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NEW Pop Beauty Lightshow Eyeshadow Palette


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Oh my goodness you guys, it has literally been forever since I have sat down and wrote a blog post. Life has been pretty crazy lately with the pandemic and being a stay at home mom with my two kiddos. Can you believe Mila is already three and Corey is almost 7 months? Time has seriously been flying by. 

I have really missed sitting down and doing beauty reviews. I just had to take a break for a while to figure out what I truly wanted to do and I honestly miss makeup. My blog used to be dedicated to beauty reviews and swatches. Throughout the years I have been constantly thinking and this is exactly what I want to do. So from here on out, I plan on doing a few beauty reviews each week! I have missed it so much and I can't wait to share with you guys some awesome products!

Today's post is on the new Pop Beauty Lightshow Eyeshadow Palette. Just from first glance, I fell in love. With the mix of matte shades, glitter shades and satin shades, you really can't go wrong. To be honest, I didn't have extreme high hopes with this palette. I haven't used much PopBeauty in the past and you really don't hear too much about the brand, so I really wasn't sure what to expect. But once I started playing around with it and feeling the different textures, I was sold!



The Lightshow palette comes with 12 different shades and it includes a mix of different textures. Right away I noticed how soft the matte shade was and the shimmery shades. They blended out easily and I didn't notice much fallout, if any. I was VERY excited to dip into the glitter shades and they are spectacular. You will have a little fall out of glitter, so when applying these shades you are going to want to lay down a glitter glue to just help keep everything together. Even though the shadow is basically a glittery unicorn, it applies great, blends nicely and its very pigmented. 

The shadows are amazing quality. I love the look of the marble shadows and they blend together to such beautiful colors. This is a great glam palette if you are looking for a new night out palette. I in fact have a wedding that I am in this upcoming weekend and I am totally using this one for my eyeshadow! The glitter will be perfect for the center of the lid. 





Not only is this palette amazing, it is also very affordable. It is only $16.00. I highly recommend checking it out! 

Newborn Must Haves 2019

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Hi everyone! I am so excited to be back with another post. Life has been pretty crazy the last couple of weeks! On November 25th we welcomed our baby boy into the world. It has been over 2 1/2 years since we had a newborn so all the essentials finally came back to us! I thought it would be the perfect time to write up some of our favorite newborn must haves.

Activity/Play Time:

  • Bouncy Seat- this is something I would recommend everyone to have right away. We kept the one we had for Mila since she had loved it so much from the first day we brought her home. And now we are using it for little man as well, and he loves it. It makes it easy to just sit him in it, buckle him in, when I am doing laundry or cooking or if I just need to run to the bathroom! They are super affordable as well. This one from Target.com is very similar to the one we have now. And it's only $29.99. 
  • Activity Gym- this is actually the same exact mat we used for Mila. We of course kept it and we love using it for tummy time or to just to lay him down when we need to pick up around the house. It comes with cute little ones for them to look at and when they get bigger, they can try reaching for them. This activity gym is currently on sale for $31.99 at Target.com
Diapering/Bath Time:
  • The Honest Company Lotion & Body Wash- there is so many different bath products for babies. We decided to go with The Honest Company this time and we really enjoy the products. We went with the truly calming line and it has a lavender scent. You can get both products in a set for $16.99 at www.target.com
  • Pampers Swaddlers Diapers- just like bath products, there is a lot of different diaper brands out to choose from as well. I have always been a fan of Pampers Swaddlers for newborn babies. So that is what we are currently using. I do have a pretty big stock pile of other size diapers from Pampers and Huggies. But we stick to the swaddlers line for the first month or so. 
  • Pampers Sensitive Wipes- I have tried a lot of different wipe brands in the past with Mila, so with little man I knew which ones I was going to use during his newborn stages. I love the Pampers Sensitive wipes. They work amazingly and one thing I love about Pampers is that they have a rewards program which you can enter codes from your diapers and wipes, which will get you points towards free items! I would highly recommend checking it out if Pampers is your go to wipes and diapers. 
  • Boudreaux's Butt Paste with Aloe- we had tried a lot of diaper creams in the past, but this time around we went with the Boudreaux's Butt Paste with added Aloe. We haven't had to use it yet since little man is only two weeks old, but I had heard amazing things about this product so I thought we would give it a try! 
  • Angelcare Baby Bath Support- I highly recommend picking up this little baby bath support for your kiddo for when you give baths. It makes it so convenient to just put into the bath tub to wash up your baby. We had a different bath tub with Mila and it was just a pain. I like that this one actually goes into the bath tub and you can just add a little bit of water in the actual bath tub. Highly recommend checking out! Target.com has them for $19.99. 
Perfect items for when baby gets sick:
  • Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water- this stuff is a life savor! If your baby suffers from gas, stomach discomfort or colic, this stuff will help take the edge off. Little man has been having some bad gas pains, so I give him a little bit a few times a week and it has helped a ton. 
  • NoseFrida by Fridababy- if your baby has a stuffed up nose this is perfect to use to get all the snot out. Some people may find it gross since you are literally sucking the snot out for your baby, but it'll help them a ton! We had one with Mila and she hated it, but it for sure worked to clear up some of the congestion. 
  • Little Remedies Saline Drops- I have used this with Mila even up to her toddler years. You just spray a couple drops in your babies nose and it helps break up some of the snot to help drain it all out. This works really well with the NoseFrida as well. 
Random Items:
  • Swaddles- Mila really enjoyed being swaddle when she was a baby, Corey on the other hand wasn't a huge fan. I still think its something you should have on hand in case your kiddo likes it. We always bought the SwaddleMe. You can usually get a pack of two for around $25.00. They are super nice to use because it keeps the baby all wrapped up tightly and you don't have to worry about them coming undone. 

