Archives for December 2016

12 Days of Beauty for Your Holiday Hair

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Neutrogena. All opinions remain 100% mine.

On top of the dry, cold, windy weather of winter, the holiday season is full of fun and festive ways to torture my hair. Office party? Sleek hair with a professional twist. Secret Santa party with friends? Curly updo! Caroling with Church group? Lots of hairspray to combat fly-aways. While the hair products are necessary to make sure my hair stays party ready, I am glad Neutrogena offers rescue for hair that been put to the test.

After a particularly busy week consisting of several hair style changes, I was thankful to have the opportunity to try the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo. With all of the product I used, I was happy to read that the Anti-Residue Shampoo instantly removes up to 90% of dulling residue caused by styling products. Simply use this treatment once a week and then return to your normal shampoo. After using, my hair felt squeaky clean and was no longer weighted down by a week’s worth of styling products.

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With my hair being residue free, it was the perfect time to repair the damage caused by constant blow drying, straightening and curling. Fortunately, I had the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask in my arsenal! Perfect for extra dry or over-processed hair, the mask saturates thirsty locks with intense moisturization. After shampooing, apply product (concentrating on ends) and leave for 3-5 minutes before rinsing. Repeat about once a week or as needed to leave your hair silky and smooth.

Both of these products left my hair soft, shiny and ready for the next round of holiday parties! The products worked so well together that I will be bundling them and giving them to friends for Christmas. If you would like to try these products for yourself, enter my giveaway below:

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Improving my Cooking Skills with Morton Salt’s #NextDoorChef

This post was written by Experimental Mommy in partnership with Morton Salt. All opinions are 100% my own.

Being a New Orleans native, I am truly spoiled with the number of quality restaurants in my backyard. I have heard of acclaimed local chef Nina Compton‘s new restaurant, Compere Lapin, but regrettably, I have not yet made it there to sample the fare.  Imagine my surprise when this past Monday, I got the chance to meet Chef Compton in a literal backyard restaurant!

Next Door Chef: New Orleans
Have you heard of Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef? I was fortunate enough to join a number of guests at the filming of the next episode which was set right here in New Orleans. In this episode, a New Orleans resident is paired with Chef Compton to learn how to prepare a remarkable meal using different types of salt. The local’s home (and backyard) was transformed into a fully decorated pop-up restaurant and we were served an amazing meal along with tips on how to transform our own home cooked meals to gourmet dishes by using the correct type of salt.

Different Types of Morton Salt
At the event, I learned more about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt, versus the standard table salt when cooking. Did you know that you should use Morton Kosher Salt when rimming drink glasses like the Americano cocktail we sampled at the event? Or use Morton Coarse Sea Salt to add an artistic “pop” you and your dinner guests can see and taste? The larger than table salt crystals provide contrasting texture.  Turns out a lot of us are using table salt for almost all cooking purposes, which is a huge miss in the kitchen. But don’t forget to use the conversion chart if you decide to try out other types of Morton Salt in your recipes!

Next Door Chef cocktail
I can’t wait to share more about the cuisine we sampled and the tips we learned, but because I know you are all prepping for holiday cooking, make sure you check out Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef: Chicago (aired on November 10th) which was focused on improving your cooking techniques for the holidays. The second installment set in Nashville will debut in the Spring but I am super excited that the summer episode will showcase my hometown, New Orleans, which is known for amazing Cajun/Creole inspired cuisine.

salted charbroiled oysters
In the meantime, if you decide to host your own “Next Door Chef” party or have a recipe idea using Kosher or sea salt, post your photos on social media using #NextDoorChef.

Tell Your Long Story Short with CROSS Pens

This post was written by guest author, Maureen Wright of RH90 Pens in partnership with CROSS Pens.
Many years ago I was offered an opportunity that was also a challenge – teaching in an adjunct capacity at a local university. Accepting the role meant still doing my full-time job,  and being a wife and mom, while also creating a course and making time to meet with students. Something told me to take the leap. The payoff was enormous, and it wasn’t just about the pay. I had the chance to share what had been shared with me. In the span of a semester I got to watch students mature in both learning and communicating their ideas. I bonded particularly well with the class I taught early one morning, Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Our world changed as we discussed the inner workings of microbial cells. It was as though time froze for us, until class ended and we learned what happened.

 

 

 

I also had a somewhat frightening encounter, which in retrospect is quite funny. I had a student who sat in the far corner of the back row of the room. And she stared at me, just stared. I don’t recall ever seeing her write a note. Well, over the course of the class I got to know her. That student is now one of my closest friends, and she also now teaches at a university. Our encounter is proof positive that you should never judge a book by its cover.

 

 

In taking on the extra responsibility of an adjunct teaching position I had to take a leap, a big leap, and dared myself to do it. I haven’t regretted it for a minute, and have used my experience to talk others through taking their own leaps.

 

 

My long story short, ” Be not afraid, just jump.”
Consider encouraging your loved ones with a CROSS Pen this holiday season! It makes the #WriteGift!