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Cleaning Products

I am so excited to tell you about the new cleaning product we recently changed to. BUT first let me tell you why we changed. I was so tired of having a film left all over the counter tops after cleaning. I am just over always re buying and re buying and then having all these bottles of stuff. The strong smells, dry hands, and money. I could go on but these are the main reasons.

I did a ton of research and there are so many options out there. I compared ingredients, price, reviews and word of mouth. I mean this took forever lol. I ended up deciding on Branch Basics. It is a safe product and the concentrate makes all the cleaning products you need including laundry! It is fragrance free and has lots of buying options. You can get an entire kit or just the concentrate.

I got just the concentrate and then purchased glass bottles on Amazon because they were much less cost wise. As you know I am all about the bottom dollar! (aka cheap) I got the concentrate last week and immediately started cleaning. It was very easy to mix and cleans amazingly. There was no residue left behind, no crazy smell, my hands were dry and this bottle is going to last forever!

I have cleaned glass, counter tops, floors, bathtubs, toilets, windows, stainless steel and so much more. All came out perfect! It’s safe to use around my sweet girl and eliminates all the clutter of cleaning supplies.

I had previously switched to microfiber for dusting and floors so now we have eliminated even more waste.

I highly recommend you giving this a try! You will love it.

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Master Bedroom

I shared on Instagram the other day that we finally got a new bed in our Master Bedroom. This was 2 years in the making, because if you don’t know I am the cheapest person. We have moved 4 times with the previous bed and loved it, but they aren’t made to move that much. Each time it got a little worse until we moved to our current home just over two years ago.

We were asleep one night and all of a sudden we hear a huge cracking noise and our heads fall about a foot below our feet. It was hilarious but in the middle of the night not so much. One of the base pieces had cracked in half. That really should have been the moment we got a new bed, but instead I felt I could fix it. I went to Home Depot and made my own slats. It was actually really easy. That would work for a bit but every couple months we would have to take the mattress and box spring off and reset them and fix them because they weren’t actually made for the bed.

During this 2 year period I finally also gave in and got a new mattress and box spring. Our mattress was 10 years old and was the cheapest thing I could find when we bought it new so it wasn’t the greatest quality but it was never meant to last 10 years. I made it last though lol During all these moves the box spring also broke somewhere inside and was so noisy if you even took a deep breath. Looking back this is all just so funny to me.

I seriously couldn’t sleep most night because if you moved it was like a concert of noises lol

So we did it, we gave in and got a new bed. We looked at several stores but ended up back at Nebraska Furniture Mart. They have a huge selection at all price points, plus you can pick up the same day you purchase. (They do have delivery) We got ours on a close out deal and absolutely love it. It really brightened up our room by eliminating such a large piece of dark wood.

We have gotten our last several pieces at Nebraska Furniture Mart and each time has been a great experience. We recommend.

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Free Holiday Fun

So as promised we are doing our holiday season budget friendly! Here are my first recommendations.

  1. Deerfield Holiday & Christmas Lights Display. This is a large neighborhood in Plano that does it big for holiday decorating. You can drive through the neighborhood to see all the fun, there are even dancing Santa’s! Weekend evenings are more crowded so plan to do a slow casual drive. I also recommend not entering the main entrance off Legacy to the area or you will be in a long line. There are a ton of other side street entrances that also allow you to see many homes that could be missed, and believe me they are great. It’s totally free, if you are feeling a little extra you can schedule a carriage ride. For more info here is their Facebook link

2. McKinney also has a great local map that you can submit your home to and people can drive around and see lights all through the area. This takes a little more planning but a lot of homes are close together, you also see all the homes with lights that didn’t submit to be on the map, we are doing different areas at a time and making a fun evening out of it. Grab your hot chocolate and enjoy the ride. The map is at the link below

https://mck.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=92e11c91d46e4a88acbf7cc386bb9628

3. Christmas Fest (Event was a one day thing) I saw this on Facebook as well and it was put on by Genesis Church off Virginia. I had no idea what to expect but it was so well done. There was a snow patch for kids to play in, crafts, cookies with Santa, a train ride, story time, live music, and hot chocolate. They did a wonderful job and did it safely with social distancing, masks, and sanitizing stations.

Check your local churches for events like these! Many do them and some are coming up.

