Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday Hostess Hacks


Playing hostess does not come natural to me. 

I love the idea of being a legendary hostess, but can never pull it off. This year, my husband volunteered us to host Christmas dinner and I am absolutely stressed. Although I enjoy decorating, cooking, and socializing, I don't enjoy being responsible for everyone's good time. Our house isn't small, but I tend to get overwhelmed very easily when we have more than a few guests.

With that in mind, I've tried to come up with some tips to keep me cool, calm, and collected as well as organized and prepared for our party.



Tip #1: Keep the kids occupied - Board games are my favourite, but this year I plan on having a gingerbread house building station set up at the kids table.

Tip #2: Shop for food and drinks well in advance - Stores get crazy the week of Christmas, which just adds to the holiday stress. By the time this post is up, you should be done shopping!

Tip #3: Make it a potluck! - When everyone helps, it's easier to relax. As a bonus, you'll also get a nice variety of food.

Tip #4: Pick out games and music - We love to put on the "fireplace" channel with Christmas music and play card games or dice. We also have a ping-pong table that tends to keep adults entertained.

Tip #5: Plan a secret Santa or gift exchange - This guarantees some laughs. Set a limit (this year ours is $25) and have fun with it.

Tip #6: Don't go overboard - I really don't think that everyone needs an elaborate gift or individual place cards. Keep it light and fun. I like a simple Christmas tablecloth paired with some fun serving dishes and our usual Christmas decor.

.
.

Do you have any holiday hacks that get you through this crazy time of year?
Connect with me on social media and let me know.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bumble Box Review


A little while ago, I won an Instagram contest through an amazing Canadian company called BumbleBox. I was so excited when they messaged me to let me know I would be getting a box!

Basically, BumbleBox is a subscription box service for Canadian moms. Their slogan says it all - "Canadian Moms. Cool Stuff. At Your Door." I couldn't wait.


When my box arrived, the following things were included:

1. Litsie Snack Bag - Eco-friendly and Reusable Storage - This bag retails on Etsy for $8-$10 CAD. It comes in several patterns (not just awesome robots!), zips closed, and has an easy to clean plastic lining.

2. Eat Sleep Drool "Fly Guy" Onsie - This exact onsie isn't listed on Etsy, but similar ones retail for $16-$18 CAD. The material is light and breathable - perfect for summer.

3. Sweet Sparrow Design Striped Toy Strap - This strap retails on Etsy for $12.42 CAD (strap only). I actually think this product is genius. It has snaps that allow it to adjust and hold a variety of items - soothers, toys, etc. I find it extremely useful in the car to keep my son's sippy cup off the floor.

4. OXO CottonCandyKisses Bib - This exact bib isn't listed on Etsy, but similar bibs retail for $5.99 CAD. The bib is very well made, reversible, and comes in tons of cute patterns. My favourite thing about this bib is the size. It provides full coverage for a messy toddler.

5. Pacha Mama Body Care Revive Body Butter - This body butter retails on Etsy for $17.95 CAD (larger jar than pictured below). The second I used this stuff, I fell in love. It's made from all natural ingredients and it really does feel like butter on my skin.

.
.

Everything in this box was amazing, but there were two things that really stood out to me.

The reusable snack bag has been extremely useful for me in both my older daughter's lunch bag and my toddler's diaper bag. It's a great size, wipes clean in 2 seconds, and actually stays closed when I need it to.

The Revive Body Butter is a revelation for me. It works better than any similar product I've ever tried and trust me, I've tried plenty. It moisturizes extremely well without feeling greasy, is made from all natural ingredients such as beeswax and shea butter, smells lovely, and truly honestly has worked wonders for my skin. As soon as I run out, I will 100% be ordering more. I also look forward to trying out some other products from Pacha Mama.



In summary, the Bumble Box was such a cool new experience for me. The products are all very high quality, thoughtfully made, and Canadian. I love that this company supports local businesses and mothers!

A Bumble Box would be the perfect baby shower or new baby gift. Check them out here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Winter To Do List

Free printable via EverydayHomeBlog


As per my previous post, this season feels like a fresh start for me. Here are some things I would like to do this Winter:

1. Begin to learn calligraphy

2. Start our wedding album

3. Finish our upper level bathroom

4. Revamp the girls' bedrooms

5. Work on meal planning

6. Restock my coupon binder

7. Take time to bake for Christmas

8. Get my 2017 planner

9. Finish Christmas shopping

10. Blog once a week

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Holiday 2016 Gift List

For the first time ever, I've made an executive decision to do most of my Christmas shopping online - mostly because I'm not brave enough to face the mall during the holiday season.

I've been keeping an Amazon wishlist for months and I thought I would share some of my favourite finds.



