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Diaper bag essentials for potty training

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

With summer break in full swing and a house full of kids I feel like we're constantly in and out of the car heading somewhere in search of some fun and to get out of the house for a while. Traveling and running errands with babies and toddlers can be daunting- does anyone else feel like they end up packing everything but the kitchen sink in the diaper bag? I mean, there's so many "what-if" items that I end up bringing along. You never want to be caught in a bind and realize you forgot to pack something basic or important. Throw in a potty training toddler and you've got a stressed out mama and an overflowing diaper bag to lug around all day!

Since Harper started potty training I've gotten this diaper bag thing down. With another baby coming at the end of summer, I need to keep it simple and pack only the essentials, so here's what I make sure to always pack in our diaper bag.
Training pants. These are a must, especially if your little one is just starting their potty training journey. Harper is nowhere near underwear territory, and training pants are perfect for little accident away from home (trust me, you don't want to take apart and wash that car seat). 

Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths. Whether you're at home or on the go, these flushable, sewer and septic-safe wipes are perfect for the entire family. Did you know most baby wipes aren't flushable? Yeah- clogged toilets are no good. I love these Cottonelle® wipes because they start to break down immediately after flushing, which makes them a great choice for little ones who are potty training, as well as bigger kids and adults too. They're alcohol-free and have a light, clean scent that leaves everyone feeling fresh and clean!
Hand sanitizer. Awesome for traveling and for when you can't get to warm water and hand soap. Plus, I feel like hand sanitizer cleans germs better for little ones who may not do a great job at hand washing. I always carry it with me!

Extra clothes in a plastic bag. Accidents happen, especially if you're past the training pants stage and your little one is in underwear. I always make sure to have an extra pair of clothes in a little bag (great for stashing the wet/soiled clothes in after changing). 
A favorite book. Harper loves to read her favorite potty book while sitting on her potty seat, so even when we're away from home I make sure to bring it with us. She's a stickler for routine! Heaven forbid we get to a toilet and she doesn't have her potty book! It also helps pass the time and gets her to focus on what she's supposed to do. 

A reward or treat. Some people reward successful potty trips with rewards, treats, snacks, stickers, etc. Whatever it is, make sure you bring it along when you're away from home! 
These Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths have become a staple in my house and are a great choice for the entire family. I've got them in every bathroom, in the diaper bag, and in the glovebox of my car because they are just so convenient. They've been so handy with potty training too! I definitely recommend them to all of my mom friends. 
With a soon-to-be family of 6, Sam's Club has made it super easy and affordable for me to stock up on Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths. This mega pack is already an amazing value, and right now Sam's Club members will instantly save $3 on them upon checkout (through July 17th).

Not a Sam's Club member? Join here to stock up and save! 
Now that you know some of my diaper bag essentials, what would you add to the list? What are your best tips for traveling with a potty training toddler? 





30 week update + a fun trip to labor & delivery

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wow, what a crazy weekend it was! The fact that it's now Tuesday before I had a chance to even post this kind of says it all. If you follow me on Facebook or Snapchat you may have seen that I spent Friday night at the hospital in labor & delivery, so I figured I'd post a little update on that and on my pregnancy in general.

It all started early Friday morning, after a night of tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable. At around 5am I got up to go to the bathroom and my stomach was killing me. Seriously, I was hunched over like an old woman and was moaning all the way to the bathroom. It felt like I had the worst cramps ever, except they were burning and radiating around to my lower back too. Well, the mom in me, who's first response to a stomach ache is always "maybe you just need to poop," figured I should just wait it out and see if maybe that was the problem. I climbed back into bed and basically just rolled around, writhing and moaning in agony until finally getting up at 7. At that point, my husband, awake and alarmed, told me to lay on the couch and that he'd get the kids' breakfast ready and make sure they all got dressed, etc, before he had to leave for work.

After he left, we turned a movie on for Harper to keep her happy and I laid on the couch, while my 11 year old son, Ayden, basically had to do everything for our crazy toddler while I was trying to rest. The pain was not getting any better and it was coming in waves that were making me nauseous. By 11am I texted my husband at work and told him that I think I needed to call my doctor.

