Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zep Microwave Cleaner Review

I received this product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.  

I use my microwave on a daily basis and while I try to clean it up as it get's dirty sometimes I can't.  Life (aka a toddler who needs me at that moment) gets in the way and then I forget about it. 

My go to clean is a cup of hot water for a few minutes in the microwave to help make it easier to wipe.  This works but I'm open to trying new methods as well.  

Enter the Zep Microwave cleaner.  I had an opportunity a while ago to try a few other cleaning products from Zep and was impressed with them so I had high hopes. 

To use it you spray/squirt it into the microwave - it's a foam - and then run the microwave for 2 minutes.  After that you should be able to wipe it clean.  



I thought for sure I had a before picture, but like I said toddlers are distracting so I don't.

 




Truthfully though, I expected it to just wipe clean easy peasy and it wasn't that easy.  It cleaned but I still had to use a little elbow grease to remove some of the stains.  With that being said, it wouldn't deter me from using it, and I have continued to do so. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dial Soap Review

I have a toddler and I watch a baby.  As a result I change a lot of diapers and wash my hands a lot.   So I need a soap that isn't going to dry out my hands and make them itch and crack. 




I love using dial soaps and I LOVE the scent of this.  It smells amazing!   As far as hand soaps go it's more of a luxury soap than what I'm used to.  I buy dollar store hand soap. 

It has skin conditioners to hydrate the skin and help with dryness as well as micro-scrubbers to help clean the hands.   This is a soap that is same for the whole family.  Everyone can use it; obviously it's not an issue with Rob and I but I worry about Eleanor.  With counter space at a premium I like the idea of a family soap, but as I said I like that's it toddler safe more. 

You can connect with Dial on facebook to learn more about their products. 

AND you can also enter to win a coupon so that you can try out Dial Soap by visiting the link below. 


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DESSANGE California Blonde Collection #jadoreDessange

I don't often get my hair done.  I'm cheap and being a stay at home/work at home mom I don't feel it's necessary.

I did have a friend offer to do my hair as a way to do something nice for me.  I know Rob's been the one dealing with all the health stuff so I thought it was nice that she still recognized it was tough on me.

So she did my hair and I loved it and wanted to make that color last.  I already didn't wash my hair everyday (although I do shower so no worries about me being smelly...)







So when I got an email saying I was in for the DESSANGE voxbox from influenster the timing was perfect.

I was sent three things which I will list below and share my thoughts.

The first was the Illuminating Shampoo.  The prupose of this is to clean, enhance shine and soften the hair.   My hair felt so so soft.  If you know me you know I always have my hair in a ponytail.  After using this I had my hair down for a while and was constantly feeling it because it felt so nice.

The second thing I was sent was the Illuminating Conditioner.  The point of this is to provide moisturize and smooth hair.  I tend to deal with fly away strands and this helped to tame it.

Both the shampoo and conditioner had a fancy smell to them.  I'm not sure if that's an odd thing to say but they did.  This may be from the passion flower extract used.



Finally the last thing I had in my hands was the brass color correcting creme.  My hair hasn't really developed the brassy color so this wasn't necessary but I still used it to try it out.  I didn't really notice any difference (but again I didn't really have an issue before)  but I might use this bi-weekly to help prevent it (it's recommend as a weekly treatment).


I thought these products were fantastic and I was happy to have to chance to try them out and would recommend them to any of my fellow blondes.

 "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring/Summer Bucket List



Now that Eleanor is older I'm really looking forward to getting out and doing fun things this summer with her.  Most of these are things we've already done, but a year older means she's going to have more fun! 

1) Whitecaps Baseball Game.  This was one of the very first dates Rob and I went on. We went to a few the summer of 2013 before Eleanor was born but last year was tough because the games were either to late at night or fell during naptime.  This year I think it would be okay to push back a nap.

2) John Ball Zoo.  I took her a few times last year thanks to coupons and my sister in laws membership, and while she thought the flamingos were fun and was intrigued by the monkey's.


