how to get your curls to last two days and L'Oreal Color Radiance review

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I love looking put together even when I feel anything but and least amount of effort required to do this, the better.

When I manage to actually do my hair, I want to make it last as long as possible. Given my mom-status, my time getting ready is seriously limited (especially now that the littlest minion is on the move and into everything) so if I can do my hair once and have it last two days, that's awesome-sauce.

how to get your curls to last two days


what you need:
flat iron or curl wand
hair spray
dry shampoo
a silk scrunchie (a la 1980s - don't pretend you don't have one of these tucked away somewhere, if not, I found mine at the dollar store 2 for $1 - boom!).

Day 1 - curl hair. I do this either using a straightening iron (if you don't know how to do this, WHAT?! it's life-changing. Let me know, I could be willing to do a tutorial) OR curling wand. I curl my head in sections and then give a light spray of hairspray (I usually pick one that reads "light hold" so as to avoid helmet head). 

Day 1 before bed - flip your head upside down and gently twist hair into a bun on the very top of your head. I say "gentle" because if you do it too tight, you'll pull the curls out. You must use a silk scrunchie (this is key!!!).

How much do I love you? Enough to post a morning pre-makeup selfie. Eeek.


Day 2 - drag yourself out of bed, pull out scrunchie, spray roots with dry shampoo (unless you're fortunate enough to not have oily hair... lucky you) and gently finger brush hair.

Voila. Loose waves with very little effort. 

curly hair day two
I clean up alright, huh?! 
Note to self: close bathroom door prior to taking selfies with ensuite in the background. Whoopsies. 
Also, call hair-stylist stat, this natural ombre business is getting ridiculous.


You are welcome. 



Speaking of hair. I recently received some L'Oreal Color Hair Expertise products to try as a part of Influenster (free stuff to review, yes please!). 

I was sent shampoo, conditioner and "Instant Miracle" all products from L'Oreal's new line: Color Radiance.


l'oreal color radiance before and after
this was after about 2 weeks using only the Color Radiance products.

My thoughts:

The shampoo and conditioner smell lovely. The instant miracle smells a little less lovely (slightly checmical-y smell). 

My hair is softer and looks significantly less frizzy (i.e. dead) and smells quite nice post-washing/conditioning.

There's a shine to my hair that wasn't there before; however, my hair feels a little heavier and weighed down which isn't always ideal for someone with very fine hair (read: seriously lacking volume). Now, I curl my hair regularly and thought that it would make it harder for curls to stay but I haven't at that issue at all (whew).

It's fairly inexpensive so I'd probably buy it again and keep it's middle of the road as a whole, especially when I've used some great salon products.




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Style Perspectives: Bright Pants

Wednesday, March 30, 2016



14 bloggers each picked a look that defined their personal style.  
The featured blogger on the Blended Blog showcases her signature style (the prompt for that day) and then the other bloggers (on their personal blogs) show how they interpret it.  

Ready for some bright pants overload?? 

Here's a sneak peek at how I wear my bright pants but to see the full outfit you're going to have to head on over to the Blended Blog!!!  I'm also sharing previous ways I've worn bright pants... even while 9 months pregnant (it can be done!!) go see (but don't forget to enter the giveaway before you go!)






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Daily Style Finds: The Personal Stylist
Foxy's Domestic Side: The Crafty Engineer
Grumbling Grace: Toddler Tamer & Teacher
Simply Shaunacey: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
Two Teens and Their Mama: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSquared: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
Shoes to Shiraz: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
Puppies and Pretties: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
Mishaps and Mayhem of Solitary Life:  Single Girl, Simple Style
A Lovely Little Wardrobe: A Casual Petite
Making the Most of Everyday Classic Yet Current Over Forty 
NickandNik: Mama with Curves
Living on Cloud Nine: Blissful Fashionista

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Monday Moments of Gratitude - March 28, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016


I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.


Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Little man turned 8 months old - time is flying by. This little guy is growing fast and furious. We literally have to be on-top of him because, despite the fact he just learned to crawl a week ago, he's moving at lightening speed and once he sets his sights on something there is no stopping him. One look at his cheeky grin and bluest eyes and I'm putty.



