Easter Egg Painting

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Even though the temps have still been freezing around here, we are ready to fully embrace Spring (alledgedly) headed our way! Just like I said about Christmas a few months ago, Harlow being two has made the holidays so much more fun as a parent. With Easter coming up, we have been soaking up the reason for the season and all the fun that comes with it!

We kicked off our Easter fun by painting some eggs. We been talking a lot to Harlow about some upcoming Easter egg hunts we have planned so she is all about the eggs right now. This was one the easiest activities we have done and she absolutely loved it!

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I hard boiled some eggs and I whipped out some dollar store washable paint pallets I got last year and she was in heaven! She loved painting the eggs and watching our water change colors when we rinsed our brush in between colors!

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To help make a quick clean up, I used some trash bags to cover our table and cut a hole in the top (for her head) and sides (or her arms) in another trash bag to make an apron. To wash her hands and arms (you better believe she somehow got paint all the way up to her arm pits) I just filled a large bowl with soap and warm water. This is the easiest way to got all the paint off and honestly, she thought playing in the “bubbles” was just as much fun as the painting itself. #momwin!

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What’s (REALLY) In My Hospital Bag

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With less than two months to go until my due date, I’ve been in full nesting mode. Checking things off my to do list everyday and loving it! I’ll be honest- making lists, checking them off and getting ish done is one of my favorite pastimes, hahaha!
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For anyone new around here, I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant with our second baby girl. Girls rule the world over here! My husband and I both only have sisters (no brothers) and each sister has all girls, too- No nephews for us! As soon as we found out we were having another girl, I went into full excited-to-decorate mode! We decided to keep our two year old daughter, Harlow’s nursery as is for the new baby since it’s already set up super functional and (I may be bias, but) it’s so flippin adorable, I don’t think I could part with that room anytime soon.  So we decided it was time for a new “Big Girl Room” for Harlow. We got her transitioned and she is loving her new room! Don’t worry, I will post a reveal of her new room once it’s done but right now I’m having fun collecting things along the way to decorate. So it’s still a work in progress. After getting the walls and some furniture painted and getting her moved over, I felt relieved but also burnt out. I took about a month off from any major pre-baby to do list items. A much needed break! I’m back in action and feeling refreshed (as refreshed as possible at 7 months pregnant, haha!)
I’ve always been a little bit of an over-preparer but I’ll take that over being under-prepared any day! Or cue major anxiety over here, shew! I’m pretty sure I had my hospital bag packed at 6 months when I was pregnant with my daughter, the first time around. For me, it’s just peace of mind! I have gotten tons of questions from friends as to what I am packing in my hospital bag so I knew I wanted to do a post to share! This being my second time around, I’m trying to ride a line somewhere between not forgetting anything and being as somewhat minimal and efficient as possible. In addition to the physical items I have packed, I have a super helpful list (again, I love lists guys!) of things to do or remember while in the hospital, too!
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First and foremost, its important you find out what your delivering hospital provides. Before having our first, we did a hospital tour to get a lay of the (maternity ward) land and all the information pertaining to what our hospital would be providing me and baby with! My particular hospital provides:
-Newborn diapers
-Baby Wipes
-Maxi pads
-Nipple cream
These particular things were life savers to me so if my hospital didn’t have them, I would most definitely bring my own! So find out what kind of loot your hospital has for you!
For Mommy:
Phone Charger
Toiletries
(These will look different for everyone. Just make sure you have all your every day getting ready and shower items. I did specify a couple of major life savers below.)
Dry shampoo
Chapstick
-Bobby pins + hair ties + hair clip
  You’re gonna want put that hair up at some point so I like to be prepared!
Depends
(You guys, I will be the first to say I am a big fan of mesh undies the hospital provides you with, BUT another blogger, Lauren, over at www.laurenmcbrideblog.com mentioned using these bad boys after having her third baby just a few weeks ago and it just seems genius!)
Texturizing hair spray
(I don’t plan on bringing any curling or flat irons with me, so a spray I can add to my hair to get me some style for after delivery to help me feel human again will be my best friend! Redken Beach Envy Volume Wave Aide Spray is my current favorite for a beachy, salt wave look!)
Robe
(I live in my room at home- seriously my husband always makes fun of me! It was time for a new one so I scooped up a comfy one from Target and have packed in my bag so I will be fresh for me in the hospital.)
