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7 Days of Sensational Finds and a Giveaway?!?

Starting this week, everyday I will talk about 1 or 2 products I love as a new mom.  I’m by no means a mommy pro, but I do have a few items that I love and want to recommend for any new mom. I did so much research and reading on different baby products and the book “The girlfriends’ guide to baby gear” by Vicki Iovine really gave me a realistic ideas of what’s actually necessary. So definitely check that book out if your pregnant and want some pointers. Once the baby comes home you will see what works best for you and them but here’s a couple of things that I swear by, and still use at 4 months old.

:Side Note: Next Sunday I wanted to do a giveaway of some of the products I mention. I’m not sure if anyone would want to enter but if you would want to do please comment below so I can go out this week and purchase them. Then on Sunday I would post all the details. So, comment below if a giveaway is something your into! Now back to what I was talking about!

1. Pampers Swaddler diapers– I read that you should buy a few different brands just incase your Little One (LO) was allergic, but I didn’t know that some diapers just leak for the hell of it. Huggies is one brand for us that just leak! It happens often with boys. We had about 100 that I  had to give to my sister who’s having a baby girl. Pamper Swaddler  also comes in sensitive, and doesn’t have the Dry Max that can cause irritation for some. I just love the swaddlers. They have the wetness indicator on the front of the diaper so if they are wet you can tell with just looking and not have to do the “sniff test”. Pampers has a great program Gifts That Grow, almost all the products you buy have codes located on them.  You can redeem them online for points, once you accumulate different amounts of points you can get free things. I’m all about free things, so I love it. I definitely think Pampers Swaddlers’ are the way to go for boys.

2. The Soothie– This is the best pacifier. When Baby B was in the hospital they gave us this pacifier to use and he’s used it ever since. Of course I went out and brought all the cute pacifiers that say ” MY MOMS HOT”. He just won’t use them. They have a more round shaped nipple. The Soothie is more like mothers’ nipple, slim and long. The colors aren’t fun at all. Blue, Pink, and green is all you’re getting. One cool “accessory” sold for your soothie is a  Wubbanub Plush Pacifier Toys. It’s a Soothie attached to a stuffed animal, which is a genius idea. Baby B is constantly spitting out the pacifier in his sleep, I’ll have to go and put it back in his mouth once he starts to cry. The stuffed animal rests on your LO chest so they can’t lose the paci so easily.  You have to buy it already attached which kind of sucks, but they are just too cute not to have.These two are a must!

Here’s our daily pictures from yesterday (5/28) and today (5/29).

5/28 Hanging outside in his Bumbo

He loved eating ‘nanas! He did so well with them, but made a funny face when the flash went off.

Baby B and his cousin Gia. They kept staring at each other, looking really confused. They’re exactly 4 months apart.

My handsome boy enjoying a BBQ with family and friends.

Family Time is My Favorite Time

Today we decided to spend some family time together in Center City. It was a warm day and there’s nothing better than walking around enjoying the city. So we packed the diaper bag and headed out. We went to South St. since it’s full of shops and stuff, but it wasn’t as nice as I remember it to be. I always loved to go there and shop but they didn’t have any good stores. We went to eat at Reading Terminal Market, which is a farmers market with a variety of amazing food.

Bobby had gumbo from a creole restaurant, he said it was delicious. They even had alligator, but he wasn’t ready to try that.

I had the chicken wings from the Amish market. They taste so fresh and homemade. The wings are just seasoned and you can put a homemade hot sauce on them if you want. I just like them dry.  When I saw the banana pudding, I had to try it. Bobby recently introduced me to this spectacular dessert, I love it. This was also sold by the Amish, it was tasty but I think Golden Correll still has the best banana pudding I’ve had.  Daddy and his boy!

Reading Terminal Market has so many different stores. They had a handmade soap and candle store, I didn’t get a chance to check it out but I definitely want to next time we go. There is also a bakery, handmade quilts, fresh fish, fruit and veggies, and tons of great food. It’s the perfect place to go to buy fresh, homemade, locally grown goodies!
 

