Monday, June 30, 2014
Before becoming a stay at home mom, I was addicted to coffee house drinks. The frappes were the best! I would go every day and get my self a super (24 ounce) drink. And everyday, I would suck that down, knowing I just paid close to seven dollars for that one drink. And I didn't care, because how else was I supposed to get something that delicious without paying the high prices?
I had to stop with my expensive frappe drinking habits, when my husband and I decided that me staying at home would be best for our son. I had gone a long time without that drink that I really wanted. That was until I found Frozen Bean.
Frozen Bean sent me a few samples to test out, and let you all know about. So, once I got these in the mail, I decided the next morning before my husband and I left our house I wanted to make myself one of these drinks. So, I decided though this comes with coffee mixed into it for you. I like extra strong coffee, so I mixed my Hazelnut Mocha Latte with coffee and ice and blended it up.
My husband was not ready to try this drink. He isn't a fan of Hazelnut. My response after tasting it was, that is fine more for me. I put it into a travel cup and off we went. He went with his normal coffee. While we were driving in the car, I kept telling him about how great this was. It really tastes like a drink you would pay seven plus dollars for. He finally caved, and actually tried it. He loved it as well. It then became a fight to the finish.
The great thing about Frozen Bean, there is something for everyone. If you don't like the coffee drinks, there are many different options for you to find. You can blend these with milk, water, or coffee. Whatever you would like. It makes the drink personal to your liking.
There are chai flavors, carnival flavors, creme blends. The possibilities are really endless.
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Friday, June 27, 2014
My husband and I just recently purchased our first home. When we moved it, we were all excited! This is definitely going to be our forever home. I love this house. Our first night here, we didn't have everything unpacked, so we decided that we would sleep in the living room. Well, I decided to sleep on the floor. As I went to lay down, I seen this little not so cute mouse run into my living room. I immediately jumped back onto our couch and spent the rest of my night looking for this mouse from the couch, scared it was going to eat my toe off.
In the weeks since, we have been working to get the old tenants (mice) out of our home. I had seen evidence of them making their way onto my counter tops. And even in my trash. So, I contacted Mint-X to see if I could maybe deter them from at least the trash while trying to work on getting them to move out, or reach their fatality.
When I received them to try, I immediately knew before opening the package what it actually was. There was a strong scent of mint. Not so strong that you didn't want to be around it, but strong enough to know it was there. I actually love the smell of mint, so this was no bother to me. I immediately changed out trash bags. The smell after the first day, went away for the most part. It was not bad at all. It was the day I put the Mint-X trash bag in my trash can, the mice left it alone.
In weeks since, I have gotten rid of the rodent problem in my home. But I did want to give it two more test. With having a one year old, he has some terrible smelling diapers. I put his dirty diapers in this trash bag, and the mint smell masked the odor of his smelly diapers. Which was great for me, I don't like to smell that at all. Not even when I am actually changing him.
The last test I wanted to do is leave trash outside in the Mint-X trash bag. We do have opossums, raccoon's, and other small rodents in my neighborhood. I have seen them get into plenty of peoples trash cans. So, I wanted to see if they would get into a bag of trash that I left outside, with no trash can barrier for them to have to also get through. I wanted to see, would this really work. So, I did. I left the trash outside for three days, on the ground next to my garage. All three days, the bag stayed in the same place, nothing came around it at all. It was great.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
I will admit, I have used a lot of disposable diapers on my son. I was very misinformed when I was pregnant. When I thought of a cloth diaper, I thought of the little pins, and having to learn how to fold the diaper just right.
Another thing I like about glow bug diapers, is they come in adorable designs. My son spends a lot of time in just a diaper. He doesn't like to really wear clothing. So, I hate when he is just running around in a disposable diaper. When he plays outside in one, the diaper ends up getting ruined from the dirt and everything, so you have to change it, even if it isn't necessary. Which to me is just money down the drain.
I also love the fact that when my son is wearing this diaper, I don't have to worry about putting something else on him for when he wants to play in the pool and the water. So the cost of those expensive swim diapers, out the door.