-Slippers
Flip Flops
  (For the shower)
-Sports bras
(I lived in sports bras in the hospital [and for weeks after] last time. Super comfty and easy to nurse in. Just make sure you pick some with a lower neckline for maximum nurse-ability and skin to skin contact.)
-Clothes
(Again, this will look different for everyone but I plan on taking two pairs of leggings, two tees and one or two lightweight zip ups and/or cardigans. I am all about the comfort in there!)
-Camera + batteries/charger 
-Harlow’s Big Sister Gift
(We didn’t go overboard with this but I wanted Harlow to have a present to open from the baby when she comes to visit. She’s a typical two and half year old girl and obsessed with all things Disney princess related. I have a Rapunzel + Max doll set I had stashed that I got on super sale from Target (Originally $25 on sale for $5) about a month ago. So she will get that along with Daniel Tiger’s book, “The Baby is Here”. They have a great TV episode of this too as well as a few others to help new big siblings learn to adjust to life with a new baby in the house. We are big fans of D.T. over here!)
Purse:
Wallet (You want to make sure you have your ID and insurance card.)
Planner (I’m a big paper and pen planner girl, so if you have one you live by like I do, you’ll want to be sure you have it with you. More on why later!)
Keys
Nursing/Pumping Bag:
I know some of these items for pumping wont be necessarily needed for the couple of days at the hospital as it took about four days for my milk to come in last time. If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you are more than likely just going to be nursing in the hospital for baby to get colostrum and practice getting a good latch. But again, I like being prepared just in case my hospital stay is longer than expected or I have any pump related questions for the lactation consultants. Almost all health insurance companies will provide expectant mothers with a free breast pump so be sure to contact them! Almost all hospitals have pumps for you to use during your hospital stay and even to take home as a rental if you have not gotten your pump in time. I have both the Medela Pump In Style and the Medela Freestyle. I love them both, but the Freestyle is battery-operated and cordless and let me tell you- total game changer! It’s hard to go back to being plugged into the wall after that! I mean, pumping while folding laundry, doing dishes or even just being able to get up and get a glass of water is amazing!
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Pump + Attachments
-2 small bottles + lids
Nursing pads
Nursing + pumping tank top or bra
For Dad:
Phone charger
Toiletries
Snacks
  (I haven’t stocked up on these quite yet but last time I mainly packed some Gatorade, snacks for Brandon and candy for me for after delivery. Lets be honest- you earned some candy, girl!)
Clothes
For Baby:
Car seat
Sleep sacks
(These are great for easy diaper changes and striping off for skin to skin!)
-Sleepers
Sleeeveless onesies
(My sister found these when she had her first baby and these things are the best for layering or hot summer days!)
Swaddle blankets
(I can’t remember if we brought any last time because the hospital has them but I wanted to be sure to pack a couple of cute ones for photos this time around. My favorite are Aden + Anais. They are the softest and most lightweight!)
Hats
2 Burp clothes
Boppy pillow
(This is great for nursing in those hospital beds.)
Toddler Overnight Bag
This added a whole new dynamic this time around! Harlow has an overnight bag packed for her stay with which ever grandparents she ends up while we are in the hospital, depending on when labor starts! I kept it simple with just two or three outfits, PJs and a toothbrush.
Things To Do While In The Hospital
This stuff is just as important as the items you bring with you! This is basically my to do list while we are away from home. I keep it saved on my phone.
-Make sure someone is taking care of our dog
-Cancel any OBGYN appointments as needed
(I had Harlow the day before my due date so Brandon had to call and cancel my 40 week appointment that was scheduled for the following day.)
-Cancel any client appointments as needed/Let your employer know
(I am a self-employed hair stylist so I’ll need to check my planner and contact any clients to reschedule if needed.)
-Contact newborn photographer
(I have already been in touch with our newborn photographer to make her aware of my due date but unless you are having a scheduled c-section, these things are almost impossible to set in stone ahead of time. Our photographer recommends photos within the first ten days when possible, for maximum newborn sleepy and squishiness. I plan on texting her as soon as I get admitted (or as soon as I get my epidural, haha!) so her and I can get something on the calendar, again making sure I have my planner with me will come in handy.)
-Pictures to capture while in the hospital
  Baby + Mommy
  Baby + Daddy
  Baby + Mommy + Daddy
  Baby + Mommy + Harlow
  Baby + Mommy + Daddy + Harlow
This may seem random but it was super important to me to have this list saved! I don’t have a single picture of me and Harlow while in the hospital last time. We just never thought of it. We took tons of pictures of the baby and I snapped a couple of Brandon and her but that’s it! I’m keeping this list as a reminder while we are in the hospital this time around!
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What’s In My Toddler Diaper Bag

