Wednesday, July 31, 2013

So What Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, this week I'm saying "So What"

  • if it will be August tomorrow and I'm still almost albino. I've had pretty much no time out in the sun this summer, which is kind of a bummer. Oh well, my skin will probably thank me for it. 
  • if I REALLY want to go shopping... like drop a bunch of cash, careless, who cares how much I spend shopping. Alas, there's no money in our budget for that. So clearly it's not going to happen
  • if the major reason I feel so budget strapped is that I applied for grad school this week. If all goes according to plan, I'll be starting in September... which means we'll be broke for awhile.
  • if I'm excited for grad school because I like school... yeah, I'm a geek. The thing I miss most about college is doing school work. What is wrong with me? 
  • if I can't go an entire post with either a picture or mention of Boo... this kid blows my mind and melts my heart every single day... even when she's driving me nuts. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Breastfeeding Diaries: Must Haves


In my preparing to breastfeed post two weeks ago, I mentioned getting nursing supplies before your baby is born. Here I'm going into detail of the things I found most useful when starting to breastfeed:


  • Lanolin ointment
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This stuff was a lifesaver those first few weeks. When your nipples are sore and cracked, this stuff is amazing. It helps you heal so much faster and it's perfectly safe if your baby happens to ingest a little while nursing.



  • Nursing bras/camis
I actually don't do real nursing bras/camis. For me sports bras in a larger size, tanks with built-in bras, etc worked perfectly. You want something with some support (since the girls will be a bit heavier then usual) but that's also lose and comfy since you'll be sore and you'll need easy access throughout the day as your baby wants to nurse.
  • Burp cloths/blankets
I was naive and thought that burp clothes were only for baby spit up. Oh no, that's not nearly as messy as the constant leaking you'll do in the early days. In fact, it was so messy between the leaking and spit up that most burp cloths weren't enough. I went through several receiving blankets a day as they were perfect for cleaning up all the messes.
  • Breast pump
Like I mentioned in my Preparing to Breastfeed post, a pump is a must-have to help with engorgement, latch issues, and poor eating. It's also essential if you're planning on going back to work, or being away from your baby for awhile. While pumping is a pain, not pumping is a lot more painful! 
  • Nursing pillow
While your baby is born tiny, they get big fast! Nursing pillows like a Boppy or My Brest Friend are an easy way to make holding them while nursing a lot comfier. It puts your baby at a good height to nurse and gives your arms a rest. We used our Boppy daily for about 11 months, and now Fynn uses it as a toy and pillow when we're in her room. 



  • Water bottle and snacks
When you have a baby attached to your chest for half the day, it's essential to have food and water at hand. Of course your hubby should be helping you out and bringing you things, but make it easer for yourself by having a stash at hand. I kept a giant water bottle, easy snacks and the remote on a little table next to the couch for the first couple of months. Made passing the time while nursing so much easier. 
  • Breast pads
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I wish I had started using these sooner... would have saved me from leaking through about 8 shirts a day those first couple of months. Even when you're nursing frequently, it gets messy. And breastmilk doesn't come out of some fabrics... learned that the hard way! Save your clothes and your laundry pile, buy some. Some people swear by the reusable ones or home made ones. I found disposable a lot easier to deal with, but to each their own.

  • Ice packs
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Having your milk come in is painful. Ice really helps the swelling and makes it a lot more comfortable. I found a bag of frozen peas to be the perfect shape and size. Yeah, you look rather silly walking around with a bra stuffed with frozen peas, but it feels a whole lot better!  





Optional supplies:


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  • Nipple shields- Like I said before, I had an inverted nipple, which is why I needed a nipple shield, but I've heard about other moms who used them because of latch issues, sore nipples, or to help them heal from mastitis or a yeast infection. Obviously not everyone needs them, but I thought I'd mention them because they were a crucial part of my breastfeeding success. 

  • Entertainment- You're going to spend a lot of time attached to your baby. Having something to do (besides stare at their cute little face and marvel at your accomplishment) makes it go by a lot faster. I played on my phone a lot, watched tv, read on my phone. These days I tend to play with my iPad a lot... which often distracts her from nursing.

Of course, this isn't a complete list. There will be things that you find incredibly useful, that I never used. Vice versa, there may be things on my list that you never need. Regardless, I think it's helpful to have an idea of things that were useful. Let me know if there are other things that were essential to you in the beginning! 

