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Glide Thru Detangling Brush – Review & Giveaway


Howdy Folks! I have a Glide Thru Detangling Brush all my own and I am going to be giving one away too! Yay!

I was fortunate enough to win a Glide Thru Detangling Brush and Crave Naturals sent me a message in Twitter, asking me for my information on shipping me my prize. I instead asked them if they could hold my prize and if, instead of mailing it out to me, I could give it away on my blog. Crave Naturals being the wonderful company that they are did me one better! They offered to not only let me give one away, but to send me one to review as well… Okay, can I say that I am IN LOVE (once again) with Crave Naturals? Well, I AM! πŸ™‚

Glide Thru Detangling Brush You may recall a recent review in which I mentioned Crave Naturals. They are the makers of my favorite Eyelash Curler, “Whiplash” (you can see my review of their Eyelash Curler HERE). And just like the Whiplash, the Glide Thru is another very wonderful product by Crave Naturals. I have baby fine hair and, as most of my fellow Cosmetologists said, when they cut and/or styled my hair, I have more than 2 full heads of hair on my noggin. lol As I am sure you can imagine, someone just breathing in the same room as me can mess up my hair and it tangles easily. Imagine a head of hair like mine and what a mess I have to deal with every morning upon awaking! Yes horrible.

My hair has always been like this, and I recall crying as a child as my Mother would try to brush through the rats nest (snarls, tangles, whatever you want to call it)… just thinking of it the sounds of the torn out hair, breakage etc rings in my ears. OH, wait a minute, it’s because that sound is still pretty familiar, until about a month ago when I received my own Glide Thru Detangling Brush, no wonder why the thought brought back the sounds like it was yesterday.

My Mother did try that No More Tangles product, and all that did was leave my hair oily and made it get dirty easily. Finally my Mother had my Aunt cut my hair into a Pixie Cut, oh how I cried, “I look like a boy!” My poor Aunt and poor Mom, her arms must have been tired!

Glide Thru Detangling Brush and Box it came in The Glide Thru Detangling Brush has saved my arms, my scalp and my hair from breaking off. The brush is easy to use, it has a nice ergonomic handle, that can be used in both the right and left hand comfortably. I like the way it sits in my right hand best and would love to see the style of the handle set up the opposite way for us lefties, but it is actually very comfortable in the left hand. I just think that just the thumb up on the bristle area of the brush is a slightly more natural and comfortable position, since I am a lefty (for the most part) I find myself holding the brush with all my fingers up at the bristle area and not on the handle when I try to brush with my left hand.

Want to know the easiest way to use this brush on children’s hair? Start brushing near the ends/tips on the hair, brushing downward. Slowly work your way up (perhaps an inch or two at a time), always brushing downward from that next inch or so up on the hair and all the way thru to the ends each time. You will hear less crying while you’re getting rid of those nasty tangles. Lets face it children’s scalps are more sensitive than ours.

  • The Glide Thru Detangling Brush is so great for the hair, it doesn’t have the little nibs that stick out of other plastic bristle brushes that grab at and clench over your hair, causing damage.
  • This Brush is so safe that you can use it on wet or dry hair!
  • It does work very well adding a gloss to your hair, especially when used on wet hair.
  • It is best that you don’t use an “all in one” shampoo and conditioner with this, use it with your rinse out or leave in conditioner (or weekly reconstructive conditioner) as an assist.
  • This brush does work with all hair types, be it thick, thin, damaged, chemically treated or virgin hair (virgin hair is hair that has not had ANY chemical treatments, perm, relaxer, color treatments)…
  • also would work great on hair that is curly, straight or anything in between.

For the Cosmetologists & Stylists out there, this would be a perfect addition to your brushes and combs! <- if you know or have a wonderful hairdresser, this would make a great gift as a tip and a thank you for their wonderful service!

Buy this brush and more by Crave Naturals on Amazon

Also you may buy any of the Crave Naturals products on their website.

I am very happy with my Glide Thru Detangling Brush and I am pleased to run this Giveaway so that one of you lucky readers can win one of your very own.

