June 2019 – Products I Love (or will love soon)

Happy June everyone! It’s that time again. I’m starting my list of products I’ve discovered or loving this month. I’ll be featuring these products in more detail throughout the month of June so please follow! @because_mom_life

*If you’d like to support my blogging, 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.

Products from May 2019 <- Check out this link to see the list of products I’ve purchased last month

MyBite Multivitamin Chocolate Chewables

I actually purchased the kids version of these at Target the other week and my kids LOVE them. My oldest always reminds me to grab them for him every morning! What I found interesting is that each bite (or serving) has less sugar than many of the gummy varieties of vitamins I took a look at the store that day. Kids love these, we don’t forget to eat them and they taste good!

Besiva Sand Free Beach Blanket

I still haven’t gone to the beach with this mat. After receiving it, i’m not too convinced it’ll even work as advertised. We’ll see I suppose, stay tuned!

SECRET KEY Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel Exfoliater

A dear friend of mine has been raving about this product for awhile now and I’ve been fortunate enough to try it out (again) on our recent trip to Palm Springs. Yes, It was as good as I remember it to be! It’s a scub peel that exfoliates like CRAZY. I didn’t even know I had so much dead skin on my face before I used this stuff.

Directions: Use on a dry face and lightly scrub your skin. You’ll start to see literal chunks of dead skin come off your face (SO gross but amazing and oh so satisfying at the same time!) Wash off with warm water and gentle, I repeat: GENTLE face wash. It’s a peel; Don’t use it with other exfoliants. Skip sunbathing and other harsh chemicals on the skin for a couple of days afterwards. I’ve only tried this a few times but I would advise using this peel face wash once every 1-2 weeks.

Kristen Ess The One Signature Shampoo & Conditioner

I’m not adding any links to purchase this product because the Kristen Ess products sold on Amazon seem to have some bad reviews (possibly a counterfeit/expired item)? Besides, it’s half price at Target – $10.00 each! Smells amazing + feels amazing. I’ll update my review after a few weeks.

Trader Joe’s Mint Watermelon Tea

Current Mood: Trader Joe’s Mint Watermelon Tea is LIFE

I have this product linked to Amazon just in case someone wanted more detailed info on it. If you do plan on purchasing, go straight to Trader Joe’s! A close friend of mine came over with a tin of this stuff and I instantly fell in l o v e.

Straight out of the tin this tea smells like watermelon bubblegum. You get a taste of mint on your first sip that gradually turns into a watermelon bubble gum-ish after taste. I’ve been brewing the Mint Watermelon Tea and mixing in Milo’s No Calorie Famous Sweet Tea and a handful of ice every afternoon and it’s life changing. (Milo’s sweet tea is available in SoCal at Walmart and Sam’s Club if anyone is interested.

Dashima (Kombu) Dried Kelp – For my hair

Dashima (Dashi Kombu) is AMAZING as a hair pack!

I know this product looks really random on this list but, just listen. I’ve been using this stuff I can’t even believe how much smoother my hair looks in just a couple of uses. I’m dedicating an entire blog to this within the week so stay tuned!

May 2019 – Products I Love (or will love soon)

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.

My Instagram—> @because_mom_life

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.

Disney Fantasy Gown Nightgown Pajamas



These pajamas are SO flippin’ cute guys! I found them at Costco for $12.99 but there are tons of them on Amazon for less than $20. We just purchased an Elsa and Belle gown earlier today.

Melanie is OBSESSED with her Disney Elsa Nightgown.
Costco Find! Only $12.99 FTW

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.


I found Overtone in my FB feed and decided to give it a try… Fell. In. LOVE.

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.

https://overtone.co/collections/custom-color-kits/ – This is the link to the custom color kits they offer.

Overtone Review:

You guys. I did it.. and I can’t. I love Overtone. I washed my hair last night and left on the treatment for less than 5 minutes. Check out my hair this morning:

Enjoyee Hair Dryer Brush""“>Enjoyee Hair Dryer Brush


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.

Bear Essentials Microfiber Camping and Travel Towel

I just received this lightweight travel towel from Bear Essentials in Teal. Saving it for this Memorial Day! Hoping to get some good use out of this at the pool. #ad

Furbo Pet Camera

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.

7Senses Hanging Toiletry Bag

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!

Products I Love April 2019

Hey everyone! Hope April 2019 has been treating you wonderfully. I get a lot of questions about the products I post on my IG and IG Stories so I decided to make a page dedicated to just that on my blog. I’ll be updating this section of my blog as much as possible so please bookmark or follow me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/because_mom_life) for the latest. Click on any of the images below for the direct links!

