Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mother's Day Pictures!

So one of the perks of having a good friend as a photographer - she volunteers to take awesome photos of you!

My friend Kelly took some pictures for all of the moms in our life group. It was so kind and so great, especially since I don't have many pictures of just me and P. 

Patrick definitely enjoyed getting his picture taken and was a very good sport!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag!

If my pre-baby purse collection was any indication of what my diaper bag obsession would become, I should have been more than prepared. The simple fact is I just adore a good bag. I was such a purse person before, and since having a baby I am now a diaper bag kind of gal.

My "baby" is 17 months and I still carry around a diaper bag filled with things. I have a couple different styles that I rotate depending on my mood and what adventures the day holds. Probably 90% of my mommy friends have backpack diaper bags. Granted, most of my mommy friends have more than one child, so I never thought about having a backpack bag for P. I thought "next baby, I'm going to try a backpack!"

Well, I got the opportunity to try the Skip Hop Forma Backpack Diaper Bag and I am extremely thankful because now I am officially a backpack gal. With a toddler who only knows one speed, super fast, it is so great to throw a backpack on and have both hands 100% free to wrangle the speedy little one.

A couple brilliant things stuck out to me about the Skip Hop Forma Backpack:

1.) It comes with two insulated packing coolers. These are perfect for keeping snacks cool while we are out and about. With a toddler, I find myself constantly carrying more snacks, so it is incredibly nice to have a specific section of my diaper bag dedicated just to this. The sides have insulated bottle pockets which are also super convenient.

2.) It has a very spacious interior. If you know me, you know that my bags weigh a thousand pounds because I am always carrying a variety of things. Well, the Skip Hop Forma Backpack has a ton of extra space. I am able to keep everything contained by zipping the backpack up, which helps because then I don't have any random items spilling over and falling out.

3.) It has the Skip Hop stroller clips. One thing I love about my Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag are the stroller clips. Being able to clip the diaper bag directly on the stroller is life changing, as I am constantly digging in my bag for something. You can clip your backpack on your stroller for direct and easy access.

4.) The changing pad pocket doubles as a laptop holder for traveling. We have a vacation coming up and I am so looking forward to having this backpack to travel with. Being able to tuck away my laptop or iPad in my bag for the airplane will be fantastic.

Now for even more fantastic news... you have a chance to win one of your very own! Savvy Sassy Moms is giving away FOUR (yes, four!) fantastic Skip Hop bags to separate winners. Be sure to hop on over and enter the giveaway.

*I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hello, May!

Well it is MAY and Indiana definitely has been cranking up the heat this week. It feels like summer weather, and Patrick and I have been soaking up every second!

We have been to the park with friends twice this week. P loooooves running around with his friends, a bit too fearlessly for my liking. I am looking forward to the splash pad opening at the park because I think Patrick will love it. Although he didn't love the sprinkler as much as I thought he would.

We also went to the zoo one morning this week. P woke up a little earlier than normal, so we packed up and headed to the zoo. We got there right when it opened and it was perfect! There were no crowds so I could let him walk alone a little, and it was nice to walk around before the heat of the day hit.

Basically we have been outside from sun up to sun down and Patrick couldn't be happier. I'm so glad he is enjoying the fun outside, and I am so thankful I get to hang out with him every day. I tend to get a little hot spending all day outside, but I guess I may actually get a tan this year.

We are having another Mother's Day cook-out at our house this Sunday. I'm looking forward to hanging out with my mom and in-laws. My mom gave us her old patio set and we are definitely looking forward to being able to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. Marc was actually out there last night with a little work station set up including his computer and cycling logs.

What have you and your family been enjoying lately?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday Happenings

NEXT WEEK is our big trip to New Mexico!! I am starting to get a little panicky, but not completely losing it, yet. I'm mostly nervous about the trip there and back. 2 plane rides and a hour drive to get to Santa Fe from Indiana. Send me ALL your traveling with toddler tips, please!

My OCD hasn't totally spiked this week, look what I did! Let P ride in the germy car grocery cart. Well, he absolutely LOVED IT! Grocery shopping can be quite the undertaking, especially with a cranky toddler. BUT, Patrick did great. God Bless Little P and those spikey teeth popping through.

AND, if you are on Instagram - go over to @savvysassymoms and hang out with me today! I will be taking over their feed all day today and would love for everyone to like and chime in on our happenings.

Friday, May 1, 2015

O'Learys try hello products!