Sibling love - Mini-me wants nothing more than to love on her brother most of the time. Little man looks at his big sis like she's a bowl of cheerios. The love these two have for each other is growing daily and it's the most beautiful thing of having two children.


Being silly - I'm guilty of taking life way too seriously sometimes. I stress because the house isn't as clean as I'd like it, the laundry isn't folded and my mounting to-do list goes unchecked. Sometimes I saw "screw it" and just goof around with my babies... I've said it before and I'll say it again, they won't remember the unfolded laundry but I'm sure they'll remember mom bouncing them on her legs or chasing them around the house. Note to self: enjoy more silly moments.


Power outage/ice storm - Sure, sounds odd to be thankful for the power going out, but it rendered me unable to do anything blog-related and Mr. B unable to watch tv. We were forced to watch a movie (my computer battery was charged) and spend some quality time together. 

The aftermath of the ice storm was simply stunning to see. The melting ice glimmered like diamonds in the sunshine. Driving to the grocery store was like a trip to the world's largest Tiffany's store. Couldn't help but smile at the sight of all the shiny things! Also, super cute that mini-me was convinced Elsa had come and turned our city into Arendale lol.



Easter through a child's eyes - last year mini-me liked Easter but as she gets older it only amplifies her excitement. Delighted with every little thing. Even more than the eggs and gifts, she loved the activities and the time together. She loved spending time at our big family Easter dinner and was entertainment for us all (her brother assisted).

If you don't follow me on Facebook or Instagram than you will have missed the story about how sweet my little girl is. Here's the recap:




mini-me and momma - she's not excited at all for her egg hunt

little man loves trying to walk holding on to dad (or mom, or anyone who will help him)

 

 
FYI: our Easter Bunny prefers an adult beverage with his carrot. Don't judge.

My dancing queen - honestly, this kid is so full of personality I can't even handle it (and obviously no clue where she gets is from... weird). She decided that she wanted to do a "concert" and this is what we got: 
That cute little wiggle gets me every single time

2 years blogging! - Mar 27 (yesterday) marked 2 years of blogging... crazy. There are so many thing I want to say but I'm far too tired after the weekend's festivities. Long story short, despite my blogging struggles, I keep it up because of the relationships I've made and the outlet it provides me.
To celebrate my blog anniversary and YOU I am running a little giveaway until next MONDAY . Good luck!!

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Happy Monday and here's to another week filled with beautiful moments worth celebrating.





What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!


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some super awesome for your Saturday mornings

Saturday, March 26, 2016

I have this pretty rad blog-friend (Abbie @ Grumbling Grace) who, for some strange reason I have yet to fully understand, has decided to collaborate with me to bring you a super awesome new series #whatmomsgoogle

When we started talking about it I kind of felt like I was getting invited to a party by one of the cool kids in high school (which, for the record, I was not one of for the vast majority of my high-school status). Seriously, Abbie is all kinds of amazing and I am so excited to be partnering up with her on this one.

I could give you more details or you could just stay tuned and see what all the fuss is about!


Hope to see you next Saturday!





wanted: sister wife

Thursday, March 24, 2016

After a lot of thinking I've made a decision and I think I may have found the answer to all my problems.

A sister wife.

A plausible answer to the mounting tasks.

Seriously

I have come to the realization that, since Mr. B is working like crazy, it's virtually impossible for me to do and be all of the things. The best solution would be to have another me. Since that's impossible, the only other option seems to be a sister wife.



Think about it. Another person to dump the kids on help take care of the children. Someone who would help clean the house. All responsibilities shared. We could take turns parenting so the other one could go and sleep do all the things.

Naturally, my sister wife needs to be someone who's kinda cool because obviously, since I never get out of the house to adult, I am going to need a built-in best friend.

She must like red wine.



She should be approximately the same dress and shoe size as me for obviously reasons. Sister share, duh (but not my closet, she'll need her own).