Triple Cream : This stuff is one of the thickest lotions I’ve ever used. Sticky? Yes, but great for my kids eczema flares. Just lather on as needed! $24.99 on Amazon
Update: I’ve been using this cream for a little over a month now and after 3 tubs, I’m still happy with it!
Seat cushion by Purple: So if you haven’t been living under a rock you’ve seen the countless ads on your Facebook and Instagram feeds for a Purple Mattress. Unfortunately I’m not baller enough for the mattress but I DID get myself the seat cushion… and it’s amazing. $79.00 on Amazon
Update: My husband says his butt feels awesome 🙂 He sits on the computer for hours at a time to work and this seat cushion has been doing wonders for him.
Parenting Let’s Make A Game Of It: Great, easy and entertaining to read parenting book! I hate reading, but this was good. The Amazon Kindle version is only $2.99! No brainer.

Project Sunscreen: A ROLL ON sunscreen for kids and baby! No harsh chemicals, easy to apply, easy to carry… Seriously, one of my favorite products I’ve bumped into so far this year! $14.99 on website below


https://projectsunscreen.com/collections/all
Use code: HAVEABALL15 for 15% off

Update: After a month of using this product we still love it! Its just so easy to apply and carry around. Since it’s always strapped onto my baby bag we never forget it!



Natural Eyelash Growth Serum By Match Lash: This one I’m still in the process of using and getting results from. Tbh I haven’t been able to be consistent using this product but I wanted to add it here just in case anyone else had any input or experience using it before. $49.99 on Amazon
Update: whompwhompwhomp 🙁 Don’t like this product. Didn’t do much for my lashes and my eyes burned the next morning after application.

Medline Remedy Olivamine Calazime Skin Protectant Paste Cream: I was introduced to this product through a close friend and am really impressed with the results! I’ve been using this on areas of my kids skin that are really effected by eczema. It does have a “dry” feel to it almost like it could dry out the skin but it has quite the opposite effect! Only downside I’ve experienced is that it gets on clothes and leaves a white-ish residue. I’ll be going over this on my IG stories soon so stay tuned! $6.92 on Amazon
Update: Because of the color of the lotion it’s difficult to apply all throughout the day. But yes, it helps with the itching. If you try this lotion, prepare to have lotion residue on everything it touches.

Slime Bonanza Slime kit: I haven’t opened this one yet but I’ll be doing just that with my kids the first chance we get. (Most likely within a week or two). It has good reviews and has a decent price. $19.99 on Amazon
Update: I still haven’t opened this with my kids! Will add this to the May 2019 product list and finally review it.

Gellen Gel Nail Polish Top and Base Coat: I recently invested in a UV led lamp so I could do my nails at home. Saves so much time and money! This base and top coat has been absolutely perfect and my nails are now going on a week and half with no chips or peeling. (note: I do a lot of chores, dishes and bottle washing without gloves!) The set is only $7.99 on Amazon
Update: With this top coat and base, my home cured gel nails lasted almost 2 weeks. I don’t use gloves when washing dishes so 2 weeks is pretty good in my opinion.

Burt’s Bees Baby footed sleepers: I love Burt’s Bees because they use organic cotton. In terms of my youngest Maverick and his eczema, putting on massive amounts of lotion and keeping the area COVERED seems so help immensely. He’s old enough now where he can pull regular socks off so having footed clothing is a MUST. These are light enough so wear regularly, they have non-slip feet and are zippered. I purchased the 2 pack ( A Bee C/Stripe 2-pk ) for $27.00 on Amazon.
Update: So the bands around the wrists were a little too tight for Maverick so I had to cut them off. Whatever works I guess?

iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat Review: Beach Cruisin’ with my 14 month old

Your child is the most important part of your life, and you want to share the world with them. Living near the California coast I’ve found beach cruising to be a great way to do this. Not only can our entire family get some fresh air, our kids (ages 7, 2 and 1) can learn to love the feeling of a bike beneath them. MyiBert Child Safe-T-Seat is the perfect bike seat for my 14 month old.


Just a really quick view of the iBert Child Bicycle Seat.

