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Sensational Finds…. Spin pins, Candles, and Baby makes 3

:Side Note: Today is part 3 of 7 Days of Sensational Finds. These are two products I use all the time and love. Sunday I will post the details to the giveaway so please make sure you check back. If you have any items you think would be a good prize please let me know. I have some ideas but would like to get some others. Hope you enjoy this post. Please subscribe and comment.

Goodie Spin Pins- This is the best invention out, for hair accessories. These two bad boys take the place of 30 bobbie pins, and make it super easy to throw your hair in a bun. I’ve always hated having hair in my face. and now I have a baby that yanks on my hair like it’s his job. So for me, having my hair up is just works. The pins are a corkscrew shape, and come in either regular or short, light or dark. This makes it possible to use on short hair. It may seem complicated but it’s pretty simple to use. What you do is, take your hair into a pony tail (it can be high, low, half-up, loose or tight), wrap it in a bun (make sure your ends are tucked in), screw 1st pin (clockwise) at the top, and then the 2nd at the bottom (making sure you don’t interlock them). There you have it, a cute easy alternative to wearing your hair up. They’re available at all drugstores for about $6

Goody Spin Pin, easy updo, french twist, hairstyles

The Finshed Product

Goody Spin Pin, easy updo, french twist, hairstyles

TINDRA MYS Scented block candle red Package quantity: 3 pack  Package quantity: 3 pack

Tindra Candles from Ikea– Whenever I’m home I usually have candles burning. To me it’s relaxing and makes your house feel like a home. I love to try different brands and scents of candles. More so than not, I’m disappointed by something. I tried the Tindra candle from Ikea mostly because they were so cheap. I was surprised to find it’s a wonderful candle. It’s a warm berry scent, that fills the whole room and that’s most important to me. Have you ever brought a candle, smelled it and liked it, then when you get home and burn it, you can’t smell it at all. That drives me crazy. The Tindra candle comes in 6 different sizes. I use the small size in glass, it burns for 30 hours and cost $1.99. After 1 hour your room will smell amazing. Since I’m home all day it’s important that my house feels relaxing and calm. Candles are one way I make my house a home. You might have guests come over after your baby arrives, before they get there light a candle. It will make your home smell warm and welcoming.

Daily Photos 6/1 and 6/2

7 Days of Sensational Finds (Part 3)

1. Gas drops and Gripe Water- Most baby tend to have A TON of gas and B was one of them. He would be in tears because of the discomfort. He  still has gas, but it’s gotten better and he doesn’t cry about it anymore. Gas drops are great to have just incase you LO gets it. You should give them to him before he eats or mix it into the bottle if they get one. We also gave him Gripe Water, which is a natural remedie for gas, colic, or reflux. It contains ginger, fennel, and sodium bicarbonate, which all are good for stomach discomfort. Leg exercises like bicycles are great to use as well, to help get the gas out. We use the Target brand and that runs about $3.00. Mylicon is the top rated brand for babies and that can run about $10.00. Gripe Water is available at drugstores, Wal-mart, Target or online at Amazon.com

2. Hand Soap and Sanitizer- Everyone knows, with a newborn your always washing your hands. I went to Bath & Body Works and brought a bunch of different scented soaps and sanitizer. I love the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent. It was so nice to go wash my hands and smell this lovely scent. I had a hand sanitizer on our coffee table so any time someone came over I would have them wash or sanitize their hands. Plus since it was sitting right there I would remember to do it and others would see I mean business! Ha! While your there get yourself a good hand cream because those bad boys will be dry from all the washing. I also keep the mini size hand sanitizer in my diaper bag and car. Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes are also a great option to keep with you or at house for a quick wipe down.

These are two products I have used from the day Baby B was born. They’re definitely part of my baby arsenal. And I think every new mom should have a baby arsenal.

What’s in your baby arsenal?

Today I’m gonna do a “throw back” picture of the baby just to see how much he’s grown in the past 16 weeks!

Lancome Hypnotic Eyes Summer Glow Review

Lancome Hypnotic Eyes Set Summer Glow - $94 value!

One of my favorite mascara is Lancome Definicils, it gives my lashes great length and separation. But I’ve been on the hunt to find a drugstore brand that’s just as good. I went for about a month trying different ones and just didn’t love any, except Maybelline XXL Pro Extensions. So I decided that I need to just go back to what I know, Lancome. I planned on going to my local Lancome counter and trying the Lancome ‘Definicils Precious Cells’ and ended up leaving with “Hypnotic Eyes Summer Glow’ set.

