Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review of my www.shopdiaper.com onesize cloth diaper

I recently was sent a onesize cloth diaper from www.shopdiaper.com to try out and review. The diaper took a  little less then 2 weeks to get as it is shipped overseas. I was thrilled when I opened and saw they sent me a pretty lavender diaper. The first thing I did was washed the diaper in some cloth diaper safe detergent along with the microfiber insert they it came with. I was able to put the diaper in the dryer on a low setting and it tried very quickly.

Now my baby girl Brooklyn is almost 6 months old and weighs 22 lbs. The diaper is set at the 2nd to the highest rise which is great so it will fit Brooklyn and other larger babies nicely. The diaper is lined with a microsuede liner and it comes with one microfiber insert. The diaper held up well with no leaks  and lasted at least 3 hours without a problem. And the cleanup of solids was easy also with the microsuede liner made cleanup very very easy.

I would definately recommend www.shopdiaper.com to any mom who wants to build there stash with a great diaper at an affordable price. And being a mom of 3 all whom are in diapers I can appreciate them making cloth diapers so affordable.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review of the Thirsties Duo Wrap

So I decided with out new baby Brooklyn to take a more frugal  approach to cloth diapering and attempt to see if prefolds  and covers would work better did us seeing that we have 3 kids in diapers. With having 2 w yr olds and a 4 months old I needed something simple that would work for all 3 of there sizes. The Thirsties duo wrap seemed to be a great starting place.

Now the Thirsties duo wrap comes in 2 different sizes size 1 for 6-18 lbs and size 2 for 18-40 lbs. being Brooklyn is 20 lbs at almost 5 months old and the twins  are both around 30 lbs the size 2 would work. I decided to use the Imagine Smart Fit prefolds which are great for my super soaker kids. I decided to get a cover with snaps as those seem to last better then the Velcro over time. I have nothing but compliments for the makers of Thirsties as these held up great with no leaks, even for my exclusively breastfed baby. The double leg protection seems to help keep the messes contained to the diaper and with the simple snaps this diaper was a breeze. I would highly recommend this cover to use with fitted, prefolds and flats.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Citrus Lane September box has arrived....

   I recently signed up for the Citrus Lane monthly gift boxes for our new baby Brooklyn. For those who don't know what it is, it is a monthly subscription of little goodies for you little on based on there age. So this month I received Brooklyn's box based on her being 4 months old. I. The box was delivered and I was extremely anxious to see what we got. 

The box contained the following:
First was an adorable Skip Hop plush in a lamb that encourages crawling and motion. Super cute and jungles When you shake it. It also has the scrunchy sound that babies love to grab and play with.

Next there was  a cute little abc book perfect for the diaper bag and is the cardboard pages so it does not tear and is easily turnable for little fingers.

I also received a Babytime baby wash. It says is hypoallergenic and gentle for little ones skin. Has a nice soft smell.

I was pleasantly surprised that they sent mommy a little something. A beautiful burgundy nail polish from Julep, a perfect color for fall and winter. I can't wait to try it out.

And last I received 2 travel size Dr. Smith diaper creams. Says it will get rid of diaper rash fast.....haven't needed to use it just yet on Brooklyn but it's a perfect size for the diaper bag or purse.

All in all I think this months Citrus Lane box was a great assortment of products and I am already looking forward to next months box.



Monday, July 22, 2013

Simple wedding make-up look

      My best friend of over 20 yrs is getting married and I was asked to be in her wedding as a bridesmaid. Being the thrifty mom that I am, I decided to do my own make-up for this special occasion. Here are the following products I used:

 PRIMER:  I started with a make-up primer something simple but would get the job done in making my make-up last all night. I decided to use Benefits "that gal" brightening face primer. It goes on very smoothly and is light weight feeling but got the job done as my makeup never skipped a beat since putting it on earlier in the day.

CONCEALER:  I chose to use ELF's concealer stick in medium. It is great for slight discoloration around the eye area. I wouldn't say it's a heavy coverage concealer more light weight and mainly as a highlighter under the eye area.

FOUNDATION:  I used MAC's match master spf15 foundation, and used a beauty blender to apply it to give a more natural finish. I then took a buffer brush and made circular motions all over to give my makeup a more air brushed finish look.

POWDER:  I used Laura Mercier loose setting translucent powder to set the look, this is a great lightweight powder.