I like that they fit under his clothes well. And with the 360 degree gusset, I don't have to worry about him leaking through his clothes. My little guy is one heavy wetter. Wetting through the average diaper, sometimes within an hour. He usually will wake up soaked in the morning or after a nap, but with this diaper, I have not seen him wet through yet.
I would highly recommend glow bug diapers to anyone having a baby, or even anyone who still has a baby in diapers.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I have the hardest time every now and again to get my son to finish eating all his vegetables. He will eat fruit all day long, but he will only eat half of his serving of vegetables. I was given the chance to try out FAVE juice, and the first person I thought about was my son.
Now, this isn't just meant for children. Don't get me wrong. This can be drank by anyone in this world. I was able to sample three different flavors: Strawberry Banana Kiwi, Orange Tangerine Pineapple, and Pomegranate Blueberry Goji. I, myself usually don't take the time out of my day to sit down and eat a healthy meal. At my son's mealtimes, I am usually singing and dancing to get him to laugh, or cleaning up my kitchen while talking to him. But don't think about eating myself.
I can't say that my son or I had a favorite one, because every one of thosejuices were gone very quickly. I started drinking the juices while my son ate his meals, and I would give him this juice rather then give him the average every day juice he is used to getting and doesn't drink much of. This is so much better. It doesn't taste full of sugar. You can't taste the vegetable's at all. It is just delicious.
Some fun facts. Each 8 ounce serving of Fave contains:
- Only sixty calories
- No preservatives, artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.
- Three full servings of vegetables.
- Antioxidant power of vitamins A and C
- It is All natural 100% fruit and vegetable juice.
It is sure to please anyone in your household.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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I will be honest. I have A LOT of hair, but my hair is crazy. Most days it is just super flat. Making me just throw it up in a pony tail. I have natural waves and curls, but because my hair is so flat. I can't do much with it. I have tried EVERYTHING, and nothing seems to help keep my hair the way I would like it for more then twenty minutes after I am done doing it.
I have been lucky enough to try Enjoy hair care. I was given the chance to try the Sulfate-Free Rejuvenating Volumizing Trio. I was so excited to see how fast this product would work with my terrible hair. I opened the package, and as my son napped I decided it was definitely shower time. I took a shower, and washed my hair as directed. Just with the shampoo my hair had already started feeling so much better. Not weighted down like with my everyday shampoo.
I used the conditioner next. I did leave this in for about five minutes while I did the rest of my showering. I really like having my hair as soft as possible. After I was finished it felt so soft, and so much lighter. Like I washed chemical build up out of my hair.
I was also given mousse to try. So, I decided that I should try and do my hair how I would like even though I wasn't confident that it would hold for more then a half hour. To my surprise, my hair lasted all day until I had to pull it up when I went into the pool.
I overall was so impressed with Enjoy Hair Care. After multiple uses my hair feels more and more chemical free and less heavy. And since my hair is so long, it is literally like a huge weight off my shoulders. I will definitely be continuing to use these products.
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Monday, June 23, 2014
Swimsuit season is finally here, and for some of you, it means buying that teeny bikini you've been eyeing at the mall. For me, however, it means finding a swimsuit that is capable of supporting the "girls" up top, and covering my tummy. I mean, let's face it. After two kids, my body simply isn't what it used to be.
* I received a free product from Hapari in exchange for a review.
Usually, swimsuit shopping is a drag for me, but when I saw Hapari's options, including swim skirts, board shorts, cover-ups, sarongs, and even underwire options, I was actually pretty excited to shop for swimwear. And for me, that is serious business. Oh, and did I mention that they also have swimwear for children?
After an hour or so of going through their super cute swimwear, I finally decided on the Black Plus-Size Tummy Tuk Swim Bottom, the Black Rainbow Plus-Size Sport Tankini Top, and a pair of White Plus-Size Cover Up Board Shorts.
