This was my first trip post-pregnancy.
Starting diet on Monday (or maybe Tuesday).
Good Friday didn't start off so great.
So there's a few really good deals on LivingSocial.com right now. I am new to the Living Social circle as I've typically been a Groupon fan. I bought one last week to get my daughter a personalized Easter Basket and since I'm on their email list now, I get tempted to purchase more every day with their daily email reminders! I'm sure the hubby is thrilled about this...
Anyhow, they are offering $5 off any purchase of at least $15, so 33% off isn't a bad deal at all especially because most of their deals include shipping! Make sure you take advantage soon though because it's only good for two days (through Thursday at midnight).
Here is my most recent purchase -- a 6' chalkboard that we can keep track of our insanely crazy lifestyle and schedule. It comes with 5 different pieces of chalk and sticks to any wall and peels off super easy! I figure if this can't keep us on point -- what can?!?!?
I know this isn't much fun of a purchase, but it was needed in our house. They also have great deals on family activities like waterparks, miniature golf, dancing lessons and much needed spa packages for Mom!
Shutterfly is offering an absolutely free 8 x 8 photo book for free through Wednesday (March 27th). Enter code: MYBOOK at checkout.
There's no catch. Just a good deal!
Here's a fabulous deal for all of those environmentally conscience out there...
Enter code: FREESHIP at checkout to get this item or any and all others shipped for free through Sunday!
Decorate Easter eggs with nature’s own colors with our eco-friendly coloring kit. The all-natural dyes come straight from the farm, made with red cabbage, purple sweet potatoes, annatto and turmeric. We’ve included a color chart that illustrates how to blend the dyes to create your favorite hues. To customize your eggs with one-of-a-kind designs, use the playful carrot crayon.
I have super sensitive skin and have the hardest time finding skin care products that don't cause reactions or irritations. It's really a shame it took me having a child to realize that some of the products available to them should come in an adult version. For a long time I thought I was the only one who enjoyed some of their products better than my own. However, this morning I watched a segment dedicated to just this on The Today Show!
Some of these products are not only genius (like mineral powder sunblock) - but they are so inexpensive you can afford to purchase all of them together for what you'd typically spend on one adult product!
Here's a few of the items they featured that I have tried and those that I am going to try...
California Baby Super Sensitive No Fragrance SPF 30+ Sunscreen
This is the product that really started the whole steal-products-from-your-baby trend! Moms who wanted to protect their kids from the sun without any of the harsh chemical blockers that usually accompany sunscreens tried this on themselves and never turned back. The lack of extra additives (no fragrance) combined with the effectiveness of sun protection make this a mom fave! And, because it goes on fairly matte, it's great for under makeup. ($39.99, Californiababy.com)
Putting sunblock on your baby can be a lot like wrestling a worm, so this brush-on powder makes short work of that. But moms, almost more than babies, can benefit from this innovative delivery system. ($35.00, Tickletimesunblock.com)
Weleda Calendula Face Cream
Many anti-inflammation products are very thick and potentially pore clogging, but calendula is known for its anti-acne as well as anti-inflammatory properties. A win win! It's also effective in soothing already damaged tissue and treating dermatitis-a common itchy skin rash in people of any age. ($12.50, Weleda.com)
The Honest Co. Healing Balm
For babies, you'd use this on diaper rash. And, as a mom, you know how irritating those can be. So if they can fix that, they fix virtually anything: eczema patches, rashes, painfully dry skin, rough cuticles cracked heels, razor burn, etc. The list is endless. It's made with sunflower oil, tamanu oil, chickweed oil, and olive oil and has no preservatives or synthetic fragrances. ($12.95, Honest.com)
Mustela Hydra Stick
Made with all natural ingredients, this is the most nourishing lip-balm ever. While you can use it all over to hydrate and moisturize the skin, it's perfect for the gentle skin on your lips. Plus, the super compact packaging makes this easy to travel with and find in your bag. Makeup artists swear by it as a lip primer before applying lip color. ($9.50, Babiesrus.com)
L'Occitane Mom & Baby Lotion
