Giveaway Time with Goody Clean Radiance!

Happy Monday, good people! Welcome to the Goody Clean Radiance Giveaway, Take #2! In my eagerness to be a part of this fantastic contest, I misread the directions. Womp. Thankfully, my embarrassment is your opportunity! Not only do you have another chance to enter, but the pot has been significantly sweetened! I love giving, so having the opportunity to bless others as part of this campaign brings me such joy! 

Also, if you missed the in-depth post about the various uses for the Goody Clean Radiance brush, I highly recommend you check it out because it is truly versatile and inclusive of a variety of hair types.

Now, let's get into this giveaway, shall we?

Grand prize: Chi Straightener and CROC Blowdryer (valued at $200)

Second prize: Goody Basket (valued at $100) - 2 winners

Third Prize: $25 Walmart gift card - 25 winners

Good luck to all of you and best wishes for a happy holiday season! 

Thanksgiving 2015: 40 Reasons To Be Thankful!

Hello there, good people! I initially planned to skip blogging altogether this week, but I couldn't help but share this post on the many reasons why I am incredibly thankful for, well, everything. It's been a helluva year, one brimming with intensely-steep drops.


The highs have been positively life-changing, blessing me with humility, perspective, and hard-won wisdom. What a gift! Anyway, here's a list of 40 things I am most grateful for, and here's to many, many more!

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1. My relationship with God 
It has deepened, widened, and grown upward. Without His steadfast grace, patience, and love, I'd be dead or in prison. (No, I'm not kidding.)

2. My husband
My lover, partner, supporter, and fellow traveler on this rather winding road. I couldn't have a better companion if I'd created him myself! He's everything and more. 

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3. My children
Yes, they drive me up the wall and back down again, but I am better for having all three of them. They've taught me more than I'll ever be able to teach them, I'm sure of it.
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Halloween 2015. 
4. Denver
I still cannot believe we get to live here! It is literally an answer to our prayers. 

5. This quote.
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6. Key & Peele
For some reason, my husband and I were the last to know that the fifth season of this fantastic show was the last! I'm still getting over it, honestly, but these fellas left us with plenty of laughs to help me get by. Check out their Comedy Central playlist for more funny—and poignant—stuff like this one! (Disclaimer: Many of the skits are uncensored, so don't watch 'em at work or around little ones.)

7. Peppa Pig
All three kids love this show so much, they'll actually sit still and watch it, which allows me to get oodles of things done around the house! I believe it airs regularly on Nick Jr., but if you don't have that channel, you can find tons of episodes  for free on Youtube

8. Ina Garten's recipe for Honey White Bread
This recipe is easy, delicious, and currently streaming on Netflix (Episode #13: "Flour Power")

9. Ellen's Scream Compilation video
I was laughing so hard, I had to pause the video in order to compose myself. Yes, it's that funny.

Often, Twitter can a be place where my faith in humanity goes to die, but not this time. This time, folks from all over came together to collectively share the pain and humor in making an ass of oneself, thus answering the question: "Is it just me?" Nope, we've all been there. (And there's been more entries! Check out the follow-up post here.)

11. The Pandora Radio app for Roku
The ability to stream all kinds of music from all over the world will never not make me smile. If I'm in the mood for something a bit melancholy, I'll select the Harry Potter station. Feeling nostalgic? Click on 90s Alternative or 90s R&B. Want to enjoy to spread Christmas cheer, but tired of the usual carols? Hipster Holidays is the station for you! Need a little music while preparing a meal? You can choose by genre or meal type! How cool is that?! There's even one called "Friendsgiving"! 

12. Snow!
After years of living in San Diego and Phoenix, our little family is finally going to experience a white Christmas and I couldn't be more excited!

13. Vaseline + Coconut Oil
I've found that these two products work great for keeping dry skin at bay during the colder months. I slather one or the other on myself and the kids in the evening; this allows it to absorb overnight, keeping the skin supple and protected from the elements. 

14. Head wraps and other protective styles
Gotta protect the locs, you know what I'm sayin'? Here's a similar wrap from The Wrap Life!
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First Snow Play Pics + A Little Motivation

Welcome back, folks!

We had a glorious first snow last week and I've been dying to share a few of the pics from that day! I realize winter is a tough time and that snow can be a real pain, but having recently moved  to Denver, our family is still in that nauseating annoying stage when we simply adore it! Seeing everything coated in white was one of the things we dreamily talked about as we were preparing to move from Phoenix. Now that we're here, it's hard to believe we get to call Denver home. It is, quite literally, a dream come true.

And yet, there is still so much in store for us.

I was reminded of this point last night. While the progress my husband and I have made over the course of this past year has been quite immense (and I'm so damn proud of us!), there is still a lot more to be done. Now is not the time to fall back into the habit of complacency, simply because we've made significant strides in the right direction; on the contrary, it should move us forward toward the complete fulfillment of our goals. I am certain God has created the most glorious future for us—He has already brought so many promises to fruition!—but I also know there will be much required of us, and I do not want to fall short, not now, not when we've come so far!
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The old us would've quit by now, thinking we'd done all the work necessary to craft the life of our dreams, that God would take care of the rest while we skated by on past efforts. These days, we know that's not how it works. While He provides interludes of rest and rejuvenation (these photos are evidence of that!), that is not where we are to remain. There is always, always more growth, more wisdom, more joy, more love ahead.