The reason I decided on these three pieces of swimwear was because the Tummy Tuk bottoms would allow me to hide that "belly pooch" that many of us mamas have, and I felt that the tankini, since it was black, would help smooth out my mid-section. The board shorts are simply for cover-up after swimming. They could, might I add, be used to swim in, as they're made from quick-drying fabric.
I placed my order on Tuesday, June 17, and the order arrived on Thursday, June 19, so shipping was incredibly fast. The items were packaged individually, and everything was in great shape.
Upon closer inspection of the suits, I noticed that the detail was quite intricate. The floral Hapari logo was beautifully stitched into the Tummy Tuk swim bottoms and the Cover-Up Board Shorts. There were also small plastic buttons on the board shorts, which, I thought, was a nice added touch.
The tankini top had beautiful, bold, white floral designs, and rainbow-colored diagonal stripes, which turned an otherwise solid black swimsuit into a colorful, vibrant tankini top. On the back, the words "Hapari" were sewn into the fabric.
I've always loved the little details, especially when those details are functional. Remember how I mentioned that when searching for a swimsuit, I need something to "support the girls" (girls meaning breasts, for those of you who don't know)? Well, Hapari has supportive detail down to an art.
...the pads are actually stitched right into the top! No more worrying about pads slipping around and giving awkward shape to your breasts. Based on the detail of the stitching, these bad boys aren't going anywhere!
The moment of truth was when I tried this swimsuit on. From what I had already seen, I have to admit, I was a bit frightened that it was all too good to be true. Fortunately, that was not the case, and the swimsuit was a perfect fit, and for once in a long time, I actually felt sexy while in swimwear.
What I loved the most is that there were no obvious bulges, which have always seemed to accompany every other swimsuit I've purchased. The top itself was very flattering, and helped contained my "extra meat." My boobs weren't falling out or flailing all about which any top-heavy woman can appreciate.
The Tummy Tuk bottoms actually surprised me! Usually, swim bottoms require constant pulling and tugging in order to keep them in place, but not these! Walking, lying out in the sun, and running away from my son who was armed with the hose were no match for these swim bottoms! Not only did they do what they were designed to do (hide that tummy), they also lifted my behind, or lack thereof, quite nicely (hopefully these squats start paying off soon).
The board shorts were exactly what I'd hoped they'd be. They were enough to cover up, while also looking enough like regular shorts to be able to walk into a convenience store after swimming without feeling awkward. Seriously. Because who has time to get their regular clothes back on just to buy a bottle of water--especially after a long day of swimming?
Needless to say, I'm very impressed with the quality, design, and functionality of this swimsuit from Hapari. It's honestly the best swimsuit that I've ever had. With that said, I would recommend this brand to anyone and everyone looking cute, durable, supportive, high-quality swimwear.
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With that being said, I have set out on a journey to find great snacks for my family, without all the preservatives, and artificial junk that is in your everyday snack. I was given the chance to have my family test out Good Boy Organics, We received three different flavors of Organicasaurus: Cheddar Cheese, Tangy Tomato, and Sea Salt. Which was great because each member of my family had one favorite out of the bunch.
I first had my son and husband try the Cheddar Cheese flavor. I thought, you know with my husband being a bit picky about what he eats, he is probably going to complain. Of course, I was wrong. The bag was finished within about twenty minutes between the three of us. My son just loved the shapes. I will admit, my husband and I also thought the shapes were pretty fun. We both decided to have a little pretend time while we were snacking on them.
These are crunchy like a cheese puff, but not so bad for you. Filled with flavor. Which surprised me. I loved them.
The tangy tomato. Which was my personal favorite. I thought I may not have to share, but it seemed like everytime a bag of Organicasaurus was opened, they didn't take long for a bag to be gone. I guess it wasn't so bad with my whole family eating them at the same time. My son, still loved the flavor, and gobbled them right up.
The baby's favorite, Sea Salt. Which I thought was crazy. They were like a salted potato chip meets a cheeseless cheese puff. My husband prefered to dip these in cheese, or french onion dip. But the baby and I enjoyed them plain.
