Momma Told Me: February 2015

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What I'm Streaming: Bomb Girls- Netflix, Seasons 1-2

What I'm Streaming: Bomb Girls, Seasons 1-2 on Netflix. A historical based drama showcasing the women of a Canadian munitions plant during World War II.

I won't lie, the last time I followed a show consisting of a primarily female cast in strong thought provoking roles it was The 'L' Word on Showtime. I generally don't get into fictional dramas focusing on female dynamics because, well, they always seem to skew the characters in a less than authentic manner. Modern women face much adversity today, even as free and 'equal' as we may seem at a general glance, and activists will argue that even the inspirational roles of female actresses are cannibalized in the spectrum of sex sells or propaganda. What's even harder to watch is when a woman, or group of women, are played to seem the victims of their circumstance. So, if you prefer a slightly gritty, truth inspired, fictional drama that offers a well rounded look at the evolution of women, look no further than Bomb Girls.
What I'm Streaming: Bomb Girls, Seasons 1-2 on Netflix. A historical based drama showcasing the women of a Canadian munitions plant during World War II.
A Canadian drama that originally aired in 2012 with the intentions of being a mini-series, turned 2 season show, Bomb Girls is a beautifully cast period piece that tells the story of women at work during World War II. While the characters themselves are fictional, all were built upon the mold of real women and their unique struggle through a revolutionary period in time where women boldly moved forward in new roles outside the home. Centered around the workers of a Canadian munitions (bombs to be specific) factory, the characters range from a sheltered preacher's daughter with a dark past to a spoiled socialite struggling to find herself useful in a time of great need.
What I'm Streaming: Bomb Girls, Seasons 1-2 on Netflix. A historical based drama showcasing the women of a Canadian munitions plant during World War II.
Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of this show (outside of the gorgeous wardrobe) is the way in which all of the Victory Munitions (VicMu) workers become truly a family despite each and every woman's unique individual struggle with their own identity. At a time where women had previously been resigned to the title of 'gossiping betties' at the local grocer checkout, the very real danger and importance of their present tasks and responsibilities makes from some genuine fireworks and ultimately moving triumphs. I especially enjoyed noting, while each woman had clearly defined strengths, none were without flaws. Sure Vera Burr's label as a 'Patriotute' is quite shocking even in today's time, but the emotional journey of her character alone was enough to keep me returning each episode.
What I'm Streaming: Bomb Girls, Seasons 1-2 on Netflix. A historical based drama showcasing the women of a Canadian munitions plant during World War II.
Bomb Girls is a drama that has a little bit of everything from gorgeous young soldiers to determined women fighting for recognition and equal rights. My only real complaint is that the series wasn't picked up for a 3rd season and, despite promises for a 2 hour film conclusion, remains a bit unfinished at the end of the second season. In all, however, Bomb Girls has inspired me to delve a little deeper into the history behind these fictional characters and I've been truly inspired by the truth they were built on. It's indeed inspiring seeing how women have come so far, and fought so hard, even among the struggles of today! Catch seasons 1 and 2 of Bomb Girls on Netflix now.


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Momma Told Me: There's no season for common sense.