Upon calling, I knew the receptionist was kind of alarmed by my sound of my voice (and intermittent moaning in between bouts of pain) because she didn't even take a message for a nurse to call me back. A nurse got on the phone immediately and asked me a series of questions and then asked me to come into the office to see my doctor when she got out of surgery at 1:50. She said if I couldn't wait that long to go straight to labor and delivery. I called my husband, he came home, took one look at me and said "Do you think you have another kidney stone?" Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking, and right after that I threw up from the pain and we were off to the doctor's office with 3 cranky kids in tow.

Sitting in the waiting room was fun- I spent about 20 minutes gasping and clutching at my stomach and back while everyone kind of gave me side-eye glances (probably wondering if I was in labor and why wasn't I at the hospital). Finally, they called me back and I saw my doctor, who immediately knew something was up by the look on my face. They did an ultrasound to make sure my cervix and placenta looked OK, and we took a quick peek at baby to make sure everything looked good with him. It all checked out, and that's when my urine sample came back with blood in it. At that point, my doctor told me that I looked like a woman with a kidney stone and that she wanted me to go to the hospital to labor and delivery so they could monitor the baby while I got some pain relief and so they could order a better ultrasound to look at my kidneys. Yay- such a familiar story...this same exact thing happened when I was pregnant with Harper two years ago!

I spent the rest of Friday afternoon hooked up to fetal monitors in labor and delivery, where the lovely nurses hooked me up with some IV fluids and a morphine drip. I was in so much pain at that point that they had to give me a starting dose of pain meds directly into my IV right away while they got the rest of it all hooked up, which I was thankful for. With the pain melting away I was finally able to relax my body for the first time all day. I didn't realize how tense I was, hunched over, bracing for waves of pain and clutching at my stomach and back when it would hit me. The relief almost made me cry!

I ended up spending Friday night in the hospital because there was really no other way for them to manage my pain at that point- I couldn't go home or else I'd be in agony. Plus, I was having some frequent contractions and the baby was having some slight decels in his heart rate, so they wanted to monitor us for a while and try to figure out when I could get another ultrasound (it was 7pm on a Friday night, so a little too late at that point). Thankfully, they got me a more comfortable bed, but I still had a pretty sleepless night with all of the beeping of machines and from being constantly checked on by the nurses every hour.

On Saturday I woke up feeling better pain-wise, but I was super nauseous and had a headache from all of the pain medication. We tried stretching out the amount of time between hitting the button for my morphine drip and I was able to get some food down, just in time to be wheeled off for an ultrasound. I was shocked when the doctor came back in an hour later and told me that they didn't see any kidney stones. What the heck was going on then? I had blood in my urine and extreme kidney pain like last time...so what else could it be? Well, my kidney was very swollen and the tube leading to my bladder looked inflamed and partially blocked, so they said it was this condition called hydronephrosis, which I guess is common in pregnancy (and since I'm prone to kidney stones, I'm  a prime candidate for more kidney ailments). You basically have most of the symptoms of a kidney stone/infection, including the pain, but no actual stones. They told me it might resolve itself in a few days or weeks, but that it should fully go away when I'm not pregnant anymore. Well, isn't that great? I only have about 10 more weeks to go, so that was super encouraging (heavy sarcasm).

So since I didn't actually have any kidney stones, the only thing they could really do for me at the hospital was to manage my pain as best they could until I felt like I was OK to go home and try to manage it there. By that point, the horrible pain was mostly gone. I hadn't been hitting my morphine button nearly as much and I really, really wanted to go home and shower and see my kiddos (who, thankfully, were with my awesome brother and sister in law all day Saturday so my husband was able to go to work). I told the nurses I felt OK enough to stop the IV pain meds and that we could try to see if some pain pills would be enough to keep the pain down, even though they told me I could stay there as long as I felt I needed to. Hospitals are no fun, so I really pushed to just stop everything and send me home with some pain medication. Finally, around 4pm on Saturday I got my wish and they discharged me! I spent the rest of Saturday night and most of Sunday resting at home with my family. The pain would come and go, but the medication seemed to be enough to keep it mostly at bay. Thankfully, the first 24 hours were the worst of it.

