Peppermint Pretzel Crisps

Okay guys, so this past weekend I went to a friends holiday party and they had these peppermint pretzel crisps. They were absolutely delicious. I had to find the recipe and make them myself and they were too good not to share! If you’re a fan of peppermint and something sweet & salty combined, these are for you. They are the perfect non bake holiday treat! Everyone deserves a little treat during the holidays.

Ingredients:

24oz bag of white chocolate morsels

1-2 drops of pure peppermint extract

1 large bag of plain pretzel crisps/thins

1/2 cup of crushed peppermint (candy canes)

To start, line a counter or some baking pans with parchment paper.

Melt your chocolate in a large bowl, however you prefer and crush your candy canes. I simply put them in a ziplock bag and hit them with a mallet until crushed. Once your chocolate is melted, add one or two drops of pure peppermint extract to the chocolate and stir until combined.

Once crushed, use a large fork to dip the pretzels into the chocolate and coat entirely. Be sure to let the excess chocolate drip off then place the coated pretzel on parchment paper. Sprinkle on some crushed peppermint and repeat!

Be sure to let the chocolate cool completely and then store in an air tight container! Did I mention the no baking part?! 😉

These can be a perfect small gift for teachers, friends, family, whoever! You could always just make a small batch for yourself enjoy! I hope you like them!

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Tips for Having a Successful Week

After a relaxing weekend especially during the holiday season, the last thing you want to see is Monday roll around. I know, as a stay at home mom you’re probably thinking “why is she so worried about a Monday, she doesn’t work 8 hour days”. Well, as a matter of fact we dread Monday’s too. Monday’s mean back to packing lunches, waking the kids up and getting ready for school, having to kiss your husband goodbye each morning and not seeing him all day, fixing dinners, and keeping the house clean. As a busy mom I’ve learned to make Monday’s more positive and less stressful.

Here’s some tips I’ve learned to help own not only Monday’s, but the entire week!

Always start off with a positive outlook. Never look at a new week as something stressful or exhausting. Look at it as a time to accomplish something new or as an opportunity to be able to progress in your life.

Set goals. Not only should you set goals, but be excited to accomplish those goals. Wake up Monday morning and be ready to kick some ass. If it helps, write those goals down in a visible location where you can read them each morning and check them off as your week progresses.

Make sure laundry is done. Fresh clothes for a fresh week is always the best. I never want to worry about doing laundry mid week or my son running out of matching socks. Which somehow he finds a way to lose a pair at least once a week.

Figure out dinner. Have your meals for the week already planned. Know what you’re cooking each day and double check that you have all of the ingredients before the week starts so you don’t have to run out and get something. I always leave the non-refrigerated ingredients on the counter the night before so all I have to do is start cooking when my husband gets home.

Have the kids ready. Just as stated above, have their lunches picked out for the week. Prep them in little baggies & label them for each day of the week so you know what day is each bag. I always prep the non refrigerated items in five different baggies and leave a space in the refrigerator for five cold items and five juice boxes, so all I do is make a sandwich then grab and go. Same applies for their outfits, I pick out five outfits for each day of the week and have them ready for the next morning on the kids dressers.

Meal prep. When I meal prep, it is a life savor for me. I always have to run and grab my son around lunch time, but as soon as I get back, I easily can grab a meal, eat it, and spend more of the afternoon with the kids. If you work full time, do the same for breakfast too! Put them together and make it a quick grab and go for the morning.

Set a day to pay bills. If you own a home, you know the bills stack up. They are alway due at different times, and it can be so confusing. I always choose a Monday morning to make sure all the bills are paid before they are late. If a bill is due before the following Monday, it gets paid at that time. I never like waiting until the last minute and thinking “did I pay that bill” while laying in bed.

Review the upcoming week. Double check if you have any doctors appointments or school functions coming up during the week. Not only do I keep them on my calendar in my iPhone, but I have a dry erase board right by my front door that I write on every Sunday to prepare me for places I need to be during the week. When the day is over, it gets erased.

Fill your tank. I don’t know about ya’ll, but I hate waking up on a Monday with an almost empty tank. The last thing I want to do is stop and fill it. Sunday’s I always make sure my tank is full or filled enough to where I don’t need to stop.