Other great facts about Organicasaurus:
- They are baked, not fried.
- There is 40% less fat
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- Certified Organic
Overall, I must say, all three flavors were great, and a more guilt free snack for my family.
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Friday, June 20, 2014
I have two diaper bags for my son, one for each car.. My husbands car carries a much smaller diaper bag, just in case we are out. I don't have to worry about being absolutely empty handed.. With it being a much smaller bag, I needed a much smaller changing mat. That is where Snug Bug came in to play.
The Snug Bug Changing Mat is a small changing mat, that can virtually go anywhere. You don't have to have it in your diaper bag anymore. I carry a smaller purse, and I can fit that in my purse with a diaper and wipes, without an issue. But when you take it out to use it, it offers plenty of room to keep your little one safe while trying to get all the yucky off of them.
The best part, the snug bug changing mat comes in many different designs, so you don't have to have some bland generic looking changing mat. I have used mine in public many times, and get at least three people each time asking where I got mine from, and complimenting how cute it is. I love this thing.
Folding it up is a breeze, and makes those dreaded diaper changes not so bad, because there is not a bunch of cleanup.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
I swear my husband has the driest skin in the world. It is forever cracking, and just awful. We have tried many different things, and nothing has worked. Creams for overnight relief. Everything.
I was given the chance to try Booda Butter, and the first person I thought of was my husband. When I received this product in the mail, I thought the packaging was amazing. I have a thing about Buddha's. I am a huge collector. Down to the Buddha beer bottle my mom got me while on a recent vacation of hers.
So, I thought cute packaging and all, I am putting this to the test. I decided that I would give my husband a foot rub using Booda Butter. He thought I was just being nice, secretly, I was putting this to the test. It rubs on so smooth after you soften it up in your hands. There is no strong chemical smells, and it works perfect! My husband said he needs to start using this product everyday. And everyday since it has sat on our fireplace mantle, and my husband uses it before and after work everyday.
The best part? This isn't just some body butter to use on your dry skin. Booda Butter has many different uses including:
- Give Your Hair a Deep-Conditioning Treatment...After rinsing your hair in a warm shower, try liberally applying Booda Butter from root to tip, wrap a towel around your head and hang out for 20 minutes, then rinse. You'll be amazed at the intense hydration!
- Heal & Preserve Your Tattoo with Booda Butter! Keep that beautiful body art vibrant, healthy-looking and moist! Carry the tube of Booda with you all day to reapply as often as needed.
- Men... After Shaving, Try Booda Butter Instead! Your face is a sensitive place, so don't trust just anything as your aftershave. No toxins, no razorburn and won't clog pores!
- Smooth Fly-Aways and Frizzy Hair. Simply smooth a tiny amount between your palms and lightly run hands over dry hair to tame those guys! Also adds a beautiful finishing shine to your Booda-Do! Extra-Friendly to curly and wavy hair too!
- The Dry Scalp Treatment requires nothing more then a little melted Booda on your finger tips and a relaxing head massage.
- The Pat Technique: Lots of people are unsure how to evenly apply Booda Butter to their body at first, so let us recommend this... Scoop a pea sized amount into hands and rub your palms together to melt. Now lightly pat the area in which you wish to moisturize, followed by circular massaging to get a nice even coverage.
This is just some of the many interesting uses for Booda Butter.
Booda Butter is made with all natural ingredients including:
- Cocoa Butter
- Shea Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Olive Oil
You will not be disappointed in this product. It is definitely a household favorite.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
So, that being said. I was a nervous nelly about giving my son a bubble bath. I knew he would love it, but I didn't want anything to happen to him. I was recently able to try Dino Bubbles, from Smith and Vandiver.
I was so excited to try these, because these are completely safe for your little ones. There are no chemicals added to these bubbles, no sulfates or dioxanes. When I took them out of the box, there was a strong, but not terrible grape smell. I did get a bit nervous that the smell of the bubble bath was going to over power the smell of my sons body wash. I put just a small amount in the tub with him to make sure he was going to be fine with them. My son spent his bath making bath beards. He did try to eat them, but I wasn't so worried knowing that they were 99% natural.
