Thursday, April 28, 2016

beauty overhaul project | day one

I recently talked about going through my stashed away beauty products so that I could do some organizing and some spring cleaning. I'm so glad I decided to do this because one) I have found some products that I love, two) I have found some that I don't love, and three) it's looking a bit cleaner in my bathroom drawers!



I went through quite a few products, and here’s my thoughts on some of them:

simple moisturizing face wash - I have mixed thoughts on this product. Likes: the scent, the way it feels on my face while washing, the minimal ingredients compared to most face cleansers, + the price. Dislikes: it makes my face feel really tight after my face has dried, + I have to use quite a bit of moisturizer to counter the tightness. I think this would have been better for me if I had my before-pregnancy-oily-face, but now that my face is drier than it used to be, it takes away what little moisture I have. I think this would be best suited for someone with more oily/normal skin!

pond’s cold cream cleanser - I have used this stuff since I was in high school, + I still love it. It takes off all my make up with ease, + makes my skin feel so soft afterward. I do use a wet rag to wipe off my face a bit afterwards and/or wash my face to prevent clogged pores. 

mitchell and peach fine radiance face oil - I received this in an ipsy box a while ago, and I just never got around to using it. After we moved, I found it in a box and figured I would give it a try! I like the smell of the oil blend, and it’s not near as “oily” as I thought it would be. In face, I barely even feel it when I apply it to my face! I notice a bit difference in my face, but I’m not sure that it’s enough to buy it after it’s gone. But I will use this one up!

jergens hydrating coconut lotion- I grabbed this on a whim during a quick trip to the store after I noticed how dry my skin was due to the crazy weather we’ve been having. Before my pregnancy, I used to use bath + body works lotions because I loved all the difference scents, but during + after pregnancy, I noticed that they made my skin really irritated. (Being pregnant literally changed my skin 180 degrees. It’s completely different now!) This lotion; however, doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and I actually really like it! It has a lovely smell, and it makes my skin feel really soft. I use it every day and it will definitely be on my “buy again” list!

mother earth creations coconut scrub - I’m almost out of this and I’m so sad! I love love love this stuff, and I’m definitely going to have to buy some more! I use this after I wash my face, and I barely need any moisturizer after I’m done! My skin feels so “new” after I rinse it off. + unlike most scrubs to me, it’s not harsh on my face. It’s really gentle and soothing. Definitely an A+!

xoxo, Brandi

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

six month favs

This month has been full of new things: new teeth, new things learned, and new things discovered.

We have had a ton of new favs this month ranging from foods to toys. L has been surprising me every day with how much she learns and new things she does! Slow down, my sweet child.


six month favs

happy baby organic teething wafers: little babe is obsessed (+ I mean obsessed) with these things. They help with sore gums and taste yummy (at least I’m assuming as she devours them up ;). She likes the blueberry + blue carrot flavor best.

banana toothbrush: seems silly, but it’s little babe’s favorite thing to chew on! It has handles to help her grip it, and she can use both hands to hold it. tooth brush made into teething toy.

LilleBaby carrier: this is the only carrier we use anymore. It’s the only carrier that doesn’t hurt my back and the only one L seems comfortable in lately. I’ll take it.

taggies blanket: according to the wonder weeks app (highly recommend, btw), L is immensely interested in the tags on things. not only is she interested in the tags on everything lately, but she's especially loving her taggie blanket. so.many.tags.mom.

vintage honey shop necklace: with three (yes, I said three) teeth all coming in at the same time, these necklaces have been a life saver. you can read about how much I love these necklaces here.

exersaucer: L has been loving this thing lately. all of the toys keep her occupied + works all of her skills too!

copaiba essential oil: again, with the teething. life saver. it can go straight on the gums + it helps straight away!

xoxo, Brandi

Monday, April 25, 2016

five ways | making your man's b-day extra special

We celebrated K's birthday this past Friday, + I tried to go as all out as I possibly could with how busy and hectic the week was. He's a special man, + he deserved something super special on his special day.

read: special :)