Make some time for yourself. This might be the most important. Don’t overbook yourself to where you’re constantly running and make some time to do something for you. It can help relieve stress and make your days run smoother. It could range from a simple bubble bath to dinner with your husband or friends.

Hopefully these tips help you as much as they help myself! What else do you do to help prepare for the week ahead? I’d love to hear!

That Mom Guilt and Anxiety

Good Morning Ya’ll!

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Now that I am a mother, I never realized how much anxiety I truly have. When I was younger and baby free, I never took my anxiety into consideration. Now looking back, I can tell I’ve suffered from it my whole life but motherhood took it to a whole new level. There should be true diagnosis of ‘Mom Anxiety’ because when it comes to my babies and trying to navigate their needs while keeping a clean home, the struggle and pressure can be immense. I even have anxiety for things that are years away from happening, seriously the struggle is real. I’m pretty sure my husband thinks I’m crazy. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m that mom who always thinks something will happen when I’m not there. It could be something positive or negative, it doesn’t matter. I see mothers who love to get away and love to have their me time with not a worry in the world…I wish. Maybe they hide it well because my worried face stands out like sore thumb and the mom guilt kicks in.

I’ve gotten better at handling my anxiety lately, since I know I have two tiny humans who rely on me, but it’s still there. Now with two kids, and trying to cater to both of their needs simultaneously while also trying to keep a clean, cheerful home leaves me often feeling deflated. The overwhelming feeling of anxiety builds up quick, when finding time to play with Kyle and Liliana, cleaning clothes, washing dishes, and getting dinner on the table piles up in my head. But bad days happen, and I often need to find what keeps me calm and collected so I can continue being the best mother and wife. When Liliana was younger, it was easier to please both children. I knew how to navigate her needs a little easier while having extra time to play with Kyle while she napped. Now that she is crawling and moving all over the place, it’s harder. Evenings are also difficult for me because my husband and I sleep upstairs in our bedroom, while the kids are downstairs on the main floor. The anxiety builds to the point where I have trouble sleeping at night because I know they are on the main floor. I always think ‘what if someone breaks in’ or ‘what if a fire starts’. I keep a monitor on my four-year-old son still, just so my anxiety can subside at night while we sleep.

The mom guilt is inevitable. You know that guilt when you put your child in front of the TV so you can drink coffee peacefully and fold laundry. Or when you take your children to their grandparents so you can have some free time with your husband, or even just to grocery shop alone. Just tonight, my husband and I are going to be three hours away to attend our good friends annual Christmas party, and the mom guilt of leaving Liliana with her grandparents has already set it and we haven’t even left yet.

I also can’t forget about the guilt of leaving the kids with Daddy so you can get your nails done or have your hair touched up. This is terrible to say as a mother, but what about me? What about some healing time for us mothers? I’ve come to realize that those moments of “me” time are what help navigate my needs to help me be the best mother and wife I can be. That hour and half that I’m away by myself doing something for me are what help me cope with the daily struggle of anxiety and mom guilt. It relaxes me, and gives me peace in my own mind. Along with my away time, I always try to give myself a nightly, baby free bubble bath with a glass of wine. Just to relax after a long day, and to prepare my mind for another anxiety filled day in the morning.

Yes, sometimes it is a little easier said than done though. The mom guilt always kicks back in full force. What if my kids are looking for me? What if Liliana won’t stop crying? What if they need mommy? But in all honesty, I believe us moms need that time although our kids constantly run through our mind. We go through a lot, more than some people can understand. Yes, our husbands work hard every single day, but us mothers do also. Whether we stay at home or work a full-time job. Motherhood is one of the toughest jobs out there. We are molding little minds into intelligent and hard-working adults. We are responsible for that. If that doesn’t give you some anxiety, I praise you then. I’ve come to realize that mom guilt and anxiety is normal. Every mother just copes with it differently. It could be yoga, meditation, a massage, or as simple as drinking a cup of coffee alone. Just make sure you get that time in, you deserve it.

What about you? Do you mothers go through the anxiety and guilt also? How do you cope?

Have a good Saturday! xo

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The Little Things

I just wanted to share a quick post about my evening.

