Thursday, October 30, 2014

The crappy truth of life with a newborn

For 40 weeks give or take you are anticipating the birth of your baby.  Picking out names, decorating the nursery, shopping, and planning for the future.  But the crappy truth of life with a newborn never crosses your mind, at least not until a few days after the baby is born.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas Wish List Coming Soon!

Every year I share a list of cool products you really should add to your Christmas shopping list, this year's list will be posted soon! Just before Thanksgiving so you can get your black friday/cyber monday shopping in.  I've already got a number of companies sending me products for consideration and I can tell you there are some AWESOME things for this year's list!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Kazaz! Storybook app review

I was able to review a new storybook app called Kazaz! this week.  After downloading the app I was able to download 3 stories.  One story tells about Kazaz, a planet that learns how to make friends when a fireball accidentally collides into it leaving a bit of it's fireball magic inside Kazaz which grows into islands with people and animals on it.  The other stories happen on the islands.

Friday, October 24, 2014

23 Blast Movie Review

I was able to watch a early screening of the movie 23 Blast and I can 100%  honestly and with excitement say it's one I would recommend to anyone!  Such an inspirational movie based on a true story.  The story is about a high school boy named Travis that has spent his life devoted to football when an unexpected infection leaves him blind.  This movie is so moving as you watch his struggles and depression at first and his attitude change from one of giving up to determination as he gets the opportunity to play football again.  It even had a few parts that gave me a good laugh!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I'm dying, but let me take care of you

ok, I'm not REALLY dying, but anyone who has had Mastitis can tell you it sure feels like it!  And why is it that mom's never get a break from taking care of everyone else, even when they're deathly sick themselves?  What's Mastitis? Basically it's an infection in the breast that moms can get when breastfeeding.  It's usually caused by a build up of milk supply when the baby isn't nursing as much as there is milk available, and stress and lack of sleep also contribute.  So when we were traveling with our new 1 month old and visiting family you can imagine how easily all the factors became reality and resulted in mastitis for me.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dear Hulu, I hate your stinkin guts. (sometimes)

Just when we think we've got it all figured out some wise guy (hulu) changes things up. We have cut cable tv out of our life and instead use only hulu and netflix so that we can watch exactly the shows we want on our schedule.  But as with more and more online media there's always someone that thinks they need to monetize their site better and changes things up which only leaves the users frustrated and scratching their heads.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Oatmeal Apple Dessert

Fall is here and nothing says Fall like a delicious cooked apple dessert!  The other night I invented this Oatmeal Apple Dessert and it is fantastic! Plus since it has oatmeal that makes it a little more healthy right?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cuddly Bandages Review

Owie's are quickly forgotten with these new cuddly bandages! I was sent some to test and review, and we love them!  Seriously what kid doesn't love stickers? Probably why they go through band-aids like crazy, add that to their love for stuffed animals and you have a golden distraction from the pain of a cut.  These super cute bandages are like a fuzzy 3 dimensional sticker.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Studio C Season 5

Studio C Season 5 starts today!!! We can't wait! If you're looking for a wholesome, funny, entertaining show that the whole family can watch you have got to check out Studio C.  We found this gem of a comedy show last year and my family has been hooked ever since.  Below are some of our favorite scenes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Duvet or not Duvet

Duvet or not Duvet, that is the question.  Do you use them? I've never used one, until now!  Our comforter on our bed was getting some wear and although it's a great blanket I was afraid it would start to wear to the point we'd have to replace it.  That is when I came across the option of a Duvet Cover.  I found one on ebay for about $15 so I figured it was a cheap experiment.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Baby Ktan Carrier Review

Check out this super cute baby carrier by Baby K'Tan! I was sent one of these carriers to review and the timing couldn't be more perfect with my new arrival.  On our first outing with the baby we tried it out and LOVED it!  It was simple, comfortable, easy to follow the instructions, versatile on different ways you can use it, and the fabric is perfect to not be too hot or too cold. (keep in mind this picture was taken 2 weeks after my c-section)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Once Upon A Time is Frozen!

Once Upon A Time is Frozen! Are you as excited for the new season as we are?!?! My kids literally ran through the house celebrating when they found out the premiere was here! Since we can't watch episodes until the day after one hulu I can't give a full opinion of the new episode so no worries about spoilers here!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

LDS Temple Dress

I've needed/wanted a new LDS Temple dress for quite some time now and have thought about sewing one.  My biggest reason for putting it off is because I don't like to sew sleeves or collars.  So knowing I'd have to sew both for a new dress it was easy to procrastinate making a new dress.  One morning it hit me, if I already had a white shirt I could just add a skirt and convert it to a dress, but the shirt would have to be long sleeved and have a higher collar/neck.  Ignore the less than cute picture, this was taken at the end of my pregnancy.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Twelvelittle wonder clutch review

I got to review a wonder clutch from Twelvelittle recently.  I actually took it to my doctor's appointment and it was perfect for our first venture out of the house since the baby was born.  The size is perfect for short trips, newborns, or even as a pre-packed quick grab bag when you don't want to break your shoulder or tip over the stroller with a 20 lb diaper bag.  This wonder clutch is the perfect size to hold the essentials in a stylish way.   And when you no longer need a diaper bag you can still use the wonder clutch as a purse without it screaming baby bag from the style/size.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hell's Kitchen is back! Season 13

If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen! Or you could do as we do and watch the fire from the safety of your home.  Hell's Kitchen is back for it's 13th season!  As with each season we're looking forward to the fun challenges, interesting recipes, and of course the survival of the fittest.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Baby Time!

She's finally here! Our newest addition to our family, Isabella (Bella) was born last week via c-section.  I'm recovering well, which is more than I can say for my laptop after it's apple juice accident!  With any luck both of us will be back up and running normally soon.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

You're Guilty!

Something that has been on my mind for quite some time now is how disconnected society has become.  Connected through social media, but disconnected in reality.  People don't spend time together face to face as much, we do less for each other, we don't know our neighbors anymore, we hardly say hi to people in passing, we shut ourselves in our houses and figure since we're "online" we're keeping in touch and making a difference.  We're guilty.  I'm guilty, you're guilty.  We are all guilty of creating what the world has become.  Since I am a problem solver by personality, what can we do to fix it?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Finding Carter

I recently started watching a new show that caught my attention on Hulu.  It's called Finding Carter.  It's about a girl that was kidnapped when she was 3, now that she's 15 she happens to get in trouble one night with some friends and while waiting at the police station for her mom to pick her up it's discovered that her mom is not her mom.  She's returned to her real family only to learn that she has not only a twin sister, but a younger brother.  To make things more dramatic, her real mom is a police officer.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bullying Bandwagon

It seems as though in the last few years everyone is jumping on the bullying bandwagon.  It's become a large focus and issue that parents and children are eager to point out how they are being bullied.  Don't get me wrong, bullying is awful and should be fixed, however I think that it can also be blown out of proportion turning normal childhood behaviors into a crusade to severe punishment and prevention.  It was a few weeks ago that I came across this article in the Huffington Post that hit the nail on the head for me, I wish everyone would read and understand it!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Make & Save Money from Home

After having this idea on my mind for some time I've finally set up a newsletter to help inspire my readers with ideas of how to make & save money from home.  And as a special bonus, since I'm so excited to help as many as possible, when you sign up for the FREE email newsletter you'll get a FREE copy of my ebook with over 70 ideas how to make money and budget as a stay at home mom or housewife!