Apr 23, 2014

Easter 2014

Easter Sunday was a little bit quieter this year for us. I am not religious and haven't raised my children to be, so holidays like this at our house are just about giving the kids their little Easter egg hunt, egg coloring and Easter pails. Since it was only going to be Sammy and Jeremiah, we didn't even go out until the day before to pick up the little trinkets for their pails. The stores we an absolute mad house! 

Even though it was so much quieter and the egg hunt was for a lonely party of one (Sammy), she still had a lot of fun finding her 25 hidden eggs. Then Jack and her colored some really pretty eggs that had a very pretty iridescent finish, and we had Chinese food exactly as she requested. I don't know if it's strange that we had Chinese, but in my house we have never gone all out cooking on this day, so we always eat some take out. 







At the end of the day, Sammy had a great day, and that right there is what's important. Little Jeremiah might have had a great day too, but he doesn't really smile or laugh right now, so if he did, he is keeping it on the down low. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter day too :)

Apr 22, 2014

Julie G Nail Color in Santorini, From the Limited Edition Cruise Time Collection


I have heard so much about Jesse's Girl and Julie G Nail Color, for months now. But being the savvy saver that I am, I have been holding out for any type of sale, because I truly dislike paying full retail price for any cosmetic item. Even though I check every time I go into Rite Aid, I can never find this line on sale. But yesterday as I was doing my regular check-in, I found the Julie G Limited Edition Cruise Time Collection display and having just see one of my very favorite bloggers (Coffee Break With Dani), review these, I knew I had to get at least one. According to Dani, these are the best polishes of life and you can find many Essie dupes in the Julie G line too. Pricing for the bottles is really low, only $3.99 per bottle. I realize this is super cheap but the only way I can continue to buy items is by at least making sure they are on sale. I do spend a lot on makeup and polish, so I am sticking to this rule 98% of the time. I decided to get one polish and I chose Santorini, the one Dani said she really loved. I did have an extra buck so at least I saved that and left comfortable knowing I stuck to my rule. 

The Julie G Cruise Line offers 6 different colors, all named after cruise ports of call. I do love a polish with a cute name and these have fun names that make me think of vacations and mai tais. This is such a cool collection that has me totally thinking of summer, and believe me, I want to go back for a few more before that tiny display case empties out. 


Santorini is a periwinkle baby blue color that looks like it has some sheen but on application is completely cream with no glitters. 



Here are all the pics I took to show you this amazing color. All are no filter and completely untouched.






I only do my toenails like once a month and this was so cute, I had to do the toes too. 





And here is one flash shot so you can see what Julie G Nail Color in Santorini looks like with flash. As you can see the flash picks up some lavender tones.


Overall I love this polish, and this is something I already knew was going to happen. That many people can't rave about an item and be wrong, especially when some of those people are your favorite reviewers or vloggers. The presentation of the bottle is pretty, similar to an Essie bottle. The formula on Santorini is definitely thick and that means that you have to apply each coat evenly and quickly. I find thick formulas tricky because since I try to go slow so that I don't smear anywhere, the formula begins to dry on me and then I am rushing to get it finished before it gets lumpy. If you do a nice thick coat, you can get away with one coat of Santorini but I did two. I will update at a later time as to the longevity of the polish and any problems if they may arise. So far though I am highly pleased with my very first Julie G polish.

Have you ever tried any Julie G or Jesse's Girl Nail Colors?

Apr 18, 2014

Safety and Comfort All-In-One w/ @EvenfloBaby #EvenfloPlatinum #ad

This post is part of a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect, however all opinions are my own.


If you recall, last week Julius was here with us and he got to ride around in our brand new Evenflo Symphony LX Platinum All-in-One Convertible Car Seat. Well this week it has been little Jeremiah's turn to sit in the comfiness of this amazing car seat. Because the Evenflo Symphony LX can be used for children from 5-110 pounds, all we have to do is add the padding for smaller children and turn the chair around. Having a chair that is both front-facing and rear-facing really adds to the value of this chair because it means that this could be the only chair we will ever have to have for them. I am all about buying baby items that will grow with baby, especially when you have more than one child! 


More importantly when it comes to a car seat, is safety. When you are driving around all day with such precious cargo in the back, you need to know that you child is in the safest car seat possible. Evenflo continues to go above and beyond government standards to provide car seats that are 2X the Federal Crash Test Standard. In addition, Evenflo car seats have e3 Side Impact™ Protection, which contains 3 layers of engineered foam designed and tested to reduce side impact forces up to 50%. No one wants to think about a car accident, but they are a fact of life and it's why I feel so much better knowing my little guys are in such a safe car seat.


Baby Jeremiah was a little bit fussy today, but I know it was because of he is sick and not because he was uncomfortable. The NASA-developed Outlast® technology that was used on the fabric, regulates the temperature and ensures that he is never too hot. The Buckle Pockets safely tuck the buckle tongues away from him so that there is no buckle burn and all the padding really makes for a comfortable ride.



Keeping baby comfortable is a big priority for Evenflo, because a happy, comfy baby means you have your eyes on the road and not on the baby. Keeping your eyes on the road means a safer ride for everyone. The Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum Convertible Car Seat is a keeper and makes me feel so secure anytime they are in the car with us. Every car ride should be so safe!

Apr 17, 2014

Food for Thought: Dream Big or Go Home #inspiration

Release Your Child's Imagination with Hasbro Marvel Toys #MiHasbroMarvel

This is part of a product review campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Hasbro; complimentary products were provided. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is hitting movie theaters on May 2, 2014, as big fans of all super heroes, we can't wait to see the movie. I have always been a big super hero fan, something that I have passed to my daughters and now my little Sammy. In my house we don't talk about being Wonder Woman or Bat Girl, here we talk about being The Dark Knight, Spiderman or Captain America. Super heroes are not just for boys, girls love them too!


In preparation for the release of, Spider-Man 2 and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Hasbro is launching a line of toys that will spur children's imaginations and get them to spend time playing with something other than technology.  These toys are will provide kids with hours and hours of imaginative play and will let even little girls know that they too, can be Spidey. Nothing is cooler than a mask and we were excited to receive The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Vision Electronic Mask, which is great for role playing and really getting into Spidey's head. LOL. 

 

The SPIDER VISION Electronic Mask lights up and the light reflects off the two web discs that come with it, giving children the illusion of having Spider-Man's famous SPIDEY SENSE.  The disks are pretty light but I would recommend letting the kids know not to throw in anyone's face or maybe even in the house, we let Sammy run crazy outside with them instead. 


All you have to do is put the mask on your child, and they literally become Spider-Man!


Lurking behind bushes getting ready for the attack!


Almost ready!


"Got you with my web disk!"


It's not always easy for me to tear Sammy away from her tablet to go play outside, but toys like this make her want to go. It also helps that the neighborhood kids think her Spidey mask is oh-so-cool. Who can rock flowered tennis shoes and a Spidey mask? Sammy can!

Visit Hasbro.com to find out more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Vision Electronic Mask and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spider Strike Blitz Board as well as other Hasbro Marvel toys that will let your kids imaginations roam free.