Tonight Kyle and I had some time together and we made sugar cookies. When Liliana was born, Kyle had to learn that I couldn’t put all my attention on him anymore. He now had a little sister that needed my attention just as much as him, if not more. He had his jealous moments and he definitely still does. So I always make sure to take time to have some big brother time, just me and him, no matter how little the activity is we do.

I don’t always have the time or the money to do extravagant things with my kids, but it’s an awesome feeling to know the little things are what matter most to them. Today at Target, I bought a cheap bag of pre-made batter and told Kyle we were going to make cookies tonight, just me and him. His face lit up like no tomorrow and he was excited all evening. We sat in the kitchen for about an hour and a half and just talked and baked. Of course some moments I yelled at him because he was eating the sprinkles, flinging dough everywhere, and messing with the cutouts. I enjoyed every moment of it though.

At the end, he wasn’t feeling the cookie baking anymore so I let him watch his tablet while I surprised him and made him his own personal cookies. It was his name and a tractor, and that was all he needed to have an amazing night with me. He quickly said “wow, thank you mommy, I love you”. That was it, that was all I needed to hear for my entire day to be made. I could have had the worst day, but when my child says I love you, my day is made. Just the little things. All I had to do was spend $2 at Target for a fun time with my boy. Now we have a bunch of yummy cookies to eat.

These are the moments I live for. All the messes, the frustration, the patience. It’s all worth it. It’s quality time with my kids.

I just wanted to share our evening and to tell everyone to just enjoy the little things. They aren’t little for long, but these memories will last a lifetime. No matter how messy or inexpensive, the kids see it as an enjoyable time with their mommy or daddy.

My Life as a Stay at Home Mom

Before I quit working full time, I thought staying at home with the kids all day was going to be all sunshine and rainbows. I thought I would be able to relax all day in pajama’s, catch up on my shows or watch some Netflix, play with the kids, and be completely stress free. Well let me say, I was wrong. Staying at home may be harder than working full time (at least in my opinion). There’s no doubt that it’s more rewarding because I get all day with my children, but it’s definitely work; lots and lots of work. One thing I learned while staying home is there is not enough hours in the day. Trying to juggle raising two wild children while keeping up on house work, is a challenge. Let me tell you…

When my second child was born I was lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my kids during the day. My husband was able take over all bill payments, so that we didn’t have to fork out an extra grand a month for childcare for our daughter.

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I’m quite sure that I only get to sit about two hours out of the whole day, if that. My day must start with coffee, or nothing gets accomplished, so as soon as Liliana gets up she gets a bottle and I get some coffee. I do get to relax for maybe 15 minutes while she plays then my hectic day begins.

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My son gets up every day around 7:15AM, so he can get ready for Preschool. Once he’s up, I start making him breakfast. While he is eating I make his lunch, pick out the kid’s outfits, and get Liliana ready. Once he’s done eating I get him ready, myself ready (if there is any time), and off to Preschool he goes. It’s about a 20-minute drive to Preschool, so I’m in the car driving for about an hour and a half a day, just to get him to and from daycare, but I love where he goes so I’d never choose somewhere closer, it’s worth the drive. He goes to a small Preschool in Maryland that he and I just love. The teachers are phenomenal, the kids are so intelligent and full of life. I can’t even begin to express how much my son has learned there. He’s only there for half a day so there is only 3 hours in between dropping him off and picking him up.

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Once Liliana and I get back home she’s usually hungry, so I make her some food and feed her, then give her the rest of her bottle. For some reason, she refuses to hold her bottle, so usually I need to hold it for her. During that time, I try to get some breakfast in for me. Between all the baby shenanigans, you can’t forget the laundry, dirty dishes, what’s getting made for dinner, making phone calls, going to preschool events and meetings, running errands, and most importantly cleaning the house.

For me to get those household duties completed, cartoons must be on the TV 24/7 or Liliana wants Mommy. There goes the whole catching up on shows or watching Netflix theory I had in the beginning of this SAHM journey. I’m pretty sure I can recite every song from the show she watches. I’m not sure if other moms have heard of it, but she is glued to ‘Little Baby Bum’ on Netflix. It’s just a bunch of nursery rhymes that play for about two hours with a bunch of characters. She absolutely loves it.  Without that show, getting household chores done would be impossible.

