Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deep Thoughts... vol 2

Lots of random things today, but always need a post like this as a catchall every once in a while.


Just finished reading this book last night.  I have read lots of rave reviews on some of my favorite blogs recently of everyone loving books by Liane Moriarty, mainly Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret.  I downloaded Three Wishes to my kindle since it was cheapest, but I was totally wrapped up in it.  Definitely recommend if you're looking for a light read with actual character development and substance (as in I didn't feel dumber for reading it like some 'chick' books).

I hit up Joann's last week with the girls and grabbed some fabric for Kenley's birthday party.  I haven't touched the sewing machine since spring. I'm going to make her a skirt, with the simplest (and free) pattern I could find.  I still have never made any clothing, and while this is probably the simplest pattern to start with, I'm still nervous that's it's going to end up a hot mess.  Wish me luck!

Ashlynn is doing okay in regards to dropping the paci habit.  She hasn't had any full out tantrums or freak outs, but naps are protested on the daily. I'm hoping it's just a phase as she learns to fall asleep without it and she has napped maybe 50% of the days in the week she's gone without it.  Just keeping it real that hasn't been a total breeze.  She does ask almost daily "my bink?" and I remind her she gave to the little babies who are so happy now.  I also noticed her second two year molar is coming in on the bottom, so maybe some of the recent whininess is related to that, otherwise, you'd never know.

Kenley has been attached to her blankie for a while now.  As soon as I hand it to her before her nap she immediately snuggles it on my shoulder - a heart melting reflex I hope she never stops.  However, for a while I was trying to get her to attach to a tiny bear that was soft and perfect for her little hands.  She does love it and cuddles with it, but there doesn't seem to be any attachment growing, a shame since it could easily be stuffed in my bag.  Instead, she's been obsessed with all of Ashlynn's dolls.  Which the majority of them Ashlynn get's possessive over, so I bought Kenley a baby of her own and she literally hasn't put it down.  She brought it to the grocery store (I literally couldn't pry it from her hands when we left the house) and she held it the entire time I shopped.  I think she likes chewing on the plastic pacifier and limbs.


I made these little ghost dum dums for Ashlynn's class.  Simplest ever, Dum Dum, a clear elastic, and a white cupcake liner.  Use a sharpie to put on some eyes. Pinterest-able without being a total pain in the ass to make (or expensive).

After tons of review reading, I finally pulled the trigger on a new pair of leggings.  All of mine are really old and after torturing them through two pregnancies I really needed to replace them.  I can't say enough about these, they are thick weight (not heavy, just not see through), and hold you in where you want.  The waist band is wide so no muffin top either.  And the fact that they are reversible means I might just where them all week long.  Kidding! (sort of).

Okay, off to bake up some Halloween sugar cookies I had Ashlynn help me cut.  I promised we could decorate them and bring them to her teachers, hopefully they aren't too much of a hot mess to bring in.   Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Insta-spired... Photo Dump

@caravanshoppe | @meganjbailey | @sarahjanestudios
@thebannerie | @100layercakelet | @kelliemorley
@100layercakelet | @mamaandlittle | @projectnursery
@kelliemorley | @caravanshoppe | @smallfryblog
@houseofjadeinteriors | @studiomcgee |@studiomcgee


Just back with my month end instagram 'saved snaps' meets photo dump.  Lots of decor inspiration, favorite art styles, sweet party details, halloween and organization ideas.  That giant pin the party hat on the bear will definitely be making an appearance at Kenley's party and those cookies are beyond. 

I know sometimes seeing perfectly styled shots through dreamy filters can actually do more harm than good, but it's always nice to see something that sparks your own imagination and ambition. 

What are your favorite account inspiring you lately??


Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekending and Halloween Fun

I can't believe it's the last week of October, the holiday season is right at our finger tips.  So many fun things will be filling up our calendar starting with Trick or Treat this weekend!

