So if you know me at all you would’ve noticed I like taking pictures of my kids.
I always wanted to do the whole monthly photo shoot thing with my babies. When my first was born I didn’t even know about keepsake photos. I was just trying to keep myself awake and my child alive.
By the time my second was born I had seen countless internet moms do their own version of monthly keepsake photos and I wanted to do the same. I tried to keep things simple and purchased props and outfits. At first I got through without too many issues but when I got to month 4 and 5 I was running out of ideas and the cost of each photo shoot was starting to get expensive. I spent a lot of time planning out themes, looking for places to buy props and outfits and spending a lot of time and energy on the photo shoot itself.
Introducing Baby Booth Box
Baby Booth Box is a month to month subscription box that sends you themed photo shoot props for your growing baby.
Say goodbye to wasting time trying to plan baby photo shoots! Purchase everything one by one for your DIY photo shoots? No, Thanks. I’d rather have a simple, no hassle and affordable Baby Booth Box.
This would make such a cute gift for any mom-to-be in your life! I found having photo shoot sessions with my babies to be a great way to bond and play together. Although at moments it can get a little frustrating, I loved having these moments with my little ones.
I absolutely loved my box. The props were of good quality and things that I can definitely reuse. It was so much fun opening my Baby Booth Box and finding all the cute goodies inside. The thing I liked most about this was the experience! Being able to set up, get my baby dressed up and taking photos (with the help of my other kids too). We had so much fun together and the final result is something I was cherish forever. Thank You Baby Booth Box!
Disclaimer: Yes, this Baby Booth Box was complimentary but all opinions are my own! Although subscribing myself is a little late (my baby is grown up) I am definitely thinking of purchasing this for a friend or family member who is expecting.
I’ve had a surprising number of you about come by and download my first set of Free Instagram Stories Templates. Because of the love I’ve been receiving from all of you through these Free Instagram Stories Templates I’ve decided to continue to create more.
I’ll try my best to keep this a weekly (or bi-weekly) thing.
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The Coop Yorba Linda is nestled in the corner of a fairly busy plaza. This plaza also has a Starbucks, Churned Creamery (hands down my favorite place for ice cream and sweet treats in Yorba Linda, CA), Vons Supermarket, CVS among a variety of other small restaurants and retail stores.
I’ll be honest
There’s a bunch of indoor kids play grounds within a 15 minute radius of my house so I wasn’t all too excited when I heard another one was going to open nearby. I forgot about The Coop Yorba Linda and it’s grand opening until it was time to plan my daughters 2nd birthday party. Determined to find a good venue, I was compelled to Yelp my local party venue options. (I ended up having her birthday party at my house btw, photos to come!) By the time I finally checked this place out they had already been open for a month or two.
To put things simply, I.. I mean my kids loved The Coop Yorba Linda
There was plenty of parking and the place was spotless. I love the entire look and theme of the playground: It’s bright orange and yellow theme with hints of wood and grey make the perfect backdrop for photos (Instagram moms, You’ll like this place for sure). Once you walk in there’s a large table where you can eat snacks and drink coffee while the kids play with the doll house, drawing pad and crayons. Just like all other indoor playgrounds this venue requires all adults to wear socks. No socks required for the kids from what I remember, but you should probably bring socks for the kids anyways.
Once you get inside the main play area
The biggest and most obvious thing you’ll notice is the ball pit. It’s pretty big in size and they didn’t skimp out on the balls either. This fairly deep and well built ball pit features bright orange and yellow balls, 2 slides and climbing tunnel.
I started noticing the other play areas that are offered like the bounce house, interactive floor piano and games (I forgot to take photos of this, watch the video at the top of the page!), little play house, little riding cars and wooden toys… at first I thought The Coop was a little small compared to the other local indoor playgrounds. Maybe my oldest (who is 6 years old) would quickly get bored of a smaller space? But, I was wrong and The Coop Yorba Linda turned out to be a real gem for our family.
Plenty of parking
Fair price ($12 per child over 1- all day admission (which means you can go in and out – hint* STARBUCKS nearby and if you’re an Instagram-mama Churned Creamery is a MUST go – review coming soon!)
