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Saturday

Sponsor Call + a huge Halloween ad Sale!

Happy Weekend! It's been ages since I did an official 'sponsor call' /ad sale post, and since Halloween is less than a week away I figured it would be a great time to have a Halloween/ Fall/ Just because ad sale for you beautiful people!
The traffic on my blog has continued to grow and grow, and this month it's headed towards bringing in double the readers that we had just in July!  I'm currently running my 1 XL solo feature/giveaway spot, 1 in-post banner ad (that runs at the bottom of every blog post for a month and has the same perks of the XL!), 10 Larges (they're always popular and with a big group giveaway), 8 mediums (which also get a giveaway!), and 10 littles for that little extra bit of new readership and traffic! My variety of sizes and amounts will be changing next month, so hurry and sign up to be part of the fun in November! 

Use Passionfruit promocode: PUMPKINSPICE at checkout to receive a whopping 40% off your purchase! Also don't forget that when they say 'booked' it only means they're full currently, but you can still purchase and get in line for the next spot that opens up! Also if you'd like to stick around for three months than email me for a further discount:)

Find any information you'll need about my sizes and pricing, as well as further statistics(though they're a bit behind:)), etc, on my sponsor page. You can also find alternative ways of being featured/working with The Freckled Fox besides sponsorship's through giveaway's etc all in the same spot:)


Feel free to email me with any questions you may have, and I really really hope you'll join the sponsor team! Thanks so much for visiting, and have a great rest of your weekend!

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Friday

October '14 Mix Tape

If you've been a follower here for a little while than you've seen my mix tapes before, but it's been a couple months since I've posted one for you guys to enjoy, so really quickly (pretty self explanatory): we are huge music people here at our house, it plays pretty much 24/7, so I started doing mix tapes in the early years as a fun nod to the past while sharing some themed playlists of some favorite songs! 
This month being October (and with Halloween being just next week!) of course I'm going to share a bunch of songs that are in minor keys or give off that good Halloween vibe without being straight up 'monster mash' or something like that.haha Here's this month's group of some classic favorites that say October to me in one way or another:
Let me know if there are any already favorites of yours on the list or if there are any new songs or bands you discovered that you love because of today's mix tape! I love love sharing favorites with you guys and hearing your recommendations in return, because we aren't that plugged in over here and I miss out on all the new releases etc! We mainly listen to classics, which is great, but for sure let me know if any of these make you think of a song or band that you think I should look up, and I hope you have a great rest of your day and week!

Come back soon lovely!

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Wednesday

Hair Tutorial: my no-nonsense blow dry for everyday volume

Hey my lovelies! I love the first few days in the week almost as much as the weekends, and today I'm especially happy because I'm sharing a no-nonsense hair tutorial with you guys that has needed to get itself on here for ages! Here's what's on the docket- deer-in-headlights experssion and all:) :
As funny as it may sound, this is kinda hard to post because it doesn't really feel like much of a tutorial since my hair is just plain and out, but this is showing you my quick and easy way I blow dry my thin hair to make it look thicker and set you up for tons of volume! I can't tell you how many times a day I get people who say, "well I might be able to do that except my hair isn't as thick as yours." Yes it is long, but my sisters it is not thick.haha I'm just good at making it look like it is! And today I'm gonna show you one of the ways I do that:) 
This is so stinkin' easy, and so much faster than you might think, and I know it's going to make your life so much easier! I never tease my hair anymore since I started doing this, and because I have the cool infered blowdryer from josé eber I don't worry about heat damage like I used to! Those celebrity blowouts with their round brushes and rollers and clips, etc, etc, 1-3 hours later are nice and all, but when you're talking about real-life busy days there's just no way that's sustainable! I usually only blow dry my hair maybe once a week, and when I do I always use this method, because it's honestly just as fast as a regular blow-dry, but the results are sooo much better and I love starting with a fresh and full-looking head of hair instead of my regular flat head I used to be left with after a shower.haha But lets get on with it!