I’ve been using the products for a couple of weeks now and this is my thought on it. The set includes:

Aquatique Waterproof Base in Nude

 “Exhibition”LANCOME Color Design Eye Shadow GAZE (shimmer) u/b“Gaze”

2 Full-Size Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Gaze and Exhibition

Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Noir

Hypnose Drama Full Body Volume Mascara in Excessive Black

I think that you definitely get your monies worth for $39.50 you get $95.00 worth of goodies. I was going to spend $25 on my mascara so I was happy to spend a little more and get all these items.

The base is a creamy texture and is easy to apply, which I liked. I normally use MAC paint pots for my eyeshadow base, so I was a little leary to try something new. The staying power was okay. It didn’t crease, but I did see the color starting to fade as the day went on. I tend to have oily eyelids and perhaps that was the issue. This is a product that I’m glad that I have but wouldn’t trade in my paint pots or Urban Decay Primer Potion for.

The eye shadows I love! They are great neutral colors that can be worn everyday. Gaze is a shimmer shadow, it’s a light champagne/beige with a slight shimmer to it. It’s a perfect highlight color or can be worn alone for a more natural eye. You can apply this color in your inner tear ducts for a more awake look. Exhibition is a sheen shadow, it’s a medium plummy rose color with a slight sheen. This is  a great crease color that can be used everyday because it’s pretty light and subdued. I never used Lancome eyeshadow before, but I was pleasantly surprised. I will be buying more of them.

The eyeliner is the one item I was disappointed with. It’s a waterproof black that I don’t feel is dark enough to be applied to the waterline. The liner is the click type and doesn’t need to be sharpened which is nice, and it also has a smudger on the end, which I like. I had to apply a lot of product to my bottom waterline and after about an hour it was gone. On the top lash line the product did show better but it faded quickly. I would not buy this product again, I will stick with my Physician’s Formula gel liner!

Now to the main attraction, the Hypnose Drama. Surprisingly I like it. I’m not one that like the volume type of mascaras, but this one gives me the length that I like. The brush is a S-shaped which can take some getting used to. The product claims that you only need one coat and your good. I don’t find that to be true because when you take the mascara out there is so much product you have to wipe some off. I just take a piece of paper and remove some of the product by running the paper up the wand. For me this is the trick. Along with combing my eyelashes while wet. Once these two steps are done, I have look and length that I love so much from Lancome mascara. If you have short lashes try this product, it’s worth the $25. Make sure you comb your lashes because this product can clump if too much is applied.

I think that this set is well worth the money. I love the shadows and mascara, I will be buying them again. Lancome makes the best mascara, it’s one makeup product you should spend a little more on. When I don’t have makeup on my lashes are short and no dull. When my mascara is done people always ask if my lashes are real. I always tell them, to try Lancome mascara.

Now I’m off to finish the laundry and spend some time with my hubby! Hope you’re having an amazing day loves!

My Six Favorite Nail Polishes


Having a fresh manicure is something I think every girl loves. When I look down at my hands and see  freshly painted nails it always puts a smile on my face. I love getting my nails done by the professionals, but with a new baby it’s not always feasible. So doing them my self is the next best thing. Painting your nails can take some patients that not everyone has, including me most days. This is why a Quick Dry Topcoat will help from smudging your nails because you can’t wait any longer for them to dry (please tell me I’m not alone). Seche Vite is the one that I use and will highly recommend you to get it. It’s available at Ulta but, I’ve found it on Amazon.com around $5.00. Now on to favorite polishes right now.

1. Essie French Affair- The whole French Affair is beautiful, I believe it’s the newest collection out right now. It’s a light pink color, but not sheer. Most pinks I find are more sheer, so you have to do a couple of coats, this one is not. You can do 2 coats and be fine. Light pink is a color that you can wear everyday no matter what you’re wearing, a great neutral polish.

2. MAC Coconut Ice- This a light coral color that’s perfect for spring. I brought this color last year so I’m not sure if they still have it, but I love it. Coral is such a popular color this year for spring, and I’m totally loving it. This is more of a subtle coral and not as bright as it normally is. I wear this shad all the time and love the way it looks. The only thing is I’m not crazy about MAC nail polish, I’m not sure if it’s the formula or what. They are quite costly as well.