Super clean , like my kids socks barely got dirty type of clean.
Plenty of things for kids to do. My kids could spend 2 hours in just the ball pit alone.
The interactive floor piano was a great way for me to get up and play with my kids.
When you’re inside the play area you can pretty much see your kids from any seat you decide to take which is a huge plus for me.
You can’t really see your kids if you decide to leave them in the play area and have a cup of coffee in the lobby / snack table and you can’t bring any food or drink inside.
They don’t have food – besides some chips, juice and water they don’t offer much else. You are allowed to bring your own snacks as long as you eat then outside of the play area.
Interested in a birthday party here? You’ll need to pay with an arm or leg. I was truly ecstatic when I saw this place and thought this would be the perfect place for my daughters birthday – except their CHEAPEST package starts at $650.00. For all day you ask? No, for 2 hours and they still don’t include food in that price. Yikes.
On a regular day, this is a GREAT spot for younger toddlers and kids to enjoy. Hell, I enjoyed myself too! Jumping in the ball pit with my kids was fun.. a little too fun! Grab your mom besties and their kids, grab some snacks and coffee at Starbucks and head over to The Coop for play. Step out to eat, drop by the ice cream shop nearby and come back if you’d like. The entire place just screams “Instagram me now!!” so you’ll have beautiful photos at the end of your play date too! For a birthday party though… the price is just wayyy too much for me. If you could afford it – I suppose it’s worth it. They have beautiful decorations and entertainment options. They did explain to me that the prices are this way because of the layout of the venue: All parties are private. This means they shut down the entire place for your party. It sounds wonderful in theory but my wallet just isn’t this deep at the moment.
The Coop Yorba Linda 20655 Yorba Linda Blvd Ste A Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Hi all! Recently I had a few friends over and I had some of my Chewy And Sweet Nut Seed Fruit Squares out on my counter. Everyone plus the kids liked them and I thought I’d take a quick moment to share.
My kids love this because it’s sweet and chewy with little bits of crunch. It’s the perfect snack to keep in a zip lock in my purse and has been especially proven useful to me when my 2 year old is getting fussy. I will admit her hands can get a little sticky afterwards but her little toddler hands get sticky anyway so it’s never been a big deal for me. (Baby wipes!)
Chewy And Sweet Nut Seed Fruit Squares Raw Bar Recipe
2 cups of whatever nuts, seeds or dry fruit you want
2 spoonfuls of sugar
2 spoons of brown rice syrup
1 spoon of water
parchment paper/baking pan
For my version (pictured) I used:
Teeny bit of leftover quick oats (not cooked)
Feel free to chop up any kind of nuts, seeds and dry fruit and fill your 2 cups.
Brown rice syrup is a healthier alternative to corn syrup.
On medium heat roast your nuts/seeds mix in a pan until slightly fragrant. (Optional because you can decide to keep your nuts/seeds mix raw)
Turn off heat and mix in your dry fruit
In another pan have your sugar, rice syrup and water and start heating on medium/low. Once your mixture is melted and starts to bubble turn off the heat and mix in your nut mix. (Another great version of this is when you add 1-2 thin slices of ginger to the syrup mix and remove them before mixing in your nuts/seeds). Note: Careful not to burn your syrup!
Mix everything together well, once everything starts to cool down you’ll feel all the sugar mix getting thicker and stickier.
Have a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Pour your mix into the baking pan and use another paper to press down and flatten your mix.
Leave everything out at room temperature for about an hour. This keeps the bars more chewy and easier to eat for the kids.
Remove your nut/seed block from the pan and cut it into little squares or bars.
Keep in ziplock or airtight container for up to 7 days.
Enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried this or have any questions!
My everyday routine is pretty damn simple (o.k, basic). Wash my face, lotion and a light powder foundation, draw brows and out the door. I used to like putting makeup on and doing my hair all pretty but with 3 young kids, let’s face it, I have too many other things to tend to in the morning.
I received the Maybelline FIT Me Dewy foundation in Natural Beige and the Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime Primer in the mail the other day. To be honest I was a little too excited. I’d have the opportunity to try something I otherwise wouldn’t have tried and have a full face of makeup on for a day and call it “work”.