By Monday I felt almost completely better and I hadn't been having to take my pain medication as often, which was great, because I had a dentist appointment and we were supposed to trade in our car for a minivan. Mondays are pretty much the only day we have to do things like that (my husband's day off) and we'd been planning on car shopping for months now, but something always came up on a Monday that prevented us from going. Well, I was not waiting for another Monday! We sat in the car dealership all day...I did OK for most of it but there was one time in the afternoon when my stomach and back started to get really crampy and achy again and I had to take some medicine. It was worth it though, because after a loooooong day and tons of paperwork we drove home in our new minivan!

I'm so happy with what we ended up getting. It's much nicer than what we anticipated, but it just worked out perfectly and it was too good to pass up. Plus, with four kids, we figured it was a wise investment that was going to make our everyday lives much easier (remember, we'd been squeezing 3 kids into the backseat of a tiny Toyota Corolla for the last 2 years). I always said I never wanted a minivan, but now I'm so glad I have one! #momlife

Well, if you read all of that, you're awesome. If you skimmed, I don't blame you. It's a lot of text and I tend to get rambly, especially when I have a rare morning to blog when the kids are still sleeping. Speaking of which, I hear a sweet little toddler baby singing in her crib, so I better wrap this up and get her up! 

Mid-week confessions

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hi lovelies! Today's blog post is just a fun one where I share a few mid-week confessions. We're already halfway through the week and these are just some little tidbits that are on my mind...

I'm in denial about how big my kids are getting. Seriously, I cannot believe that I'm going to have a 3rd and 6th grader in the fall! Ayden will be in his last year of elementary school and Lily will be halfway done. *cries* 

My kids are pigs. OK, not really. But with summer upon us it's crazy to see just how much these crazy kids eat. The first week of summer we went to Costco on a Monday for lunch essentials and snacks, and by Friday everything was pretty much gone. I find the kids in the kitchen about 268 times a day for snacks! I feel like I've become the kitchen nazi telling them "Close the fridge- you JUST ate!" Honestly though, if they can make it through a school day without all the snacks why can't they do it at home? You're killing my wallet, kids! Quit growing. 

I hate doing my nails. I know it seems kind of crazy coming from someone with so many nail posts on her blog, right? It's true though...I really wish someone else could do my nails because I'm sick of doing them myself, especially my toes (which I can't reach anymore due to this big ol' belly I've got going on). Thankfully my awesome friend Jodi got me a gift certificate for a gel pedi at the salon she works at! Now I just need to find the time and a sitter to actually make my appointment.

I'm started season 4 of Orange is the New Black and I'm so lost! I guess I should have rewatched season 3 (after binge-watching it last June) because I'm about 4 episodes into the new ones and I'm so confused. I even went back and watched the previous season finale but it didn't help much. I feel like I'm missing a ton and I'm not as into the storylines as I should be. Damn you, Netflix.

Being pregnant in the summer sucks. That one isn't really a confession- it's just the truth! I'm really bummed that when I take the kids to the waterpark I can't go on any slides with them. All I can do is waddle around and wade around in the water with Harper. Oh, and sit on the sidelines and eat chicken fingers and fries, but I'm actually OK with that part. 

Alright, that's it for now. Two more sleeps until it's Friday (though that doesn't really mean much anymore now that it's summer!) 

Easy mini taco cups {recipe + giveaway}

Friday, June 17, 2016

My family is all about Mexican food. We love it. Can't get enough of it! I probably make some type of Mexican food at least twice a week, whether it's chicken tacos, barbacoa beef enchiladas, tortilla soup, or just some basic bean burritos with rice on the side. Whatever it is, my kids always gobble it up and ask for more. Lately, I've been making these deliciously easy mini taco cups and they've quickly become a family favorite. 


These little taco cups bake up deliciously crispy in muffin tins- isn't that genius? They are the perfect little size for even small hands too, which is probably why my kids think they are so awesome and eat them up in a hurry. The crispy layers of shells are made with a surprising ingredient- won ton wrappers! (They were super easy to find in the refrigerated section next to the tofu and fresh ravioli/pasta). These little cups of heaven are crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and can be filled with whatever seasoned, cheesy, meaty goodness you're craving. Top them with a dollop of sour cream, your favorite salsa, and a little cilantro and these babies are the perfect sized portion for munching! Plus, aren't they just adorable? They're also so quick and easy to make you'll probably never want to go back to regular tacos after trying them. 