Thank you to Crave Naturals for being such a wonderful company, I am so happy that you entrusted me with my 2nd review for your wonderful products on my site and that you have been so generous with offering one of my lucky readers a Glide Thru as a prize. I am sure they will love their new brush, just like I love mine!

I just received a thank you tweet from Crave Naturals, after the very first tweet about this brush! They let me know that they have an Instagram Photo Contest up and running through this month, I will be entering, how about you? Details are here:

This giveaway is for people age 18+ and USA only.
For the Fuel My Blog Vote, please only vote for me if you really like my website… I probably shouldn’t bribe you with points to vote for me, but I could sure use the votes, thank you! <3



Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product (named above) for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Photos by: Me (Mariah Lockwood).

Easy Video Creation with Muvee Reveal – Review

Hi all, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Muvee Reveal 11, a program to make help you make videos. I was fortunate enough to be one of the bloggers chosen for this review and I have to tell you, it made making videos so easy!

This program has everything, I put together a few collages using Gimp (a free photoshop like program) and polished up a few old pictures. I played with Muvee a while and decided to add some old video footage of the dogs.

I can’t help myself sometimes and I just MUST grab the nearest camera and take videos of my dogs… you may say that I am easily entertained, but I do think that they are the cutest dogs in the whole wide world! Lol Just like a proud Mother, huh? I am in the habit of saying that I wish my eyes had a built in camera in them to capture those moments that come and go so quickly.

muvee reveal program pictureLuckily most of us have several means for taking those precious videos and pictures close at hand with technology today. The problem has been getting those great pictures and videos together to form an entertaining video to share with others. Lets face it, with YouTube out there, we’ve all seen some very put together videos and we wouldn’t be entertained by just any video anymore.

I am picky when it comes to putting anything together to post online, and I have, in the past spent days and hours to put together my videos for my blog. The program Muvee Reveal 11 has made my work so much easier for me, and I can say that it is honestly worth the money, because of the ease of use and professional results you get in no time at all.

Muvee has so many features in it that I couldn’t possibly tell you about all of them… I am sure that I haven’t done anything but touch the surface of this programs capabilities. I know that I have yet to play with the voice-over feature and I only cut one old video down on it.

movee reveal picture of some settingsThe features that I have used to make my little movie, that I can recall off the top of my head:

Captions for on your video clips or pictures

Inserting Text before certain pictures

Choosing the Theme

Choosing the Music (either choose from what comes with the program or your own music)

Turning down the Music

EnhancingΒ  the sound on your video clip

Editing one of the 4 little videos in the mix

Sorting my pictures and videos

Playing with the font for Captions, Title etc

Added Graffiti (tons to choose from)

Choosing where to upload my video (I chose youtube of course)

muvee reveal another settingAnd that is just to name a few of the options that I chose, I am currently waiting for my video to upload to youtube as I write this. πŸ™‚ I could save this in HD Format, but that would take hours and with my internet sometimes acting up I decided to go with the lowest resolution so it will take only a few minutes to upload.

And Here it is! Check out my new video:

All I can say about this program is, the more I played with it yesterday the more creative I found I could be in making my video look truly professional and attractive. And the more I play with this the more I discovered about the program. If you get lost playing with Muvee Reveal, they not only have tutorials online, but they have a forum where you can easily search to find answers to your questions and if you don’t find an answer, then just ask your own question in the forum or with their Live Chat too!

I am excited that I have Muvee Reveal, as I have more review projects coming up soon that could use a video. Click here to get your own copy of Muvee Reveal and start making those pictures and or videos stand out from the crowd.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Putting on the Overalls – News From Home – Update


I’ve been putting on the Overalls and acting like a Construction Worker here. It’s been a long long busy 10 days here. We had a lot of hail damage here in May. Our insurance has decided to cover only the roof, paint, caulk and very little else…. oh and the cover to our fire pit. The rest of that garage (garage with 2 additions, a “man cave” on one side and a storage area on the other) and the damage from warping boards to some of the interior water damage (what they call “flood damage”) is our responsibility. However the damage to the siding was extensive, as was the black mold growing on the inside drywall and we are working hard tearing out damaged siding, one whole side had to be demoed and put not only siding up but they failed to have a vapor barrier inside! So, being that that side of our garage and attachment rooms to it, is right up against the fence, and it was the most highly damaged area of the building we had to tear down the chain link and crawl through to the other side of the fence to work on that side of the building. We have finally finished that major part of the project.

