Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jadore Dessange Influenster VoxBox Review

*Disclosure: I am not affiliated, related or associated with Jadore Dessange in any way. I have only received a free product sample to give a 100% unbiased opinion. My opinions are my own and are based on my experience with the product alone.*

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a complimentary Jadore Dessange Influenster VoxBox to review their products. Inside the box was a California Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner with passion flower and a Color Correcting Creme. All of which smelled incredible. I really don't remember using passion flower in any product and if I have, I don't remember it smelling this wonderful or fragrant. When I poured the shampoo into my hands to lather together, I couldn't stop smelling my hands, it was heavenly! I lathered this fragrant dreaminess of heaven into my hair and began to wonder why I had never found such an aromatic product before? As I rinsed this bit of heaven from my hair, I moved on to the conditioner and the same thing happened. I smoothed the conditioner between my hands and kept inhaling the pleasing aroma. I finally put the conditioner onto my hair and it was so light and silky that it barely felt as if I had put anything on my hair! Yet, my hair started to feel like a silk pillowcase! I rinsed this magical conditioner out of my hair and poured the color correcting cream into my hand with it's bright purple color and it's promise to correct the hint of brassiness in my hair. It too has the amazing smell of passion flower and I'm stunned because this is just the correcting creme! I can hardly believe that this wonderful smell is also in the correcting creme. I leave it on for the needed amount of time and rinse.

After drying my hair and feeling how silky it still is and noticing that it toned down all of the brassiness that I had, I wonder where Jadore Dessange has been all of my life! I do a little research and find that they are new to America. Well that explains a lot, they have made me one happy girl. I'm a huge fan.

Thanks for making us American girls so beautiful and smell so amazing. We applaud you on your product.

@DessangeParis  @Influenster  #JadoreDessange @Youtube

Friday, March 13, 2015

Detour ahead

I'm new to this blogging movement. So, I decide to take part in the whole idea of blogging and get my own blog, I make one post and the next day, guess what happens? I get sick. We are not talking a cold or virus, something little, I'm talking kidney infection, knock you on your butt, smack you upside the head, sick! Does that ever happen to you? You decide to take up a new sport or hobby and you get laid out? Do you freak out? Or do you take it with a grain of salt? Do you enjoy the scenery on the detour? 

I ask these questions because I think we all get hit with detours everyday in some way. Those orange barrels on the way home from work sitting in 5 o'clock traffic, that trip we were going to make got postponed due to bad weather, you just got into a fender bender and now your going to miss that long awaited appointment for that once in a lifetime job opportunity, the list goes on. So, when we git hit with setbacks and detours and roadblocks, what do we do? Have a temper tantrum that things didn't go our way, or sit back and reflect that maybe this happened for a reason? Okay, I'm not saying illness happens to you for good, that's not what I'm saying, I'm saying that maybe it held you back from getting in your car and prevented you from an ill-fated car accident, that's what I'm saying. Who are you to say otherwise? Who am I to say otherwise? There is always a bigger picture and I think we should be grateful for the detours in the grand scheme of things instead of being angry or upset by them. Now I'm not some happy go lucky, everything always works out for the best kind of gal either. Bad things happen to good people and vice versa. Yeah, that just sucks. But I prefer to stop and smell the roses when I run into that detour, rather than to be angry about every little thing that goes wrong. Isn't it better and more practical to just try to see a better side of things than to constantly have a pity party about every little thing that goes wrong? 


There is beauty in the detour, look around, open your heart to what's around you. I don't know if it's age, but I do know that life use to pass by so quickly and I was that person who use to feel slighted by the detours and let them frustrate me.  Then one day, my heart opened to the beauty that was there. Nature, people, life. It was all right there and I didn't stop to look up and take it in. It really is beautiful. There is a saying that hangs in my bathroom, of all places."God's gift to you is life, your gift to him is what you do with that life". I would say that I want to honor and bless Him by loving Him and His Son and loving others and enjoying this life that He has given me. There is beauty in this life. We can focus on the ugly and evil around us, or we can focus on the beauty. I choose the beauty in the detour.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Turning 50, don't cry in your Wheaties!

Let me introduce myself, I'm a mom of 5 wonderful children, wife to the most wonderful man on the planet that I have been married to for 25 years filled with ups, downs and super glue! I say super glue because my husband is stuck to me like super glue. He loves me unconditionally and isn't going anywhere. If you were to pull us apart like two objects glued together with super glue, there would be immense damage. We are definitely ONE! We have 2 grandsons that we love above and beyond measure.

Okay, now that my insanely wonderful life is out there, let me tell you a little bit about me in general. I'm turning 50 this year. Yeah me! Hey, no crying in my Wheaties, I'm a happy girl. I made it to 50! That's quite an accomplishment in itself. I have had some health issues through the years and have a rare auto immune disorder called Sarcoidosis that I battle with, but I still feel as if I'm the victor. I love my life, my family and my God. He is the one who makes me strong and ready for each new day.

Going back to age, let's talk about that for just a moment. Sometimes I wake up and feel like I'm getting old and other times I feel as if I'm aging gracefully. I look in the mirror and don't have a ton of wrinkles or gray hair and think "hey, maybe I'm not doing so bad after all", it's the low energy that reminds me about my age. I can't shop all day like I use to. I can't go to the gym and work out like I use to. I can't play for hours with my grandson like I want to. Those road trips with my husband take a toll and sometimes put me in bed for a day or two to recover. Having been a Type A personality and doing it all myself, moving the furniture around the house on a whim, opening a jar of salsa, anything that requires strength or energy, it's all gone. I had to grieve that loss and take on a new realization that this is just the new me now. This is a new chapter of my life, it's all part of aging gracefully. So I pushed aside that bowl of Wheaties, dried up those tears and put on my big girl panties.  This is me! I have a wonderful life and it doesn't matter that I'm changing, I'm still me. When I came to this realization and accepted it, something pretty fantastic happened. Not only did I wake up each morning in a better mood, but I'm now going to be a part of a "Women of Age" photo shoot with a local photography studio that works with local models and actors. They are going to put us in magazines and possibly a book. Not that long ago when I was working, I was in a couple of HGTV shows, "My house is worth what" and "House Hunters". It was a lot of fun and a lot of work.  

I say this to encourage you to open up your heart and your mind to the beauty of aging. Don't be sad over the loss of your youth, this chapter of your life is a reward. It's a reward for all that you have done as a wife, mother, daughter and grandmother. This isn't the end of things for you, this is time for you to enjoy life! You have always had kids at home, now they are grown, take time for you and hubby, go and do things together, enjoy each others company. Find a new hobby, don't sit around, get out there, do things. Get a pet. Did you know that pets release chemicals that keep you young? I read that somewhere. Take a walk, get outside, breathe some fresh air. Start eating better, eat healthier, this will go a long way towards how you feel. Go get a new hairstyle, you know we love a new look to freshen up our face. Stop by the makeup counter at the mall and find a new moisturizer or fragrance, that always brightens my mood. Ladies, we are our own worst enemy, it's time to stop and be our new best friend. Turning 50 isn't the end of the world, it's the beginning of a new adventure. Have fun with it and explore!

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