Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nuby Plush Character Pacifinder

**Disclaimer: I'm a Nuby Mommy Blogger which means I am sent products from Nuby in exchange for a review on my blog. However, all opinions are my very own**

This week I was able to review Nuby's Plush Character Pacifinder and I was really excited to give it a try.

Here's why--Patch didn't become attached to his paci until recently (Co was the same way, for some reason showed no interest in the paci until later) so I have to get used to making sure I have one on the go. And diaper bags aren't small. Maybe yours is, but mine is huge (hey, I have to carry around Patch's stuff, Co's stuff, AND my stuff, this momma needs space!) and it has about a dozen different pockets. Pacifiers can get lost in there and digging around blindly just doesn't help. The Plush Character Pacifinder is big enough that if you throw it in the bag you can easily spot it or feel it. 

Another reason why I love this is because it fits any pacifier with a knob. We found a brand of pacifiers that Patch adores and I loved that the Nuby Pacifinder was compatible!

Plus, when it's up by his neck, he likes to play with the animal so it doubles as a toy too!

And honestly, it's so stinking cute that I love it. I have a ton of other paci clips (they're like accessories, you can mix and match them every day) but since I switched to this one I can honestly say that it's my go to clip.

They come in 6 other characters (you should see the elephant, it's ADORABLE) and they make cute gifts too!

These are available at Walmart and Babies R Us.

Nuby has a lot of other really cool products and you can find out more about them on Nuby's Facebook PageInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Marinated Vegetables

Today I'm over at Dainty Jewell's talking about sprucing up your side dishes. I have an easy (I'm talking like a two-step kind of easy) recipe to make your sides a little more exciting!

Go check out this recipe for Marinated Vegetables!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

IOMA Paris Skincare at Saks ((Review))

**Disclaimer: I was provided with IOMA samples and dessert but all opinions are my own**

Alright, I'll be honest. My skincare routine is so simple that I should be shunned from adult womanhood.

I'm not being boastful, but I was blessed with good skin genes--I rarely have an issue with acne, I don't have oily or dry skin, and I don't wear any makeup. So because of this, I use the same skincare routine I've been doing since high school--I wash with whatever soap is in the shower (sometimes it's actual face soap, sometimes it's just water), I occasionally exfoliate, and then I slap on whatever lotion I have handy--sometimes it's face lotion, sometimes it's body lotion. I know, that's terrible right?

So, when I was able to go check out the new IOMA Paris skincare line at the Saks Fifth Avenue in North Star Mall (one of six locations to carry this line in the United States) I was confident that I wouldn't need to change skin routines.

Y'all. Here comes the scary truth about my neglectful skin care. There is a super awesome, high tech sphere on the counter that you get to put your face in, have a series of pictures taken, and then have your skin evaluated.

The evaluation started out great--Kathy Moses (regional manager for IOMA) showed me that my hydration levels looked good, I didn't have a lot of redness, and my skin was properly exfoliated. And then she showed me the UV image. I'm telling you, I didn't realize I had so many dark spots waiting under my skin just wanting to pop up in a few short years. All of my years I have taken the SPF warnings from my mom (who has amazing skincare routine) very lightly, not really believing it was necessary. And then I saw this picture and while I might think my freckles are cute now, the actual dark spots under my skin are not. We continued analyzing my skin based off of the pictures, and at the end of the evaluation they printed off a customized skin care routine for me. This analysis included which of their products I should be using as well as a formula for Bespoke (an even more personalized day cream and night cream).

What I liked this about this the most evaluation was that it was extremely personalized. My mom, sister and I could all go in for an evaluation and walk away with different products meant specifically for our skin. Unlike other skincare lines I've seen, there is a wide variety of products that target my skin needs specifically.

Jean Michele Karam, a micro mechanical engineer, is the developer of IOMA Paris and the developer of MEMS. MEMS play an important role in aeronautics, medicine, biology and so much more. They help to detect acceleration, pressure and speed in an environment. Jean Michel Karam took MEMS and integrated them into skincare. With the ability to be so accurate, MEMS can measure various parameters of our skin and thus, making IOMA a unique product on the market.

Some of the lovely San Antonio Bloggers discussing skin care!
IOMA is carried exclusively through Saks and is currently only in six Saks in the US. The average price range for the product is about $150, with products ranging from $60-500. The products can last up to 4-5 months, so the price really does average out to be affordable.

Clients of IOMA also get treated to full facials and invitations to other clinics and pampering sessions as well. How cool is that?

There is so many unique and interesting things to this skincare line that there's no way I could cover this all in one post. So my recommendation? Call 210-343-9337 and schedule an appointment for your analysis (completely free) and find out why you should be using IOMA. After seeing what my skin looks like (and what's being hidden right now) I know I need to make a change and I plan on slowly integrating the line into my daily routine as well. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Nuby's Fish Swoosh Review

**Disclaimer: I'm a Nuby Mommy Blogger which means I am sent products from Nuby in exchange for a review on my blog. However, all opinions are my very own**

 Co loves basketball and he loves bath time. So when I saw that Nuby had a toy that combined two of his favorite things, I knew it was a product that Co would love. 

