Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Parent's Choice diapers at Walmart

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Babies are expensive. I'm a mom of 3 now, so having been through this a couple of times I know what to expect. The gear, supplies, and gadgets you need to raise a baby these days can add up quickly. Clothes, bottles, toys, swings, car seats, strollers, carriers, etc. Let's not forget one of the biggest expenses when it comes to raising little ones: disposable diapers.

I've bargain shopped, coupon clipped, and compared just about every brand out there. The thing is, I don't really have time for that with three kids now. My little Harper hates shopping and will literally scream through the entire store, so I don't have the patience or clear thinking sometimes to sit and compare diaper prices on the baby aisle at the store. Not with a screaming 2 month old in the stroller. I need something reliable that works well and doesn't break the bank, like these new and improved Parent's Choice diapers from Walmart. The are the best value diaper brand to help you save a ton of money on your baby's diapers.

I've noticed that one of the things Harper loves most is a fresh, dry diaper. My other kids could have cared less if they were wet or dry, but it really bothers Harper. She likes a dry diaper so much so that as soon as I change her she will almost immediately wet it again and need another changing. This happens a lot and I'm constantly changing her, so we go through diapers rather quickly. Thankfully Parent's Choice diapers are now even more absorbent and are just as sturdy as the major diaper brand labels, so they can handle the worst diaper messes. Just because these aren't expensive doesn't mean they can't stand up against competitors. I've tried them all, and the more spendy brands don't necessarily mean you get a better diaper. I found that Parent's Choice diapers fit well and are pretty good with leaks- even at night. (I admit to not changing with every night time waking!)

See? Happy baby.

Did you know you can save up to $240 a year with Parent's Choice diapers? Now that's some serious #BabyDiapersSavings.

Want to save even more on your baby's diapers? Make sure to grab this coupon for a pack of Parent's Choice diapers and head to your closest Walmart store. You can find out if your Walmart store carries the new and improved Parent's Choice diapers here. Trust me, your baby will thank you and so will your wallet! 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

10 year milestones

This week we celebrated a couple of milestones.

First off, my oldest, Ayden, turned 10. 

Ten years old. How did that happen? My days of being a mom of 1 and chasing around a little boy don't seem that far back in my memory. I can clearly remember being a very young mom with my skinny little blonde haired baby boy. I remember my first few nights up with him wondering what I had gotten myself into with the whole "motherhood" thing. I didn't know what I was doing! I mean, I knew the basics. Feed, change, hopefully sleep, play, repeat. I had no idea what affect this sweet boy would have on my heart and on myself as a person. For 3 1/2 years this was my only baby...what would turn out to be my only boy, and too quickly he grew up into a little man who's now too big for toys for his birthday and only wants video games and cash for his birthday. He also opted for a plain chocolate fudge cake without any cartoon characters or "Happy Birthday" message on it.

Ayden on his 1st birthday.

On the other end of the spectrum, my youngest turned 8 weeks on Ayden's birthday. Harper is getting so big so quickly! She's 11 pounds now and is getting chubbier by the day. She's already growing up on me too, and she's not the teeny little 6 1/2 pound thing I brought home from the hospital 8 weeks ago. I thought she was going to be my tiny little girl, but it turns out she's going to be just as pudgy and have just as many sweet little rolls on her as my other two did.

Then there's Lily, my middle one. She's exactly 6 1/2 now, and she still thinks she's the only princess in the house. She's used to being the baby and getting a fair share of the attention, so when Ayden opened his birthday presents (along with a fancy new Nintendo 3DS) she couldn't handle it. Oh the tears! I heard a lot of  "It's not FAIR!" and there was a lot of arm crossing and huffing and puffing. I consoled her a few times and explained that it was in fact fair- that it was Ayden's birthday, but after a while I told her to get over it. Well...daddy always makes everything all better, so he cheered her up by taking her to the grocery store with him to get stuff for dinner (and pick up the cake) and low and behold, she came back with 2 new Monster High dolls. Daddy is a pushover. Lily has always been a mommy's girl, but as she's getting older her and I are starting to butt heads a little more. We are both extremely strong willed. 

That's 10 years of me being a mom! It's kind of like a little anniversary, right?

Go me.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Easy and authentic frozen lunches w/ Herdez Cocina Mexicana

Many thanks to the makers of the HERDEZ® brand for sponsoring today's post and encouraging me to try the Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls.