This past weekend was really busy, Ashlynn had a fair at her school that we stopped by at for a bit.  They were doing crafts in all the classrooms and even had a bounce house outside.  It was nice for her daddy to see her classroom and meet all her teachers.  I think she was so confused why weren't leaving, ha. That afternoon we hit up playground and made some naan pizzas for dinner.  Yesterday was grandparent day, Nany and Pop came over in the morning and Bopo came to visit in the afternoon and stayed for dinner.  In between all that, we got a bunch of chores done and even put the new bedding on bed, finally coming together.

A few weeks ago we invited to participate in a blogger Halloween Swap.  It was just a little goodie bag to send to another bloggie buddy (kids) to help celebrate the holiday.  We were lucky enough to be paired up with Jess and Sadie from Sadie Sky Boutique.  Jess clearly has momming of a two year old down, because she hit the nail on the head with her little gifts.  Stickers and window clings, colored pencils, an awesome felt magnet craft project, a black cat sippy, a little tin to store them, and of course, some festive bows, her speciality!



We loved the felt magnet craft, on a rainy day last week when Kenley took a late afternoon nap, we took it out and had so much fun.  There were six magnets, two of each, so I could do one and she could try to follow my lead and instructions to make her own.  The cat sippy is probably the biggest hit as she drink from it almost every day, and because of it, actually drinks water! This girl is a camel, or a horse, can lead her to water, but you know the rest.  Thank you so much Jess and Sadie!  We loved it!

Check out Karra's blog, Just Us and Rae to see what we sent out!


I hope everyone had a great weekend prepping for Halloween fun!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Breaking Bink

There will be no going back.



As of yesterday, Ashlynn shed the last piece of her babyhood.  Her mouthpiece.   Since turning 2 she's said good bye to diapers, her crib, and now her pacifier.  It's actually going smoother than I thought, but I also knew she was fully ready and capable too.

For probably a year, maybe longer, we've made it a rule that her paci is for sleep only.  When she wakes in the morning, it gets left in the crib.  If she'd bring out, we'd make her put it back.  Because she's been so compliant, we've let her have it longer than any pediatrician or dentist would probably recommend, but hey sometimes you choose your battles.

I've read countless tales of how to get your child to ditch the crutch, everything from saying it's lost, making them throw it away ceremoniously, having the "binky fairy" come and leave a big kid present in return, you name it.

So for months now, I've been telling her binkies are for babies.  And if she'd like to give her binky to the babies, she could get a present.  I'd ask her what kind of present she'd like, hoping for something small, but willing to give her a bicycle if asked. Her reply, purple.

A purple present.

Of course she's remembered this conversation, because her memory is INSANE.  And she'll frequently tell me, "Binkies are for babies.  Present.  Purple Present. For Christmas."  Because I think when I would ask "Would you like to give your binky to the babies?" and she say "No", I'd say, okay "maybe for Christmas", since that was the deadline I imposed upon myself.

A month or so ago, her pacifier had fallen behind the crib and when she went to nap and couldn't find, I took the opportunity to say, try sleeping without it.  That didn't go so well, and after 20 minutes of tears and protests and me having to keep coming back to her room, I dug it out and gave in.  Whenever we leave school and she hears babies crying in the baby room, she'll tell me "Baby needs a binky" and I'll tell her "Yes, binkies are for babies".

On Tuesday, driving home from the grocery store, she tells me the routine out of nowhere "Binkies are for babies.  Present.  I get a purple present".  I tell her she can have a purple present, knowing I have the Elsa and Anna Toddler dolls stashed away for Christmas, but ready to use them at a moments notice, I say "Would you like a purple present like a purple Rapunzel doll?" She says "yes" with glee.  I say "or would like an Elsa doll?" Which she freaks out.  I didn't get to put her to bed that night, so we didn't get the chance to try a night without.  Yesterday at nap, we decided... meaning Ashlynn was on board I took her binky and promised if she woke up from her nap and didn't use it, she would get a present.  When I closed the door she cried, but when I kept coming in, and asking why she was crying (never mentioning that I knew why or the word "bink") she would just stay quiet or say something else.  She never asked for it back.  After her trying to protest that she wasn't tired and wasn't going to nap, I told her she needed to put her head down and stay in bed until her clock turned yellow because it was nap time, tired or not.  I used some essential oils to help calm her and ten minutes later she was out.  I took the Elsa doll and stuck it in a kraft paper bag stuffed with purple tulle for tissue since I promised it'd be purple and stuck it out her door.  When she woke she saw it and she hasn't let go of her since.

