Wen You Are Ready Spend the Money on Cleansing Conditioner

About a year ago my mom bought me some Wen conditioning cleanser from QVC. Let’s be honest – she buys a LOT from there and the delivery man now knows her by name as he visits her house daily. Because of that, I am the lucky recipient of when she gets a two for one or decides that the product she has ordered isn’t really all it was cracked up to be when they were presenting it on TV. But, as either a glutton for punishment or by the simple fact that I am willing to at least try most things. I took the Wen and put the giant bottle at the back of the shower. I figured when I ran out of the stuff I had just purchased I might try it. (And being that I’m cheap – I saw it there and thought why not – then I can put off buying more of my own).

When I finally got around to trying it, the first time I tried it I thought it was weird. Just conditioner? No shampoo AND? Only, I loved it. I loved the way it smelled (she had gotten me the original Sweet Almond mint). It made my hair incredibly soft. My hair also looks less like I just poked my finger into an outlet (read: less frizzy) and handled humidity. It is apparently formulated by Chaz Dean – some fancy-schmancy stylist to the stars. Which really means nothing to me since I have no idea who he is. wen

There is the problem. The complex I’m cheap and I LOVE this expensive shampoo. So I went on a quest to find other conditioning cleansers. I tried five others. Here is what I tried and what I (and my daughter) thought.

Pantene. While the Pantene was nearly as thick as the Wen, our hair felt sort so stringy for a couple days afterward (I guess reason to sell their dry shampoo?) The price point was great at just $4.79 and available at WalMart. I guess it would be our first substitute.

pantene conditioning cleanser

One. I have long been a fan of Sally’s Beauty Supply. They have some of the best off brand shampoos/conditioners at a fraction of the price. So we thought this would be the next logical one to try. One’s bottle looks a lot like Wen – but that is about where the similarities end. The smell was sort of like rotten fruit. It didn’t make my hair soft at all…actually it tangled it a bit more than when I went in the shower (um…sort of felt like straw). Price wise, One is right between the Pantene and Wen at $10.49.

One Conditioning Cleanser

L’Oreal. Available through Amazon.com (although their website says you can get it a local grocery stores – we never did find it at any of them). The price point is similar to the Pantene at just $4.98. The smell was so gross (way too perfumey) that we never made it through the bottle. Like the Pantene it made our hair feel greasy. It also did not make combing through wet hair easy. Plus, it comes in a very small container – so if you can get past the smell and it actually makes your hair smoother than it did mine. You will have to buy in bulk or be going to the store a lot.

Loreal Conditioning Cleanser

Biolage. I was getting desperate. I wanted the Wen. I was willing to spend the money at this point. But I didn’t want monthly delivery. I also had thrown away the L’Oreal – so I needed something that wouldn’t take DAYS to ship to me. So I went to Beauty Brands and asked if they had any conditioning cleansers. They had Biolage. My sister used to really be known for her hair and she had used the brand before. I got the cucumber one. While the smell is good (not as perfumey, olive oily, or bad fruit), it just doesn’t make my hair as soft and manageable as the Wen. At $25 for the bottle. I say spend the extra $7 and get the original – the good stuff.

Biolage Cleansing Conditioner

Bad news is that I will have to figure out how to break down and just get this Wen stuff. I love it and honestly nothing compares. Whoever this Chaz dude is…he’s got hair figured out. And I figured out sometimes being cheap can be expensive (seriously, I threw away a full $5 bottle of bad stuff).

Denver Deal: Sonic, JC Penney, Movies and More

Happy Father’s Day! My dad always cheered my sister and me on when we scored a great deal. I always thought that was the girl thing (you know, mom clipping coupons to go to the grocery store). But if we could get a buy-one get-one free or a fun “extra” that we couldn’t really afford, my dad  is always the first one to cheer us on. His birthday is near Father’s Day so we presented him with coupons from a bunch of places freebies this year – he said, “this will be the best week ever.”  I hope this is your best week ever too!

 Kneaders Bakery & Café will open Friday, June 26 at 7:00 a.m.  To celebrate their Grand Opening, the first 100 customers will receive a complimentary meal of Kneaders famous French toast! With 3 locations in Colorado and over 35 locations throughout the west, Kneaders Bakery and Café specializes in authentic European hearth breads that are made fresh daily. The fast-casual restaurant also offers a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and 40-50 different pastries in a charming, family-friendly environment.  Their Arvada location will open at 7945 Wadsworth Blvd and will serve customers Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Michaels’ Passport to Imagination. If you have crafty kids, be sure to take them to Michaels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays where they can get their craft on from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is just $5 (or $12 for three sessions) and you must pre-register here. You’ll have time at the end of session to doodle, play and create with the products from that week’s sponsor.