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I get asked all the time what I keep in my diaper bag for daily outings. Even though my daughter is potty-trained so there aren’t technically any diapers packed in there, I found some great staples that make going out with my toddler a lot easier. This covers all bases, from basic food and drink for both little and mama to entertainment for my two year old. A happy toddler makes for a happy mommy! I just recently switched over to a backpack style diaper bag and holy cow! Why did I wait so long? I have been loving my new Dokoclub Diaper Bag. I found mine on Wish.com but I’ve seen it on several websites. This bag has SO much room which is great especially for the days I have my newborn niece in tow, with tons of room for her bottles, swaddle blankets and everything else!

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For me:

Chapstick- I feel like I always need chapstick, especially this time of year! My favorite is Burt’s Bees. I’m slightly addicted to it!

Hand Sanitzer- This one is kind of obvious but I use the heck out of it on a daily basis. My little one loves washing her hands but in public restrooms, sometimes it just make a bigger mess!

Water- I usually always have a straw cup with ice water in tow with me. I drink a ton of water throughout the day but I need a straw and ice …I’m a weirdo, I know! But I always try to pack a bottle of water in my bag to either refill my own or Harlow’s cup. We can both kill some water while we are out and about!

Snacks- Packing snacks for yourself, not just your kids, is one of the biggest pieces of advice I would give any mom. Mama needs to eat, too! Some of my usual snacks are a banana, apple, banana chips or a protein bar. Now being pregnant, my go-tos are an apple and/or plain crackers.

Planner- I am an old school paper planner girl! I write everything down in my weekly calendar. I have tried to convert to the calendar on my phone and what can I say, I am a creature of habit! I use the Notes section on my phone for to-do lists, grocery lists, etc but for all things appointment and scheduling related, I use my trusty planner. I never know when I am going to have a client contact me to make an appointment, so I like to be prepared. Living about 20 minutes outside of our main “city”, I tend to use my time in the car to make phone calls (with the help of Bluetooth of course) whether its making a doctors appointment or paying a bill, keeping my planner on me just helps me feel and stay organized.

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For her:

Baby Wipes- Baby wipes are a staple regardless if your kid is potty-trained or not. I always keep some for cleaning up quick messes, dirty faces and any and everything else toddler parenthood could lead you to!

Sippy Cup- Our favorite sippy cup is the Munchkin360 spoutless cup. I always pop it into a ziplock bag to avoid any spills.

Snacks- A ziplock baggy full of snacks can go a long way when it comes to outings with toddlers. I try to keep a variety packed in case I forget to refill the next day. Applesauce pouches, peanut butter crackers, granola bars and clementines are some of her favorites.

Extra pants and underwear: Like I mention before, Harlow is potty-trained but any toddler parent will tell you, you don’t want to be without a change of clothes! You never know when an accident will strike!

Stickers- Similar to snacks, stickers have become a form of currency around here! They are a great reward (lets be honest, bribe, haha!) for small tasks or just a great way to reward them for an outing of good behavior.

Notebook and pencil for doodling- This has been an absolute lifesaver! I am constantly “working” as Harlow would say, even when we are out and about. Rather I am texting with clients and booking appointments, working on a blog post, making shopping lists for work or for home, or just jotting down thoughts, she wants to “work” too. I picked up a couple of these smaller notebooks from the dollar store and always keep one and a mechanical pencil with us! I made the mistake of giving her a pen once and it ended up all over her clothes! Mechanical pencil is less-mess and doesn’t need to be sharpened. She will doodle in that thing in the car for 15 minutes! Score!