I’ll be turning 32 this year (old af it feels like) and I have not tried or used any primer before this. I think my MUA used some on me on my wedding day like 10 years ago but that was about it. Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime Primer is light and smooth. I didn’t need to use a lot of the product to cover my face. Although I cannot compare this to other products I’ll say that I like it. My skin felt moist (I know I don’t like that word either) and hydrated but didn’t feel sticky.
Let’s start with this: I don’t like my face looking dewy. I’m way more into the matte foundation look so I was pretty skeptical about the Maybelline FIT Me Dewy Foundation. A little of this product definitely goes a long way. This foundation is light, buildable and kept my face looking and feeling hydrated all day. For testing purposes I didn’t use anything on top of my base and foundation and coverage lasted all day. I did use my sponge once in the middle of the day (around 2-3PM) because I felt I looked a little oily. That being said, I also want to add that I did receive more than a few compliments on my skin while out. (winning!) So, I’m guessing there may be something to this whole dewy-skin look that I’m not fully understanding just yet.
Here’s a short video of the package I received from Influenster + Maybelline that contained the 2 items reviewed above. Although items were complimentary all opinions of this product are my own.
What do you think? Would you give this product a try? If you have it already, do you like it? Comment below and let me know what you think!
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A baby swing is definitely an essential . They keep baby relaxed and entertained which gives mom a few moments to tend to one of the other hundreds of things-to-do in the house. The Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat is really valuable for families and their infants. If you live in a smaller space like us, this just might be perfect.
Just like many other baby swings the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat offers music, vibrations, comforting nature sounds, and a soft baby seat all in one. What makes this baby swing the perfect fit for our family is the fact that it’s a space-saver when in use and fully assembled or when it’s folded up and stored away.
The Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat is a great deal. Currently it’s selling for only $44.00 at Walmart with free 2-day shipping within the U.S. This is much lower than the average baby swing cost. There are tons of good swings out there from diverse producers, but Fisher-price is among the rare trusted manufacturers. In terms of quality and being widely available across many retail stores in the U.S -this is a great product.
Positives of the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat
Smart Swing Technology: Among the distinctive feature of Fisher-Price Deluxe take Along swing is the smart Swing technology. It has six different swinging speeds which ranges from high to low. The speeds senses your baby’s weight and shouldn’t slow down as your baby grows.
Comfortable seat: Although the seating positions are limited, I haven’t had any issues with my 2 month old feeling uncomfortable. Sometimes my baby boy would sit in here and sleep for hours at a time.
Music & Nature Sounds: I honestly haven’t used the music on this swing too often. But, it’s nice to know it’s there. You can control the volume and there are different songs and sounds.
Five-point harness: Safety harness is there which is a big plus. I don’t think companies are allowed to make a baby swing without a 5 point harness anyway but knowing this is a safe item is reassuring.
Negatives of the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat
Battery Powered: Ok, so this could be a positive if you’re planning on traveling with your swing. But, I’m changing the batteries to this swing every 3 weeks and that’s a little annoying. Maybe this would be a great item to bring along in the RV if we were to go camping this summer.
Yes, there are hundreds of baby swing options out on the market but very few that takes this little amount of space and none that are at this low of a price for the options that it has. I’ve been reading through reviews of this product online. I want to add that there are a good amount of negative reviews. Most of them state that the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat stops working even after just a few days or months of use. This has not happened to me and I have a 30 lbs. toddler and a 60 lbs. kid sitting and sometimes even standing on this swing for fun. If that’s not what you call durable, I don’t know what is. Either way, if you purchase at Walmart I’m sure they will accept returns if your swing stops working within the 30 day return policy.
So what do you think? Would you try this product out? Have you used this product? What was your experience? Write in the comments below!
It could be because I’m a mom of 3 or that fact that I’m in my 30’s but I’ve noticed some fine lines and wrinkles appearing under my eyes; and it’s not a happy feeling. I wanted to try inject-able wrinkle fillers but I’m deathly afraid of needles (don’t tell my kids). Luckily, I’ve found a simple and effective solution: K-Wrinkle Patches.
