Monday, March 31, 2014

Minky Couture: Blanket Review

I received an infant blanket to help with this review

Minky Couture specializes in creating handmade minky blankets for all ages. With several patterns and colors to choose from, designing a blanket to fit your needs is easy. You can also choose from our already made blankets.

I love baby blankets. Our two oldest girls each have a special blanket that they've had since babies and they sleep with them every night. Before Mya was born, I had been looking around for a Minky blanket since she was due in December, and I found Minky Couture. 

Minky Couture has a variety of patterns to choose from, and I fell in love with so many on their website. After working out a review time, I sent in a couple of my favorite prints, and was sent the Posh Paisley Light Pink infant sized blanket to review. 

It arrived quickly, and when I took it out of the package, I was blown away by the soft minky fabric and pretty satin lining around the blanket. Their infant blankets have a size of 36x30 inches and its a great size for babies and even toddlers. I love the swirl pattern on the minky, and it reminds me of small roses. This blanket is an exact replica of what's shown on their site, so I have confidence in saying that if you order from them, you'll get exactly what you see and there won't be any surprises. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Getting Nailed! Intro Post

Welcome to the introduction of Getting Nailed! I started getting my nails done every two weeks for some me time, and upon pinning cute nail ideas, I've noticed that you all love nail ideas just like I do. I decided to start showcasing my nails as well as cute ideas I find around holidays and other fun suggestions I see. If you'd like to feature your nail art, simply email the blog with the title Getting Nailed Submission, and I'll feature you! 

I hope you all enjoy these posts, and I'd love to see your comments with feed-back as I post along the way!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Crafty Friday: Week 22 (Kid Easter Crafts)

I searched around Pinterest and put together the below images and links for Easter Kids Crafts! Some I plan on doing, and some I just thought were cute, but since Easter is fast approaching, I wanted to share some ideas with you all that could do in the weekends leading to the big Holiday!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Battling "Last Baby Syndrome"

Let me start this post by saying I love my children. They're the reason for everything my husband and I do in our daily lives. Why we get up in the morning, and why we work so hard to make sure they have a life without want. With that being said, this is my own personal thoughts and feelings while adjusting to Motherhood knowing our family is whole with our 4 little girls. 

Sorry for such a long post, but I love using this blog to get my thoughts out and to share parts of my life other than reviews. I hope you all enjoy.

We got pregnant with our first child just three months after I turned 18yrs old. We'd been together for three years, and while she wasn't planned, we were ready to start our lives as parents and a journey that would change our lives forever. 

Madison was born just one week after I turned 19yrs old in October 2007. She was the light in our lives and we knew we wanted more children. On my 20th birthday and just six weeks after getting married, we found our were expecting baby #2. McKenzie was born two weeks after Chris' birthday in May 2009, and we enjoyed our lives as parents to two beautiful little girls just 19 months apart in age. 

Life with our girls was great and we had a great life, but when McKenzie was a toddler, I knew I wanted another baby. My husband felt he was done having children, so the battle within myself started and I was grieving for a child that didn't even exist. We went back and forth on the topic, and after many talks filled with tears, my husband understood where I was coming from and we agreed to stop birth control and have one more child. I never expected the birth control to completely mess up my body and it took a long 13 months and fertility medicine to conceive Macyn. 

We built our home during the Winter of 2010-2011 and closed April 2011. In June 2011, we found out Macyn was indeed on her way. It was such a blessing for us. We had a new house, and now a new baby. I was on top of the world and couldn't wait to enjoy this bundle of joy. 

I had a lot of ups and downs with Macyn. I had some uterus bleeding that was at one time thought to be a miscarriage, and then I was sad when I found out she was a girl. Yes, I said it. I knew she was our last baby and I wanted a little boy to call my own, but after the shock of another girl wore off, I enjoyed every little kick and flutter I could as she was supposed to be our last one. 

As soon as Macyn was born, I knew I wanted more children. She was my first natural birth and it was such a high for me! Laboring on my own and letting her come naturally when SHE was ready was an incredibly woman empowering feeling. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Mid Life Crisis! Turning 25!

I turned 25 this past October and leading up to that I was kind of sad that I couldn't celebrate how I'd prefer since I was pregnant. I don't like to drink, so for me, celebrating a special occasion means a tattoo or piercing. 

I felt like I was having a mini mid life crisis, and on my actual birthday, all I felt was a bit of depression from the fact that it was just another day in my life. 

After feeling so down, I realized that after Mya was born I needed a change. A change for ME, because I deserve it and it would make me feel better. 