Picture it now: kids in bed and it's a wine-filled slumber party every night. Super fun. (middle of the night wakings may be an issue, but that's a worry for another day OR another mom BAM!).

Maybe the Brown family was onto something.

Oh, but there's a teeny tiny issue, I'm not sharing my husband (sorry Brent).

Any takers?

Sanctimommys need not apply.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

This is not a paid position.

Thank you for your interest,

the management



2016 spring style challenge opens today!

According to the calendar, it's officially spring (the weather here has yet to get the memo).

For me Spring usually means a little wardrobe refresher but I sometimes find it challenging to look at all the trends and pick what might work for my lifestyle (and current mom-at-home status).

When I need a little help narrowing things down, I find it helpful to participate in Style Challenges (c/o Alison Lumbatis). You sign up, get a shopping list of Spring pieces and then 21 days of outfits! You can spend as much or as little as you want on the pieces... perfect really. Plus, I always have stuff on the list.

You know I'm always down for a little help (wherever I can get it).

In honor of transparency (because that's my new jam), if you sign up, I get a little $ that I use towards wine my own Style Challenge addiction. For evidence of said addiction see HERE (the Style Challenge, not the wine).

Sign up opens TODAY so sign up now and get your shopping list right NOW



**this post contains affiliate links, if you sing up for a Style Challenge I will receive compensation (which is used to support my Style Challenge addiction :) Please know I would not, in any way, endorse this program if I didn't absolutely love it and think you would too!**


Oh and don't forget next Wednesday we're styling and linking up our bright pants posts (guess whose pick that was?!).... MINE!!! 


Style Perspectives: pattern blouse with neutrals

Wednesday, March 23, 2016



14 bloggers each picked a look that defined their personal style.  
The featured blogger on the Blended Blog showcases her signature style (the prompt for that day) and then the other bloggers (on their personal blogs) show how they interpret it.

Before I share this week's outfit, here's how we all styled white pants last week:


We did good, no?! 

Okay, moving along to this week's prompt


pattern blouse with neutrals:

Admittedly, I struggled with this one a little bit. A patterned blouse? What does 'neutral' mean?
Clearly I was over thinking it (I may have a tendency to do that about most things)...

I threw on my white jeans (yikes) and this blouse and I think it works with the theme plus it's comfy and the good thing about a patterned blouse? No one would ever know that I had spitup on my shoulder. I mean... what?!

white jeans and patterned blouse

And just in case you wanted a closeup of my face, there you have it. Just ignore my roots... apparently I have... this is what I call "natural ombre". New trend? 

patterned blouse



Make sure you stop by the Blended Blog to see the featured lady AND the top two picks from the previous week's linkup!

Please link up on the Blended Blog to show us how you would wear the prompt!





Daily Style Finds: The Personal Stylist
Foxy's Domestic Side: The Crafty Engineer
Grumbling Grace: Toddler Tamer & Teacher
Simply Shaunacey: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
Two Teens and Their Mama: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSquared: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
Shoes to Shiraz: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
Puppies and Pretties: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
Mishaps and Mayhem of Solitary Life:  Single Girl, Simple Style
A Lovely Little Wardrobe: A Casual Petite
Making the Most of Everyday Classic Yet Current Over Forty 
NickandNik: Mama with Curves
Living on Cloud Nine: Blissful Fashionista

Want to know who the top two links were on last week's linkup were??? You're going to have to head on over to the Blended Blog after linking up :)


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Monday Moments of Gratitude - March 21, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

monday moments of gratitude

I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.


Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

Impromptu date night - what's better than a planned date night? An unexpected one!!! Grandpa was staying the night so when it was suggested that Mr. B and I go out after the kids go to bed we jumped at the chance. I didn't get the obligatory 'date-night selfie' but I did take a shot of our yummy apps and wine (obviously date night needed wine). This was needed and awesome. Thanks dad!

date night wine and appetizers

Mini-me and grandpa day - mini-me and her grandpa had their first big adventure. They headed off to Toronto (about an hour away) to see Disney on Ice. Despite my mom anxiety and them showing up at the wrong venue only to have to cab to the right one, arriving 3 minutes before showtime, it was a pretty awesome day for mini-me (and grandpa). I'm so proud of this kid and so grateful for the relationship she has with her grandpa. 

toddler girl


Grocery shopping with both kiddos - you're thinking "what? this is a gratitude post, I must have read that wrong". Nope. Here's the thing: I dread leaving the house with both kids. It's a bit of work to get them out of the house and then having them both behave, well that's nearly miraculous. Mr. B worked on Saturday and we pretty much had run out of everything so I had no choice, I needed to go. They weren't angels, but they were pretty freaking good. Plus, it was Oliver's first time in a shopping cart so I couldn't help but smile as he marveled at just about everything (in the pic below he's captivated by the shiny lights - that's my boy!).

toddler and baby in shopping cart

My mover and shaker - this little dude went from kinda crawling to bustin' it all over the house. He's into EVERYthing and giving me heart palpitations multiple times a day. To say he's keeping me on my toes would be putting it VERY lightly but holy heck one look at this little monkey and I'm mush. I know I am biased, but come on, look at those baby blues and those chubby little cheeks. 

baby with blue eyes

Dinner with the girls - Saturday night I went out for dinner with some of my besties. We all have busy lives and we don't see each other as often as we'd like but it's always fun when we do. Even though our conversations have changed significantly over the years from boy-drama to breastfeeding and baby poop, I treasure out time together and hope we can do it more often.

Blog brainstorming - to say I have been struggling with the blog lately would be an understatement. I'm so thankful to have such amazing blog buddies who keep me motivated and encourage me. I'm grateful for a spur of the moment hangout with some of my favs (DeenaLanaAbbie and Sarah). Also, Abbie (hilariously brilliant over @ Grumbling Grace) and I are teaming up for a really fun collaboration coming soon (more details to come but prepare to spare some time on Saturday morning for reading!)

Sibling love - these two kids are just some kind of wonderful with each other (most of the time). Sure, I know there are days ahead where I'll be pulling them off of each other hitting and screaming, but right now they can't get enough of each other. Mini-me is all about kissing and snuggling her little bro (so long as he's not playing with something she wants) and he looks at her with such adoration.

kisses brother and sister



I'm confident I say this every week, but I am loving these posts. It's the perfect way to reset my frame of mind heading into a new week. No, I'm still not a ray of sunshine all of the time, but I am having a much easier time finding the joy in moments that I might not have normally. I am happier.

I'm challenging you, whether you write a post and linkup or not, to take 10 minutes, even 5 and reflect upon the previous week. Go through the pics on your phone. Remember the moments that made you smile, even the unexpected ones. Take the time to delight in the week that was and to take notice of the beautiful ones that this coming week has to offer. 

What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!


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  1. Link to your specific blog post (not your blog's main page). 
  2. Please link posts related to gratitude.
  3. Check out as many links as you can.
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the promise of Spring

Friday, March 18, 2016

spring tulips

For me, being home with children over the winter is challenging. It's usually quite cold here and there's a lot of snow. They're too young to do a heck of a lot in the cold outdoors... or maybe I use that as an excuse so I don't have to get dressed leave the house. Either way, winter means being primarily housebound. 

If we do leave the house, winter means piling loads of clothes on to get to the car, only to have to take them off so no one is overheating (read: losing their ever-loving minds) during the brave journey to where ever it is we have boldly (or stupidly... whatever) decided to go. 

Being stuck inside most of the time means I'm constantly reminded of the all to-dos that are not getting done. For some reason it seems easier to let those things go when we are outside having fun and away from the unfolded laundry and unwashed floors.

Winter means constantly being the entertainment source for two little people. Okay, let's be serious, I'm that anyways it's just easier to accept that in the warm sunshine.

Winter can be tiring and lonely.

Then that day comes. 

You know the day, the one with the promise of spring.

The first day with unseasonably high temperatures, bright sunshine, wet streets from melted snow and people taking any opportunity they can to get outside, the really excited ones in shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops.