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Above are some samples of the Neighbors side of our garage and the hail damage from days worth of rain and hail.

Neighbors Side Garage Siding Replaced n painted
Most of the garage is shown on the neighbors side (the side worst hit by hail). This is just after we finished days and days worth of work replacing all the boards, calking and painting. If you look closely you can see my head peeking out of the window and grinning at you. I have on a white baseball “Sally Hansen” baseball cap. lol

Now we are repairing the odd siding boards here and there, with Hardie Boards, and of course we are calking, painting. And once the roofers get their work done, we will be taking care of the black mold, the holes from leaks in the ceilings and the inside of the windows where the water also came through.

hail damage to firepit cover
hail damage to fire-pit cover, this IS covered by our insurance.

Okay so I didn’t literally put on some overalls, the pair that I have are ripped in the seat and I didn’t feel like I could even lift my sewing machine to do some patchwork. lol Hubby and I are both disabled with chronic pain so this is a long and drawn out process here. I have to say though, that though I hurt, I am excited to learn more of my DIY as I work with hubby. I love doing many things for and by myself, making things and I am quite good at fixing things… hey my last bread machine, I repaired 3 times without instructions and made it last almost 15 years. lol

neighbors side one sample of windows leaking
Sample of the leak damage to the inside of windows.

I have learned about our materials that we’ve used and I love Hardie Boards (they are fiber cement boards), though it was a pain to lift, they are not light. And what a pain to haul in a van, without a pickup truck and our one volunteer never returned a phone call to say he was ready to help with his pickup and never returned hubby’s phone calls. So hauling the Hardie Boards and one piece of drywall went on top of our van, so glad that there was a tall man at Loews to help hubby reach… I could barely climb to help put the strapping up to strap those puppies down, much less reach with heavy board to put them on top of a van.

Man Cave Side of Garage Ceiling
Sample of one of the leaks in the ceiling.

We are calking all around the garage with Dap’s “Alex Plus” (acrylic plus silicone), we bought the 12 pack Contractors Case. The people that previously worked on siding didn’t caulk much at all, so we are caulking like made all the way around the building. I have to say I have become the queen of caulking, I put up a wicked nice bead now. lol Though my hands get tired easy as they are pretty weak and painful from my neck problems. I love the caulk as it is paintable and it covers small holes from the hail damage well.

Valspar Ultra PaintThe paint we are using is WONDERFUL, we are using Valspar Ultra Paint and Primer in the color “White Pepper,” the color is so much better then the light buttercup yellow (what I am calling the color) that they used on the house trim and garage. This stuff is working wonderfully, covering up the Hardie Board, the caulking and even the old paint used on the garage. The Valspar Ultra is heavenly to use as it covers wonderfully with just one coat, hubby has been playing with a paint sprayer with the Valspar Ultra and some product to thin the paint, a product from Flood called “Floetrol.” The only problem with the paint sprayer is that I think we haven’t gotten the viscosity right with our first mix with the paint as it went on way too loose and dripped all over our cement as I tried to use the brush to spread the paint out more and it dripped all over. Finally I figured out how to use the paint brush to sort of scoop up the paint some as I worked the sprayed on paint.

Side of Man Cave one third painted
About 1/3 the way done on one side of the garage, all caulked, primed the gutter and starting to paint the new color.

Speaking of brushes, we did go the cheap route as we needed some new brushes and we went with Project Select, 3 piece Painter’s-Pak, cheap is as cheap does. The large brush in the pack that I chose to use had the head fall off, I knew it felt loose as soon as I got it out of the package, come to find out the little nails that were in it weren’t fully inserted from the ferrule into the wood handle. I dropped that brush into the dirt, I am glad I didn’t have to fish it out of the gallon of paint! I washed the brush head off and hubby went in and put in some little screws to hold the brush head onto the handle. Now the brush works better, although the cheap brush loses bristles now and then, I am glad that I know not to get the paint in the ferrule area while painting or it would be worse.