Lakeside Amusement Park savings. Groupon is currently offering the following deal: Admission and Unlimited Rides for Two or Four at Lakeside Amusement Park (Up to 44% Off). There are two options: $27 for admission and unlimited rides for two (Up to $45 value) or $50 for admission and unlimited rides for four (Up to $90 value). The all-access admission allows guests to enjoy the park’s bevy of activities, such as a roller coaster, the merry-go-round, and Kiddies’ Playland.

SportsAuthority Football Field Day.  Sports Authority Football Field Day for kids ages 6 to 14, hosted by Sports Authority and USA Football’s Heads Up Football initiative. The high-energy event will allow participants to train where the Denver Broncos play their home games, Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The training will include a strong emphasis on safety where players navigate through stations dedicated to improving specific skills, such as passing, catching, running, Heads-Up tackling and more. The event is June 28. There are morning and afternoon sessions. Sports Authority Football Field Day is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot on the field and for more information, please click here

Sonic. We know summer is here when I get the hankering (seriously, did I just use the word hankering?!??) for ice cream shakes and other sweet yummy drinks. Apparently, Sonic believes the same as they offer half-price shakes all day on Thursday, June 18!

Bath and Body Works. Bath and Body Works is having their semi-annual sale starting June 1 (going through the month). Great bath and body care including fragrances, lotions and bath soap at up to 75% off!

Free Movie. Best Friend. Hero. Marine. You and your heroes are invited to a special advance screening of MAX on June 22! Visit http://www.wbtickets.com/MAXMamas to download your admit-four pass! Please note that seating is NOT guaranteed, so please arrive early for a chance to get in! MAX in theaters June 26!

Greek Festival. Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21 experience Greek culture, food, drink and dancing at the Greek Festival. The party happens at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Tickets are $5 for adults, Kids 12 and under get in free.

JC Penney Bonus Cash. Kohl’s has been doing it for years – spend $50 get $10 back in Bonus Cash. I recently received an email that JC Penney is also doing the Bonus Cash offer (same deal – spend $50 get $10) through this Sunday, June 21. Plus, they have additional discounts of extra 20% off!

QDoba Buddy Pass. QDoba is offering a buy one get one free entrees this Tuesday (June 16) and Wednesday (June 17). Just say “Mid-Week Buddy Pass” when you place and pay for your meal. Qdoba is also offering a free entree when you put $30 or more on your Q Cash (like the Starbucks phone app where you can pay from your phone).

Ongoing

Free, healthy summer meals for Colorado kids and teens. Summer should be a fun and enriching time for all Colorado children, but for many it represents a time when they are at the greatest risk of hunger due to lost access to school meals. Thanks to a statewide collaboration to address child hunger, 533 community sites across Colorado will provide meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost this summer.  Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using an interactive map at KidsFoodFinder.org or calling the statewide, bilingual Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626.

Free Outdoors Movies and Concerts. Denver is chock-full of great, talented musicians that play around town for free – and what is better than a movie outdoors on a cool summer night among about 500 of your closest friends? Don’t miss our round-up of free outdoor movies and concerts this summer.

Harkins Summer Movie Fun. Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids is back again this year. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family. All adults must be accompanied by children.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations. Movies this summer include: Boxtrolls, The Lorax, Rio 2, Dolphin Tale 2, Curious George, Nut Job, Puss in Boots, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar.

Cinemark Movie Clubhouse. There’s nothing quite like spending a hot day in a cool movie theater.Cinemark has a 10-week film fest of its own: $5 for 10 movies when purchased in advance at cinemark.com.  If you delay and purchase at the theater, movies are still just $1. Most locations start on Wednesday, June 2 with screenings starting at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and/or Wednesday. The film line-up includes The Croods, The LEGO Movie, Dolphin Tale 2, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip Wrecked, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and The Nut Job.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Kids can earn a free book of their won from Barnes & Noble (one of my favorite stores) in three easy steps. Step 1: Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF). Step 2: Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. (Find a Store). then Step 3: choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Free Denver Walking Tours Denver parents, kiddos, and visitors alike will be able to see and experience downtown Denver in a new way. They’ll be able to take advantage of Denver Free Walking Tours’ new two hour daily tours that leave at 10 a.m. daily, starting in Civic Center Park, then wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver’s distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. No reservations needed and tours are every day – rain, snow, or shine.  There’s no up-front cost for this fun, educational opportunity for kids and parents but tipping is strongly recommended. If you’d like a tour specifically geared to your kids, Denver Walking Tours offers group tours for a nominal charge so grab your friends for a fun day of learning this summer!

