FabFitFun Winter 2018 Unboxing

It’s my favorite time of the season again you guys; my FabFitFun unboxing! I just received my winter box and of course, it never fails to impress! I get so excited when I receive the email saying my box has shipped and I’m like a kid on Christmas when it arrives! I’m excited to share all these products with you and to share a future post on what I thought about each product.

Processed with VSCO with kp9 preset

 

But let’s get to what we’re all here for, the products!

Mark & Graham Color Block Throw.

I received the Gray/Ivory color, but you could also receive a Natural/Ivory color. I must admit, I already opened this throw and put it to good use. It is super cozy and warm. The stripe design, fringe detailing, and neutral colors making is easy to pair with any living room décor. Even the kiddo’s love it!

Valued at $49

Processed with VSCO with au5 preset

 

Bearpaw Combo Set: Headband and Pop-Top Glove Duo.

These 100% polyester and sherpa-lined headband and fingerless gloves are adorable, and super soft! It’s perfect for those chilly days and are super stylish. I’m excited to try multiple different hairstyles with this headband.

Valued at $45

Processed with VSCO with au5 preset

 

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo.

If you’re a mom like me, we love our dry shampoo. So, I will quickly use this. Each time I receive a dry shampoo in my box, it’s gone within a few weeks and I loved every single one of them. This product is sulfate-free and absorbs all the unwanted oils and impurities while soothing the scalp and restoring strength and softness.

Valued at $44

Processed with VSCO with au5 preset

 

Sherrie Matthews Acupuncture Jade Stone Roller.

I’ve been looking into these and to my surprise I received one in my box. It’s an anti-aging beauty tool that has been used for centuries! This roller helps stimulate energy (qi) and promotes a feeling of facial relaxation. I can’t wait to try this!

Valued at $45

Processed with VSCO with au5 preset

 

Way of Will Elevate Essential Oil Set: Sweet Orange and Eucalyptus Oil

Oils have become a very popular product and are being used for everything. I personally, have not tried them yet. This will be a good start to see how I feel about them. These oils can be applied directly to the skin. The sweet orange eases stomach cramps and headaches while the eucalyptus helps with cold symptoms and muscle aches. All four of those issues run through our house like wildfire so these will be put to great use!

Valued at $31

Processed with VSCO with au5 preset

 

Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in “Stella”

I will try anything to help hide these mom bags. This brightener is infused with macadamia and meadowfoam oil. This silky champagne eye brightener instantly highlights and brightens your eyes.

Valued at $24

Processed with VSCO with au5 preset

 

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask.

A few boxes ago, I receive a hand cream from this brand and I still love it. This cream mask is enriched with mineral spring water, shea butter, and vitamin E. This creamy mask softens and smooths the skin while giving intense hydration and comfort.

Valued at $33

Processed with VSCO with kp2 preset

 

Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask with Hyaluronic Acid

Love love love eye masks! I have those mom bags, for sure. These masks help swollen and puffy eyes with activated charcoal. It helps to detox and de-puff and give you a refreshed look.

Valued at $29

Processed with VSCO with au5 preset

Mystery Item: Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion

This is an age defying exfoliator. It renews skin radiance, polishes and smooths, and helps diminish the look of fine lines. I may only be 27, but it’s never to early to keep your skin from aging! I’m excited to try.

Valued at $25

Processed with VSCO with kp2 preset

If you are interested in buying your own box, click here for $10 off!

As I say every time, you won’t regret signing up! These boxes are to die for!

Check back soon for a product review!

 

img_7400

img_7038img_4248

Holiday Traditions You Don’t Want To Miss Out On With Young Kids.

This holiday season I am really starting to focus on traditions I want to start with my little ones. My son is almost 5 and daughter almost 2. There are so many neat traditions floating around, and I wanted to share a few that I’ve come across that I have already started or will be starting with my family.