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What are you favorite diaper bag must have? Any secret weapons you keep packed that you swear? Let me know in the comments below!

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Holiday Stove Top Potpourri

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We are ready for Halloween over here but I will honest, I’m just about ready to put up my Christmas tree! Ok, now try not to make fun of me. I did an Instagram post the other day [here] about how with Harlow now being two, this Fall and Halloween season has become so magical to experience through her eyes. It’s almost like her first fall now that she is old enough to understand and enjoy it so much more. During all of this, I can’t help but get excited for the upcoming holiday season! I picture her taking in all the magic and spirit of Christmas. While I refuse to put my tree up before Halloween (though November 1st is fair game) I am in full holiday mood otherwise!
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I have shared with you guys before my love for Stove Top Potpourris [here], and let me tell you with my ultra-heightened pregnancy sense of smell, this is just what the doctor order! Ok maybe not actually from my doctor but shew, I have needed it! I hate complaining about any aspect of pregnancy but my sense of smell is so sensitive right now, it’s actually driving me a little nuts. I feel like I can smell the garbage, any and all lingering cooked food and the dog! This Stove Top Potpourri actually fills my entire house (even upstairs) and never competes with any other smells. My husband loves coming home from work the house filled with this scent (and trust me, he is picky!)
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•1 orange
•1-2 handfuls cranberries
•2-3 cinnamon sticks
•1 Tbsp. whole cloves 
All you need to do is quarter your orange and toss all ingredients into a sauce own or tea pot and simmer on low. This stuff smells amazing and lasts for weeks by simply adding water. Add water each time you use it and continue to add water as needed while using.
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I know you guys are going to love this stuff as much as I do! Where are my other right-after-Halloween-Christmas-tree-putter-uppers at? We usually wait until closer to Thanksgiving but I swear I am already nesting (let’s be honest, this is more like my usual state even outside of pregnancy) and I don’t think I can wait! What are your favorite holiday traditions?
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Time Out Is For Me, Not For Them

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When it comes to disciplining toddlers, there is an overwhelming amount of information out there. Do this, not that, do this instead …SHEW! For a first-time parent, it can be beyond overwhelming.
I remember my parents coming over to visit when Harlow was just a couple days old. My mom asked my husband and I, “How do you like being parents?” It was an interesting question because I really hadn’t felt like we had done any “parenting” yet. Lets be honest, the first six months, you are just trying to keep this thing alive! For me, my daughter entering toddlerhood was the start of what felt like “parenting” to me.
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When it comes to toddlers acting out, not sharing or even hitting, I do strongly believe that redirecting is best. Showing them something new or giving them a different toy to play with is simple, yet can work wonders at that age. And its easy on mama, too! It’s actually one of the few benefits of them being so easily distracted, ha!
However, as they get older and stronger, and the full on tempter tantrums begin, sometimes redirecting is not enough. Sometimes they need to be physically removed from situations even if it’s just to calm down. More importantly, sometimes mama needs to calm down. Kids are truly the greatest blessing in life. They can also be the reason you lose your freakin mind! They test your sanity and it’s like a whole new world you’ve entered. Completely uncharted territory, at least for me. This is also when you are starting to lay ground work for future disciplinary actions. You are setting a bar so to speak. For example, if you completely lash out at them over something so small, punishments will continue to escalate, potentially to somewhere you will regret. I consider myself to be pretty chill and go with the flow but I will be the first to say, I never knew I had a temper until toddler parenting. I also have spent most of my days over the passed two years with two little ones, only ten months apart in age. To say some days I feel like I have completely lost my mind is the understatement of the year!
With two of them, there is a lot of bickering, fighting, even hitting, kicking and biting sometimes. That being said, a lot of days I do rely on time out just to physically separate them from each other to avoid one seriously hurting the other. Now, some people are not fans of time out for various reasons. Hey, to each their own. But, as these two have gotten older and the more often these situations occur, I have become more and more reliate on time out. Time out for myself.
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While I am not a doctor or a child behavior expert of any sort, I am a mom that spends most days with two kids under the age of three. We all need a time out sometimes. And I mean, ALL of us! Whether is it just to regroup, collect thoughts, let out a cry or just to calm down and cool off. Time out is for me, not for them.
I think all toddler parents have at some point gotten beyond frustrated and reacted in a way they have later regretted. I know I have! And after that, cue the guilt! We all have mom guilt for one reason or another. And frankly, I don’t need another reason! If time out helps me be the best mom I can be, then sign me up! Time out is for me, not for them.
As soon as I became a mom, I quickly learned that you cannot judge any other mom out there. We are all just trying to do our best. Sometimes we are just trying to survive! That being said I am a firm believer in doing whatever you need to do to be the best mom you can be. For some people that may mean some a girls night out, away from home. Or maybe letting your little one watch a little extra TV just to get some stuff done! You do you, girl! For me, I need time out because time out is for me, not for them.
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Harlow is TWO!

