Product Review: Personalized Christmas Stockings

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One of my most treasured pieces of Christmas decorations are my personalized stockings for each member of my family.

Aren’t these just adorable? I just picked up my last one for the baby, which now completes my collection.

The stockings are well-made, there are 11 character choices, and the best part has been that the collection has been available over the last 5 years, so that I have been able to add a matching one for each of my babies over the years.

The trick is to order this on Walmart.com. The item actually ships from www.PersonalCreations.com but you get the Walmart price! Don’t we love deals?

Choose the ‘Ship to Store’ option for *FREE* in-store pick up at your nearest Walmart. The closest Walmart is less than 10 minutes away from my home, so it wasn’t a big deal at all to pick it up and save on shipping costs. I’m not a Walmart shopper, so I like that I can go straight to the pick-up counter, grab my things and head out.

To order your personalized snow cap stockings, click here.

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Amazing Face Wash in Your Baby’s Bathroom!

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Happy Monday, Guys!

So, I just got the baby down for his morning nap and the older two are playing with their toys, so I just had to share with you guys a beauty a hack I discovered a week ago.

I completely stumbled on this by accident. I was in the shower and my normal face wash wasn’t in my shower, so I looked around for the next best thing. I saw a bottle of my baby’s Burt’s Bees Shampoo & Wash and thought to myself, “well, that should be gentle enough for the face.”

Oh. Em. Gee.

It is awesome. I’ve been using it on my face ever since! It smells great and it is extremely mild so it leaves my face clean yet not dry. I haven’t had any breakouts or dry patches. And why should it? It’s designed for babies so it makes sense.

It’s literally the best thing ever.

I will mention that I tend to have dry skin and so with my skin type, it works fantastic. I’m not sure if it would be strong enough for those with oily skin but definitely worth a try.

Anyway, I’ve included a photo of my bare face. I’m not wearing any powder or foundation. I took a quick selfie while on a hike in Northern Arizona this past week 🙂

I try to take care of my skin and will test out different things occasionally. I’m picky about what I use on my face and usually use the same few products. Who would have thought I’d be sharing products with my baby boys. Oh, how life is unexpected!

Baby wash for my face was a total surprise. If you try it out, I would love to hear how it works for you. Enjoy!

 

I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that are mentioned. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

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Quick Tips for Looking Refreshed Even When You’re Not

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And so the viral bug is circulating in our home.

My preschooler was the first to catch it which is how it usually goes. He goes to school, picks up germs and then voila, he’s “spreading the love”. As usual, I am typically the first victim so here I am, with my Rudolf nose completely chaffed, dry cough, puffy eyes and heavy head. What I really want to do is curl up in the fetal position in a corner and just get some rest. But no can do…I’m a mom, sucka!

Anyway, I have to miraculously become presentable by tomorrow for my husband’s office holiday party. Where is Cinderella’s fairy godmother with her bippity boppitty boo when you really need her? I guess I’m on my own this time.

The good news is, all of this has inspired me to share some of my quick tips on how to look refreshed when you really need it:

  1. Keep it Pink. When you’re already looking flushed, it’s better to just run with it. I like to use corals and pinks in my makeup pallet to compliment my already pinkish undertones from just feeling sick. At least on the bright side I have some naturally rosy cheeks going.
  2. Brighten the Eyes. Creams, pinks and golden hues brighten tired eyes. Opt out of using really dark colors and going overly smokey. My own personal trick for day-time is to dab some of my blush right over my eyelids. It easily brightens the eyes, and the cheeks and eyes make a nice cohesive look together. I also opt for my eyeliner that instantly makes my tired eyes come to life.
  3. Moisturize. My mom looks at least a decade younger than her age and I can tell you as long as I can remember, she’s moisturized day and night. She would make sure both my sis and I were lotioned up every single day. To this day, if there is one thing I will not go without, it’s my moisturizer. I am currently using Kiehl’s products for my face which I’ve been happy with. It has limited chemicals which is important to me and moisturizes well for my dry and t-zoned skin. I use Vanicream for my all-over body moisturizer. In fact, my entire krew (I call us the KetAnisha Krew…I know, cheesy but I love it) uses Vanicream.
  4. Throw on Some Accessories. A necklace, earrings, watch…whatever you enjoy wearing (sometimes a sentimental piece of jewelry) can just make you look put together. It doesn’t have to match your clothes perfectly, but the extra few seconds to throw on a little bling will bring everything together.
  5. Keep Smiling. Confidence is #1. Keeping a positive attitude and smiling can even make you forget momentarily how tired or sick you really are. There are days that I’m whining and cranky like a child (my husband can vouch for that), but I actually physically feel so much better when I decide to ditch the droop and keep a can-do attitude. The mind truly is a powerful tool.

