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Monday, July 2, 2018

Keto Essentials

I've been following the keto diet. I wanted to share some of my keto essentials. The keto diet is a high fat, moderate protein, and low in carbohydrates. Here are some tips and some essentials that can help you lose weight and get healthy!

Essential #1: MCT Oil
I put MCT oil in my coffee in the morning. It helps add fat to your diet. MCT Oil also helps with brain clarity, they help with digestive health, and they contain antioxidant properties. Here is the MCT oil I use.

Essential #2: Keto testing strips or a ketosis meter
These are essential because they let you know if your body is in ketosis. This is when your body is burning fat. The strips just let you know if ketones are present. The meter actually tells how many ketones are in your blood. Here are the ones I suggest:

* Keto Strips:

* Keto Mojo Blood Ketone and Glucose Testing Meter

Essential #3: Food Scale
You need a food scale to help measure out your portions. This is important to get the macros you need without overdoing it.  I learned this the hard way. 
Here is a scale I recommend:

Essential #3: Meal Prep Containers
I use these containers to prep my meals for the week. This is essential because it helps keep you on track. It has good portion sizes. This is great if you work all week and don't have time to cook every evening. I also make enough when meal prepping to feed my entire family. Here are the containers I purchased:

Essential #4: Keto Cookbooks
You need recipes to help keep you on track with the keto diet. This helps provide variety and you are more likely to stick to the diet. These recipes show you the macros and make it easy for you. Here are 2 that I recommend: 

Keto Made Easy:

Essential #5: My Keto Snack Box
Okay, this isn't essential, but it helped me so much! It is hard to find keto approved snacks. This monthly subscription box makes it easy. The box is $38 a month with free shipping. You can use my code: SARAKETO for discount.  I will provide the link for it and two YouTube unboxing videos that I uploaded. I love this box and highly recommend it. The link is

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tips on Growing Your Hair That Actually Work! WOW!

I have been asked a lot about how to grow color treated hair. If you have your hair bleached, you know it can break easily. This makes it so hard to grow out your hair. I did a video on this several years ago but I wanted to update with new products I'm using. I will post the YouTube video down below. It is an oldie but a goodie. Now, let's start with the tips:

Tip #1: Take a vitamin created for hair growth. These vitamins will usually hair Biotin, Collagen, and other vitamins that promote growth. I prefer gummies because I hate taking pills. The first ones are called SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins Vegetarian Gummies. These task great and they work from promoting hair growth. Here is the link for those:
Here is another cheaper vitamin option: 

Tip #2: Sleep with a silk or satin case. This helps prevent breakage while sleeping. Here is one that I use:  This comes in different colors, it is cheap, and Amazon offers free shipping! 

Tip #3: Use satin or silk hair scrunchies to pull your hair back. These are softer and prevent breakage. I usually wear me hair up at night with my scrunchie to keep it out of my face. I put it in a loose bun on my head. Also, wearing your hair up everyday does promote breakage to your hair. Especially, when you use hair elastics. Try to limit the amount of time you use it. Here is a hair scrunchie that I recommend: The reasons I recommend this one is it comes in different sizes depending on the thickness of your hair. Also, it is made in the USA. 

Tip #4: Last but not least, limit the amount of heating tools you use on your hair. I try to only wash my hair  2-3 times per week. In between washes I use dry shampoo. Heating tools break off your hiar. Especially, if they are used on a daily basis. I found that flat irons were the worst on my hair. If you use one, make sure it has heat settings for the temperature. Also, make sure to always use a heat protectant. I'm linking my favorite shampoo, conditioner, flat iron, and heat protectant for color treated hair. These can be used on any types of hair though. 
First is my favorite shampoo and conditioner:

* Favorite heat protectant: I love the Redken One United Multi Benefit Hair Treatment. It has a detangler, heat protectant, and 23 other benefits for your hair. 

 * Here is a great flat iron. The temperature can be set to whatever you want. Try to use the lowest setting at all times. I like this one because the temp is adjustable and it has automatic shut off. No one wants to burn the house down!

