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2017 Best Present Your Daily Smiles

Your Daily Smiles Best Christmas Present 2017

2017 Best Gift Your Daily Smiles

Your Daily Smiles Best Christmas Present 2017 – If you have ever used the words “she/he are so hard to buy for” look no further! We are all about feel good presents for our friends and loved ones this year and we hit the jackpot when we found Your Daily Smiles.

This gift is perfect for friends, relatives, boss, co-workers, teachers and anyone you think deserves a daily smile. Best part, it’s only $24.99!

Best Christmas Present 2017

It is simple, go on Yourdailysmiles.com and click create a box. After you make yourself an account you enter the persons name that you wish the create a box for. You will then be taken to a page that provides a link for you to send out to people who are close to the person receiving the box. You can email or Facebook message anyone that you wish to contribute to the gift. Here is an example of what to send:

Hey there, I need your help with a surprise gift for Sally Smith.

I’m asking friends and family to submit up to 5 feel-good messages for Sally. These can be memories, well wishes, compliments and the like. It takes literally 3 minutes (or less). Basically anything that will put a smile on Sally’s face.

My goal is to have all submissions done WITHIN 3 DAYS. After that, a cherished gift box with your messages will be sent to Sally. Here’s the link to submit your messages:

The link will appear here.

Thank you so much for your response! And remember… It’s a SURPRISE

The gift that keeps on giving. Send the invite out to as many people as you can think of, some won’t respond so overdoing it is okay. Encourage everyone to put in 5 feel-good messages, they are given the option of submitting one to five. Wouldn’t it be great if your special person could get a smile everyday for the next several months to come?

In order for your box to make it to your friend by Christmas the box must be closed and submitted by December 10th. This will give you plenty of time to be creative.

Your Daily Smiles Present

We wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with smiles and love. If you think this gift idea is as great as  we do, be sure to share this story.

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Dermaplaning BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar Review

Missy Germain Dermaplaing After

Dermaplaning BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar Review: From the looks of my Facebook feed a good amount of my friends are trying out dermaplaning at BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar in Hudson, WI. I decided I better give it a try and see what the fuss is all about. But first I had to get past my fear of growing a beard once my facial hair started growing back.

Good news for me, your hair grows back just the way it was before dermaplaning. I am loving my new baby smooth skin, a bit bummed that I waited so long to try it. Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel. This gently scrapes off the top layer of dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter, glowing complexion. There was zero pain involved and the process takes less than 30 minutes.

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Thank you Tiana, you did a great job explaining the whole process! I am loving my new skin and plan on coming back regularly. Please leave a comment below and let me know what beauty treatment I should try next.

If you wish to follow BB Makeup Cosmetic Bar on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube go ahead and click the link. Customers can purchase beauty products on BB’s website.

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EVER Skincare Products are the Real Deal

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EVER Skincare

EVER Skincare Products are the Real Deal –  “Good-for-you skincare that works with botanically powered ingredients for transformative anti-aging results.” At least that’s what the website says. After seeing a good majority of my friend on Facebook inquiring about how to get a certain product, I needed to know more, so I did my own research about the company and products.

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In the middle of March my friend posted about one of the EVER products called LAVISH. Her status showed that the “miracle cream” was out of stock and would be available soon.

“Stretch marks, Eczema, Crepey arms and neck….and now this!! This body butter isn’t just hydrating, it’s repairing….and frankly the results everyone is seeing are amazing!! It’s been available less than a month and is already sold out. I do have a waiting list (as do many others…so it may go fast again). It’s expected to be back in stock just before months’ end. Message me or comment to get on my list! Time to get our bodies ready for summer!”

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This photo above went with the Facebook status, and it was very shocking to me. Once I started searching for more information about LAVISH, I saw many more shocking pictures; a saggy wrinkled neck that was now tight, lip lines that had now vanished. Essentially any body part that had wrinkles, rash or redness was now significantly improved because of LAVISH.