While many of my friends and family are springing last minute dinner invitations on me, and making extended vacation plans, thanks to their generous IRS tax refunds, I had the pleasure of paying taxes this year. Those of you familiar with me know I would never be caught unexpected in a large debt, so I naturally have been stuffing 'tax money' away all year from my at home income. However not everybody is as prepared as Momma raised me to be. One of the ways we saved money last year was through our amazingly convenient and affordable no-contract smartphone service with Walmart Family Mobile. For year we had wanted modern smartphones to help us multi-task with our busy careers, but found the data costs and hidden fees could be overwhelming.
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When I signed up for Walmart Family Mobile I was sure to tell all of my friends and family. Not only was it such a painless process (I could shop the latest smartphone handsets at great prices while picking up the groceries at my Walmart Supercenter) but the rate structure was easy to understand and more than affordable. For a long time Jay envied my smartphone device until, at last, he made the switch with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and unlimited talk, text, and data/web last Fall. Walmart Family Mobile proved revolutionary to our family, in 2013 we couldn't even dream of owning such new devices with 4G support, and in 2014 we were able to connect with friends and family unlike ever before thanks to our Galaxy smartphones and Walmart Family Mobile.
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Unfortunately, the service and phone were almost too good- Jay found himself relying on the clear 4G coverage and smartphone's capabilities even more than his work handset. Not only could the device multitask and organize his work tasks for him, but it proved to have the stable bars he needed to stay in contact with his boss while patrolling the marina (a reminder that he works private security.) Then, one day, not wearing the belt clip phone case we had picked up for him at Walmart, his fairly new and shiny Galaxy S4 went tumbling off the docks and into the fairly deep bay waters below. While it was not my phone, I was devastated to see such a shiny new device lost.
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With tax time around the corner Jay was expecting a refund, but fairly limited in current cash flow. We headed to Walmart to pick up an affordable 'frills free' smartphone handset for less than $50. The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit was still a name brand smartphone with many modern features but a lot less of a gamble should it go tumbling into the marina at work. We also switched him over to the new $29.88/month (for the first line) unlimited talk/text/data plan with 500 MB of 4G LTE data, so he could put a little extra away each month while he saved up for his replacement Samsung Galaxy S4. Of course he fully planned on putting some of that nice tax refund money towards his replacement handset too!
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Now that tax season is officially here and his refund check has rolled in he'll be doing 2 things; taking me out to dinner (of course) and stopping by Walmart to pick up his new Samsung Galaxy S4. The general plan is to swap the SIM cards for service into his existing WFM Samsung Galaxy Exhibit for use at work, and transition the SIM card back into the Galaxy S4 for after work and days off. Having an affordable backup smartphone is always a great idea, but especially necessary when you work around water (as we learned the hard way.)
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If you're not in the market for a Galaxy S4, need a backup handset for knocking about and work, or trying upgrade to your first smartphone device Walmart has some amazing smartphone price rollbacks just in time for tax season. Just check out these unbelievable smartphone prices for use with their no-contract Unlimited Text/Talk/Data 4G LTE plans:
  • ZTE Zinger - $19.84 (was $39.88) – New price (organically weave in!)
  • Nokia Lumia 530 - $49.88 (was $69.88)
  • Samsung Galaxy Exhibit - $49.84 (was $99.88)
  • Nokia 635 - $79.84 (was $129.88)
  • LG L90 - $99.82 (was $179.88)
  • Galaxy Avant - $149.00 (was $199.99)
  • ZTE ZMAX - $179.00 (was $199.88)
  • Alcatel Fierce 2 - $119.00 (was $129.99)
  • Alcatel Evolve 2- $39.83 (was $59.88)
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.
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Smartphones can be an investment but your smartphone 4G LTE plan doesn't have to be one. Lock in unbelievable low month to month rates with Walmart Family Mobile and put your tax refund to good use. Or, if you're like me and paying the IRS this month, shave a few pennies off your smartphone budget with the amazing $29.88 (first line) Unlimited Talk/Text/Data 4G LTE plan at Walmart. Best of all, you can walk into any local Walmart Supercenter today and set up you new smartphone and Family Mobile service in just minutes for instant gratification. What are some ways you're planning on putting your tax refund to good use this year?

What Daughter Says: Whether you're getting money back, or shelling it out, be kind on your wallet all year round with affordable smartphone 4G LTE plans from Walmart Family Mobile.

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Momma Told Me: You're a woman, not a werewolf!

