Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Influenster Obsession!

Ya'll, if you have never heard of Influenster, you need to click out of this blog RIGHT. THIS. INSTANCE. and log onto their website!! Who doesn't love receiving free stuff in the mail?

According to their website, Influenster is   "a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influensters meet here to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!"

All you have to do is receive the FULL SIZE products, review them, and tell all your friends on social media! It's as easy as that! Not only do they send you FULL SIZE products, they also offer special discounts on products! 

I loved Influenster when I was pregnant because you can read reviews of products (as well as review products you already own and use!) It helped me to decide on the best baby bathtub, as well as our holy grail of baby products - THE ROCK N PLAY!!!! 

I received my THIRD Voxbox a few weeks ago and I was so excited about it!

Sinful Colors Nail Polish in the color Anchors Away (orange) 
Full size & retails for: ~$1.99

I am a HUGE fan of Sinful Colors! I have so many different colors, it's pretty ridiculous! I wasn't too stoked to this orange color (but I guess it is a summery color!) I like Sinful colors for their plethora of different colors (easily able to transition to different seasons!) I don't think the quality is like Essie's, but for the price, you can't really beat it. You do need two coats in order to get the vibrancy shown on the bottle (which I usually do anyways). It did chip within a few days, but I'm constantly changing my polish, so that just meant it was time for a new color!

Overall: 7/10 - but will purchase again for the price and color choice (I'm too cheap to buy Essie, especially with how often I change my polish color!)

Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous mascara
Full size & retails for: ~$9.00

I LOVE LOVE Covergirl! Even after purchasing Benefits "They're Real", Urban Decays "Big Fatty" and Tartes "Lights, Camera, Flashes" (can you tell I have an obsession with high end mascara? Ha!) I still have to say that Covergirl is one of my favorite brands of mascara! This was a two-in-one (volume/curl and intensify). I loved the curled brush and it didn't leave my lashes feeling clumpy (like many mascaras do!) I felt like it gave me the same amount of curl as my eye lash curler! 

Overall: 9/10 - WILL PURCHASE!

First Aid Shot Therapy for Pain Relief
Single dose & a 12 count pack retails for: ~$30.00 (I could only find this online, when I searched for this product on their website, it said there were no stores that sold this).

I was a little confused about this when I first got it. It's a "shot" of liquid pain relief. I have a HORRIBLE back so I am always willing and able to try anything that will help me feel better. It says it's fast acting, but I didn't see any difference between this and the regular pill form pain relief. Another downfall? When I looked up where this is sold - there wasn't any stores within a 50 mile radius that sells this. I'm not sure if it's only sold online right now or what?

Overall: 4/10 - it provided relief like any other pain reliever. Won't go out of my way to purchase online though

Hawaain Tropic Silky Hydration After Sun Lotion
2 fl oz & full size (6 fl oz) retails for: ~$9.00

I've always been a HUGE fan of Hawaiin Tropic and was super excited to receive this! This was the perfect summer staple after spending a day at the pool in the hot sun! It went on very smooth and blended in well. It felt good on my sunburned skin and helped to prevent peeling. 

Overall: 9/10 - WILL PURCHASE!

Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit
FREE coupon for 8oz smoothie kit (full size) & retails for: ~$3.00
Coupon for $1 off another smoothie kit

It's been forever since I've been to Jamba Juice and was excited to try these - especially since I'm a healthy eating/weight loss endeavor! I purchased the "Strawberries Wild" flavor and although I thought it was pretty good, I wasn't over the moon about it. It also doesn't have all the ingredients the REAL Jamba Juice smoothie has. It was a tasty breakfast and was VERY easy to make!

Overall: 6/10 - it was good and easy

Thanks Influenster for all the awesome products! Can't wait to get another VoxBox!!!

**All these products were sent to me from Influenster, free of charge, for reviewing and testing purposes.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

9 months.

I can't believe I almost have a ONE YEAR OLD! Only a few months left...

Age: 9 months

Stats: 17.5 pounds

Clothes: 6-9 months, more 9 months now

Diapers:  Size 3 

Hair Color & Eye Color: I still have a blonde haired, blue eyed baby boy!

Eating: This poor baby just can't catch a break! A few days before I left Indiana, my dad and I made eggs for breakfast. In a lapse of judgement, I gave a little to Colt. BAD IDEA. Poor baby broke out in hives and nearly had his throat swell shut! After a rush to the ER and nights of Zyrtec, we have decided not to feed him anything but the fruits & veggies we know he tolerates until we talk to our Pedi about seeing an Allergist. 
This was not even 2 minutes after the hives started. It ended up being 10x worse than this and ALL over his body!

Sleeping: This little boy has cut SIX teeth since we have been in Indiana, so his sleep is all off! Ever since we got home from Indy, he's been *almost* back to his nightly routine of sleeping through the night again. He's only gotten up a handful of times in the week and a half since we have been back. Also, whenever he wakes up in the morning, he loves playing with his paci's in his crib. He can finally entertain himself so Mommy & Daddy get a little more sleep in the mornings (when we don't have to get up for work of course...)

Favorite Activities/Things: He loves exploring ANYTHING! And constantly puts everything he finds in his mouth! He still loves being outside & going on walks (although, we were totally spoiled in Indiana with awesome weather - it's far too hot most days/nights here in Texas now!) He also loves playing with his teething keys, petting his puppy sisters, and banging anything together! He also likes to sit in his high chair and tease Lola by leaning over the side of the high chair with his cracker and when Lola tries to jump up to get the cracker, he pulls back and laughs. He's already a silly and mischievous little boy!

Favorite Words: He now says "dadadadada" all the time!

Least Favorite Activities/Things: Same as before - he hates being sleepy and turns into a monster when he needs a nap or bedtime! He also still hates being cold, changing his clothes & getting his diaper changed - Mommy's started to hate changing time too because this kid rolls EVVVERYWHERE & it's so hard to get him to sit still long enough to change his diaper! He also is having some separation anxiety and hates when people leave the room!

Favorite Moment: This month he has been SOO fun and his little personality has been shining through!! He can finally sit by himself and has been getting up on all fours attempting to crawl. He likes to do the "plank" every day. He army crawls and has been crawling a little more in the past two weeks, but still doesn't do it consistently. He also loves to CLAP!!!

Least Favorite Moment: Leaving Indiana and my Dad! Also, he went back to Daycare a few days after we got home because this momma went back to work (staff development and I am back on contract this week! BOO!)

Other Milestones: Clapping all the time. He can go from laying down to sitting up. He arm crawls and has crawled a few times (but of course, everything is on Colt's timeframe - which I'm okay with! He will do things at his own pace!) He also loves reaching out for mommy to pick him up!

No idea why his shirt looks so bright?!?