While I'm not a shallow person, you'll have to understand that I got pregnant with my first daughter a couple months after I turned 18yrs old. From then until now, a couple months after turning 25, all I've done is focus on my children and the multiple pregnancies that got them here. 

While I love my children more than anything else on this world, the past 7yrs I neglected myself more than I should have. Sure I've gotten tattoos in-between pregnancies and went to the beauty shop every now and then, but I know that changing ME for the better also means I can be a better, healthier mother to my children and a better wife to my husband. Recently I read a post from "So Easy Being Green" blog that really hit home for me. She mentioned her recent trip to Kohl's and talked about loving her body even if its not perfect, and it kind of punched me in the gut and made me realize I need to try to love my body again.

My body's been put through a lot in the past 7yrs from 4 pregnancies, so why not learn to love me for me and be thankful for it because this body gave me 4 amazing children that I wouldn't change for the world!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 54

Welcome to week 54 of Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. Since I've went through all my tattoos, now I'll be sharing photos I've found online, and the occasional viewer submission when they come in.

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The Return of Tactile Hobbies: Teaching Kids to Sew

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Sewing is one of the few skills still popular after generations. From grandmothers to young children, it indulges creativity, precision and provides a remarkable sense of accomplishment. Teaching children to sew is a great way to bond with them and foster a shared passion for creating everything from stuffed toys to clothes.
 Many parents often wonder what age they should introduce kids to needlecraft and teach them to use sewing machines, but this depends mostly on the child. For particularly dexterous kids who are comfortable using their hands, learning to use a sewing machine can happen as early as four years old (if they’re interested!). Otherwise, six is a good age to start learning the basics.

Getting Started
 It's always good to go through the safety stuff first. The coordination required to steer the fabric and work the pedal comes easily with practice, but it can get a touch out of control if kids aren't comfortable or confident with either. One of the best ways to teach kids to use a sewing machine is to steer the fabric while they work the pedal, this keeps their focus on one thing at a time (and their fingers away from the fast-moving needle).

Take it Slowly
 It's important for kids to understand that sewing quickly doesn't mean sewing better. Let them work at their own pace, even if it's painfully slow at first. The trick is not to rush them and to make sure they’re at ease with the machine and can manoeuver and control it. In reality, most kids will be able to steer fabric all by themselves after just a few minutes of practice.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pull-Ups® First Flush Update #CelebrateFirstFlush #MC #Sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of  Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

I announced my Ambassador position with Pull-Ups last month. Since its been a month already, I'm here to update you and talk some more about potty training! As a reminder, Macyn will be our third child to potty train, and I've learned pro's and con's from potty training with our first two girls. While Macyn knows when she's going potty in her diaper, she doesn't quite have the whole understanding behind it, so now that she's hit her 2nd birthday, we're giving potty training a shot! 

At the end of January we started getting sick, and for the whole month of February, we all passed it around to each other and it even landed our baby in the hospital. This very much delayed potty training for us. Besides yucky diapers from being sick, and getting no sick from being up and down with sick kids at all hours of the night, I did't put forth much effort in this department of Macyn's life. 

I received our two packs of Pull-Ups a couple weeks ago and was excited to show them to her and gauge her reaction. She thought they were pretty, but seemed to be shy at the thought of putting them on instead of her normal diapers she's used to. 

I decided to take things slow and not push her through this journey, because I did that with our first child and it took her until the age of almost 4 to fully potty train and be able to wear underwear outside of the home. I decided that when I would go to the bathroom, I'd give Macyn the chance to use her potty, even if just to sit for a moment, in hopes that the process seems like click in her sweet little brain some more. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Crafty Friday: Week 21 (Plant Jelly Beans, Grow Lollipops)

I searched around Pinterest and put together the below images and links for a great idea for Easter! A friend told me last weekend of a fun tradition we should start for Easter. You take your kids outside (or maybe in a small pot) and have them "plant" jelly beans. After they kiddos go to bed, you simply replace the jelly beans with sucks/lollipops, and the next morning they have a fun surprise and candy to eat! 

Since its not Easter yet, I've pulled the below images from Pinterest as different examples of what other people have done with their families. 

Original pin HERE

Original pin HERE

Original pin HERE

Thursday, March 20, 2014 Tiger Slippers Review

Thank you for the item to write this review

A zoo of novelty slippers, from alligators to zombies for kids and adults. 