There is no shortage of options to consider when it comes to skincare products
These products come in various forms such as lotions, pills, creams, inject-able solutions etc. After all, everybody likes to maintain youngness of skin (particularly the facial and neck areas). Interestingly, regardless of the type of the product, it is normal for us (women) to expect quick results with less or zero trouble. That said, K-Wrinkle Patches are a unique product in this highly competitive market and it promises to offer quicker, reliable and trouble-free transformation to your skin.
Herewith I am sharing the personal experience I had with K-Wrinkle Patches; I am pretty sure that this information might become handy when you are shopping around for a good wrinkle remover.
A few highlights and facts of K-Wrinkle Patches
Each pack comes with 2 pieces (1 pair) and each patch consists of about 400 micro-sized cones built with 100% Hyaluronic acid.
Made In Korea – It’s no secret! Beauty products from South Korea are of great quality and the price points are very competitive within the market.
Comparable products include Rodan + Fields and Peter Thomas Roth Professional
K-Wrinkle Patch Usage Instructions:
1. Wash your face with a cleanser.
2. Remove patches from the package.
3. The white sticker labels are the sticky side. Remove the white sticker labels and apply the sticky side to desired area. Be careful not to stick the patch to itself because it’s impossible to detach. You will have to dispose of the patch if this happens.
4. There is also a clear sticker back which is there just to protect the product. You can peel these off as well.
5. THIS STEP IS A MUST: Press down the patches into your skin firmly until you can’t feel the micro cones anymore. You’ll feel the micro cones going into your skin, but no worries! This is not painful nor does it put you into any discomfort.
6. Once the patches are on you can moisturize as usual but avoid putting any lotions or products on the patches. You wouldn’t want the patches to un-stick from your skin while you’re asleep.
7. Wake up and simply peel the the patches off. I had little indent marks when I first peeled off my patches but this goes away within 20-30 minutes.
8. Cleanse and apply your daily routine (moisturize, makeup, etc.)
***For maximum results use an entire box (8 pairs) within 2 weeks***
Here are the most notable positive points I’ve experienced with K-Wrinkle Patches.
100% High Quality Made In Korea Skin Care Product & Safe
One of the major doubts people have when shopping around for a skincare product is safety and quality. Some products that promises to deliver instant results consist of harmful, toxic chemicals that come with side effects. In this case, I am certain that K-Wrinkle Patches are a human-safe and harmless product because it is manufactured based on Hyaluronic acid. Apart from that, it comes with KFCC certification. I do want to add: If you have sensitive skin please consult your dermatologist!
Compared to most of the skincare products I have tried, K-Wrinkle Patches are a product that delivers speedy results (without any side-effects). Apart from the rapidness, I like to call it a very easy-to-use product; all you have to do is to stick the patch on the wrinkled area and sleep.
Very effective strategy
The strategy behind this product is very effective; once you apply the patch on the skin, the special formula starts to melt and penetrate the skin. Then it starts to rejuvenate the skin by filling the wrinkles. The formula they have used is capable of repairing the damaged skin cells and eliminate the wrinkle effect. Although I am not a dermatologist, I honestly feel the effectiveness of the special formula they’ve included in these patches.
It can improve the overall skin condition
In addition to removing the wrinkles, these K-Wrinkle Patches can improve the overall appearance and the condition of the skin. In fact, I feel that this product can slightly remove the overall sagginess of the skin and therefore, it does the job as a good anti-aging product. Also, I noticed my skin looking brighter just after 1 use.
Negative points of K-Wrinkle Patches
I couldn’t notice any significant drawback related to this product. However, the effectiveness of this product might vary depending on the type of the skin you have. In addition to that, if you have a very sensitive skin, you will have to consult your skincare specialist before you apply it.
A couple of things to consider when applying your K-Wrinkle Patches
Wash your face before applying your patches and even before applying any toners or lotions. Once the patches are on, apply your moisturizers around the patches – you wouldn’t want them to slide off your face while sleeping.
Be careful when peeling the stickers off your K-Wrinkle patches. If it were to ever stick to itself: you won’t be able to peel it open again.
Once you open your package apply right away and don’t leave it open, it will damage the product.
