I Turned 30 This Month

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Hi everyone! Yes, you read the title right! I turned the big 3-0 this month, and I honestly could not feel better, not only about myself, but about my life and goals. Can I just say that I’ve never really had substantial goals in my life. This is something that I always knew in the back of my mind, but I never really talked about. Not having goals and aspirations in my life has been a shameful, unspoken secret of mine for as long as I can remember. If you ask someone that I know personally, like a family member, or even my husband, they would tell you that a normal pattern of mine is to start something and not finish it. This has been me my whole life! This year and month, though, things have shifted. I made the decision to seriously devote my spare time creating a brand for myself not only on my blog, but on YouTube and all social media platforms around. I’ve been working on this for about 2 months now and I’ve come up with goals FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE! This is epic for me. Having real, substantial goals and aspirations for me is a HUGE deal! This is new for me and how I realize that it’s different this time around is because I’ve committed to work on it everyday, even if it’s 30 minutes, but everyday. I see the commitment flourishing slowly, but surely. I feel great about my financial future and the type of career path that I’ve chosen to take. I feel like I’m finally coming full circle with the woman that I’m meant to be on this earth. I have no idea if this has anything to do with the fact that I turned 30, which by the way does not scare me at all, but I do see a shift in the way I perceive my present and future life now.

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We’ve been pretty tight on money this month so a birthday party celebration was definitely not on our plans. I still did not want my 30th birthday to go unforgotten in history (as far as memories, photos, something haha), so I decided to have a mini photoshoot and here are the pictures that came out of that. I’m very grateful for the life I’ve had, ups and downs and all, and here are my photos to mark the day hahaha! I’m wearing a Forever21 jersey emerald green dress with my ANN KLEIN red pumps, Mac Red Lipstick and New Balance glasses. I’ll link everything I can, or similar items below for ya’ll!

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Any of you momma’s out there feel different when hitting your 30s? Let me know, or any cool, unique celebrations held for ya’ll?

xo Jennifer

Links to all the above mentioned:
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MAC Matte RUSSIAN RED Lipstick

What I use to treat hair


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Hi all! As you’ve seen from my instagram and facebook posts I’ve put my hair through a lot as far as chemicals and hair products! I have an amazing hairstylist which is actually my own mom! How cool is that?! Anyway, I always come out with amazing looking hair from my hair appointments! She always knows what products to recommend for treating the damage in my hair. The brand I’ve been using is JOICO. Specifically the JOICO KPAK OIL COLOR THERAPY. I’ve been using it for more than 2 months now and I have to sau it’s pretty awesome! How I use it is after I take a shower I place a towel around my hair for a minute or two just to dry the extra water off. I pump the treatment about 6 times on the palm of my hand and rub it evenly on both palms. I take the towel off of hair and apply thoroughly. Then I let it sit for a couple of minutes so that the hair can absorb the product. After that I split my hair evenly into two sections and I brush out any tangles I may have. Not only does the JOICO oil allow for easy detangling, but it literally smells so delicious! This is basically what I do everytime I step out of the shower, seriously. Now I feel like my hair is restoring the damage I’ve caused in the past, and smelling great in the process. Don’t for get to trim your dead ends often to support your hair health!

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All in all this product is amazing! I recommend it 100% and this is not a sponsored post, this is really how I feel about the JOICO KPAK COLOR THERAPY oil! If your hair has been through a lot, you should give this a try, you’ll love it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C

Smile Brilliant Review & Giveaway

Hello everyone! I hope you all entered the JORD giveaway from my last post! Are you all done with your Christmas shopping? I am! I actually started in October to beat the traffic chaos at the stores! The only person I always struggle to choose a present for, believe it or not, is my husband! He’s just a very laid back person that is happy with what he has and doesn’t seem to want or need anything more. So because of that I always get him a gift card, or a sweater or shoes. But, come on! I want my husband to be really excited about his present, you know? So Smile Brilliant came at the perfect time!

Not only did they send me their product, but they’ve got you guys in mind tooimage because they have provided me with an Exclusive Giveaway Link and a Coupon Code for a 5% discount on their site!  I will talk more about that in a bit. So they wanted me to use their product and I was super excited until I received it and read the fine print that said that the product was not intended for nursing moms! I was so bummed out!!  I didn’t really know what to do and I remembered I didn’t have a Christmas present for my husband so I thought this would make an interesting and unique gift! So I gave him the Smile Brilliant kit as an early Christmas Present. He’s been using it for a few weeks now and let me tell you, his teeth really do look whiter! And he notices it too! Here are his thoughts on the product.

“I’ve always been skeptical about teeth whitening products because I’ve heard so many bad stories. I knew I wanted to whiten my teeth at some point, but I never really got around to it. When my wife, Jenni, gave me the Smile Brilliant kit I was more than ready to get started. As you can see in the pictures below my teeth were not too yellow. At least that’s what I thought until I saw the side by side images of the before and after and I was very surprised! How it works is you make imageyour impressions at the comfort  of your home and send them to the address they provide so that they can make your permanent molds and send them to you. Once you receive them you’re ready to use the gels on your teeth. You must use the whitening gel for a couple of hours and then move on to the desensitizing gel. You have to be careful not to add too much of the whitening gel because I did that the first time and I felt a burning sensation on my gums. When the time comes you need to carefully remove the mold from your teeth and rinse it thoroughly then add the desensitizing gel and put your molds back on. It’s done once a day or every other day if you feel your teeth are becoming sensitive to the product. I do feel my teeth became a tad bit more sensitive, but I can definitely see the difference in my teeth. They look much whiter! The great thing about the kit is that the instructions are extremely detailed and make it very easy for a newbie to understand what to do. Most importantly the product does what it promises! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone trying to whiten they’re teeth rather quickly and effectively! Thanks Smile Brilliant for sending my wife, Jenni this product!”