Monday, July 29, 2013

July Sponsors and group giveaway

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

What a pain in the neck

...literally

I woke up yesterday with a sore neck. As the day went on it got worse and worse until I could barely move my head when I went to bed last night.

This morning I work up, and it's even worse. My whole neck and upper back is killing me and I feel like my head's going to pop off if I move it wrong. Ugh.

Drew had to work a side job today, but there is no way I could take care of Fynn like this, I can hardly pick her up. So she's at my in-laws... probably having a blast. You would think I'd be loving some "me time", a morning to myself... yeah, not so much.

I'd be one thing if I could be productive or even just enjoy sitting around. But instead I'm just moping about how much my neck hurts and missing my baby. Figures. Most of the time all I want is a little time to myself, today I get it and I'm not even enjoying it. 

Lame. 

Sunday Social

1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
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Mac & Cheese! Yummy. Not the boxed kind, though I eat plenty of that. If it was all I could eat for the rest of my life, it would have to be one of those really good, homemade(obviously not at my home) mac & cheese dishes... perhaps with some bacon or chicken in it... and now I'm hungry. 





2. What’s your guilty pleasure/comfort food?

Anything with carbs and/or cheese. Mac & cheese, any kind of potato, bread and oil. I love me some carbs... which explains so much about my inability to stick to a diet.

3. What’s the weirdest/craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I'm pretty chicken about trying weird foods, so I can't think of anything weird or crazy I've eaten. I used to be a super, SUPER picky eater, but Drew has cured me of some of that so I'm just a picky eater these days. 

4. What foods do you avoid at all costs?

Anything with squishies in it. What are squishies? You may be rightfully asking. Well, squishies are those little veggie bits like tomatoes, peppers or onions that have that squishy texture. No bueno! If the food has a lot of squishies in it, I just wont eat it, if it just has a few, or is too good looking otherwise for me not to eat it, then I will pick them all out. Which sometimes takes awhile, but worth it to avoid that nastiness.

5. What meal reminds you of your childhood?

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Any grilled meal that is burned reminds me of my childhood. My dad always cooked everything "really well done" on the grill... and I actually kind of like it that way. These days if there's a burned burger or chicken, I immediately feel like a kid again. Especially if that burnt meal comes with mashed potatoes made from a box of flakes. You know, the real thing. 






6. Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.


Taken right from their website:





Here's the story: I don't cook. Sure I can make a mean box of mac & cheese or rice... but if it doesn't come in a box... I will probably mess it up. Thus, chicken nuggets are my favorite recipe!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

How?

Fynn and I were sitting on the couch together the other day. Just snuggling and nursing after her nap. She was playing with the remote, but I wasn't paying much attention. All of a sudden she changed the channel and turned on The Notekins... I don't even know how she did it! She's watched the show like twice, but she loves it because it plays a whole bunch of music. I had an episode DVRed for "one of those days" when I just need 15 minutes of her chilling out. But seriously, how did she turn it on? I am baffled!
Totally unrelated, just a cute picture

Friday, July 26, 2013

Top Ten Things I love about my husband

I know I rag on Drew a lot, but he really is a great guy. After 10 1/2 years together it's easy to notice all the obnoxious things about him. But every day I'm reminded of just how good he is to me, and now to his daughter too. Here are the top ten things I love about him:
 


1) He is such a good Daddy. I love watching him with his little girl. Especially knowing how he was with kids before she was born (read: deer in the headlights). It melts my heart every day to see him snuggle her, play with her, and take care of her. I love seeing her eyes light up when he walks into the room and the ease with with he interacts with her. 

2) He knows I need my beauty rest. I'm a bear when I'm tired... so basically I've been a bear since I was about 5 months pregnant. He's been great since Fynn was born and will always let me get an extra couple hours of sleep on the weekends if it's at all possible. I can't tell you what that does for me. I feel so much better after that extra sleep.

3) He cooks. I'm talking makes 95% of our meals cooks. He's great at it, enjoys it (for the most part) and that makes me really happy since I struggle to make anything that doesn't come from a box. If I were in charge of the meals around here, it would be mac & cheese, frozen pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches every night.

4) He tells me all the time how beautiful he thinks I am. After having a baby and being sleep deprived for more then a year and a half, that means the world to me. Through weight loss and gains, long nights, bad style choices, and a myriad of other less then flattering looks, he continues to tell me how attractive he finds me. 

5) He works hard. He puts in his hours at work and provides well for our family. But that's not enough for him. In the winter he plows and year round he takes on side jobs such as remodeling and other odd jobs to make more money (well, he kinda likes it too). He has a great work ethic and is always working his butt of. I really hope Fynn learns his work ethic and becomes as motivated as he is.