Before I know it, we need to head back out the door to go pick up Kyle. Within the three-hour time frame, I usually manage to get done my workout, the dishes and one load of laundry. Usually on Mondays, I’ll be able to get my meal prepping in, then another day out of the week I go to the grocery store, which I must do while my son is in school because this mama is not doing a grocery trip with two crazy kiddos unless Daddy is with me! There are also our Target trips, which could easily last a good hour.

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Once Kyle is home, it’s nearly impossible to keep the house clean. I clean up the same toys every single day, I usually just want to give up on cleaning his room. It’s like a daily cycle for us moms. Coffee, get the kids to school, get the baby fed, clean up toys, dinner, repeat. Those are the last things I want to do, and it always feels like I never have enough time in the day to just play with my little ones, so you always need to make sure you make time for that also. Sometimes the household duties can be put on pause. It’s a never-ending battle between playing and cleaning.

I don’t know about ya’ll but my kids already love to torment each other. It has already begun, and Liliana is only ten months old! I usually don’t have a voice by the end of the night after all the yelling I do. Maybe that’s why I’m a lover of wine. Kyle loves taking toys from her, then tries to suck up to her after taking them by telling her it’s okay. Then he’ll get very lovable towards her, hugging and kissing her continuously, which makes her scream since he’s in the way of her cartoons which then makes her pull at his face, and he starts his whining. These two loves each other so much, but annoy each other at the same time. They are my sour patch kids, I can’t help but adore them, but I’m pretty sure I can hear their screams in my sleep.

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This is all exactly why I LOVE crock pot meals. They simplify dinner, yet taste so delicious. If my kids and husband eat it, I am satisfied. I must say though; my husband is the best cook in the household. He has me beat, which I honestly am SO grateful for because he loves to cook sometimes, which is a huge weight off my shoulders. We all then know once dinner is over, it’s the baths and getting ready for bed. I am lucky enough that both my kids love bath time, so that is a breeze (thank goodness, because by that time I am ready to crash).

Once the babies are in bed, my day doesn’t end. We need to fold laundry, wash even more dishes from dinner, I make my husband’s lunch for the next day, then I try to have some quality time with my husband before we both crash, which isn’t long at all. Did I forget to mention that I work some evenings for a few hours to pay for Kyle’s preschool?! Yeah, sometimes I feel like supermom, and sometimes I feel like I don’t have my shit together, and I’m a hot mess.  One of the hardest adjustments for me becoming a stay at home mom is not having my own income. Yes, I work sometimes, but that pays for daycare. My husband is my life saver, he is the provider of the income, he is the reason I’m with my babies all day and he always makes sure we are taken care of.

I’m am a walking zombie most days, but the stay at home mom life is for me. It is FAR from easy, and you should never underestimate a stay at home mom. We don’t work 9-5, we work sun up to sun down. We have our good and our bad days. We struggle sometimes and can barely get through the day, and our house stays a mess. Most days I am ready to pull my hair out, but being with my kids all the time makes it completely worth it. I don’t have to worry about missing time with them or question what they are up too. They are always there with me every step of the way, through the good and the bad. I honestly don’t know how I did it with my son working full time. I do praise you moms with full time jobs, I couldn’t see myself away from my babies that long out of the day anymore. They grow way too quickly and the stress of having a clean house is fine by me. I would easily take over all the household responsibilities just so the kids are with me all day long. I am blessed to have such an amazing husband who works his butt off to give us what we have today. No matter if you’re a full time working mom, or a full time stay at home mom. We ALL bust our booty’s to keep our family going, and us moms should all stick together and NEVER judge another mom because our lifestyle is different. We can all learn from each other, and that’s one thing I enjoy about being a mommy blogger. No mom’s life is easier then the other, we all want to raise our babies to be successful adults, and that’s a challenge in itself.

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My First Born is Four!

And just like that, four years flew by in the blink of an eye. You guys, my first born is FOUR! 😩 Before I know it he’ll be a teenager.