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4 Hair Types, 1 Brush: How Goody Clean Radiance Works For Our Multiracial Family!

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Hi Friends! Thanks so much for making your way to Living My Someday! I'm super-stoked about today's post because I get to share fun pics of my family and chat a bit about a new favorite product: the Clean Radiance Hairbrush by Goody which can be found at your neighborhood Walmart or!

As the mother of three children, I stay pretty busy, and I'm always looking for ways to streamline our day. One of the biggest hiccups is getting everyone ready in the morning, especially during the week. Because we're a multiracial family—my husband is White and I am Black—we have a variety of different hair textures going on (sometimes on the same scalp!) and each head has specific needs. As the world continues to change and people of different backgrounds become families either through marriage, adoption, or other means, I wanted to share our results with the hope that folks will find it  helpful.

I know this is a sponsored post, so most of you will take it with a grain of salt (as you should!), but  this is a killer brush, and I never would have given it a chance had I not been selected to try it. We've been using combs and picks for the kids' hair, but it's nice to know we have more options. In order to further illustrate my findings, I've included before-and-after photos of each family member so that you, dear Reader, can see the Goody Clean Radiance brush in action. So, let's get started, shall we?

First, I wanted to start with my oldest son, Asher, who has a texture that's closer to mine. His hair is thick and tightly coiled, so I almost skipped using the brush on him entirely because I assumed it wouldn't work as well as our trusty pick. I couldn't have been more wrong! When paired with a spritz of detangler, those copper bristles had no trouble gliding through his hair, ensuring little to no product build-up. I was blown away by the results and I learned a valuable lesson about making assumptions. 

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5 Awesome Shows To Watch Now!

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Hey there, happy Friday! I hope this week has treated you well! Ours was fairly uneventful, which I believe is a good sign. Yesterday, was our first snow day as Denverites! Officially, it was a mixture of snow and rain, but I loved seeing a smattering of white on the ground—it really put me in the mood for the holiday season and reminded me of how far we've come from the Arizona desert. What a miraculous blessing it is to start our lives over in such a beautiful place, y'know? Prepare yourselves for a sharp uptick in gushiness as we literally go walking in a winter wonderland for the first time! #sorrynotsorry

Based on my two of my most recent posts, which you can find here and here, I may have given off the impression that I read almost exclusively. While I do love reading, I adore watching TV, too! In fact, as the weather has cooled, I've found myself preferring to cozy up next to my husband and veg out on the couch with the kids. The hustle and bustle of work and school makes the moments we have together so much more precious, and lately, I've been opting for family time rather than seeking the solitude of a book. Thankfully, between PBS, Hulu, and Netflix, we've been thoroughly entertained! For those of you with one or all of these streaming apps, I thought I'd share a few of our favorite shows! Feel free to tell me what you've been watching, too, because we're always on the lookout for the next bingefest.

5 Awesome Shows To Watch Now! 

1. I'll Have What Phil's Having
If there's one thing you need to know about the Shultz Family, it's that we love food. For us, it is serious, serious business. With travel being a close second, it makes sense that we've become regular viewers of the PBS series, I'll Have What Phil's Having, a show that heavily features both. It follows Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, around the globe as he searches for the most delicious culinary concoctions on the planet. In addition to the beautiful locales, delectable cuisine, and Rosenthal's playful sarcasm, tune in for the hilarious Skype sessions with his parents.

2. Fargo
The second season began in October, but you can still catch the entire first season on the Hulu app. My husband and I loved the movie, but weren't sure what to expect from the television show. I am so glad we started watching because it is phenomenal and while the entire cast brings their A-game, Billy Bob Thornton's is at his best as the menacingly smarmy Lorne Malvo.

3. I Know That Voice!
This is hands-down one of my favorite documentaries on Netflix because it shines the spotlight on some of the most famous voice actors in the entertainment industry. I can guarantee at least one of the characters from the cartoons you love today (or loved as a child) is featured in this video and you will giggle with delight.

4. Fixer Upper
Last year, I stumbled onto this show randomly one lazy Saturday morning and immediately fell in love with Chip and Joanna Gaines. When we cancelled our cable, Fixer Upper was one of a handful of shows I knew I'd truly miss. So imagine my delight when I discovered it had been added to Netflix! It is such a pleasure to see the Gaines' transform seemingly-lost causes into the most darling homes on the block. Also, the little snippets of their life at Magnolia Farm are utterly charming!

5. Barefoot Contessa
Remember when I mentioned how much we love food? I feel like we have to blame Food Network for our obsession because they introduced us to the lovely Ina Garten, host of the Barefoot Contessa. That show has singlehandedly been responsible for blowing our food budget on more than one occasion! Okay, I might be exaggerating, but only just a little bit. The recipes are perfection, so how could we sully them by using anything less than the best ingredients available?! Anyway, it's on Netflix, so pray for us.

That about sums up what we've been watching, lately! I think what I probably love most about this list is that the majority of the programs are kid-friendly. (The one exception is Fargo, of course—there were parts that were incredibly shocking for my adult eyes.) I know I can select any one of these options and not be concerned about my children seeing anything inappropriate.

What are you watching these days? Let me know in the comments!