Toddler Gift Ideas For Christmas 2019


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Tis the season! I can't believe it is already the beginning of November. Of course I have been in the Christmas mood since the beginning of October, anyone else? Or just me? lol! This time of year is literally my favorite. I love the cold weather, the snow, the Christmas decorations and of course all the yummy treats!

Last year I did quite a few different gift guides, so I thought it would be fun to do some updated ones because I have a lot more gift ideas now that my daughter is 2 1/2. I figured this would be the best time to do a toddler gift guide.

Also, before I get started, I am currently 36 weeks pregnant with our baby boy. I am seriously so excited and it's going to be such a great Christmas with our two kiddos! Even though he will be about a month old come Christmas, I think I am still going to do a Christmas gift guide for newborns. So I think that will be my next post!

But lets go a head and jump right into this toddler girl gift guide.

1. Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter: this was the first gift I knew I was going to get my daughter for Christmas. (I actually already ordered it and currently waiting for it to come in the mail). Every time we go to Target, she always has to check it out and she seems so excited. She loves acting like she is making ice cream with random toys she currently has, so I thought this gift would be perfect for it. It's a great way for kids to use their imagination. You can get this set from $35-$45 depending on where you get it from. We ordered ours from Target and used an additional 25% off coupon, so we got it for around $30!
2. Melissa & Doug Farm Friends- if your toddler loves animals, these little sets are perfect. Melissa & Doug has a bunch of different animal sets you can purchase. This set comes with 10 different farm animals. Mila already has a bunch of horses, so I thought this set would be super cute for her to have. These sets retail for around $15.00.
3. Play-Doh Pinkfong Baby Shark Set- anyone else's toddler still obsessed with Baby Shark? It is still constantly played in our household. Within the last few months our daughter has really loved playing with Play-Doh and since she STILL loves Baby Shark, I thought this set would be perfect. It comes with 12 containers of Play-Doh that are non toxic. It also comes with a bunch of different tools as well. And this is the perfect set because its only $9.99!
4. Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks-my grandma has a block set at her house that Mila loves playing with. She will sit there for hours building stuff, so I really want to get her a set for home. It's a great set for kids to use their imagination as well. This set comes with different color wooden blocks and comes with over 100 blocks. There is also 9 different shapes that come in the set as well! You really can't go wrong! Your kiddos will be busy for hours, so a great toy for you to get laundry down, dishes, cleaning etc! ;) You can get a set for around $20.00!
5. Lego Duplo My First All In One Box- just like the wooden blocks, these are also great for toddlers. They are bigger then normal Lego's but smaller then the mega blocks you can get. You can get this set of 65 pieces for only $20.00 right now at Target! I think this is a set we will be picking up for Mila as well!
6. Disney 5-Minute Christmas Stories- I always love picking up a new book for Mila. This is actually the same book we got her last year. It was on sale during Black Friday for only $5. I was looking at the new Target ad for Black Friday and I believe they will have them on sale for $4. They are really big books, so totally worth it! I think I will get her another one this year, just with different stories. Really affordable gift for any kiddo!
7. Melissa & Doug 4-1 Wooden Puzzles- as you can tell, we are huge fans of Melissa & Doug toys! They also make amazing puzzles. We have a few for Mila already but now that shes getting a little older, we want to get her some more advance puzzles. They have so many to choose from and they are price range from $10-$15. Mila has a slight obsession with dinosaurs right now, so this set is perfect. It comes with 4 wooden puzzles with a total of 48 pieces.
8. Mele & Co Krista Girls Musical Ballerina Jewelry Box- one thing I noticed a lot of toddler girls love is, jewelry. This little jewelry box would be so cute to store bows, bracelets and necklaces in! Also to be extra, you could always put some jewelry in the box for them when they open it! Target has some awesome kids jewelry that I think little ones would love! This jewelry box is $24.49 at Target.
9. Melissa & Doug Dress Up Clothes- one thing I really love about Melissa & Doug is that they have amazing dress up clothes for around $25.00. The one I have linked is a super cute hair stylist dress up outfit. It comes with everything to play pretend. They also have a doctor set, police set and many more!

I really hope you enjoyed seeing some of my recommendations! Once I am all done Christmas shopping for Mila, I will do a whole video on YouTube showing you everything I got her for Christmas. I filmed one last year and it went really well, so I for sure want to do that this year as well! Let me know what items you're going to be picking up for your toddler this year!