Since I'm a stay at home mom, I'm at home with my children all day. I don't like wearing socks, but my feet are always cold. I've bought slippers before, but they wore out way too fast. I found and fell in love with their Paw Slippers. Pink is my favorite color, so the combination was perfect, and luckily they agreed to this review. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"For the Love of Dad" Giveaway Hop SIGN UPS

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"For the Love of Dad"
This giveaway is going to be prizes meant for dad. Anything you would give to a dad for Father's Day is acceptable. Anything from Watches and Shoes to Cologne and Clothing . Just make sure it's family friendly. There are lots of options for finding a prize for this wonderful event. Your only mission is to find the perfect prize pack for your blog!
Because this is a blog hop, each blog will be responsible for securing their own prize on their own blog. Each prize must be a Minimum of $25. The Prize can be sponsored OR you can self sponsor. Each blog can have more than 1 winner, but each winner must win at least $25 in prizes. 
Joining this Blog Hop is FREE as long as you share the announcement in some way. It takes 2 seconds to do this!! Tweet, pin, or share on FB. 

When: 5/5-5/19

Who: Anybody with a blog can sign up for this one!

Sign ups close 4/28

Add yourself to the Linky Below! You MUST share this announcement in order to participate in this hop.
You can also join the Facebook Group for our events here

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 53

Welcome to week 53 of Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. Since I've went through all my tattoos, now I'll be sharing photos I've found online, and the occasional viewer submission when they come in.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Merle and Velma: Personalized Keepsake Blanket Review

Thank you Merle & Velma for the blanket to help with this review

Merle & Velma is a melting pot of all the yummy goodness these two incredible women brought into the world.  Together with my Mother-in-Law Holly, we put a modern twist on the traditional keepsakes Merle & Velma loving created for family and friends. 

A sleek and simple take on a classic product, the Rhoost™ Blind Cord Winder makes dangling blind cords a thing of the past, keeping your loved ones safe and your personal style intact.

I love personalized items. With some of our children, custom personalization is the only option for them when it comes to feeling special and having items with their names on it. There's so many companies out there now that offer one of a kind personalized items available for purchase, and Merle & Velma is one I'll be introducing to you today.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Shaklee Skin Care Line Giveaway! Ends 3/29

Our skin is important, so I hope you all like this giveaway I'm helping to promote. 
Good luck everyone!

Welcome to the Shaklee Skin Care Line Giveaway

The same nutrients that help keep you healthy on the inside also play a huge role in how you look on the outside. 50 years of scientific nutrition research has been applied to developing the most advanced therapeutic skincare system around providing you the answer to healthy-looking, beautiful skin!

Enfuselle Nutrition Therapy Skin Care is formulated with our exclusive Vital Repair+® to block ALL those skin-damaging free radical reactions and encourages you to have healthy cells so you see smooth, luminous skin.  There are two systems: Normal to Oily Skin System & Normal to Dry Skin System. 

The system includes:  Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, Hydrating Toner, Time Repair A.M.® SPF 15, C+E Repair P.M.®, Eye Treatment, Hydrating Moisturizer, Refining Polisher, two Dispensing Pumps, and a FREE Lip Treatment SPF 15.

Megan from Housewife on a Mission had the opportunity to review the Normal to Dry Skin Care Line, you can read her review here.

Become a Shaklee Member!
New Members with a minimum 50 Point Value (PV) purchase will receive a free $19.95

Membership as well as a free Shaklee product – a canister of Shaklee 180® Café Latte Energizing Smoothee (while supplies last) through March 31st
—$67.95 value ($19.95 cost of Membership + $48.00 SRP for product).

  Plus, members always save 15% on all Shaklee products!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Flat Iron Experts: Avanti Wet-Dry Flat Iron Review

Thank you Flat Iron Experts for the items to do this review

Flat Iron Experts have been in the hair and beauty industry for over 8 years. We continue to be one of the best and most reliable online beauty shops today. Our team of qualified hair care consultants will always provide you with their expertise. Our goal is to ensure that you will find the perfect styling tool best for your hair. 

Shopping different Flat Irons seems like a huge task to me. I've only had one before this review, and its held up for the 4yrs I've owned it. With having such thick long hair, I've been wanting to try something different so it doesn't take so long to fix my hair. 

While I was looking around the Flat Iron Experts website, I stumbled upon irons that you could use on wet hair! This was totally new to me and I became very intrigued. With hair to my waist, it would take about 15 minutes to blow dry it, and then I'd quickly go through with my flat iron and do a couple strands here and there because my arms were already tired from blow drying for so long. 

I was thrilled when Flat Iron Experts agreed to a review for the Avanti Wet-Dry Nano-Titanium Ceramic Silver Digital Flat Iron and once it arrived I tried it out on Madison so I could get a feel for it and see it in action from another person's point of view versus trying to see it work on my own head the first time.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Needing Cash for Spring Break? Try!