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Today we are going to brunch with Santa at a place called Long Beach Oyster House in Maryland to celebrate. It’s all you can eat for kids & they get to see Santa. For the adults, all you can eat AND all you can drink bloody mary’s & mimosa’s. It’s a kid win and parent win! The whole family is coming so it’s going to be a good time, I’m really excited!

Yesterday was his party and we had a blast! Just like most little boys right now, his party was Paw Patrol. We had it at a small restaurant called Bogey Mccaws. I booked a private room and it had an arcade & “Ball-O-City” for the kids (it’s pretty much a huge play area with a crap ton of soft foams balls, it’s pretty neat). The kids had so much fun and I’m pretty sure the adults enjoyed the arcade just as much as the kids. Kyle had all of his friends and cousins there to celebrate. His face was lit up the entire time, and that’s all that matters, if he had fun, I had fun.

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Even Lilly had a blast celebrating her brother. My girl was knocked out last evening.

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When it comes to my kids, I want everything perfect and just the way they want it… Ok… maybe just the way I want it ;). To be honest, they just want presents, cake, and to play with their friends. It’s us mom’s who want all extravagant decorations and cakes. Is it me or did the party planning become so much more intense from when I was kid!? What happened to McDonalds parties with a happy meal, cake, and a play place. Mom’s now a days pay hundreds on cakes that just get eaten anyway and decorations that get torn down in a few hours. Trust me, I am totally one of those mom’s, but the anxiety and the hole in my wallet makes me not want to be one!

The past three years, I went all out for his parties. Just to see the money I spent go in the trash. This year I didn’t, I bought a small amount of decorations and spent a little bit more on where the location of the party was and it was SO much more fun. The kids played in the arcade, ate a bunch of pizza and cake while the adults got drinks from the bar and had fun themselves. It was a win for everyone!<<<
One of the most rewarding things about being a mom is watching your babies grow into amazing people. My son never fails to make me proud. He is one of the most intelligent kids I’ve ever met, he could spend hours building different vehicles with legos, or creating towers with blocks. The ideas he comes up with are so creative, it amazes every time. He also has that sensitive “Mama’s Boy” side then I can’t get enough of. Yes, sometimes it’s too much when he starts the whining, but I’m damn sure I’m going to miss it when he’s older. You just have to cherish every moment before our little humans turn into grown adults.

Happy fourth birthday Kyle. We love you to the moon & back. Time to enjoy a fun day ❤️

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Tips for Visiting Santa with the Little Ones

Hi ya’ll! I just wanted to share some tips when it comes to visiting Santa with the little ones. These are a few that I’ve learned over the years and hopefully it’ll help more mama’s out there. Feel free to comment more tips below. I could always use extra advice!

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  1. Lower your expectations. A crying baby is a memory to look back on, don’t stress about it. Young ones aren’t going to understand Santa quite yet, so don’t expect “the perfect photo”. Plus, you can always embarrass them when their older with the photos.
  2. Prepare the kids. Tell them you’re visiting Santa. Maybe walk past Santa’s workshop a few times so they can check it out. Let them get the feel of it. It’ll make them more comfortable when the time comes to sit on his lap.
  3. Try to avoid them watching other kids on Santa’s lap. If they see other kids crying, it might give them more anxiety when it’s their turn. I try to refrain from having my children see other children cry on Santa’s lap. Maybe have them watch some kids who are smiling, but that’s about it.
  4. Always look “picture ready”. You never know when you’ll have to jump in with the kiddos to make them sit on Santa’s lap. You don’t want to ruin the picture with sweatpants and a mom bun 😉
  5. Put on their outfits right before they sit on Santa’s lap. This applies more for the boys. I don’t know about you, but my son could just be walking next to me and dirt would fly on his shirt. That’s my luck. So always be ready. Or at least have a jacket zipped up over them.
  6. Bring extra clothes. My son is the king of throwing up, while my daughter is the queen of blowouts at the WORST times. Usually right before daycare when I have somewhere I need to be, or right after a new outfit change. I’ve learned to carry extra clothes for them everywhere.
  7. Bring extra bows or headbands for the girls. My daughter is a professional at taking off her headband or pony tail and throwing it on the ground. For some reason she thinks it’s the coolest thing ever. I don’t, so bring extra.
  8. Don’t buy the whole package. Those places are SO expensive to purchase their packages. Order one (or even the digital photo), go to Target or Walmart and copy copy copy!
  9. Have toys for while they wait. My toddler gets bored very easily. He won’t sit still for more then 30 seconds, then he starts tugging at the ropes. So, if the lines are long, be prepared by having activities. Such as coloring book or if you allow technology, a tablet.
  10. Go early in the season. The earlier you go, the less crowded it’ll be. Plus you’ll have time make Christmas cards or use the photo’s as a Christmas gift.

