Friday, February 19, 2016

First Birthday Gifts for Girls

If you are looking for some gift ideas for a girls first birthday, here are some ideas...
1) A baby doll-You really can't go wrong with a baby doll. You can buy any kind just make sure that it doesn't have little pieces that they can choke on. 
2) Minnie Mouse Shopping Cart- Since Aubrey isn't walking yet this isn't the best gift for right now but once she starts walking I know she will love it.
3) That's not my fairy- this is a great book. It has touch and feel and is a short book that keeps their attention.
4) Minnie Mouse Airplane- This is a great toy that they will want to play with for awhile. If they are learning to walk they can push it or if they know how to walk they can ride on it. 
5) Shape sorter- this gift seems like a simple and possible boring gift but Aubrey loves it. 
6) You also can't go wrong with an adorable girl outfit!
All of these items except for the Baby Gap outfit can be found on Amazon. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Makeup Routine

I am finally starting to get a good QUICK makeup routine down.  Before I was a mom I spent more time than I should have getting ready but now my routine is 45 min from shower to out the door. I am usually able to do this while Aubrey is taking her morning nap and Brady is eating breakfast and watching Mickey. 

This is my quick and easy makeup routine...
1) Face Finishing Moisturizer tint by Perricone MD-I love this stuff! On days when I don't leave the house I just put this stuff on.
2)Urban Decay Naked Makeup- I used to use Makeup Forever but lately I have been feeling like it is too thick on my face, so my cousin suggested I try this foundation out and so far I love it. It doesn't go on too thick but still has enough coverage for my uneven skin tone.
3) BareMinerals concealer- This concealer goes on great. Doesn't cake under the eyes and stays on!
4) Laura Mercier- Eye Basic stick in Linen- You can us this as an eye primer or to add a little color.
5) Nars blush in Orgasm- This color looks great on everyone!
6) Dior Addict Lip Glow- This lip gloss is great for everyday wear. It adds gloss and enhances your natural lip color.
7) Mascara - I am always changing up my mascara but I tend to like the drugstore brands the best. I an using Maybelline right now.
8) Urban Decay Makeup Setting spray- I like to set it all with this Urban Decay spray.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ONE Year Old Is What You Are!!!

Sweet baby Aubrey is already 1! This has seriously been the fastest year ever and her birthday party turned out sweet and adorable just like our sweet baby girl. Since the party was at our house we wanted to keep it smaller, with our closest family and friends. 

When I started planning her party I knew I wanted to incorporate the colors pink and gold, so while searching for party ideas I came across the theme Twinkle Twinkle and loved it.

Because her birthday is right after Christmas I ran out of time to create everything myself so I ordered the signs and invitations through OllieandLulu on etsy. 

I LOVED how her cake turned out and it was soooooo easy. I used a box confetti cake mix and 2 small round cake pans. Then I used a rose tip for the frosting and made circles to create the big roses and sprinkled with star sprinkles that I found at Hobby Lobby. 

The beautiful birthday girl opening her presents.

Happy Birthday my sweet little girl!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Our Sweet Baby Girl

I'm BACK :)...It has been a very very very long time since I last posted and a LOT has happened since then. 

To start out...our sweet baby girl was born last January 7th. She was born at 5:45 pm and perfectly healthy and happy, just a petite little thing at a little over 5lbs. She has been a bright spot in our lives, with her sweet smiles and happy disposition. 

She was really cold when she was born so they had to wrapped her up as much as possible. 

We got some great new born photos taken by Jill Marson...
Sweet big brother and Lil sis photo

Such a sweet face! I can't believe she is already 1..ahhh. I will post on her 1st birthday and sweet nursery soon. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to make your home GREENER!

Here are a few products that I use to make our home healthier and chemical free!  A great website to use if you aren't sure about the products that you are using in your home is

1. Green Shield Organic   It was created by a dad on a mission to protect families from harmful chemicals found in most cleaning products. They manufacture the only line of USDA Certified Organic Laundry and Dish Detergents and Spray and Specialty Cleaners in the country.  
  You can find this cleaning brand in several grocery stores or online. Disclaimer...if you are shopping online, Amazon prices are way higher than anywhere else. On Green Shields website these wipes are $4.99 but on Amazon they are around $32.00!!!   To learn more about Green Shield and to see all of their many eco-friendly products go to

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar


Another great good ol' cleaner to use around the house is baking soda and distilled white vinegar. You can use this combination for anything from unclogging drains to an All-Purpose cleaner. There are tons of recipes on Pinterest, and the best part about this cleaning concoction is that it's CHEAP!!! A "Reader's Digest 5 best Baking Soda and Vinegar recipes"... .

