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.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The BEST Saturday.... A Day In The Life

8:30am : P wakes up later than usual and is in an unusually happy mood. I go in to find he has had a major blowout, which has not happened since he was a newborn. This automatically puts me 30 minutes behind schedule as I frantically text my bff and mom asking how I clean the glider. I can't decide whether to laugh or cry, but it is Saturday and a beautiful day, so I choose laughter.

9:45am : On the road to Eagle Creek Park where Marc is racing his bicycle. It is a beautiful day, but the ground is still soaking wet from all the rain. I immediately regret wearing my brand new white tennis shoes. P claps for being outside, his favorite.

10:45am : Marc's race ends. P and I enjoyed cheering him on from the sidelines. We play at the park where I almost am swallowed whole by a mud pit. White tennis shoes are now brown.

11:00am : Snack break. ON the playground because, why not? I make a mental note to get more barkTHINS because not only are they delicious, but P cries when they are "all gone." These quickly become the O'Leary Family's new favorite snack, as we all fight over the entire bag. (Yes, I realize I am giving my 1 year old chocolate, but barkTHINS are made from non-GMO ingredients so I chalk it up as a delicious win. He gets his sweet tooth from his mama.)**

11:30am : We decide to go to real lunch. P is still crying for more barkTHINS because he sees me unload the bag from the stroller to the car, I kid you not. This child means business when it comes to his snacking.

1:30pm : We successfully make it back home safely and in time for nap. P didn't fall asleep in the car so I'm thinking he is totally going to take the longest nap ever.

2:00pm : P is still laughing in his crib. I decide to clean my muddy shoes as the laughing slowly starts to turn into whining. 

2:15pm : P is finally asleep. I realize my cellphone is missing. I search the house frantically praying I didn't leave it in the baby's room. I find in the in laundry room and I wonder if it is a "sign" that I should fold the load of laundry in the dryer. I take it as just a coincidence and decide to go mop the kitchen floor catch up on The Royals from my glorious bed. 

3:10pm : P wakes up. I didn't even make it through the juicy episode I was watching but whatever. It is a BEAUTIFUL day and I know he will want to play outside.

3:45pm : Snack. Wagon ride around the neighborhood. Neighborhood playground. The usual.

5:00pm : Marc gets home from his second bike race. We decide to drive to a nearby park and walk to the local diner since it is such a gorgeous evening. P is such an outdoors fan - he is loving every second of today.

5:30pm : Dinner outside. More barkTHINS for an appetizer because Patrick is quickly losing his cool. He wanted food, like yesterday. 

6:45pm : Marc treats us all to Dairy Queen after dinner. We all decide this is an amazing start to spring and we are loving every second spent outside and with each other.

7:00pm : Head home for bath and bedtime. P is exhausted but I hope he doesn't start his new lovely habit of standing up and screaming from his bed when we lay him down....

7:45pm : P goes down so easily. Thank the Lord - because we have had a hard couple of nights this week. I decide to actually mop the kitchen floor because I find an ant. Gross.

8:00pm : I think about moping the living room, but when I turn the corner I see it looks like this mess below. Whoa. Nevermind.*

8:15pm : Marc does the dishes. (He is amazing, I hate doing the dishes - but I love a clean counter, ahh such is the complexity of my life.) 

8:30pm : I seriously consider climbing in bed for the night. But instead, I put away the laundry and take a shower so I can be presentable at church tomorrow.

9:00pm : I contemplate packing the diaper bag for church tomorrow so we are actually on time, but I am certain that tomorrow will be the day that we are not running late. Instead Marc and I watch a show. Marc is OCD about having a clean DVR, while I love adding as many shows as possible. 

10:00pm : All is quiet in the O'Leary home and I thank God for such a beautiful day.

*Edited: Marc picked up all the toys! Have I mentioned he is the best? So I do in fact mop the living room floor while he vacuums.

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BabyBjörn Kitchen Collection

I figured that since P is 15 months, we probably should start using plates and utensils a little more regularly. I mean, I am not really sure why I didn't start before. No one told me to? He is such a happy eater, I figured why bother?

Well, adding plates and utensils has only brought P MORE joy while eating. He still messes around a lot with everything, but I have found that if I want him to take a couple more bites of something, adding a fork or spoon usually works.

So I am not sure who was more excited to see a BabyBjörn feeding set, me or P, in our first Savvy Sassy Product Scout box. Fun colors, BPA free, cool design, and easy to clean...but my most favorite thing? The bibs actually FIT around P's neck. Hallelujah. If you have a baby or toddler and are looking for a bib that doesn't squeeze your little one's neck AND has a deep spill pocket to catch messes, I highly suggest checking out the BabyBjörn soft bib. The bib is actually adjustable, so it can grow with your baby. It is fantastic and a new favorite in the O'Leary household.

Some foods that P has been especially loving lately: oranges, grapes, yogurt, crackers, and beef (of course).

Some foods that P has not been loving lately: his beloved blueberries (what?!), any vegetable.

Do you have any favorite kitchen sets for toddlers? 

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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Recap and Traditions

Even though some members of the O' crew weren't feeling the best - we didn't let it bring us down for long. Easter is my favorite time of year and this year we had a lot to be thankful for! With a toddler, Easter brought us even more joy!

The Easter Bunny left P a basket outside of his door and I wish everyone in the world could have seen the joy and surprise on his face! He just looked at it sleepily at first, and then he went to town unloading the goodies, making sure Marc and I saw everything!

