Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

 

Ok, so Little Miss is turning 5 in a week and a half.

And as much as I’d love to be that Pinterest mom that has perfectly done hair and nails and throws the most on point thematic party down to the T; including snacks, parties favors, etc….

I am not her!

I’m the messy bun mom, wearing morning breakfast left overs and trying to keep the baby  from being smothered by his sister’s “loving” embrace or flattened by the older brother who thinks he’s a WWF wrestler.

My sister Lindsay is a freak’n rockstar when it comes to this kind of thign.  She puts Pinterest to shame.  Me…ya I like to compare myself to Cliff Notes.

You know -that compact yellow holy bible for high schoolers that allows you to look and sound like your awesome and know everything without really having to read the entire novel or do all the critical thinking.

Yup…I’m Cliff Notes.

If you are like me- meaning you like cutesy, artsy fartsy stuff but are super busy with other kids, life and attempting to maintain your sanity then I recommend the doing what I do.  Choose a few key items to match the theme then let everything else go.  I like to select the most visible things, like the cake.

So, for Sarah’s upcoming party I’m doing a mermaid theme party. I’m focusing on the cake, main activity (pool party) and gifts.

Again, don’t overwhelm yourself.  Check out what I’ve got planned, take notes, and do your best.

Thematic cake– purchased or hand made.  I’m doing Ariel pull apart cupcakes.  Here’s my first trial run.  My next mermaid will be much less busty.  I got a little carried away with the frosting.  Hehe.

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Oceanic Face Painting

I purchased a face painting kit from #AvaandFrankPaints.  The face and body paint palette is vegan, non-toxic, comes with 3 brushes, 2 sponges and 16 colors including gold and silver. The colors are beautiful and come off easily with water.

My kids love getting their face painted and both my hubby and I like drawing so it’s a win all around. Personally, I think it’s awesome paint. The paint is non toxic, nut-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, lead-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, hypo-allergenic, vegan, cruelty-free, FDA compliant and tested by US PHD cosmeticians. It’s going to be a smash.  Seriously it’s the best.  I’m going to have so much fun with it.  I’m so happy I got to purchase it at a discount in exchange for a review. The kids are going to love it at the party!

Activity– Swimming…that’s pretty mermaidy… right? I mean what kids doesn’t love swimming.  Sarah is a freak’n rockstar and basically taught herself how to swim.

Mermaid Gifts

I found an app that I love called Wish.  I call it my Chinese Amazon.  The prices are totally cheap and cute.  It takes  a while to ship though.  Give it a month at least.  I’m kind of obsessed with it.  Anyways, while doing Christmas shopping last year I went ahead and got Sarah’s Birthday stuff.  I’m so excited to give them to her.  Here’s a sneak peak.

With everything else I’m taking it easy.  There will be outdoor games and a painting station that children can go to whenever they feel like it.

No organized games here.  I’m not that mom.

But you know what…that’s ok.  Kids like Cliff Notes.  It’s true.  Kids are happy just being around other kids. Why stress myself out.  I will get to relax and talk to their parents. and the party will have the overall appearance of Pinterest greatness.

Maybe for added measure, I’ll put out some Goldfish crackers.

We’ll see.

Sarah’s party may not be the most flashy and beautifully thematic party but I know my daughter is going to love it and I’m going to have a good time.

And you know what..that is all that matters.

Weekly Review: FamFave Thermometer


b042aa1f9ba19dfae4d0cd1d600681e2594ea5fd_1This week I only have one item to share with you- #BestBabyThermometer.  The FamFave advanced digital thermometer is for babies, children and adults.  I so wish that I was asked to review it a few weeks ago when both my boys and I were sick. Sadly our last thermometer got covered in spilled medicine and sat too long.  It’s a goner.  Anyways, about the thermometer. It…..

  • FAST results – average 10 to 25 seconds – proven accurate in extensive tests – beeps when done
  • LARGE lighted LCD Display – visible in dark room
  • GUARANTEED – 100% money back – no questions asked directly from Amazon
  • Soft FLEXIBLE tip – painless and safe for wiggly kids
  • SAFE – No glass or mercury
  • WATERPROOF– even use it in the bathtub
  •  Portable – comes with plastic case for easy carrying in purse or diaper bag
  • Measure in F or C degrees (Push button switchable)

0c524167688bc0a91d055ca6ead62442d8e1013eMy favorite feature is the large display. It makes it very easy to read the temperature even at night.  The lighted background is what makes taking night time temperatures easy.  Plus, it’s a family business that guarantees their products.  Now, I’m not a fan of rectal readings. Yes, I know it’s the best but I can’t bring myself to do it.  With that being said, I’d be way more comfortable doing it with this thermometer than others I’ve owned.  Simply because it is super flexible and not hard. All in all, I’m happy with it.

Here’s a code for 50% off the regular price ($17.97) using the promo code DTT898DT
– pay the promo price of only $8.98  and  Prime members get free 2-day shipping

You can order here on Amazon!

I received this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

So You Want To Review And Then Some

Ok, so a bunch of you have asked me about the reviews I’ve been doing and how to join so this post is for you.

I love doing it!  It’s perfect for someone like myself.  I love shopping but can’t do much of it right now.  I love getting deals, love writing, am quite opinionated and enjoy being the center of attention.

Currently, I write reviews for:

Tomoson is a favorite of mine.  You apply for products to review and if selected post reviews on various social media sites.

AMZ Review Trader is similar to Tomoson.  You apply for products to review and if selected post reviews on various social media sites.

EliteDealClub is addicting.  You get a daily email at 6 am for sales that day. Sales go live at 7 am, 11 am and 5 pm pacific standard time. These items are heavily discounted or free in exchange for a review; but are limited in number so you have to act fast. Here’s an invite code if you want to join. elitedealclub.com/?invcode=V8H73bQ3

iLoveToReview sends you emails about products you can get for free ain exchange for an honest review.

Secret Deals Club also sends emails about products heavily discounted or free in exchange for a review.

My goal is in a year’s time to be reviewing (and keeping) cool items like cameras and making money off my blog that has hopefully more than the 5 followers I currently have.  In order to do so I need to build up my influence on different social media sites.

Do me a favor and follow will ya?  It’s on the sidebar on the right. You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook.

This whole blogging thing is new to me.  But hey, I’m learning and growing and I quite enjoy it.  That’s why I joined Sverve a site that encourages you to “Share your blog posts.  Endorse others.  Learn from each other.  Grow your network.”

I have a friend from Indiana who makes money from her blog, What’s Up Fagans.  It’s her way to contribute financially and still be a SHM. Within 3 years she grew her blog into a money making tool, has spoken at public events and has been published on Amazon.

Katelyn suggested that I look into joining the Blogger2Businnes Facebook group.  She said it’s a pretty good one and helpful for new bloggers. She also suggested applying to join the Kid Blogger Network.  They also have a great facebook group.

Speaking of making money, I’ve found a few sites that join bloggers with advertisers.

Sponsored reviews

Advertise on blogs Basically, advertisers buy blog reviews from popular blogs, hobby bloggers and maybe one of mine someday.  I just activated mine so we’ll see how it goes.  I’m hopeful.  It will be pretty awesome if I can make a little dough for doing something I think is fun.

Blogsvertise is another site I joined recently which also promises to help you make money blogging. You sign up to blog for various advertisers or can make money by displaying ads and banners on your blog. It connects advertisers and bloggers.  “For example, an advertiser who sells cleaning supplies contacts us and informs us as to what type of blog they would be interested in advertising on.”

iConnect promises to help bloggers monetize their blog with sponsorships, sponsored posts, or ambassadorships.  Not sure if this is true yet but can’t hurt to try.

Like I said, I’m new to all this but like what I’ve learned so far. Hope you do too.

 

Vitamin C Serum With Hyaluronic Acid


12510850_10153758022676043_1502318986_oRecently I have been using a Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid made by Naturel Commodity.  I really like that the serum is plant based doesn’t have any bad ingredients like alcohol, parabens, sulphates, and GMO’s.  It’s also not tested on animals which is why
I was willing to review the product.  I was interested to see if it had a positive effect on my  dark circles and dehydrated skin.  I used it for a week both morning and night. Below are a few photos in chronological order.  What I noticed is that the serum is light and goes a long way.  It dries fast but is a little sticky.  The instructions say to follow up with moisturizer.  It tightens up your face so the moisturizer is key.  My skin did feel smooth and looked younger.  I kind of felt like there was an immediate glow.  As far as lightening dark circles, I have not used the product enough to see a difference but am hopeful. #NaturelCommodity

