Monday, June 29, 2015

Influenster Nurture VoxBox

***I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.***

This is my 3rd VoxBox and they just keep getting better and better! Box 1 Box 2 .

The Nurture VoxBox was sent to the moms of Influenster and had a bunch of awesome products just perfect for summer.

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate AntiAging Facial Mask
I've never heard of Hada Labo before trying this sample.  The mask smells lovely (like apple and cherry blossoms) and left my skin feeling soft and looking radiant.  The only downside?  My daughter thought I looked "creepy".  Yeah, I totally get the Jason vibe, haha.

Uncle Ben's
We love rice in this household!  This is a convenient and tasty way to eat your grains.  This rice would be great to use in stuffed bell peppers or on it's own as a side.  

We've been using this sunscreen on all of our Summer Adventures! From the beach to the park, from berry picking to the Farmer's Market; this has been in my bag and on our skin. Because it is chemical- free, I feel comfortable putting it on my 11 month old, my 4 year old and on myself. The cap is also UVA sensitive and will turn blue when its activated by the sun which also helps to remind you to reapply!
I have yet to have the need to try out the Blue Lizard Austrailian Sunscreen Sport, but if it's anything like the Sensitive, it's a keeper!

I don't suffer motion sickness problems but you can never be too prepared, especially during Summertime and all the traveling that is done. I'm big on natural products so this is already esteemed just for being "clean".

This balm smells super good! It reminds me of honeycomb and licorice and is smooth when applied. Brielana doesn't have diaper rash but it did calm some redness from sitting in her seat in a wet diaper for a tad too long. 

Classic snack! I worked at a movie theater in high school and seeing a package of these always takes me back!

These were delicious. I just heated them in the microwave for 4 minutes and they really did come out crispy. I added chili and cheese on top of mine and made them a meal. 

I've been using the same brand of shampoo on Kinsey since she was a newborn. I love how the smell instantly brings back memories from her babyhood. When this shampoo arrived, I was in need for some because I had forgotten to buy some the last time we were at the store. A fail turned into a win! This product smells good, lathers nicely and rinses out well. It comes in a much bigger bottle than our previous favorite but that one is a 2-in-1 and also works as a body wash, so I'm not sure if we will be switching permanently (the less clutter in the shower, the better). I just took a look at the website and it looks like they do carry a 2-1!!!

{Thank you Influenster for all the fabulous goodies!}

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Patriotic Playwear

Patriotic Playwear

Patriotic Playwear by work-it-mommy 

Having a daughter born on the 4th of July has me looking at ALL things Americana!  Here are a few of my favorite red, white and blue goodies for all those darling little girls in your life!

Linking up with Annie, Astleigh and Vanessa.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Where I'm at Wednesday

Wellll, June has been a super busy but really fun month!  

We kicked off summer with a visit from Aunt Cindy and cousin Claudia from Arkansas and Kinsey may have a new best friend.  This was the first time she and Brielana got to meet them (well, actually Kinsey met Cindy when she was 4 weeks old, but I'm not counting that, haha).
cousin besties
I've read 3 books: Swapping Lives by Jane Green, The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel and currently reading What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson . Another movie adaptation to watch!  And if you want to connect on GoodReads find me here.

Since going berry picking I've been eating ALL the strawberries. # justaddwhippedcream

Next month has my baby turning ONE. Definitely excited and surprised by this wonderful milestone. Brielana is a 4th of July baby so I have my eye on all things Americana.

You can also find me over at Courtney's blog Shiraz in my Sippy Cup as I wax poetic on being a Girl Mom!

Linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Lovin': Berry Picking

Our first check off from our Summer Lovin' Bucket List is pick berries!
We went last Friday to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville to pick strawberries and olallieberries, but alas, the olallieberries were already scarce by the time we arrived.  No complaints here, the main star for me will always be strawberries (and raspberries, but they didn't have a good growing season this year.)

The summer I was pregnant with Kinsey was the last time we went to Gizdich for berry picking, so this was both girl's first time!  Kinsey had fun finding the berries in the bushes and Brielana nabbed herself some berries from the basket I was holding.

It wasn't too hot or too busy so we were in and out in under an hour.  It was the perfect summer activity and now I get to eat all the strawberries!

Bring on the whipped cream!

Linking up with Beth

Monday, June 22, 2015

C and C in California

Brian's Aunt Cindy and cousin Claudia came to visit from Arkansas and spent 4 days with us. Be prepared for photo overload. You've been warned ;)

We got to do some of our favorite things with them, like visit the Aquarium
The Jellies are magical

Brielana was mesmerized by the sardines

and go to the beach:

We even did a new venture to Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk and had a great day going on rides and eating food! 
She went on this ride 8 times!  By far her favorite
Her first roller coaster ride with Auntie Hailey

Cousin Time #Besties
First bite of Cotton Candy
The obligatory Mommy and Me shot :)

Their visit went by too quickly but hopefully we will be seeing more of them in the upcoming year!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Pt 1

Sweet Turtle Soup

I am super excited to join this Summer Reading Challenge!  We are big book worms over here so any way to stay accountable while doing fun projects and linking up with friends can't be beat!

Our first Library haul of the Summer found us with these titles:

Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer
Mother Mother by Remy Charlip 
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Elhert
A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
An Egg is An Egg by Nikki Weiss 
Across America, I Love You by Christine Loomis
Norman Rockwell You're a Grand Old Flag Lyrics by George M. Cohan

That satisfied some of these themes:

Buuut we totally slacked on doing projects, so that will be our goal for next time!  Here's an old one just for fun:

Can't wait to see what everyone else is reading and get some new book suggestions!

Linking up with Courtney, Liz and Stephanie.