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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Wig Reveiw on "Gill" from Paula Young

"Gill" from Paula Young Wigs.

Color:  Flame Rooted SF33/24#4

This wig came in a nice box with protective netting.  It arrived approx. 3 days after I ordered it.  

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Cap Construction, Wear & Styling:
The cap has 2 small adjustable velcro straps for comfort.  I was impressed to see how strong the velcro really is.  Wow!

I put this wig on right out of the box and at first, I have to be honest, I wasn't thrilled.  It was pretty wild.  But after I fingered through the wig to find the right part and how I wanted it to style to fit my face, it looks great!  

In this picture below, I pulled the front back to show that even though this is NOT a lace front, it can be done.  You just have to pull a few strands out, or pull the bangs down, to make it look natural.

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Here below is it finger styled to how I wanted it.  I wore it for about 9.5 hours today.  The only issue I had is that it was a bit itchy in the back (lower) and around the ears.  But nothing that was too extreme.  Most wigs itch me a little.

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I have to say, even wearing ALL day and even in the rain (going from truck to store) it stayed in EXACT place.  Even though it does have nice movement to it, it didn't flatten out or go crazy in the wind/rain.  The rain drops didn't seem to flatten it or anything.  I know, I need an umbrella.  Every time I need one, it's in the other vehicle or in the house.  :/

This wig has a lot of permatease to it!  That helps with lift and fullness (almost like teased hair at the roots, but not noticeable).  Some may not like the permatease, but I do.  What can I say, I was a teen in the 80's.  The more teased, the better.

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Above is the back.  It has a stacked bob cut and the top has nice beachy waves to it.   

This wig is a Versa Fiber wig meaning it is heat friendly up to 350 degrees.  So you can go straight one day and curly the next.  

My Opinion:
The wig at first was going to get shipped back to be honest.  But when I started messing with it (with my fingers) I started to shape it into what style I liked.  The color is gorgeous!  It has some nice auburn with beautiful highlights!  I would give this wig a B+.  I do believe it was worth $59.99.  

The web site, Paula Young, in my opinion, has extremely high shipping rates.  Their rates are determined by the price of the order, not the weight.  Their rates run from $5.99 to $14.99.  I had a free shipping coupon I used for this item otherwise I would have had to pay $11.99 for this to ship, which is crazy.  However, if you think you may be ordering, you can create an acct. with them and they will send you coupons.  I used a 30% off coupon on the Reese wig I bought from them.  (Keep in mind the Noriko wigs, Reese, come right from the manufacture so it took 10 days to ship.)  Another perk of signing up for the email coupons is their web site has a 'wish list' option so you can make a collection of the ones you like.

All and all this is a cute little wig.  I think I'll keep her.  ;)

Disclaimer:  I purchased this wig with my own money.  I'm not getting paid or get anything in return for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Reese" by: Noriko wig review

"Reese" by: Noriko 
Color:  Almond Spice


This is how the wig came.  In a nice box, inside out.

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Cap Construction:

The inside cap has adjustable straps to tighten or loosen to fit your head.  It is very soft, stretchy and comfortable on.  The top of the head, inside, has a soft lace for comfort as well.  It has ear tabs with tiny metal inside to bend to fit snug around at your temples for comfort and to hide your hairline.

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Wear & Styling:

This picture below is right out of the box.  The directions said to shake the wig and put it on.  I fingered the wig into the shape I wanted.  You can easily change the part, tuck behind your ears or put hair accessories in it if desired.

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Reese has permatease on the top and top back.  This gives the wig height.  This will either be a deal breaker for you or you'll love it.  I personally LOVE it!  I love the height in the top back but could never achieve this with my bio hair.  Besides, I was a teen in the 80's......BIG HAIR ROCKED!  ;)

After you wash the wig, or wear for a while, just shake the wig upside down and it is supposed to go right back into the style.  (This wig is NOT heat resistant.)  The wig is supposed to keep it's shape and style even with daily wear.  I plan to blog an update after a few months of wearing this wig.  I would hope it would last a while due to the price (which is below).

