, Independent SPA Consultant.  I got the BC Instant Manicure and Extreme Repair Hand Creme.  My hands are super dry normally but they get even worse in the winter.  I couldn’t wait to use the spa treatments and let me tell you, I was not disappointed!  My hands were silky soft after using just the Instant Manicure scrub, but then I followed up with the creme.  It felt amazing!  It’s a nice thick creme that sinks in quickly but also lasts through handwashings.  Perfect for someone in the medical field or anyone else who washes their hands often.  Plus, not only did my hands feel soft, they looked so much better and younger!   I even used the creme on my son’s chapped cheeks.  Here’s a little more about the products I tried:


Instant Manicure:  BC Spa Manicure Instant Manicure softens and moisturizes your hands and cuticles with Dead Sea salts that gently exfoliate dead skin cells. You will experience the wonders of natural oils as they nourish, moisturize and protect your hands and nails.

Extreme Repair Hand Creme:  The skin on your hands is especially susceptible to damage. That’s why we’ve created BC Spa Manicure Extreme Repair Hand Creme. With this amazing product, you can soften and smooth your hands while delivering moisture to protect against dehydration and the signs of future damage.

You can find the products I reviewed as well as all the others BeautiControl offers at Diana’s website http://www.beautipage.com/dianabarr/

In addition to the online catalog, Diana also offers In-Home Spas, during which she focuses on pampering by doing facials, instant hand manicures, microderm abrasion, chemical peels, anti-aging products, mineral cosmetics and more. She also offer SPA Escapes for businesses as well, where she focues on relaxation and stress management while pampering your employees.

Diana has generously offered a $15 gift certificate good towards anything on her website to one of our lucky readers! Certificate must be redeemed through Diana.  Giveaway open to US only.


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I think ALL moms can agree on one thing.  Moms are busy.  Most moms struggle with finding a healthy balance between eating healthy and eating, well, quickly.  Even though I stay home, I am busy playing with our toddler and keeping up with him, doing laundry (especially cloth diapers) and of course blogging.  I know one of my close friends is a working mom and she has trouble just finding time to eat her lunch.  Today I want to share a very simple, easy tip with you on how to have a cheap, healthy and quick lunch.  At our house when I make homemade soup, we always end up with one last serving and we don’t know whether to keep it or pitch it.  Now, I always save it.  Here is what to do.

Start with a small container like the one above.  I really love the round ones with the screw on lids.  But the one above is also easy to stack.  Then fill the container with your leftover soup.  The container holds exactly enough for a bowl of soup.  Stick the container in your freezer or deep freezer.

The next time you are needing a good lunch in a flash grab your soup from the freezer.  If you are a working mom, just pack it and take it with you as is.  If you are at home, simply defrost it and warm it on the stove.

Now, for those without access to a stove, obviously, you can achieve the same results with a microwave, but it makes it a little more special (I think) when heated up on a stove.

This total prep time took me about 10 minutes.  And then my little man and I enjoyed (previously frozen) homemade cabbage soup.  While the soup was warming on the stove, I chopped some fruit for him

and voila, a hot, healthy lunch in about 10 minutes.  It also makes me feel good that we never waste anymore soup.  Of course, this would not be limited to just soups, I am sure some casseroles would freeze well too.

Here’s to eating healthy in a hurry!


Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Tomorrow we are giving away a $25 gift card and to thank you all for being our very first followers, you can choose where the gift card is for.  Just leave a comment here or head over to our facebook page and let us know where YOU would like a $25 gift card for.  The company with the most votes will win and then tomorrow we will post the giveaway.

So far we have quite a few votes for Target and Kroger.  Hurry and get your opinion in.



Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

We are in the process of trying to buy a home.  We had found a home in our ideal neighborhood, ideal location, ideal size and a good price.  However, we chose to walk away.  The house was bank-owned, but not a short sale.  It happened to be owned by Chase.  We thought everything was going fairly well, we had countered back and forth with them a few times and finally come to a number we all agreed on.  Then the addendums were sent to us.  They were crazy!! 5 business days to complete ALL inspections..no matter what.  Now, under normal circumstances that might be doable.  However, Chase did not have the gas and water turned on yet and they flat out said it did not matter if they had it turned on or not but that once we signed we had 5 days. End of story.  That was just one of many crazy clauses so we walked away.  Saturday the kids and I are going with our realator to look at some more houses and see what is on the market.

Have you ever owned a home?  Do you currently own?  How was your process; smooth, bumpy, great?

Hopefully soon I can post on here that we have found an even better house!

By the way, make sure you enter both of our current giveaways while you are here.  You can visit our current giveaways tab and enter to win gift cards to both Target and Amazon!