4) Beach.  There are many so beaches around here because in under an hour we can be at Lake Michigan.  Last year we went to this county park (thanks to a free coupon) which has a man made lake and it was perfect.  It was calm and quiet (although we went on a slightly overcast Sunday so that may have played into it).  There was even a splash pad and a playground.



5) Visiting my parents cabin.  We went Memorial Day in 2013 and that was the last time I was there because by Labor day I was a month away from my due date and just wanted to be in my nice comfy bed.  Last year it flooded and was unusable all year.  Now that they are done  restoring it I look forward to it.  Not so much the mosquitoes and keeping her away from the river though.


6) Town & Country Days.  This is our local community festival.  I took her last summer to the parade and walked around a little bit with her, but it was hot and loud and although she seemed to enjoy the parade it will be better this year.


7) Library Summer Reading Club.  I always participated in this as a kid and thought it was fun.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

17 month Update





Words
Some of these I probably mentioned last month. She knows: eyes, ears, mouth, teeth, hair, neck, belly, knees, hands, feet
These are some of her animal sounds: monkey, cat, dog, cow, horse, duck, chicken, rooster, sheep,  snake,


"Hi" "Bye" "Ball" "Bottle" "Baby" "What's that?" "Where did it go" "Mama" "Dada" "Dance" "Snow" "Coat" "Shoes" "Socks" "Cup" "Cheese"

Misc
She is moving out of 18 month pants and into 2t/24 (really don't know the difference). Tops are usually 18 month, and shoes are size 4.  Diapers are still size 4.

She's gotten in some more teeth, but I don't know how many.  She doesn't usually let me check but I'm thinking 11.

She's been very snuggly and cuddly lately.  She will come up and put her arms around my neck and I want to melt.

She loves her baby! That's her all time favorite toy.

Cheese is a favorite food.  Anytime I open the fridge she runs for it and says "cheese"



New Skills
She has learned to climb onto furniture and she can get down thankfully as well.

She's starting to figure out how to work an iphone.  I'm trying to cut back on using it around her because she knows to press the home button.

She can wave.  She could say bye before but now she will wave.


Sleep
Why is she such an early riser?  I wish she would sleep in.   Also she's back to having her middle of the night wake ups.  I really wish that I could night wean her but I'm so tired.  I have a week off coming up later this months.  Maybe then I can work on it.

Naps are usually 2 hours long

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review~ Anti-Aging Moisturizing Cream

I've been bad about taking care of my skin in the past.  I wear sunscreen in the summer (I know I should do it year round) and if I wear makeup I wash my face before bed and that's about it.  

I'm going to be 30 later this year.  Although I don't feel like I'm almost 30, I also don't want to look like I'm almost 30 either and knew it was time to take better care of my skin.  

So when the opportunity to review Adeline anti-aging moisturizer came around I knew it would be a great idea.

Handmade in the USA Adeline products are free of parabens, SLS and other petrochemical derivatives and have no extra additives or fillers.    

The anti-aging mosturizer contains Matrixyl, Witch Hazel, Hyalyronic Acid, Vitamic C & Vitamin E which help fight wrinkles and rejuvinate your skin.

I've been using it for almost two weeks and while I'm not sure I look younger, I feel better.  I'm not sure if it's a combination of all the ingredients, or something else, but I will continue to use this.  It's forced me to take better care of my face (I wash and use this twice a day) and so I feel better just because of that.





Before & After Shots


Before & After



You can buy on Amazon for around $35, but they offer some great sales and deals on this and other products as well. From the looking around I've done it seems a good price and it's ingredient list eliminates the need for multiple creams.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Are we ready to wean?



Short answer: no

Long answer: no way

Every parent does things differently and makes choices based on what works for their family.  This includes the choice to bottle feed vs. breast feed.  That's fine and I'm not intending to start any sort of debate on what is better (just feed your baby please) .  The one debatable exception would be car seat safety issues since those are proven statistics.  But anyway...

