Jill reviews it: One year with Wen Hair Care

In 2013, I began reviewing Wen for one month with week-by-week updates for my blog readers. After the first month, I did a six-month check-in post. I've now been using Wen for 16 months, and I continue to use Wen regularly. I purchase Wen for my own use and have not been compensated for writing about my experiences with it. This post contains affiliate links.

On June 24th, 2013 I began using Wen Hair Care products. If you're unfamiliar with Wen (and it would be difficult to be -- their informercials and ads are everywhere) Wen cleansing conditioner replaces your former routine of lather-rinse-repeat with shampoo and conditioner.

I've had dry, wild and brittle hair for most of my adult life, and the allure of having soft, shiny hair seemed too good to be true. While Wen is pricey (when it's not on sale, it's close to $30 for a one-month supply,) its money-back guarantee gave me the confidence to give it a try.

For the first month I used Wen, I blogged each week about my results with it. That series of posts begins here if you're interested, and if you're reading this before reading those, go back and check those out too. They're very detailed with all of my first-months observations on the changes in my hair.

As a refresher, this was my before picture from June 2013 -- the last time I washed my hair with regular shampoo. (Considering how healthy my hair is now, this is painful to look at again..!)

This is a photo of my hair taken today in October, 2014:

I could not be happier with the condition of my hair. Wen improved the softness and shine of my hair from the first time I washed with it, but its texture has changed so much over the past year too. It's thicker, softer, and I simply don't get split ends the way I used to with regular shampoo. Instead of my hair tapering off to thin, weak ends, it's thick from the roots to the tips.

My hair feels very silky, but it's also got plenty of body and bounce. I have always wanted to grow my hair longer, but my hair would simply break off when it got to a certain length because the ends would be so damaged. Over the past 16 months, I've been getting trims pretty regularly to get the ends back to a healthy state. It's been about 2 1/2 months since I had my hair trimmed in these most recent photos, and I think you can see how healthy the ends look now. I'm looking forward to seeing more healthy hair growth over the months ahead.


My Jewel-Osco #StockUpSale trip for this week...

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jewel-Osco to help promote this week's #StockUpSale. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions about Jewel-Osco are my own.

Jewel-Osco's #StockUpSale continues through October 14th! Here's what I picked up this week:

- Four boxes of Fiora facial tissue on sale for $1 each. I used two $1-off-2 coupons from the 10/5 RP1 and paid .50 per box!

- Two strips of Fleischmann's pizza yeast on sale for $1.50 each. I used two $1 coupons from the 9/28 RP and paid .50 per strip.

- One can of Planter's salted caramel peanuts on sale for $1.50. I used a $1 coupon that I picked up at a NASCAR event and paid .50!

- Four cans of Wolf Chili on sale for .80 each as part of the "Buy 10" sale. I used four .40 coupons from the 9/21 SS and paid .40 per can!

- Six cans of Hunt's fire roasted tomatoes on sale for .80 each as part of the "Buy 10" sale. I used two .40-off-3 coupons from the 9/21 SS and dropped these to about .67 per can!

- Three bags of Snickers and Milky Way Halloween candy on sale for $3 each. I used a $1.50-off-3 from the 9/14 RP (10/5 RP1's got one too) and paid $2.50 per bag.

- Four bags of Jolly Ranchers and Twizzlers Halloween candy on sale for $2.50 each. I used two $1.60-off-2 printables and paid $1.70 per bag.

- Two loaves of Butternut bread on sale for $1.60 each. I used two .35 coupons from the 9/28 RP and paid $1.34 per loaf.


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Mounds or Almond Joy bar

Head over to SavingStar to load a new "Freebie Friday" offer!

Purchase through Sunday night and receive 100% of the purchase price back on your SavingStar account.

In Chicagoland, SavingStar offers can be redeemed at Jewel-Osco, CVS, Mariano's, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart and Peapod. Some stores load offers to their loyalty cards (Jewel, CVS, Mariano's) and others use post-redemption of receipts -- snap a photo of your receipt and upload it.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you no longer have a Jewel-Osco card, you can also use a Upromise card at Jewel to redeem SavingStar ecoupons at Jewel. No Upromise card? Call 877-932-7948 to request a new Upromise card.


