Thursday, May 5, 2016

Loving My BabbleBoxx

I can't believe I've been a mom for over two years. It's one of those things you can't remember not being, and yet it seems like just yesterday it happened! Baby number two was born in March and although it hasn't been a walk in the park, it has been nice to know a thing or two this time around.

Being a new mom is rough, so for those of you celebrating your first Mother's Day this year, (yay for you!!) take my advice and check out this BabbleBoxx! The truth is, you're going to get a lot of advice. Everyone is going to be telling you what to do, what products to use, etc. Well, babble box has you covered in the products area. it allows you to test out a few top notch products and brands so you can get a feel for what you like!

I was super excited to see Boudreaux's Butt Paste in my box. As a new mom you're going to be changing a lot of diapers so you'll quickly see how sensitive you're baby's cute little bum can be. This paste is my favorite because it doesn't smell weird and works wonders!

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is fast acting on diaper rash without the harsh ingredients. The products deliver on their promise to Kick Some Rash as they start healing on contact. It is available in three targeted formulas to help protect against and improve diaper rash - Original, Maximum Strenth, and All Natural.

The Original Formula contains 16% Zinc Oxide which treats skin irritations by creating a barrier to seal out wetness and White Petrolatum to speed up skin’s natural recovery process. The Maximum Strenth Formula, in addition to White Petrolatum, contains 40% Zinc Oxide for over two times the rash fighting power. The All Naturals Formula is loaded with soothing and calming ingredients like Aloe Vera to soothe and Beeswax to help keep skin healthy. All Formulas treat and Prevent Diaper Rash that provides relief from the very first use.

A really fun item in my Babble box is this Fujifilm Instax camera! What an awesome way to create one-of-a-kind baby photos! You can photograph your new baby and get pictures immediately with INSTAX Mini 70. It produces sharp images that can be shared instantly with family and friends, or decorate your baby's nursery.

It is the perfect size to have in your diaper bag to whip out for a party! And guess what?? It also has a selfie mode!

As a new mom you'll quickly learn that a great place for you to have a break is when you're kid is loving life in the bathtub. One way to create a happy bath is to use bubbles!! The Sesame Street Nourishing Naturals has some great products to use!

B is for Bubble Bath is a gentle bubble bath formula that is tear-free.Young toddlers can help add bubbles with the special nubson the sides of the bottle specially developed for little hands to hold. It has Shea Butter and aloe offer extra moisturizing benefits and is 98% naturally derived from plant-based ingredients

Tip, Tummy & Toe is a tear-free cleanser that encourages young ones to participate in the bath time routine. The gentle instant foam cleans and moisturizes delicate skin and hair, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

Chubby Cheek Balm soothes and protects delicate skin from all of the elements. The soft formula glides on easily to babies’ lips, cheeks, and other trouble areas. Toddlers will love the opportunity to “do it themselves,” learning the importance of good skin health. Free of petroleum, this formula is kissably safe.

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste is awesome! It has powerful whitening cleansers to give teeth an amazing deep clean, plus an invigorating surge of spearmint for long-lasting freshness.

In just 5 days, the new Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste removes more plaque than the leading whitening toothpaste. It starts whitening immediately and freshens breath with a surge of cool spearmint.

Mustela® Maternity Stretch Marks Prevention Cream is specially formulated for new and expecting mothers to prevent stretch marks. It is non-greasy and fast absorbing.  It reinforces skin elasticity and promotes suppleness with ingredients that are of natural origin and free of parabens, phthalates and phenoxyethanol.

It is hypoallergenic to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. It has been tested under dermatological, gynecological and pediatric control and is guaranteed to be safe for mother and baby, as well as is compatible with breastfeeding!

Also, right now receive 20% off your entire purchase at using the code MustelaBabbleBox. Offer expires May 15.

Gerber garments are great! They are ideal to use for layering because they can be worn alone or paired up with pants/leggings to create the perfect outfit. They are extra soft and keep your baby comfy and warm all day long.

Their onesies have an expandable lap shoulder neckline that easily slides over your baby's head to make dressing a cinch. The snap closure is positioned higher in from for quick access to make diaper changing easier, and the ribbed leg openings are designed to perfectly fit baby’s legs and provide freedom of movement all day long. Visit here for special offers!

Being a mom is hard enough, treat yourself this Mother's Day and try out a BabbleBoxx!

This post is sponsored by on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Spring Chalkboard Idea

I've been having so much fun with my DIY chalk board that we made a couple months ago. I just thought I'd show you the fun way we're using it now, and give you some ideas for a Spring-themed chalkboard in your home! 

I originally wanted the chalkboard for my kitchen because I wanted to have a place to list the things I had planned on making for dinner each week. I have this bad habit of buying all the ingredients for delicious meals, and then forgetting what I was going to make. 

We have a lot of busy nights, and I've found, that if I have a plan then we usually stick to it. So far, so good. We mixed the days up and had spaghetti squash with meatballs last night, instead of Tuesday. But, at least I'm sticking with the meal plan! 

I also love putting our big events on the calendar so I don't double book my kids. I have lots of calendars around the house though, so I just put the main dates on this one for a constant visual reminder, since I see this all day. 