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Where to buy & price:

I purchased this wig from Paula Young.  Keep in mind though, that Paula Young doesn't keep the wig in stock, it is shipped from the manufacture.  This will delay shipping.  I received the wig in approx. 10 days from order date.  You can purchase this wig on several web sites, including Amazon.  The prices vary, but this wig usually runs around $100.  If you watch for sales (around Easter, etc.) you may be able to find it cheaper.

My Opinion:

I love it!  It's cute, sassy and so easy to style!  I was a bit nervous about the color.  When you look at a 1 x 1 square for your color on the web sites, you really have to try and picture the wig in that color and it isn't easy.  I always look up the color and wig on Youtube to see the wig on other people and under the different lighting.  That does help me with deciding on a color.  This color, Almond Spice, ended up being a gorgeous color and works well with my skin tone!  Score!

Disclaimer:  I purchased this wig with my own money.  I'm not getting paid or get anything in return for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Paula Young's GILL wig Review coming soon............

Paula Young wig review.  This is "Gill" (Jill).  
The color in picture is the color I ordered.

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This is the back.

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Stay tuned for the review in about a week!

Carrie by: Uniwigs LaVivid collection Wig Review....Coming Soon!

I will be reviewing Carrie by Uniwigs soon!  
Carrie is from their LaVivid collection.  

Here is the stock photo of the wig.

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The model is wearing is Chocolate Caramel.

This wig is on back order so it must be pretty popular!  
I will reviewing soon within a month or so.  :)

So stay tuned!!!

Reese by Noriko Wig Review coming soon!

I'm so excited because I will be reviewing Reese by Noriko soon!  

Here is the stock photo of the wig.  It comes in several colors.  

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The color shown on the model is Chocolate Frost R. 
 (R means rooted)

It's on it's way so stay tuned!  

Friday, February 17, 2017

If Only God Knew What I've Done........

I've heard people say that they are not worthy of the Lord's mercy, grace or love.  I agree, WE aren't.  

God sent Jesus to die for us on the cross.  Not because we were good, not because he owed us but because he loves us, wants us to be saved and wants us to join him in Heaven.  When sin entered the world, we changed.  The human race had sin.  We are born with sin.

That doesn't give us an excuse for sin, it's just how it is.

I am not worthy of his love.  I am not worthy of his protection.  I'be heard people say, "Well why would God forgive me.  I've done some bad things."  You know what?  We all have.  I have.  

I had someone tell me that they did something terrible, she had an abortion years ago.  She had asked for forgiveness.  I told her that she was forgiven and it's been forgotten.  See, the Lord doesn't hold grudges.  He doesn't think about our passed sins that we have been forgiven of.

Hebrews 8:12 says, "For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more."

If you ask for forgiveness and truly repent, he forgives you and it is washed clean.  There are several times in the Bible where it talks about our sins being forgiven and washed away.  

If you are feeling that you are not worthy, you aren't. None of us are.  But the good news is, God loves us anyway, despite our past sins.

If you aren't 'saved', just follow the basic ABC's.

A - Accept Jesus Christ as your savior.

B - Believe that God sent his only son to die on the          cross for you.

C - Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.

Just to know the Lord Jesus isn't enough.  You must have a personal relationship with him.  I have experienced God speak to me plain as day.  Than other times I may say, "Lord, is that you?"

Example:  We had just moved here to WV and I became friends with another nearby mom.  I was homeschooling one morning and the Holy Spirit told me to stop what I was doing and go clean her house and help her out.  At first I was like, "Lord is that you?"  The feeling was SO STRONG, I just couldn't let it go.  So I stopped what I was doing, gathered the boys up and we headed over there.  I thought to myself, "I hope she doesn't think I'm crazy".  When we got there, she opened the door and just looked at me.  I told her that God told me to come over here and give her a break.  She busted into tears and said she had been praying for someone to come help!  ow awesome is that?!