Family time and memories are cherished by me. Of course, I like to create memories all year long but there is a different vibe during the holiday season. The cold weather, the holiday music, the holiday movies, snuggling up on the couch while it’s snowing. It just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Let’s not forget the Starbucks holiday drinks that keep me from becoming a mombie all season long because we all know we stress over making the holiday season perfect for our kiddos.

Okay, so let’s get started. I’m the type of person who tries to enjoy Thanksgiving before I go all out for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll decorate early, but I want my kids to learn and understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving also. Not just go straight to wanting toys from Santa… but sometimes that inevitable. Let’s be real. But hey, a mom can try, right?

Thankful Pumpkin. I started this back in October. I bought each child a small, plastic pumpkin to list what they are thankful for on. Each day we write one thing we are thankful for and on Thanksgiving we will display them on the dinner table for all family and friends to see. I’ve really enjoyed this, and some of the words that have come out of my sons mouth about what he is thankful for his too cute.

5f501723-b304-4fbc-a214-3c0b7f85baea

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ever since I was a young girl, I always sat and watched the parade while my mother prepped and prepared Thanksgiving dinner. The floats, the dancers, the music. I was glued for hours. It’s a fun way to start off Thanksgiving Day. In between cooking, my mom would come and watch some with me while we talked about our favorite floats. It’s something I’ll never forget, and I hope my kids won’t either. I’m 27 and still love watching the parade to this day.

635x305Thanksgiving

 

Breaking the Wishbone. Usually, with the wishbone you make a wish and whoever breaks the bigger piece their wish would come true. Hence the ‘wish’ part. My brother and I were always the ones to break it together. We mainly used it as bragging rights because we all know one sibling needs to be the winner with everything. It’s an exciting way to end a fun filled day. Plus, I always believed my wishes would come true when I broke the bigger piece… and I still do today.

photo-1456404823214-a69ef7a1fae5

 

Cutting Your Own Christmas Tree. I am SO excited to start this year. My parents always bought a real Christmas tree for my siblings and I during the holiday season. We wouldn’t let them buy a fake one until we were old enough. But seriously, who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh cut pine tree in your home?! That’s one of my favorite scents. Now that both kids can walk, we are going to cut down our own this year and I can’t wait! Now I might regret the watering every day and the pine needles constantly falling, but my kids are going to love it just as much as I did as a child. Plus, it’s an awesome way to create memories and have some family time.

photo-1511783111049-b4c32d7fa8fa - Copy

 

Bake Homemade Cookies. My mother is the queen of making homemade cookies from scratch. Still to this day, she makes batches and batches of fresh chocolate chip cookies and I am always right by her side helping her. When I was younger, it was licking the spoon and eating her dough. Today, it’s helping her every step of the way while my kids eat the dough. I definitely want to keep this tradition going until my children are old enough to share it with their children. My mother always hid them from us also so we didn’t demolish them in less then a week. I’ll be doing that also. Maybe stash them in my room, so I can sneak one or two. 😉

photo-1495085570317-992279e0c33d

 

Donate Old Toys. My kids are spoiled. Honestly, who’s child isn’t? They have piles and piles of toys in their room, the living room, everywhere! They can never seem to have enough. Well now, we decided every year before Santa comes visit we are going to donate our old toys to places where they will be used. The kids are learning that Santa won’t come unless they share old toys that they don’t play with, because they need to make room for the new ones. Plus, it can help other young kids who don’t have many toys enjoy their holiday season.

photo-1505719132257-0329d1a19e4b - Copy

 

Go See Christmas Lights. One of my all time favorite things to do. We are fortunate enough that our area has SO many places to visit during the holiday season. We always visit a place called Christmas Magic and we take one evening to drive around our area to look at all the drive thru lights. I am grateful for the people who go all out during Christmas, because my kids LOVE looking at lights. They are always amazed by it. My son now reminds me that we must go see Christmas lights before Christmas day. It’s certainly a favorite of his.

photo-1512413571100-a9b075aab7ac - Copy

 