While we did get him some presents, I tried to make the day even more special by doing some heartfelt things throughout the day.


five ways to make your man's birthday extra special:

o n e : make a birthday banner 

we made the one pictured above + surprised K with it when he came home from work. it was easy, cute, and it was an extra little special surprise for him.

for this one, all I did was take some colored embroidery thread, cut some construction paper into triangles, write "happy birthday!" on the paper, tape the paper to the string, and hung the banner on the wall. easy peasy.

t w o : birthday breakfast

one of K's favorite breakfasts are apple fritter donuts. so we went to the store the day before + bought some, and hid them for the morning of his birthday. I made a little "celebrate" sign + taped it to a straw, and stuck the straw in the donut. simple surprise breakfast!

t h r e e : have the babe's wear a "daddy" outfit / or you wear a hubby shirt

If you have kids, stick them in a "i love daddy" shirt or something of the like to get them in on the special birthday things! If you don't have kids, or even if you do, wear a shirt that says "wifey" or "wife of the best hubs ever" (you get the idea). let your man know how proud you are to be his family ;)

f o u r : birthday dinner

K said earlier in the week that he wanted pizza really badly, + I made the excuse that we didn't have the ingredients to make any and that maybe another day.... but really as soon as he said it, I knew I was going to do pizza for his birthday dinner. Make a special dinner just for the birthday boy!

f i v e : birthday dessert

what's a birthday without a little birthday dessert? We went for a skillet birthday cookie and splurged a little on our calories for the day for K's birthday. It's a special day, you can splurge a little. ;)

what are some of your favorite things to do on your man's birthday?

xoxo, Brandi

Friday, April 22, 2016

five on friday

Lord. Have. Mercy.

This week. I would be okay to never repeat it again.

L is currently cutting three teeth, going through a head cold, and having some repeat belly issues. It's been a cry fest for the both of us all week and we are so happy to see Friday.

#sendwine

anyway. this five on friday is going to be a bit short this week. my apologies.

five on friday

o n e

today is K's birthday! woot woot. i'll write up a post on Monday for you guys about our special shenanigans and fun times.

t w o

with how hectic this week has been, i've been super short on time to make food. but I have been eating quite a few larabars this week and they have been my hunger rescue. you should definitely give them a try! no processed ingredients and they are yuummmy.

t h r e e

these teething wafers have been everything lately. little babe absolutely loves them and she devours them ( & makes a huge mess too ;). I would definitely recommend them!

f o u r

we made this salad this week with some of this bruschetta + it was seriously one of the best meals i've ever made. it took a while to prepare, but oh man it was worth it.

f i v e

K + I started this book together, and we love it so far. we are only a couple chapters in and it's already changing our marriage. you should check it out the next time you are at a book store!

that's it for this friday. have a lovely weekend!!

xoxo, Brandi

Thursday, April 21, 2016

diy | natural + easy spider repellent

If you know me at all, you know that I am not a fan of spiders. at. all.
My fear of spiders is equal to that of Ronald Weasley's from Harry Potter. Maybe even a bit more.

i.hate.them.and.they.hate.me.

And do you want to know where their favorite spot in our house is?

The nursery. You know, like the one my little baby sleeps in.

#heckno.

So I went on a search for something that was natural first and foremost so I could use it in little babe's room, and something that didn't require a chem lab to make.

Y'all know how I am about my oils, so of course I'm going to add those in to make the easiest, safest, and best spider repellant around.


items needed:

- a spray bottle (you don't need anything big, I sprayed my whole house + had some left over with this bottle)

- peppermint essential oil

- water

directions:

- fill up your spray bottle most of the way with water.

- add 15 drops of peppermint essential oil. if the spiders are really bad around your house, I would suggest adding 20 drops of oil. or moving out. your choice. ;)

- spray on the inside and outside of all windows and doors. you can do this as often as you need/want to. I do it weekly.

That's it! The first time I used my spray, we went from having those little suckers everywhere to only having a couple. With regular use, we now barely see any on the inside of our home, and not near as many outside.