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For me, the most impressive part of the status was that there were over 60 people asking to be put on the waiting list… 60!! It was apparent to me that everyone is fighting age and looking for a more youthful appearance. Another post about the company and products said that there was a 2000 person waiting list for LAVISH. Wow! Sign me up! LAVISH is back in stock and in high demand… everyone is loving it.

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“LAVISH: Ultra rich body butter infuses skin with a proprietary Superfruit Complex including cocoa butter, apple, blackberry, cranberry, pomegranate, sweet cherry and kiwi seed oils delivering a powerful blend of anti-oxidants to reveal velvety smooth, soft, firmer-looking and glowing skin.

DEEPLY MOISTURIZE: With Jojoba and Cocoa Butter, which help visibly restore skin elasticity and hydration, for firmer and plumper-looking skin.

NOURISH: Kiwi and Cranberry cold pressed seed oil contains minerals, vitamins and fatty acids skin just drinks in for ultimate nourishment and firming.

PROTECT: Super antioxidants like Sea buckthorn, Blackberry and Cherry Seed Oil are rich in free radical scavengers such as tocopherols, tocotrienols and lutein for extra protection.”

Personally, I decided to sign up to be a rep so that I could get 25% off all of my future orders. I’m savvy like that. After signing up, I met up with a friend to try all of the products so that I could figure out what I wanted to invest in. Beauty products are expensive and I have a closet full of department store skincare that didn’t do what it had promised.

EVER Skin Quiz Shareable

Are you using the right skincare products? Take the EVER quiz here!

I now have the entire line and while I am truly thrilled with it all, here are a few of my absolute favorites: REVEAL, DAYLIGHT, HYDRALIFT, EVERBRIGHT, REVIVE, LAVISH and OVERNIGHT FACIAL.

Don’t even get me started on the OVERNIGHT FACIAL – I want to bathe in it. It is so wonderful. I wish I would have taken before and after photos. After using the regimen daily I can tell a big difference in my overall appearance. My skin simply feels healthy and mentally that makes me feel great.

After LAVISH was back in stock the company came out with a new specialist kit.  For $99 you become an EVER rep and get:

 EVER MAGNOLIA PRINT PORTFOLIO

1 PRODUCT GUIDE (10 pack)

1 OPPORTUNITY BROCHURE (10 pack)

1 YOUTHFUL – Quattro Peptide Face & Eye Serum

1 POLISH – Lemon Sugar Body Scrub

1 LAVISH – Ultra-Rich Body Butter

5 REVEAL SAMPLES – Biomimetic Peel Pads

This is a great deal that only lasts until April 30th – Join me and my team! I am loving my products and making money. WIN!! A big draw for me is that all you have to do to keep your specialist status is to sell/buy $200 in products within a 6 month time period. So great! No automatic shipping each month, unless of course you want to. Thank you EVER for being such a wonderful company to work with.

MABOX Black Mask We've Tried It Review

MABOX Deep Cleansing Black Mask Review

MABOX Black Mask We've Tried It

MABOX Deep Cleansing Black Mask Review: The latest craze is using charcoal masks to remove blackheads and cleanse your skin. After watching some YouTube video fails one might wonder why we would want to risk it. I am now wondering why as well.

We did a Facebook Live video of our experience that you can watch and see just how much it hurt taking it off. Missy more so than Shirley, clearly she has leather skin or put moisturizer all over her face before she applied the mask.

We’ve Tried It MABOX Facebook Live Video

The smell was horrible. I couldn’t decide if it smelled like tar or gasoline, I was actually nauseous all night long after taking the mask off. It took around 5 hours for my face to stop burning.

I didn’t break out and my face did actually feel smoother after we were done. We would expect that after feeling like we ripped a layer of skin off of our face. I did notice blackhead in the mask after I removed it. So, yes it worked in that sense and my pores looked clean.

Would I do it again? No. The smell and burn were just too much! What should we try next, leave a comment below.

