I have naturally oily hair. I have to wash it every day or else I look like one of The Outsiders. In fact, it takes less than a day for The Greaser look to take effect. And so, I’d shied away from conditioner. I don’t need any help with my hair looking “moisturized.” But the last time I got my hair cut, the stylist commented that my scalp and hair were pretty dry.

“You should use conditioner,” she told me.

“But my hair gets so oily. Won’t that make it worse?”

Oh no. No. No. No. NO. NO! I have completely misunderstood the interworkings of hair, apparently! According to her, there may even be a chance that the products I’d been using (you know, the cheap ones) were stripping my scalp and hair of nutrients, forcing my head to crank out oil like gangbusters to try and save it. And so, it seemed like perfect timing when I was offered the chance to give Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner a try.

The free conditioner showed up in the mail, but because it didn’t make sense to me to use some Other Shampoo with the Dove Conditioner, I went out and picked up some Dove Shampoo and tried them both out. So did my daughters. They were excited about the fancy two-step process of cleaning and conditioning their hair. And when I explained how the conditioner worked (straight from the back of the bottle!) as I massaged the product into their hair they decided, “This is like going to a spa or something!”

Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner

I liked the Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner. It left my hair looking smooth, soft, and shiny – without a greasy feeling. But I was especially impressed with the difference it made in the girls’ hair. Theirs was just so extraordinarily soft and shiny. They both loved touching their smooth hair, which was so much easier for me to comb, and Julia enjoyed whipping hers around like she was in a hair commercial.

I’d say that’s a positive review.

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I wish I could tell you that I enjoy some “me-time” each day when I step into the shower, but the truth is, I’m rarely alone in there. My girls can hear the call of the running water through closed doors and deep sleep and immediately understand that is where they should be. Though they may balk at their own bath time, my bath time is different. It’s encrypted in their DNA to encroach upon it. And I abide. I know I won’t be sharing the shower with rubber ducks and mermaid dolls forever, and one day, I’ll miss it. But even now, while I’m fighting for tub territory, I can take pleasure in my products – the ones without a cartoon character or the word “wacky” written somewhere on the packaging, the ones that are just for me. The ones that make my sudsy squatters say, “That smells like mommy.”

I love Dove products. So, I jumped at the chance to try VisibleCare Creme Body Wash, a revolutionary premium line of body wash from Dove that’s available in three variants: Toning (to promote skin’s elasticity and strength), Renewing (to nourish and replenish skin) and Softening (to soften skin and dry spots).

Dove VisibleCare Softening Creme Body Wash

I used the Softening variant and was immediately impressed with the thick, rich lather. But I was anxious to see if it would indeed give me “visibly more beautiful skin in just a week” courtesy of NutriumMoisture technology. (VisibleCare Creme Body Wash has the highest concentration of it across the Dove portfolio.)

I won’t keep you in suspense. It did. Absolutely, it did give me softer and more beautiful skin. I actually noticed a difference in less than a week. Dave did, too. He doesn’t notice when I get my hair cut or wear make-up, but he noticed the softness of my skin and commented on it.

That’s some soft skin, people.

And he loved the fragrance. It’s a white floral gourmand fragrance that includes an elegant combination of magnolia and pink jasmine. I don’t mind that that’s the scent that Dave and my girls identify with me. And I don’t mind giving up my “me-time” in the shower when my body wash makes me feel so good in my skin the rest of the day.

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The Limited Edition Gingerbread flavor Pop-Tarts have a special feature: Printed gingerbread images on every toaster pastry. And, well, we just couldn’t help but play with our food.

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Everyone’s catching the holiday spirit – including Pop-Tarts with their Limited Edition Gingerbread flavor. I was given the task of creating a recipe from them. But how do you take something delicious and make it more delicious? You add chocolate. And peanut butter. Oh, and sugar! I decided to call it Reindeer Food. It was sweet enough to make my kids fly, after all. Here’s how to make it:

Pop-Tarts Reindeer Food

Reindeer Food Ingredients

Ingredients:

* 12 Gingerbread Pop-Tarts toaster pastries
* 1 cup of chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup of peanut butter
* 1/4 cup of butter
* 1 teaspoon of vanilla
* 2 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Cut 12 Gingerbread Pop-Tarts toaster pastries into bite-size pieces.
  2. Cut into bite-size pieces.

  3. Put the bite-size pieces in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Set aside.

  5. Add the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter to a microwave-safe bowl.
  6. Add chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter.

  7. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for about 1 1/2 minutes.
  8. Place in microwave

  9. Stir the chocolate and peanut butter mixture until smooth.
  10. Stir!

  11. Stir in the vanilla.
  12. Add vanilla.

  13. Pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture over the Pop-Tarts pieces and stir until evenly coated.
  14. Stir it in!

  15. Add powdered sugar.
  16. Add powdered sugar.

  17. Stir until the pieces are coated.
  18. Stir it up!

  19. Package up all pretty-like and share!
  20. Reindeer food!

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Some families make it a tradition to watch the Thanksgiving Day parades. Others watch football or get a game going in the backyard. My family makes videos. Not just regular videos. Silly videos. We’ve elevated the personal home movie to a level of hilarity – well, we think they’re hilarious – that rivals anything we could watch on television.

It always begins innocently.

“We should make Amy a birthday video. We’re all here…we haven’t seen her for a while. It’d be better than a card.”

“Yeah. Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to make it a rap video?”

And that’s how it starts.

One year, we were inspired by Julia’s extreme sock monkey play and spent nearly the entire holiday making a “sockumentary” about my sock monkey-making hobby (with Jules starring as my product development department).

So, our plan for this post was to show you how to make the baked apple recipe we cooked up last week. Then Julia suggested that we make it a cooking show (starring her, of course). A few wouldn’t-it-be-funny-ifs later, we made this.

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