See, that little positive voice in your's called the Holy Spirit and it's from God.

If you are thinking, "Well, I'v done some bad things, God could never forgive me".  You are wrong.  He forgave Judas!  (Luke 22)  He even forgave the ones that beat him, hung him on the cross and mocked him!  (Luke 23:34)  Trust me, he will forgive you just as he did others and me.

God is a good God and when you start to trust him, live for him and praise him, your life will change....for the good.  That doesn't mean bad things won't happen.  I never once asked God why he gave me cancer because he didn't.  It is sin.  Sin in the world is why I had cancer.  Not because of MY sins, but because it's a sinful world. God said to me, "I am going to allow you to go through something (meaning cancer), you are going to be fine and I have your back".  (See my blog post - 'My Beginning of My Cancer Journey' post dated June 14, 2015)

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I wasn't scared.  Ever.  Even through Radiation treatments.  I had an overwhelming sense of PEACE that the Lord had given me.  I remember my people, friends, asking me, "How are you so calm and not worried at all?"  I told then, "Because God told me I'd be fine."

I don't know why I felt the need to blog about this.  Maybe it was the Holy Spirit, but whatever you have done, God will forgive you.  All you need to do is ask (repent) and it will be forgiven and forgotten.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Is There a Better Education Out There For My Kids?

Whether you are sick of school politics, unhappy with the public school system or just want to be in control of what your children are learning...............YES, there is possibly a better education out there.

Now before any of the public school teachers or supports start throwing tomatoes at me, I am not saying everyone should do what I'm about to suggest.  Just hear me out.  

I went to public school.  I turned out fine.  However, I want my children to not just get an education, but I want them to have a learning experience and have fun!

You may know what I'm about to say (hint: read my blog name), yes, homeschool.  

The definition of homeschooling is:  the education of children at home by their parents.

You have the option.  It is legal in all 50 states!  You have that right to want better for your children.  You may say to yourself, "My kids are doing fine in the public school system".  Well, they may be.  But have you ever asked them?  

No, I don't have a teaching degree, do you?  No, I didn't make straight A's in school, did you?  But I do have a diploma and I homeschooled 3 boys.  My oldest son is a correctional officer (age 20).  My middle son wanted to go to college (and not a community college, a university.  Not that there is anything wrong with a community college but I'm trying to make a point here).  I gave him a diploma and he entered his freshman year of college at age 16!  Excellent grades too!  I didn't go to college, but I homeschooled a child who is now in his second semester as a sophomore in college at the age of 18.  He will have his BA by the time he is 20 years old.  My youngest son is in homeschooling 8'th grade.  Actually a little "unschooling", but that's for a different blog post. ;)

Before you think to yourself that you can't possibly homeschool because you and your spouse work full time, get that out of your head.  You can.  Does your teen need a babysitter?  No.  You just need to delegate and follow up.  Honestly, it's not hard.  Give your teen some credit, they may surprise you.

I came across this video today on youtube from Tedx.  The video talks about taking your teens OUT OF SCHOOL.  Really, it's not a "so they can play video games all day", but really, watch the video and think about it.

I remember being in school (jr. high esp.) feeling miserable.  I hated it!  No, I wasn't bullied, no I wasn't failing and yes I had a lot of friends.  I just hated the social crap, the learning stuff that I will never use in my lifetime and the stupid rules that didn't make sense to me.  When my mom would ask me if I was ok, I said 'yes'.  But I wasn't.  I hated school.  If she would have watched this video and came to me with the concept, I would accepted!

If you are thinking about homeschooling high school, I have done several blog posts about it.  One of my favorites is posted on Feb. 27,2016.  (You can search that date in the search bar on my blog.)

So if you are seeing a change in your child, or want something different that the standard education in the public schools, think outside the box...........homeschool.