This amazing rainbow-sequin dress is only $23 and goes up to a girls size 14. Such a great deal for a unique and fun party dress.



My little guy is currently obsessed with colouring, but I know better than to leave him alone with markers or paint. This colour wonder set is at the very top of my list for him.



Chris recently got a Fitbit Alta, and it's so much cooler than my Flex. Beyond being sleek and functional, there are a ton of options for bands, including silver and stainless watch-type bands that make it look less like a fitness tracker. I'm loving this one.
As obsessed as I am with Lush bathbombs, they are extremely expensive. For only $25, you can snag this set of 6. The Amazon reviews are fantastic and I'm actually considering purchasing it for myself.

 I saw this BeautyBlender gift set on the Sephora website and fell in love. Not only is the colour adorable, the price is right.





I've been hearing the craziest things about this pot, and I really want one. $125 seems like a lot, but it might be worth it according to the reviews.



I have considered the Tile key finder for 2 Christmases now, and I keep coming back to it. This is a practical gift for anyone (ahem, my husband) who constantly loses things.




Earlier this year, I found this planner set at Michaels and its' been growing on me ever since. There are tons of different inserts (also available on Amazon) to fully customize it, which I adore. I'm 99% sure that this will end up being my 2017 planner.



We have two android boxes in our home, and we use them daily. Kiosks in the mall charge upwards of $100 for these, but you can buy an identical version here on Amazon for under $60 with shipping. About 4 months ago, this exact listing went on sale for $29.99, so keep your eyes peeled.



Our girls have been talking about these blankets for over a year now, and elsewhere they are quite expensive. The reviews for this particular listing includes photos, and it looks like a great bargain.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lighter


Image Via Tumblr

On October 15th, Chris and I got married.

After six and a half years together, the day finally arrived. Everything went so well that I could hardly believe it - there was no last minute crises, the weather was beautiful, and everything looked just as I imagined it. We ate, drank, danced, and celebrated all night. I wasn't nervous or scared, I was excited. The whole day was a fairytale.

Despite loving every minute of our wedding weekend, a change occurred in me when I knew it was all over. As the last guest left our home on Sunday, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. I felt relieved - relieved that all of the insignificant worries that had taken over my life for the last year were gone. I was done missing my kids' bedtimes for late-night vendor meetings. I was done with worrying about who wouldn't show up and who would sit where. I was done running to the craft store on every lunch break I had, and I was done thinking about little details that I knew would mean so little in the grand scheme of things.

Not only did the occurrence of our wedding mean that I could stop focusing on planning the wedding, it meant so much more. For the first time since I was 17 years old, I had no big life events on my radar. Chris and I are now married, have all of our children, have our education, own a home, and have established careers as well as personal lives and hobbies. To be honest, I feel pretty accomplished. I'm exactly where I've always wanted to be at 26 years old, and it feels amazing.

I feel lighter, and for the first time, I feel like our family is starting fresh. A new chapter of our lives has begun where we get to enjoy our home, save our money, and watch our children grow. We get to live and refine our everyday lives as well as focus on our personal goals. I've never been so excited for the future.

In a few weeks, I'll be beginning a series on our wedding. I plan on sharing the process and all of the details that wen't into our special day. I just wanted to share this post first, mostly because my post wedding mind needed a creative outlet.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 Madness / Wedding Update

Oh, hi. It's me Kerri.

It's been a while since I've blogged, and this time I have a good excuse.

Planning a wedding is crazy, and even crazier with a job and 3 kids.

2016 seems as though it just started, but it's already the end of August - a.k.a 1.5 months until our wedding. Woah.

A lot has happened since my last update, especially with the wedding: we had our Stag & Doe, finished booking vendors, had our Bachelor & Bachelorette parties , and have started working on all the small details.

I will be posting more frequently soon, including some brand new reviews, so stay tuned.

For now, follow me on Instagram (@kerrimuffin) where I post almost every day!

xoxo

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Glam Sense Campaign: Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme Review


A while back, I had signed up for a new product testing site called Glam Sense. Glam Sense is powered by Topbox, a Canadian monthly subscription box company that I used to receive. The product I recieved through Topbox were amazing and mostly high end, so I was extremely excited to recieve my first campagn invite from Glam Sense.

Glam sense sent me Lise Watier's Hydraforce Hydra-Protective Correcting Creme.


What I Liked: This moisturizer is great, especially in the Winter months or for very dry skin. It's thick, creamy, and the right kind of heavy without being greasy. It's not the best moisturizer I've ever tried, but it's up there. For me personally, it helped with flaky skin really well. I saw results within a day.