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With Spring Break coming up, I thought I'd remind you all of this great company! Everyone likes to take a vacation for Spring Break and let loose, but now-a-days most of us need to save in order to take a trip. Since there's only a couple months of school left before Summer, you should take the time to sort through your books and see if renting them to other students is an option for what you have to offer!

If you go to their sister site,, you can rent out your books to other students and make money! 

This is such a genius idea! You find out about renting your books from them and yet you have old books laying around, so why not send them in to make a little extra money? Not only could put the money toward renting new books for other classes, but that leaves less clutter for unused books, and money in your pocket! 

All you have to do is find the book on their site, print out a shipping label, and mail the book in. From then on, as long as your book(s) are in demand, they take care of everything else. 

Sayings from Strangers: Their Thoughts on our Family of Girls

My husband and I have heard a lot of things in public with our girls, but it seems as though people have no filter anymore. Saying what you're thinking isn't always the greatest idea, and I'd like to share some "quotes" from strangers on our family of girls. 

  • (while I was pregnant with Mya) Are you finally having a boy?!
  • (seeing us with 3 girls) Well, maybe next time you'll get your boy!
  • (reaction when I told them my belly was a girl) WOW! Another girl?!
  • (looks at my husband) I feel so sorry for you. 
  • Can you imagine how your life will be when you have 4 teenage GIRLS?
  • That's a lot of feminine products!
  • That's a lot of nail polish!

I'm sure I'm missing some, but people can be so rude! When we're eating in public and you think its ok to tell my husband you feel sorry for him, you have an issue! 

Yes, we would've loved to have a little boy in our family, but that wasn't in God's plan and we're ok with that. Our little girls, while trying at times, mean everything to us and I wouldn't trade them for anything. 

Let's go back to the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!"

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mya Update: 3 Months Old

Mya hit her 3 month mark March 10 so I thought I'd give you all an update on our life, as well as pictures.

I was really nervous at the thought of having four children to care for. After Macyn's birth I had a bit of Baby Blues and was a big ol' mess the first week, so I was hoping that wouldn't happen after coming home with Mya. Each evening when my husband would bring the girls to the hospital to visit, it felt overwhelming for both of us to try to get three children to stay quiet and calm in the room, so it gave me more anxiety about what it could be like at home.

Overall, I think we've done a pretty good job these past 3 months. While I do get overwhelmed and stressed at times, I love my girls and couldn't imagine our lives any other way.

Madison is at school all day, but when she is home she helps as much as possible, and McKenzie is normally off in her own little world of imagination playing with toys and their 4ft doll house from Christmas. Macyn loves Mya a little too much it seems, always in her face and wanting kisses or stopping her swing to say hi, but I'm glad she enjoys her so much vs the opposite experience we had with McKenzie not wanting to except Macyn when she was born two years ago.

Currently Mya is in the 11lb range and loves to smile and coo at anyone who will talk to her. She has a cute little dimple on her lower right cheek, and she sleeps through the night! She's slept through the night since she was about 10 weeks old, and it's pretty amazing.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 52

Welcome to week 52 of Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory. Since I've went through all my tattoos, now I'll be sharing photos I've found online, and the occasional viewer submission when they come in.

#MixItUp March Giveaway Hop! Ends 3/25

Welcome to the Let's Mix It Up in March Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by The Blogging Mamas Network. We're mixing up March, with a host of other bloggers, by bringing you fun (and in some cases delicious) giveaways in this Food and Cooking themed Giveaway Hop! You don't want to miss the Grand Prize! A Ninja Ultima Blender - be sure to enter to win the Grand Prize!

What's better for this hop than food?! Whether it's your or your kids, we have something to please the whole family with this giveaway. 

PB Crave uses all natural ingredients in their peanut butters, and they also give them a twist with different flavors like Banana, Raspberry, Cookie Dough, and Chocolate. Since PB Crave features all natural ingredients, they align with Fit Pick nutritional requirements, which are based on joint criteria published by the American Heart Association, the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Guidelines for Competitive Foods. I was happy to post my review recently about PB Crave and how much we love their peanut butter. 

Go to your pantry and see if your favorite products pass this test:
Can you name the natural source of each ingredient?
Do you know what you are really eating?
Can you pronounce the ingredients on the label?
The idea behind Simply7 was born because many of my favorite foods did not pass this test (and I suspect that many of yours don’t either). I decided to create a company that makes sure that every ingredient in our products is not only natural but is SIMPLE. 

Lakeon posted a review with her thoughts on Simply7 and their full line of products. Lakeon likes to eat healthy and find good alternatives to things like chips, without all the extras in said items, so this post was right up her alley!

Enter below to win this $61 prize pack from PB Crave & Simply7
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