Disclaimer:  PLEASE know your states homeschool laws.  I mentioned that it is legal in all 50 states, but each state has their own set of laws.  For more info, you can visit HSLDA to inquire of your state laws for homeschooling.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beauty Empire Wig Review

The wig I will be reviewing today is a 

Bobbi Boss (aka Boss Wig)
called Layla M972
color is TTVVORC.

Hello!  Let's get right into it!

The Packaging:

The wig comes in a plastic box like this with a piece of cardboard keeping it in place inside the package.  

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Below is the information tag it comes with.  It has care instructions on the back and the company name, style number, color number, and picture on the front.  This wig is heat resistant.  (The heat resistant symbol is in the right top corner of the tag as seen below.)

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It comes with protective netting around the wig to keep the shape and style.

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This is the wig pulled right out of the box. No tangles or any kinks at all.  The curls are in place perfectly, just like the picture on the web site and card insert.

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Cap Construction:

This is a full cap wig.  There is NO lace at all.  There are no combs either.  It does have some adjustable straps in the back to keep the wig secure.  (I usually place a few bobby pins in it for extra security, but it's not necessary.)

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This is the inside front of the wig.  I would say that the cap is a medium size.  I have a small head so I tightened it to the smallest setting and it fit well.

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Texture and Part:

There is a right side part on the wig that has a natural curve. Even thought there are ear tabs, you could shift the wig for a center part if you wish, but it is made to be a right side part.

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The wig is synthetic and the texture is a little yaki, very thick (and I mean THICK) and there is a whole lot of hair!  Very nicely made and it is gorgeous!  The cut is all one length except the front has one (long) layer.  You could cut the front into side swiped bangs if desired, but it is really pretty the way it comes.  I won't be doing anything to the bangs at all.

The beautiful color has burgundy, purple and I think a tint of blue in it!  It comes in several different colors to choose from.

This is the front view.

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Here is the back view.  It comes down to being a little short of my bra strap in the back.  (I am 5'2")

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This is in the natural sunlight.  You can really see the colors here!

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This is the wig after I brushed it out with a soft brush.  Oh my goodness you guys, it is GORGEOUS!  There isn't any frizz after being brushed out.

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This wig was sent to me by a company called
 Beauty Empire out of Houston, TX.  

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I received this super fast, only 3 days!  It came USPS.   

The price of this wig is $26.99 (plus shipping)
(Note:  On my Facebook video of this wig I mentioned that the sticker was $34.99, however the web site does say $26.99)

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Click HERE to inquire about this wig.

My Personal Opinion:

This wig is awesome!  So FULL and thick!  I've wanted this color in my hair for a while but was so afraid to color my bio hair in fear of messing it up or not getting the color right. The wig is very well made.  This is my first time getting a wig from this company, Beauty Empire, but I will definitely be recommending them to others.  Their prices are very reasonable and they have great customer service!  Bottom line, I am very happy with this wig!

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Seriously you guys, buying a wig is a great way to experiment with different colors & cut/styles without harming your bio hair.  It's also so much fun to have waist length hair one day and a bob the next.  I think this summer, I'm going to explore some blonde shades!  ;)  So if you were on the fence of purchasing your first wig or looking for your next wig...........go for it!  What are you waiting for?  

A big THANK YOU to Beauty Empire for the opportunity to review this beautiful wig for them!  

Disclaimer:  I was sent this wig in exchange for my honest review.   I always give my honest opinion on the items I review.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wig care

Now that you have purchased your first wig, how do you take care of it?  

When you aren't wearing your wig, you need to keep it either on a wig head or in the plastic bag it comes in.  This way, it will keep their style and not tangle.  

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I don't have any wig heads so I put them back into their plastic bag (with the info. card) and place it in my closet. (AIso, wig heads take up a lot of room.)  Make sure you comb the wig out with a wide tooth comb before bagging them for storage.

You can get away with wearing your wig for several days before you will need to wash it depending on the weather (heat).  I always wear a wig cap.  This does protect your hair, as well as your wig.  You will know when it needs to be washed because it will start to feel 'dry'.  The ends may start to get 'fuzzy' too.  

To wash the wig:

*  First want to comb through it with a wide tooth comb to get all the tangles out.  

*  Then, fill your sink with warm water.  I then place the wig in the water and saturate it.  

*  I take my shampoo (the same cheap shampoo I use on my own hair, lol) and place a generous amount on my hands and work it through the wig just as if I was washing my own hair. 

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I then place it in the sink again and swish it around to get the shampoo out.  

*  I then drain the sink, fill it up again with cold water.  I use a generous amount of conditioner on the wig by working it through the wig without rubbing.  I let the conditioner sit on the wig (especially the ends) for a few minutes.  Then I place the wig in the sink and let it soak for a few more minutes.  You can also add Downy to the cold water during rinse.  It will condition and make the wig smell fresh as well.

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*  I then drain the sink and squeeze as much as the water out of the wig.  I place the wig on a folded towel and roll the towel tightly to squeeze more water out.  DO NOT RUB the wig or the towel with the wig in it, you will create tangles. 

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*  Take the wig and turn it inside out.  Hang it on a plastic clothes hanger and place it in the shower or somewhere to dry.  Do not comb out the wig while wet!  You will break the fibers and damage your synthetic wig.  (As far human hair wigs, I don't own any so I can't give you any tips on that.  You can look on Youtube for that info.)

*  After the wig is dry, you can turn the wig right side out and comb it gently with a wide tooth comb.  

This process brings the wig back to life and looks new again. In between washes, you can also spray with Febreze (or any kind of room deodorizer) or place a dryer sheet in the bag with the wig when stored.  

There isn't any set time frame on how long your wig will last. Some last longer than others.  The ones that I buy are cheaper wigs and may only last me a few months.  But if you take care of them (store & wash them properly) they should last a while.  In my opinion, if they only last 2 months, that's fine by me.  It's still cheaper to buy a $15 wig every 2 months than go to the salon.  lol.


I will be doing my first wig review for a company called 
Beauty Empire so keep watch!  

*Update* on homemade laundry detergent!

   A year ago (Feb. 22, 2016) I blogged about making homemade laundry detergent (powder).  I wanted to give an update on how that is going.

   It didn't last the 2 years like I was hoping, but in all fairness, I used double the amount it said too.  The recipe called for 1 tbs. of detergent and I over heaped my 2 tbs. scoop.  I didn't do this because 1 tbs wasn't getting the clothes clean, I was just in a hurry.  (On the really heavy muddy loads I did double up to make sure the mud came out.)

  When I ran out, I purchased some liquid stuff from the store and I had forgotten how much this stuff costs, the large amount I had to use for each load and how fast it went!  So I decided to make another homemade batch.  I had everything I needed to make a new batch except for the fact I was short 1 bar of soap.  (The recipe is below.  To see the directions, pics and the 'how to', go to my blog post dated Feb. 22, 2016.)  So I asked my mom if she had a bar of Ivory soap.  She didn't, but had a Zest bar.  So I used the Zest bar with the 2 Ivory bars instead.  It smelled amazing due to the Zest!  However, I broke out!  I was itchy and had a lot of irritation so I gave that batch to her and just made another one today with the 3 bars of Ivory.  You may be able to use other soaps but for some reason I couldn't.  I'm not usually one to break out over things.  I've never had sensitive skin before.

1 box of Borax 
1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 
3 bars of Ivory soap 
(Cost:  approx. $12)

Anyway, I just wanted to update you on the laundry soap topic. Did anyone else try this?  I know when I posted it on my FB page I had a lot of feedback on using this.  Our local homeschool group did a demonstration on homemade products and this was a big hit.