Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Still searching...

...for the perfect moisturizer which I am convinced doesn't exist.

Joyal Beauty once again has sent me a new cream to try! I have already reviewed Joyal Beauty Retinol Cream and Joyal Beauty Brightening Cream to mixed results. This time I am trying the Hyaluronic Acid Cucumber Moisturizer.





I actually really like this one. It's still a little sticky as the other ones are but I haven't broken out at all! The smell isn't as intense as the other products, either. 

This has been AMAZING for my under eye puffiness and dark circles. It's made my face and neck incredibly soft and I can definitely see a difference over just a two week period. *This* is the Joyal Beauty product I would recommend to everyone!

If you would like to try it yourself, you can check it out on Amazon.com for $18.95!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Washing Machines and Homeowner Dreams

I have a slight obsession with home renovation/decoration shows. 

It is almost worse than my slight obsession with true crime shows.

Almost.

The next goal on my list is to be a first time homeowner. We never really thought about owning a home while my husband was serving in the Navy because we never knew where we would be moving next.

But now, we have pretty much decided where we want to settle and have been looking for houses and going over options.

It's going to be a long process.

That hasn't stopped me from daydreaming about alllll of the things I would love to have in my home.

1st thing? LG’s TwinWash and Sidekick system.


Do you KNOW how many times my kids needed just their uniform/just one shirt/just these pants washed at 11pm after all of the laundry has been done? Way too many. I would have LOVED to have this washer under a washer when they were younger! My husband is always bringing me stuff to just throw in after the washer is full, still! My favorite feature is that I can throw in a smaller load underneath the mega capacity load and get it all done! Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?!

I know, but I'm a simple girl living in a simple world and awesome washing machines make me giddy. I've been on Best Buy all day, dreaming away. While I was there, I found that right now, you can save up to $500 on select LG laundry packages, if you click here! 

What are some of the things you dream about having in a brand new house?


The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.







Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Time Marches On..

Having grown up children, one who is living on his own, has been....different.

I say different because I still feel like mom, I still talk like mom, I still act like mom, but I'm not cleaning noses, or yelling about cleaning rooms, or taking inedible things out of toddlers' hands.

Those are the things I used to fret over. Some accident or random thing was going to happen to my children so I had to watch them every single second of every single day. 

The things I fret over today, however, are very different. I still fear accidents and randoms, but mostly it's I hope they're wearing their seatbelt, I hope work/school went ok, are they eating enough? Is everything ok in their personal life? Are they struggling quietly and privately (just like good ole mom) and too proud to tell me? 

And on..and on...and on....

You never really stop being mom, it just changes. 

And now, with my second child about to free fall into the world, I am beginning to feel the wind of the empty nest storm moving in.

Worry and pacing the floors at all hours of the night has always been part of my job, so to speak, but now I can't just crack the door open and look at the most wonderful part of my life, laying there sleeping soundly.

I feel a tornado, a hurricane, a tsunami coming. I already know I am going to be a mess, so I just embrace it. It's part of life, right?

To remind myself, and because I have more money now (one of the perks of kids growing up), I have been treating myself to little trinkets here and there. Things I probably would have bought for myself when I was younger but was funneling all of my money into diapers, clothes, and toys. 

I found this necklace on Soul Soup Treasures for a reminder to stay strong, that the weather isn't always going to go my way, and tomorrow is another day and I want to be around to see it. 



Parenting is never easy, regardless of your child's age, but if you can hold on while the wind whips around you, when the rain just keeps coming down, when you feel like everything has been washed away and you're drowning in the sea of worry, just remind yourself that the sun will come back and the rain clouds will retreat... 

It's just a matter of time.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Diamond Baby Swaddle Blankets

Today, I am reviewing Diamond Baby Swaddle Blankets, Diamonds and stripes design.




I know, I know. It's been a long, LONG time since I have needed any swaddle blankets. My children are all grown up at 21 and 19...and I don't think I'm going to get any grandbabies any time soon (but that's a blog for another day). However, I do have at least one baby left...


                                     and he loves them!

After I opened the nicely packed box, I began to spread the blankets across the chair to see how they looked. I barely opened the second one and Cat Damon had already snuggled up on it. These lovely organic cotton and muslin blankets are made very well!  They are very light and the material is super soft! 







 I found them to be a great bargain, as well. They are definitely soft and airy, perfect for warmer weather (that gets here soon, hopefully). They are so versatile, you can find all kinds of different uses for them. I love the striped design, especially. The colors look so great together, I could use it for a scarf! 


 I am constantly amazed by all of the new things they think up for babies every day. It's nice to see that the best things are still around and getting better and better!

You can purchase a pack of two yourself for only $14.99 on Amazon Enter code BYLXXORZ for 10% off!