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Pashoshi Baby Bibs To The Rescue


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I absolutely adore these bandana bibs! #pashoshibaby They are the cutest things I have ever seen and so soft. The fabric is modern, fashionable and unisex.  I am impressed that the company understands that kids are expensive and tries to make life easier by having a product that fits multiple ages by sewing  three adjustable snaps instead of one; not to mention the bib saves lil’ man’s clothes from being covered in drool which has seriously increased in the last few weeks.  I swear he must be getting ready to cut his first tooth.  Oh, I forgot to mention that in the package are two awesome and unexpected gifts:  a pacifier clip and bottle strap.  These have been life savers.

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I’d also like to take to comment on the customer service. After purchasing this product I was immediately contacted by the owner of the company, Jonathan Doron.  He expressed his appreciation for my purchase.  He also let me know that he would be sending me a pdf called 10 Tips For Parents With a Drooling Baby.  A few days later I received an email containing the pdf about the drooling.  I thought that was awesome.  Finally, I received a third email thanking me once again for my purchase.  I am very impressed with any company that is willing to go through this much effort to obtain and keep a customer.

All in all, I am very pleased with Pashoshi.  I see future baby shower gifts in my future.  I received this product at a discount in exchange of a fair, honest and unbiased review.

COR Hand Crafted Genuine Bamboo Sunglasses

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You are going to love these sunglasses.  The second I opened them my husband snatched them away and commented on what high quality they are.  The lens are good quality, crystal clear and slightly tinted.  The bamboo is quite soft and smooth to the touch.  Needless say, my husband is a little jealous.  Seriously, I love my bamboo sunglasses.  They are super cute, light weight and eco-friendly.  Another cool feature is the weather resistant bamboo case it comes with.  In the item description it said that they float in water.  I had to test it out just because that seemed cool to me.  They totally did. If you are looking for some awesome sunglasses for outdoor activities both on land and water than these are for you.  Here is where you can find them: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011M6FD6G   or simply click here. #CORHandCraftedGenuineBambooSunglasses

I received this product at a discount in exchange of a fair, honest and unbiased review.


Bribery. Reward. Tomatoe. Tomato.

When you are the mother of three young kids under the age of four, you do what it takes to survive. My oldest, Sarah is a very spirited 4 year old. She is a stubborn, sassy, 21st century spitfire. Good luck getting her to do something that she doesn’t want to do. She and I tend to butt heads often. I hate being that yelling mom but let’s face it we all do it. I’ve used my teaching strategies- redirection, timers, accountability charts, proximity and more with a varying success rate. Additionally, I’ve read blogs and magazine articles about parenting a strong-willed child.  Let’s just say  I use a lot of if/then statements.  I really try to allow her to make choices after clearly defining the positive and negative consequences of each.
What I’ve come to find is that my daughter has many sides. Yes, she is incredibly strong willed, but also kind, empathetic, helpful, creative and imaginative.  I love the kind, helpful sides of my daughter and want to see them more.  So I praise like crazy and reward/bribe when Sarah demonstrates positive attributes like helping with meal prep and execution, completing her chores, loving on her brother, etc.  Little miss has worked towards and received stickers, art supplies, an Elsa Barbie doll from her Grandma Baugh and recently some fun puppy boot socks. #BootLinerSock
Sarah was pretty stoked about the socks. They are adorable, warm boot liners that fit perfectly in her Hello Kitty rain boots.

Bonus- I received them for a heavy discount (a little under $2) in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. Sarah liked the grey and white spotted character. I quite enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that I can let her play outside and she will be warm. I also love that the ears have a tag that say left and right. It’s great for word recognition!  20160104_144120And if they can’t read, kids can figure out which boot is which by matching up the white ears to touch. Even if I didn’t get the product discounted, I would have bought them.  They can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/LANS-Rain-Boot-Liners-Kids/dp/B018ZQKOG0/

Wow…got a little off topic there.  What’s the point?  Bribery, or what I term as getting your kiddo to work towards an obtainable goal, is not a bad thing.  If it means less contention in the home then by all means go for it. We’ve got to spend less time worrying about what others may say or think.  Do what you have to do to survive and if possible thrive.  Items from the dollar store aren’t going to break our budget.