If you want long hair, but you don't want to wait, you can try clip in hair extensions. My Sweet Extensions store is going out of business and all my extensions are marked under wholesale pricing. These are real human hair and they are great quality. Plus, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING! Check out my store:

Last but now least, here the YouTube video on tips for growing out your hair that I made several years ago. The products posted here are the ones I currently use. Please subscribe to my beauty and DIY YouTube channels and hit the notification bell to be notified when I upload. Here is the link to my Beauty YouTube channel:  Here is my DIY and Lifestyle YouTube channel:

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gel Nails that LAST!!!

    This post is for everyone out there that does their own gel nails at home. I have been doing my own for years on and off. I had trouble getting my gel polish to stay on for more than a week. They would chip and break constantly. I found something that has solved my problem and I wanted to share with you lovelies. It is a nail dehydrator called Gelish Harmony pH Bond Dehydrator. I apply this to my clean nails and let it dry before applying my base coat of gel polish. It has made all the difference in my gel polish staying on. The will stay until I remove them with acetone. 

Here is the link for the polish: 
     Also, I wanted to share the nail polish that I ordered from Amazon Prime. It is inexpensive and very good quality. They have a variety of colors. 
Here is the link for the pink and white shades: 

Here are some other colors that I love. They are super cheap and awesome quality!     
Here is the link for these colors:

This is the LED light I use to cure my nails. It works great and is from Sensationail. 

Here is the link: 

     If you don't already, please check and out and subscribe to my YouTube channels. One is dedicated to my beauty and hair videos The other is a crafting / lifestyle blog

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Monday, April 30, 2018

BIG Lips Fast! JuvaLips Review and Demo

     I love the JuvaLips lip plumping device! It makes my lips look twice as big! The results can last for several hours. The more the use it, the bigger your lips will look over time! Check out the before and after photo.

The video for how to use the JuvaLips device is :
     You can get 25% off the JuvaLips by using the code "Juvalips25" at
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Keto Sausage Ball Recipe and Meal Prep Video

This is the Keto sausage ball recipe link that I used in my meal prep video on my YouTube page. These were beyond delicious! They tasted better than the ones made with Bisquick. I found the recipe on the Keto Size Me Blog:

Here is the link to my Keto Meal Prep video. I share my meals for the week. I make them on Sundays so I'm good for the week. :) 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

DIY: Big Paper Rose Tutorial

I absolutely love the look of paper flowers. So, I decided to film a tutorial on YouTube for a big paper rose. I'm also posting the pattern here for download! Please subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel for more tutorials. Please leave a comment if you would like to see a tutorial on a different type of flower. :)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Giving Birth

     If you're not pregnant, then this post may not relate to you. Just a little warning. However, maybe you plan on getting pregnant one day so this may be right up your alley. :) I worked on two videos this week. I know, that huge for me! I've been slacking on the video making lately. Life has been busy and I don't see it slowing down after my little "bundle of boy" comes along. The first video I filmed was "What I Packed in My Hospital Bag." This just shows what I'm bringing along to the hospital. Hope you enjoy. :)

**Update: I said in the video that I would update on my blog the items I brought to the hospital. Some items I needed and some I did not! lol While I was in the hospital, I wore the hospital gowns. I didn't wear the clothes I brought. I only stayed one day in the hospital. They asked me to stay one extra day, but I wanted to go home. I wasn't getting any rest whatsoever in the hospital. You will want to bring some kind of shoes for the shower, I didn't so this is highly recommended. Also, some slippers for when you are walking around. Also, bring a nice outfit to get your baby's picture in. I'm filing a video introducing my sweet baby boy Carson to everyone. I will also post the cute pictures from the hospital. The hospital I delivered at had a photographer that came to my room and took pictures of the baby. It was so nice to have that option.

There were a few things I didn't need to bring. I didn't need to bring my own feminine products because the ones the hospital had worked much better.  Also, the hospital doesn't clip babies nails, so you will definitely want to bring some to do this yourself. Carson had long fingernails and scratched his face a few times. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below. I look forward to sharing my birth story with you either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel. I'm not sure yet..... The YouTube channel I will use is  Please subscribe to stay up to date on all my social media!

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