(she's currently chilling in her carseat waiting for us to pick her back up from school)

She's asked a few times,  "my bink?" and tell her she gave it to the new babies who needed it and made them so happy.  She asked if it went to Kenley and I told her no, Kenley already has her binky, it went to new little babies.  Hoping that would keep her from stealing her sisters, something thankfully she's never done!  (I used to keep their different colors to signify who's is who's, but now they have the same).   We let her sleep with Elsa and I ran the diffuser in her room to help with her sleep.  She slept until 7am!


We are so proud of her, and she seems pretty proud of herself for earning a new special doll.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Clean and Serene Master Bedroom

Our bedroom is finally coming together.  Our headboard arrived last week and our duvet cover came yesterday.  We need to pick up some curtain panels, hardware, and blinds and decide on lamps. Hang up some art and we'll be done!  

I had put together a loose style board for inspiration for a planning phase since shopping can be overwhelming sticking to a style when there are so many home decor shops and items out there.  It's easy to get pulled into a style you weren't originally intending, which has happened in the past.  

We aren't buying these exact items, but the mood of the room to be crisp and clean with soft light colors and a serene feeling with the incorporation of ink blues.  Evoking the feeling of the ocean with out being beachy themed, something I've over done in my youth.  Of course, white and blues are what I'm drawn to, I'm just hoping to make it a bit more sophisticated. 



I'll hopefully get some in progress shots to share while we continue to put it together.  How would you name your "design style"?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[Review] A Ride for Two - Britax B-Ready Stroller

When it came to adding a second baby to our family, there wasn't a lot of stuff we needed.  A few fresh bibs and swaddles, another crib, and of course- more diapers. As far as 'gear' was concerned, we had all the big ticket items we needed.  Except for a stroller.

If we hung out in the last year or so, you've probably heard me bring this up and waffle forever.  I always wanted a BOB jog stroller.  A single.  We never got one and turns out, good thing.  Why have a one seater when you have two kids.  So after spying a great deal on Mint Arrow, we grabbed a BOB Duallie.

While I have no regrets buying (more like investing in) the BOB and it has come in handy numerous times, there are some major drawbacks.  Mainly, I can't really take it anywhere indoors.  We use it mostly for walks around the neighborhood and the occasional run, when I can convince Ashlynn to ride since she always wants to walk.  We brought it to the shore when we went on vacation and it was amazing.  We used it on the beach so we didn't have to carry Kenley on top of the chairs, toys, snacks, and towels and we would push the girls from our beach house all the way down the boardwalk to the rides, about a mile walk.  But, the thing is heavy (and huge) and I struggle getting it into our Jeep Grand Cherokee.  It also is not mall friendly or anywhere that has a standard size threshold door.  We headed to the outlets once back in the Spring and the Husband and I had to take turns going into stores while the other waited outside since it couldn't fit through the crowds and narrow clothing racks and displays.

This made me realize it was time to get another two seat stroller.  I was met with a lot push back from a husband who once caught a Guiliana and Bill episode where Bill got on G for being a stroller hoarder with 13 strollers.  You know, because owning two was apparently pushing the limit.  I was beyond thrilled when Britax let us try out the B-Ready with second seat.  I had been researching everything from double umbrella strollers, tandem styles, ride on attachments, and narrower side by side styles, but since I have been so happy with our original Britax B-Agile stroller, I kept coming back to the B-Ready as our stroller of choice.

