Friday, July 19, 2013

Best feeling ever......

I think is that moment your baby wraps their tiny hands around your finger. I realized this months ago, but I never truly thought about it until this week.
I'm a first time mom, everything is new to me, and honestly I'm terrified of messing up. Lately I've been having some down days, when everything seems to pile up, or be too overwhelming, then I look at our daughter and her smile brightens the whole day for me. She lights up and I light up.
She's 6 months old, and sitting on her own and trying to crawl. I look at her and think " They are right, they really do grow up fast, I wish she could stay this size for just a while longer."
This really hit me the other day when I went out to do my weekly grocery/errands, I had my mom watch her for the couple of hours that I was out. I came home and as soon as she heard my voice, she turned herself around in her jolly jumper, got the biggest smile on her adorable little face and started laughing excitedly, all while reaching up for me.... can I just say, I almost burst into tears. I can't begin to describe the feeling of joy that overcame me. Just knowing that our daughter is happy to have me home.
( I think my worrying started when I wasn't able to continue breastfeeding ( I wasn't producing enough), I felt that our bond would become weaker. :/ ) I'm a first time mom, I didn't say all of my thoughts would be logical.
She also has been snuggling into my chest when she meets someone new, and I've been reading in a book I received this month that, our children do that because we are their "safe place". It's an odd but wonderful feeling to know that I'm my daughters "safe place". She's the same way with my husband ( her father ), big time daddy's girl ( her first word was DADDA ), everyone says he's wrapped around her finger already.
I guess this week I just kind of realized that being a parent is an AMAZING feeling. Knowing that our little girl wants us to comfort her when she needs it.
Recently she's been waking up at night, she doesn't want a bottle or anything, she just wants one of us to hold her and rock her back to sleep.
She never ceases to amaze me, and she melts my heart over and over again with all the new things she's doing and learning. Sometimes it's still hard to believe that I'm a mom and wife.
Best feeling ever.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Busy couple of weeks.

I haven't much time to update lately, which is why my box reviews have been behind. The last couple of weeks, have been interesting. Our little one is 6 months old, and she just finished getting over a viral infection. She had a rash all over her body, looked tired all the time and wasn't eating as much. No we didn't change anything with her. Everything including laundry detergent has been the same. Dr was unsure of what caused it and wasn't sure what exactly it was. Didn't make me feel very confident with the health care we received for her. We were told to just wait it out. Which is what we did. Thankfully she seems to be over it. I missed my happy, smiling all the time baby. She's now sitting up on her own, and trying to crawl! I just want to hold her and keep her at this age for a little while longer.

I picked up a  side job, it's only for 4 hours on Saturdays and it's a bit of extra money, which is nice. Only until the end of this month though.
Little *complaining* part. You've been warned.
It's been super humid out lately, and it sucks. I hate humidity. Especially since lately I've been feeling emotionally out of sync.
Everything seems to be agitating me within the last week or so. The other night I snapped at my husband over nothing, he didn't deserve it and I feel horrible for taking whatever frustration I have out on him for no good reason. Maybe it's lack of sleep, or .... I just don't know. Before anyone suggests, No I'm NOT pregnant.
Maybe it's because lately I just feel like I never get any ME time. I know I'm a mother and all my time I invest in our little one. Which is fine, I LOVE being a mommy, and I love spending my time with our little one. I  would just like a couple of hours at night to myself, I guess. By the time night rolls around and I have an hour or so to read to myself, I'm too exhausted to even pick up one of the few books I've started, so I usually end up going to bed early.
Any other parents out there feel this way? How do you get energy to give yourself some "you" time? I feel like I'm running on coffee, so to speak.
Am I the only one?

Friday, July 12, 2013

June Bluum Box- 6 month old Review

This is our second month for receiving  the Bluum Baby box. It's a box filled with things for your baby, they are gender specific and it goes by the age of your baby.
Our June box was for our 6 month old baby girl.
The theme was Tiny Chompers!

This box was perfect timing, since our little one is teething, and those stubborn teeth still haven't made their grand appearance yet.

 The first item I pulled out is the Siliconies bracelet from Family Bedrock. 
It's a teething bracelet for our little one, we wear it and she sucks on it. Which will come in handy for outings. We also received a 20% coupon to use on their website.

The next thing was this high contrast book Hello Baby
It is full of black and white designs for baby, plus has the teething rattle ears at the top. Our daughter LOVES this book. She chews it like crazy. 

These are baby sunglasses, by Kidz Banz. I like the idea of them, because they have a band that goes around our little ones head, it's adjustable and is soft. Very interested to try these out, since all other sun glasses she pulls off her face.

 Not sure how much use we'll have for this, but it's practical. The Dreambaby Bath Tub Thermometer.
It's good to have, but honestly we go by feeling the temperature of the water for bath time now.
This I LOVE. Weleda baby Calendula Diaper Care for diaper rash.
It's natural and smells minty. It's amazing, we will definitely be buying more of it. I have never tried this product until we received it and honestly I've never even heard of this brand before.

 Next is the Camilia Teething Relief.
So far we haven't tried any teething gels for her teething, we've only been using baby Tylenol and Gripe Water. These are homeopathic and come in single doses, which I really like.
We haven't tried this yet, but will when we can. I wasn't aware of homeopathic teething remedies.
Guess I should have done my research.
The last thing in the box was this book. Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina.
Before now I've never heard of this author or book for that matter. My husband and I both read A lot though, so this is perfect. It's full of some pretty interesting things, and what I love about it so far, is he gives examples of most situations.

