Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review: Life of the Party by Bob Kealing

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I am a long time fan of all things Tupperware. If I had extra time to my name, I'd absolutely love becoming a Tupperware consultant. So I was absolutely thrilled to dig into Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Get a Haircut and Give Back to Your Community: Hair Cuttery's Share-A-Haircut Program #spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to Hair Cuttery for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

September is a bittersweet time for me: not only do I send my kids off to school, but I also send myself off to work. I bid farewell to my short-lived months as a SAHM and head back to the classroom, where a fresh batch of students awaits me. At the end of every summer, steeped in everything us moms do to manage our families, I wonder, with much anxiety: How am I going to do all this AND work 40 plus hours per week? And then I gently remind myself, I've been at this for the past 10 years. I. Can. Do. It.
The smell of fresh crayons still sends me in a tizzy and I adore shopping for school supplies for my kids and my classroom. September is when I draw up my goals for the year, when I revamp my wardrobe, when I clear the clutter in my life - September is my "new year." And a new year calls for a new haircut, too. For both myself and my kids.

Here's a wonderful program that will not only get you and the kids those brand new haircuts to start the school year off in style but also give back to your community: The Hair Cuttery Share-A-Haircut program.

From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community. 

The Share-a-Haircut program was created by Hair Cuttery to give free haircuts to underprivileged community members, specifically kids in need as they head back-to-school. Since then, they’ve expanded the program to touch people of all ages. This being the 16th anniversary of the program, Hair Cuttery is determined to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates. To date, the Share-A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million. In each market, certificates are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations that are closely tied to each community.

Hair Cuttery hopes to reach tens of thousands of children this year!

I rely on my local Hair Cuttery for trims for the kids as well as myself. I also like to indulge in a Hair Cuttery conditioning treatment and blowout every once in awhile. I especially appreciate the Hair Cuttery Style Express package, which gives you a shampoo, Redken Customized treatment, cut and blowdry at a super affordable price. Hair Cuttery is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, and as a full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products.

Head to your local Hair Cuttery and get ready for school while also helping out kids in your community. Need to find your local Hair Cuttery? Check out their salon locator, accessible here! And while you're at it, keep up with Hair Cuttery on Facebook and Twitter at @HairCuttery.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp

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LA Weekly said it best: “Kanye West Owes Me $300 might be the funniest rap memoir ever.” This is a lighthearted, true-life story, with an almost-famous vibe that celebrates the wins and losses of Jensen Karp, a.k.a. "Hot Karl," the Jewish kid from the L.A. suburbs who became a rap battling legend—and then almost...almost became a star. But not quite.

When he was just 12, Karp started his career off rapping at his friend's bar mitzvah in 1991. By the time he was 19, he was considered a riding star. Today, he's the most famous white rapper you've never heard of.
Traveling Australia on a Budget

Australia is not just a country, it is a continent, which accurately reflects the sheer enormity of this island, yes, Australia is an island! Due to the expanse, if a person is considering a holiday, it is wise to look at the different regions, as each has its own magical recipe to attract the tourist. With some careful research, it is possible to tailor a route to suit everyone. Let’s have a look at the main areas of interest to a traveller, in no particular order.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Perfect Chicago Evening: A FREE Play + Picnic in the Park

Take dinner and a show to the next level with a play and picnic in the park. One of the hallmarks of a Chicago summer is the outstanding outdoor shows, and nothing makes an evening quite like a delicious meal. Spread out a blanket and enjoy an evening of theater and fine dining on a fine Chicago summer night. Here are 5 places to pick up a picnic before enjoying a performance of Shakespeare in the Chicago parks this summer:
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Bartenders Don’t Just Pour Beers Anymore
Being a busy executive or manager has its highlights, but it’s certainly tiring and very stressful at times. Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from the responsibilities of meeting important clients on a regular basis or managing a large team, and that’s not even starting to think about the times when things don’t go to plan. When stress builds up and a bit of a breather from work life is required, many people choose to visit their favorite classy bar, with a large collection of cocktails as well as a selection of refreshing beers.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Book Review: Southern Sprits

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I am enamored of the south and especially southern cooking and drinking, so I was delighted to receive a copy of Southern Spirits, a narrative history that traces liquor, beer, and wine drinking in the American South, including 40 cocktail recipes, to review. Tell me that doesn't sound like a great book to review and test out its contents over the summer?