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Two years ago today, I was in the hospital resting for the biggest task of my life. I had labored at home long and hard since noon the day before with contractions leading up to every two minutes. I was relieved to be at the hospital and grateful for my epidural. I honestly had a great hospital experience. We checked in around 4am. I got my epidural about two hours later and spent most of the rest of the day resting. Labor progressed slowly on its own the throughout the rest of the day. That evening when my nurse checked me for the last time, I was finally 10 centimeters and she told me she could feel our baby had a ton of hair! I had a ton of hair was I was born and I just knew she would, too! We had just finally decided on her name the week before but we were more than ready to meet her. After about 30 minutes of pushing and less than 4 hours before our due date, our baby girl was born. Brandon was right there for everything. He was the best partner to be my side. The nurses would even comment how sweet he was in offering to help them with any and everything. Harlow Ann Marie was born 8lbs, 3oz and 20inches long with a ridiculous amount of hair. The staff could not get over her hair, it was a sight to see and it still is! We ended up staying in the delivery room for a couple hours after and didn’t get moved to our family room until after midnight. God bless my parents who brought us pizza and we got to spend the first evening our in new room, having our very first pizza party with just the three of us!
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Two years later and it’s wild. I still remember some parts like it was yesterday yet some moments are a total blur. I am so thankful for our positive delivery experience. We both cherish it. When we came home, Charlie was a different dog. He knew something was majorly different. He didn’t know what to do with this new thing but quickly become attached and would stand guard like a protective big brother around her. They have been best friends ever since.
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Today Harlow is a wild but sweet and smart “big girl” as she would say! She loves to color, play with bubbles, slides, animals, and still loves bath time. She loves being read to, which cracks me up because it’s the only thing she will sit still for! She will sit and listen to 10 books in the row. I have found that to be the thing I cherish most right now. It’s a time when I can slow down, be present and just savor her sitting in my lap instead of running away from me. She also loves puzzles and taking care of her baby doll she has hilariously named Jimmy!
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The days are long but the years are short. I used to have to remind myself of that every morning before tackling the day but now I know it all to well and it almost scares me. Time is a tricky thing and all we can do is cherish it. Cherish every little giggle, every tiny victory and every snuggle.
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Our Day at Dutch Wonderland

