Pepper Express

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What I've Googles This Week

 This is our first week back home and my first week with actual wifi I can depend on. There will be many many road trip posts coming up. But right now I just need to get a few things out:
  1. With our recent move I have realized that we have too much stuff. Unpacking each box is making me crazy. That's why I have researched a few books to help me minimize our belongings: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up & The More of Less.
  2. After traveling all over the western states I have realized that I just want to live in Birkenstocks. They support my arch and I can run, walk and even hike in them! These ones are in my cart right now: Birkenstock Milano Sandal!
  3. I took too many bags with me on this road trip and realized that I need to consolidate all of my things in one bag and then carry around one bag for my toddler. The Fawn Design diaper bag was the best thing I could have bought for the trip. I had it shipped to my parents house in Montana and it was great for biking, hiking or even stuffed in the back seat!
  4. Bet you didn't know I was a Merle Haggard fan! Yup Yup I want this shirt asap. So I can wear it while playing his records and trying really really trying. 
  5. Things to avoid eating when you are trying to get pregnant. I honestly think my coffee intake is hindering my fertility. But then if you read back on this post the odds are not in our favor. It was a 40% chance to have Solin. And here we are two years later and trying. 
  6. Wes Ander-Thon weekend in San Francisco is kicking off in August. I would love to go.
  7. Potty Training advice! I have had numerous response on this one. We had a hard time potty training while on the road. Solin used training pull-ups most of the time. Now that we are home we are going to try the run around naked method and see if that works for a day?
  8. What to do in Seattle in one day. We were in Seattle for less than 12 hours and we were able to visit the Troll, Gas Works Park, Pikes Place, The Original Starbucks and even the Space Needle. The traffic was horrendous on a Friday but we managed to get through everything on our Seattle bucket list. 
  9. Best way to make Peach Cobbler. When we came home from our road trip we had an overload of peaches from our tree. These two recipes (here and here) have helped us eat our way through the peach tree.
  10. Farmer Market Recipes. Tonight is our local Farmer's Market and I plan to make a few recipes from It's All Easy or some from one of my favorite bloggers here!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Road Trip Oil

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripOil #CollectiveBias
Here we are in Billings, MT on our final leg of our road trip. It's been a long trek. Our next destinations include Seattle, WA & Portland, OR. Then we are on our way home.  We have over 2,000 miles before we get home and countless hours of driving. So we stopped at the Walmart Automotive Care Center, where they were having a great deal on getting your oil changed with Pennzoil. Our car has over 75,000 miles and they recommend us using Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle®. Between now and September high mileage is $39.88 on Rollback to $35.88.  This was perfect timing because this isn't the only road trip we will be going on this summer. My Summer Bucket List includes: Zion National Park, Marfa,TX and New Orleans! To say that we have plans this summer is an understatement. And we can't use just any oil we must use Pennzoil®:
What I love about the whole process at the Walmart Automotive Care Center is I can drop my car off and go and do my errands inside at the Walmart Supercenter. I was able to grab snacks and even camping gear for our next destination.
Stay tuned for some amazing road trip photos. I will be posting throughout the next week.
What are your major summer plans this year? Do you have any road trip destinations you would like to share or recommend?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dear New Mommies Who Have Thinning Hair

This post was sponsored on behalf of NIOXIN. All opinions stated are my own.
There is something that most women don't talk about postpartum. Even though you might want to pull your hair out the truth is your hair just falls out. You will start to notice it in the shower. Then you will find random strands on your pillow or even on your couch. Then bald spots start appearing and you realize that breast feeding your baby is literally sucking the life out of you. Your hair starts thinning and most of the time your hair looks like it hasn't been washed in three to four days. Ladies I have a suggestion: Check out this Consultation Tool with NIOXIN to find the solution for your specific hair. When I completed the consultation they recommended System Kit 5. Now I took part in a 30 day challenge and used these products in my daily regimen and my result made me very happy:
The three step system includes Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment. Nioxin has guaranteed to deliver thicker, fuller, and denser looking hair: 
I usually take my showers at night and when I was introduced to the Night Density Rescue Treatment I knew it was perfect for me. I take two drops of the serum and massage it into my scalp. The Key Ingredients include Biotin and Vitamin E. This technology promotes hair density by delivering antioxidants to the scalp surface*
In the morning when I wake up I then use the Bodifying Foam and spread it throughout my hair and then blow dry my hair to create some body. NIOXIN has taken on the 3D approach to hairstyling. The three aspects of hair thinning include Derma, Density, and Diameter. The Derma helps with the scalp environment. The Density creates a lightweight styler that helps protect against hair loss due to thinning.  The Diameter makes your hair look as if it increased by diameter. 
Here is my hair once I have used all of the products and blow dried it. The next step is to style it with my hot tool.
I use a simple 1 inch hot tool and curl my hair into ringlets then I comb my fingers through my hair to create some beach waves:
I was actually kind of embarrassed to show you my before photo. Because hair thinning is no joke. I encourage you to take the NIOXIN 30 day challenge and share your results on social media using the hashtag #NIOXINChallenge. 

*For more information call 1-800-628-9890 or visit www.nioxin.com
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