Overall, just enjoy the photo session! Don’t get too stressed out or worked up over the perfect photo. They are young, these are fun memories to always look back on.

Fabfitfun 2017 Winter Box Unboxing

Yes, two posts in one day, but I received my Fabfitfun box and I had to share what’s inside!

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I have tried a ton of mail subscriptions, and Fabfitfun is undoubtedly my favorite. This is the first box where I have been able to use everything inside. It is very versatile, and the box includes a variety of products that doesn’t just cover on or two segments. The box designs are always so beautiful and always go along with the season of the box. My whole box is totaled at $373 this month and I only pay $40 each season! You really can’t beat it. If you want to subscribe after reading this post, here’s my link for $10 OFF! (http://xo.fff.me/hfrrL ) It’s well worth the money and I honestly mean that.

This season’s box really “fit” me impeccably. This month’s box included

  • BB Dakota Poncho (I received the Mulberry)
  • AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream
  • DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette (I received the Nude)
  • Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
  • Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks
  • Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks
  • 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker in Silver
  • FFFTV Fitness Ball w/ Jillian Michaels Videos

The first product I grabbed out was the BB Dakota Poncho, valued at $70. It was so cozy and large that I might even use it as a small blanket too on an extra chilly night. Since I received the Mulberry, the colors involved are a maroon, navy blue, and a charcoal(ish) color. It’s a fall article of clothing in my opinon. I’d most likely pair it with a plain long sleeve shirt, jeans, a skinny belt, and a pair of ankle boots.

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Second was the AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream. This was a $33 value. It is said to be enriched with Dead Sea minerals, witch hazel, and allantoin. This was a clever product to put in the winter box considering your hands tend to get dry during this season. You can apply it several times day, especially after washing. I’m super excited to try it out.

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Third was the DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette. Valued at $70. I received the Nude palette and the colors are very soft and seem like the can go well with any outfit. Nude is suitable for everyone, nothing too dramatic just very simple to give your eyes that simple pop. It comes with matte and shimmer shadows, along with one highlighter. It’s said to have a “smudge-free” finish, so we shall see!

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Next is one of my favorites in the box. The Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug. Valued at $16. They must of know I was an exhausted mom of two who drinks entirely too much coffee. The mug fits me perfectly also since it says “I’d rather be in bed”. The design is adorable! It feels like a very durable mug also. I’ll be using this in the morning. To top it all off, the box gives you a recipe for Hot Cocoa and for us moms, Harvest Sangria!

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Then we have the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. Valued at $75. Any kind of skin care, I am on board with trying. It has papaya, pumpkin, and pineapple enzymes which is told to improve the appearance of skin texture and pores, while brightening and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Challenge accepted.

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Now my second favorite, Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks. Valued at $16. These puffy mom eyes are ready to give these a try! The collagen and minerals are designed to revitalize and rejuvenate your under eyes and bring back elasticity and youthfulness. Yes.. Please!

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I’m very curious about the next product, the Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks. Valued at $19. They are supposed to be soothing for your feet after a workout, and can last up 25-30 washes. I like to run, so I’m excited to try.

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Next is the layered choker, The 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker. Valued at $58. I received the silver. It also comes in rose gold. It’s very simple, and it looks like I can pair it with multiple outfits. I’m also going to try it with other necklaces since it has the layered look.

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Finally, the FFFTV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michaels Videos. Valued at $16. This is a product out of three that I got to choose before the box was sent out. You’re able to choose certain products every month, but you only have a certain time period for it, so make sure to check the emails! Of course I chose the fitness ball because I love to work out, and it’s a perfect addition to my collection of workout equipment at home.