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Masks

Masks are now a huge part of our daily lives. I had been wearing the medical masks until I found my new go tos. They fit great, feel soft, stay in place, and are pretty. How can you beat that? I keep them in my car, purse, and by the door to make sure I always have one whenever I leave the house.

I wear these daily as I take my sweet girl to and from school and anytime I have to go into a store. My husband even gave them a try and they worked great for him too. I mean you know the fabric is going to be amazing when a lingerie company is making the mask!

Head over to their site to get your handmade face mask to shop and get yours today. They are always adding new patterns and such an affordable price you don’t want to miss out!

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House Happenings

We have done some major changes recently. We repainted the dining room, office, upstairs hallway, and entry way. We also had the baseboards in the entire downstairs replaced!

We changed out the colors because the tan just made everything too dark. The color didn’t work well with the lighting and flow of the house. We did grey and white and it truly changed everything about the light in the house.

The baseboards were such a mess when we moved in. The previous own thought he could DIY and he could not. šŸ™‚ The baseboards didn’t touch the ground so that gap was very annoying to me and held dirt and dog hair. They also were only primed not painted and the nail holes were not filled either, several areas were different shades of white primer as well. Many were chewed up by their dogs also, such a mess to say the least. I feel so much better now.

I did the painting of the dining room, hallway, and office. We had Sticks and Stones Remodeling do the entryway painting and replacing all the baseboards. They did a wonderful job. Very professional and excellent work. They were also very fast. We highly recommend to anyone in the local area!

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This is the first bigger project we have done. Mostly because we are never in a house long enough! I am so happy with the results.

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Products I am Loving

I am going to share some of the fabulous products I have been using lately that I am loving.

Vitamin C

This stuff is great because it is a powder and you can just add a little bit to your moisturizer or products you are already using. This small container lasts a really long time because you don’t need much just a little shake.

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Collagen Cream

I love this brand and have talked about other products they have. This is another great one. The smell, texture, and packaging is great. I noticed a difference in my skin after just 2 days of using this. I use it once a day but you can put it on morning and night. (I do morning) This packaging is one of my all time favorites because you can ensure you use all of the product with the clear bottles and tubes. (All of theirs are like this!)

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Clay Mask

The Generation Clay mask is one that I love. The clay trend is something we see everywhere now and I have used several but this one is perfect for my skin. The texture is easy to spread and not to thick or heavy. It dries quickly and rinses off easily, leaving my skin smooth and rejuvenated.

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Baby Products

Here is a list of the baby products we use and love!

Pampers

  • Pure
  • Pure Wipes
  • Swaddlers

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I have tried several brands and different types within the brands. I found some to be very hard and seemed no fun to be on such soft skin. Some just didn’t fit my baby. These are the ones that work great for us and I highly recommend giving them a try. We have minimal leaks and the pure wipes leave her skin soft and dry.

https://www.pampers.com/en-us

NanoBebeĀ 

  • Breast milk bottles
  • Flexy Pacifiers
  • Breast milk storage bags
  • Nursing pads
  • Bottle Cooler

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This brand is amazing! Every product we have tried has been wonderful. I chose these bottles because they are specific for breast milk and allow the fat and water to stay mixed for better nutrition. The Flexi Pacifiers are soft and breathable they are the only ones my child will even entertain taking. The pads are so soft and absorbent I never notice feel wet or even feel them while wearing. They have additional products that we are waiting to get as well. #nanobebeambassador

https://www.nanobebe.com/Ā 

ExerSaucer

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This play bouncer is first off so cute with the animal theme, it is also gender neutral so great if you plan to have additional kids. It can grow for different heights and weight. Our daughter loves looking at the different animal faces and the seat is soft and easy to remove for cleaning. It is also easy to move from room to room.

https://www.evenflo.com/jumpers/61912186.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1Iv0BRDaARIsAGTWD1vprm6zItEpL8rLIs5es5WL3joxUBx20-UMeC03VYHPmWg_gdntNfcaAnu2EALw_wcB

Bumbo Seat

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I was skeptical about these but our girl loves her hand me down seat from her cousin. It has a tray which we will start using now that she is starting to grab and eat solids. The seat is soft and easy to clean and allows her to sit up and work on her ab muscles, while engaging in play and with the rest of the family.