The B-Ready has 14 different configurations, which I love.  I could use it with Kenley's infant car seat, the Britax B-Safe, without needing to buy a separate adaptor.  And now that she is uses her convertible car seat she can easily ride in either seat position.  I can even swing the top seat to be rear facing if she wants to face me or recline for a nap.  The bottom second seat fully reclines as well, so we can get two napping babes if we ever need.  It'd also be a great stroller for a mom of twins since it can hold two infant car seats with a second adapter for the bottom.


The adjustable handle bar height is perfect for taller moms and dads.  It actually took me a ride or two to get used to since the Britax B-Agile is lower.  I also have plenty of room for my stride when the second seat is attached, I'm not constantly kicking it.  I did remove the storage canopy, but it can be attached while the second seat is in use if I need more room for items that don't fit in my diaper bag or I don't want to carry one.

Both sun shades fully extend, Kenley's is only open half way in the picture above.  They both have a magnetic ventilation window as well, which I love to use to peek in on them.



When the stroller arrived, I was able to put it together by myself - with two curious kids roaming around, in about 10 minutes.


I just had to pop on the foam filled rubber tires, mud flaps, and snap on the seats. I love that tires are filled so we don't have to worry about filling them with air like our jogging stroller and the mud flaps help keep the kid in the second seat clean and dry.  A tiny detail I'm so glad that wasn't overlooked!


The only issue I had was figuring out how to fully collapse the stroller when the second seat was attached. Once I figured it out, you have to push a button for the bottom seat to fully recline (photo above), it was a snap.  The stroller also stands unassisted.


It's definitely much heavier and cumbersome compared to my single seat B-Agile, which I can close and carry one-handed, but it's much easier to load than my BOB and fits fine in my SUV. 


One of the major reasons I wanted a tandem style stroller was so I could go shopping without the need of shopping carts or using a carrier to corral my kids.  Shopping at stores like HomeGoods or Ulta (or the mall) have been pretty much off limits since I need to be able to keep Ashlynn from touching everything or becoming a flight risk, and I like having my hands free to shop.  Having a tandem stroller allows me to navigate narrow aisles and of course get through doorways, unlike our giant BOB. I also love that this tandem stroller doesn't feel or push like a tandem stroller.  Because it's a single seat style stroller first, it's not super long in length or feel like a boat to maneuver.



And the best part, it's Kid Approved!  Both kids seem really comfortable and happy riding in it. Which as any mom can attest, a stroller could pop out infinite jelly beans (dispense wine?), but if the kids aren't happy... nobody's happy.


And we, are very happy!

*****

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Half!


Ashlynn turned two and a half this past Saturday, so I thought I'd give a little update.  Of course, now she thinks she's three since she's working really hard on keeping her pinky down when holding up three fingers.

One my favorite recent developments are her nicknames - for us!  She started calling Kenley "Sissin" a few weeks ago, and initially I hated it.  I thought it was cute though that she came up with it herself and since we've all become Daddin, Mommin, and even Puppins.  It's completely grown on me and now it's totally normal vocab around here.

Since her last update she's started school, which is going really well.  She loves her teacher which gives me so much happiness.  Seeing that she's bonded and feels safe while at school I know will give her confidence and the ability to be happy and feel secure while there, which will allow her to be open to her learning experiences.  She's always excited to go, but still gets sad when I leave.  She doesn't meltdown or cling to me, but she usually quivers her lip and starts to tear up when I tell her I'll see her after lunch.  She still occasionally cries upon my return, but stops as soon as I ask her if she had fun and what she did today or tell her to sit back down and finish her lunch since she usually grabs her crackers by the fistful before she tries to come to hug me.

She's also starting to enter 'the terrible twos'.  I wouldn't call her terrible, but we are starting to get a lot of limit pushing and selective hearing.  Sharing is still a difficult concept, but that's naturally a problem for any two year old.  The worst behavior is when she pushes her sister because she's come to close to play with what she has.  It's a non-negotiable, if she pushes, she gets time out.  Which usually results in a non-negotiable meltdown for me, but some calm simple talking at her level explaining why we don't push usually gets her back on track and better behavior.

