Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hi everyone! Did you have a great week? The kids have been enjoying time with their grandma this week while Robert and I took care of school work and house projects. We've gotten to have a few date nights, too! I have a random assortment of favorites for you today - let's go!

1) Garnier Fructis 10-in-1 Rescue Leave In Spray


If you've been reading here awhile, then you know that Ari and I both have crazy manes! I purchased the new 10-in-1 spray from Garnier that we call "cactus spray" due to the cactus extract. It doesn't do much for my hair, but it is perfection for Ari's tangly waves. We use this spray to style her hair, when she gets out of the shower, and to protect her hair when she swims. If you or your daughters have similar textures to Ari, give this a whirl! I've included some before and after pictures to show how it works on Ari:


2) Garnier Whole Blends 5-in-1 Green Apple Spray


While the cactus spray didn't do much for my ultra-fine strands, Garnier's green apple and green tea spray has been a better match for me. When I use it and let my hair air dry, it helps create volume- something I'm desperately lacking! I also use it with my Garnier Smooth Blow Dry before blowdrying my hair, and it helps reduce my flyaways. 

3) Brain Quest Workbooks


As a teacher, I'm on the final leg of my summer, but the kids still have a month to go. I always schedule time during the weekdays of summer to have the kids do a few pages from their Brain Quest workbooks. I'd recommend having your older elementary kids work on the next grade level book so they can prepare for the new school year. And don't worry- there's an answer guide at the back of the books for days when you don't feel like reading the entire story or calculate every problem yourself! 

4) Face mask recommendations please


I kind of have an obsession with face masks and cleaning every possible pore on my face. You guys know that I love all of my Pixi products, so I thought their Glow Mud Mask would be a perfect addition to my skincare regimen. I can tell where it is trying to be like the Glamglow mask, but for me is just dries and doesn't clear anything out of my pores. 

I read about Aveeno's 60 Second In-Shower Facial, and since I love their lotions, I thought this would be a good scrub. It definitely feels nice to use, but I think it is too moisturizing for my face and leaves it oily. 

So, then I tried L'Oreal Paris Exfoliate & Refine Pores Pure Clay Mask since I had an Ibotta deal. It is nice, but I'm still not getting the whole rip every possible piece of dirt out of my pores kind of feeling that I'm going for. Help me please! What face masks would you recommend I try? 

5) My blogiversary giveaway

If you didn't read my post on Tuesday, I'm celebrating my 1 year blogiversary! Head to my Tuesday post, and answer all of the questions in the survey to be entered to win a $50 gift card to Target! The survey closes Sunday night, and I'll announce the winner on Monday. Thanks so much for being a reader of A Gal Named Al! 

What are some new products you've been trying out lately? Tell me about them in the comments below!

In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 29 
What I Wore Wednesday: Sephora Play! June Box Review
Ladies Who Link: Travel

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Robert and I are going to relish our final days of being child-free with a couple of date nights and continue prepping for our big road trip! I hope that you have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Linking up with Andrea, Erika, Narci, Della, Tif, Katie, Amanda, Christina, Lauren, and Paula 


Disclosure: Some of the links in this post contain Target affiliate links, and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Thank you for supporting my blog!

26 comments:

  1. Happy Friday cutie! Sounds like you and Robert have had a great week! As soon as my garage sale is over or in a down time, I'm doing your survey! Ari's hair looks amazing! xo

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    1. I hope the sale is going well! I'm proud of you for purging! I'm going to do another round of closets when I get back from vacay.

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  2. Thanks for that Garnier spray suggestion- I am going to try it on Diana's hair

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    1. Hope it helps! I think it is similar to It's a 10.

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  3. I completely agree, some summer studying/reading is a must! Keep those kid brains academically fit! Happy Blogiversary! I really enjoy reading your blog!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I wish our elementary and middle schools still required summer reading.

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  4. I am going to give those hair products a try. I have very fine but wavy hair. I hate that I can't just let my hair air dry and look good, lol!! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I can only air dry my hair if I plan to clip it half up, otherwise it's disaster zone worthy! Happy weekend!

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  5. I was so gung-ho about doing workbooks with the kids this summer and bought a ton a fresh ones from Target. Problem is, the kids will barely sit still for them. I better get back on the bandwagon before it's back to school time and my kid forgets everything he already learned.

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    1. One day I needed to get something done, so we alternated kids and pages. So Trip sat down and did a page and had it checked, went to play. Ari sat down and did a page and had it checked, went to play and switch. They've asked to do it like that each time since, so hooray!

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  6. I bet the kids are loving the time with their Grandma and how great that you guys have a bit of time to catch up on life and get in a few date nights. Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Yes, it is super nice. We're kind of losers though and using our free week to do teacher workshops and house projects!

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  7. I love Brain Quest! I am so excited to give those hair products a try. My daughter would love them as well. I get my masks in individual packets from WalMart for $1 and I ordered some sheet masks from Amazon (11 for @12). I am a product junkie! :)

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    1. I got some sheet masks in my latest ipsy bag and love using them to relax. I'll have to look at Wally World the next time I go!

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  8. I love sweet Ari's before and after pics. I wish you were down the road because naturally this thick haired girl received a tube of stuff for fine hair in the last Sephora box. What the heck? It's just sitting in my drawer. Have you looked at the Aztec Indian Clay Mask? I did a post about it. Katie continues to use it a lot...I'm too lazy to wait 20 minutes. She asks me frequently if I want to do it with her (like last night) I need to start saying YES while she's still here😭. Have a great weekend with your birdies back in the nest! ❤️

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    1. YES! I need to go buy that clay mask at my health food store down the street. That's a perfect idea! Thank you!

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  9. I had no idea that Brain Quest made workbooks. We love the Brain Quest trivia in our house so I'll have to look into the workbooks for some easy summer work to keep their skills sharp.

    And Happy Blogiversary!

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    1. We love the cards, too! Ari really likes the workbooks, Trip not so much, but he needs to keep up with the practice for sure. Happy weekend!

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  10. Those are some new linkup parties - love finding new ones! Also happy Blogiversary again :) Love that you did a survey. I am so curious about your results - ha! xoxo ERIN

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    1. I'm curious to see what everyone says, too! I am hoping to update my template in a few weeks. I thought it was going to be way more expensive than I thought but Trista showed me a good site with some cheaper alternatives. Happy weekend!

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  11. I love removing all my makeup with Garnier micellar water. Heading to the Tue post to see if I can get into the survey today!

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    1. Lisa just blogged about that the other day, so I totally want to try it out. Garnier has such great products!

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  12. I'm pretty sure Millie Jo needs that leave in spray!! Tangles for days!!

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    1. We also love Aussie's 3 minute miracle conditioner. I use it on Ari once or twice a week, and that definitely helps keep her hair a little calmer.

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  13. Wow! It sounds like such an amazingly productive week! And Ari is seriously the cutest. Happy Blogiversary! And happy Weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Trista! I'm going to pick out a new blog scheme soon on that site you sent me. Can't wait! How many more weeks til baby?

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