6) He puts up with my crazy. I am my own special brand of nuts all some of the time. Even when I'm being irrational or downright stupid, he puts up with me and tries to be as patient as possible. I don't know how he's managed to put up with me for the past 10 1/2 years, but I'm so glad that he has.

7) He does sweet little random things for me... like bringing home a DD iced tea after he's been out somewhere or taking Fynn for awhile after I've had a rough day with her. Those little things are the things that make me melt.

8) He listens to all my random crap that really isn't all that interesting. I tell him all the time about what my blog friends have written or ramble on about teaching, random facts I've discovered or why I like my new nail polish. Does he really care? Probably not. But he makes it a point to listen and at least act interested. 

9) He's hilarious. Granted, most of his humor is highly inappropriate, but this guy can keep me in stitches all day every day. One of his favorite things to do is make up inappropriate lyrics to the songs on Fynn's toys. It kills me... but he should probably stop doing in it front of her. Pretty soon she's going to have some interesting songs to be singing. 



10) He's always there for me. Always. No matter what is going on in my life or decisions that have to be made, he supports me in it. Having a baby with him solidified my security in knowing that he'll always be there for me. When I was in labor, he was there encouraging me, rubbing my back and helping me through each contraction. I'm especially grateful for his support when it comes to breastfeeding Fynn. If it weren't for me, we wouldn't have made it past that first week. I also greatly appreciate his support when it comes to family drama or friend issues. No matter what happens, I know he has my back.

What are the things you love most about your significant other? 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Grow Your Blog Link Party


I'm super excited to be co-hosting this weeks Grow Your Blog link party. I love participating in this every week and finding new blogs and bloggers to love! This is a great way to connect with others and grow your own readership. They even have some good info here about Google Plus and using it to connect, which I needed because G+ has been a mystery to me! So come link up and then explore to find some new reads! 

GYB
Welcome to the Grow Your Blog Networking Party. We are so excited to be bringing this party back to you! Paula and Julie will now be joined by two other fabulous co-hosts: Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner and Tanya from Lemons for Lulu. Each week they will be joined by four co-hosts. Interested in co-hosting? Just email them at growyourblog@gmail.com and they will get you scheduled! What is the Grow Your Blog Networking Party all about? NETWORKING, of course! Meeting new bloggers, finding new content to follow, building your readership. Why is blog networking great for you? Simply put, it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog. What are some of your tips for networking? Leave a comment below! We may feature your idea at a future party! Let's meet the hosts and co-hosts of the party!

YOUR HOSTS

Each week we will be including a link up to a social media outlet of our choosing. This week we chose Google Plus. So after linking up your blog, be sure to scroll down and link up your G+ Profile.
Some tips when using G+:
  • Tag people in your posts that involve them. If you share someone's post on Google plus, tag them by typing @ and their name. A dropdown with a list of names will come up. Select their name to tag them. Below is an example. I wanted to tag Tanya so I typed @ and then started typing her name.
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  • Plus one other posts.
  • Add people to circles. One of the great features of Google plus is that you can add people to circles. This makes it so easy to keep track of who posts about food, tech info, DIY, etc. You can create your own circles and name them whatever you want to name them.
  • Participate in G+ Communities. I am part of the G+ Food Bloggers Community. I've met some great people through that group. And I even attended a virtual Food Bloggers conference that was held on G+!
Do you have any G+ questions? Just let us know. We'd be happy to answer them for you!
WHEN YOU LINK UP TO THIS PARTY:
    • Follow and/or visit your hosts and co-hosts. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know you stopped by!
    • Link up the main page of your blog, not an individual post. You may link up your individual posts to Marvelous Mondays.
    • Visit and follow other bloggers
    • Comment to let them know that you stopped by and how you followed (Email, GFC, Facebook, Bloglovin, etc)
    • Invite them to visit your blog. Leave the name of your blog in a comment. Please do not leave a link - Google is going to start viewing links as Spam and they will decrease page ranking of sites that are viewed to have a lot of Spam.
    • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog.USE THEIR NAME! A simple “I’m so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me.” just isn’t going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first.
    • Place our party graphic on your page. It's not required but it would be a pretty rad thing to do. You can get the graphic by copying and pasting the GYBgraphic located in the beginning of this post.
LINK UP YOUR BLOG

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

So What Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

This week I'm saying "So What"


  • If I'm not planning on doing monthly Fynn updates anymore. While they were awesome the first year, and I love that I'll have them to look back on, they were a LOT of work. I think from here on out I'll do 3-4 month increments. I still want to update on her development and growth, because I love having that to look back on, but I don't want it to be something I feel I have to do every month. 
  • If I'm obsessed with my new necklace. I had a giftcard to Etsy and found a vendor that makes these custom charms. LOVE THIS. I've been wanting a personalized "Mommy"-type necklace, but hadn't found anything I loved. This is perfect because it has her name and birthstone on it.