I found that a lot of baby/child bike seats are made to be mounted on the back of the rider. Rear-mounted bike seats are obviously mounted behind you, making interaction very difficult. Here are the reasons why I went with a bike seat that mounts on the front of the bike:

iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat Is Mounted On The Front Of Your Bike

  • There is no drag on the bike with an iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat. The seat becomes part of the bike, thus making it easier to climb hills. (when compared to a bike trailer, Yes I have one, No I don’t use it anymore)
  • You can travel the bike paths that are inaccessible to others. I’m not as advanced of a rider so this wasn’t really an issue for me but I wanted to add it in here anyways).
  • The iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat on the front of the bike near the handlebars, allowing for easy interaction with your child. However, the seat is out of the way, causing no restrictions on your knees (even for tall people! I’m 5’7″)
  • The iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat is both safe and durable. Your child is seated in a very comfortable position and can see more than just your back, while still being completely protected. This seat also lasts for years and can even be left outside during rainy seasons. Not that Southern California has dramatic weather… but the material used to make this particular bike seat is durable.
  • The iBert Mount Bicycle Seat is made with both you and your child in mind. The seat attaches to the front of the bike, leaving plenty of space for your knees and comfortably fitting your child. Just a couple weeks ago my family and I went out for a 2 hour bike ride and baby Maverick (who is now 14 months) didn’t seem to have any complaints with comfort.
  • Installation of the iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat is very quick and easy. This seat can be installed in less than 5 minutes. ANYONE can do it! This means that there is no fumbling for tools to detach the seat and no time needed to convert your bike. Although I didn’t personally install the seat onto my bike (this is what husbands are for, right?) my husband was done with the seat installation in a matter of minutes.

Where to purchase the iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat

I actually found this item to be a bit pricey but was lucky enough to find a used one on Craigslist nearby. I would highly advise searching in your local area first before purchasing new-in-the-box from online or in stores. Amazon has the iBert bike seats listed for about $80-$100 and you may be able to find them in sporting goods or bike stores.

Do you have any experience with the iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat ?

Let me know of your pros and cons in the comments!

Disclosure: Yes, I have ads in my blog post! This is because if you click on the ads and buy something from Amazon using my link, I’ll get a small commission with absolutely no extra cost to you. This is just so I can continue to blog. Let’s be real here, blogging can cost money. Thanks in advance for any and all support. Much peace and love.

Hot Vita Slimdown Gel, Because I’m a mom of 3

Having the perfect legs or abs is what every man and woman dreams of; unfortunately that is not necessarily always the case. After having 3 kids, No matter how much exercising and dieting I did, I still found a little excess fat hanging around my belly. (Ok, AND my arms, pooch, thighs, and my least fav: double chin.) Cardio, weight lifting and nutritional eating habits are all good for conditioning, toning, and health. But what about those little fatty deposits that you only know of?

Keeping up with my crazy kids and re-applying my Hot Vita Slimdown Gel at the park.

Losing weight through the usual exercise and diet route is still the ideal way for people to go when they want to trim down. If you have attempted all the lotions and potions, mainstream America has promised that will give you the perfect legs, thighs, and arms, without any success. You may just consider a simple, yet powerful product that is providing results to users: Hot Vita Slimdown Gel.

Hot Vita Products are available on Amazon!

What Is Hot Vita Slimdown Gel?

Took my Hot Vita Slimdown Gel with me on a beach bike ride just this past weekend.

Hot Vita Slimdown Gel is a nonprescriptive product that provides the skin with everything that is needed to reduce fat, repair kin tissue and increase blood flow and circulation; resulting in the breakdown and prevention of cellulite buildup in your body. Sound interesting? Read on.

How Does Hot Vita Slimdown Gel Work?

While exercising, dieting and eating nutritionally is very important for the total body. Hot Vita Slimdown Gel provides the body with the additional boost that is needed to speed up your body’s metabolism. In doing so, your body will burn more calories and store less fat in those difficult areas of the body. 

What are the Ingredients?

The ingredients used to make Hot Vita Slimdown Gel have been traditionally used to help slim down. Among the ingredients contained in it, are all natural and others with great characteristics or features regarding our topic of interest.

Full list of the ingredients in Hot Vita Slimdown Gel – Available on Amazon

Advantages Of Hot Vita Slimdown Gel

The most common advantage in using Hot Vita Slimdown Gel is its anti-inflammatory effects. Muscle pain and swelling in sports injuries like tennis elbow and fractures and muscle trauma are widespread. Sports physicians highly recommend this cream as pain remedies for such situations. Accidentally slipped and hurt your hip, knee or back? Just had surgery? Having a massage, physiotherapy or oral pain relievers may not be enough. The calming and soothing properties of the cream can take away the pain and swelling making your recovery faster.

Your Hot Vita Slimdown Gel will help return the elasticity of your skin to help you get rid of those ripples that you see on some parts of your body and help you look your best. With the help of Hotvita Slimdown gel, you can get rid of visual cellulite, and your body can look svelte and slim the way you want it to.