Here's what you'll need to make them:

1 lb cooked meat (ground beef, turkey, shredded chicken, beef, etc).
1 package taco seasoning (3 Tbsp)
1-2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 package won ton wrappers 
Toppings: sour cream, La Victoria salsa, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, olives, etc. 


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Spray your lovingly used muffin tin with cooking spray and line each one with a won ton wrapper.

Add a spoonful of seasoned meat topped with cheese, and then press down with the back of the spoon. Place another won ton wrapper on top of each cup, and fill with meat and cheese again. (Yep, we're making these double deckers!)



Bake for about 11-13 minutes, or until the edges of the won ton wrappers are golden brown and crispy and the cheese is melted.



Let cool for a minute or two before topping with sour cream, La Victoria salsa, and cilantro (and whatever else you'd like). Enjoy!



I used the La Victoria Roasted Pepper Salsa for this recipe- it's mild but has a kick of flavor that marries perfectly with the crunchy cheesiness of these delicious little taco cups. Craving something spicy and sweet? Try their new Mango Habanero Salsa, with chunks of sweet, juicy mango and spicy habanero peppers.

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Stress-free potty training tips

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

This summer, I've got two big dates circled on my calendar: Harper's second birthday and my due date. While preparing for the arrival of baby number four, I've been going over everything in my head that I can possibly think of to make the adjustment from three kids to four as easy as possible. Having a rambunctious two-year-old with a newborn sounds daunting enough! But what could make it a little easier? Well, not having two kids in diapers at the same time sure would be nice, and I don't know when I will have the time to begin potty training Harper once the new baby is already here. I realized that the time to start is now. 

It's been a while since I've potty trained a toddler (about 6 years, to be exact) so I really had to think about how to go about it. It can be a stressful time for everyone, but it doesn't need to be. Here are a few helpful tips I've learned along the way!


First, gather your essentials. If you're going with just the basics, you'll need a good potty seat or chair, training pants, like Pull Ups®, and some flushable wipes, like Cottonelle® Freshcare® Cleansing Wipes. Some people like to also include some kid-friendly books on potty training and rewards or treats. 


Start slow. Potty training can be a scary and frustrating thing for your little toddler, so start things off slow, especially if they are shy or timid. I knew if I just tried to sit Harper on the toilet she would freak out. So instead, I showed her the new potty chair and let her get accustomed to it. At first, she wanted nothing to do with it. But eventually, she warmed up to it by bringing some of her favorite things into the bathroom and decided to sit next to it, reading her favorite potty book



Stay positive. Accidents are going to happen- there's just no way around it. Try not to punish your toddler for accidents, and instead, comfort him or her and encourage them to try again. Becoming angry or getting upset when the inevitable happens will only scare and discourage them.

Dress them casually. Make sure that potty training toddlers are dressed appropriately- pants with elastic waists are probably a better option than jeans with a button and zipper for functionality sake. They need to be able to sit on that potty as soon as they feel the urge! In my house, we often opted for no pants, especially if it was during the summer (like right now). I've been letting Harper roam around the house in nothing but a t-shirt or tank top and her Pull Up, that way, we can whip it off and sit her on her potty chair as soon as she thinks she needs to go. 

Be consistent. Get used to the saying the phrase "Let's go try to potty" a lot. My daughter Lily would get so engrossed in her playtime that she wouldn't stop to go potty. I can't tell you how many times I found a little trail of pee going down the hallway because she waited too long, so I realized she needed constant reminding. This is especially important in the beginning! Set a timer on your phone if you need to- I usually start with about 15 minutes between each potty break. It sounds like a lot, but it's better to go more frequently than needed, rather than less (and end up waiting too long, resulting in an accident).