Tomorrow is going to take some magic for the holiday party, but I’m up for the challenge seeing as how excited the hubs is to make it to this annual event. Happy Friday and have a fresh and fabulous weekend!

 

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How To Make Mondays Less Manic

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Hope you and yours had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday!

The baby and I were happy to have Daddy and big brother home for almost a week. We also had a house full of family visiting from out of town, which makes any holiday a bit warmer. The daily chaos, disrupted bedtimes, late mornings, frequent excursions and overindulging in sugar is now coming to an abrupt halt.

Normally, I’d be panicking. I’d be twirling around my house like a tornado trying to prepare for getting back into the grind. After experiencing one too many stressful Mondays, I finally invested some time and minimal expenses into getting more organized and tone down the chaos a few notches. It has made life much easier and even after almost a week of crazy, I’m feeling prepared for getting right back into the swing of things come Monday morning.

Here are a few tips on how to get organized for weekday success.

  1. Organize school clothes for the week. If you have a toddler or preschool age kiddo, you have more than likely experienced power struggles over choosing clothes. Heck, even I waste more time than I’d like to admit trying to choose my own clothes in the mornings. Nevertheless, I finally found an awesome Daily Clothes Organizer that allows me to choose outfits for the entire week and still put a little fun into the whole process of getting ready. Athletic clothes go in the PE day cubbies. Any other items that he needs to take to school, for example, on “Sharing Day” goes in the cubby as well.  My guy likes reading the day of the week, pulling out his clothes and getting ready all by himself. Phewf.
  2. Decide on a packed lunch menu for the week . We now have a chalkboard menu of packed lunch ideas to cut the thinking out on mornings. I don’t always follow the menu for the week, but it still helps having options listed in a visible area to provide ideas. Also, all packed lunch items are placed in designated areas in the kitchen and pantry to avoid having to scavenge when we’re working against the clock.IMG-20151029-WA0001
  3. Have a grab and go station in your home. We have an area by the garage door that has all grab and go items needed before jetting off. Chapstick, sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, backpacks, laptop bags, diaper bag, and shoes are all in one spot. This makes the last few steps before loading up the car move along quickly.IMG_20151129_233342822
  4. Have a “catch all” hamper. We have a two-story home with the laundry room on the second floor. My older one likes to come down in his PJs and get ready downstairs. This means his PJs need to go back upstairs but who has time to run up and down the stairs in the morning? Also, having an 8 month old means we collect lots of soiled burp cloths, receiving blankets, and toys throughout the day too. So a perfect solution for not having piles of random items laying around (which means constant clean up) is to have a “catch all” hamper. We take this upstairs at the end of the night and empty it in the laundry room in one trip. This helps keep the downstairs somewhat clean-er.
  5. Keep extracurricular activity bags ready. If there are items that are needed for after school activities, keep those bags ready to go. For example, my son has swim class once a week. Instead of putting his swim trunks and towel back in the drawer after laundry day, they go right back in the tote. The tote stays in the grab and go station by our garage door (revert back to #3). I even throw in some packaged snacks in the tote itself so my guy has something to munch on after class and it’s one less thing I have to remember to grab.
  6. Stock up on necessary grocery items. If you’re running low or completely out of go-to foods in your kitchen, make sure these are replenished by Sunday night. This is most important for breakfast and packed lunches. We have a magnetic wipe-board on the side of our fridge. When something is emptied or frighteningly low (we have a picky eater on our hands so some things we just can’t live without), it gets written on the board. The person going to the grocery store takes a picture of the list on his/her phone, which then becomes a mobile shopping list. Items are then wiped off when the kitchen is restocked upon returning from the grocery store excursion.IMG_20151130_240607461
  7. Keep baby essentials at arm’s length. I love baskets. It might be a bit of an obsession, but I have baskets all over my house to attempt at staying organized. I have three baskets in my family room: 1. A basket filled with burp cloths and receiving blankets. 2. A basket with diapers and all other diaper changing items. 3. A basket full of small, portable toys and books. When I need to grab a few items on my way out the door, I don’t have to go searching. Most of the things that I need for a quick trip are easily accessible. I also keep the diaper bag filled with wipes, diapers and change of clothes, so there’s less I need to replenish with every trip.
  8. Have a box in your car for emergency items. Keep a basket or box in your trunk that holds any emergency items: sweatshirts, hats, umbrellas, undies, etc. Having this little security blanket in the car is helpful for any last minute disasters. Check out other related tips on the I Am Mall-Mom blog post.

Finding new ways to simplify mornings is a work in progress, but these recent updates have definitely been a time saver and sanity saver too. Happy (Cyber) Monday!

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