Samples We Receive in the Mail

How many of you receive random samples in the mail?  Lately, I have been finding samples of different things in my Amazon orders and other purchases I have made online.  I think this is a great way to get your product out to the masses and let them try something they may not purchase off a big box shelf.

You have not seen me make a recommendation on a sample until today.  I received a sample of the TRESemme’ Expert Step 1 and TRESemme’ Expert Step 2 hair shampoo and conditioner.  I was skeptical at the least when the directions said to put conditioner in first and then shampoo my hair, but I was willing to try it and see what happened.

When I read the back of the package I thought I was going to have to leave the conditioner in for 5 minutes or more to get the soft texture they were talking about, I have seen the commercials about the product as well.  🙂  It was only one minute I had to leave the conditioner in and then rinse out before I applied the shampoo.  The shampoo was thick and it did create a lot of lather for the amount I used.  I was surprised again because I thought the conditioner would affect how the shampoo worked.

After I towel dried my hair I applied my normal leave-in conditioner and I applied none of the products normally used.  My hair dried soft and it was not fuzzy as it normally is this time of the year.  The natural curls were soft and I didn’t even have to curl my hair to reduce the frizz.

Would I use this product again?  Yes, I would.  I loved the fact you didn’t have to use much product to get the results you want.  Which means I would save money. If you try it let me know how you like it.  It is a retraining process of not using shampoo and then conditioner.

Have a great week!




Ohio State University Tragedy

This morning many Ohio State University students returned to classes after a long Thanksgiving weekend with their parents and family.  Last night they left home and traveled back to Columbus excited to be back in class and excited because their football team won against Michigan on Saturday, a big rivalry team for OSU. Most were still excited about the win against Michigan and were excited to see their friends returning to campus or the dorm rooms.  Then the unthinkable happened this morning, and someone decided to run their car into a building, pulled out a knife and started to stab students.  Nine people were injured, and the Columbus Police Department shot and killed the assailant.

The last thing you want to hear as a parent is a report that someone on the campus, where your child goes to college, welding a knife.  He is using the butcher knife to stab anyone in his path, and you don’t know which building your child is in at that time.  As a parent, I just can’t imagine seeing that on the news.  With social media being a right here and now news source most students did not have time to call home and let their family know what was going on while the news hit.   There was a page set up on Facebook for students and other people to sign in and let others know they are fine.  I have read posts from parents informing their family and friends their children have checked in and are fine.

No one knows what went through this person’s mind and why today is the day he decided to get up and try to murder students on the OSU campus.  We can only hope it is an isolated instance and there is not a group planning this attack. Ohio State University has set up a protocol for the students and everyone did as they were told, hiding and finding shelter. The campus faculty was prepared, in case something like this happened at Ohio State.   OSU police department was close by, which meant there was a very quick response to the call for help.  The Columbus Police Department showed up minutes later and took over the crime scene. Because of the Ohio State University’s forethought, more students were not hurt or killed. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those injured.  We hope they find out why the assailant decided to attack the students and this is an isolated incident.  We can only hope this comes to a stop and these attacks across the country become a thing of the past.




Holidays and Family

It has been a little while since I wrote my last blog.  I lost a dear friend this past week and the holidays are here in a few days.  I think about the family who not only lost their son and brother but their father the week before.   I read a post on Facebook one of the family members wanted to skip Christmas this year.

Holidays are a hard time for a lot of people every year.  I still remember the years we had Christmas at my parent’s house, and Dad would have the fireplace lit. As you walked into the house you could smell the ham baking in the oven, and you could hear mom mashing the potatoes in the pot she used every year.  The pies were laid out on the countertop by the bay window, with the other desserts sitting next to them.  Each had its own fork or spoon next to their container.  There were small Christmas napkins next to the desserts with decorative paper plates.

It took no time at all before the kids were in the living room, with the grandfather watching over them, sitting as close to the tree as they could.  They knew if they move too close they would hear the famous words, “Back up.  You’re too close.” Grandpa would be reading his newspaper, but somehow could see through the paper to what was going on.  They would look at him with hopes he would let them open just one present.  When asked he normally told them after we ate then the Christmas presents would be opened.

This year many families will not celebrate Christmas, making memories such as this.  This week children passed away in a bus crash in Tennessee, police officers have been attacked and killed, military personnel will be overseas, and loved ones have passed away leaving an empty chair at the dinner table.

I still miss my Dad and Mom, especially during the holidays.  When Dad passed away, we made sure we were all together for that first Christmas without him.  Yes, it was a sad time with that empty chair sitting there, but we knew he would want us to keep living our lives.  I think that was the last Christmas my entire family was together.  We have gone our separate ways and now live in multiple states.  My children come home every holiday.

It is my turn to spend hours making the turkey for Thanksgiving, homemade mashed potatoes, different vegetables for different tastes and we can’t have Thanksgiving without dressing and cranberry salad.  I tried making a frozen pumpkin pie one year.  That was the last year that happened. lol  Everyone quietly protested in their individual way.  The clue was when they didn’t fight over the leftover pie to take home lol.  I make an extra pie now, so they all have something to take home to snack on.

This year I will think about the families who lost someone and the people we have lost in our lives.  I am sure Dad and Uncle Larry are in heaven discussing the Presidential election. lol  Uncle Larry was a true southerner, so if they have Christmas dinner in heaven, there will be biscuits and gravy on his plate.  🙂 My dad will have his meat and potatoes.  I am sure there is a piece of homemade bread on his plate with some homemade jam on the bread.  Pumpkin pie with whipped cream will be next to his water glass.

What is my Thanksgiving wish this year?  I wish people would get along, stop all the name calling and being so rude.  Politically correctness goes both ways.  If you don’t like being called names and being persecuted, then you need to stop.  We are a divided nation and it is time to come back together.  Just as the Pilgrims and Indians came together for the first Thanksgiving, we can come together as a nation.

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. May your travels be safe and family time preciously filled with love.