I also really loved the app that I was able to download with this moisturizer as well as the hydra detecting tool. Unfortunately for me, the tool that was sent to me was defective, but seeing other people's results blew me away (check them out on Instagram!). Essentially, the tool tests your skin for moisture levels and reports them in the hydra-detect app. You can test your skin before and after using the product to see the differences. Although my tool was defective, I downloaded the app. Check out some screenshots below.





What I Didn't Like: This is a fantastic moisturizer, but not for the price. When I saw the price, I was completely thrown. $45 (Canadian) on a moisturizer is just too much for me.

Final Thoughts: Although I did like this moisturizer, I cannot justify spending the money on it. I've tried several other moisturizers for less than half the price, so it's just not a winner for me. The app and testing tool on the other hand, are very cool. Even though mine didn't work, I understood the idea behind it and think it's brilliant marketing!



Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring To Do List

This new series is inspired by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere and her seasonal to-do lists. I make to-do lists for myself every week, month, season, and year, so I figured why not share.

Gorgeous image via
This spring is mostly about improving our home and planning our wedding. Here is it:

1. Have the tree in our front yard cut down

2. Landscape and improve the look of our grass

3. Start a vegetable garden

4. Conquer the ants we get yearly

5. Get back on track with working out

6. Have the ducts in our home cleaned

7. Finish planning our Stag & Doe

8. Finally put the trim up in our bathroom

9. Send out our wedding save-the-dates

10. Pay special attention to our budget and save some money

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser and Cleansing Scrub Review


I was recently fortunate enough to be chosen to test and review Biore's new baking soda skin care line through Influenster. Right away, I was impressed with the whole idea of baking soda as an ingredient seeing as I've tried several at-home acne remedies involving baking soda.

I receive a lot of moisturizers and cleansers to review, but rarely any type of scrub or treatment, so I was really looking forward to the scrub and seeing how the cleanser and scrub would work together on my acne prone skin. 



What I Liked: This scrub comes in powder form and adding water creates a paste that you can then exfoliate with. I absolutely love this idea. It allowed me to customize the consistency and concentration of the scrub. Beyond that, the baking soda become immediately noticeable when adding water, which was very reassuring.

I used this scrub twice a week for 3 weeks and am very pleased with how it works on my acne prone skin. It's not as harsh as many other scrubs I've tried, and I can really feel it reacting on my skin. The baking soda element is definitely there. It left my skin feeling extremely clean, which I absolutely love. Perfect for days where I wear a full face of makeup.

What I Didn't Like: I personally liked everything about this scrub, but I can see how many others wouldn't. As I mentioned, my skin felt extremely clean after using it, but it also felt dry. Sometimes dryness helps with my acne, but this might be an issue for those with dry skin. Also,  the price is not great. At almost $12 CAD at Walmart , it's a bit more expensive than I expected.

Final Thoughts: This is a unique and innovative scrub that I've already decided I'll be repurchasing. I love that I can customize the paste, that it's not too harsh, and that it seems to be helping with my acne. You can purchase it here.



What I Liked: Like the scrub, I noticed the baking soda element right away. I love the light exfoliation in this cleanser and also how clean it left my skin feeling.

What I Didn't Like: Like the scrub, this cleanser is drying and leaves the skin feeling tight. As I mentioned before, I don't particularly mind this, but I can see how other's would. Unfortunately, this cleanser felt boring to me - like 100 other cleansers I've tried. I probably wouldn't repurchase it.

Final Thoughts: I'm not overly impressed this cleanser, mostly because I've tried at least 10 other cleansers that felt almost the same. There's nothing special about this cleanser or the results it gave me. If you'd like to give it a try, you can purchase it here.



Have you tried Biore's Baking Soda line? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments! Check out the social media buttons to your right to connect with me.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Today is the Day - My 2016 Planner


I know, I know - this post is pretty late. I kept meaning to write it and forgetting, but here it is!

This past October, I went back to work and immediately felt overwhelmed. Although I only work three days a week, Chris and I always have a lot going on. Between work, kids, pets, our home, activities, and all the things that come along with those, I need a solid scheduled system to be able to function.

One of the many ways I like stay organized is my planner. I use my planner for everyyyything. Last year, I had one that I didn't like, so this year I was on a mission to find one that I loved..and I found it!


Image Via

One day, I was browsing the Chapters-Indigo website when I came across this beautiful planner. It was exactly what I was looking for:

- It's a binder type planner, where I can add/remove pages as I please
- The layout is amazing. There's a monthly section as well as a weekly section, and the weekly section opens to days of the week on one side and a notes section on the other. Perfect for my weekly to-do lists
-There's a pocket for loose papers as well as a pen holder
- It's pink! With gold accents! What else could I ask for?