When you first put your K-wrinkle patch on the skin and press you can feel the teeny tiny micro cones on your skin. No worries though! It’s no where near uncomfortable or painful.
Overall, I am happy with the results this product delivered to me. It is rapid, free of side-effects and easy to apply; what’s more for a busy working mom? More importantly, it is a syringe-free, pill-free skincare solution that does the job.
Check out my 5 minute YouTube video below! This is actual footage of my VERY FIRST use of this product and you can already start seeing the results!
What do you think? Would you be interested in purchasing this product? Write it in the comments below!
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Today I received a package with 3 VR (Virtual Reality) Viewers from Unofficial Cardboard. The kids and I had so much fun playing with these! With Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers you can watch any 360 video from the YouTube app in virtual reality.
At under $10, these VR viewers are an affordable way to maximize your Olympics watching experience or really anything on YouTube360
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So, let’s start with how to assemble your Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers.
If you flip your flat viewer there should be dotted arrows printed across the back.
There is an outside cover you can put to the side.
Pop open the viewer and take the bigger flaps and fold them in.
Fold the smaller flap on top and tuck the ends into the viewer.
Open the appropriate app and set up VR mode.
When ready, place your phone (screen side facing the glass part) and fold the cardboard flap up to cover the back of your phone.
Pull the elastic and tuck it into the tab to keep your phone in place.
Using the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics live was a great experience for me and older kids (ages 6 and 2). It was so fun! Definitely a very unique way to experience the Olympic games without leaving the house. All 3 VR viewers came well packaged and was easy to assemble. Although made of cardboard the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers were surprisingly sturdy. (The passed the handled-by-a-2-year-old test). The quality of the print was great and the glasses worked well with the apps mentioned above.
Max (my 6 year old) said he wanted to watch all of his YouTube videos this way so we tried out a few Minecraft 360 videos off the YouTube app and he enjoyed that as well.
He especially liked this one.
*You can view this video (and any other YouTube 360 video) by clicking the glasses icon on the bottom right corner of the video on your smartphone in the YouTube app.
If you have a 360 camera you can record your marriage proposals, weddings, baby birthdays, birth videos, kids parties, family reunions…whatever! And watch and relive these moments over and over again with your VR viewers. I haven’t had much experience with VR but it definitely feels like it will be a normal part of how we share content with others!
So what do you think of the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers? Do you think you would purchase one for your next sporting event get together? Imagine having a Super Bowl or World Series party with these! Or maybe even custom printing them and using them at your next corporate event! The options are truly limitless.
Disclosure: I have received the Unofficial Cardboard VR Viewers for free in exchange for an honest review and content on my blog.
I’ve been wanting to buy my almost 2 year old daughter some form of dough or molding sand. On one of my daily trips to Target this week I just happened to notice MODO Modern Dough in the toy section conveniently placed next to the Play Doh. The modern packaging caught my attention and the colors looked bright and fun.
This package comes with 3 colors, containers with stamps on the sides and a wooden sculpting tool. I picked up a box with the Pink, Purple and Green colors.
As far as I can tell, MODO Modern Dough is exactly like Play Doh
It has the same or very similar texture to Play Doh. The colors are similar and nothing I would say is hugely different than other dough brands. This stuff smells the same as Play Doh. Heck, they could have just changed the packaging and sold it to me for more expensive, who knows. The only significant difference is that it’s definitely more expensive. The pack of 3 shown in my photos are about $5 at Target and it’s only available in stores. I couldn’t find this product online anywhere. (Sorry can’t link it!)
Here’s the good side:
My kids had a lot of fun playing with MODO. They loved the stamps and the carving tool. Everything was simple enough for my 23 month old to do and my 6 year old had fun teaching his little sister how to sculpt things with dough.
I do love the packaging
And the containers are definitely reusable! When our MODO Modern Dough dries out, I’ll most likely fill these containers up with some home made play dough, slime or sand. Aesthetically pleasing, for $5 I think this makes a great inexpensive gift for any kid ages 2+.
What Do You Think?
Would you purchase MODO Modern Dough for your kids or a gift? Let me know in the comments below!