Christmas PJ’s and A Movie. On Christmas Eve, my little ones get to open one present. It’s always their Christmas PJ’s and a movie. My oldest is now catching on to the tradition and he’s already pointing out certain pajama’s that he would like for Christmas night. Once they are opened and dressed, we snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie before bed. We also sneak in some hot chocolate and a peppermint crisp or two, then we pour some milk and leave some cookies for Santa when we’re done.

photo-1480733992048-df39e3947a38

 

Santa Tracker. Now-a-days it’s so much easier to track Santa. Us adults download the app on our smartphone and the kids can check on where he is at. My kids really enjoy doing this and it’s a good way for them to learn other locations in the world. For an awesome mom tip, download the Santa FaceTime app. The kids think they are FaceTiming Santa and he helps them stay on the nice list because Santa is watching. Mom win!

photo-1511600173735-a896042389cf - Copy

 

There are so many more holiday traditions I would like to try. This time of year is my favorite and spending quality time with my family means to most to me. I’d love to hear what you have in store this holiday season.

I hope you have an awesome one.

 

img_7038img_4248

img_6705

 

[Tweet "Tweet This Post!"]

December.. Already?

Seriously though, it’s already December? My son is going to be four in 10 days, and my daughter is two months away from a year old… I can’t handle it. I’m pretty sure December is one of the most stressful yet rewarding months for us moms. From the gift shopping, cookie baking, hiding gifts, wrapping, decorating. I’m pretty sure this is the month where I consume the most wine. I’m that mom who wants everything to be perfect during the holiday season. I want my kids to have every gift they want, I want the tree to look perfect, I want the lights hung evenly in the front of the house. I drive my husband insane. I’m sure my stress, makes him even more stressed. Good thing he’s not home with me all day or he’d probably think I’m even crazier then he already thinks I am.

Why I stress over having the perfect Christmas, especially with two small children? Who freakin’ knows. Just the other day, Kyle broke two of my husband’s authentic Irish ornaments he received from his grandparents, which are irreplaceable. I also tried hanging up the lights outside by myself to save my husband some work and somehow I managed to completely shut off the power that runs to the outside of our house. My son loves running upstairs to my room, and I constantly run up the steps like a mad man to make sure the closet door with all the toys is closed, all while Lilly wants to grab every ornament off the tree. Also, if my son says he wants one more thing he sees on TV, I’m pretty sure I’m going to rip the TV off the wall! The Cunningham household is an adventurous time!

I don’t even want to get started on never having a clue what to get family members. For some reason, us moms are the only ones who go crazy picking out the perfect gifts. You won’t ever see my husband step inside a store to holiday shop. That’s okay though, in some weird, stressful way I get joy out of the madness. As for gifts, all the littles ones in my family already have it all. It makes it nearly impossible to find something. As for the kid’s grandparents, their entire houses are going to be covered with “I love grandma and I love grand pop” things before the kids are teenagers, because I’m terrible at thinking of clever ideas (Please comment some idea’s if you have some!). Then of course, you have my husband who refuses to tell me what he would like and says he doesn’t want anything. You ask what I want? Wine… I want wine, and to sleep in until noon with no interruptions. A mom can dream, right?

I’m excited yet nervous to see how pictures with Santa will turn out this year. If Kyle is scared of something or someone, he will make it known, probably throughout the entire mall. I guess screaming “NO” at the top of his lung and kicking makes everything better… but he did pretty well last year so fingers crossed for the same. I’m pretty sure my little Lilly is going to freak out. Hopefully not since her brother will be right there beside her, and she absolutely adores him. Then us mom’s have to stand behind the camera, shake some toys, be obnoxious, baby talk the kids just so they smile. I have no problem making a fool of myself. Mama wants to good photo!

In the end though, after all the crazy store lines, the late nights wrapping gifts, the huge electric bill from all the lights, the Santa pictures, on Christmas Day when my kids’ faces light up when they come out of their rooms, it is one hundred percent worth it. It makes me love all the madness, and I’ll continue to love the madness and stress for years to come. I seriously love being a mom during the holiday season. It’s one of the best feelings ever, and I look forward to it every single year.