  Baby B was such a good boy. He loved to look at all the different colors and objects. He sat in his car seat looking up almost the whole time. I love to watch him experience things for the first time. Even though he may not remember we will be able to show him pictures and videos of his childhood. He looks so serious in all of the pictures we took, he’s showing his “mean mug”! After we ate we just walked around. We passed City Hall which is one of the most prettiest buildings Philadelphia has. It has the tiniest details, I can just imagine how much time it took to construct. In every big city there is a china town, this is the entrance to ours. The coloring and detail are beautiful.  We had an amazing day, and we don’t get to have them that often. With a new baby, time goes by so quickly, it’s nice to just take in precious time as a family.

What are some things that you like to do with your family, friends, or special someone?

Lashin’ Out

One makeup product I can’t live without is mascara. The days that I am running late or don’t feel like doing a full face of makeup I always have my mascara and liquid eyeliner. Some women like to have volume and some like length, I like mascaras that give length and separation. Lancôme is my Holy Grail product, I can’t live without it. Don’t get me wrong I do like to try different brands, but I always go back to my Lancôme L’extreme or Definicils. Both products give you long lashes, as well as separate and define. The Definicils brush is patented to coat your lashes from base to tip. The wand is small enough to get each lash top and bottom. L’extreme is designed to extend your lashes up to 60% by using Fiberstrectch, which attaches supple fibers to every lash for an instant lash extension effect. The wand is thicker than the Definicils but thin enough to get every lash. Some brands that lengthen can cause your lashes to look like spiders, the mascara clumps and breaks your lashes off. Each of these mascaras cost about $25.00 and can be purchased at department stores, Sephora, or online.

I have found drugstore mascaras that work as well as expensive brands, for a fraction of the cost. For longer lashes, L’Oreal Lash Out and Telescopic are great products. The Telescopic brush is flat on one side to draw lashes out and a comb on the other to separate with exact precision. Lash Out has a teddy bear brush that smoothly coats lashes to build and separate without clumping.  You can find each of these at any drugstore for about $9.00. The ladies that like volume should try Cover girl Lashblast and Maybelline XXL Pro Volume. Lashblast has a thick wand that volumizes and separates lashes. If you have short eyelashes this product is great to give the extra boost you need for thicker dramatic lashes. XXL Pro Volume does the same thickening and separating lashes but, this product is dual ended. One end of the mascara has a primer that helps to lengthen with microfibers and helps the mascara to stay on all day. The other end has the mascara that adds the intense color. Price for both is around $9.00 each.

I am constantly being asked how my eyelashes are so long and what products I use. Thankfully have longer lashes to start off with but when I do my mascara, I take my time and use multiple coats. I also use an eyelash comb to get any extra clumps and separate my lashes even more. I don’t use primer because I feel like they can cause extreme clumping. They may work for some people, but personally I don’t like them. I try to keep my lashes as clump-free as possible, so I will apply a little moisturizer to my top lashes before applying my first coat. Then I will do about 10-15 coats, that may seem like a lot but since I use the comb it removes any clumps that may form. The more mascara you use the darker your lashes will be. I do not worry about product that goes onto my skin because it usually happens; I just take Q-tips and lotion to remove the product. Depending on what type of makeup I am doing I try and do the shadow last. If I’m doing a cat eye or neutral shadow, I will do the shadow last, but if I’m doing a more dramatic eye then I will do the eye shadow first.

Get the lashes you love by using an eyelash curler first, do numerous coats for a longer/thicker look, using an eyelash comb to separate and remove any clumps, applying mascara to the bottom lashes with the tip of the wand and do no more than 3 coats, and remove any product that gets onto your skin with a q-tip and lotion. You might have to go through a couple of losers to find a winner, but there is mascara that you will end up loving and wonder why you never tried it in the first place!!!

Happy Shopping!

XoXo

Cover Girl Lashblast

Lancome L'extreme

Lancome Definicils

Maybelline XXL-Pro Volume