Jumping is probably her favorite thing.  The kid could just stand and jump around all. day. long. She also loves gymnastics, is actually really good at balance beam, can do a forward roll, and I'm a bit envious of her straddle. Her instructor even suggested letting her try the three year old class (no parents allowed!) since she has mastered most of those main concepts and always follows instructions.  I'm not sure how'd she do or if the facility would let her since she's only 2.5, but maybe will try it out early next year.


Verbal skills are pretty awesome, speaking in sentences and always trying new words.  She's constantly asking "What's that?" and if I don't know (driving in the car or just a random out of no where and I don't know what she's referring to) she'll usually tell me.  Glad she's just making conversation -- all. the. time.   Other funny phrases include "mines"... like "yours and mines".

Milestones include switching from her crib to toddler bed and starting pre-school.  The next big to-do is to break the binky habit.  She only uses it at nap and bed and knows she has to leave it there, but she really relies on it for sleep.  She also is crazy attached to her bunny and blank and always asks if they can come anywhere we go, so I hope we can knock the binky habit easily.   I haven't wanted to start the battle since we've gone from potty training, to big girl bed, to school.  Wish us luck with that one.

She loves singing and dancing (jumping) and is obsessed with Taylor Swift.  And requests "Tay-wer" every time we are in the car or I have the music on. She loves dress up and playgrounds and prefers climbing and sliding to swinging.  She loves yogurt, bananas, and cereal and eats all three almost every day.

Sleep (at the moment) is really good.  She usually calls us back in after her tuck, but we got it down to just "one shot" for her requests.  Usually they are somewhat ridiculous and just stall tactics, but I can deal with one extra trip, not five or more like she had been trying to bargain.  Rarely wakes in the night and usually stays in bed until her clock turns yellow or almost close enough.  However, she has started to take the liberty of letting herself out of her room instead of calling for me to come get her.

She's still a pretty good eater.  Of course, isn't into anything fancy or "adult", but will usually give things a shot.  I made sautéed veggies with thai peanut sauce and sticky rice last week and she ate a bit of the rice and a few veggies before requesting a yogurt.  Your basic toddler approved foods and plain items are usually eaten up.  Luckily, she could eat fruit all day and is pretty decent when it comes to veggies.

This age is definitely a ton of fun since she's so verbal and her imagination is really starting to blossom.  I won't sugar coat it though either, this age is definitely trying.  I know she's learning to assert her independence and certain concepts like sharing and taking turns, which to her credit, she's pretty good with, are hard for two year olds to really grasp.  Regardless of good days or bad days, my love for her never changes.  This is a kid with an infectious smile and can brighten any one's day, and she's mine :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scary Car Seat Safety Stats + GIVEAWAY



Did anyone else catch the Today Show on Monday?  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released findings that 93% of parents leaving the hospital made at least on critical error when installing or using their car seat.  While this is a troubling statistic, it's an issue that can be easily addressed by spreading the word about car seat safety and proper installation.

I've teamed up with Safety 1st to try to bring awareness to new and old parents alike!  I'm a pretty big stickler for proper car seat use, just ask my in-laws!  It's always important to for new mom and dad leaving the hospital to know right from wrong, but even the most experienced parents (our own!) could always use a refresher in how new technology is supposed to be used to protect our most valuable possessions - our kids.
  

Car Seat Safety Tips
By the experts at Safety 1st

Importance of Rear Facing
In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location
Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration
Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car
Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lil' Pumpkins

Like the rest of the #basic bloggers out there, we headed to the pumpkin patch this weekend.  It was our fourth year in a row heading to Milky Way Farms, and as expected, it's more fun every year as our family and children grow.  Of course, the benefit of pumpkin picking at a dairy farm is getting an insane milkshake at the end, and that's probably the only way I can convince Pete to go in the first place.