I used up my first order of Hot Vita Slimdown Gel

Here’s my experience: Hot Vita Slimdown Gel is a product that is safe to use on a daily basis. There were no side effects to my skin. The product goes on smoothly and you can feel a slight burning and cooling within minutes (much like when you use Bengay, smells similar too). The smell and heated/cooling sensation seems to go away within the hour. I’ve really enjoyed using the product before and after workouts and for light muscle relief. Just this past weekend I used Hot Vita Slimdown Gel before bike riding with the kids at the beach and applied again at the park just an hour after.

But does it work?

I’m not sure if this product (or any product) would just magically melt my fat off within a week but I can definitely say it has smoothed out a lot of visible cellulite around my butt and thighs. I usually work out 1-2 a week for 30 minutes or so (so… not much at all) and go for walks with the kids and dog 2-3 times a week for about an hour. I feel like daily usage for 2-3 weeks would be a lot more effective which is why I’ll be buying the product again! 🙂

Disclosure: Yes, I have ads in my blog post! This is because if you click on the ads and buy something from Amazon using my link, I’ll get a small commission with absolutely no extra cost to you. This is just so I can continue to blog. Let’s be real here, blogging can cost money. Thanks in advance for any and all support. Much peace and love.

How Orgain Organic Protein Powder Helps Me As a Mom Of 3

Proteins аrе rеѕроnѕiblе in rераiring оur bоdу’ѕ muѕсlеѕ, bоnеѕ, inсluding аll оur bоdу сеllѕ. Thiѕ is thе rеаѕоn whу рrоtеin plays a vеrу ѕignifiсаnt rоlе in our bоdу’ѕ mеtаbоliѕm, and thiѕ is еѕресiаllу important if you are trying tо build your muѕсlеѕ. As a mom of 3 little ones (7yo and younger) thеrе are ѕеvеrаl other reasons whу I need a rеgulаr intake оf protein. Rеаd оn tо find out whу уоu need might need Orgain Organic Prоtеin Pоwdеr too.

Orgain Organic Protein Powder is available at your local Target stores

Prоtеin Helps Bооѕt Yоur Immune Sуѕtеm

As a full time mom and a full time boss I just don’t have the time to get sick. Prоtеin contains immunоglоbulin, a ѕubѕtаnсе thаt hеlрѕ tо enhance оur body’s immunity. Such ѕubѕtаnсе аlѕо helps in thе production of glutаthiоnе, famously known аѕ an аnti-оxidаnt. And аѕidе from bеing аn anti-oxidant, glutathione also performs ѕеvеrаl оthеr imроrtаnt functions in our body – it fights diѕеаѕе thаt cause free radicals and hеlрѕ in thе рrосеѕѕ оf detoxification as wеll аѕ DNA rераir.


“The amino acids that are found in protein form the building blocks of all the body’s cells – including the cells that power your immune system. If you don’t consume enough protein, you’ll manufacture fewer white blood cells to combat antigens,” – CNN (Click here for source).

Baby girl helping me with my overflowing Target cart

Whеу рrоtеin also hеlрѕ tо treat muscle ѕоrеnеѕѕ аnd еnѕurеѕ fаѕt rесоvеrу after a vеrу strenuous wоrkоut ie. Chasing your feral toddlers around the house, lifting car seats, strollers, 50 lbs kids 1000x a day. Just strapping your toddler in a seat can become a 10 minute ab and arm workout for sure.

Cоnѕuming an Orgain Organic Protein ѕhаkе in the mornings definitely helped with my energy levels throughout the day. Making a protein shake isn’t time consuming during my busy mornings. Orgain also offers pre-made grab-and-go options as well as shakes for kids (because you know you’ve had those mornings you woke up too late and don’t have time to feed your kids before school).

An eye for quality! Just like mama.

Prоtеin Can Help To Reduce Wеight

Another reason why you nееd рrоtеin powder whеn building your muѕсlеѕ is bесаuѕе it helps to induce wеight lоѕѕ in уоur body. In fасt, even реорlе whо аrе trуing tо lоѕе weight аnd not build muѕсlеѕ wоuld tаkе protein in оrdеr to hеlр thеm асhiеvе thеir ideal wеight. Regular intake оf protein роwdеr could hеlр you feel ѕо ѕаtiѕfiеd, thus, уоur fооd сrаvingѕ will bе lessened.

So, why Orgain Organic Protein Powder?

  • Certified Organic
  • Great Tasting! ( I especially love the chocolate flavor)
  • 21g Plant Based Protein in every serving
  • 0g Sugar (Organic Erythritol and Organic Stevia)

Check out Orgain and Target on Instagram:

@drinkorgain

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If you’re more of an Amazon Prime kind of person you can purchase Orgain Organic Protein Powders and other Orgain products by clicking any of the Amazon links below and throughout this post.