Okay so, this is what I’ve been up to lately, smoothing on my 50 SPF Sunscreen, putting on an old baseball cap, my Sunny Sleevez (still saving my arms, but now full of splatters of paint and some caulk)… I have to say that sometimes these products for reviews are so great, I don’t know how I lived without them! I have some other things helping me out, but that is for a review, not for a News From Home Update. πŸ™‚

Well folks, I took a break while writing this for a few days, as I needed to help cut some Hardie Board, do some more calking and painting, while the weather held out. Oh and we just couldn’t take the heat in the house any longer, and installed an old Air Conditioner. The Air Conditioner was donated to us by my parents, and I believe we had it in the 60’s in our homes, so it’s not energy efficient, nor is it strong enough to do much (even in this small house). But cooling off the house to 92 degrees, when the thermometer is reading 102 outside is a help!

Of course we put in the AC just yesterday and I put up plastic, then we had a bad thunderstorm andΒ  water started coming in through the plastic last night, so I was running around gathering up most all the towels we had to sop up the rain water that was coming in. lol Today we cut up an old board to cover the area around the window and I am crossing my fingers that I don’t have another night like last night again… Wish me luck!

Okay off I go closing this up, nothing like writing a post over several days (3 to be exact), this old gal is tired, in pain and worn out, but loving the look of the work we’ve done so far. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait until it’s all finished and I am crossing my fingers that we can manage to get a newer AC in the house soon, one that will really do a lot of cooling and be more energy efficient, I am so tired of feeling like I am melting all the time. lol And of course I am anxious for out projects to be completed so that I can recover, relax and concentrate on the blog more again.

Side of Man Cave one third painted
“Man Cave” side of the garage has carpet damage and black mold (just a sample of the black mold there).

In the mean time, I felt that I needed to share with everyone what I am going through right now in my life at home. Life happens, and between these home emergencies, chronic pain and disability issues, things (like the blog) get set aside.

storage side corner black mold
Just a sample of all the black mold on the storage room side of the garage. It’s all long the wall that faces the outside. Problem, the people that worked on the siding last didn’t bother with a vapor barrier… we are adding that while we work. A job well done saves these sort of problems.

I thank you all for understanding my doing some rush posts here and my otherwise absence, I hope that we can get back to normal here in the next 2 weeks. Most of the repairs to the siding have been done now and almost half the painting is done. πŸ™‚ The huge project will be at the back of the garage is on a hill… it’s going to be a real pain to caulk and paint! Then, of course we will be working on some Kilz, new Dry Wall, Dry Wall Patching and floating (what hubby calls what we will be doing around those windows that had the water coming through) all around the interior of the garage.

So who putting on the Overalls and coming help us out? lol Hey, can you blame a gal for trying? πŸ™‚

Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, have not been compensated for the products mentioned in this News From Home, all items mentioned have been purchased with my own money and I just thought they were worth mentioning in this News From Home Update. As usual this is just my option and my experiences, yours may differ from mine.

David Gray Mutineers Album – Review


Hi folks, I was fortunate enough to receive David Gray’s Newest Album prior to it’s release on June 17th for a review. His new album is called Mutineers! Now, I don’t get to listen to much lately on the radio or music for that matter, since my husband is at home with his being disabled now too… so receiving this album was a treat for me and I love nothing more than great Country Music!

David Gray has a really wonderful voice and he really absorbs you into the tone of the songs he sings. His songs in this album are diverse as they seem to go from truly country sounding to more of a nice soft pop songs… this is fine with me as it reminds me of back when the radio stations had played a diverse mixture of styles.