Kenley loved riding in the wagon and entertained herself with a piece of hay.  Ashlynn loved finding all the little pumpkins, which is what she wanted.  By the time we got milkshakes though, pumpkins were a thing of the past.















And year's past....



Did you hit the pumpkin patch this year?  Or do you just swing by the farm stand or bring home pumpkins from the grocery store?  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Summer Memories

We finally got some of photos back from our vacation beach session.  We weren't able to get all of the rights to the photos, so we selected some in print and others in digital.  I love our print versions too, and plan on using a few around the house in in our bedroom.


I'm pretty sure I'm going to blow up that last one as big as I can and make the girls sit in front of it when they are fighting. Sounds like it should work, right?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sister/Sister


Nine Month Stats

Ashlynn
Weight - 18lb4oz
Height  - 26.5"

Kenley
Weight - 17lbs5oz
Height  - 27.5"


Sleep

Ashlynn (taken from week 45)
"Naps.  Amazing.
She really hit a stride with her naps in December, but this month she's been solid.  Napping about 3 hours a day broken up into two.  Morning nap from 8:30-9am to 10-10:30 and afternoon from 1:30ish to 3pm.

Night Sleep. Improved.
She's been transitioning herself to waking once a night.  Sometimes she'll wake more, but she'll put herself down.  She's had a few early mornings, but we just did her morning feeding in bed and snuggled until it was time to get up.  Also, sometime around Christmas, she really transitioned into being a belly sleeper... which I hate.  I still put her down on her back, but she rolls and at this point she's old and strong enough that it really isn't an issue.  I know a lot of people place their younger babies on their tummy to sleep because they prefer it and they are all fine.  What I really hate, is this last month she's really taking after myself and is sleeping on her face.  I don't care if her head is turned, but seeing her face down on the monitor stops my heart.  I'm constantly checking the screen to make sure she's breathing."

Kenley (as of this week, her 45th)
We introduced the bottle and I stopped night feedings.  She basically still wakes around 4am needing a snuggle, but will go back to sleep until any time 5:30am through 7am.  It hasn't really been constant, but I'm hoping the waking stops soon and that she sleeps until at least 6am (hopefully later).

Naps are good.  Naps for 60-90 in the morning, same as Ashlynn used to, and typically another solid hour in the afternoon 1-2pm, sometimes longer. 


In regards to Ashlynn sleeping on her belly, I'm dying.  Kenley started sleeping on her stomach as soon as she could roll.  Definitely something I've gained comfort and grown used to. She also is all over the crib. Every time I check the monitor she's in a new spot. 


Food

Ashlynn
I started giving A blueberries this week.  She's had them pureed, but never whole.  I still cut them in half, but she LOVED them.  I haven't been buying them since they aren't really in season, but gobbles them up.  Looks like this year, I'll be stocking the freezer when they are in season.

She's also continued to eat things from my meal and mix of chopped up steamed veggies and some purees too.  And pancakes.  Girl, loves her pancakes.

On Monday, I also let her try a small amount of scrambled egg yolk.  Her pediatrician recommended we wait until she was 1 year, but after hearing so many other people give their children eggs before 1, and reading up on the subject, it seems like waiting is the old school way of thinking.  That its rare for there to be an allergy to the egg yolk, more so the egg white so I thought we'd be safe.  She seemed to really like it, except later that day she had a bit of an odd diaper rash.  I don't know if it's related, but I decided to hold off a little longer on trying it again.


Kenley
We really need to up the finger foods, because she is going to eat us broke in pouches and jars.  And at this point, I can't keep up with the homemade food (which was pretty much the same with Ashlynn).  She generally eats a Yo Baby yogurt each day and a combination of pouches and jars alternating stage 2 and 3.  Usually gets some puffs and water with each meal and as far as the finger foods go, she loves banana, changed her tune on kiwi, eats pancakes, steamed zucchini, and loves sweet potato.  Funny to read this was the week I introduced egg to Ashlynn, because I also gave Kenley some of our scrambled eggs this morning, but then remember that I thought I was supposed to try egg yolk first. Maybe I'll scramble her one this week, see how it goes. 