Disclosure: Yes, I have ads in my blog post! This is because if you click on the ads and buy something from Amazon using my link, I’ll get a small commission with absolutely no extra cost to you. This is just so I can continue to blog. Let’s be real here, blogging can cost money. Thanks in advance for any and all support. Much peace and love.

Eczema mom here, Here’s my experience with Eczema Honey Co.

I didn’t expect Eczema

You expect the sleepless nights, the teething, colds and fevers, baby proofing the house etc… but little expect eczema. I sure didn’t. It’s a day to day struggle just to keep my baby’s skin hydrated and I’m SO glad I have the opportunity to collab with Eczema Honey Co and share their product with you.

Eczema Honey NUT FREE

Ok, ok. I know you’re probably rolling your eyes right about now thinking “Another collab? I wonder how much she got paid to post about this product.” If you’d like to give me just a moment to explain my story please read on.

I’ve probably dropped a good $1000+ on lotions at Target and Walmart. I’ve spent even more on doctors and treatment regimens. I regularly search on Google and Amazon day in and out for new eczema related products. I’ll spend every last penny I have if it means my baby wouldn’t have to suffer anymore. If you’re still reading you’re probably in the same or similar shoes.

If you’re like me and have a child with Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) you’ve probably seen the ads on your Facebook or Instagram feed for a product called Eczema Honey. I was seeing tons of positive comments, reviews,  and posts online. Like anyone else who’s been disappointed over and over again with lotions and creams that just don’t work, I shook my head, saw this as another ‘too good to be true’ product, and scrolled up.


 

Then a surprise

Someone I actually knew purchased Eczema Honey and told me about their results: Clear skin in 14 days. Healed her baby’s red and chapped skin from the inside out. From that moment on I was eyeing this product and started researching what could be making it so effective.  What kept me from purchasing right away? Fear of being let down and being $30 poorer.

A couple months after that Eczema Honey Co reached out to me for a collab and words couldn’t even describe how excited I was for this! I received my package just a day or two before leaving for NJ just 2 weeks ago.

Here’s a look at my Eczema Honey Co. package when I received it

Well packaged, clean and modern. The items I received were the Nut Free Eczema Honey Healing Creams. Maverick isn’t allergic to nuts as far as I can tell but it’s good to know this product is produced at a completely separate facility than the Original Healing Cream which contains nuts.

Application of Eczema Honey

On the directions there are 2 ways to apply Eczema Honey onto the skin.

  1. Rub a dime sized amount on the effected area 1-3 times a day.
  2. Apply a thicker layer for a 20 minute mask. Wash off with a warm towelette for a moisturized finish.

I went with method 1 just because I wasn’t sure how I was going to apply a mask on a 8 month old without getting it everywhere.

Texture and feel of Eczema Honey

When you first open your jar you’ll see it looks more like a light ointment than a cream. After I applied Eczema Honey onto Mavericks face my hands felt sticky… tacky? Something of that sort. It is explained as so in the directions that came with my jars:

“This is the natural lipd bi-layer that is created once the cream soaks in. This layer acts as a protecting barrier and ensures the healing process.”

The first ingredient is Organic Pure Honey and it also contains Organic Grated Beeswax so the texture and feel were definitely expected, but did I like it? No, I don’t like the feeling of this product on my hands for too long so I wash them  after applying it on baby Maverick.  It’s possible that you’ll be able to ignore the tacky feeling if the Eczema Honey was applied to a different area like the face. I haven’t tried it.

But does it work?

Yes and no.

No, because Eczema Honey Does Not Cure Eczema, Nor do they claim it does.

But YES, it definitely has a way of locking in moisture and helping the healing process

For us, Eczema Honey has been more effective than the following products:

Of course, everyone’s skin is different and what didn’t work for us can definitely work for you! Read the reviews on Amazon and other sites and make a balanced decision about your purchase.

You can save 15% off every jar when you subscribe to Eczema Honey Co.

This is great because you’ll never run out of Eczema Honey and you’ll receive your discount. You can choose to receive your product once a month or once every 2 months.

Get Started By Clicking Here

Applying Eczema Honey (and other products) on Maverick

Ok, so let me get into how I’ve been applying products on Maverick lately. Before I do this let me go over our situation.

Maverick is currently 8.5 months old. His eczema is concentrated on the following areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Inside and around his ears
  • Sides of his head
  • Upper torso
  • Back of his neck
  • Inside the folds of his arms and legs
  • His wrists and hands
  • Ankles and top of feet

He suffers from flares that start off as red skin that looks like he was slapped. This quickly escalates to a weepy wet looking rash that is inflamed and hot to the touch. Once the flare can calm down a bit he has patches of dry flaky skin left where his flares were concentrated. He has a sensitivity or allergy (not sure yet) to eggs.