I never let on to when Aunt Flo is in town. I live an active life and nothing gets in the way of that; certainly not a visit from an unexpected relative. Aside from a missing chocolate bar or the recent romantic comedies on my Netflix feed, you'd never know. But it wasn't always that way, and I didn't always use pads. In fact, there was a time when I went 18 months without a period; it was so long since Flo had last came to town I had thrown out her favorite soda and converted the spare room to a photography studio. But family is family, and they are subject to turn up at the most inconvenient of times and stay just about as long as they please.
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Flo first showed up back in town on league night during one of my best (bowling) games ever. The ball plopped off my thumb and tumbled down the lane crashing into the pins just as my cheeks began to sting from her harsh pinches. I knew, immediately, I was in trouble. With a 14 frames left, and our team fighting for second place I couldn't simply pack up and head home to entertain Flo, so I did what any embarrassed relative does and pretended I didn't notice she'd arrived. 2 frames later and she was knocking back a few drinks getting quite rowdy, I knew, any second she'd hit her limits and leave a mark that was sure to scar me for quite a while.
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Excusing myself I shuffled towards the back of the alley where another bowler was sitting, waiting her turn. Leaning in I whispered into her ear, explaining the situation and begging for any sort of help entertaining my Aunt until I could make it home. Out of her purse she pulled a neon envelope with a bold black and white 'U,' and I thanked her as I urgently ducked into the ladies room. Outside I could hear Flo sharing a story about the time I tried to eat Play Doh for breakfast. But inside I was cool, calm, collected. I had things under control, I was now an #UnderWarrior.
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While I managed to escape that unexpected visit unscathed, I was not about to get away easily with the 18 months of peace and quiet I had enjoyed prior to this visit. Flo raged in any out of my home for 3 long weeks, sometimes so quiet and out of mind that I considered her long gone- then, like a tornado, she'd reappear singing Shania Twain karaoke and drunk dialing my phone at 2 AM. They were unexpected times filled with many memories I'd rather suppress- but I got through them physically unscathed and without a single soldier (pair of underwear) lost, thanks to my backup posse of U by Kotex pads.
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It's not joke friends, we need to join together to #SaveTheUndies, too many polka dot panties and bikini briefs are lost every day to Flo's raging visits (and, seriously, someone needs to get that woman some help, I haven't seen eyeshadow that shade of blue since the 50s.) So, if you're ready to become and #UnderWarrior, then pick up that mouse and click on over to the U By Kotex page where you can request a free sample of all new U By Kotex Pads with 3D Capture Core (designed exclusively for U to help lock in Flo and prevent embarrassing leaks.) Yea, you could host a bake sale to raise funds for the fallen undies, but why lose a good pair at all when you can now have 3D Capture Core in your corner? What was the most inconvenient time Flo ever decides to drop in and parade through your life?

What Daughter Says: Flo can make the sanest of women act like they're possessed- stay cool and keep her out of your underwear drawer with U By Kotex and 3D Capture Core!

Circus Animal Cookie Truffles Recipe

These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
Momma Told Me: If you play with them long enough they might eat you!