Personality

Ashlynn
Like last time I did this type of post, it's really hard to remember exactly how Ashlynn was.  Same as I said last time, as a baby she was pretty clingy and a general observer. She'd check situations out, before getting happy and waving, etc.  Which is still pretty much exactly how she is today. 

Kenley
Kenley can be a sour patch kid.  She will go from being a smiley happy cuddler to opinionated screamer before you can blink.  She doesn't really cry in being upset, but cries in anger.  If she hungry, you know.  If she doesn't want you taking away a toy or being picked up or whatever, you know it.  She also adores Ashlynn.  She loves 'wrestling' with her and basically has to be whereever she is and touching whatever she's touching... which you can imagine how much a two year old loves that.  

Picture Time!



I hope everyone had a great weekend! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Giveaway! Basq Skin Care


I was recently given the opportunity to test out some skin care products by Basq.  Basq NYC is a luxury skin care company specializing on 'mommy beauty' including maternity care (belly butter), and skincare focusing on nourishing, moisturizing, and rebalancing your skin. 

The products are rigorously tested for allergy sensitivity and the entire line is paraben, phthalate, and animal testing free - so safe for mom and baby!  I have been swapping as many products as I can the last few years, and this line fits right into my made over medicine cabinet.  I actually hadn't been using eye cream for the last year, maybe longer, so I was really excited to start using one I knew was safe again.  My tired eyes really can't afford me skimping!

The Cucumber Tea Soothing Eye Gel is exactly that, a cool soothing gel.  I can't really comment if it gave me any defense or repair to wrinkles in the eye area, but it definitely helped with early morning puffiness and dark circles. I also used it nightly which may have helped as well.   I do hate washing my face at night, usually because I just want to hop in bed, but I hate even more having a fresh washed face without any moisturizer on it.  My skin is super dry, so I get a tight and dried out feeling.  The eye gel has kept the sensitive eye area nice and soft. 

The company offers a wide range of products for body and face.  Including their award winning Advanced Stretch Mark Butter, Resilient Body Oils, a delicious Citrus Sugar Body Scrub, Illipe Body Butter and more. I was also able to try out the Resilient Body Oil and Illipe Body Butter.  The lavender pear scent of the oil is great.  Ever since my first pregnancy I can't deal with the smell of perfume, but I am finally coming around to the scents of essential oils and this falls into that category.  A light fresh scent, nothing parfume-y or too strong. I didn't find it to be greasy on my skin, but I just preferred using a lotion or cream to an oil.  The Illipe Body Butter is all my favorite qualities and I've been using every day.  A nice thick body cream, that doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy or coated all day in thick layer.  It's creamy, yet absorbs well.  It also has a nice light scent.  Since I'm not currently pregnant and battling stretch marks, I decided to focus my use on other 'areas of concerns'.  Aside from wrinkles on my face, I focus on the skin on my chest and neck - since that can giveaway your age just as easy as crows feet and smile lines!  And also the skin on my thighs.  At 31, I'm definitely not in bad shape, but at the same time, I do see that my skin is starting to loose some of the tightness and always looks thirsty and the Illipe Body Butter provided.  I actually wish I knew about during pregnancy because it would have made the perfect belly butter. 

Basq was kind enough to give my readers the opportunity to win a Fresh Face Kit.  A $48 value, you'll receive the Rebalancing Face Cleanser, Cucumber Tea Eye Gel, and brush.  

Basq Skin Care is sold online at www.basqnyc.com and in boutiques and department stores worldwide, including Saks.com, A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity.  Happy Friday!

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BasqNYC was kind enough to send the products mentioned above for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own and I received no compensation for my review.  Giveaway ends Thursday, October 16, 2014 at midnight. US residents only.