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So there you have it! He is happy with the product and with the results he sees! I have to say I’m happy too! He looks great!

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GIVEAWAY

And now for the giveaway…

  • All you have to do is CLICK HERE and enter your name and email!
  • The giveaway ends 2 weeks from today, so hurry!
  • You will be entering to win a credit of $1,139.95 including FREE SHIPPING!
  • And don’t be bummed if you don’t win the giveaway because you can go to their website and use Coupon Code: balancingmom (which is good for 2 months from today) to get a 5% savings!!

I hope you found this review helpful and informative and a big thanks to Smile Brilliant for their collaboration!

Here’s a YouTube video review of Smile Brilliant by Sylvia Gani.


Teeth Whitening Products

 

JORD Watch Review and Giveaway!

Hi everyone! So as you can tell by the title of this post I have a giveaway in store for you all! It’s a really good one too.

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So I’ve partnered with JORD, which is a company that makes these beautiful timepieces using various types of woods from around the world. They sent me the watch pictured, which is the Frankie 35 Zebrawood and Champagne, and I did a little bit of research on Zebrawood and it comes from 80 foot tall trees in West Africa. I just think that’s super interesting! Before they sent it to me they emailed me a sheet with measuring instructions so that they could custom size it.

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I received the watch about 3 days later and the packaging itself is just beautiful! I could smell the natural wood on the box. My husband said he could smell the wood finishing, but I could not. So the box that it comes with is very sturdy made out of wood, of course, and it closes with magnets that are integrated in it, which is pretty cool. Inside you will find your wood watch wrapped around this cute little cushion. It comes with extension pieces needed in case your watch comes too small.
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The box also has a mini-drawer on the bottom for extra storage. I definitely think the presentation is spectacular! So when I finally tried on my cool watch, sadly, it was too small. I’m assuming I did not measure my wrist accurately. Anyway, those extension pieces came in useful because I ended up adding one of them. I will say I wish they had instructions on how to install these extension pieces and maybe a little tool to do it. I had to look for instructions online and ended up using an earring as a tool.

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In the end the watch was a tad big on me, but if I push it back towards my elbow I manage to get it tight enough to stay on me. I actually like how it looks that way. It really is a very unique watch and I’ve worn it a few times already and it matches pretty much every outfit I’ve tried to pair it with. I wore it for long hours and it did not make my wrist sweat. It felt very lightweight and easy to wear. Overall I am so happy with it and I’ve gotten many compliments on it, so I definitely recommend it. And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

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The winner will receive a $75 gift code to put towards the watch of your choice!! It could be a women’s watch or men’s watch! And don’t worry because even if you don’t win the contest, you get a $20 gift code towards a watch! So in my eyes, everyone’s a winner here! This contest closes on 11/27/16 at 11:59pm and the gift codes expire on 2/28/17 so that gives you more than enough time to select the perfect watch for yourself, or even as a gift to someone! Christmas is coming! Your code will even be available through Valentine’s day!

GIVEAWAY LINK!

Link to JORD Women’s Watches

Link to my Watch

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This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

OOTD 16 days postpartum!

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Hi everyone, well ever since I had my daughter (16 days ago!) I have not really dressed up, but today I decided that even if I didn’t really have a place or event to go to, that I would dress up. Not only for me, but for the hubbs too! I’ve been running around the house in tank tops and pants all day basically. Anyway, here’s the outfit that I put together. The top I’ve had for a while so I honestly don’t remember where I bought it. The white jeans and nude flats are from Target. The sunglasses are from NY&Co and the wristlet is from ALDO. My lipstick is from Avon and my ring is from Khols. The necklace is from Forever 21 and I bought it a long time ago. Let me know if you like it! Share with me your blogs or photos of your OOTDs! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.

Products I love!

AveenoFaceWipesSo I wanted to take some time to share with you a couple of products that I use pretty much every day. They are amazing and I 100% recommend them! The first one is the Aveeno Ultra Cleansing make-up remover face wipes. I discovered these recently after I tried a number of make-up removing wipes and liquid removers. The thing I didn’t like about the products I tried first was that I needed 2 different products to completely take off all my make-up. So I needed one product to remove my foundation and another one to remove my mascara. When I came across these Aveeno wipes I knew I would never need a different product. These are all you need to remove ALL your make-up (eyes included)!! Also they smell delicious and you don’t need to rinse or moisturize after you use them, which for me is a big deal because I have very dry skin so usually I would need to moisturize after cleansing my face! Anyway, they are pretty awesome!

The second product is the Mary Kay Time-Wise liquid foundation. I loveimg_0246.jpg this product because I have the option of getting the “Luminous Wear”, which is catered to dry-skin customers (ME!). So every time that I wear it I get that natural glow. Not a greasy look! The coverage is medium so I use this almost on a daily basis (I don’t wear make-up everyday). It’s definitely not the coverage you need for blemishes and red spots, but if you’re going for that natural look I would definitely recommend it! Well I hope I gave good insight onto these products. Just so you all know, this is not a sponsored review, I genuinely love and use these 2 products! So now you tell me what products you enjoy using on a daily basis?! Let me know also if you end up trying these 2 faves of mine! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenni C.