Picture of David Gray and a picture of his new album cover for album review
My favorite song from this album? It’s hard to pick but if I had to pick one it would be, As The Crow Flies, the first song on my digital download. The lyrics in As The Crow Flies makes me think of how I tried recently to explain how complex we Women can be, one way and yet the polar opposite feelings at the same time. Don’t you just love how the lyrics of the songs you listen to can make you think of things that you’d just experienced or think of things long ago. Now don’t get me wrong, the song doesn’t seem to be about women in particular, it does mention a lot of opposites and this is why I thought of the recent discussion with a friend.


I love digital downloads as I can install them on my husbands iPod and pick my own personal play list and this album is my first entry into his iPod. I’ve listened to this Album again and again on my laptop (with my headset on) and found myself singing to several of the songs now. I love this album and am so glad to have something to sing along to while I run my part of the Multi-Family Garage Sale that several neighbors and I are holding this weekend… well maybe I will just listen to it and put it on speakers so others can hear it too. lol No sense keeping this new album to myself, right? If it’s good enough for me to give it two thumbs up for you, then it’s good enough for me to share it with the rest of the neighborhood and the garage-salers (hmmm, is there such a word?) this weekend. πŸ™‚

I think it’s time to let those of you hear for yourself one of the songs from his new album, that just started being sold yesterday. Here is a video for you, this one is called “Back In The World” it’s the first song on David’s new album, Mutineers, enjoy! By the way this is my other choice of a favorite from his Album.

To purchase your copy of the album here are a couple of places where you can get your own copy:

You can check out more sites with David Gray & follow him online here:

Official Website –
Twitter – @DavidGray
YouTube –

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I receiveda free download of the album to review from One2One Network for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by ToiletTree and me.

Summer Fun with Hair Color – Coupon Code

Mariah’s New Hair Color

Have I mentioned that I am going to be testing out a new Hair Color in a few weeks? I shall be “changing it up” for summer time!

I can say already how impressed I am as I look at my Kit from Madison Reed! Now is the perfect time for a fun Summer Color and I would like to invite you all to give Madison Reed a try and send me a note about your experience! This brand costs more but, it is formulated to really pamper your hair. After reading a lot about them I have heard nothing but the great things, longevity of the colors, the hair feeling simply wonderful etc.

Read below for this special deal, thanks to the folks at Madison Reed. πŸ™‚


Treat Your Hair to a New Hue this Summer with Madison Reed
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Summer is here and now is the time to try out that new summer color and have it delivered to your door on your time schedule!

Madison Reed offers 27 fabulous multi-dimensional colors from smashing blonde to rich deep reds, super sleek black and anything but ordinary browns. Whether you want a brand new look or just want to add depth to your existing color, Madison Reed’s long-lasting hair color is packed with rich nutrients like keratin, argan oil and ginseng root extract. Your hair will feel stronger, shinier and better than before you colored.


Madison Reed hair color swatches


The Madison Reed formula is free of ammonia and resorcinol, taking the harsh out of hair color. And it smells nice too! The online tools help you pick your best color and if you still aren’t sure what color will be best, Madison Reed’s Color Advisor will take you through a few short questions to find your perfect color.

Madison Reed offers salon quality, handcrafted hair color delivered to your door on your schedule! Clear instructions, all the extras you may need and fabulous results really set Madison Reed apart from other home hair color options! New customers save 20% off their first order at Madison Reed through July 1, 2014 – just use the coupon code SUMMERLOVE at checkout.

Which shade will you choose?


For me, the shade I chose for my review is very close to my hair color but amped up! Although the color I chose is classified as a cool tone, my skin is actually warm. Part of why I chose this was that the color looks lighter and more vivid then the reddest color in warm category, so, with encouragement from my husband, I chose a color that I think is perfect for me, perhaps could be classified as neutral hair color since I think it would go great with warm skin tones as well as cool (yes the old Color Me Beautiful and PHD in Color has kicked in here). My color shall be: Vesuvius Red – 7NCR (my other choice would be: Genova Red, but on my screen it looks to brown for my taste. lol)

Watch for the review as soon as my hair grows out enough for a new color, so about a month or so. πŸ™‚

So will you join me and find a new color for summer? Let me know!