There are few grocery products/brands that go back far enough to span the memories of 4 or 5 generations. Unless you're talking Heinz and beans or ketchup, or Oreos, you'll be hard pressed to find shared memories over a product launched in the early 1900s. And while I may as well not even know Mother's Cookies produces 14 different varieties of cookies, I do know it's near impossible to resist the playful charm of their classic Circus Animals. Cookies so pretty and fun that I rarely actually ate them when my grandmother gave me a handful.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
It was the only sweet I could be given and found in possession of hours later- and not for lack of deliciousness either, I was simply transfixed by the imagined interactions of these pink and white cookie animals come to life. The camel, in Pink, was always my favorite, followed closely by the lion, in Pink. These two often had several disagreements, ultimately ending with the lion's beheading because, after all, in a young child's mind, the biggest most powerful character should not always win by default. Yes, I was tackling some heavy issues with my Mother's Circus Animal cookies and you might even say they made me the strong communicator I am today. All from a cookie.
But my memories not only go back to time spent with my grandmother, who often recounted her first Mother's Cookies experience upon the family's immigration from Germany, but to tales of a father and daughter.  A manly man, to this day my father refuses to handle the color pink; that is unless his baby girl has asked him. I remember reaching into the giant bag of Mother's Cookies and pulling out a pink animals, full of giggles, "This one's just for you, daddy!" A wise man, he'd quickly distract me with the age old question, "Do the pink animals taste the same as the white ones?," or does the rhino taste the same as the bear?" and shortly a sampling of ALL the cookies wold ensue (for due diligence, of course.)
To this day I get a little bit of special delight from seeing Mother's Circus Animal cookies on a shelf or at a store. Our local frozen yogurt shops always stock them at the toppings bar and I never miss an opportunity to add 2, one pink and one white, to the very top of m yogurt creation. Then I reveal a secret smile as I recount the memories of childhood and past so vividly linked to them.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
So it will come as no surprise, when contemplating the month of love and potential Valentine's Day content I was found reflecting back on Mother's Cookies. It had been far too long since I actually bought a bag of these delicious snacks, and the playful pink color was perfect for the theme of romance. But, to me, Mother's Cookies were also appropriate for mother's day, baby showers, Spring, and more. So many memories and so many smiles attached to this simple treat.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
I decided I would not make a Valentine's Day recipe, but an any day of the year, all around pick me up, instant smile inducing, super simple recipe of deliciousness. And it was literally as simple as dumping a bag of Mother's Cookies Circus Animals into my food processor (your hand will fight you, but it's for the best,) and hand mixing the crumbs with a softened brick of cream cheese. This can get a little tedious so just keep rolling the blob of crumbles onto more crumbles, and folding them in until all dry ingredients are gone.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
If you're as slightly twisted as me you can take your Circus Animal truffle 'dough' and shape it into a circus animal of you choice. then rip small sections off of your truffle dough and roll them into 1-1 1/2" balls. Place these balls on a piece of parchment paper on a plate or cutting board and refrigerate them (do not freeze, as freezing will cause issues with the 'coating' process.) Next, take some white and pink Wilton's chocolate melts and melt them (separately) for dipping. Add a little shortening to your melting chocolate to thin it out a little for smoother dipping and dip each ball into the chocolate, gently rolling it to coat it entirely.

Place your dipped balls on a clean sheet of parchment paper and toss some festive rainbow sprinkles atop before they set. Store these delicious balls of heaven in the fridge until ready to serve as they're best enjoyed cold (in my opinion.) These Circus Animal Cookie Truffles would be great at a girl's baby shower, first birthday, Easter gathering, on Mother's Day, or just because. They're so simple to make, why not make them more than once? After all, you don't need an excuse to feel like a kid again!

What Daughter Says: These truffles are adorable, but at least I don't parade them across the couch!

These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
Circus Animal Cookie Truffles
***Click here for printable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles recipe.

Simple Life Hacks To Achieve Your Brightest White- From Teeth To Clothes


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Momma Told Me: White doesn't just stay white- someone's got to clean it!

Even though Momma exclusively shopped at second hand stores for my clothes, I was forbidden to wear white, as a child. My father's work uniforms were a thin white polyester-cotton material, which wouldn't have been nearly as much of a pain to launder, if it wasn't for the fact that he worked as a technician on restaurant equipment. Seldom did an evening pass where Momma didn't hang her head in dismay over the grease stains littering his clothes, and she wasn't about to clean up stains on the clothes of her daughter.

With such strict order to wear anything but white, it's easy to see how I adopted my alias as a 'living rainbow,' when I embraced every hue, pattern, and print I could find. Even as an adult, today, I still cringe at the thought of wearing white clothes, and the thought of them not being their whitest white. But every good rainbow knows that color pops best when next to the most radiant whites, and my best, my smile, is always at it's whitest.

Only recently, on a trip to Walmart, did I truly stop to contemplate the brighter things in my life. Spotting a display for a new whitening toothpaste I was immediately intrigued by the notion of seeing my pearlies glimmer just a little brighter in as few as 3 days with no added effort. I was already familiar with the brand name, but this new formula featured 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient and the powerful professionally recommended ingredient hydrogen peroxide to whiten faster. Talk about helping a girl out- this was one addition to my beauty routine that would require NO additional time or upkeep on my part, all I had to do was brush!
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You never really know what you're getting into when you switch toothpastes, so I'll admit I was a bit hesitant.  I'll be honest, I was blown away with the brushing experience of this new oral care system- not only did my teeth feel amazing from the whitening cups and polishing bristles, but the cheek and tongue cleaner helped me provide a full mouth clean that had me smiling in no time.