L'Occitane's collection for Mom & Baby offers high-quality skincare products that are mild enough to nourish and protect the most delicate newborn skin and ideal for mom's sensitive skin as well. So it's really made for both mom's and babies. The lotion is a little lighter than the cream. Both will help to comfort, nourish and protect your body from damaging effects of environmental stresses. The perfect regimen for any age! (Lotion-$24.00 Cream-$18.00, usa.loccitane.com)
Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo
This gentle shampoo is perfect for color treated or extremely dry hair as it doesn't contain the surfactants that most "adult" shampoos do. It cleanses without stripping hair, leaving it healthier and shinier, while protecting your salon investment. ($15.00, Diapers.com)
VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie's Oil's Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil
This is only made with two ingredients, but is endlessly useful. Coconut oil is great for soothing babies' skin, but for mom this is a true all-over oil. Specifically, it's great as a super-moisturizing hair serum. It provides an unparalleled shine and tames even the most stubborn flyaways. Or, you can also use it as a leave-in conditioner or a detangler. Plus, for skin, it has natural antiviral properties too. ($35.00, vmvhypoallergenics.com)
Everything is 30% off at Paper Coterie through March 31, 2013 when you use the code CAPTUREFAMILY at checkout! I know you've heard me rave about all of their products before, but check out the memory keepers as they are a must have for any parent in my book. I found myself sticking all of my daughters first drawings, pictures, and all other keepsakes into a box that will likely get damaged or misplaced somewhere along the way. The memory keeper solves this problem and can easily blend into her bookshelf (or mine) because it's freakin' adorable with her little pic on it!
There's tons of other options too if you'd like to start documenting your family's happenings...
The wall posters are an easy and fun way to showcase the stars of your family show within your home. Photo books allow you to document your family’s stories with words and images to read and cherish for years to come. Journals are great for jotting down those quotes, ideas, jokes, or for writing those heartfelt messages that are hard to say out loud. Memory Keepers are a great way for the family to collectively preserve mementos that serve as reminders of all the fun you’ve had along your journey together. And a simple, yet elegant, desk calendar is a wonderful way to keep the thought of family close to heart.
For those of you that pay great attention to my posts, and their frequency, you'll notice they have been seriously lacking the past two weeks. This can be attributed to a few things/crisis currently happening in my life:
1) My newborn has had the worst case of acid reflux known to man making it almost impossible to think, let alone take some time to write. Life is better now as we've found a medication that soothes his pain -- and mine. ;)
2) Hubby had his wisdom teeth pulled. This means the world has effectively stopped as we try to prevent a moments worth of pain and/or dry socket. Today is day 6. Let's see how long this lasts.
3) Daughter has officially hit the terrible twos. She is not only a copy-cat that repeats EVERYTHING you say to her, but she is now fluid is saying "no" to every request and time outs have become fun and she chooses to put herself in them. Lovely.
4) There is still fucking snow in Michigan. It's freezing. The sun hasn't been out in weeks and my self diagnosed seasonal affected disorder is in full-effect.
Today is the first day I feel as if I'm over the hump so here's to being back in the saddle and HAPPY SPRING!
In the meantime, cocktails anyone?
We're gearing up for March Madness here at our house! It seems like it's been quite some time since our hometown team (University of Michigan) has made it anywhere near the final-four, but we continue to hold out hope. My husband has found a way to pass our love of all things Michigan to our 2.5 year old who now starts chanting "Let's Go Blue" the second anything basketball related pops up on the television. Quite cute I must say.
Our family of four will be in full gear today cheering them on in the BIG 10 tournament as we await the brackets for next week's excitement! Even our newborn caught the spirit -- check out what they'll be decked out in today aren't these FREAKING ADORABLE?!?!?! We've got the newborn socks for little man and the "big girl" legwarmers for Kayla!
Pics to follow later...
Little Big Fan has the cutest -- AND AFFORDABLE -- collegiate gear and the best part is I can even sport some of their stuff too.
Check them out -- products start at only $5. If you have little girls, check out the adorable hair accessories too.