NOTE: I must add that I am not a doctor! You need to check in with your doctor before trying anything you find online. Period.

Here are my current steps to calm down Maverick’s Eczema flares:

1. Keep cool. When Maverick Is having a flare his skin is red, inflamed and hot to the touch. I use a wet paper towel or spray bottle of water on the skin to help cool down the flare. And YES, IT DOES MATTER WHAT KIND OF WATER YOU USE! I’ll get into more details on this soon! It’s way too much info to squeeze into this post. Stay Tuned!

2. Hydrate and lock in the moisture the best you can. Once the skin is wet (or straight out of the bath too!) lightly pat dry and use a lighter lotion or something of the sort that will seep into the skin quickly. Currently using (Eczema Honey) This alone doesn’t work as effectively… we need to use a thicker emollient on top to trap the moisture onto the skin. Our doctor suggested Vaseline but there are tons of options out there that aren’t as sticky and won’t stain your clothes. I have been using Vanicream for this step and love it!

3. Be diligent. It’s hard work to keep up with your baby’s skin drying out. When your baby has a clear day that’s when you need to focus even more on hydrating and try to extend the amount of time between each flare. I will do the above steps 2-3 times a day. In between I will use some Vanicream if I notice the skin looking dry.

Let me add (confess to) this too:

When Maverick’s flares get too crazy, like a lot crazier than usual, I’ll use the steroid ointment he was prescribed.  (please no mom shaming!) We will usually have to resort to this every 10-14 days. I just can’t watch my baby scratch and scrape layers of skin off just because ‘I need him to heal naturally’. Personally, I believe that the healing process can be amplified if you focus on first STOPPING THE SCRATCHING and taking care of the skin even more on the ‘clear’ days rather than slathering on a bunch of stuff when you’re in the middle of a flare.

That’s just me and my opinion tho.

When it comes to eczema each child is different and what works on my 2nd won’t work on my 3rd. Both of my eczema baby’s react differently to certain foods and even lotions so your situation may not align perfectly with mine. I hope if you’re in need of some advice,  and just plain and simple opinions and info you’ll be leaving my page with just that.  When it comes to Eczema, I truly feel like the more knowledge you have of your product options the better choices you can make for you and your little one.

Eczema Honey Co provides a product that helps to heal and protect the skin  naturally. Although this is a collab, this is an actual product I am using on my kids daily and love. Check out their IG @eczemahoneyco and sign up for emails on their site for promotions ❤️

YES, I do need to make a living. This is why I have links and ads in my posts. If you do decide to purchase anything using my links I will get a small commission for each sale at absolutely no extra cost to you. This will provide me with the ability to continue blogging and doing what I love! Thanks in advance and have a wonderful day!

Bubba’s Fine Foods – The perfect snack for my family

About a week ago Bubba’s Fine Foods sent us a package of 5 snacks to try

I had never heard of them before so naturally, I had to do a little bit of research. And…You can’t really say you’ve researched a food without trying it right? So there I was “researching” on the sofa and within just a few minutes I was left with an empty bag of Garlic Parm Banana Chips. Lol oops! (so yeah… I filled my empty bag.. ok, bags… with paper for this photo)

I never tried flavored banana chips before so I’m not sure if these are the best out there, but they’re really freaking good! Savory, crunchy, and addictive – did I mention they’re 100% real food and no refined sweeteners? There are very few snacks out there with these elements and taste – I’m definitely customer for life.

What I love about Bubba’s Fine Foods is that they’re made with REAL ingredients which means REAL flavors and they pack a great source of energy for my kids. We snacked on the granola, ‘nana chips, and snack mixes all day at the pool this weekend.

Out of my entire package, the Bourbon Vanilla Ungranola was absolutely my fav.

Perfect for topping yogurt bowls with fruit (for the kids) and then topping a bowl of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream for me…after the babies went to sleep (it’s called self love, mama)

 

Can’t wait to make a batch of energy bites with these!

Does anyone else have kids that constantly ask for snacks?

I feel like I’m walking into the kitchen every hour or more…. In the morning to early afternoon I can get away with fruits and some veggies but after 3 servings of cherries or baby carrots with ranch — my kids want the real goods. I’m not talking about the organic stuff I keep out in their view: They start asking for all the goodies I’m hiding in the top cabinet or on top of the fridge lol They want the potato chips packed with nasty oils, the artificial cheese, chocolate and candies (and yes, we have these type of snacks in our house because.. we’re human?)

Here’s where I whip out my bags of Bubba’s Fine Foods Snack Mixes.

Again, real foods with real ingredients.

They taste SO good and I feel good giving these to my kids.