And why not smile? With the power of hydrogen peroxide and this new toothpaste system my teeth were sure to sparkle like they never had before. And I was ready to take all the credit for absolutely none of the work! But as I tossed my old, ordinary, toothbrush in the wastebasket I felt something wash over me, a need to extend this whitening to every aspect of my life. Maybe that boring old toothbrush was good for something after all!
A simple solution of 3 Cups warm water, 1/8 Cup Ammonia, 1/8 Cup White Vinegar and 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, mixed in a spray bottle I'd also picked up at Walmart, makes for a powerful (but pleasant to work with) stain fighting formula. Spray directly onto counters and scrub gently with an old toothbrush. #OpticSmiles #ad
As it turns out- there were several things in my life that had begun to lose their luster, and the grout on our kitchen counter was the first I would tackle. My goal? To make whitening that old, dirty, grout almost as painless as refreshing my teeth with whitening toothpaste! My trick? A simple solution of 3 Cups warm water, 1/8 Cup Ammonia, 1/8 Cup White Vinegar and 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, mixed in a spray bottle I'd also picked up at Walmart, made for a powerful (but pleasant to work with) stain fighting formula. After just a few minutes of allowing a spritz to soak into badly stained grout the grays wiped right away with hardly any scrubbing. I'd definitely put more elbow grease into brushing my teeth that morning!
Whiten old canvas sneakers the easy way with a shampoo water solution, an old toothbrush, and a damp cloth. Stuff shoes with newspaper to maintain shape and help shoes dry quicker! #OpticSmiles #Ad
Next on my list of off-white offenses was an old pair of Converse canvas sneakers I've worn to the annual Color Run twice now. But rainbow corn starch, sweat, and scuffs proved no match for a bowl of warm water with shampoo and that old trusty toothbrush. To properly clean sneakers outside a washer use a brush to scrub rubber soles with a shampoo water solution, then gently wipe fabric with a cloth dipped in the cleansing formula. Be sure to remove your laces or pull the tongue out to get any tough, hiding, stains. When your sneakers have been restored to former glory stuff them with crumpled newspaper to maintain their shape and expedite the drying process. And, if you're like me, Express Colgate® Optic White® was still working on keeping those teeth white while you worked!
By now my kicks were sparkling and my counters rivaled that of a new home, so I turned my gaze in boredom to the dog. Oh yes, my friends, you can whiten pets too! While whitening (or bluing, as they're known) shampoos exist for pets, hypoallergenic animals with hair, rather than fur, require extra upkeep to maintain a white coat. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts dog shampoo and water and wipe your dog down with a damp, warm, towel once a day to stay vibrant. Dust your pup in a light coating of corn starch in between grooming to help absorb oils that attract dirt and stains (and odors too!)
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Perhaps the most dreaded of whitening tasks is fabric found on everyday clothing. I try not to wear large amounts of white, because I am not only a living rainbow but a color magnet- stains run to me. When I launder my whites I try my best to keep them white by pre-treating any discoloration or stains with dish soap and a gently scrub. Next, I add 1/2 Cup 3% Hydrogen Peroxide directly to the wash with my laundry detergent. We already know that hydrogen peroxide is helping to keep our teeth white with Colgate® Optic White® Express, and it will boost your white clothes just as much! Wash whites on a Warm rinse cycle and give yourself a pat on the back for becoming a whitening warrior.
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When you're as fabulous as you, you don't have time to spend scrubbing, bleaching, or treating- you're too busy being your radiant self to fuss with all of that. And that's why these simple life hacks to a brighter life are sure to have you smiling.  What do you struggle with keeping white, the most?

What Daughter Says: Use these simple life hacks for the 'whites' in your life- Don't worry, you can still take all the credit for the 'work.'

5 Simple Tips To Become (More Of) A Morning Person

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Momma Told Me: Ready or not, it's time to get up!