Tools & Supplies:
Steps 1-3: Start with semi-wet, clean hair, and make sure all your conditioner has been rinsed out (left-over conditioner weighs down your locks!). I usually leave my hair drying in a towel or whatever while I do my makeup so it's not sopping wet when I start to blow dry:) (1) Make sure that you thoroughly comb or brush your hair, but only using a brush if you have a soft-bristle detangling brush like my favorite one from coolway, otherwise you can really damage your hair. (2-3) Next you're going to spray on some heat protectent (my favorite is the tresemme), and comb through your hair a bit more to make sure you have a good even coating. 
Steps 4-6: Next is the most important part! well, one of the most important:) (4) You're going to squirt a plum sized amount of the volumnizing mousse (my favorite is the fekkai! I've used a bunch of others and they're too sticky/hardening/flacky/ etc) into your hand, pat your palms together a bit, and (5) evenly distribute it throughout your locks as best you can, (6) making sure to flip your head over and getting your scalp as well. 
Steps 7-9: NOW it's the most important part! Attach the narrow nozzle attachment onto your blow dryer (the jose eber inferred is everything for me when it comes to blow dryers!), and (7) start blowing your hair dry by flipping your head over and focusing right at your scalp. When I feel it's getting dry (which happens in seconds with this blow-dryer!) I (8) use my brush to brush all the hair ''down' and away from my scalp. Flipping your head over, (9) finish it all off by squirting a quarter sized amount of the coolway finishing oil for some anti-frizz action and added shine. Just rub it over your hands and run them lightly over and through your hair focusing on any areas (aka the front of my hairline!) where you might have extra frizz, and you're all good to go!
And that's all folks:) Half of the time I'll twist my hair up into a high ballerina bun type thing and leave it in for a few hours, and then when I take it out the ends have an awesome curl to them, but this is really just the basic type of volume I like to have in my hair at all times, and as I said I never tease any more!

So, I hope that this is useful and fun for you in some way, and also it's fun to share some of my favorite products with you guys since that's one of the biggest questions lately I get from you dears, and I'm so glad that you decided to stop by and visit!

I hope you have a great rest of your week, and stop by tomorrow for something really fun I have planned!

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Sunday

Weekend Wrap-up + a big announcement!

This Week: I've really been trying to take a step back this week and not over-plan my days so much, and I think it's been working in helping me not get easily worried or bothered when tasks go undone. We've also had a few sick kiddos here and there which definitely helps everything productive come to a complete halt haha, but we've had fun finalizing the sewing on a couple of our costumes for Halloween, and I'm excited to live it up for the last couple weeks of Halloween! 

To-do's and Goals for the Week:
- keep up my monday/wednesday/friday video goal
- rework my november blogging schedule
- roast the turkey
- get to the park every afternoon
- start a new book
- Get up earlier every morning
- make another gallon of yogurt
- recycle the magazine tub
- get the old car detailed
- juice every day
- be more consistent with my workouts
- drink more water
- stop eating all the pretzels:)

A Few Facts: 
  • firstly, I realized that I've only ever used about 1/6 of my nailpolish collection (sad I know),
  • and secondly, I am bomb at washing laundry but horrible at folding it :/

And now for THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
For all you Utah folks (and anyone else willing to drive a ways for awesome things like myself) Yours Truly be teaching two different classes on hairstyling for the upcoming Pinners Conference just next month! It's completely free if you just want to go to the huge expo, but you can register for different packages of classes as well depending on your interest, but it's super inexpensive! Also as a big bonus, if you use the promocode: thefreckledfox when registering you get $5 off your tickets! 
It'll go on the weekend of the 7th 8th, and it'll all go down in Sandy, UT! Also kiddos 12 and under are free, so there shouldn't be any reason why you can't bring your girls and come hang out! haha Click Here for more info about the conference, and I can't wait to meet you! 

Something To Take Away:
- Hard things only make us stronger. Remember that 'no smooth sea ever made a skilled sailor' :)

Than you for coming back day after day if you're a follower, and if you're new I hope to see you again very soon! I hope you have a great rest of your week, and take care my friend!
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Saturday

Easy Retro Costume Ideas - an oldie, but a goodie

Hi friends! Last year around this time I was already past my due date with Lydia and larger than life so I'd decided I wasn't going to dress up for Halloween, but when the spooky day came and she still hadn't arrived so I decided it was a shame not to do at least a little something for one of my favorite holidays, so I whipped out my curling iron and my red lipstick and was a pretty great Rosie within about 10 minutes! 

That being said I've been getting many emails and requests for these retro styles from people that I think these oldies have been missed. So here they are in case you're on the hunt for a last-minute easy and fun Halloween costume, since mostly you just need your hair and a cat-eye to pull every one of these off!
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I'd love to hear which of these is your favorite, and if you've ever done any of these tutorials or used them as inspiration, and also if you have plans to use one for Halloween or anything else in the future!

Thanks so much for visiting and reading, and I hope you have a great rest of your day!
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