Star Wars children's vitamins

UPDATE: Apparently this is an ad misprint - the Star Wars vitamins are indeed on sale for this price, but the manufacturer is not Nature's Bounty, so Nature's Bounty coupons won't work on these. (Darn - would have been a nice deal!)

Beginning 10/12, 120ct. Nature's Bounty Star Wars children's vitamins will be on sale 2-for-$12 at Walgreens. Buy two and use two $1 coupons from the 10/5 RP1 or two $1 printables:

SAVE $1.00 on ANY Nature's Bounty® vitamin or supplement



With two coupons, you'll pay $10 for two, or $5 each! These are the large 120-count jars too, so this is a good price for kids' vitamins! Plus, you can't beat the cool factor. My boys are going to love these...


Our garden: Apparently not finished yet!

We always enjoy growing a garden every year, but as fall approached, things were winding down. Weeks ago, I cut down the cornstalks, picked the last tomatoes, and cut our pumpkins off the vine. I also thought we'd picked the last of our green beans. Our beans bloomed and regrew three times this year, which I was thrilled about. I haven't gotten around to pulling the bean poles out of the garden yet though.

Today, my sons were out in the yard playing, and they started shouting through the window, "Mom! We have more beans!"

And indeed, we did.

The boys picked enough beans for us to enjoy with tonight's dinner! I'm so surprised that we are still getting beans. Many of them have new flowers on them right now, so we'll be playing beat the clock (and beat the frost!) to see if they are going to produce yet again.

We still have broccoli going strong too, but that usually continues into fall. What's growing in your garden these days?


Jolly Rancher and Twizzlers Halloween candy $1.70 at Jewel-Osco

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jewel-Osco to help promote this week's #StockUpSale. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions about Jewel-Osco are my own.


$1.60 off Two
Jolly Rancher and
Twizzlers candy
Print Coupon

We've got a new printable coupon that makes Twizzlers and Jolly Rancher Halloween candy a good deal at Jewel-Osco!

Through 10/31, Twizzlers and Jolly Rancher Halloween candies (including the caramel apple Jolly Rancher lollipops) are on sale for $2.50 at Jewel. Buy two and use this $1.60 off 2 printable. You'll pay $3.40 for two, or $1.70 each!

The Jolly Ranchers on sale include the Jolly Rancher caramel apple lollipops too - I know my children are huge fans of those!


Checkout 51 offers for October 9, 2014

Checkout 51 Offers

Checkout 51, the ecoupon app (which you can use over the web too!) has new ecoupon offers to load. Most Checkout 51 ecoupon offers are valid at all stores. (If an offer is store-specific, the site or app will tell you so.)

Here's a peek at some of the new offers. Offers valid today until 11:59PM EST 10/15/14:

- .50 off eggs
- .25 off tomatoes
- .25 off bananas
- .25 off carrots
- $1 off Wild Garden hummus
- .75 off Luigi's Italian Ice
- $1 off Dole pineapple juice

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


GIVEAWAY: Win a Holland House Cooking Wine Grilling Kit!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Holland House. I have been compensated for this post.

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is funni5!

Super-Couponers, the weather may be getting cooler, but that doesn't mean grilling season's over! Fall is one of my favorite times of year to fire up the grill. It's also a great time to try out new recipes for the grill.

Holland House cooking wines invite you to do just that -- try out a new marinade or recipe and infuse your favorite grillable meats with delicious flavors. One of my readers will win a Holland House Cooking Wine Grilling Kit! If you're the winner, you'll receive this incredible kit, which contains:

  • 4-piece Holland House wood-handle Norwood grill tools kit with carrying case:
    • Spatula
    • Roasting Fork
    • Tongs
    • Grill Brush
  • Grill apron, cooking mitt and potholder set
  • Holland House soft-sided Koozie brand cooler with built-in bottle opener
  • An assortment of Holland House cooking wines, such as:
    • Holland House Sherry cooking wine
    • Holland House White cooking wine with lemon
    • Holland House Red cooking wine
    • Holland House Marsala cooking wine

This portable cooler is brimming with about $100 worth of grilling tools and Holland House Cooking Wine products -- perfect for tailgating or chefs on-the-go!

For a chance to win this Holland House Cooking Wine Grilling Kit, simply post a reply in the comments under this article! (Feel free to share your favorite grilling tip if you'd like!) This giveaway begins today, October 9, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on October 15, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on October 16, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


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