We went to church and sat with our besties. Then we went down to see some of Marc's family. The weekend left all of us exhausted, but I can't help but feel extremely grateful for all of our many blessings this time of year. I'm so excited for a Savior who lives!

I talked before about some Easter basket ideas for toddlers and below is a picture of what actually ended up in P's basket! I got the basket and adorable basket liner from Pottery Barn Kids. They only had the extra large left in the liner I wanted, but I am hoping it will hold up for a long time.

Also fun: talking to my friends about their Easter Traditions! Even Marc and I have very different backgrounds when it comes to things like the Easter Bunny. For example, the Easter Bunny always left tracks at my house! He would hop right down the hall from my room to my brothers' and we always loved spotting them in the hallway. 

Here is my Easter Bunny Track "how to": 

   -Cut out a bunny paw print. 
 (I just free-handed mine, it was NOT perfect.)
   -Set the cut-out where you want the tracks.
   -Sprinkle with baby powder!

After some frantic calling to my mom, ("HOW DOES THE EASTER BUNNY LEAVE HIS TRACKS?! I DON'T UNDERSTAND!") I learned her way was much simpler. She just used the side of her hands! Also, you can use corn starch or baking soda as well. The baby powder came right up! (Marc seriously vacuumed the tracks up before church. I guess he didn't enjoy them as much as I did!)

What are some of your most memorable Easter traditions?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 Pinterest Inspired Easter Ideas!

Last night the contributors and product scouts over at Savvy Sassy Moms had an Easter Pinterest party! I mentioned the other day that Easter was my favorite holiday, so you can imagine how happy I was to spend an hour pinning and looking at all things Easter. All the ladies were pinning so many incredible things, it was so great to have a pinning party to put me in the Easter spirit even more!

I tried to gather my ten favorites, but there are literally hundreds of ideas on the Easter Celebration board to chose from! Take a peak and let me know your favorite pins!

Ten Pinterest Inspired Easter Ideas:

-Easter Bunny JarsCute idea and you could put those old baby jars to good use.

-Spring Chalkboard Printable: Would look adorable on a mantle or in an entry way!

-Children's Books for Spring and Easter: I love giving books to Patrick for holidays, and these would go great in your little one's Easter basket.

-Bunny Cupcakes in a JarI love a good cupcake, and these in jars with the bunnies are just too cute.

-Bunny Tails Popcorn Mix: A fun Easter treat I'm sure little kids would love to help make.

-Spring Confetti Bars: There are so many delicious looking pins, but I really want to try and make these!

-Easter Brunch IdeasI am loving these brunch ideas, especially the french toast sticks!!

-Simple Easter CraftI'm all about simple, and I love the spring chick.

-Bunny Butt CookiesYou can't go wrong with sugar cookies, and these would look cute at a party or at the kid's table on Easter.

-Easter Egg Wreath: I love the Easter eggs, I'm sure you could make something similar if you are a crafty person.

Be sure to check out more favorites from Savvy Sassy Moms and the Savvy Sassy Scouts:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

Easter has always been my favorite holiday. When I was younger, I looked forward to wearing my new Easter dress to church, where we would sing my favorite songs. We would hang out with family and hunt Easter eggs outside. I loved waking up to signs that the Easter bunny had been at my house (footprints) and I have to say, my mom the Easter bunny put together the GREATEST baskets for my brothers and me. I know I will never top my mother in any motherhood form, but I have had the best time gathering goodies for Patrick's Easter basket this year!

Here are some of my top ideas for Easter baskets. (Besides your typical candy and of the sort.)

  • Books - I was pleasantly surprised at the selection of Easter books for toddlers. I have a slight obsession with Peter Rabbit, so I picked out a Peter Rabbit book for Patrick's basket.
  • DVD/CDs - If P was a little older I would have probably selected a new movie for his basket, but instead I went for this Disney Jr. CD that has all of the songs (including the opening songs for the shows, hello Jake and the Never Land Pirates on repeat) from some Disney Jr. shows. Music calms him down in the car so I know he will enjoy some of his favorite tunes. Although I may also grab a DVD that he can enjoy on the plane ride to New Mexico too.
  • Stuffed Animal - This adorable bunny is likely to hop right into P's basket this year. I think stuffed animals (bunnies, chicks, etc.) are adorable additions to toddler baskets that they are sure to cherish.
  • Bubbles and Sidewalk Chalk - Is there a toddler around who doesn't enjoy bubbles? I found a cute Easter bubble wand that hopefully works and egg shaped sidewalk chalk in Target's dollar isle. (Similar)
  • Matchbox / Hot Wheels Cars - Cracker Barrel had cars and trucks in large plastic eggs. Sure, they were a couple more dollars than normal, but I'm a sucker for anything with a theme. I suppose you could just put the cars in plastic eggs yourself though! 
  • Coloring Books and Crayons - Patrick is still a little young for this but he does enjoy scribbling and munching on crayons against my will, so I got him a Peter Rabbit (not lying about the obsession) coloring book and crayons from, again, Target Dollar Spot. (Promise, they did not sponsor this post.)  
  • Easter Themes Rubber Duckies/ Bath Toys - I've seen a couple options at Target, Walmart, and such as well.
  • Little People Easter Wheelies - These are adorable and even though I told myself I was done with Patrick's basket, these may be making a surprise visit. 

Board Puzzles are always fun if you run out of things and need something extra. I also found a cute little sippy cup to put in Patrick's basket. 

What are some of your favorite things to put in your toddler's Easter basket? Does your family have any fun Easter traditions?