Lunchtime has a way of slipping by me. I forget it. I'm distracted. I'm busy. I have a million other things I'm thinking of. The hunger usually hits me right before I have to pick up the kids from school and I realize I haven't eaten since my coffee & half eaten toast this morning, and by then I don't have much time to eat. It happens to all of us sometimes, doesn't it?

Sometimes I'll quickly snack on some goldfish crackers or a string cheese, or whatever easy stuff my kids like to snack on I have laying around. Or sometimes I end up hitting a drive thru or running to the store in the middle of the day because none of the "kid food" sounds good. I'm always looking for easy and yummy lunch ideas on those crazy busy days- something I can whip up quickly before the baby starts crying or before I get distracted returning emails and phone calls.

I found these HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls on my last grocery run.

HERDEZ® Cocina Mexicana brings the Mexican restaurant experience home with authentic ready-to-eat meals that give you the bold Mexican taste you love in seconds. They are available in 10 varieties, and Cocina Mexicana meals have plenty of authentic flavor for the whole family. The top 3 bowls are Beef Barbacoa, Carnitas with Charro Beans, and Pork Chili Verde. With the same quality and freshness you expect from the HERDEZ® Brand, you’re savoring the best of traditional Mexican cuisine in every bite.

I stocked my freezer full of these yummy little Mexican bowls. They are really quick- I pop them in the microwave for about 5 minutes and it's an easy lunch option that almost always sounds good. Mexican food is one of my favorites! I love that I can get authentic Mexican flavors without having to leave the house, and they are so fast- perfect for any busy day. If you work outside the house you could bring one of these frozen bowls to work and heat it up for an inexpensive lunch option. Or if you need an easy dinner idea for the whole family, grab a bunch of different flavors of these bowls, heat them up, and serve them with some chips, salsa, and guacamole and you've got a tasty Mexican dinner that the whole family can enjoy together.

Grab this $1.00 off coupon and go stock up!

Which flavor are you most excited to try?

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Monday, September 8, 2014

DIY Hard Nails- Review & Giveaway!

I am so excited for today's blog post!

I was recently given the chance to try out a new line of at-home gel nail polish called DIY Hard Nails (pronounced "die-hard nails" for all of the die-hard nail lovers out there). I'm always on the lookout for what's new and hot in nails, and I was especially excited to try a new brand, so I jumped at the chance to try it and do a review. The gel colors I saw were really beautiful and were full of chunky glitter- so fun. Oh, and guess what? They change colors depending on the temperature! Intrigued? So was I.

DIY Hard Nails are just like any other at home gel polishes and they require an LED or UV lamp, along with a gel base and top coat. Now, which type/brand of lamp is up to you, just know that they take 45 seconds to cure under an LED and anywhere from 2-3 minutes per coat under a UV lamp. I used the DIY Hard Nails base and top coat, but you can use your own if you have a different brand (Gelish, CND, Sally Hansen, Red Carpet Nails, etc). DIY Hard Nails are salon quality and are 5-free, meaning no harmful chemicals.

Here are the colors I tried out

Pink Frost from cold to hot.

Pink Galaxy from cold to hot.

Coca Cola Float from cold to hot.

I also did a quick 15 second video demonstration showing the color change, which you can check out here on my Instagram (and make sure to follow!)

I decided to try out Pink Frost and Pink Galaxy for my first DIY Hard Nails manicure. The consistency of the gel was exactly like all of the others I've used, so it was really easy to apply. The only issue I had was with the Pink Frost- the bottle comes as a bright, hot fuchsia pink color, but as soon as it hit my nail it turned the white glittery color, which made it a bit hard to see when applying around the cuticle area. I kind of wish the color-changing effect was reverse for that color- white while cold and dark pink for hot. But I still love it. My nails started off pretty short, so they were mostly the warm colors at first, but as they grew out they would change more and have more of that ombre effect.

I'm really, really impressed with how well these gels have held up! I'm going on 13 days with not a single chip, break, or peeled up corner. My nails feel very strong and protected and even with the extra length on them after almost 2 weeks worth of growing I haven't broken a single nail. Impressive!

Overall, I'm really happy with DIY Hard Nails and I'm excited to try out everything else they have. You can go here to purchase their products. All customers recieve a free bonus Ebook "Nail Salon Secrets to the Perfect At-Home Gel Manicure" with every order. You can try everything for 30 days risk free, 100% money back guarantee if you're not happy with it (but you will be). Order any 3 and they ship free!

If you need some help with your at home gel manicure, check out my tutorials!

Now, on to the giveaway!
Who wants to win some DIY Hard Nails gel polish?

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What color are you most excited to try?
Good luck!

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