Monday, June 29, 2015

8 Reasons to Appreciate Toddlers

I've been realizing more and more how many ways I want to be like my toddler. And how many ways people underestimate toddlers. We all just think of the "terrible twos" part; the destruction, the tantrums, the messes, the stubbornness. But I think we ought to give them a lot more credit. Toddlers have so many great qualities, I hope mine never loses them. 

1. They test their boundaries.
They're pretty fearless. But it's mostly because they have a clean slate. They don't know the cause and effect of sticking their fingers in an electrical outlet. A lot of things are innate, like heights and the teeth on a barking dog, but they are still unaware of the total effects of jumping from 5 feet in the air or how badly wounded they could be after a dog bite. They know the results aren't going to be good, but they still wanna know how bad. That's where we have to step in, and that's when the "why mama?" happens.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My guy

Mother's day and Father's day are so awkward once you become a parent. I feel like I should be glorifying my dad like I always have, but now Adam is a dad to my child and I really want the day to be about him. Same with mother's day. I am now equally sharing the "best mom ever" role with my mom. Okay that's not that awkward. That's kind of cool.

I feel like whatever I do for Adam on father's day doesn't do him justice. There's never enough words to tell him how great he is. Never enough gifts I can give him.

How is he able to come up with such sweet words on the fly? Whether they are original or movie quote compilations that he's paraphrasing, they're always genuine. I need an entire day to articulate how I feel about him after writing it down on paper and reciting it in my head.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Salon Quality Hair Care Made For Kids: SoCozy Review

I think it's important to teach kids the importance of self care. And it's important to use good quality products with high quality ingredients. And even better; when the product is fun to use and smells amazing. 

SoCozy started out as a children's hair salon in NYC on Madison Avenue. Customers were raving about the products they used, so Cozy (yes that's her real name), the owner, made the products available for the public to purchase - the first ever professional line of hair care for kids. 

c/o SoCozy

The first thing I did when I opened up this package was smell allll the products. You can just tell by looking at them that they're going to smell amazing. And they did. I mean, I would (and might have) use them on myself.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

5 Perfumes That Don't Suck

Being in my mid-twenties, I have always felt like there's only a small amount of perfume scents that were appropriate for me. I'm too old for extremely fruity or cheap scents, and I feel too young to wear strong floral scents (smells church perfumey to me). As I start exploring more perfumes, that becomes less true. There are a lot of good ones out there that are perfect, you just have to do some digging.

About 3-4 years ago I tried Viva la Juicy and fell in love. I wore it every single day and the bottle lasted years. It's a light, sweet, little bit floral, and flirty scent. Adam then got me the Viva la Juicy - Noir version for Christmas last year and it is very similar, almost exactly the same, just a tad bit sweeter. I have to say the exclusivity has worn off since I first bought it; even my brother had told me with a little bit of distaste as I was walking by, "that smell you're wearing is what every girl wears." He's probably right. I'll still wear it, but I try and switch it up a bit here and there.
Monday, June 15, 2015

How I Could've Easily Prevented a $900 Medical Bill: a UTI Story

Some women get them all. the. time. And some never do. I am part of the former. UTIs. It's not that we women who get them are unclean, it's just hereditary. Statistically, half of all women will get a UTI in their lifetime and 20% of them will get recurring UTIs; as many as 3 per year. I am just getting over one right now. I'm so lucky....

The first time I ever had a UTI, I didn't know what to do. I didn't really know what it was, but had an idea. I called the doctor's emergency hotline (what?) at 11 at night to ask what I can do since I was in so much pain. They basically told me I could wait until the morning or go to the ER. Umm, wait until morning? In that much pain? No. I went to the ER. I drove down there and parked my car right out front, where the AMBULANCE is supposed to go. I was apparently in THAT much pain. I didn't want to deal with parking like a normal person. I went inside and waited for half hour just for a doctor to come and give me some urine tests. Another half hour of staring at the wall and I finally got my results. Yep, bad urinary tract infection. They gave me some pain meds for immediate relief and a prescription for antibiotics. I took the pain meds RIGHT away while sitting in that room. Drove to Walgreen's 24/7 pharm and picked up the antibiotics. Phew, it was soon over.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Friday Favorites: 5 on Friday

My top five favorite random things lately: 


We don't have these for Mira, but I would love to get them! They're adorable and high quality.


Thee. best. facewash. I've ever tried. It exfoliates your face like I've never seen before with these micro crystals. I am actually glowing after I wash my face with this. You can't find anything like this at the drugstore, people, I've tried!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

6 Backhanded Compliments Moms Hate

I started thinking of all the comments other people, often times other moms, make at each other that are supposed to be a compliment but at the same time seem like a diss. Backhanded compliments. Are they genuine? Who knows. I'm sure sometimes they are. And sometimes they might be a little bit calculated. I crowd sourced a little with some other mom bloggers from my blogging communities to see what their pet peeves were, too. 

6 Backhanded Compliments Moms Hate

1. "I don't have time to go to the gym like you do."

We all have 24 hours in our days and the gym takes only 1. If you don't want to go to the gym just own up to it and say you don't want to. Don't hide behind "I'm busier than other moms!".

2. "I wouldn't feel comfortable nursing in public."

So I guess they're basically saying I shouldn't be comfortable nursing in public. Or that my nursing in public is making them uncomfortable.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Freshly Picked Moccasin Giveaway!

I have been so excited to share this giveaway with you guys! 

My daughter got her first pair of moccasins when she was about seven months old and after that I was HOOKED. We literally get stopped in our tracks from strangers every single time she wears her moccasins (which is a lot) just to ask where we got them. And ever since Susan appeared on the show, we often hear "Are those the shoes from Shark Tank?!?" Yep, they are!

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