Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Preparing For Baby Volume 1 | SoCozy Hush

This post is sponsored by SoCozy. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Preparing for Baby SoCozy Hush

Last time I was pregnant I was working full time. We had two incomes so I wasn't worried about budgeting or spreading out our baby purchases. I wore designer maternity clothes, bought expensive baby clothes (that barely got worn!) and purchased anything that wasn't gifted to us in my last trimester. This time around I'm all about budgets and spacing out our purchases. It's not that we are poor or even struggling for money. Motherhood has taught me to be more frugal I guess. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I made a list of needs and wants for the new baby. We have all the gear from when Parker was a baby still - swings, bathtub, crib, etc. There are several new baby products/gadgets I want to try though. I thought it would be fun to share all these new products with you as I purchase them. Even though I'm only 11 weeks pregnant, I figure it's never to early to stock up on some items!

Preparing for Baby SoCozy Hush
 
 First up in my preparing for baby series is SoCozy's new sensitive line of hair products for babies and children called Hush. They are dermatologist and allergy tested to treat sensitive scalp. We've been using SoCozy products with Parker for over a year now and have always loved that they are clean and free of toxins. This sensitive formula will be perfect for the new baby though! Parker had a really dry scalp as a newborn and it would often flake. The new Hush 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner comes with a soft massaging brush to lift away dirt, flakes and oil. I can already see our sweet newborn lounging in the tub enjoying a head massage!

Preparing for Baby SoCozy Hush
Preparing for Baby SoCozy Hush

  The SoCozy Hush line includes sensitive serum, sensitive foam, sensitive 2in1 shampoo, and sensitive detangler. All 4 can be found at Target. Unlike other SoCozy products they are down the baby aisle. Next time you are at the happiest place on earth (AKA Target) check them out! They smell great, are effective and are free of nasties. Something all moms can get behind.

Big sister wanted to try out the new products too so we used the detangler and styling foam to give her a cute pony...

Preparing for Baby SoCozy Hush

Now I just need to figure out where I'm going to stash the baby things!  I sure hope the new baby loves pink because the room they are going to share is full of it!

Do your children have sensitive skin?

Rug c/o Lorena Canals | 4moms Bathtub (new version - affiliate link)
 

Friday, March 24, 2017

LipSense | An Honest Review From A Chapstick Girl

I received free product to test. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Bella LipSense Review

It seems like all my online mom friends are side hustlin' somehow. Either selling LuLaRoe, LipSense, or oils. My Instagram feed has been inundated with posts on the amazing lipstick that lasts all day. I waited as long as I possibly could to try it because like I need another thing to spend money on! But I finally gave in and ordered a starter set. I've had it for a little over a week and have worn it several times. I feel confident I can give you an honest review now. I'm now a reformed Chapstick addict and lover of LipSense! Who wants to fund my new obsession?

Bella LipSense Review
If you've been living under a rock and don't know what LipSense is I'll give you a little rundown... 

LipSense is a product of SeneGence and is unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color. It is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off! You can create your own color palette by combining colors from over 50 shades.

I chose the color Bella. I'm not a red girl but I wanted something a little out of my comfort zone. I think it's the perfect shade for every day wear! I followed the instructions that came along with the product. 

1. Shake your lip color before each use
2. Start with clean dry lips
3. Apply in one direction while keeping lips apart
4. Apply 3 thin layers while letting each coat dry for a few seconds in between. You may experience a slight tingle.
5. Top with gloss and reapply the gloss throughout the day!
Bella LipSense Review

The first time I applied the color it did burn a little. My lips have been super dry from sickness and the cold weather. I also only applied one swipe of gloss. My lips felt extremely dry right away. The next day I applied it again and there was no burning. I also applied two swipes of glossy gloss and no more dry lips! The color lasted all day and I reapplied the gloss 3 or 4 times, after meals and snacks. It is really important to apply the color in 3 light coats. If you apply it too thick it will start to flake off.

The instructions also said NO MORE CHAPSTICK! Say wha?! The wax in most chapsticks prevents LipSense color from working correctly. I put away the Chapstick during the day but still apply a light coat of Vaseline at night. I've been fighting a cold that turned into a sinus infection so I need that extra moisture on my lips. 

Bella LipSense ReviewBella LipSense Review 

To get started with LipSense you need a color, a gloss and an ooops! remover. The initial investment may seem a little steep but each color is equal to 4 lipsticks and lasts 6-8 months with everyday use. 

LipSense is only available through independent distributors.  Kylie of Kylie's Kissables hooked me up with this incredible color. She's really knowledgeable and will help you find the perfect color too!

SHOP WITH KYLIE:

Have you tried LipSense? What are your favorite colors? Next on my list is gold champagne, apple cider and caramel apple. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Toddler Spring Style For Less With ThredUP

This post is sponsored by thredUP. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP

I'm all about saving money when it comes to shopping for kids. They grow out of clothing so fast that paying retail is silly. I shop consignment sales twice a year, buy from the sale racks at Old Navy and Target and shop second hand at thredUP. The only items I splurge on are shoes and accessories, like bows. Finding great deals is a thrill! My husband likes when I save money too.

A few weeks ago I was browsing thredUP for maternity clothes and hoped over to check out the girls department before I checked out. I hit the motherload of brand name items (most like new or new with tags) that would be perfect for spring for Parker. 

Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP
Crewcuts Tunic & Old Navy Dress

Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP
Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP
Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP
Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP

It's been really cold and rainy here so these are the only two items she's worn on a regular basis so far. I've been layering the Old Navy dress over jeans and adding her boots or moccasins for a cute, sporty look. The light wash denim tunic is my favorite! I can see her wearing it all through the spring and summer with leggings and shorts.
 
Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP
BabyGap Tee & GabyGap Top (Both only $5.99!)
Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP
BabyGap Cardigan, Hudson Shorts ($4.99!) & Native Sneakers
  ThredUP does most of the hard work for you. Unlike consignment sales they only accept like new or new items. Everything we received was in top shape, all I had to do was wash it. ThredUP carries all the top brands like Old Navy, Gap, Gymboree, and Carter's. You can also find more exclusive brands like Hanna Anderson, Janie & Jack, and Matilda Jane. I scored this Siaomimi Cardigan for Parker to wear this fall for 50% off retail and it still had the tags!

Toddler Spring Style for Less with thredUP

Hop on over to check out all the goodies thredUP has to offer in the girl's department and use code GIRLS50 for 50% off!  (50% off first-time girl's clothing orders, discount up to $50)

Do you pay retail for your children's clothes? I'd love to hear how you save money!
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dressing For The First Trimester

This post is sponsored by Jane and contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

My last pregnancy I started wearing maternity clothes early because I was just so excited to be pregnant. This time around my uterus is like hello, there's a baby in here! I don't necessarily look pregnant yet. I just look like I ate a few (10!) too many burritos. I've been so bloated. I've been trying to find creative ways to wear regular clothes for as long as possible. There's only so many ways to wear a side ruched tee! Am I right?

1. Oversized Tees

Dressing For The First Trimester
Dressing For The First Trimester
Dressing For The First Trimester
Dressing For The First Trimester
 Tee c/o Jane | LuLaRoe Sarah Cardigan | Similar Jeans | Booties

   Look for words like flowy, boyfriend or oversized when looking for tee shirts. The great thing is boyfriend styles are so in right now you can find them anywhere. Another tip - size up! You don't want to look frumpy though. Make sure your tee is just big enough not to hug the bloat. Other great styles for the first trimester include babydoll and peplum.

2. Buy a bigger jean size

Dressing For The First Trimester
Dressing For The First Trimester
Dressing For The First Trimester
Dressing For The First Trimester
 Tee c/o Jane | Cardigan | Jeans | Shoes via Jane
 
I bought these boyfriend jeans in one size bigger than my normal size and plan to wear them well into my second trimester. Again, since they are boyfriend fit they have a little extra room. The best thing to do when you find out you're pregnant? Hide all the skinny jeans. Two days after I found out I was pregnant I put on my skinny jeans and went to dinner. Big mistake. I had to unbutton half way through! Don't put yourself through the misery. 

Both of the above tee shirts are from Jane.com. Jane is a daily deal site that offers boutique styles for women, children and home. New styles are added daily at amazing prices! I make sure to check the site every morning so I don't miss something good. I scored the rose gold sandals above for $14.99!

3. Leggings & Tunics

Dressing For The First Trimester
Dressing For The First Trimester
 Top | Leggings | Shoes

 Leggings and tunics are already one of my go-to daily styles as a stay at home mom but even more so now that I'm pregnant! You have to be comfy when you have a toddler to chase around and a bit of nausea strikes. These leggings are a high rise style and I plan to wear them all through this pregnancy. Another trick is to roll them below the belly. I've never found this to be as comfortable because I feel like my pants are going to fall off but whatever works!

Other tips to stretch your wardrobe during the first trimester - wear a long cami underneath a shirt that might be getting too short due to the bump. Layer long cardigans over tee shirts to add more style and cover up your butt. Anybody else's butt become pregnant too? UGH. I wish I was one that just grew a belly. And last try the rubber band trick on your jeans.

  What are your tips for dressing for the first trimester? 


Friday, March 17, 2017

We Have An Announcement


We've been keeping a secret! Well, sorta. I'm not very good at keeping things a secret. So, if you don't know already, we are expecting baby number 2 in the fall! Despite Parker's sour face above she is very excited to be a big sister. We are very excited for our family to grow as well. I will admit that we were not trying (we weren't not, not trying either!) and it was a little bit of a shock. Luke always said he didn't want to have another because my last pregnancy/delivery wasn't all rainbows and unicorns. But here we are and he's happier than ever!


It's been really quiet around here because the first trimester is literally sucking the life outta me. I've had all day morning sickness and been exhausted since the first few weeks. Add on chasing a crazy toddler and by 7 PM I'm done. I've already been to the doctor two or three times. The first time the baby was measuring a week behind according to my last menstrual period. I also had to give blood for the standard tests, take a glucose test, and collect my urine for 24 hours. Oh the joys! The urine test was to get a baseline for my protein levels since I had preeclampsia last time. Now they can monitor my levels and hopefully catch it early if I get it again. They found glucose in my urine at my first appointment as well so I had to do the lovely glucose test. Luckily they had a nice cold orange drink for me. My doctor was worried that I was borderline type 2 diabetic (I also had gestational diabetes my last pregnancy) but that test came back normal. Thank goodness! I went back last week for a follow up ultrasound and the baby was growing right on track. We have a due date of October 16th!


    
Both Parker and I have been fighting a cold for the last week. Let me tell you, having a cold with morning sickness is no picnic. Every time I sneeze, I pee a little. Every time I throw up, I pee a little. Plus throwing up with a sore throat! Ugh. Just put me outta my misery! HA. I'm really grateful for my mother in law. She's been hanging out with Parker so I can rest some days. It's been a lifesaver. I feel like I haven't been the best mother lately. I know that in a few weeks I'll feel better though. I just have to get through the first trimester!

Thanks for sticking with me through all this. I have some really great posts coming up. I'll be back to posting 2-3 times next week.

On Parker (affiliate links): Shirt | Jeans | Headband c/o | Boots | Jacket (above)