The holiday season is upon us. Here at Naturally Frugalicious we are gearing up for the holiday rush, both personally and professionally. On the blog, preparations for our second annual holiday gift guide are underway – we have wonderful sponsorship opportunities available! Our Holiday Gift Guide is a great opportunity to get your product and brand featured and promoted to thousands of moms and wives, passionate about their families and passionate about healthy living.
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Organic Stevia Giveaway Sponsored by Kiva
Hosted by Deals of Sweetness
Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness
Have you tried Stevia yet? Kiva Organic Stevia is a multi-purpose tabletop sweetener made from Non-GMO stevia plants grown in the USA and is a perfect substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners. Their organic stevia has zero-calories, no bitter aftertaste, and a low glycemic index, making it ideal for those managing calories and blood sugar.
They blend their high purity stevia extract with erythritol, a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables to create a delicious blend that’s easy to serve. So you can just sit back and enjoy!
Emilee from Deals of Sweetness often shares the risks of artificial sweeteners and is always glad to find an alternative! No calories and no chemicals! See what she thought of Kiva Organic Stevia. Kiva Organic Stevia can be purchased on Amazon.
Would you like to win some Kiva Organic Stevia? This organic stevia giveaway begins on 10/20 and ends on 11/3 at 10:00pm Central Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be notified via email (consider adding email@example.com to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
Disclosure: Emilee at Deals of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) to facilitate her honest review. I received no compensation for this post. Naturally Frugalicious and the other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.
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- Sunday ~ THANKFUL
- Monday ~ LEAVES
- Tuesday ~ AUTUMN
- Wednesday ~ HOLIDAY
- Thursday ~ FAMILY
- Friday ~ GIFTS
- Saturday ~ COLORFUL
Fall is officially here! The air has grown crisp and cool. The leaves have begun to change into the rich colors of autumn. It is now time for pumpkin spiced everything lattes, snuggling next to the fire and yes it is time for yummy fluffy socks. This is my absolute favorite time of year. Just thinking about all the fall brings gives me warm fuzzy feelings. To celebrate autumn, I have put together a fun Fall Bucket List Printable for you!
Apparently, all of my life, all of my mother’s and more than likely all of my grandmother’s, when it comes to using bobby pins, we’ve been doing it wrong. Yep. Doing. It. Wrong. Lucky for me, and incidentally luck for you, I now know better.
Bobby Pins: You’re Doing it Wrong!
Evidently, the grooved side of the bobby pin should face downward, against your scalp. What? Seriously. The zigzagy ribbed side is designed to grip the hair, while the flat side pushes the hair down into those grooves, helping it capture more hair while keeping it in place. Weird, right?
I am a curly girl. Fine, curly chaotic hair – that’s me. I use bobby pins alot in styling the frizzy mop on top of my head. I tried this and amazingly, I needed HALF the amount of pins I normally use because the grooved side down really did secure my hair SO MUCH BETTER. I always assumed the reason I needed so many bobby pins was because my hair was so fine. When using them on my sisters, I assumed they didn’t work as well as I would have liked because their hair is so thick. Nope, I was simply doing it wrong!
Don’t believe me? Curly, straight, thick of fine. Try it. It WILL change your life.
And before I go, here is another little bobby pin trick I learned, recently, as well. This one is great for those of us with fine hair…
Spray your bobby pins with hairspray. Spraying them with your hairspray first will turn them into ‘sticky pins’, helping them grip even better and keeping them from sliding around. Easy as that.
So in summarizing: Spray your bobby pins with hairspray before using and then flip those bobby pins ‘upside down’ and place the grooves next to your scalp when styling (try Diane Bobby Pins, they are my favorite).
And yes, you are welcome.
4 Smaller Things to Pay Attention to When Buying a Home
Buying a home is a big deal, no matter if it’s your first home or your 50th home. Buying a home is a huge investment, and you want to always be sure you’re investing your money into something that’s worth it.
When buying a home, you have the opportunity to tour through a variety of different homes in the area that are for sale. During this process, most homeowners only focus on the major things, such as the flow of the home, the style of the home’s interior (updated or not), and whether it has the necessary items on their wish list, such as a walk-in closet or a large master bathroom.
But there are other little things you should focus on too when buying a home. They may not stand out as much as your wish list items, but they’re still important to the value and general maintenance you can expect with the home. Here are four smaller things to pay attention to when buying a home.
- The Curb Appeal
The curb appeal of the home is important. Not only is it the first thing you will see, but it can also say a great deal about how the home was cared for throughout the years. For example, a driveway in need of asphalt seal coating or a yard in need of some major landscape work can provide insight into how little the home was maintained, which means there may be larger projects to deal with while inside. Be sure to look thoroughly at the outside of the home when doing your walkthrough. Look at the siding, the soffits, the roof, the landscaping, the garage doors, and anything else on the exterior of the home. Make notes of any issues you find, as you can bring these up when negotiating the price.
- The Furnace/AC Unit
When touring a home, be sure to take a close look at the furnace and air conditioning unit of the home. Try to tell if you can determine how old the items may be, and do a small test to determine if they both work. You may also want to consult an HVAC expert to ensure the furnace and AC unit are an adequate unit for the size of the home. The last thing you want is to buy a home and realize the unit is too small to heat or cool the home.
- The Ceiling
When touring a home, most people are too concerned about the room size, style, and design of the home to look up, but looking up is important. Do a thorough check of the ceilings and look for signs of damage. A discolored ceiling can be a sign of water damage from an upstairs bathroom. Cracks in the ceiling can be a sign of poor support. Be sure to evaluate the ceilings to ensure you’re really content with the home before making a purchase.
- The Basement and Attic
Basements and attics can tell you a lot about a home. Walk along the exterior of the home’s basement and look for cracks or signs of water damage. If you find any, there may be mold in the house or damage to the foundation, and both of these are very expensive items to repair. While in the attic, look for signs of damage to the roof, and also look to ensure there is adequate ventilation. If there are no vents in the roof, the home will retain heat, making it difficult to cool during the hot winter months and increasing the cost of your energy use.