It’s the 2nd week of November already, it’s basically Christmas! This time of year is a complete chaotic mess for me. Maverick and Maxton both have birthdays during the holiday season in addition to all the usual Holiday things – Shopping for friends, family, and teachers. …Decorating, planning, cooking, and baking. All with a big ass smile on my face whilst my soul feeling like it’s going to implode from stress. I’m going to need an extra 5 Costco size bottles of that eggnog to get me through the next few months with my sanity intact. This blog was originally intended as a simple gift guide for families out there but…. It just got too crazy so I’m simplifying a bit more.
I had my younger kids walk around Target and other stores to see their favs and took a peek at Maxton’s Christmas letter to Santa with his wish list too 🙂
*If you’d like to support my blogging, the images and links below will take you directly to Amazon or Target. I’ll get a small commission with absolutely no extra cost to you if you should decide to make a purchase. This is just so I can continue to blog. Let’s be real here, blogging can cost money and I have mouths to feed. Thanks in advance for any and all support! Much peace and love.
Holiday Gift Ideas For The Kids
Please note: My children are ages 2-8, therefore most of these items will be suited for this age group. I won’t be writing long descriptions for this post, just skim through for ideas and click on any image or title to be sent to either Target or Amazon to purchase.
Note: Melanie (3yo) has one of these in pink and she absolutely adores it! I love how this toy teaches little ones to show a scruffy little rescue some TLC and turn it into a fluffy, cuddly little doll! When we first got this, Melanie wouldn’t let go of her doll for a good week straight – brushing and hugging the toy to pieces. (Price – about $10 at Target)
We just purchased this exact play kitchen last month and LOVE it. Kidkraft has great quality play kitchens, solid wood! I love all of them and would highly recommend any and all. Take a closer look at this model in my IG stories highlights!
Ok, this one is for older kids (or adults) but I know my son (who’s 8) would have no problem learning how to fly a drone tbh. If any of you ever watch him play Minecraft and Lego World – you’ll see why.
I know a lot of moms out there have been eyeing The Nugget play couch. Although it’s beautiful and pretty damn cool, I don’t want to spend $230 for a bunch of cushions. I found this mat on Amazon the other day I thought for my small spaced apartment and the price, it was a decent switch.
Happy May everyone! I’ll be posting all the products I feature on my IG here. Will update with a review asap once I use them. Or, you can just follow me on Insta and check out my stories from time to time for quicker updates.
If you’d like to support my blogging, some of the images and links below will take you directly to Amazon. I’ll get a small commission with absolutely no extra cost to you if you should decide to make a purchase. This is just so I can continue to blog. Let’s be real here, blogging can cost money and I have mouths to feed. Thanks in advance for any and all support! Much peace and love.
Update 5/8/19: The glitter on this dress irritates my daughters skin. She had severe Eczema as a baby so she has sensitive skin. Washed 4 times and still glitter coming off… I’m in a tough situation because Melanie is asking to wear this dress 10000x a day. We’ll try again in a few more washes.
Purple For Brown Hair By Overtone
So.. if you haven’t noticed already, my hair is red. Not ginger red but red, red. I had my hair bleached about a year ago and didn’t like the look of my roots growing out. I absolutely don’t have the time (or money tbh) to sit in a salon for 4 hours getting my roots bleached again. My solution? Add color.
Overtone is a colored hair conditioner/treatment so it colors your hair on top of making my frizzy damaged hair smooth. I opted for the Extreme Red set that cost me about $50. I’ve been using this product once every 1-2 weeks since October 2018 (6-7 months ago) and I still have some left. I have long shoulder/mid back length hair. SO worth the money.
This time I decided to try the Purple For Brown Hair color. Overtone offers a custom color kit with the Extreme Red and Extreme Purple color together and it looks amaze-ballz.
Ok, so I’m using the Purple For Brown color which could turn out a little different than what’s pictured.. I’ll update as soon as I can 🙂
Following are not affiliate links: I just really like this brand
https://overtone.co/ – they offer a ton of color options! Super quick and easy to use. I leave on my treatment for 5 minutes or less. Make sure to use gloves. Also, wipe down your shower afterwards.
This one was a little treat for myself on Mother’s Day! I recently cut my hair into long layers and I left the salon with silky smooth straight hair. Once I washed it, my hair went back to its frizzy damaged old self. I have a lot of hair, it’s just really thin. With years of at-home bleaching and years of perms and stuff, the ends are just always frizzy. I’m able to tame it down a bit with a straightener but it’s just not the same as getting a blow out from a salon. My hair looks a lot more polished when it’s curled but realistically, what mom of three has time for that? I’m tired of having my hair in a messy bun 24/7 so I’m trying this dryer brush. *Crossing Fingers*
Review: This brush saves me SO much time guys. It’s a dupe of the Revlon dryer brush which is currently priced at $47 on Amazon. I spent $35.00 on this and it was worth every penny. The ends of my hair are always pretty frizzy and this brush plus a small amount of defrizzing product solves all my hair issues every morning.
Furbo was released in 2016 and honestly I don’t know what took me so long to get one. I just received mine yesterday and absolutely love it! Video quality is good. Audio is clear. App is easy to use and the Furbo is really easy to set up. Connect the Furbo to your wifi at home and you can watch your pet from anywhere. What I really like about the Furbo is that it has a “bark alert” and you can set your setting to high (sensitive to sounds) or low (not so sensitive to sounds. We needed this because our fur baby starts howling within 10 minutes of us leaving the house. There’s a 2-way speak and mic function and you can throw your pup some treats at any time. The only downside is the price. $200-250 is a little much for the average person – my suggestion: search on eBay, Craigslist, LetGo or somewhere similar for a gently used one.