3. Essie Carousel Coral- Yes, another coral. I told you I was loving coral. This is another shade that I’ve had for a while, but now that spring is here I’ m all about using it again. This is more vibrant than Coconut Ice and I think I like this one much better. Sometimes you just want a bright color on your nails and this is one that I love.

4. Sinful Colors Savage- This is a drugstore brand, that I purchased at Rite Aid. The color I say is a greenish blue, like a dark turquoise. I saw it the other day and it really caught my eye. Its part of their new Lone Star collection which had some really cute colors. The best part about this brand is they only cost around $3.00, what a steal. I have other colors from this company that I like, and they have a bunch of colors at Rite Aid. So thumbs up for Sinful Colors.

5. Essie Mint Candy Apple- Perhaps I have a thing for Essie polish. This is a fun mint green color, almost the color of a Tiffany’s box. It’s such a spring color, you can just look at it and think spring. Maybe because it’s a pastel color and people always wear pastels in spring. Anyway, I love this color on my toes, that’s what I’m wearing now.

6. Maybelline Beach Plum- This was a limited edition color that I got on sale and absolutely love it. It’s a purple color, but not too dark. It’s more in the middle is we are talking about darkness. Not light and not dark, shall we say Barney purple. I love mixing it with a purple glitter polish on 1 nail, it looks so amazing. Yes, so amazing I’m wearing it now!

Ok gals and guys that’s all of them, my 6 favorite nail polish colors. Hope you liked them, please share your favorites. Now its adult time. We’re dog sitting for my mother-in-law, so we have 2 dogs. It’s a lot of work to have 2 dogs and a baby, I’m pooped! I had the best 1st Mother’s Day ever! Bobby and the baby made me my favorite breakfast, french toast and bacon. It was so yummy! They brought me the prettiest roses and we went on a picnic in a park. It was a wonderful day, spent with my two boys. I hope you all day a wonderful Mother’s Day and are having a great week.

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Xoxo

Baby’s 6 Week Update

My handsome little monkey has turned 6 weeks today and he’s just amazing. I’m totally a new parent because everything he does is just so wonderful, and I’m loving every minute of it. I have never been so tired in my life, I think my body is getting used to not sleeping. I have always liked to sleep in, and God only knows the last time I got 8 hours of straight sleep. I now know why they say “sleep before the baby comes”, you would have to sleep for a full month to be rested enough to not feel tired. My eyes literally burn when I wake up, but once I can finally see what I’m doing, and see my little man looking at me I know it’s all for a good cause! We are currently co-sleeping, which I never thought we would do. The first couple of weeks he slept better in the bed with us, then in the pack ‘n play next to the bed. We went and brought a travel crib that we keep in the middle of our bed, and made as safe as possible. It has walls so neither of us can roll over on him, and Diva won’t try to bother him. You’ll always have these big opinions when your pregnant, and the second that baby is born you will do whatever you need to make him as comfortable as possible. So don’t be hard on yourself if things don’t go the way that you planned. Babies are so unpredictable, you have to do whats best for the family, and not care what other people think!

We are still breastfeeding, which I have become very fond of. I have put so much effort into breastfeeding, so giving him formula just isn’t what I want to do. If he are out at the mall, or at his Grandmom’s then we’ll give him formula only if I don’t have anything pumped for a bottle. Even then I hate giving him the formula because I know he’ll spit up so much more than he usually does. Doctors say that if you can breastfeed for 1 year that would be amazing for baby, but how realistic is that? I’m not sure how long I will be able to be a stay at home mom, if later on we need the money then I’ll go back to work. We’re going to try for 6 months and see how that goes, I have been pumping and trying to stock pile but we always end up using it. Bobby has become so alert, he has a great friendship with the ceiling fan. He smiles at us, makes the cutest baby noises, and tries to stand up while we hold him. In a nutshell he’s amazing! I haven’t been blogging too much lately but I’m going to try to do something at least every other day, even if it’s just a quick thought or picture. Oh and by the way, Thank God it’s SPRING, this chick is ready for some warm weather!

How I survived the 1st week of motherhood

I consider myself to be a planner and an over thinker, so when I got pregnant this was maximized to the 10th power. I was constantly making list and thing to do’s but there are just somethings that you can’t plan for and need to experience on your own. I must say this past week has been great, I think that has a lot to do with me being prepared. Raising a baby is like starting the first day of kindergarten, you’re so excited but have no clue what a long journey you’re in for. Here are a couple of things I have found to be live-savers so far.