The day where it's not time for full-on Spring just yet and there's likely snow in the not-so-distant future, but Spring came to visit for a day just to let you know that it's around the corner (even if that corner includes a blizzard). 

We had that day last week. 

Oh how I needed a taste of Spring to wake me out of my hibernation. To grab me by the shoulders and give me a good shake "WAKE UP MOMMA".

I'm awake (thanks to 2 4 cups of coffee).

Time to bust out the the stroller, pull out the patio chairs and pick up the dog poop. 

The air just smells sweeter when it's sunny and warm (and once above-mentioned dog poop is picked up otherwise, ew).

I remember this day even as a child, every year, that first taste of spring.

As kids we found ourselves eagerly digging through the garage for the skipping ropes and baseball gloves disregarding the fact that they'd soon be left haphazardly in the front yard, the drive way or in the middle of the front hall (despite how many times we were told to pick them up).

Donning our rubber boots for the first time in what seemed like forever. Pulling out the bicycles with a rushed anticipation and coming home, backs marked with a line of mud spewed from our busy tires.

Spring seems synonymous with freedom. As a kid and even when you're a stay-at-home-mom. Nothing really changes... except the weather... and our moods, the time, our sleep and our perspective... okay so maybe everything changes.

Life appears to get a little easier. Parenting too, a little less challenging knowing you can set the minions loose outside (with appropriate supervision of course).

Spring may not be here yet, but it's promise is and that's enough to keep this momma going...

To my fellow cold-weather friends: I hope you've gotten that day and are now laying in anticipated wait for what the warmer weather holds too!

To my warm-weather friends: do you just feel happy ALL the time?! Maybe I need to move somewhere where it's Spring all the time, but then, maybe the novelty would wear off... or not.



Style Perspectives: white pants

Wednesday, March 16, 2016




14 bloggers each picked a look that defined their personal style.  
The featured blogger on the Blended Blog showcases her signature style (the prompt for that day) and then the other bloggers (on their personal blogs) show how they interpret it.

Here's how all the ladies wore pink last week:




on this week's agenda....

A white pants look:

When we were initially planning this series, I just knew someone was going to pick white pants. I've expressed my feelings on white pants before, but in short: I'm terrified of them. I adore the way they look on other people but find they can be less than flattering on myself and, let's be serious, with two kids in two, I'm usually afraid of any color that doesn't hid spit-up, snot or some other child-excreted substance. (can we have a sidenote for how gross the word 'excreted' is? too late to change it now).
Well, I put on my big girl white pants just for you.


I tried to keep this very simple because.. well... momming it over here.

 I actually own a pair of white jeans, despite my anxiety over wearing them. They aren't the best fitting pair of pants but they'll suffice for the few times venture to put them on (although, looking at this pic I don't mind them... now just picture a giant wine coffee stain all down the front and that's how they'll actually look - less cute).

Can we talk about my coat for a sec? I freaking LOVE this coat and am elated that temps are cooperating so I can don this bad-boy again. I found a similar one below and it's on super sale!! (you're welcome!).

Still working up to venturing out of the house, kids-in-tow, with these bad boys on... baby steps people.



Don't forget to come back next week to see how we're all styling a pattern blouse with neutrals!


Daily Style Finds: The Personal Stylist
Foxy's Domestic Side: The Crafty Engineer
Grumbling Grace: Toddler Tamer & Teacher
Simply Shaunacey: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
Two Teens and Their Mama: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSquared: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
Shoes to Shiraz: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
Puppies and Pretties: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
Mishaps and Mayhem of Solitary Life:  Single Girl, Simple Style
A Lovely Little Wardrobe: A Casual Petite
Making the Most of Everyday Classic Yet Current Over Forty 
NickandNik: Mama with Curves
Living on Cloud Nine: Blissful Fashionista


Make sure you stop by the Blended Blog to see the featured lady.  


Please link up here or on the Blended Blog to show us how you would wear the prompt!

Want to know who the top two links were on last week's linkup were??? You're going to have to head on over to the Blended Blog after linking up :)


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Dear America

Tuesday, March 15, 2016



Dear America:

Hey, it's been a while.