Stock up. Sometimes potty training can take a while- some kids pick it up in just a few weeks, while others might take months to get the hang of it. Make sure to stock up on Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® Training Pants and Cottonelle® FreshCare® Cleansing Wipes. I love Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® because they go on like real underwear and help teach toddlers to potty train while protecting them at the same time. They come with fun  and engaging Disney designs like Doc McStuffins and Lightning McQueen with wetness indicators that fade when wet to help teach your little one to stay dry. Cottonelle® FreshCare® Cleansing Wipes are flushable, alcohol-free wipes the whole family can use that break up upon flushing- so no worrying about them clogging up the sewer or septic! 


If you've got a potty training toddler, now is the time to take advantage of this special savings at Sam's Club. When you purchase any two Pull-Ups® Training Pants and/or Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths you will receive a $10 Sam's Club e-Gift card.

You can also enter their sweepstakes to win a $500 Sam's Club gift card! Simply share a family photo and you're in. 

Need more tips on potty training? Watch this video on the Pull Ups® Potty Partnership- a personalized, comprehensive program tailored to work with your child's unique personality, on their schedule and according to how they learn. It really takes the guesswork out of potty training and works with their personality, not against it.


What are some of your best potty training tips I should try? 


#HopeForMartin

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Today's blog post is a really sad one, and it's not my story to tell, but in sharing it I hope to somehow help out a beautiful family and spread a message. There's this blogger I follow...well, that all bloggers I know follow. I don't know her personally- I've never met her or even talked to her directly, but I've been a fan of her blog and have been following her and her family's journey for many years now. Everyone knows her- Emily, the gorgeous red-haired mama of 5 little ones who does the beautiful hair tutorials, otherwise knows as The Freckled Fox. You've probably seen her on Pinterest, or Instagram, or maybe you've read her blog yourself. 


Well, her beautiful, sweet family's story took a shocking and devastating turn last year when her beloved husband, Martin, was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. He put up an amazing fight and they did everything they could to beat the cancer, but sadly, it's just too aggressive, and Emily and her children have now been told to prepare to say goodbye to their husband and father. 

“I could feel my heart getting heavier with every word of her explanation. Then she took a deep breath and said those words so apologetically, “I mean we’re talking a few weeks here, maybe.” I can’t even explain what that felt like. All I know is that I was holding his warm hand, and I saw our five little babies in my mind, and I knew that no matter what happened to Marty that we would all be together. That our family was forever, and that everything would be OK, no matter what.” (an excerpt from Emily's latest blog update). 


I cannot even begin to imagine the nightmare that Emily is living in right now- just like her, I rely on my husband for everything. He's my rock, my best friend, and I don't know what I would do without him. Their love story is so sweet and I can't even think about it without the tears beginning to flow. Emily is handling it all with such grace, and she's finding the silver linings in everything. She's facing these new challenges for her family while remaining strong. I don't know how she does it.



All we can do now...the rest of us- her fellow bloggers, blog readers, supporters, friends, acquaintances...all we can do now is pray for this beautiful family. If you have a moment, please keep the Meyer family in your prayers. You can read their story on her blog at The Freckled Fox or on instagram @thefreckledfox.

If you have the means, please consider donating to her fundraiser to help with medical expenses. You can find that here, every penny counts. I think most of all, just be inspired by her story. Let it motivate you to cherish your relationships, to hug those you love just a little tighter and to be grateful for all your beautiful blessings. If you can, please spread their story of faith on your blog, instagram, personal facebook page or share it with your family and friends.

Recent Beauty Favorites

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June already? I kind of feel like spring just started, but here we are, on the cusp of summer break. My kids still have about 2 weeks left, so I'm relishing in these last few quiet nap times and easy days at home with just my toddler babe and growing belly. Before we get in the full swing of summer, I wanted to share a few of my recent beauty favorites. I've been cleaning out my makeup collection and added quite a few newbies to my routine. These are new to me products that I've recently fallen in love with and just can resist sharing with you all! 

Before I get to the products, I wanted to let you know that this post is not sponsored in any way, but it does contain affiliate links. That means if you happen to purchase an item through certain links, I get compensation for it (a very small percentage). I've also included regular links to the brand websites too, but in cases where the item can be found cheaper somewhere else (like on Amazon or Target) I let you know and linked you to the better deal (where I purchased it from). I'm just sharing a good deal when I see one!