Note: These didn’t last long, buy 2.

I currently have the link for this product on my Instagram: www.instagram.com/because_mom_life

If by chance you’re seeing this a little late and the link was removed, go to them directly at https://bubbasfoods.com/

Bubba’s Fine Foods Snacks on Amazon!
*** If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing anything mentioned in this post please use my Amazon links provided below and throughout my writing! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! TIA – Janet.

Baby Food 101 – Mavericks 6 month solid food feeding schedule

Hello everyone! So this month has been absolute craziness for me. I’ve been bombed with work, school volunteer stuff, parenting, surgery and of course Maverick started officially eating solids this month. Baby food and prep can seem like a daunting task at first, but it’s really fairly simple. I’ll save you the long intro and jump right into it.


 

Here are my 5 basic rules for baby food:

  1. No Honey until they are 1 year old. Click here to read why.
  2. Make sure it’s not a choking hazard and be with them when they’re eating
  3. Try to avoid major allergens until 8 months
  4. Slowly introduce new foods
  5. Be consistent and trust yourself

There’s a number of ways you can start your baby on solids

Buy Pre-made baby food from your grocery store: This is probably the easiest route but the most costly (especially if you’re looking for organic). Baby food manufacturers clearly label all products by stage. (Stage 1 = first foods 4-6 months, Stage 2 = 6-8 months and so on). Each container or pouch of food will likely cost $1.00-$4.00 and won’t last more than 1-3 feedings at most.

Make your own baby food purees at home: You’ll need to do a little more work (cooking and prep) and a little research but, first time foods are pretty easy (one ingredient) and you can make batches of food that will last weeks. Another upside is that you’ll know exactly what’s in your baby food. Initially you’ll be spending more if you don’t have the right equipment and containers for your baby food but in the long run it’s definitely more cost efficient than buying pre-made foods. Another thing a lot of people ask me is if I use all organic foods… Nope. I do what I can but I’m just too poor for all that Whole Foods Stuff all the time.

Baby-led weaning: This is when you skip spoon feeding your baby all together and let them jump right into feeding themselves (which will take a few tries at first) but it lets baby explore different textures and discover tastes with their own hands. You’ll still need to consider safety and do a little research before starting this but like anything else – trusting your motherly or fatherly instincts is key.


Whichever way you decide to feed your baby, it’s perfect!

If you’re a first time mom or dad you’re probably wondering which way is the best way to feed your little one. Truth is, there is no right or wrong answer! Whatever works for you, works for you. As long as your baby is happy, healthy and developing a like for new tastes, you’re on the right track.

So what did I decide to do?

I use a combination of all 3. Why? Well, because I just do whatever is the most convenient for me at the time. Too busy (or in my case too tired) to make food? Buy it. Wanna save money on a particular trip to the store? Use fruits and veggies to puree. Too busy to spoon feed? I give the baby something safe to handle in his high chair while I attend to my 2 older kids during meals.

Mavericks Everyday Feeding Schedule:

Although you’re introducing new foods, this doesn’t mean you stop breast or bottle feeding. Continue with your bottle or breast feeding schedule and don’t switch out for cow’s milk until 12 months or until your pediatrician  recommends. Note: Having solid foods in baby’s belly will most likely have him or her drink less milk and that’s totally normal too.

Here’s an average feeding schedule for Maverick:

He is currently 19lbs and will be turning 6 months in exactly 7 days.
Every baby is different so don’t be shocked if your baby eats more or less.

5:30am: wakes up and drinks about 6oz formula and knocks out again
9am: breakfast, baby food (1 cube, I’ll explain this below)
11am: 6oz formula
2-3pm: all 3 of my kids have a snack- great opportunity to have baby self feed
4pm: 6oz formula
6-7pm: dinner, baby food 1-2 cubes and/or bits of stuff from our dinner table.
10pm: 6oz formula
11:30pm:  if he’s fussy and hungry i’ll give him about 2 more oz of formula if he’s not knocked out for the night already

Maverick will sometimes drink 1 bottle more or less in a 24 hour period. When he’s super fussy I feed him a little more. Is this considered right? I don’t know, but it’s been working for me! Use common sense, if your baby is spitting up after every bottle or feed, definitely feed less.

What do you use when preparing your own baby food purees?

I’ve had a number of new moms ask me this question so I’ll post the answer here. I’m a very minimalist kind of mom and don’t want or need any of the fancy gear. Although I have tried a lot of the baby food makers and stuff I found it easier to clean a blender and pot than a product that does both at once. But that’s just me.