Interestingly enough, right around the time my Savvy Sassy Scout Box arrived I had a dentist appointment scheduled! I thought it was the perfect time to bust open the pretty packaging and try out the different hello products that arrived at my door.  Ever since I had P, I really push it on the dental appointments to a certain degree. I am always rescheduling because it is hard to find a sitter during the day if my mom or mother-in-law can't make the drive up. Well, my bff came to the rescue and offered to watch Patrick for the hour. P had a great time hanging out with his best buddy Lucas. I mean, look at the three boys just hanging out on the couch catching a break and having a little snack:

Dental hygiene is obviously important in the O'Leary home and while I am not super picky about toothpaste, I enjoyed exploring all the different fun flavors for kids and adults. As a first time mom, I'm a little protective of what goes in Patrick's mouth [that I can control] and hello toothpastes are free from preservatives, dyes, triclosan, microbeads, and artificial sweeteners. So while he is still too little for official toothpaste, I will definitely be using these with him in the future!

I love that P thinks brushing his teeth is fun, and I hope he continues to be good about brushing. Daddy always gives P's teeth a good brush at night and in the morning P always runs to the bathroom to grab his toothbrush. He is so funny, even ninja turtles have to keep those pearly whites clean!

So if you are in the market for a new toothpaste or want to try something different - check out the fun flavors of hello. So fun, I imagine even those picky kids would love the taste! (I know some little kids don't like 'mint' flavored things, so why not try bubblegum, green apple, or blue raspberry?)

 [Check out their website for a coupon on hello products!]

*I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Current Beauty Favorites

Not all of these are new or even new to me, just some products I've been especially loving lately!

Moon Valley Organics Rejuvenating Rub* - This stuff is truly fantastic. It smells wonderful and really helps to soothe and get rid of aches. I apply some when I'm feeling particularly stressed out [daily] and it definitely helps relieve some tension in my muscles. It feels like a spa visit in a bottle. I also want to try this Moon Melt Lotion Bar! And maybe some lip balm while we are at it.

Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Lip Therapy - I put this stuff on before bed almost every night and I love how soft it makes my lips. Especially since I tend to get dry and chapped lips frequently. 

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick [Risk It All] - This is the perfect bold and creamy lipstick. I have a couple different shades, but the Risk It All is a bright pink that is perfect for spring. It stays on very well and shows up like a buttery satin finish. 

Anastasia Brow Wiz [Soft Brown]- My cousin suggested this to me, and I am obsessed with it. I've never been super good at penciling my eye brows, but this pencil is so easy to use and I love how it fills in my brows but still looks natural.

Vera Wang Princess - One of my signature scents, I love it. Such a light, girly smell. 

Agave Healing Oil Treatment - This stuff is unbelievable at controlling my frizzy hair. I put a tiny amount on after my showers and it helps smooth my hair out. I can actually brush my hair after using this! It helps protect color and adds shine too!

What are some of your current beauty favorites? 

*I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A gift for me, a gift for you!

Wedding season is approaching and I feel like I have been frantically doing a lot of online shopping for gifts. I have selfishly been eyeing this adorable heart shaped print from Minted for weeks now, but when I was searching for a wedding gift for my brother and his fiancé I knew I had to get it for them! Drew and Brooke got GORGEOUS beach photos taken for their engagement, and I realized that they would look fabulous in the heart collage. I couldn't think of a better gift. Traditionally I always stick to buying the couple some things off their registry, but since I obviously am very close to the bride and groom, I knew they would enjoy this more personal gift.

I had so much fun filling the collage with their beach photos and decided that the distressed white frame would look great with the beachy photos. I was blown away when I received the package because it seemed 10x more lovely in person! I can't wait to see where they put it in their new home and I am extremely tempted to purchase another one for my family. 

And let us not forget about ME! I also got a new calendar! When I worked, I was SUCH a planner. I always had a calendar that I wrote in, and I also used my iPhone. I'm a bit spacey and double the planning seemed to work well. I love being able to look at my schedule on paper. I don't know why I'm so old fashioned, but something about a paper calendar just works for me. When I had Patrick and became a stay at home mom, I dropped the paper calendar and just used my iPhone. While this was fine for making appointments and such, I feel as if I would really benefit from a paper calendar when it comes to things like menu planning and work-outs. (I can feel people rolling their eyes because I haven't worked out in 16 months BUT, that all is changing in the coming weeks!)

This adorable planner had "Amy Gene" written ALL over it. Pink (my favorite color) and cursive script with a glitter heart, fantastic. I also like how you could personalize the inside for an added special touch. And then of course, it has everything you need for a monthly planner. I also love the size. I have typically always used Erin Condren planners in the past, but they are huge and take up so much room. Now that I have a million other things I have to carry around, I enjoyed the compact size of this planner that can fit easily in my diaper bag! Win all around!

Anyways, I really enjoyed branching out on my gift giving and am loving all the photo art you can create on Minted. I definitely think I will be doing more of these exclusive gifts.

What are some of your favorite gifts to give for personal events like weddings and baby showers?

I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.