We were happy with our June box of Bluum for our little munchkin. We anxiously away our July box.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

June Glossybox Review

This entry is late, but here goes.
June's Glossybox.
This month's box was the American Beauty one. I love the box it came in.

June's magazine that the boxes always come with.
The information card as well.

When I first opened June's box I was excited. I saw products that I will actually use!
First product I pulled out was SpaRitual Favorites Nail Polish
Full size $12.00/ 15 ml.
I'm not usually into wearing purple on my nails that often; however I do love this color. It's a nice glossy, dark purple. I'm in love.
Philip B. Light Weight Deep Conditioning Creme
The price for this was not included on the information card.
However I looked it up and a 2 fl oz/ 60 ml is $10.00, 6 fl oz / 178 ml $26.00, and 32 oz fl/ 947ml $90.
I love the smell of this conditioning creme, it's not too strong, and is refreshing ( I think so anyways ). It's not heavy, and doesn't make my hair feel greasy afterwards at all, which I'm a huge fan of!

Tarte Complexion Enhancing Lipstick
Full size $14.50/ .12oz
Now I don't usually wear lipstick, I 'm more of a lip gloss kind of woman. When I tried this lipstick though, and realized that I could  blend the two colors together, I was excited to wear it on an outing. I loved the color on me, and it lasted for most of the day, when I did go out. This lipstick has made me a fan, and I will definitely be buying more.
Oscar de la Renta Essential Luxuries
 Full size $150.00 / 3.4 fl oz
I don't personally use Oscar de la Renta perfume, I find it's too strong for me to wear; however I found one out of these 6 sample sizes that is kind of a girly/ fruit perfume that I actually like. It lasts all day and smells pretty awesome. I won't be buying the full size ones though, I just can't bring myself to pay that much for perfume.
The last product is c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist
Full Size $8.00/ 4 fl oz
I was unsure of this product at first. You spray it on your face or body for a refreshing glow. I tried it and I completely fell in love with it. I absolutely love the smell, it's fresh and light and feels nice on my skin. Once I use it up, I will be purchasing another one that's for sure.
Overall I was very happy with June's Glossybox. It was a good one for me. I apologize for my review of it being so late, but here it is. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

June Beauty Box 5 Review

I signed up for Beauty Box 5 at the end of April. So far I haven't really liked the boxes. They come with some pretty decent things, but this subscription just is not for me. I was not impressed with the May box, not only was the box late, the contents didn't WOW me. Unfortunately this month didn't WOW me, and I don't like receiving self tanning stuff or body bronzer.... just isn't my thing. I unsubscribed as I'm just not happy with the boxes. Anyways, what isn't for one person may be for another. This subscription just isn't for me.
The people who are interested in this subscription... read on!

The Box:  Beauty Box 5

The Cost: $12 a month (or $10 a month with a 3-month subscription)

The Products: 4-5 full size and sample size beauty products.
Every box includes these cards, with descriptions of products, and prices. They also include the coupons for each product to use on their website.
Coolway Cool Cleanse Shampoo and Cool Hydrate Conditioner
Retail: $25.00 8.6 oz.
I'm excited to try these out, as I usually have one or two hair products open at all times in the shower. I wasn't very impressed with the Coolway Transform Styling Spray from May's box ( It made my hair feel super greasy and I only used the recommended sprays); however I'm willing to give it a second chance. It smells good so far.
Just Being Sexy Body Bronzer
Retail: $49.00 6fl oz
(I got two packets in this box)
I'm a red head, I don't tan, I don't use self tanning products either. I personally just don't like them. I don't like using body bronzer either, so I was disappointed to see these in this month's box. ( May box had self tan wipes )
I have to say I honestly won't use these. Probably going to give them away.
Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Facial
Retail: $18.00 4 oz
This product I'm actually really excited for, I have sensitive skin so finding natural products is always a bonus for me. If I like this I will most definitely buy the full size version of it.

The last item in June's box was the Minxxette Brush Hanger
Retail: $4.69 Small
I think that this is a very cute idea and great for organization of makeup brushes.

This subscription isn't for me. However it is affordable and sometimes they have interesting things. If they come out with some products that interest me I may just sign back up for the subscription.
Do you have Beauty Box 5? Opinions on it? What did you think of June's box?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Homemade Teething Cookies

In a previous post I shared that our 5 month old was teething. Tomorrow she will be 6 months and the last couple of days her teething has really kicked into gear. She has a teething rash, very irritable, and is waking 6-7 times during the night, when regularly she wakes up once during the night. I have tried everything except teething cookies. So I found a recipe and yesterday decided to bake some.
This was the first batch, the recipe says to leave in for 15 minutes but 10 would have been fine.
I put half of them in the freezer and half in the fridge. So far they have been good, and our daughter loves sucking on them. I also doubled the recipe.

1 cup flour
1 cup dry infant rice cereal  (or other flavored or
unflavored infant cereal)
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 ripe smashed banana
1 teaspoon cinnamon
ice water

Preheat oven 425F
Mix flour and cereal and cinnamon.
Gradually stir in oil. Mix a little ice water at a time (start with 1/4 cup) until dough begins to form a ball and pull away from the bowl.
Roll out to the thickness of a cracker on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet 10-12 min. or until lightly brown. Cool completely.

Store in an airtight container. (you may want to try 1/2 plain and 1/2 flavored baby cereal as the taste when using full flavored baby cereal is very strong.)