As I was checking out, I threw these super cute magnetic bookmarks in to my cart. I'm crazy happy that I did, because they're extremely useful in this planner. They're not overly heavy, but they stay in place really well. Not to mention the watercolour and motivational quotes.

So basically, I'm in love with my new planner and accessories. It's full of colour coded plans (I use these pens) and lists, and that's the way I like it.

.

P.S. I noticed that this exact planner is out of stock online, but this almost identical planner in purple is still available. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This Week 40


1. A new art project - one I've been wanting to do for a while now.

2. We made chocolate covered pretzels for Holly's friends. I ate way too many during the process.

3. CJ has been teething hard, but he's still his happy self (thank god). Can you believe he's already 15 months old?

4. We had a very non-traditional Valentine's day. One where I got Chris ping pong balls instead of chocolate. He loved it.

5. Monday was Family Day and Chris and I are lucky enough to get it off work. We spent the day playing board games and watching movies with the kids.

6. Chris spoiled me with Lush goodies for Valentines day. Much better than roses.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Wedding: Hunt for the Dress


I was terrified to go wedding dress shopping.

I've been thinking about the dress my entire life, but actually picking one out was extremely intimidating. I knew what I was looking for - cap sleeves, a bit of lace, a cinched waist, and an a-line shape. I thought it would be a struggle finding a plus size gown with everything I wanted, but it turns out that it wasn't.

I visited 3 dress shops. At the first shop, I tried on close to 10 dresses with no luck. I was getting a feel for what I liked and didn't like, but nothing stood out to me.

At the second shop, I tried on another 10 dresses, but this time we were headed down the right path. I was having mediocre success with the first six dresses, but something clicked when I tried on the seventh dress. It was exactly what I was looking for and fit me like a glove. The salesperson insisted that it must be fate – they had just gotten the dress that morning, I was the first to try it on, and it was in my exact size.

I was in love with this dress but had a hard time coming to terms with the price, which was about $500 more than I was looking to spend. I decided to continue trying on dresses, but the last 3 just couldn’t live up to that dress.

I was terrified of spending so much on a dress, so I tried my hardest to keep an open mind and check out one more store. I went to David's Bridal and tried on at least 15 more dresses. I found two dresses that I liked, but they didn’t give me the feeling I was looking for – the feeling that the other dress had given me. I left David’s Bridal empty handed and headed home.

Over the next month I contemplated whether or not to spend the money and buy the dress. My maid of honour repeatedly told me that the energy I gave off in that dress was completely different than in any other dress, so I decided to go for it. In an effort to save money, I called every dress shop in our city and found a shop that would order me the same dress for hundreds of dollars cheaper. I was sold.

A week later, I ordered the dress and I don't regret it one bit. I feel 100% certain that it's my dress and I can't wait to wear it while I marry my best friend.

Because I can't show you the dress, I've added some photos of other dresses that I tried on during my dress journey - some I liked, some I hated, but they all lead me down the road to finding my perfect wedding dress.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This Week 39


1. Nothing too exciting happened this week. We had a kid-free weekend (woo!) and I got some much needed relaxation courtesy of my LUSH bath bombs.

2. CJ had his first haircut, done by yours truly! He looks so much more grown up.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This Week 38


1. We have an extremely mischievous baby on our hands over here. I'm quickly learning that having a boy is a lot different than having a girl.

2. Obsessing over the LUSH bath bombs I recieved for Christmas.

3. Holly and CJ finding new ways to play.

4. The girls recently started diaries. I thought this entry was particularly funny.

5. The girls used their Christmas gift cards to buy My Life As dolls (Walmart's version of an American Girl doll). I'm shocked it took this long for the doll obsession to start.

6. I actually can't believe it, but my parents got a dog. My new "brother" is a Golden Retriever named Diesel.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation


I recieved this foundation from BzzAgent and Covergirl to test and review. I was so excited for this opportunity and was not disappointed in the least.

 

What I Liked: This foundation completely blew me away. I've been using the same mineral foundation for years, and this product made me switch. This drugstore foundation (around $10 CAD) has the feel of a much more expensive product and is truly a game changer.

This foundation is a 3-in-1: Primer, foundation, and concealer. To my surprise, I was able to detect all three when I wore it. It lasts all day, has amazing coverage, and feels incredibly light.

I have extremely acne prone skin and have had fantastic results with this foundation. My skin has reacted well to it, and it covers every blemish on my face with a single pump. I have never tried a product that covered this well but felt this light.

Left: completely bare skin     Right: 1 pump of the 3-in-1 foundation applied with a brush

What I Didn't Like:  This sounds crazy, but absolutely nothing. This foundation is actually exceptional.

Final Thoughts: If you haven't already, I highly recommend that you try this foundation. It really is an all in one product for an exceptional price.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...