1. Moby Wrap- This is something I’ve used everyday since baby and I came home from the hospital. I love to be able to hold him while I browse the internet and blog. Without the wrap he would be sleeping in his swing or bouncer seat, and I would feel bad because he isn’t getting any attention. I read somewhere that newborns are going thru the 4th trimester and need to be close to their mothers for most of the day. In most countries babies are always in slings and carried by the mother, this creates a healthy bond. I love the fact that I can do almost anything I would normally do if I wasn’t holding him.

2. Medela Nipple Shields Hands down the best breast-feeding accessory, for mothers that can’t get baby to latch properly. While I was in the hospital I had almost every nurse trying to help me get baby B to nurse. He would get it sometimes, but for the most part would just scream and cry. They had me try every hold, skin-to-skin, formula on the nipple, and they would even hold the nipple out for baby to latch, nothing worked! I went home discouraged, I have HUGE TaTas and can’t feed my baby. My sister then told me she had the same problem and used the nipple shields. I immediately went out and got them, it worked. Now baby feeds like a champ every 2 hours. The only thing I would say is that I don’t think I have small nipples, I think they are average, but I had to get a small-sized shield. So be careful when buying your because your little one might not be able to suck hard enough to get the nipple through.

3.Swaddle Me- I know that not every newborn likes to be swaddled but, mine loves it. He loves to  be in a tight wrap, and doing it with the receiving blanket can be difficult. Every time the baby would come back from the nursery at the hospital he would be sound asleep. They had the ability to wrap him so well he would instantly calm down, the 2nd night he was in my room I couldn’t get him to stop crying. I had to call a nurse in just to swaddle him, I thought, “what the hell am I gonna do when I get home?” The Swaddle Me makes so quick and easy. I have been using the 5 s’s from the Happiest Baby on the Block and I swear it works, you should check it out they have videos on YouTube.

Here’s a couple pictures of me in action using the products I’ve talked about. Now I’m off to put my baby boy to bed and spend some much needed QT with my honey.

Hope you all have a Sensational Day!

Purr-fecting the Cat Eye

Cat eye

Cat eye by smallysmallz04 featuring clutches

Hello my loves, today I want to talk about make-up!! I have always loved make-up, I can remember stealing my sisters make-up and just playing with it. It took me a long time to find what works for me, but I’m so glad I did. My go-to look would have to be the cat eye, it’s so simple and easy to do when I’m in a rush. One thing about me is, I’m not a morning person! I always wake up late and then don’t have time to get ready the way I would like to. I always hear about new moms not having time to get ready so the cat eye is a perfect eye for them to try.

There are many different ways you can do the cat eye, depending on your style or eye color. The first thing you want to start with is an eye primer, this will help stop creasing and if your eye lids are oily the primer will reduce the oils from coming through. It doesn’t matter if the primer is cheap or expensive you want to find one that works for you. Here we have Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer it can be purchased at Sephora for $35.00. Since you want the primer to only be a base you should not see any color on your eye. Now its time to decide what type of eyeliner gal you are. Do you find it easier to use liquid, pencil or gel? Like anything in life practice makes perfect, so you really want to practice lining your top lid.

Above we have the Noir liquid eyeliner in black, this is going to give you a dark line but can take some getting used to doing. You always want to start at the lash line and build from there, depending on how thick you like your line.

Gel eyeliner is another way that you could go I prefer this type when using it with eyeshadow. Gel liners come in many different brands and also colors, it all depends on how you like to look. For a more subtle look I would try a brown, or purple gel liner.

Lastly we have pencil eyeliners, I personally use a black pencil liner on my water line to complete the cat eye. If you want more of a light line I would say go for the pencil, you want one that is smooth and glides on easy. Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners are great for two reasons, they glide on smoothly so you don’t have to tug and pull at your eye and also, they are waterproof so they have the staying power that you need for all day.

Changing your everyday make up routine is a great way to bring in the new year. That can mean adding to what you already do, or changing the products that you use. Make-up is such a wonderful way to enhance your natural beauty, and it shouldn’t take a long time to do that. Most women wish there was more time in the day, so your make-up routine shouldn’t be something taking up a lot of your time. Try out a couple of the products that I have mentioned, or let me know some products you love!! Make 2011 all about enhancing your natural beauty!!

Wishing you a Sensational day!!