If you want to give it a try yourself, you can purchase it on Amazon for $12.99.

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Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review

Stillwaters Healing Scalp Massage

Stillwaters Healing Therapeutic Scalp Massage Review – In 2017 I plan to make a conscious effort to make time for myself. I am starting off my mindful journey at Stillwaters Healing. Our plan is to review many different self care options.

Stillwaters Healing had a calming effect on me within minutes of entering the building. It may have been the smell of essential oils lingering in the air or the soft sounds of waves in the background. Possibly just knowing that I was about to be pampered, either way I was relaxed.

The aromatherapy scalp massage was therapeutic, relieving my stress and tension. I am trying to grow my hair out and was told that scalp massage can stimulate hair growth. Would getting a daily scalp massage be a bit overboard?

Owner Shawnah Breault used a blend of warm coconut, peppermint and rosemary essential oil, which smelled heavenly.  She applied the warm oil to the base of my hair and massaged into the scalp. The sound of wave and birds chirping in the background almost lulled me to sleep. The scalp massage lasts for 20 glorious minutes. 

In addition I should mention that there was no speaking during the massage which is a plus for me. Some massage therapists like to chit chat, me not so much. I don’t know about you but it ruins the experience for me.

Shawnah recommended that if I was able, to leave the oils in my hair overnight and it could aid in my sleep and be good for my scalp and hair. I was a bit nervous that my hair would be lifeless in the morning, boy was I wrong. My hair felt and looked the best it has in a long time.

What a great experience, I highly recommend going to Stillwaters Healing for a scalp massage. I left feeling relaxed and at peace. In conclusion I will be going back, my next visit I plan on getting a hand and foot massage.

Services offered: Massage, Reflexology, Scalp Treatment and Stone Massage. You can schedule your appointment on Stillwaters Healing website and be sure to follow them on Facebook!

Thank you Shawnah for starting my year off right, I look forward to returning!

Fudge Kit

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit Review

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit

Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit Review – One of my favorite holiday treats is homemade fudge. I found this fudge making kit at Walmart and decided to give it a try.

I don’t know about you but I have tried to make homemade fudge in the past and it wasn’t easy. This kit seems like the ways to go.

Carnation Fudge Making Kit

Everything is included in the kit except for 2 tablespoons of butter. The kit includes: Carnation Evaporated Milk, Toll House Chocolate Chips, Sugar Mix and Marshmallows.

Super simple! Line an 8″ square baking pan with foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking oil. In a heavy-duty sauce pan combine sugar mix, Carnation Evaporated Milk and butter. Over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, stir constantly for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add Nestle Toll House Morsels and marshmallows all at once. Stir vigorously until morsels and marshmallows are melted.

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Immediately pour the mixture into pan; smooth top. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 24 pieces.

Homemade Fudge

Cutting tip: Before cutting, remove from refrigerator and let stand at room tempature for 30 minutes. Dip sharp knife into hot water and wipe dry. Wipe knife after each cut.

So good! This fudge melted in my mouth and the flavor was out of this world. We will definitely be buying this product again.

Before Bathtub Rust-Oleum Review

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit Review

Before and After Tile Rust-Oleum bathroom remodel

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refreshing Kit Review: There is something to be said about the gratification that comes along with DIY projects. A year ago my family moved into my grandparents home built in the early 60’s. We are slowly but surely working on remodeling each room. So far the bathroom remodel has been the most rewarding.

Before Bathtub

I will be working on a full remodel story but for now I want to show you my biggest money saving find. Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refreshing Kit was so much more than I expected it to be. You know how much an new tub and shower inclosure can cost! We are all about giving the less expensive route a try first before we spend a bunch a money. You can get this product at Home Depot for $25.97.

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile acts and looks like porcelain and ceramic. You can apply it to ceramic, porcelain or fiberglass. It’s so easy! You MUST wear a mask unless you want to act goofy for a couple hours. My friend Jenni and I had some great laughs while doing this project.