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You can also choose “add ons” for your box. They do cost extra but at a super cheap rate. This was my first time using the add on option and I ordered a food scale, for only $9.99! And its super sturdy and glass. I’m really excited to try it.

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This subscription is 100% recommended by me! I’m excited to try these products & be on the look out for a review post in a few weeks!

 

Ten Months of Sassiness

My baby is ten months ya’ll! Why is it so much harder to accept a double digit month then a single digit one!? Actually, why do our babies have to grow up so fast in general?! I can’t handle it. My baby fever is going to be coming back soon. I guess that calls for baby number three 😉

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If anyone reading this has met my little Liliana, you’ll know she’s a little firecracker. She’s my little sour patch kid. She’ll do something mean, then snuggle you to make you feel better. Her personality is hilarious, maybe one of the very few things she’ll get from me. Except her father is pretty humorous himself, one of the reasons I fell in love with him. She is a spitting image of her daddy. The only thing she got from me is her eyes (which is what she gets the most compliments on anyway, lol).

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While my son has more of a sensitive side, she’s tough. Her father is already talking about buying her boxing gloves and teaching her how to throw a punch. Just the other day, she hit her forehead on the hard floor and didn’t make a peep. She looked at me for a second, I told her she was good, and she went about her playing. The only time she cries is when she’s hungry and doesn’t want to nap.

The funny thing is with her being so tough, she’s my teeny little thing too. Tiny and fierce. Complete opposite from her brother, who I think is constantly growing. She’s my little 15 pound princess at 10 months! When she was born she was 6lbs 15oz, which was actually heavier then her brother, but they are definitely opposite. To this day she still fits in 6 months clothes. She still swims in 9 months. But hey, I can’t complain, she isn’t constantly growing out of clothes and she is developing perfectly! Plus she’s a little piggy, so I don’t know where the weight goes.

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She’s now waving and saying “Hi” and “Buh Bye”, she has “Mama” and “Dada” down. She’s just about standing on her own. She loves to dance and play with her brother (Maroon 5 is a favorite of hers). She gets into EVERYTHING, of course. She has her diva moments for sure. When you put her somewhere she doesn’t want to be, the legs starts flying and the whining starts, and you bet she gets her way, every single time (especially from daddy, he’s wrapped around her finger). She will scream until she has someone’s attention, then when she does, she’ll just wave hi for a good minute. She smiles at everyone and makes sure she has a babbling conversation with everyone she sees.

She knows she’s spoiled. When it’s bedtime, she refuses to fall asleep on her own. She likes mommy or daddies arms. She’ll sit up in her rocker and try to have a full conversation with you in baby talk. It’s the funniest thing, I swear in her mind, I truly believe she honestly knows what she’s saying. She cracks us up. She knows how to hold her bottle, but would much rather prefer if mommy holds it so she can play with her hair. She’s too cool to sit in a shopping cart regularly. She has to stand and see what’s going on. She’s seriously a sassy one.

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My girl refuses to nap. She always has to know what’s going on. She thinks she’s going to miss something. She also gives the best open mouthed slobber kisses. I love every single one of them! She’s the best daughter and little sister we could ask for. Sometimes I can’t help but brag a little.

She’s going to be a handful when she’s older. I hope daddy is ready. I can see it now, she’s going to want the car all the time. She’s going to want to always go out with her friends. She’s going to break curfew, she’s going to ask for money to go shopping. She’s going to be just like mommy was, hehe. That’s why I’m preparing my husband now, giving him fair warning that I was a wild one, so she might be too.

All I know is when she’s a teenager (and this goes for my son too), she’s going to be raised right to where she knows right from wrong. Exactly how her father and I were raised. I knew my limits. I knew if I did something wrong, my parents would beat my ass. You bet we’re going to do the same, to both kids. My kids will know discipline and respect. No doubt in my mind they will treat others the way they want to be treated.

But seriously though, I can’t even think about the teenage years yet. I want to keep them little forever! Soon enough she’ll be one, so I’m cherishing each month as it comes. Come to think about it, I need to start planning her birthday party. Of course it’s themed, but I’ll keep that a secret right now.

Happy 10 Months Liliana Marie.

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