From the time Co saw arrive in the mail he kept asking if he could play his basketball game. 

Tyler got it opened and set up for him and we were both happy that the suction really worked well on our bath walls. We've bought a couple of things where the suction doesn't hold very well, but this one stayed up the entire time. 

Ignore the coloring on our walls. It's just bath crayons and until we move next month, I probably won't be cleaning them.
The only thing about this toy is that we need to move it higher up the wall or make Co sit further away from it since he just kept putting the ball in the net rather than throwing it like he does with his outside hoop. He still thought it was so neat that he could play basketball inside too!

The fish are the perfect size for Co's hands and can also be filled with water and used as squirt toys. It was definitely a fun bath night in our house!

This item can be found at

Nuby has a lot of other really cool products and you can find out more about them on Nuby's Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Basket Ideas for a Three Year Old

Okay, last year I was a mess when I made Co's Easter basket. I kept buying little things without thinking about what I bought and when it came time to put it all together I might have shocked my husband. Needless to say, I spent way too much on basket fillers. The worst part was that his birthday party was only a few days before Easter and his actual birthday was the next day so it just felt like so much stuff.

I promised myself (and Tyler) that I would keep it simple this year and to keep in mind that we have two kids now--I had to stick to budget. 

On a side note I was extremely glad that Easter falls late into April this month to give us breathing room from Co's birthday.

So, what is going in Co's basket this year? ((Later this week I'll be featuring ideas for a baby's basket).

My budget this year was $15-20 per basket. Co does a little egg hunt at my parent's house each year and one at the church so I really minimized how much candy was going in our basket to him this year.

1. Bubble wand-these fun for everyone!
2.Doodle Pad and Crayons- I use every holiday as an excuse to refresh crayons.
3. Monster Truck-Co usually gets Hot Wheels of some sort and right now he's very into Monster Trucks. 
4. Daniel Tiger Figurines-He got the trolley and a couple of figurines for Christmas so I wanted to add to that collection.
5. Snoopy Candy Plane-this one really isn't for the candy, but Co LOVES Charlie Brown so I think he's going to really like this!
6. And then he got a Spider-man chocolate egg and a peep egg (not pictured). 

If you need more ideas for inexpensive basket fillers for a three year old, here are some fun ones:

-Sidewalk Chalk
-Kite (they have fun plastic ones for under $3 at Toys R Us)
-Magnetic Trains
-Balls-small baseballs, basketballs, footballs
-Kids Card Games like Go Fish
-DVDs (Target always has fun kid DVDs for under $10)
-Play Dough

What are some other fun ideas for a three year old?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pasta Topped with Spaghetti Squash and Hearty Vegetable Ragu

Guess what? I'm now a food contributor to the new Dainty Jewell's Blog

So while I'll still be posting recipes on my blog here, every Monday I'll be featuring a recipe over on that blog too. This week I shared an original recipe that you will want to give a try very soon: Pasta Topped With Spaghetti Squash and Hearty Vegetable Ragu. The name is LONG, but the taste is wonderful and it's a veggie packed meal. I added beef to this meal but you could easily make this a meatless meal too. Go give it a try!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Co's Third Birthday--Baseball Style

This year for Co's birthday, I decided to go a little old fashioned. Pinterest is FULL of cute (but sometimes overwhelming) party ideas and while it's fun to have everything color coordinated, labeled in the same fonts, and stations of party fun I wanted to do an old school regular party. 

Why, you ask? Well because while those parties are adorable and are a lot of fun, I think sometimes they're more for the parents than they are the kid. Because when it comes down to it, is my three year old going to care if there's a backdrop for the food? Photo booth with props for the memories? Or labels with their names on them for the water bottles? I realized he wouldn't and all that does is really stress me out and I didn't want to do that this year. 

I took Co to Party City and walked up and down the aisles while he picked out his party theme: Despicable Me. Thankfully, I didn't buy anything right away, because 2 weeks later he started talking about his baseball birthday. I pulled up two pictures--a baseball and a minion and asked him to choose. He was set on baseball and I figured it would be a pretty easy theme. 

I made myself stay off of Pinterest because I knew I would want to do every idea I saw, and instead I just went shopping at Party City. I bought red and blue tablecloths, a baseball banner, balloons (they were Red Sox since that's my dad's favorite team and Tyler and I don't have a favorite team so it just made sense), baseball printed plates and napkins, and some hanging baseball spiral things (no idea what those are called). The goody bags were full of typical goody bag fare--baseball pencils, notebooks, sunglasses, arm bands, plush baseballs, and a pack of baseball cards. 

For entertainment there was a bounce house (seriously, that thing kept the kids entertained the entire party!), and a pinata (which Co decided he didn't want to break it because it was his). 

The food was kept pretty simple--hot dogs, chips, potato salad, and fruit (those were served in ice cream cones, and yes, I totally stole that from Pinterest). 

You know, it may not be a pinnable party but my child LOVED it. And it reminded me that it's okay to be over the top, and it's even fun to plan a Pinterest worthy party, but when it all comes down to it, if it makes my Co happy, then that's all I need to do. 

Maybe for my next holiday I'll log back onto Pinterest and spend hours planning the perfect party.