To my surprise, the smell of the bubble bath did not transfer onto my sons skin. It was great. He does love bath time, but I never hear that many giggles from just a normal bath, and it was nice to be able to sigh a bit of relief knowing these bubbles were not going to hurt him in any way. I also loved that I didn't have to repeat myself by telling him to "sit on your butt" one hundred times like every other bath night.
I was also able to try Dino-Fizz. I used this on another bath night to see how my son would react to them. After I had ran his bath water, I dropped the Dino Egg into his water. He thought it was great having the egg fizz around, he kept trying to touch it. It also left the water a slight green color. Which I thought was fun, since it didn't transfer to his skin. They have a nice light scent. When the Dino egg had finished fizzing a small dinosaur popped up. Now because my son is so small right now, I had to take it away, because he wanted to taste that. And it could be a choking hazard, but for an older child I don't think that this would be an issue. These are very cute, and leave a lot or surprise for your child.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Being a parent for the first time, or even again after a few years can bring up a lot of questions. Even starting at the hospital, like why do they do the newborn screen? What all do I really NEED to have to help me do what's best for my baby?
Everyone knows all the questions that go through every new parents head when their little one comes into this world.
The Mommy MD Guide is great! You can read it cover to cover. It goes along on a month by month basis, so you know what to expect and don't have to worry so much if there are questions you want answered.
This book has tips that 70 different doctors who are also mothers. This book has a contents section in the front of the book to help you if you are trying to find a certain section. Also has an index in the back for the same reason. We all know when there is something wrong you want to figure it out as fast as possible, and it can be very frustrating to not be able to find information fast. This book has been made so you can either use it as a quick reference or just read the book cover to cover.
I am so happy I will be able to use this for the next year to help me with all my questions about my little man!
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Monday, June 16, 2014
As a mother, I am very worried about the best for my son. Now that he is starting to really run around, I am even more concerned with germs around my house. Especially with two dogs coming in and out of my house.
This being said, I wanted to find an easy cleaning solution to help kill all the germs, and make cleaning way easier. Any one that has had children knows, you only can get things you need to get done when your little one is not wanting your attention.
Home Right is a great company that offers many different products to help make life a bit easier for many different aspects of your life.
One product that Home Right has is the SteamMachine Plus. I have never owned a steamer in the past, nor have I ever used one. So this was definitely a new experience for me. I was so excited about this machine. I knew that others have said how much they love their steam machines, but I never knew what all they could do.
This machine has EVERYTHING! When I first received the package, I was so excited. My husband was also. I took it out of the box, and started looking through the instructions to see what all I had to do. It was so simple. The machine comes with a measuring cup that will help you measure the perfect amount of water. It also comes with a funnel so you are not making a huge mess, while trying to clean up life's messes.
I measured the water out, and put it in the machine, screwed the cap on, and turned the machine on. It literally took just thirty seconds for the water to be ready.
Because of this machine being able to easily pop into the mop handle that comes with it, it makes it so much easier to steam clean the floors. I have a VERY large kitchen, with an eat in area, plus a dining room. I steam cleaned all of this flooring in under twenty minutes. I didn't have to refill the machine one time. Though, I did have to stop and re plug it in in different areas. Which is to be expected with how big of an area I was cleaning. I also love that it dried so quickly. I didn't have to worry about my son slipping and falling, like I would if I had mopped the floor. My back hurt a heck of a lot less then it usually does when I clean the floor. And this machine got stains of my floor that I didn't even know they were there. Just thought it was apart of the design on my linoleum.
This started me on a cleaning frenzy. I moved it outside to do my car windows. Then after my husband left for work, I found myself finding things I could clean.
I tried around the toilet worked great! I tried the oven, worked wonders. I tried everything! Including getting weird stains that had shown up in my carpet. Everything just came clean.
I must say this one has all the extras. I love this machine! It will definitely be my go to for as much cleaning as I can find for it!
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