It is completely safe to use in every room of your home, even your baby's room!

Let me know in the comments below how well this spray worked for you!

ps: if you need some peppermint essential oil (or any essential oils) check this post out!

xoxo, Brandi

Friday, April 15, 2016

five on friday

This week has gone surprisingly fast. I think it's because the weather is finally starting to warm up, so we've been going here and there all week just to be outside. My spring fever is starting to be cured. ;)

o n e

We planted our veggies and fruits for our garden this week. We started basil, cilantro, melon, cantaloupe, green and red peppers, jalapeƱo, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, and zucchini. I'm super excited to have some fresh fruits and veggies this summer! We started a garden last year, but then ended up moving as soon as we planted. So we are excited to see them this year!

t w o

I started my beauty clear out project this week and so far so good. I've cleared out and organized some beauty products, and found some that I really love! I'll be updating soon on my favorites and not so favorites.

t h r e e

Fellow bloggers: this week I sent out a post on my shop's Instagram looking for some bloggers to help me review my products on their blog! In return for a free item, I am just asking for a blog post and a social media post to go along with it! I am hoping that this will bring more people to my shop! You can read all of the information on my shop's Instagram, but feel free to contact me on here, through email, or through my IG.

f o u r



We have added a new favorite dinner to our weekly menu. These muffins were so easy, quick, and yummy. Seriously, they were so good. You should definitely try them this week. Did I mention they were yummy?

f i v e

We broke the swaddle this week!! It took us forever. L was in that darn thing until 6.5 months, but it's gone for good! While the swaddle was a life saver for a really long time (key words: really long), we actually think it was hindering her sleep more than helping this month, because she was waking up multiple times in the night, but now if she wakes up, it's only once. :) yay! I have missed you sleep. *knock on wood, let's not jinx it now.*

xoxo, Brandi

Monday, April 11, 2016

spring organizing | beauty overhaul project


I have years (yes, years) worth of travel size products, free samples, and things-I-grabbed-on-clearance-and-then-never-used built up around the house that I desperately need to go through. I am the queen of buying things, and then buying something new, and then forgetting about the 30 other things that are exactly the same kind of thing.

So I think it’s time for me to do a beauty clear out to use all the products laying around the house to one) do some organizing and two) see what I like and don’t like.

I have products ranging from shampoo, to lotion, to perfume, to hair brushes (I know, weird). So I’m going to be posting quite a few beauty reviews in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

My game plan for this is to start with a couple products, and use them until they run out before I start something new from the same category.

For example, I'm started with an eye cream, a body lotion, a face cleanser, a chapstick, and an oil blend for my face. I'm not going to use any other eye cream, lotion, face cleanser, chapstick, or oil blend right now and I have to use them up before I can start something else of the same category. Make sense?

Side note: what are some of your favorite organizing tips around the house that you can give me?!

xoxo, Brandi

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

little eats | dark chocolate dairy free muffins


Have I ever mentioned how much I love chocolate? How about how much I love muffins?

Well here’s a hint to how much: like a lot.

So duh, of course I gotta try some chocolate muffins!


We are fans of dark chocolate ‘round here, but you can easily use regular grade cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate.

You can add in whatever you want to these: nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit. We just stuck with regular ‘ol muffins, but the choice is yours!
Also, if you aren’t on a dairy free diet, feel free to use regular butter. Works just the same!


Ingredients:

-1/2 cup melted non-dairy butter (we use Earth Balance)
-2 eggs
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-3/4 cup sugar
-3/4 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp sea salt (regular works fine, too)
-1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
-3/4 all purpose flour

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350. Spray or line muffin pan.

-Melt butter in the microwave, and in a large bowl mix butter, egg, sugar, vanilla, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Add flour in last, then any mix ins if you so choose.

-Put batter into the muffin tins, around 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tooth pick comes out clean. Let them rest for a few minutes in the muffin tin before removing to cooling rack.

Store in an airtight container. They will last for a couple days to a week.


Enjoy!

xoxo, Brandi