The tile looks brand new. I can’t tell you how much I loved doing this product. This is not a paid ad, we paid for it and would recommend it to all. It’s fast-drying, indoor durable and corrosion-resistant.

After Rust-Oleum

Included at the bottom of this is Rust-Oleum’s Youtube video on how to use this product. I should note we did everything they instructed us to do on the back of the box. There is some cleaning prep before you start, make sure you do that to get the best results. It is important to do 2 coats in order to get a beautiful new finish.

If you decided to give this product a try we would love you to post a before and after picture on our Facebook page.

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Phatphood Review: Truce Cleanse Part 2

Truce Cleanse

Phatphood Review: Truce Cleanse Part 2 – It’s a new season, and that means time for an all new seasonal 100% organic, raw, vegan and gluten free cleanse from Minnesota’s very own, TRUCE. As you may recall, during the Winter season I did their newly offered soup cleanse, you can find that review here.

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This time around I wanted to cleanse myself after a recent vacation and give their new Complete Cleanse a go. Now, I was told that I can consume my 5 daily products in any order, but I went by the order that they had basically laid out and typed-up for me and attached to each of my daily supplies.

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I started my mornings slamming a bottle of room temperature water as I always do, and continued drinking another 8 to10 bottles of water throughout the day.   I then enjoyed the remainder of my morning routines with my first juice, Morning Greens; Kale, cucumber, spinach, romaine, apple, lemon and ginger. This is your typical green drink that you may have read about (mean green), or may have had with most green juice cleanses that are out there. It’s good and refreshing and gave me a good amount of energy to start the day out.

Truce Morning Greens

I felt like it was a long stretch before I could enjoy lunch, so I had a small handful or two of raw nuts. Figured since this is an all raw cleanse that this wouldn’t do any harm at altering this three day diet I put myself on. Plus I was hungry!   Only on the first day though, the ingredients in each is designed to hinge your appetite as well as be a sufficient amount of daily requirements. So the next two days my appetite was balanced.

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Lunch time, woo-hoo! For the three-days, TRUCE gave me two different salads; The Isles Salad, which consisted of kale, carrot, beet, avocado, pistachio and hemp seed. Also included a Tahini-ginger dressing; extra-virgin olive oil, sesame seed, apple cider vinegar, ginger, salt and black pepper. Now normally I could consume a salad in 5-minutes-or-less. Not today, this mostly kale salad took me a good half hour. I’m pretty sure this was my first time eating raw kale. I’ve had it baked, sautéed and juiced before. This was a lot of work to chew. The beets, carrots and dressing added a good amount of moisture, but I didn’t give it much time to absorb. I plan on doing that when I eat the second one of this creation they gave me. It was still very good tasting, just time consuming and not all the fun. Also, I don’t recall having any avocado, especially like the picture shown on their website. So this was missing in two salads. The second salad that I had on the next day was the New Classic Caesar; Kale, cabbage, cucumber and capers with curried chickpeas. The dressing was made from cashews, grape seed oil, white wine vinegar, vegan Worcestershire, dulse flakes, garlic lemon, mustard seed, salt and pepper. This salad was much better and easier to eat since there wasn’t a large amount of kale.

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My midday snack was another juice called Glowing Greens; Grapefruit, pear, cucumber, dandelion greens, romaine, parsley and orange. Now this was a tasty refreshing concoction, a little more pleasing than the morning greens. I was told my skin had a nice glowing complexion throughout this cleanse, I give credit to this juice right here.

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My dinner every night was their Spicy Greens Soup; Avocado, kale, spinach, water, pepita, lemon, ginger, black pepper, salt and cayenne. Now even though this is a soup, it was recommended not to heat it. This is one of the same soups that I had with the previous cleanse I had from TRUCE and I treated it the same way, by letting it get to room temperature and then enjoying it while getting some work done. It is spicy like its name, mainly black pepper spicy, nothing that lingers, overall good tasting and obviously a bit thicker than the juices.