We travel quite a bit – nothing major overseas, just weekend getaways with the family to San Diego, Palm Springs, Vegas, and San Francisco. Ever since I discovered the hanging toiletry bag I can’t be without one on my trips. These types of bags can hang easily in the bathroom and can hold so much! (Kids, husbands, and my things). The exact one I have is pictured above!
So I was out shopping at the Irvrine Spectrum Center the other day and bumped into this adorable Pom Pom Baby Mobiles by BlaBlah Kids. Ok, so this is definitely one of the cutest things I’ve seen for baby nursery in awhile. But, for $170.00 ($144.00 at some retail stores and online if you’re lucky) it’s WAY out of budget for me. If you could afford this, that’s freaking awesome! But I wasn’t about to buy a mobile for $100+. I have better things to spend money on… like food, toys for my kids and maybe some workout gear that I’ll never get a chance to wear to a real gym.
While taking a closer look I realized that this could totally be made at home
Since a friend of mine is having a baby soon I figured I would take a shot at this. If the end product came out well I could even gift it.
Honestly, there are a lot of tutorials for Pom Pom Baby Mobiles online so I just Googled around for ideas. I spent about 3-4 hours on this project but it’s mostly because I kept having to get up (because mom life for real). If I sat down and stayed focused I could make one of these in 2 hours tops (excluding the time I spent to actually go buy the supplies needed). I had to edit all of my videos with music only because… #1 I was pretty much either yelling at my kids to stop fighting or they were crying… #2 I might have cussed a little too. oops.
Supplies Needed For Your Pom Pom Mobiles
10″ embroidery hoop *$1.77
5″ embroidery hoop *$0.97
4 yarns *$1.50 each = $6.00
pack of mini glue for glue gun (I actually only used 1 stick which I thought was amazing) * $0.97
ceiling hook * $1.29
toilet paper roll
bobby pin*If the item has a price next to it, it means I purchased it. Everything else I had at home. I spent a total of $11.00 at Walmart for this project. Had I purchased everything on this list I would have still spent less than $20.00.
I purchased everything in-store at my local Walmart.
Ok, so this was actually the very first time I made this and I just kind of winged it. I forgot to take photos of a couple steps. I’m sorry in advance for that.
Pom Pom Mobile Instructions
Start by making your pom poms.
I used this tutorial from YouTube. This person used 2 toilet paper rolls but I only had 1. I cut my toilet paper roll in half (length-wise) and taped them to make 2 skinnier rolls. I wrapped 2 yarns around my toilet paper rolls 120 times. Tied my yarn like the video tutorial below. Just note: Cutting yarn is SUPER messy. I would advise doing this outside if you can as I had little threads and yarn dust ALL over the place and was breathing it all in. My pom poms came out to about 2.5 inches wide after all the trimming and making them even. I made 8 pom poms in total: 3 with beige + beige peach brown mix, 2 with beige and light blue and the last 3 with light blue and navy.
And here’s my video:
Cut some more yarn into the lengths you want for your mobile. I didn’t measure and just eyeballed it and tied a knot 5 times at the end.
Attaching the yarn to my pom poms was a little tricky. I ended up using a bobby pin to thread my yarn into my pom pom.
After I threaded my yarn through my pom pom I hot glued the knotted end of my yarn and secured it into the middle of the pom pom.
Making the mobile: I wrapped my beige yarn all around the 10″ wooden embroidery hoop hot gluing all the loose ends. I tried to make sure the gluing was all done towards the inside of the hoop.
Next I wrapped my 7″ embroidery hoop in light blue and navy and made a loop at the very top so you can hang the finished product.
Ok, so here’s where I messed up. I attached the strings with pom poms onto the 10 inch mobile before attaching it to the 5 inch hoop. That’s a big no. Attach the 2 hoops together first. Next hang your mobile somewhere and then tie the strings with pom poms on the mobile.
I tied the yarns with pom poms at the end to the 10 inch mobile in various lengths. You can get creative here but I chose to do a waterfall type of shape. I did this step sooner than I should have so you can see my finished product looks a little bit lopsided. Oops!
Does my DIY Pom Pom Baby Mobiles look perfect?
Absolutely not. I’m sure the people who make these type of baby mobiles in a factory are far more skilled than I am. BUT from a distance? Yeah – I guess it’s close enough.
Would I do this again?
Yes! Ok, so this project is really tedious and it makes a hell of a mess but the end result was cute! How do you not love pompoms? On a scale of 1-10 I would rate the difficulty of this project as a 6. It doesn’t take a whole lot of skill… just a LOT of patience.
I love the fact that you can customize the colors and overall design of your mobile to match any nursery theme. Another thing I saw were these animal shaped pompom tutorials…. see where I’m going here? Picture a baby mobile with little poofy animals.
This was my first tutorial for anything ever so please excuse the fact that a lot of pictures and video is missing. I’ll be sure to do a little more next time! So, what do you think? Do you think you would ever make a pom pom baby mobile? Let me know in the comments below!
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
Support Team USA with one of our ready-made designs or customize your own for your favorite country’s team or favorite sporting event
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!