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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Toddler Messes and My New Habit of Stashing Wipes Everywhere

Patience is a virtue, and one most toddlers don't seem to have. You could say that there's at least an hour of my day every day spent cleaning the messes an impatient toddler created. I feel like there are always wipes in my hand ready to clean something.

He loves to throw his food off his high chair to signal he's done. If I watch him he does it without breaking eye contact making sure to send the signal. Oh the poor floors! On the bright side, they've never been mopped so much in their existence!

We keep most doors shut and locked, but if there's garbage anywhere you'd better believe he'll find it and scatter it before I can sprint from one side of the room to the other. I keep thinking this is where osteoporosis must really come from- the bending to pick up and the wipes I use to sanitize.

We've taught our little guy to use elimination communication, aka infant potty training. He's done awesome, and I've had so many ask for a full post on that which I promise is coming! I wanted to reach one year old before we did that, and we're just about there so it's coming in a few weeks! But this is one area that really shows his lack of patience. He does get until he's actually done his business on the toilet, then something snaps. We're talking it's out of his body and less than a second later he's arching his back trying to jump off the toilet. For someone who sits there waiting without much issue it's hilarious to see. I've learned a huge trick in making sure I'm not cleaning the grossest of substances off the toilet or floor caused by his sudden movement, and that's having flushable wipes on top the toilet, and one out in my hand ready for the second I see the back arch. Our favorite is the Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths, which we love grabbing in bulk at Sam's Club so we 11 packs for a total of 462 sheets distributed among our three bathrooms. We've honestly used this for months so you can imagine my delight when they asked if we wanted to team up to sponsor. There's nothing so great as an influencer as a brand you use and love reaching out to you!

Anyway, I have a flushable wipe on hand and I'm able to do a quick swipe on both ends before any mess is created. If it's needed, I can use the flip top lid easily and grab another after the main mess is gone to finish the job. I'm a fan knowing Mack is learning to use the toilet and can learn to sit until he's done and it's okay to get off when he is- he's mastering the art! He's also experiencing a more confident clean and not being uncomfortable. And I'm loving the SafeFlush Technology™ knowing they start to break down immediately after flushing so I'm not stressed about plumbing issues. Well at least not with wipes, who knows when he'll learn to flush other items...but that's another problem we'll tackle another day. We go ahead and flush them with ease and no worry or hassle grabbing traditional baby wipes in the moment, and that's one thing making the mess of parenthood much easier in my life! Baby is clean, potty training is going smoothly, and when he's old enough to learn to wipe himself he'll already know we have flushable wipes handy for him to use as he always has.

Now if someone could just invent a flip top one-two wipe for around the high chair parameter, my life would be so much easier!

Rest in Peace Sherlock, a Teething Tale

Today's tale is sponsored by Gerber, but our love of their snacks is all our own!

It felt like over night my child went from two front teeth up top and two front teeth on the bottom to a kid with a mouthful of teeth. They weren't quite that smooth, there was a few rough nights of very little sleep in our home, followed by some molars appearing before any other teeth filled in. Then there was a lot of crankiness, drool, and general misery for baby as those teeth slowly made their appearance. That was the long part, then the overnight teeth start happening! Just about every day we've seen one start to show up, and we're watching our kid gnaw on everything he can get his hands on to get them through. 

He's a little bookworm these days, and he is also loving kissing pictures in certain books. What I thought was was innocent kiss turned into a massacre of one of his favorites and most-read books. Sherlock, we had a good run. 

We've tried teething toys, popsicles, and a pacifier, all which help a bit, but the best thing we've found is handing him his favorite snack and letting him slowly crunch them down until he's ready for the next. He seems so much happier, the teeth seem to break through faster, and he adores Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™ immensely. Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™are a new baked snack made with the goodness of navy beans, and they have protein in addition to a delicious crunch easy for teething toddlers to munch on! 

So much so that when we headed to Walmart baby section to pick up a new container in either the Original or White Cheddar & Broccoli Cheddar variety, he gets giddy excited and likes to give them a little hug as they enter the cart.

Now whenever he's feeling cranky or tries to eat another book, I sit him in his high chair with some Gerber® Lil’ Beanies™ and watch him turn into a very content child!