http://www.bumbousa.com/product/floor-seat/

Maxi Cosi – Infant Car Seat

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I chose to get an infant only car seat to start because it offered many features I wanted but couldn’t get in the grow with me options. I love the awning that can go up and down, the easy to move straps for growth, and the amount of padding throughout. It is easy to carry and use as well as snap into our stroller. The ability to cover her was a big deal to me and the safety ratings are fabulous! I don’t like people seeing or coming to close at such a young age.

https://www.maxicosi.com/us-en/car-seats/infant-car-seats.html

Diono – Stroller

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This stroller is amazing. We chose black, gender neutral. It is easy to fold and travel with, light weight to carry, and looks great on a walk. There is plenty of room underneath for storage and you can get additional attachments for cup holders and such. I love that I can use the car seat or the bassinet. The bassinet converts into additional stages to grow with baby and toddler. Highly recommend.

https://www.diono.com/

Beauty Counter – Baby Wash & Lotion

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I love these natural chemical free options for baby girl. We use these for day time baths and skin care. They smell great and leave her skin soft and smooth.

https://www.beautycounter.com/

Johnson’s- Sleepy Time Bath Set

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I use this bath set for evening baths. The calming scent of Lavender does calm her and leave her skin soft and smooth.

https://www.johnsonsbaby.com/baby-products/johnsons-bedtime-baby-bath-wash?upcean=381371174737

These are the products I am loving for our baby and each child is different but if you try these let me know what you think!

 

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Stretch Mark Prevention

During my pregnancy one thing I did every day was use a stretch mark prevention lotion. I just stumbled upon it one day at Walgreens. I like the ingredients and price so I grabbed it.

I started using it when I started to show which was around 8 ish weeks. I would use it after every shower and every morning adding it to my routine of washing my face. I didn’t only use it on my stomach I used it full body. Stretchmarks can appear anywhere and during pregnancy your entire body changes.

I am happy to report that after gaining quit a bit of weight and my stomach expanding to a size I didn’t know was possible (lol) I do not have any stretch marks. I am still using it today to help with the tightening of my skin during my postpartum care as well.

I absolutely recommend this product!

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Morning Sickness

I have always heard about women talking about morning sickness and one day I dreamed it would happen to me. Well it did, and boy was/is it not at all what I expected. It happens so suddenly, anytime and for me was really intense and almost violent.

I was so happy about my morning sickness! After wanting this for so long I would lay on the bathroom floor just smiling and laughing. I know that seems odd but it made me feel like it was real, like this baby was really going to happen.

I tried several different things to help me through upon the advise of other mommy’s I know. These are what worked for me. Everyone is different and different things help. For me personally I was told so many times to eat saltine’s or something similar I wanted to scream, that just didn’t help me. I know it really helps a lot of women though!

Here is what I liked!

Preggie Pop Drops. These I got at Target and loved that they were drug free and natural. So easy, just like a cough drop or hard candy. I would keep a handful on my night stand and pop them in throughout the night too.

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Sparkling Mama Fizzelixir. This was a yummy drink that allowed me to have the carbonation but without all the sugar. The ginger and citrus combo calmed my stomach and allowed me to get a little relief through the work day.

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Morning Ease Lemon Ginger. These are very similar to the Preggie Pop Drops but available at several retailers. Another lemon ginger combo that worked out great for me. Kept these in my purse and could just grab one anytime I was out and about and I just didn’t feel right.

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Sea Bands. I was most skeptical about trying these. I wore them for a while and didn’t really know if they were helping so I took them off and suddenly got a rush of morning sickness. I was like omg they work and put them back on as fast as I could. These are easy to use and a great suggestion if you don’t want to drink or eat something.

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These are the 4 products that I really liked and that worked for me. Again everyone is different but I recommend giving these a try. I am still using them all throughout my pregnancy on rough days.

 

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Baby List

I chose to register for our little one with Baby List. I did this because I don’t like what one or two stores have to offer and Baby List allows me to register for anything anywhere. It is so easy, there is a button at the top of my browser and I simply click “add to babylist” and boom done.

When viewing the list it’s just like any other registry with all the items organized by type BUT it also shows the different stores and prices you can purchase the item, including amazon and websites.

I have been searching different items online and when I find the one I want I simply add it to the list. When I started my registry I got a free Hello Baby Box from Baby List that had many sample products in it for me to try. I really like this feature because as a first time mom it opens my eyes to different brands and products I may not be aware of. It also allows me to try things before committing. The box also comes with cards you can put in a shower invitation and you can get more for free on the list as well.

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Give it a try and let me know what you think.