I am not a morning person. In fact, there have been very extended patches in my life where I would refuse to go to bed until the sun was just bout to come up. In my college years I would often sleep clear from sunrise to sundown on the rare days when I did not have work or school. 'They' tell you when you're younger that one day you'll yearn for the time when adults forced you to take extended naps in the middle of the day, and it's true. Such a reckless lifestyle ultimately led to horrible insomnia when I was once again to rejoin the living with a 9-5 job that demanded rosy social skills. While I am much better than I ever was, about rising on time and with a chipper disposition, it is still something I struggle with from time to time. There are a few simple things that can be done to help ease yourself into an early morning routine.
Use a white noise machine or sound filter to help maximize deep REM cycles with minimal interruptions from outside stimuli.
1. Sleep Sound: This may sound obvious but the biggest culprit to waking refreshed is interruptions in sleep patterns. While you may not notice yourself physically waking up during the night, your body likely experiences harsh interruptions to REM waves as it responds to outside stimuli. Similarly, if you do notice yourself a 'light sleeper,' and rise throughout the night to the sound of a car alarm or dog barking, you may benefit from noise conditioning as well. The key to making the most of your sleep, whether 3 hours or a full 7, is ensuring you fall asleep and stay asleep from eyes shut to eyes open. Invest in a white noise machine or noise filter application to help layer ambient noise that will better distract your sleeping mind from the distractions within the world just outside.

2. Think Positive Thoughts: As cliche as it sounds, there really is a right side of the bed to get out on. How you jump start your mental process, first thing in the morning, really does impact how your entire day unfolds from there. We all have chores and tasks we'd rather not awaken to tackle, so leave those thoughts for later. Begin your first few minutes of every day mentally discussing that which you are MOST looking forward to. The more you ruminate on the positives to come, the more endorphins your body will naturally release as you pull yourself from bed and work towards them.
Hit the gym first thing in the morning to maximize calories burned and energy rejuvinated!
3. Hit The Gym Early: While this is one tip I'm still trying to reshape my day to tackle, studies show that our bodies experience their peak performance sometime around mid-morning. Rising around sunrise and heading straight to the gym or workout room, for as little as 30 minutes, will also release those 'feel good' notions and kick start our systems for optimal performance during the day. If the promise of more energy and a sunnier outlook isn't enough, exercise before breakfast and see your morning calories burned near doubled!

4. Morning Showers Bring....: I tend to want to shower in the morning. Not only is it a sort of treat I look forward to when I first get up (see Tip #2,) but I feel it re-focuses my mind for the day ahead. Unfortunately as women, our hair is often one of the biggest time consumers in the daily beauty routine. Nothing can ruin the promise of a good day quicker than a bad hair day. Ashley Stone, of Beauty Entourage, suggests showering in the evening and placing damp hair in a lose braid. When you rise style your hair with a quick blow dry for instant volume without the fuss. And for those who simply must shower in the morning- consider a quick rinse, sans hair washing, for an immediate pick me up without the styling woes.
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5. Pile On the Protein: You already know the saying 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,' and it truly does set the tone for how the rest of your morning will proceed. After a night's rest our metabolism and blood sugar are at their lowest. This means what you put into your body first is what will be consumed at the most efficient rate, as your body will quite literally be jump starting based on what nutrition you do or don't decide to feed it. I don't know about you, but I, personally, don't have time to make a gourmet breakfast in the morning. I need something that is quick, colorful, and appetizing, or I will find myself skipping breakfast all together.

Quaker's new Protein Instant Oatmeal is ready in just 3 minutes and offers a hearty bowl of deliciousness in 2 satisfying flavors; Banana Nut Bread and Cranberry Almond. Chocked full of 10g of energy producing protein, these delicious breakfasts can also be enhanced with a few slices of fresh fruit, and 'cooked' with calcium and protein rich milk substitutes such as soy or almond milk. Just one bowl of Quaker® Protein Instant Oatmeal keeps me fueled well through the afternoon without a single tummy rumble, and that means I keep the morning grumps away!

What's your best tip for rising on the right side of the bed and staying energized throughout the morning?

What Daughter Says: You don't have to want to get up, you just have to get up. Start your day with positive steps to make the process easier.