Happy Cleaning!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top ten cleaning products to NEVER use...

Top ten cleaning products to NEVER use...

Are you using the same old toxic cleaners that have been in your pantry since you owned your own home and started making it spic-n-span? What most of people don't realize is how many toxic chemicals are in our everyday household cleaners and how hazardous they are to our families health and environment. Another interesting fact about household cleaners is that the industry is largely unregulated and companies aren't required to include ingredient lists for cleaning products, like they are for food, drugs, and personal care products and the companies are taking advantage of this. 

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner- this all-purpose cleaner from Simple Green contains 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent known to damage red blood cells and irritate eyes. Despite its “non-toxic” claims on its labeling, this all-purpose cleaner also contains a secret blend of alcohol ethoxylate surfactants; some chemicals in this family are banned in the European Union.

Scrubbing Bubbles-Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner & Extend-A-Clean Mega Shower Foamer-These products contain chemicals banned in the European Union including DEGBE, which can irritate and inflame the lungs. 

Easy-off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner Aerosol Spray- The chemicals in this cleaner can burn your skin and eyes. The label states to avoid eyes, skin, mucous membranes and clothing. Something this dangerous should not be found in your home. 

Target's Up & Up Cleaners- This brand of toilet bowl cleaner, glass and surface wipes list no ingredients whatsoever. I feel like they have something bad that they are hiding...what do you think?

Lysol Disinfectant Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Lime and Rust Remover-  This toilet bowl cleaner from Lysol even states on the label that it is “harmful or fatal if swallowed”. The label also suggests wearing safety goggles as a bit of this acidic concoction can cause “irreversible damage” to eyes. So not worth a clean toilet.

Ajax, Dynamo and Fab Ultra Liquid Laundry Detergents- How do you feel about washing your clothes in formaldehyde...that's what I thought. Leave it off you shopping list.

Comet Disinfectant Cleanser Powder- This product has one hundred and forty six different chemicals!  Some of the chemicals are known to cause cancer, asthma and reproductive disorders. The most toxic of the chemicals found, including formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform and toluene, are not listed on the label.

Citra-Solv Cleaner & Degreaser- This cleaner and degreaser is made from d-limonene and orange oils from citrus peels. Sounds innocent, but when sprayed into the air these oils can react with trace levels of ozone air pollution to form ultra-fine particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs.

Clorox, Fantastik, Febreze, Formula 409, Easy-Off, Lysol, Mr. Clean and Spic and Span- Many of these brand name spray cleaners are laced with ingredients that cause asthma, including quaternary ammonium compounds or ethanolamine. These products spray these dangerous chemicals directly into home's air.

DampRid Mildew Stain Remover Plus BlockerThis bathroom cleaner contains up to 10 percent of a toxic solvent called 2-butoxyethanol. Canada only allows this chemical’s use in non-aerosol cleaners up to 6 percent. As if that wasn’t enough of a hazardous toxin for one cleaning product, this product also includes nonylphenol ethoxylate, a chemical prohibited in cleaners in the European Union.

Once you know the ingredients, you should avoid these seven:
  • 2-butoxyethanol (or ethylene glycol monobutyl ether) and other glycol ethers
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates (some common ones are: nonyl- and octylphenol ethoxylates, or non- and octoxynols)
  • Dye (companies often hide chemical information behind this word; when it's unknown, it's safer to skip it)
  • Ethanolamines (common ones to look out for are: mono-, di-, and tri-ethanolamine)
  • Fragrance
  • Pine or citrus oil (on smoggy or high ozone days, compounds in the oils can react with ozone in the air to form the carcinogenic chemical formaldehyde)
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (look out for these: alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC), benzalkonium chloride, and didecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride)