January BumpBox

January BumpBox Time! Here’s what came this month…

Mighty Clean Baby Disposable Placemats

I was happy to get these this month! My sister used these like crazy when my nieces were little. This package comes with 4 disposable placements that have an adhesive on the back so you can place these anywhere. I’m excited to keep these in the diaper bag for future use!

Itzy Ritzy Travel Happens Sealed Wet Bag

This is FOR SURE going in my diaper bag ASAP. This zippered bag is a cotton exterior and the interior is a water resistant lining. It can be used for wet or dry clothing, diapers, cloth diapers, swimwear, you name it! It’s also machine washable. They come in several different patters and sizes. We are going to get a lot of use out of this in our house.

Water Wipes

I’ve heard great things about Water Wipes! I’m excited to have these and to use. This comes with a pack of ten wipes. I can’t decide if I’ll keep these in the diaper bag or I might hold on to them to use in case Anderson experiences diaper rash or skin irritation. We’ll see, either way, these will for sure be used! We go through more wipes than we do anything.

Yorba Organics Baby Lotion Kalahari Melon Oil

I love this already because it’s 100% natural and doesn’t contain my dreaded mineral oil! I’m loving the current lotion we are using on Anderson’s skin but once I use that up, I will definitely give this a try!

Green Sprouts Flip Top Sippy Cup

I’ve received several Green Sprouts products through BumpBox and I love them all! We haven’t really  ventured into sippy cups yet but I’m glad to have this one on hand for when we do!

The Berkeley Bag

This is cool because it’s a reusable shopping bag that has an attached area that holds cash, cards, change, receipts, or anything else you might need to carry with you in a wallet. I’m not sure how much I will use the wallet like portion but I will or sure use the re-usable shopping bag portion.

 

I’m happy with this month’s box, it’s not the best box I’ve received but definitely filled with products we will use 🙂

 

 

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January Ipsy Bag

Alright y’all! Ipsy bag time! I’m pretty excited about this months products. There’s a few brands that I’ve tried before and some newbies. Let’s jump right in!

Initial thoughts..this color looks beautiful! I love a lip stain but they usually dry out my lips. Just by swatching it on my hand, it is so smooth and creamy! It did dry down and has stayed put on my hand. I’m really interested to see how this holds up on the lips. I’m ready to put this through the ringer to see how it holds up!

By now, yall know that I love a good mask but, I’m usually not a fan of anything that exfoliates my face. I just find that that the exfoliants are too rough for my facial skin but I will give this one a try. It says that it’s a gentle and good for sensitive skin so maybe it won’t be too rough for me. It is made with kaolin clay, coconut and avocado oils, and Vitamin C. This masque is designed to purify pores, absorb excess oils, nourish, and get skin glowing. We’ll see! I have two other masks that I’m trying to use up so I’ll be adding this into the rotation soon.

Serums have become a staple item in my skincare routine over the past couple years. I’m currently using one by Burt’s Bees and I really love it but I’m interested to give this one a try. This serum has argan stem cells that are designed to hydrate the skin and provide the skin with vitamins and minerals. It is supposed to help with how the skin regenerates as well as restore firmness and elasticity. This all sounds great to me! I’m excited to try it out.

I’ve tried Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics before so I’m excited to try this shadow out. There were two color options that were sent out, bikini or Sangria. Out of the two, I’m definitely happy with getting Bikini, it’s a more wearable color for me. The Sangria shade looked beautiful but was not a color I tend to gravitate towards for daily looks. Bikini is a beautiful bronze metallic shimmer that will be beautiful for summer! Excited to add this into my make up collection. The formula feels so smooth and buttery. It looks like it will be a great for blending and will have very little fall out!

YESSSSSSSSSS!!! I LOVE the Mary-Lou Manizer! I had this before I used every last bit that I could scrape out of the pan. I’m so excited to have another one! This a gorgeous warm honey highlight that looks great on the eye, cheekbones, down the nose…anywhere that you want to highlight, you can’t go wrong with this. It has a slight shimmer but not too much and is just one of the most perfect highlighters on the market. If you need a highlighter, this one is fantastic.

 

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this month’s bag. I’m always excited to get skincare and got products from some great brands! Keep checking back to see how these products check out!

 

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Christmas Shopping In January?

Ok so this post is about Christmas shopping. I know, I know it’s January. We just had Christmas and we are a full calendar year away from next Christmas. But my secret to Christmas shopping starts in January!

 

I buy Christmas gifts pretty much all year long. I keep an eye out for things, especially for my mom, sister, and in laws all the time. As I find things, I tuck them away in a specific place. Come thanksgiving, I’ll pull everything and evaluate what I have and then even out  anyone I’m short for. This makes Christmas and really any holiday or birthday so much less stressful! Most of the time I just end up having to fully shop for just a couple of people or pick up just a couple odds and ends to even things out.

 

With that said, I’m an avid online shopper and I have four websites that are serious game changers when it comes to gift giving. I’ve purchased gifts from these sites for any and all types of events that involve gifts. These sites have helped me to purchase gifts year around so that I’m not scrambling at Christmas time to get everyone crossed off my list as well as get some great quality products for fractions of what I would normally pay. Now, I might be stating the obvious with these websites but these sites are serious gift giving game changers (and for my own person purchases 😉 )

Jane.com and Groopdealz.com are my two all time favorite places to shop online. They are both similar in their concepts which is why I’ve listed them together. Basically, Jane and Groopdealz are flash sale style sites that contain anything and everything that you might have on a Pinterest board. These sites contain clothing, home décor, accessories, beauty products, and just about anything else you can think of. I go to these sites without a set agenda. I scroll through the main pages looking for anything and everything or scroll through their specific categories if there happens to be something specific I’m looking for. I’m able to knock out gifts for any of the ladies in my life, my son, my nieces and even find gifts for men. (Who here thinks men are the hardest people in the world to shop for?!) Overall, these two sites are my most visited pages on my computer and phone. (They both have apps!!)

Zulilly.com is similar to Jane and Groopdealz in the sense that it’s another flash sale style site. Zulilly is different in the sense that these are going to contain sales from more popular name brands where Jane and Groopdealz are going to be smaller more independent retailers. Zuilily has just about any item and brand you could think of and the deals really can’t be beat! I have purchased expensive, name brand items for fraction of the costs. Now, the only draw back can be shipping times. Shipping can vary greatly on Zulilly so if you need something in a pinch, I would suggest looking elsewhere but If you aren’t worried about a timeline, Zulily is great for gift purchases!

Amazon.com…ok this one is super obvious but seriously, how did any of us shop online before Amazon?! They literally have EVERYTHING. If you can’t find it on Amazon, it does not exist. You can be super specific in the items you are looking for or you can just do a general search and literally have hundreds results to look through. I love Amazon when I’m trying to find anything and everything. I’ve even started keeping a wish list of items for myself. I’m terrible at telling people what to buy me for my birthday or Christmas so I’m keeping a wish list so that I’m able to give it to friends and family if they ask what to give me as a gift.

These are my go-to sites for gifting and personal shopping. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite places to shop are! Leave me some suggestions in the comments below 🙂

I’m always looking for new and fun places to shop!

2018: The No Buy Year

 

After months of putting off organizing my newly remodeled bathroom, I finally got some organizing containers and stayed up until midnight sorting, organizing, and cleaning out the abundance of products that I have been hoarding!

When we unexpectedly had to remodel our bathroom, I was 5-6 months pregnant and completely overwhelmed! We went away to visit my family for Christmas and were having our bedroom floors refinished while we were out of town. We came back to the contractor saying that something didn’t look right underneath our master bathroom. After further investigation, turns out our shower had not been properly sealed and had been leaking pretty much the whole 10 years that we had been living in the house. Every support beam holding up our bathroom was completely damaged and needed to be replaced. This was only validated when my husbands foot literally went through the tile floor when he got out of the shower one morning. We took this as an opportunity to remodel the bathroom! Which normally, I would be ecstatic about but the damage was so extensive that within 48 hours, our bathroom was just a gaping hole in our house. To top it off, of course there was mold from the water leaking for 10 + years so being pregnant, I couldn’t even walk into our bedroom to get our items out.

The contractors had to tear out the existing bathroom as soon as possible which meant they also did the cleaning out of all of our personal items. Let’s just say our house looked like a combination of Hoarders and Extreme Home Make Over. Being the Type A personality that I am, y’all can imagine that my anxiety was through the roof! On top of living in a construction zone, being pregnant, and completely drowning in work at my job, I left most of the designing and remodeling to my Husband. My only requirement was that we add additional storage. Other than that, I gave my Husband complete freedom with the bathroom design. Which again, for this Type A girl, was not an easy task for me to do but he came through big time!

Our new bathroom has been great and was finished JUST in time for us to get moved back in and be ready for Baby! But since we cut the timeline pretty close, I didn’t have a chance to do much organizing and then baby arrived and everything just got pushed off to the wayside. Finally a couple of weeks ago, I was determined to get everything into a rightful place. As I was sorting and organizing I was able to take an inventory of the amount of beauty products that I have. I wasn’t even aware that I had back up upon back ups of items and other things I never even knew I had! I love trying all kinds of products so I decided to use 2018 as a Year Of No Buy!

A Year of No Buy? What does that even mean?

What it means is, that I won’t be purchasing any beauty products unless I am totally out and don’t have a comparable product to use. This will allow me to thoroughly use up and review products and maybe find some new holy grail items! The only time I will purchase a product is if I don’t have anything else that will do the job. For example, I’m on my last can of hairspray. So once I use up the last of this can, I will purchase more because I don’t have anything else in my collection that is hairspray related. And let’s be real, I’m a proper southern girl and we don’t function without a can of hairspray in our bathroom cabinets at all times.

My one exception will be my subscription boxes, Ipsy and Bumpbox. I will continue to receive these mainly because it would be too complicated to try and suspend them and I really, really look forward to getting them each month. So it’s my one treat for myself. 🙂

I’m really excited to for this challenge and to work through the products that are in my bathroom!

December BumpBox

Y’all…what did we do before subscription boxes? Seriously, I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting my subscription boxes in the mail every month. One of my favorite ones is BumpBox!

My mom ordered me a subscription to BumpBox at the beginning of my pregnancy. I had never heard of Bumpbox so when it showed up on my door step I was so excited and I realized what it was.

 

BumpBox is a curated subscription box that caters to you and your pregnancy. But the exciting thing is, you can continue to receive BumpBox even after you little one has arrived! Each box that I received during pregnancy was designed for the stages of pregnancy. For example, the first box I received had things to ease morning sickness but by the end of my pregnancy, I was getting foot soaks and other items to help calm your mind and body for final weeks before baby arrived.

Now, I get items that are related to Anderson’s growth and development as well as feel good items for me! This months box contained Mom feel good items! Let’s jump into this months box…

First up….Glow Organics 9 Charcoal Face and Body Mask. I’m so excited about this! I love a good mask and charcoal masks are my favorite. I can’t wait to give this a try. I’ve been sent other Glow Organics products in previous boxes and have really enjoyed them. My only complaint with Glow Organics is so superficial, I hate to even mention it but the packaging! It’s so big and bulky. Granted, you get a ton of product which is great but I have a hard time find places to store them that’s convenient so I remember to use their products.

 

This mask is said to be a detoxifying mask for the face and body that keeps your skin glowing! The mask contains charcoal and avocado oil that clear away impurities and also exfoliates. The Glow Organics 9 Charcoal Face and Body Mask is $24.99.

 

Glow Organcis 9 Charcoal Mask

 

I love a good up of coffee or tea and this months box is only adding to my addiction. This month comes with Earth Mama Peaceful Mama Tea. The Peaceful Mama Tea is a chamomile and red raspberry blend that aids with stress and insomnia. I’ve had the Earth Mama Milk Maid Tea and really liked it so I’m excited to try this one….especially since… the next item was….

 

Bumplife “Tired As A Mother” Mug! This mug is ADORABLE and I immediately rinsed it out and used it! It’s actually smaller size mug than I’m used to but I found that I really enjoyed the size of it. I was able to brew 8oz of coffee comfortably and still have enough room for my splash of creamer and almond milk. I foresee this mug and I becoming good friends. ❤️

 

Earth Mama Peaceful Mama Tea is $5.99

Earth Mama Peaceful Mama Tea

 

The Bumplife mug is $9.99, however, I’ve searched the internet and can’t find this exact mug 🙁 but I have linked to Bumplife’s website. They have lots of fun pregnancy products to check out!