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Visiting Lancaster is always nostalgic for me. We lived there when I was little while my dad was getting his from degree from Millersville University. It’s always nice to go back for a visit. So when my sister-in-law suggested we take our daughters (9 and almost 2 years old) and our niece (4) for a day of summer fun, I was pumped! I hadn’t been to Dutch Wonderland since I was little and I was excited to take my own daughter back!
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My initial impression of the park is that it is adorable. The girls were thrilled to be able to spot the castle as we got closer. The park is kept extremely clean too. We were also pleasantly surprise that because my daughter is under two, her admission was free! Major points for this mama, especially because I wasn’t sure how much she would be able to or want to ride. The size of the park is perfect for younger kids. It’s not too big that you feel like you are trekking all over endlessly, but it has plenty to offer for a full day of adventure. The lay out is great and easy to maneuver as well, with plenty of shade all over the park. It’s also very stroller-friendly! My little one was thrilled there were smaller rides, perfect for her! Most parks don’t have many rides she is tall enough for yet. It was a great mix of rides she could ride by herself (her first time!) and some I could ride with her! We were able to get a locker right away and stash our bathing suits and towels.
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The girls had a blast on the first handful of rides. The Turtle Twirl was my daughter’s favorite! As the temperature rose, we decided to grab some lunch and hit the water park. We were able to get a shaded umbrella table for lunch, which was a much needed to cool down! After eating our yummy lunches, we hopped over to our locker and changing room. Now on to Duke’s Lagoon. Wow! The seating areas for the water park was great! We scored some chairs in the shade right by the kids play areas. We could watch them play and go down the slides right from our seats. The age range it accommodated was great, too. My 9 and 4 year old nieces had a blast on the slides and splash zones and my daughter loved the water table and smaller slides. I even hit the Pipeline Plunge with my oldest niece and it was a blast! I hadn’t been down a water slide like that in ages!
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After a couple hours of water fun (and a shaded nap for my daughter), we headed back to our locker and changing room to change into some dry digs. We rounded out our afternoon with another round of rides and I hit the Double Splash Log Flume with my nieces! It was a hit and definitely my favorite! And my daughter loved watching with my sister-in-law from the bridge! Before leaving, we made sure to stop at the Breyer’s Ice Cream Shoppe for a cool treat!
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My sister-in-law and I had such a fun day and we left with three very happy little girls! I so pleased with how much my little one was able to ride and do even with free admission. We will definitely coming back to Dutch Wonderland for more fun. I would love to go back for their Halloween Happy Hauntings and or their Dutch Winter Wonderland! Check out their website for a list of attractions, events and tickets!

The 5 Best Drugstore Beauty Products, Part II

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Hi guys! Most of you know I’m a wife and mama but some of you may not know I am also a licensed hair stylist. Even though I am a stay at home mom during the week, I still continue to do hair on the weekends. I talk a lot about how important it is for me to continue to do hair. It is time I get to spend with myself and my dear clients, away from any toddlers. It is my creative outlet that gives me some freedom to play and experiment. It is also important to me that I continue to practice my craft and continue to grow as a stylist. Throughout the course of my cosmetology career, I have been able to try a wide range of hair, makeup and skin care products. Being that I am a frugal gal at heart, I am always weighing the value of these things. There are still quite a few professional products I swear by but I still prefer some drugstore goodies that can get the job done just as well as any expensive one. Today, I am sharing Round Two of My Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products! See the first installment [HERE]!
1.) L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara $8.97
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This mascara is brand new and just launched this Summer! It is said to be an awesome dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara but at a fraction of the cost. I have been using it for about a month now and I absolutely love it! Since becoming at stay at home mom during the week, I have really simplified my daily makeup routine. Especially compared to what was my usual, everyday makeup while working in a salon full time. With that being said, I really seek getting the most out of each product I use. This stuff gives so much bang in each coat! First, I curl my lashes with an eyelash curler. Then I immediate apply my first coat to lock in the curl. Then, I move on the next eye. This stuff layers great so I usually add 2-3 more coats depending on how much time I have. This mascara provides great volume with very little flakey fall-out over the course of the day. The best part? It’s less than $10 at your local drugstore!
2.) Cetaphil Normal to Oily Skin Daily Facial Cleanser $9.52
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I have raved about this face wash before [HERE] and I still cannot get enough of it! This stuff holds its own up against some of the most expensive, spa-quality skincare brands I’ve used over the course of my cosmetology career. I even had an aesthetician from a spa at a 5-star resort in Florida tell me this is one of the best products I could use on my face. I got turned on to the product when I was pregnant with my daughter when decided to stop using my current spa cleanser containing glycolic acid. I could not believe it did just as good of a job keeping break outs away and normalizing my oil production as my $32 cleanser. I have never looked back! To top all this goodness off, it’s less then $10!
3.) CoverGirl Clean Matte Pressed Powder $5.94
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Because my skin fares on the side of oily, I always finish my makeup with a light powder to keep it in place. This stuff works wonders keeping toddler hand smudges away from my face! It’s so light-weight and mattes my face just enough so I don’t look cakey. This stuff, in combination with my foundation and concealer [HERE] are my secret weapons for my makeup lasting all day, even after a full day of chasing kids and an evening run in the summer humidity. A little goes a long way, so one compact lasts me quite a few months.
4.) Goody Ouchless Mini Clear Elastics $4.54
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I have very fine hair and the grip of rubber bands over traditional hair ties tend to hold my hair best. BUT, they can snap under pressure or pull my when trying to take them out. These rubber bands are extra strong and a little thicker and don’t yank my hair. They glide when taking them out. They are also my favorite to use on my almost two year old which I get asked often what I use on her hair. Don’t like that age fool you, she doesn’t have typical toddler hair. See [HERE] and [HERE]. Believe me, it’s something else!
5.) Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin with SPF 15 $8.84
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My mom and grandma always swore by Olay and I am convinced their skin actually got better with age! Because of that, Oil of Olay has been me and my sister’s go to moisturizer for as long as I can remember. It’s the perfect, not too heavy (even when my skin used to be oily beyond belief) and not too light. I also absorbs quickly and has a built-in sunscreen. Another under $10 steal!
That’s a wrap on Round Two of My Favorite Drugstore Products! I hope you guys find this products as helpful and valuable as I do! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and Instagram to keep up with all my frugal fun and more!
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Friday’s Favs