And PSA, you can find a coupon for Lil' Beanies at Walmart in the Ibotta app right now- snag one while supplies last!

Any other teething tips you have for me? As a new mom I am definitely all ears!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vintage Curls Using Vintage Rollers Tutorial

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Suave Professionals  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SuaveBeliever #pmgSuave  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Maybe it's a love of full skirts, or maybe it's the fact that love comes from a very pear shaped body and smaller waist that lends to vintage styles fitting better, but sometimes I just love to play up 1950's/1960's styles with clothes, hair, and make-up for date nights. 

I've had a set of rollers for over a decade, they are old, they are vintage, and they still do a killer job at what they do. Plus a lower heat to help with my goals to strengthen hair postpartum and they just have me sold. It's just been the past few years I've decided to really learn how to use them. After asking several girls with great volume their secret, many have said they use hot rollers. I decided it was time to get more comfortable in the name of volume, but I've been thrilled with the luck I've had in using them for vintage curls more than anything! Today I'm going to share how to use them and best practises for keeping hair looking great! 

Step one starts long before you're putting the rollers in your hair, it starts with shampoo, conditioner, and product used to strengthen hair. There's nothing like getting the salon look and doing so on a budget, which is why picking up Suave at Walmart is such a win/win. 

Here's a few awesome stats on this amazing line! 
- Infused with B7 Biotin, a vitamin known for superior benefits to strengthen hair.
- The products are proven to strengthen as well as use Pureology® Strength Cure®. 
- The shampoo and conditioner system reduces breakage by 95% vs. non-conditioning shampoo for dramatically less hair fall and full, thick looking hair (hello other postpartum mamas, did you hear that!?!) 
- Anti-Breakage Serum makes hair is 20x stronger vs. non-conditioning shampoo.  
- Many of Suave’s collections are salon proven to “work as well as” luxury brands.

It's about as easy as can be to shampoo and condition and then apply treatment to your hair while it's wet right out of the shower. I love doing this since hot rollers spread heat throughout your hair, it's nice to worry less about breakage and know Suave has your back!

I let my hair air dry, but you can definitely blow-dry if needed. This also works well on 2nd-day+ hair, so keep this in mind if you need to push your hair in-between washing.

To start you'll want to heat your rollers. Most vintage and modern sets need at least 20 minutes to heat up and do their job, so I'd plug it in right when you wake up or get out of the shower.

After this it's all in the sectioning and rolling techniques.

I knew I could write a novel, but I thought a show instead of tell would be best, and I'm including a YouTube tutorial I created just for you guys!

So there you have it! Just a few rollers in the right direction later and a bit of styling is all it takes.

I have about the flattest, straightest hair ever and I love that even my hair can pretend it's well-behaved for a day or two since these work so well!

I also love in an era of very loose beach waves that this adds a bit of variety to going out looks.

But most of all, I love how easy it is to do and how great my hair looks on a budget thanks to Suave

Be sure to visit your local Walmart to try out all of the new 2016 Suave Professionals collections: Coconut Oil Infusion, Coconut Milk Infusion and Biotin Infusion, while supplies last.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Date Look - Loving Flairs!

We just reached cool-enough-to-wear-jeans-without-getting-heatstroke weather in Arizona. This coincidentally happened the same week I'd realized I'd lost a few pounds and inches this month (more details on what I'm doing coming soon- you know I love talking health/fitness). This exciting finding made me feel brave enough to pull out the box of pre-pregnancy jeans and bottoms I've had stashed for a year and a half. It was a miraculous day, and I zipped up several of my favorites that I tried on. That was one amazing feeling!

My pear shaped body loves flairs and bootcut jeans, so you know I'm loving watching the boho 70's trends come in, and I'm welcoming back flares with open arms! I'm glad I bought a pair the second this trend hit the runways two years ago, and even more glad they are still working for me!

I also decided to get a few date night tops that will work well for fall, and lacy bohemian tops definitely won my heart for a fun romantic look that pair great with jeans and comfy heels for more smart casual dates. And the 50% off price tag made it in my price range too!

And now to go try on the rest of those pants and see what date night looks they inspire- wish me luck!


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