Staying Fueled On The Go With The Lifeguard MINI 1 Portable Charger


***The following product was provided by the manufacturer, through Tomoson. Regardless all photos and opinions below are original and copyright Momma Told Me 2015.
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Momma Told Me: Save your battery!


Last week I shared my anxiety over having my phone die while traveling home, through Log Angeles at night. While it's not ideal, I do experience quite a bit of stress when I am disconnected from my mobile tools during the workday. In that post I shared several tips for extending the battery life of your smartphone, from decreasing screen brightness an manually closing unused apps to backup batteries and charging methods. While there was no such thing as a smartphone, or even a cell phone, when Momma was raising me, modern portable technology has become a necessity for the mainstream consumer.
The Lifeguard MINI 1 Portable Charger features a lightening fast charge from empty in as little as 1.5 hours, and is sold in trendy colors like hot pink! #PlusLifeguard #Tech #Ad
I remember, as a teenager, mobile phones were a convenient way for people to stay connected in emergencies, and while on the go, away from business. to 'text' someone you simply had to enter about 54 keystrokes for a basic 7 word sentence- or 2,2,2- 2- 5,5,5- 5,5,5-_6- 3,3 for 'Call Me.' It's amazing what we would go through to communicate a single message when the technology was new,  while today we exhibit impatience over the 10 second loading time of a single application. And, seeing as I can actually type faster on my smartphone than my PC, it is certainly a tool that has proven itself invaluable in modern times. After all, the present day smartphone combines all the innovations of the past decade into one portable device!
The Lifeguard MINI 1 Portable Charger features a lightening fast charge from empty in as little as 1.5 hours, and is sold in trendy colors like hot pink! #PlusLifeguard #Tech #Ad
The Lifeguard MINI 1 Portable Charger features a lightening fast charge from empty in as little as 1.5 hours, and is sold in trendy colors like hot pink! #PlusLifeguard #Tech #Ad
Just as a smartphone or mobile device can make life easier, the lack of having one charged and ready can be disastrous, as our own dependency on it grows. Will you be caught without battery to phone a taxi because you played too much Candy Crush? Have you ever needed to inform someone you'd be late but found your phone died while it was ringing? Yes, our smartphones are amazing, convenient, devices but we use them for so much, and so often, that they can often be taxed when we need them most. And that's precisely what makes a portable charger, such as the Lifeguard MINI 1 invaluable.
The Lifeguard MINI 1 Portable Charger features a lightening fast charge from empty in as little as 1.5 hours, and is sold in trendy colors like hot pink! #PlusLifeguard #Tech #Ad
I keep a portable smartphone charger in my purse, my glove compartment, my gym bag, and even kitchen junk drawer (you never know when the power will go out and you will depend on that smartphone for updates and communication!) While many of us smartphone owners have a portable or backup charger, it truly is a tool you should own multiple of, and the perfect gift for any tech savvy consumer. I was personally attracted to the Lifeguard MINI 1 for it's vibrant color option, which included a HOT PINK hue that I could easily locate at the bottom of my purse in a bind. Not only is it stylish and stable to use with it's flat sides, but the MINI 1 Portable Charger features a Samsung battery core with 3000mAh capacity.
The Lifeguard MINI 1 Portable Charger features a lightening fast charge from empty in as little as 1.5 hours, and is sold in trendy colors like hot pink! #PlusLifeguard #Tech #Ad
The MINI 1 features a Quick Charge output that can fully restore most modern smartphone batteries from empty in as little as 1.5- 2 hours, and will withstand over 800 recharges through the life of the device. It's backed by an 18-month money-back guarantee, and currently is featured online for less than $25, shipped with Prime 2-Day shipping, and a limited time bonus 3' Lightening Charging Cable for Apple 'i' devices. If you're like me and still an Android user at heart, no worries, the MINI 1 comes standard with both an Android and Apple charging cable. How do you keep your smartphone charged for when you need it most?

What Daughter Says: Even careful users can end up disconnected when it matters- secure your smartphone with a mobile charger.