I've been meaning to write you for some time, but you know, life gets busy.

I have been keeping up with you via the news and Facebook and I couldn't delay writing any longer. I'm so very worried about you.

I know it's been a tough few years and that you might be feeling tired and scared but I think it's impacting your ability to make sound, responsible decisions.

Donald Trump?! I must admit, I was surprised when I read about your relationship with him. I don't want to intrude on your personal life but I can't hold my tongue. I need to be a good friend and I don't think this relationship is a healthy one for you.

I care about you and want you to be happy that's why I'm reaching out. I am deeply concerned. He's not the knight-in-shining-toupee armor you think he is. His words and propaganda are filled with hate. His focus is the almighty dollar and he doesn't truly care about you. Anyone who demeans and dehumanizes whole categories of people should not be given such a great responsibility as being your main squeeze.

I won't pretend to know a lot about him or the other possible choices, but I assure you, there is someone better. He's not the one for you.

I fear for you and your children.

Do you want them to see how he treats other people? How he treats you? Do you want your children to grow up speaking of others and treating them as he does?

I truly have your best interest at heart and I know he doesn't. There's still time for you to make a better decision, to chose someone who cares more, who is kind, who might make you a better person, who will put you first. I don't know who that might be, but I know it's not him.

I hope you'll hear me out.

You deserve so much better. You ARE so much better. Remember that.

Love,

your friend, Canada (or maybe just one Canadian, but I know I'm not alone) XOXO

Monday Moments of Gratitude - March 14, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016


I'm so happy you're here!! 

I'm making a point to post on Mondays about moments I am grateful for in the past week. We can all use a little more intentional thinking about things we're grateful for. With that said, I hope you'll continue to join me in gratitude on Mondays :)

See previous Monday moments of gratitude posts HERE.


Here are a few moments from this past week that I am grateful for:

meeting Julius - my nephew, Julius, was born a few weeks ago and I finally got to meet him!! Mini-me was sooo excited, she was beaming about her new cousin! I love knowing these littles will be best-buds for life! 

daddy's little helper - there's no denying that mini-me is a daddy's girl in every sense. Her adoration for her dad warms my heart unlike most things have the ability to (truth be told: it has also given me mild tinges of jealousy over the years lol). The sweetest moment was when Mr. B was doing dishes (SCORE) and she went upstairs and showed up a few moments later, stool in hand, and proudly placed her stool and stated "now I can help you daddy". I smiled, a big fat proud mom-smile, as I watched these two wash and rinse the dishes.  




afternoon naps - I wish I meant for me; however, next best thing is a snoozing toddler who normally refuses naps. She passed out on the couch one afternoon with Lilo, on the other end. I enjoyed some much-needed/deserved quiet time with little man and got to admire the view of these two cuties on the couch.




no more night-time diapers - mini-me said a full and complete goodbye to diapers this week. She's now gone a few nights in a row diaper-less. It's meant a few early morning wakeups, but my gosh, her determination to be diaper-free has made this whole transition much easier than I could have ever imagined. Go mini-me!

warmer weather & walks - it's started to warm up a little bit which just seems to shift everything, my mood and perspective included, in a more positive direction. It was so refreshing to be able to get out of the house without worrying about frostbite or bundling the kids up so much that their movement is restrained. Little man was a little straight-faced but mini-me thoroughly enjoyed our 'adventure'. Fingers crossed we get to keep these lovely temps and spend more time outdoors.




full weekend with Mr. B - Mr. B has been working like crazy for a while. I don't remember the last time he was home both days during a weekend. This weekend we got to have him home both days and it was ah-mazing. I told mini-me Sunday morning that daddy was going to be home again today and her response was "yay daddy, woohoo" followed by a jump in the air and fist-pump. Clearly, I'm not the only one craving time with our best guy.