It was a little too much fun to make this, and a bit therapeutic to color on it. I might have to make one for my kids, since I really don't want to share this one! 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Easy DIY No-Sew Big-Bow Headbands

Keep your daughters dressed up with headbands everywhere they go now that you know how easy it is to make these DIY, no-sew, big bow headbands! They take less than 5 minutes each and about $1 to make! You'll never buy headbands again!

I have 3 girls and I have always loved dressing them up with cute bows and headbands! I have SO many headbands that my husband thinks I'm crazy, but the thing is, half the time they're lost because guess daughters LOVE to dress their stuffed animals with headbands too. It's seriously depressing. I try hiding them, but the little stinkers always find them...and lose them! WAH!!! 

Good thing I know how to make headbands, and they're super cheap to make! I think I made 3 headbands for less than $3 and that's WITHOUT a coupon! Don't buy them anymore!! Here's what you'll need for this DIY. 

DIY No-Sew Headbands
  • Elastic bands. I found mine at JoAnns, and of course I used a coupon!
  • Scissors
  • Pencil 
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Felt
  • Ruler

You can start by simply measuring your little girl's head, or you can use our chart.
 Of course, everyone has different sized heads, so this is just a general guide. I made bows on small hair ties because my oldest daughter has a tendency to lose bows at school too, so this way; hopefully, it will be a little harder for them to fall out! 

Measure your elastic, cut it and glue it together with a dab of hot glue. Set it aside...
Now go ahead and decide what size of bow you'd like to make. I made 3 different sizes, one extra small (for the pony tail holder), a medium and a large. 

Use a ruler to measure the size of bow that you'd like to make. Then use a pencil to LIGHTLY mark where you need to cut it. After you cut the height and width, cut a small 1/2" x 2 " strip to wrap around the middle. Of course, you can decide if this size works for you, just play around with it! 

Now find the center of your large piece of felt, mark it, and fold the ends into the center mark. Use a few dabs of hot glue to hold them there. 

Now pinch the center of the bow down, and use a few more dabs of glue in the folds, on the back, to hold it. Don't worry if it's not super solid, you're going to use the smaller strip of felt to pull it in tighter. 

Find the back of your headband, and use a dab of hot glue to secure the head band, right side down to the back of the bow. When that cools, use your smaller strip of felt to wrap around the center of the bow and over the elastic headband. Secure with hot glue.

Voila! You're done! Now go crazy, like I did, and make them in EVERY color and size! 

You can NEVER have too many bows! AM I RIGHT?!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

It's that time again! I've heard you should clean your brushes once a week. I hate to admit that I don't remember to do it that often, but this last weekend I could tell my brushes really needed it. I learned this little trick to get your brushes clean fast from a friend that's a makeup artist, and it works like a charm. Plus, I'm sure you already have everything to do it in your house right now!  

See, they were yucky! Covered in makeup. 

Get a small cup and fill it with an inch of hot water and a few squirts of Dawn dish soap. Don't fill it too high. You only want to soak the ends. If you soak the whole brush it could loosen the glue holding the fibers together. 

Let them soak for a minute, rinse and repeat until the water is clear! 

Let the brushes dry overnight on a clean paper towel! 

Voila! So much better! Your face will thank you!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party #109

Happy Monday! Thank you to everyone that shared their amazing projects last week! I’m always so impressed by the incredible masterpieces that are shared at our party! WE SERIOUSLY LOVE YOU!  We couldn’t have such a fabulous party without you. Please spread the word and if you have your own party, please let us know and we would love to party with you twice a week! Now on to this week’s Party!

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Colorful Girls Room Makeover

I'm so excited about the mini makeover I did on the girls room this weekend! Their room is a little awkward because there are so many doors and closets, and for some reason we didn't center the window in the room! Ugh! It's been tricky to decorate, but I finally got some fun colors in there and the girls are super excited about it and so am I!

We started by spray painting some old frames that I had sitting in the basement and filled them with some prints that I had in an old calendar. I love that they were FREE! Everything I used on the wall, with the exception of a couple new prints, was FREE! The best kind of makeovers always are! I went to a blog conference a few weeks ago, and we got a the hello sign, chalk board bubble, arrow and the 'U' at a party that was sponsored by Heidi Swapp, Her stuff is adorable, you have to check it out! 

My girls have been sharing a room for almost a year now, ever since my little Ivie was born last year, and they were begging me for their own artwork! I still want to add their names above their beds, but I couldn't wait to show you the fun transformation!

The loft bed is SO tall, and I want to kick something every time I make the bed, so I usually just let it go...did I just say that out loud!?

I love all the fun colors that their bedspreads have in them. I got them at Walmart! So fun and affordable!

I got these cute chandeliers on Amazon. The girls had been begging for chandeliers for a while, and these were the cutest and most affordable I could find. At first I thought they would be able to hang from the light, but that didn't work for us, so we hung them above the foot of their beds.  

The gold dots were swag at the blog conference too, and they're from Walls Need Love. I actually was surprised at how easy they were to use! You can actually move them around, so don't worry if you accidentally put one in the wrong spot, they easily peel off and stick again!

Here's the only print we had in the room originally. It was lonely, but it perfectly matches everything else that we added! I love it! 
Here's a picture of the Before! Not terrible, but definitely NOT fun!