NYX Microbrow | $9.99 at Target
You guys...you know I'm always on the hunt for a good brow product. I've been using the e.l.f. brow pencil and was loving that, until I discovered this waxy, ultra-thin pencil from NYX. Microbrow is my new favorite! It's smaller and a bit more delicate than the e.l.f. pencil, and the wax is dryer. I found it takes a bit more pressure for the color to show up, but the fine point makes it so much easier to get "real" looking brows. First, I groom my brows into place with the brush, then I use the pencil to make small strokes that mimic brow hairs, and then I use the brush again to soften the look. I love this pencil- I got it in Taupe. It's definitely worth the $10 and I can't recommend it enough.

NYX Stay Matte Not Flat foundation | $9.96 on Amazon

As a slightly oily-skinned person, foundation is always tricky for me. It seems like no matter what I do, I always end up slightly oil-slicky after a few hours. I'm always on the hunt for a good matte foundation- I like to change things up at different times of the year for different coverage and whatnot. I was watching some YouTube videos on beauty blenders (more on that below) and someone recommended trying this one. I snatched it up for $10 and I'm pretty impressed. The coverage is really nice and it does stay matte virtually all day without looking cakey. I've been wearing this one a lot lately!

City Colour highlight trio | $9.47 on Amazon

This was an Ipsy glam bag find that I absolutely love. This highlight trio is awesome because it has 3 different shades for all of your highlighting needs. There's a warm, golden one, a pearlescent neutral one, and a rosy-pinkish one, all in one little compact. I love playing around with the different tones for different spots I want to highlight. They are all so pretty! I love when Ipsy sends me good stuff, and this definitely made my last glam bag totally worth the $10 a month fee. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit | $40 at Sephora

I've been dying to update to a more sophisticated highlight and contour kit after learning a few more sculpting techniques. If you've never tried it- google/youtube/pinterest "highlight and contour." It seems intimidating at first, but it's amazing the difference it can make. Anywho, Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand I've been dying to try (I've heard such amazing things and I always drool over the display at Sephora). This contour kit is absolute perfection. The colors are all great, and I use a pretty even mixture of all 6, In my last contour kit, I found myself using the same 2 shades every single day, and I ran out of them pretty quickly while the rest remained full. Kind of a waste. This one gets pretty even play time, and the coverage is flawless! So easy to blend. At $40, this is a definitely a splurge for me, but worth every penny. 

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream w/ sunscreen | $20.97

As an Olay fan, I was excited to see this day cream in my latest Influenster Vox Box. I love the fact that it has a higher SPF factor of 30, versus the usual 15. Going into summer I want to make sure to protect my skin from UV rays as much as possible to avoid wrinkles and sun spots. I figured the higher SPF might make it a greasier moisturizer, but it's actually surprisingly lightweight. It also contains amino-peptide complex to penetrate deep into the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and promises visible results in just 1 day! I've been using it for about 2 weeks now and my skin does look and feel pretty amazing. I think this is my new favorite day cream for summer. 

The Original Beauty Blender | $20 at Sephora 

I've been hesitant about buying a beauty blender for a while now, mostly because I love my foundation brushes I'm currently using, and also because I couldn't justify spending $20 on a sponge. So instead, I spent $6 on a crappy, generic knockoff beauty blender and saw so-so results. However, I saw the potential, and it made me take a leap of faith and head down to Sephora for the original beauty blender. It's got some amazing reviews, so I needed to see what all the fuss was about. Well, the first time I used it, I was hooked. I love how easy and fast it is to apply and blend my foundation now, and the finish is absolutely flawless. Rather than rubbing the foundation into your skin, you "pounce" it with a dabbing motion. The skinny, tapered part at the top is perfect for getting around your nose and eyes, while the big, fat bottom is perfect for covering large areas of your face really quickly. I don't know if I'll ever go back to a brush again. I love this thing! I feel like I can't mess up my makeup with it. Love, love, LOVE the beauty blender! Do yourself a favor and get one!

So, what do you think of these recent favorites? Have you tried any of them? Or are there any you're looking forward to trying sometime soon? I'd love to hear your suggestions too- what are some of your recent must-haves? Maybe you'll see them in a future post.

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