holy milestones Batman! - it was a big week for our little man. It started out with many disruptions in sleep which quickly made sense as the week progressed and we saw our little dude crawl for the first time, start waving, giving high-fives and moving from all-fours to sitting position. The pride in his new-found skills just emanates from his toothless grin. Though, that toothless grin will not be so for much longer as one of his bottom teeth has finally begun to pop through. 






one night with NO NIGHT FEEDINGS - I'm jinxing it by talking about it but my little man made it through a night (from 7:30 - 6:15 ) without eating. Even if it's a one-off, I'll take it. **he still woke up, but went back to sleep with no crying or eating. Naturally, though, I was up multiple times wondering why he wasn't waking up le sigh - kinda reminded me of this post**




I seriously feel like I could go on forever with moments from this past week because that's how great it's been... I won't write in detail because you'd be here all day but a few more quick moments I treasured: a birthday party, wine with the hubby, blog-brainstorming/collaboration planning with Abbie, some quiet mommy-time, little man taking a bottle with no issues... seriously... I could go on FOREVER.

This week was literally one for the books. I honestly feel as though I smiled and delighted in the world more so than I have in some time. The change in me is palpable and I truly credit some of that to acknowledging that there are always moments to revel in and taking the time to do that. Plus, let's be serious, some pretty cool stuff has been happening around here.



If you're loving these posts/pics, be sure to follow me on Instagram to see most of my moments in real-time!



What moments are you grateful for this past week? Linkup your gratitude posts below!!

Don't forget to enter the Blended Blog's giveaway before it ends this Wednesday!!

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Linky Rules:

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how to help your teething baby

Friday, March 11, 2016



There's really no other way to say it: teething SUCKS.

You've read the signs your baby is teething and determined that your babe is awaiting some chompers! You know what's coming. Now what?

Thankfully, having done this before, this time I'm armed with an arsenal of tips and tricks to help my little man and maybe help you and your little too.


  1. Camilia - homeopathic drops intended to provide relief for your teething little. They really do seem to provide relief so I keep these little tubes EVERYwhere (my purse, the change table, the bathroom).
  2. washcloth - you KNOW you received more washcloths at your shower than you will ever need for bathing and washing. Dampen a clean washcloth and throw in the freezer, leave a few minutes and voila, the perfect teether! Our little man even just likes a clean damp cloth.
    WARNING: do NOT leave it in the freezer too long, cold hands and all that. I don't want anyone blaming a frostbit baby on me.
  3. mesh feeders - not just for feeding! Throw some frozen banana or peas (or whatever your babe likes) and let them have at it! They get a little nutrients AND the handle keeps their mitts warm. Tip: if your babe is too little for solids or you're delaying solids or if you just want to, you can freeze some breastmilk (formula might work too but I honestly have no idea) and throw milk cube in there!
  4. a teaspoon - what? for real, your little gummy bear will love you for this one! Stick a teaspoon (the little one) in the fridge (NOT freezer) for a few minutes and let them chew on it! This is Oliver's fav!!
    Use common sense here and watch your child because they may stick the thin end in their mouth and gag themselves. Repeatedly. Also, this is best for littles who haven't gotten any teeth at all (and honestly, who wants to hear little teeth chomping on metal, not I).
  5. a baby carrier - if your kiddo is inconsolable, carry them. Your arms and back will thank you if you put them in a carrier. For a while this was the only thing that could calm my little guy down. Lifesaver.
  6. medication - Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen (if your baby is over 6 months) are my last resort go-tos. Sometimes, nothing else works and your little just needs some relief. I refer to these as 'the big guns' and sometimes you just have to bust them out.
  7. Sophie - this rubber giraffe is a baby registry staple. Her leggy shape is perfect for tiny little hands to hold onto.
  8. Hylands teething gel - another homeopathic fav. This gel is applied to the gums and is supposed to help with pain. It helps and it's benzocaine-free!


    BONUS TIP: distraction
    - when dealing with a teething baby, this may be your most valuable tool. Take them for a walk, give them a bath (assuming they like baths, otherwise, bad idea), sing some songs or make stupid faces. Trust me, if nothing else works, you'll do whatever it takes.  






did I miss any good ones?

What are your go-to teething tips? 
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