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Telling Someone Else They Could Have a Business

Since I was a little girl I have dabbled in businesses – and my sister trailed along. I walked up and down the street handing out fliers that I would babysit (or clean house or whatever) and when I got too many babysitting jobs (or couldn’t do it one night) I would pass it along to my sister. She would then babysit for the same family.

While there are some things I do better than her (I’m the more loud and outgoing one). She’s an amazing person in her own right. She is much more steady and calm than me. So I’m not so sure she would be cut out for the life of a serial entrepreneur, home based business or even job hopper. But she has helped me shop my closet on several occasions. She is super stylish and can figure out how to put things together that I would never. For the past couple years, I have had an annual conference to go to. I see the same people (who I’ve not seen for a whole year). But I don’t shop. I don’t like to shop. I don’t like to spend the money. I don’t love trying on clothes (mostly because I hate the way they fit). And I work from/at home where dressing up, except for this conference, is mostly unnecessary and a waste of my resources (besides I feel way more comfortable in my yoga pants – should I decide to bust out a yoga move).

My sister has come to my rescue. I invite her over to my house and hand her the agenda for the conference. She picks through my closet and puts together outfits for me. She goes through my jewelry and accessories. If there are just a few things that I don’t have she goes shopping with me. I have a personal stylist. I think everyone should have a sister like mine!

A couple years ago I told her this could really be a business. Since then I have seen a couple different “personal stylist” businesses pop up. These stylists are charging a pretty penny – I think she could really make a bunch of money doing this. But I can’t be the one walking the streets with fliers this time. She is going to have to do it on her own. I do hope she does!

Denver Deal: Zpizza, Burger King, Estate Planning and More

Writing this blog is fun! I love telling you all about deals and great free fun times. But sometimes, there are serious issues that we all as parents need to be aware of – the State of Colorado implemented a statewide hotline to report suspected child abuse and neglect – 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. The statewide hotline is the result of Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy.” The hotline serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. All callers speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

 Kneaders Bakery & Café will open Friday, June 26 at 7:00 am.  To celebrate their Grand Opening, the first 100 customers will receive a complimentary meal of Kneaders famous French toast! With 3 locations in Colorado and over 35 locations throughout the west, Kneaders Bakery and Café specializes in authentic European hearth breads that are made fresh daily. The fast-casual restaurant also offers a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and 40-50 different pastries in a charming, family-friendly environment.  Their Arvada location will open at 7945 Wadsworth Blvd and will serve customers Monday-Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Estate Planning. No matter your net worth, or the size of your family, it’s important to have a basic estate plan in place. Such a plan ensures that your family and financial goals are protected – despite changing federal laws.  New for 2015 are at least 7 significant changes to estate planning laws that may affect your family learn more at a free educational workshop on June 11, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Koelbel Library (5955 S Holly St, Centennial 80121).  Space is limited; reservations are required. RSVP (720) 440-2774.  

ZPizzazpizza, the first artisan-inspired pizza chain that has appealed to foodies for more than 25 years, today announced the debut of a new location at 23923 East Prospect Avenue. You are invited to celebrate the opening of the new store with free slices on Wednesday, June 10.

Burger King Nuggets. YES! My daughter’s favorite thing to eat (even as a teen) are chicken nuggets.Burger King just announced a great deal – 10 piece chicken nuggets for just $1.49! Guess I know where I’ll swing by for lunch this summer!

Bath and Body Works. Bath and Body Works is having their semi-annual sale starting June 1 (going through the month). Great bath and body care including fragrances, lotions and bath soap at up to 75% off.