  • If I'm still watching Lost on Netflix... even though I'm currently on season 6, and it's been sucky since season 3. I can't help it. I get invested in characters and feel like i have to find out what happens to them.
  • If some days, (okay, a lot of days) we go outside in our pj's to play because it's just too much work to get dressed.
  •  If Fynn grabbed onto my hand when we were sitting on the front steps Monday afternoon waiting for Daddy to get home. It seriously melted my heart.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Talking Duke App

I don't really pay for apps. If it's not free, I won't usually download it to my phone or iPad. There are a few exceptions to this "rule" of mine, but they are few and far between. I especially won't pay money for game or entertainment apps because, well, I'm cheap like that. I figure if I download a free app, and it stinks, then I wont feel bad, or feel like I've wasted my money.

 One free app that I was introduced to was the Talking Duke App. Not going to lie, when I first downloaded it, I didn't know what I was going to do with it. It's an animated dog who talks, does silly things and makes noises. Interesting and all, but not something I would have much need for. I figured I'd write the review saying it was cool and all, just not for me, and it'd be done with.

Flash forward a few days later and I realized um...DUH! I have a 1 year old. An animated talking dog would probably be right up her alley.I opened the app on my iPad and let her see it. She toddled right over and started pushing on it. That's when I realized that when you talk when the app is open, it copies you and replays your words in a funky, animated voice. Hil-arious! I was laughing so hard because I kept talking, it would mimic me, and then Fynn would crack up about it. Too much fun. While it's not an app I really needed, it's been a lot of fun and a good distraction on all the sweltering hot days we've had lately when we've been stuck inside. 



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The Breastfeeding Diaries: Chewing While Nursing

I was so excited after my initial post about the breastfeeding diaries to see that some other lovely ladies wanted to share their stories and experiences. I've learned a lot from other Mamas, especially at the beginning of my breastfeeding journey. Today's post comes from Jess from Sparkles and Crafts, Jess is one of the inspirations for this series, so I'm excited that she wanted to share her experience.



Hi! I’m Jess from Sparkles and Crafts and I’m so thrilled to be here sharing my story.

My son is now ten weeks old and I can very proudly say he has never had a drop of formula...but that doesn't mean breastfeeding has been easy.

In my early nursing days, I was in excruciating pain. I hoped the would just go away on it’s own since I had always heard, “If your latch is correct, breastfeeding should not hurt.” and from what I could tell, my son’s latch was great!

He was born weighing 8lb 9oz and weighed only 7lb 12oz when he went for his first visit to the pediatrician two days later. In the first few days he didn't latch well and wasn't very interested in nursing, so I had help to learn the latch and encourage him to eat.

Thankfully, our pediatrician is an advocate for breastfeeding and shared motivating words to keep at it, neither one of us wanted him on formula at all.

By the time my son Billy was two weeks old I was battling mastitis for a second time and no longer had any original skin left on my nipples. I didn't understand why it was happening, I swore his latch was right! Why did it hurt so badly?? Why was I bleeding, feverish and brought to tears every time my son nursed?

I sought professional help with a lactation consultant at the hospital to get to the bottom of these breastfeeding woes. I had a personal goal to deliver my son naturally with no drugs and since I wasn’t able to, I was committed to breastfeeding. I would not be defeated and give him formula because it was easier.

Once I showed the damage to Jill, my lactation consultant, she cringed and explained this is the result of a chewing infant. My son wasn't effectively nursing when he reached the breast, he was chewing to get the milk to flow. No wonder it hurt so badly!

Jill checked Billy’s latch and confirmed that he was definitely lazy and only took in the smallest part possible into his mouth. I was shivering, with tears were running down my cheeks from pain and she immediately “fish hooked” him to remove him from the breast.

From there, Jill, Billy and I spent ninety minutes practicing a proper latch. Feeling what a correct latch is after weeks of tears and pain is like wearing glasses for the first time after struggling to see. FINALLY! Relief!!