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Another Summer week in the books for us as we are getting closer to Fall around here. This week has been especially cool and I’ve really enjoyed it. As Summer is coming to a close, I can’t help but think of some last fun Summer bucket list items to squeeze into the next couple weeks. What are you making sure to do before the Summer ends?
1.) Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier
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I have recently fallen back in love with this product. To be honest, I kinda forgot about it! Simply spray onto damp hair and you BOOM, you’ve got the best detangler and light weight leave-in conditioner! Using this, I have even been able to skip any type of serum or any other leave-in product. This has also been a game-changer on my toddlers hair, as well and has made brushing through her tangles, easier than ever. For anyone new around here, this isn’t your average toddler’s hair, see here. Wild, right? This stuff is great for after the pool, too! Per usual with all my professional hair product recommendations, you guys know I am all about supporting those local salons, so contact your local Redken/Pureology salon to check for this products availability.
I am always looking for new Pandora stations to switch up my jams. Especially new ones for work that are all-around crowd pleasers and some a softness to keep my clients relaxed. Pandora’s Mumford and Sons station has been my new go to. Along their their own music, it plays everything from The Lumineers to Of Monsters and Men. You have got to check it out!
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I kinda feel like a broken record when it comes to this stuff but I cannot stress to you guys enough how good it is! I had been making my iced coffee at home all wrong and would still ended up picking some up from a coffee shop most mornings. Not anymore! This stuff is just as good, if not better and is so easy and cheap to make! It nice and strong to avoid getting diluted by the ice but not bitter at all. It is so smooth! I’ve been adding some cinnamon to mine lately.
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I shared on my recent potty training post [HERE], that this was the most beneficial products throughout the process and I still cannot say enough good things abound it! We use it daily. It has foldable legs that when laid out completely, makes a great seat insert for your large toilet at home. With the legs folded downwards, this makes a great, free standing toddler potty that is designed for trash bags to feed directly through for easy disposal. And finally, with the legs folding completely in, this thing becomes so compact, it can go just about anywhere!
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This has been one of the girls’ favorite things to do outside. It keep them busy for a good hour and because it’s just water, I don’t have to worry about a mess. They love doing this on our front porch, driveway and even at the pool! It has been all over Summer win!
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Sidewalk Water Painting

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Hi friends! It’s been a wild and busy summer over here. How are the days longer yet seem to fly by faster than ever? We have been living outside these passed couple months. The kids love running around and exploring more than anything so there hasn’t been much rhyme or reason to our outdoor adventures. However, I did want to share the girls’ latest favorite outdoor fun, Sidewalk Water Painting!
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We like to scribble, practice letters and trace shapes. As the fall weather as been coming in more and more here, my niece loving water painting and tracing leaves. “Painting” over chalk is fun too. It turns the chalk into more of an actual paint. This is also a great activity for the pool!
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Kind of a summer twist to our Construction Paper Water Painting! It’s easy and FREE as well. All you need is some water and some paint brushes and boom! They will seriously do this for over an hour which lets me honest, for two toddlers, that’s pretty much a lifetime! It’s also a life saver that it’s just water so their is not paint mess to worry about!
I hope you guys are soaking up these last couple weeks of summer like we are! Don’t forget to click “follow” to keep up with all our fun, plus follow us on Instagram and Pinterest!