Bump Life

 

Who doesn’t love a good candle? I do that’s for sure! I can’t get enough candles so when I saw No. 6 Soy Candle I did a happy dance. It’s in the scent lavender which means it will be finding a home in my bathroom. Lavender is my favorite sent to burn when I’m able to take a relaxing bath.

 

Again, I couldn’t find a link for the exact candle provided in the box but I have linked to the parent company for the brand.

Aroma Naturals

 

I was intrigued when I saw the Berkley Spray in the box and reached for it first. It’s a idea neutralizing spray that’s organic and safe to use around baby! It comes with a spritzer and I immediately screwed it in and went to the nursery! I sprayed down the crib and the bathroom and I have to say, this stuff really works! It doesn’t have an odor itself but it did completely take away and odors that were in Anderson’s room! Can I buy this stuff in bulk?! I want to have a bottle in every room!

 

Berkley Spray is $7.99

Berkley Green Baby Odor Nursery Remover

 

The last main item in the box this month are Bumplife Hair Ties! I LOVE these kinds of hair ties and you won’t find me without one these days. Again, sadly, I couldn’t find the exact ones I received but I’ve linked to a great alternative from Amazon.

 

Kenz Laurenz Elastic Pony Tail Holders

 

The last couple items that were in this months BumpBox are considered bonus items! Usually, BumpBox includes coupon codes or discounts for other items and this month was no different 🙂 This month included a $10 off and $40 purchase with Glow Organics as well as a code for a free gift with Parabo Press. The last bonus item was a Laughing Giraffe Snackaroon. I had actually tried these before so it was a fun surprise to see! Laughing Giraffe is an organic, plant based, gluten-free, all natural snack company with lots of different products. And they are DELICIOUS! They are a great healthy snack.

 

The Laughing Giraffe

 

Overall, I’m so happy with the month’s box and ready to dig into these products! Keep checking back to see updates for how these products worked out!

 

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My Online Shopping Secret!

As the holidays are quickly approaching, I have one and only one shopping secret…

So what is Ebates.com? Ebates.com is a website that offers rebates when you purchase from various online retailers. For the longest time I thought it was some gimmicky to good to be true website that sends you a million emails and takes time to actually be beneficial. The truth…it’s incredibly easy and beneficial as soon as you start using it! It’s officially the only way I do any type of online shopping and I’m kicking myself for not figuring it out sooner!

How does it work? So you sign up with Ebates.com. You fill out the normal account information and boom…you’re ready to go. Take it one step further and install the Ebates tool bar to your browser and 99% of the guess work is done for you. The tool bar feature will activate for any online store you visit that is contracted with Ebates. Ebates notifies you of any potential rebates. Also, if there are any coupon codes that are active on the website, Ebates will scan through your cart and apply any applicable codes to your cart!

Once you’ve conducted all your shopping, just simply complete your purchase and Ebates does the rest! Your rebate will automatically be applied to your Ebates account and once the cycle closes out, they send you a check for your rebates..YES a real life check! Or you can opt to have the payment sent to your PayPal account or sent to someone else. Payments are sent 4 times a year, May, August, November, and February. You have to have a minimum of $5.00 in rebates in order to receive you payment. If you do not have $5.00 in your rebate account, the balance will continue to roll over and will pay out once you have accumulated $5.00.

So what’s the catch? Seriously…no catch! Ebates has tons of different stores and tons of different rebate percentages. The retailers pay Ebates a commission for sending customers to their stores and Ebates then splits the commission with you. The percentage varies from store to store and can also vary daily. I have received rebates as small as 1% and as high as 12%. Even at 1%, if you are an avid online shopper like me, it adds up quickly. There is also a referral program where you received $25.00 per person that signs up through your referral and they will receive $10.00. In less that two months, I’ve received almost $30.00 is rebates that I have deposited straight back into my bank account. Ebates.com is the first thing I consult when doing any and all online shopping.

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