5 Ideas For One-on-One Time With Your Daughter

Because my hubs travels overseas a lot, I tend to have plenty of time to plan fun activities for my 4-year-old daughter and I. Below are some ideas of how to spend special time with your daughters, too.

  1. Go to the movies. — My Bella loves animated films, so anytime a new one comes out, we head over. Join your theater’s reward club and you qualify for free tickets, free popcorn, free drinks, etc. Movies are a great idea because it is time where you can laugh together and afterwards, you can discuss your favorite parts and funny one-liners. We have a blast everytime.
  2. Go to the mall. — This is an easy one that kills 2 birds with one stone. If you were planning to get lunch, head to the food court. This gives you both options to choose meals you each like. Sit together, technology-free, and enjoy your lunch. People-watch, scope out the meal choices of others, see the latest fashion trends. If your mall has a Godiva, you can join their rewards club and choose  a free truffle each month. (Bella always steals mine). There is also usually a carousel, high-jump and/or train in the mall and those are also low-cost fun ways to spend time together.
  3. Go grocery shopping. –While this doesn’t sound fun, it really is. There is a grocery store near our home that has shopping carts for children. Bella loves to take the cart and push it around the store. We take our list and I call out the items we need as we pass them. She chooses them from the shelf (with a little direction), and places them in the cart. This is super cute, it allows her to feel grown-up, teaches her how to grocery shop and I have to do it anyway, so why not make it a game?
  4. Go for a walk. — Luckily for us, we live on a golf course. While I understand everyone doesn’t, assuming the neighborhood is safe, go for a walk. Stop and look in the stream, talk about the flowers and the sunset. Enjoy each other’s company and watch the joy of wonder in your child’s eyes over things we don’t notice– like those fun flowers that kids like to make a wish and blow. Watching her find those and make wishes is one of my favorite things.
  5. Manis and pedis. — This one gives you some options. If you want to head out to a nail salon, you certainly can and that is tons of fun. However, if you have a tight budget, you can still do these at home. Let your daughter choose the color and paint each other’s nails. It is fun and super girly.

What ideas do you have that you could share with me? Leave them below. 🙂

Olly Vitamins for Flawless Complexion

I’ve finished my first container of Olly Flawless Complexion Vitamin Gummies (2 per day, 25 days) and my skin is clear and healthy.

The gummies are a yummy mixed berry flavor and I look forward to them each morning, but I’m not sure that I would say my complexion is “flawless.” My skin looks healthy, but I do have spots and large pores.

While I do look forward to these each morning because they are super tasty, I’m not sure they are working for my complexion. So, this month I ordered Ritual vitamins. Ritual is a new brand designed with the healthiest of ingredients in mind. They are safe, non-GMO, encapsulated and clear. I’ll come back and report on these in a couple of weeks for comparison purposes.

Mom Alert: Pull-Up Post

Hey Y’all. While many of you may choose to read the blog because of the exhilarating reviews of products you may use even if you’re not a parent, this one right here is definitely geared to the parents in the house.

THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT SKIMP ON. Just to clarify, I feel the need to repeat that last one. THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT SKIMP ON. One of those things, moms and dads, is overnight diapers for your kiddos. I assure you, spending the extra money on a good brand is totally worth it to help you and your little one get a good night’s sleep and not have bedding to clean up at 2 am.

This is spoken from experience. While perusing the overnight diapers section in a lovely WalMart Supercenter one day, I noticed that the Pull-Ups brand overnight diapers were roughly $4ish more than the Parents’ Choice (WalMart) brand of overnights. Because I am a cheapskate, that day, I decided to give the generic diapers a try. On the very first night, the diaper leaked all over the bed, resulting in a screaming toddler and a very unhappy mommy. Because I was new to this brand and thought maybe it was just a fluke…you know, maybe little bitsy hadn’t gone potty before bedtime or maybe she drank an obscene amount of water. So, night number two started with those same diapers and ended with those same diapers leaking EVERYWHERE again.

So, the lesson here folks, is spend the extra $4. Get the good overnight diapers. You’re welcome.

Renpure Originals Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

Oh my goodness, folks, my mind is BLOWN! There are so many different reasons I am in  love with shampoo and conditioner combo, and I feel like sharing them all!

First of all, when I saw RenPure Naturals SC combo on the shelf, I thought to myself, “Hmmmm….shampoo that actually claims to thicken my hair instead of volumize it? Hmmm….” Then, because it is less than $7 per bottle (that’s right, folks, $7), I grabbed the combo and promptly moved to the checkout line. For that kind of money, I figured it was ok if I was slightly disappointed, but, boy, was I wrong!

My hair truly felt thicker after only the first use. At this point, I’ve been using it a couple of weeks. My hair looks great. It is healthy, strong and THICKER than it was 2 weeks ago. I am truly amazed.

Each day when I shower, I read a little bit of the label of any products in the shower. Get ready for this: RenPure Naturals has ABSOLUTELY NO parabens, dyes, sulfates, gluten, phthalates or propylene glycol. That’s right. It’s a shampoo/conditioner that isn’t harmful to you and actually does what it says! I told you all, I’m a total convert over here!

Not only does Renpure not contain those harmful ingredients, but this specific blend for thickening has collagen, biotin, B7 and keratin.

If those are not all good enough reasons for loving Renpure and becoming a convert, this one should win you over because it is, in my opinion, the most compelling reason to love it: the products are not tested on animals. Let me take this just a bit further. Tom Redmond, Jr.is the owner of Renpure and his products are tested on HIS FAMILY! That tells me that he believes in the safety of his products.

Go out and get yourself a bottle or two of Renpure Originals Thickening shampoo today (or any blend for that matter). I believe in it and you should, too!

Bamboo Pillows

Ermagerd. How many of you have been to the mall and been approached by the person at a kiosk selling Bamboo pillows? (Raising my hand). Although I don’t entertain folks who approach me from kiosks at the mall, I was interested in these pillows. I like a pillow that is soft for comfort, but that is firm enough to support my neck. It is somewhat of an oxymoron, I suppose, a soft, firm pillow, but that’s what I like.

One day, as the hubs and I were visiting the Saturday morning Costco buffet, I noticed a display of Bamboo pillows. Of course, I walked over to feel them, press them, test them. I was immediately in love because the Bamboo pillow seemed to be exactly what I wanted — a soft, firm pillow. It is filled with tiny pieces of memory foam and it conforms to your shape while you sleep. When you wake, simply place the pillow on a flat surface and it resumes its original shape…so it’s as if I have brand, spankin’ new pillows every single night!

I’ve been sleeping on these pillows for well over a year and still love them. Without question, these are the 2 best pillows I’ve ever owned and if you’ve been looking at them, you need to grab a set, too.

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