Here’s what I currently use

  • Pot with lid
  • Steamer that fits into my pot
  • Blender
  • Silicone baby food containers

You most likely have the pot, steamer and blender at home already. The silicone containers that I have are from 6 years ago with my first child. They are from a brand called Goodies. I found them on Amazon awhile back but can’t find them anymore. Luckily since then, tons of new companies made very similar products. I’ll link everything in a bit.


Preparing foods is easy

  • I start off with a little water in my pot and put the steamer in there.
  • I chop up whatever I want to cook and throw it in.
  • Close the lid and cook. Easy.
  • You’ll know when everything is done cooking when you can poke through with a fork (in my case a chopstick) easily.
  • Remove from heat, open the lid of the pot and wait for things to cool down a bit.
  • Blend. Mix in a little water if your puree looks a little too thick. Too watery? Add some baby rice cereal.
  • Pour your puree into your silicone container and throw into the freezer. Store up to 2-3 weeks.

When feeding…

  • You can easily pop out 1 cube at a time. They say don’t microwave but I do for 20-30 seconds (because mom life).
  • Usually my cubes are still half frozen so I mix everything until it’s all thawed.
  • I take a spoon and do a little heat test by putting some food on the back of my hand. Too hot? I wait for it to cool. Too cold? I add a teeny bit of hot water to warm things up and do the test again.

Some tips:

  • One cube for me is about 2oz. This info is provided by the manufacturer of the containers so read through the instructions.
  • I like to make single ingredient purees because they are easy to make combos later on. Example: I made carrot puree today and a peas puree a week ago. Take 1 cube of each and thaw you’ll have a carrot and peas puree. This is super helpful for when you’re starting to add meats to your babys diet. (chicken and peas, turkey and carrots etc.) A few other of a favorite combos are blueberry/beets, butternut squash/apple/banana, and Parsnip/apple.
  • You can add cinnamon! So when I only have carrot puree but want to mix things up for the baby I thaw out 1 cube of carrot puree, add some water and baby rice cereal and a teeny pinch of cinnamon. Totally changes the taste and baby loves it. Easy.
  • If your baby gags or doesn’t seem to like a certain food, it’s ok and totally normal! I usually try feeding Maverick the same food for 2 days in a row. If he doesn’t seem to like it, I stop and try again in a few days.

Links to purchase:

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My Fav Pre-Made Baby Foods

Earth’s Best Organic Stage 1 Baby Food, My First Veggies Variety Pack (Carrots, Peas, and Sweet Potatoes), 2.5 Ounce Jars, Pack of 12

Plum Organics Stage 1, Organic Baby Food, Variety Pack, Prunes, Mangos & Peaches, 3.5 ounce pouch (Pack of 18)

Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Organic Baby Food Pouch, Stage 1, Pear, 4 Ounce Pouch (Pack of 12)

Plum Organics Baby Stage 1 Bowl, Organic Baby Food, Mango & Quinoa, 3.6 ounce bowl (Pack of 12)

Once Upon a Farm Organic, Cold Pressed, Refrigerated Stage 1 Baby Food, Variety Pack, for 5+ Months, 3.2 oz (Pack of 24)

Silicone Baby Food Trays Pretty Much Identical To Mine

 

Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray with Clip-on Lid by WeeSprout – Perfect Storage Container for Homemade Baby Food, Vegetable & Fruit Purees and Breast Milk – BPA Free & FDA Approved

(The clip on lid is SO essential. It’s such a small detail but it really helps lock everything in with no spills in your freezer!)

Best Homemade Baby Food Storage Container Freezer Trays – Reusable Food Container Silicon Tray With Clip on Lid Silicone Baby Food Storage Containers Kids Food Plate, Purple

Best Homemade Baby Food Storage Container Freezer Trays – Reusable Food Container Silicon Tray With Clip On Lid – 2 Pack Bundle With 2 Bonus Spoons – BPA Free FDA Approved 2.6 Ounce – Green & Orange

 

*So yeah, obviously I’m not a doctor or anything and the above information is mostly trial and error type things I’ve picked up with my own kids. Definitely, Do a little research and find what works best for you and your little one. If in doubt, ask your pediatrician. Please let me know of any new trick and tips in the comments below!

 

 

 

Maybelline FIT Me Dewy and Master Prime Face Studio base and primer Review

I’m excited to announce that I’ve received my 2nd PR package! Thank You to Influenster and Maybelline for the complimentary Maybelline FIT Me Dewy and Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime Primer in this review. Although I received these items for free all opinions and content are my own.

So, I’m not really a makeup girl

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”.

Let’s start with the Maybelline Facestudio Master Prime Primer

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.

Going on to the Maybelline FIT Me Dewy Liquid Foundation

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!

If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing this product please use my Amazon link provided below! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! Thank you in advance and have blessed day!