Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Best Things I Purchased for Baby #2

Photos Via: 1. Baby Brezza 2. Playtex Ventaire Bottles 3. Safety 1st Carseat 4. Solly Baby Wrap

1. The Baby Brezza- A lot of mommas claim this is an extravagant and unnecessary purchase. I do agree that it's not necessary, but boy does it help. This thing makes a bottle in 30 seconds, has multiple sizes, and always produces formula at the perfect temperate. It's a game changer, especially in the middle of the night.

2. Playtex Ventaire Bottles- I have used these bottles for both of my children now. I find that they kill all air bubbles and help prevent gas. I also prefer the tilt over a straight bottle.

3. Safety 1st Carseat- This carseat is extremely light and sleek. It allows us to fit 3 carseats in the back of our Volkswagen Golf and makes it easy for me to carry the baby anywhere. In comparison to another Graco carseat we purchased, this thing is a breeze to carry and is actually 3" less wide!

4. Solly Baby Wrap- I was weary about baby wearing, but within the first week I learned that doing housework with CJ in this wrap put him to sleep immediately- 2 birds with 1 stone! The fabric is light and soft as well as cute. I'm definitely converted to a baby wearing mama.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekly Links Vol. 15

1. ChickAdvisor has a new product review club offer for their Cire Divine Wax. Apply here.

2. I'm really interested in creating my own lush-like beauty products to save money.

3. I can't wait to experiment with hearty soups. Right now I'm looking at lasagna and taco.

4. I NEED to start meal planning. I've been doing a lot of research and this list of online resources has been extremely helpful.

5. Why are babies so cool? This is why.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BzzAgent Campaign: Crest Sensi-Relief Toothpaste & Oral-B Sensi-Soft Toothbrush

I have always had sensitive teeth, but having a tongue piecing during my teenage years made it 100x worse. I would rub the ring along the back of my teeth and this resulted in a significant loss of enamel.

I've been using Sensodyne toothpaste for some time now and although is works, it tastes terrible and has a very gritty texture. Compared to regular toothpaste, it's terrible.
 I recently recieved these Crest and Oral-B products from BzzAgent to test and was pleasantly surprised at how different they are.

The Oral-B Sensi-Soft toothbrush is so simple - there are no rubber pieces or raised bristles. I love it. It doesn't hurt my gums and it really gets the job done.

The Crest Sensi-Relief Toothpaste really surprised me. The texture is a lot smoother than Sensodyne and because it has the taste of Scope, it tastes great. I also absolutely love that this toothpaste whitens on top of protecting your teeth. It really is an all-in-one product.

If you have sensitive teeth, this pair will certainly help you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CoverGirl's Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara Review

Recently, I tried two new mascaras- I hated one and loved the other. This is the first of two reviews.

I received CoverGirl's Bombshell Volume by LashBlah Mascara in the Elle beauty box. I had no clue that it existed before I received it, but I always love getting new products to try- especially mascaras.

I’ve been using this product for about 3 weeks now and have come to a definite conclusion: I dislike it.

Let me tell you why.

First of all, I’ve never been much into 2-step mascaras. They feel so unnecessary to me. If I can find a good one-step mascara, why would I bother with something that needs a second step? It just seems like a gimmick to me.

I don’t find that there’s a real selling point or wow factor to this mascara. I don’t find that it gives me any good amount of curl, length, or volume, especially compared to my favorites (Benefit’s They’re Real, Maybelline’s The Rocket, Estee Lauder’s Magnascopic). I had a hard time seeing the difference between each step and in the end felt disappointed with the overall look and feel of the product.

One of my biggest dislikes about this product was the fact that I could not get it off. I use coconut oil or Walmart’s store brand makeup wipes to remove my makeup every day. Both typically work great (even on waterproof mascara) but with this mascara, nothing seemed to work. No matter how hard I rubbed, which product I used, and how much I tried, I could still feel pieces of dried mascara on my lashes. The residue bothered me to the point where I was scrubbing hard enough to take out my eyelashes.
Fixing application slip-ups was even worse. With any other mascara, my routine is to use a q-tip and water to gently remove any black specks. In this case, I couldn’t rub hard enough- the specks pretty much had to stay on my skin for a few hours before they became easy to rub off.

Overall, I’m surprised at how much I actually dislike this mascara. Has anyone had a completely different experience with this mascara?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Belated Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and 6 Weeks

I took a break from blogging for 3 weeks. Holly has been off school and Chris has been home from work for 2 weeks (they're on shut down) and I've been soaking up every minute of it. We have literally been doing nothing. We've ordered pizza more times than I would like to admit, watched a bazillion hours of TV (including starting Friends on Netflix-woo!), and spent the majority of our time on our couches. I'm in heaven. My house is insanely disorganized from the Christmas clutter and I don't even care.

Speaking of Christmas, ours was amazing. This was CJ's first Christmas. On Christmas eve, my parents and grandparents made the 2.5 hour journey to our house to visit and eat a ton of delicious finger foods. My grandparents got to meet CJ and see our house for the first time- it was so nice. After everyone left we took part in our family traditions, which include matching PJs, putting reindeer food (glitter and oatmeal) in the yard, writing a letter to Santa to read while he eats his cookies, and watching Christmas movies.
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Luckily and coincidentally, we got to have Brooke for Christmas morning this year, so our family got to be all together for the event. The girls recieved a ridiculous amount of gifts (I'm talking ridiculous. Like every single thing they asked for, they got. I actually considered taking stuff back because I don't even think they would notice.) and we were done opening gifts at 8am.
We spent the rest of Christmas and Boxing Day at Chris' mom's house with most of his family. 

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CJ turned 6 weeks old the Saturday after Christmas and at this point I can definitely say he is an amazing baby. He sleeps well, smiles, and can keep himself occupied. He is giving me a completely different experience than his sister did.

New Years Eve came fast. I actually stayed awake for the ball drop this year. I had 2 glasses of champagne and we watched movies until about 11:30 when we switched to the countdown. We used Netflix to trick Holly into getting to bed by 8- It was amazing. We kissed at midnight and then went to bed.

Ever since then, we've been doing nothing. I went out shopping for groceries once and that's it. I love it. But tomorrow it all changes. Chris is back to work, Holly is back to school, and I am mourning Christmas and the break.

How was your holiday?
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