BLUSH: I contoured my face with Hard Candy's "So Baked" bronzed and on the apple of my cheeks used MAC's blush in Pink Swoon.

EYES: I started with the eyes by applying some concealer on them the same ELF one I used. I also used MAC's eyeshadow primer in Painterly, I then used the following MAC eyeshadows: Brule, Sketch & Satin Taupe. I first applied Brule to the entire lid, then applied Satin Taupe to the eye crease area. To enhance the eye I applied a small amount of Sketch to the crease as well to make the eye pop. I then applied MAC eyeliner Engraved to the upper and lower lids and the inner water line.
I then used a coat of Benefit's "There Real" Mascara prior to applying my false lashes. For lashes I used Ardell Falsh lashes in #120, I then applied another layer of mascara to blend the flashes lashes with my own.

LIPS: For the lips I went for a natural look lining my lips with MAC's Subculture, lipstick in Please Me and lipgloss color Angel. 

And here was my finished look, it was  very hot and humid even though the wedding was at night but my makeup lasted the entire night only needing to touch up my lipstick after eating and drinking.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Review of the Sakura Bloom Ring Sling



    I recently purchased the Sakura Bloom Ring sling and thought I would try it out on our recent trip to Disneyland. With my twins being almost 2 1/2 we were not quite ready to ditch the stroller completely for them and with a new baby I didn't want to bring just a stroller for her. So I decided to give this ring sling a try, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use. I purchased my sling from a local baby store not far from Disneyland, the sales associate was nice enough to show me how to properly put my new baby in the sling without dropping her. After a few tries I felt confident enough I could do by myself with no help. So off we went to the happiest place on earth. My baby seemed to like the snuggled feeling and closeness of having mommy there. The sling even allowed me to breastfeed her while we were watching show all without having to take her out of the sling or feel the need to have to cover up with, as the sling also acts as a cover. The day was also quite warm but with the breathable linen I felt her and I were enjoying our sling experience. And since our visit to Disneyland I find myself using the sling while cooking dinner, cleaning around the house and anytime the baby wants to be held as it allows me be hand free while still caring for my newborn, and when you have twins it comes in handy a lot.



Friday, July 19, 2013

Welcoming Brooklyn Hope




We welcomed our newest addition to our family on May 13th. She arrived a few weeks ahead of schedule. She spent 5 days in the NICU at Kaiser Los Angeles as she stopped breathing  shortly after birth. Luckily the time she spent in the NICU helped her to begin to breath on her own with no assistance and she joined our family at home shortly after.
  Brooklyn definitely has fit into our busy family lifestyle nicely. She isn't a light sleeper which is great when you have 2 1/2 yr old twins running around. Bristol has become quite the little mommy's helper and loves her new baby sister. We eased the twins into the new arrival prior to Brooklyn's birth so the twins would not be shocked when we came home from the hospital. They each had a baby doll and we worked with them on knowing that you have to be gentle with the baby, and that preparation I think has helped with no amount of jealousy from either child.
  I have also been lucky enough to be able to breastfeed Brooklyn as I was not successful with the twins. They never seemed to take to breast feeding and always preferred the bottle. But this time around I feel truly successful that Brooklyn has been able to latch on and has had no problem going from breast to bottle and back again without skipping a beat. I did seek the help of a lactation consultant which is why I feel we have been so successful. I am not putting a time limit on how long I will breastfeed but will just take it day by day, which seems to be working out pretty well right now.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The twins turned 1!!




Where has the last year gone? That is the question it seems I ask myself each day. My two preemie newborns have grown into robust 1 yr old toddlers. Both with very different and unique personalities. Braydon being my laid back and mellow child, only to throw baby tantrums when his sister takes a toy away from him. And Bristol the loudest of my 3 kids. She lets you know when she wants something, and makes sure everyone knows she is in the room. I have enjoyed seeing them grow each month and learn how to clap, do sign language, and learn new words each day. Being a mommy of twins has been one of the most rewarding jobs. I have learned a lot about who they are and there personalities.  As they grow into the next stage of toddler hood, I take full advantage of those moments when all they want is mommy to kiss there boo boo and make them feel better. I've also learned to plan day trips out around there naps and always make sure you have enough snacks, because there is nothing worse then a cranky toddler and 2 cranky toddlers is even worse. As they learn to walk without holding onto anything and balance there little feet, I look forward to seeing what the next year has in store for them......