Free Yoga. While I may not be able to twist my body the way many of these Yogi’s do… I do think it is great that they have such a wonderful community full of FREE events. Free Yoga has just been announced at Modmarket every Saturday through the summer at their Glendale and Cherry Hillslocations 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (includes discount for lunch after) but they do ask that you RSVP by using the links above. PrAna (one of my favorite stores – I have my eye on this pair of shorts…) store in Cherry Creek has free yoga, pilates and boot camp through the month. See their schedulehere. Athleta offers free Yoga and nutrition classes (the Cherry Creek Store has a nutrition class this Saturday) and the Lone Tree location has a free candlelight yoga on Sunday this weekend). Lululemon has free yoga and coffee with their Flow n’ Joe every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at their Cherry Creeklocation.

Free, healthy summer meals for Colorado kids and teens. Summer should be a fun and enriching time for all Colorado children, but for many it represents a time when they are at the greatest risk of hunger due to lost access to school meals. Thanks to a statewide collaboration to address child hunger, 533 community sites across Colorado will provide meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost this summer.  Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using an interactive map at KidsFoodFinder.org or calling the statewide, bilingual Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626.

DelTaco Haas Avacado. Del Taco, a leader in the Mexican Quick Service Restaurant category, is thrilled to offer guests yet another fresh ingredient at an UnFreshing Believable® value with the introduction of fresh Hass avocado. The new addition of fresh avocado is one of many exciting menu developments Del Taco has in store for 2015 as part of the company’s continued commitment to deliver fresh, quality and delicious ingredients. Del Taco has aligned with the California Avocado Commission to provide guests the opportunity to enjoy sliced avocado in the new Epic Grilled Chicken Avocado Burrito or add to any existing menu item. Trust me when I tell you it’s DELish!

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Denver Deal: Free Days, National Donut Day and National Trails Day

It seems like my schedule is busier in the summer than it is any other time of year. This year especially so because both my kids are in activities at their school that has them practicing every day of the week! (My son on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while my daughter practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays). But summer doesn’t really start for us  – and we find a way to put one day in the mix of all the summer practices) – until we take a trip to WaterWorld. We are planning to be there on Friday as part of Blogger week there. I love the fact that there are so many slides, rides, tubes and fun that no matter what we can all have a fantastic time as a family! What I like even more is now that both of my kids are getting bigger and are part of athletics I claim they should carry the tubes up the hills – because it is good training for them!

FREE Days – These places are free to Colorado Residents

Bath and Body Works. Bath and Body Works is having their semi-annual sale starting June 1 (going through the month). Great bath and body care including fragrances, lotions and bath soap at up to 75% off.

National Donut Day. National Donut Day is Friday, June 5. You can get a free donut in celebration at Krispy Kreme or Lamar’s. (Lamar’s will collect money for Salvation Army). At Dunkin’ Donuts you get a free donut with the purchase of a drink.

Fishing. Take the family fishing for FREE June 6 &  7 as Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 6 to 7. Fishing is a great time to spend in the outdoors with your family.

Smiling Moose Deli. In honor of National Trails Day this Saturday, June 6, Smiling Moose Deli is celebrating by offering guests a Buy One Get One Free Original Mo!

National Trails Day. June 6, 2015 is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails.  National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country (and loads here in Colorado). They day will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more.

Harkins Summer Movie Fun. Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids is back again this year. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family. All adults must be accompanied by children.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations. Movies this summer include: Boxtrolls, The Lorax, Rio 2, Dolphin Tale 2, Curious George, Nut Job, Puss in Boots, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Kids can earn a free book of their won from Barnes & Noble (one of my favorite stores) in three easy steps. Step 1: Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF). Step 2: Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. (Find a Store). then Step 3: choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Free Denver Walking Tours. On June 1 at 10 a.m., Denver parents, kiddos, and visitors alike will be able to see and experience downtown Denver in a new way. They’ll be able to take advantage ofDenver Free Walking Tours’ new two hour daily tours that start in Civic Center Park, wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver’s distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. No reservations needed and tours are every day – rain, snow, or shine.  There’s no up-front cost for this fun, educational opportunity for kids and parents but tipping is strongly recommended. If you’d like a tour specifically geared to your kids, Denver Walking Tours offers group tours for a nominal charge so grab your friends for a fun day of learning this summer!

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Denver Deal: Free Concerts and Movies Summer 2015

What does summer mean to you? Does it mean sitting by a pool? Taking a hike? A picnic in a park? In addition to all the great free days at attractions (posted here), we are lucky to have several venues who have free entertainment from free outdoor concerts to free movies and more. Denver is chock-full of great, talented musicians that play around town for free – and what is better than a movie outdoors on a cool summer night among about 500 of your closest friends? I say nothing! Nothing is better.

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