I learned how to “fish hook” Billy when he began chewing, which happens if he is tired or doesn’t have enough of the breast in his mouth. Every time he chewed, he was removed and the feeding was over until he was able to focus and effectively nurse again.

Over the next few days I visited Jill several more times to keep practicing that proper latch, fish hook to remove Billy when he chewed, then re-latch him.

I joined the breastfeeding support group at the hospital for additional support in this breastfeeding journey. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and knew it would only get easier from here.

More than a handful of people (including lactation consultants running the BF support group) told me that “normal” moms would have given up from the excruciating pain I experienced. I am so happy I stuck with it because it has now been ten weeks and Billy weighed in at 12lb 10oz last week.

Maybe it is my stubborn attitude or my confident personality, but I know now I can do it for the long haul. I am still healing from the extensive damage that resulted from those first two weeks of lazy nursing and chewing but I am no longer brought to tears when Billy latches. I don’t have anxiety every time I know it is time to feed him and thanks to a schedule, I always know when he will need to eat next.

As far as healing goes, I found non-stick bandage pads with adhesive tabs with some coconut oil worked the best for me. It keeps my clothes from rubbing on the sores and provides a lot of relief!

My goal is to breastfeed Billy for at least one year. I know when he gets teeth it will be a new adventure again because he will still chew from time to time if he gets sleepy. I use the same methods now as I did when he was a tiny infant; fish hook and re-latch him when he is ready to focus.


I absolutely love the bond Billy and I have through breastfeeding and seeing his weight exceed the 50th percentile and approach the 75th makes my heart swell with pride. I stuck with it and Billy is proof of the success!! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Shabby Apple Review and Giveaway.

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you've probably heard about Shabby Apple. Shabby Apple is an online dress boutique that specilizes in vintage and retro dresses. Even Drew knew what it was, apparently their ads kept showing up on his Facebook newsfeed  Anyway, I was super excited when I was contacted by them to host a review and giveaway. 

First off, I was excited because it meant I got a free dress! And a Shabby Apple dress at that. But I was also excited because I get to share the love with all of you. They're offering up a $50 Shabby Apple gift card to one of my readers. 

After hearing from them, I spent about two hours scouring their website to find the "perfect" dress for me. Poor Drew, I had the hardest time choosing, so I kept turning the computer around to ask him if he liked certain dresses or to compare two that I was considering. He was a good sport though, and ended up picking the dress I got. 

I went with the Bon Voyage dress. It's simple, classy and I felt like it was something I would actually wear. A lot of the dresses on their site are gorgeous, but I don't dress up enough to wear a lot of them. Now, obviously, I don't look as amazing in this dress as the model... but I have to say, it fits perfectly. I was a little worried that I would pick the wrong size or that it just wouldn't look good on me, but I'm loving how cute it looks and how comfortable it is to wear. 


Now, for the giveaway. Let's be honest, it's the whole reason you're reading about my opinion of this dress. Enter using the rafflecopter form below. The giveaway ends August 12th at midnight. 



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Sunday, July 21, 2013

July Ipsy

 My Ipsy bag actually came really fast this month, which was a pleasant surprise. Last time it came like a week after everyone had already gotten theirs. I love Ipsy because I seem to keep getting things I actually use and enjoy. So here goes

                                                                                     Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray ($7.99)             I've been wanting to try something like this. My hair in the summer tends to get frizzy and gross, so my go-to style is a bun and a headband (sexy, right?) I can't wait to try this and see if it makes my hair looks beachy and stylish even when it's hot out. 

Pouty Pop Crayon in Coral Crush ($3)                 While this is a brighter color than I would normally wear, I'm actually digging it. I wore it to work last week and got several compliments. It's fun and flirty. Not something for everyday wear, but still a fun accent.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen ($4.87)                                                                                                                I like that this was unscented, as scented sunscreen tends to be a bit overkill. I got another Coola sunscreen in my Birchbox box a couple months ago, but I like this one better because it's unscented and it goes on a little smoother. I also really like the small size, makes it easy to toss into a bag on the way out the door. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BH Cosmetics California Collection eyeshadow sampler. (~$1- I couldn't find a real value for this, since you can't buy them like this, but you can get a pallet with a whole bunch of shades for $10, so $1 seemed about right)

These shades are perfect for me. You can't tell in this picture, but the one on the left is more purple. That with the tan and the gold-ish color are all shadows I would wear. I probably wouldn't have bought them, since I don't wear eyeshadow a lot and I have a LOT of different eyeshadows, but they're fun colors and something I will actually wear some. 

 Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Mai Tai ($13). I love Nailtini polish, and this coral color is awesome. While I'd never actually pay $13 for a bottle of nail polish, I do love getting them in these boxes.  Now I just need to find the time to do my nails and actually let them dry! 



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Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite TV as a kid?

My favorite TV as a kid was probably the one in my parents room because I could watch TV while lying in bed. Oh, that's not what they meant? I'm guessing this was a typo and they really meant favorite TV show as kid...

2. What is your current favorite TV show?

For summer shows I'm loving Big Brother and Rookie Blue. I'm really looking forward to Revenge and The Americans coming back on in the fall.

3. Which reality show would you NEVER do?

Survivor. Thanks, but no thanks... I'm way too grumpy when I don't get enough to eat, or sleep, or when I'm covered in bugs. I could also never do a show that involved eating gross stuff, being around bugs/reptiles/creepy-crawlies/etc.

4. Which reality show would you LOVE to do?

I'd love to do something like Big Brother. While I would suck at survival type games, I'd like to think I'd be good at the strategic backstabbing that goes on in BB... though I'd probably get eaten alive.


I'm bailing on questions 5 & 6 because I have no idea which TV character is most like me, nor do I know of a TV character I'd want to date, so I'm being the lame kid and just doing the questions I like :) 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

July Citrus Lane

I get more excited ever month for Fynn's Citrus Lane box then any other package we get. I love seeing what new stuff she gets to try out. Unfortunatly, Drew's not feeling this one. While it's fun getting stuff for her, we don't actually need these things... so I think we're going to cancel our subscription.

Anyway, here's what we got this month:

 I love how full their boxes always are, and how neatly packaged it all is. Always a bonus in a subscription box.

Melissa and Doug Peek-a-Boo Turtle: ($9.99)          How cute is this little wooden turtle? His legs pop out and then in like a turtle hiding in his shell. Fynn thought he was pretty cool, but she doesn't get the whole concept of popping the legs. She just likes to chew on him or carry him around. 

Cool it Buddy instant cold pack- 2 pack- ($2.99) Who can't use instant ice packs? Especially with a daredevil baby with no fear of falling... which often results in a lot of bumps and bruises. These are perfect for us for on the go to keep in the diaper bag. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                  10  Postagram postcards ($10- $1 per postcard)            This is kind of cool, you can create your own postcard with your pictures on it, and then send them right to someone. I don't think it's something I would have ever bought, but it might be fun to try out.


Ella's Kitchen mangoes and carrots Nibbly Fingers ($3.99)  We've gotten cookies from Ella's Kitchen in our Citrus Lane box before, and Fynn wasn't a fan, so I wasn't sure if she would like these. However, she loves mangoes and really enjoyed this after dinner the other night. I don't know if I'd buy these at $4 for 5 little bars, but they're a fun treat. 



Zo-Li Sumo Snack Stacker ($18.00) I love this. We're always taking snack places and this one is perfect. It has three separate containers so you can bring lots of snacks. It screws together tightly so you don't end up with food all over your bag and it's big enough for just about anything we would want to put in it. It's things like this that make me love Citrus Lane and want to keep getting it! 





*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you sign up for their box using my referral link, we both save $10... which would mean I can keep getting the box for another month :) 

Friday, July 19, 2013

July Unmentionably Cheeky

I recently subscribed to Unmentionably Cheeky's subscription box... well packet really. Mostly because I couldn't pass up three pairs of undies* for just $8. They're regularly $11, but if you use the code "summer" you can lock in the $8 a month price which is really a steal for three pairs of underwear! 
 I wasn't sure what to expect. I mean, it's a great deal, but I didn't know anything about the brand, so I didn't know if they would suck. I was really excited when the package came... and it came really fast. I signed up for my box on a Saturday, and the following Tuesday they came. Impressive! The three pairs of undies were folded up all pretty in this purple tissue paper inside the package.
 I'm not going to go into major detail about my new undies... mostly because if you know me in real life it would be super awkward. Instead I'll leave you with this picture and my word that these are super cute AND super comfy. I got black, blue, and pink/black pairs. They styles are all similar, but they've each got something a little different too. They're lacy, but seem really well made, not like they're going to fall apart after I wear them a few times. I'm sold on this subscription box, and I can't wait to see what I get in future months. 

* I hate the word panties, sounds so dirty. They are undies to me

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