The subject of weaning....


I know this is a highly personal choice and I have major conflicting feelings about it.   Some days I can't imagine it ever ending and some days I think I feel like I have to do it because she's 16 months and our society doesn't like nursing past one (and honestly I'm sure that's pushing it for some).

A sweet shot from last week.  


Actually this (pressure from others) is a real reason.  I know that children around the world nurse for much longer than in the United States.  I know the benefits of it for Eleanor (in 16 months only a few cases of sniffles and mild colds, but that it's and breastfeeding is a big reason), as well as for myself (lower risks of certain cancers for example).  Knowing all these things (scientifically proven things) it's confusing why there is not more acceptance.

Confused Lion King

Also there is that whole bonding thing and that's real.  If you follow my instagram account  you will see me post pictures of me holding a sleeping Eleanor post bedtime nursing session.  There is something so perfect about a sweet innocent toddler falling asleep nursing.   It's the calm after a busy day.


Currently I've been working on dropping the afternoon nursing session leaving us with 3 most days - morning, before nap and before bedtime as well.  Occasionally there is a middle of the night session and some days there might be an extra session if she is a totally wreck and that's the only thing that will calm her down.

She will often come up to me during the day and sign milk or try to pull down my shirt.  I try to redirect her with a book or a snack or something, but doing so results in guilt usually (on my part).  Why am I depriving her of something she wants?  I do say no when she wants to stick a lotion bottle in her mouth or have a sip of my soda, but why am I saying no to this?   This is good for her. Again, it all comes down to society here and me feeling like it's 'wrong' to do this- this being nursing past one.



But it's stupid because I'm extremely proud of the fact that I have nursed her for 16 months.  It's a huge commitment.

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Pumping isn't easy for me (and even if it was she won't take pumped milk) so I can't be away from Eleanor for too long.  I've never had a night away, and I don't think I've ever been apart from her for more than 10 or so hours.

Then there is the fact that I really want to have another baby at some point but I still haven't had a postpartum period.  I know that you can get pregnant while nursing and before getting a period but I think that beginning the weaning process could kick start that and help with getting pregnant again.

The thought of it makes me really anxious though so  for now I'll continue on the path we are on and re-evaluate in a few months.

At what point did you wean?  Was it initiated by you or the child?

Saturday, February 7, 2015

16 months ~ The Eleanor Update



Word List
What's this
Where'd it go?  (It can be baby, ball, etc...)
Oh no
Baby- I hear "the baby" all the time
Sydney (the name of the baby I watch)
Hi
Bye
Ball
Sock
Cup
Shoe
Mama
Dada
Night Night (ni ni)
Teeth (she says this teef when she sees her toothbrush)
Nose
Dance
Two (but only two)
Cheese
Please (which also sounds likes cheese)
I love you (and I melted when she said this)



She knows some body parts: nose, ears, belly, mouth, feet, and she can point to her eyes most of the time. 

She can tell you what noise a horse, cow, snake, dog (her favorite), a monkey, a cat, and a rooster make. 


She is constantly amazing me with her memory lately.  The other day she pulled out these wooden animal card things, and walked down the hall to my room, pushed open the door and grabbed the cow one that was there, all the while saying "booo" (which is how she says moo).  I was impressed she remembered.  

She will clap her hands when you sing "if your happy and you know it"

She's learned how to climb up into the rocking chair, and on the ottomans.  She can't climb on the couch, but can get down from it. 

She loves her baby doll and says baby all day long. 

Sleep has gotten better.  She sleeps through the night (until 5:30/6 am) most nights, although those early wake up calls are killing me.   Naps are even getting better.  She can put herself to sleep half the time (she usually plays for a while but I don't care).

She's still breastfeeding and not ready to wean at all.  Truthfully I'm not either.  I've been trying to go to 3 (4 if there is a middle of the night) sessions.  We nurse when she wakes up in the morning, before nap and before bed.

New favorite foods are eggs and cheese sticks.  



Monday, February 2, 2015