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This last one I considered a dessert that I looked forward to having every night. It was so smooth and delicious as well as a perfect way to end my evening, Cashew Milk; Cashews, dates, sea salt, maple syrup, water. I rarely drink milk these days, so I was a bit skeptical on this one, but it really won me over. It felt rewarding having this.

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Overall this is a great cleanse offered by TRUCE for approximately $50.00 a day. I had more energy than I did while eating my normal diet. Give it a go and try something new while shedding a few pounds while doing so, you will feel wonderful!

This Saturday, April 30th marks their 3rd year in business. So it would be a good day to go celebrate with them from 9am-5pm while enjoying some special giveaways and the chance to win a one day cleanse.

Truce is located at: 1428 W. 32nd Street, Minneapolis, MN

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Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe

DIY Blackhead Remover

Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe – Nobody wants to admit that they have blackheads, but (Missy does)… My guess is that at some point in time you have tried  blackhead removal strips that you can buy at the store. This 2 ingredient recipe works great.

Blackhead remover

1 Tablespoon Milk

1 Tablespoon Knox Gelatine

Simple! Just mix the two ingredients and stir. The mixture will be firm. Once completely mixed put in the microwave for 10 seconds on medium heat and stir. Be sure not to cook any longer or it will burn your skin. Test it with your finger to make sure that it isn’t too hot before putting on your nose.

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blackhead remover paste

Use a paint brush to spread evenly over your nose, covering all blackheads. Let sit for 1o minutes. You will feel it stiffen and pull on your skin. Hopefully you enjoy the smell of warm milk! After 10 minutes pull off. You may even notice some hair along with the blackheads.

There is a possibility that Shirley did some editing without Missy’s knowledge! Go to our Facebook page and let Missy know how much you enjoyed her brutal honesty in this story!

 

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Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee Review

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Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee Review: When I received my mini crate of Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee I was ecstatic to try it in different varieties and concoctions. Each bottle contains six-servings of sugar and calorie free, fresh organic cold brew coffee. It will cost you roughly $38 for a four pack, or you can save 10% by signing up on there website www.bizzycoffee.com.

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I first tried a sip straight from the bottle; “Whew, that is some strong brew right there!” It is meant to be diluted or added to another substance or beverage, but I wanted to taste it in its pureness, and this I can tell you is some great tasting coffee.

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Next up was adding it to my protein shakes. I added 1-serving of Bizzy – 3-Tbsp PB2 – 2-scoops Nature’s Best Isopure Dutch Chocolate Protein 1-frozen banana and 1-serving of purified water (to offset the coffee). This definitely took my protein shake to a whole new level. The taste was perfect and it gave me the perfect amount of energy to last me throughout the day. I will be having this exact formula every single morning from now on. I do typically add blueberries to my shake, but I wanted to try it without them for this first trial run.

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I tried it with unsweetened coconut milk, but with both of these being unsweetened it felt quite boring, was missing something…probably something sweet! On to the next one.

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This protein shake pictured that I had every morning during the duration of 4-bottles of Bizzy, I used ice when I forgot to freeze my banana. Seriously, try this!

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Time to get a little more dangerous and creative with this local Minnesota cold brew! No longer boring with the coconut milk now that I poured my Bizzy coffee over ice in a mason jar and added Hershey’s chocolate syrup, Trader Joe’s Sugar, Coffee Bean and Chocolate sprinkles, along with whipped topping. Okay, now we are talking, This was a delicious ice coffee that needs to be served everywhere.

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Taking it a step further with a Bizzy Coffee Float. Two large scoops of Edy’s Latte Love Espresso Chip Grand Ice Cream, pour a serving and a half of Bizzy Cold Brew Coffee over and top with whipped cream. Dessert is served! Just don’t have this too late in the evening unless you want to clean your entire house with energy to spare.

If you haven’t yet, give this Minnesota born crafty beverage a try. Get creative and hashtag it with #BizzyMoments, the possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.