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The one about Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

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I was super stoked to go out to my mailbox earlier this week and see that I had gotten my Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion sample. I like the idea and theory behind it. I used to lotion after a shower, but then 2 kids later and always running behind, that ended. One thing I hated about lotioning is that you feel sticky and it's hard to get dressed until the lotion has soaked in. So in theory Nivea In-Shower lotion would take care of those worries.
When you open it up and put some in your hand, it looks exactly like lotion. Basically you are supposed to wash your body as usual, and then last before you get out use the lotion. The texture, look, and feel are exactly the same as lotion at first glance. It has a pleasant scent. 
But once you apply it on your body it almost leaves an oily or waxy residue which I found to be unappealing. After showering, it does solve the problem of not being able to dress quickly, it is dry and soaked in by the time you rinse it off and head out of the sho…

The one with a quick health update on Harper.

So Harper finally had her appointment yesterday with the ENT and since we've seen no improvement with medicines, all systems are a go for tonsil and adenoid removal. The doctor took another peek at her tonsils and they are still incredibly large and touching the uvula. Because of the size of her tonsils and the severity of her apnea, Harper will be staying overnight at the hospital for observation. Most kids are in and out, but I'm glad they are taking precautions. He's also going to look at her ear tubes and see if they are about out and possibly replace them at the same time. To which I said, yes please dear lord look at them so this child doesn't have to have another surgery before she even turns 5.

I'm so thankful for the continued good thoughts and prayers where she is concerned. Her apnea is pretty severe and it's a bit scary to think of her being put out and having to re-learn how to breathe. The doctor said by about 3 months post-surgery we will know fo…

The one where 11:00 feels like 3 a.m.

I have noticed lately that I am not a late person. Tristan has been up all night the past few nights and it is really wreaking havoc on my system. The poor little guy is either just really reacting to eating cake or he has ANOTHER tummy bug. I'm not quite sure yet. Either way he's in a lot of pain and everyone around the house is simply exhausted.

I can't believe that as I get older staying up until 11 just feels unbearable. My kids always get up at 5, so that's part of it. But if I don't get a good night's sleep I am just wrecked the next day.

I had my girlfriends from high school over on Saturday night and we had an awesome time, but the next day I really felt it. I'm like crap, I'm not even 30 yet and I can't stay up past midnight to save my life. We used to be able to stay up all night with no problem at all, now everyone left at 11 and I'm feeling like I had an all night bender.

I think this is probably a normal phenomenon, but I don't …

The one about my man crush Monday.

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Few times in your life do you meet someone with whom you have an instant connection. Maybe it's a close friend or if you're lucky it's the love of your life. When I met Zak I instantly felt a connection that was so strong it was a little scary to both of us. Scared is good. I've never met anyone who has said it's not a little scary to meet the person you're going to marry. What if they don't feel the same? All those subtle and not so subtle insecurities that can creep up in your mind. Within a week of being with Zak, I told my best girlfriend that I was going to marry Zak. She told me I was crazy, but I wasn't.

He's my eternal man crush Monday. He is such an amazing partner and friend in life. He's endlessly funny, even though he also has major foot in mouth syndrome and says a lot of bad jokes. He's smart and he's the best father I've ever known. He cares so much about his kids that it's something to see them together. They love…

The one about L'Oreal Paris Total Repair Extreme Hair Care Products

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I've talked pretty extensively about my beauty routine or lack thereof. Few times do you find yourself with extra time with a one-year old and a three-year old running around. Showers are oftentimes interrupted by long periods of crying and hands being stuffed under the door. But sometimes you get a glorious all to yourself shower and yesterday was finally one of those times. I'd been sent L'Oreal's new Total Repair Extreme hair care products a week or so ago, but hadn't gotten a good opportunity to try them out.

I was excited and interested when I saw the products. They sent me Total Repair Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner and an Emergency Recovery Mask. I was stoked to hop in the shower and try them out.

First the shampoo, the first thing I noticed was the glorious scent. I mean this stuff really smells good. It also had a good consistency. It didn't feel super thin which usually means cheap shampoo. It had a thicker texture and upon using it, it really felt l…

The one about Love with Food, January Box

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I walked out to my mailbox on Friday and got super excited about the Love with Food box that was in my mailbox! I've raved about Love with Food quite a bit on my blog, but for those who haven't been around for that, basically Love with Food is a snack subscription service where you get 7 or 8 healthy snacks. They pride themselves on having all natural foods. Some are organic and GMO free. They are snacks you can feel good about eating. 
This month I got: -Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs -Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna Bar -Energy Kettle Cooked Apples -Somersaults (Seeds and Grain Snacks) -Breakfast Tea -Cassava Pops -Velvet Truffles  -In-Shell Almonds
This month's box was the first month I've been a little bummed about a couple things that I received. We don't do tea, so that was a throw out item. Also no one in my family likes coconut, so the Luna bar was out, too. But of course as with all my Love with Food boxes, the first thing I did was try the chocolate. The Velvet …

The one about cheddar mashed potatoes.

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I'm a simple kind of woman. I like for meals to be easy, but also delicious. On the drive home tonight, Zak and I were talking dinner. I knew I was going to make some smoked sausage (one of the only meals my picky 3 year old would be caught dead eating right now) a Caesar salad, and some potatoes, but I didn't know what kind of potato to make. I'm a potato connoisseur of sorts. I am Irish in every sense of the word and if you give me potatoes, I'm going to make the shit out of them.

Zak said he wanted some mashed potatoes, but he wanted them loaded up. A-ha! Something I can get on board with. I whipped up this little devilish gem I keep in my cooking artillery.

CHEDDAR MASHED POTATOES

Ingredients:
-6 Russet Potatoes, Peeled and Cubed
-1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
-1/2 cup butter
-1/2 cup sour cream
-1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (I only use fresh grated cheese. It melts better and it doesn't have wood pulp, which I like)
-Garlic Powder to taste
-Salt to taste
-Pepper to ta…

The one with a Selfie Sunday.

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I want to branch out on Sundays and get really personal. I decided to call it Selfie Sunday, how fitting in today's world. I want to start it out with a selfie picture and then 5 things about me that you may or may not know. I hope to keep it going throughout the year.



1. I was raised by my dad. My mom was troubled and they divorced when I was young. I am a tomboy because of this. My husband was raised by his mom. His parents divorced when he was young. I think we are a perfect mix because of this. The raised by her dad woman and the raised by his mom man. How perfect is it that we found each other?
2. I'm currently binge watching The Blacklist on Netflix. I don't get to watch it too much with the kids, but if I get a free minute, that's probably what I'm doing. It's such a good show! You have to watch it if you don't yet. HAVE TO! 
3. We didn't name Tristan for almost 5 days. We had no name picked out before we went to the hospital. We had one name poss…

The one about Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon

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I am big on entering contests. It's kind of one of my things. I mainly enter contests for Disney World (God I need to win a trip, it's so expensive). But sometimes I enter other contests for gift cards and things, too. And sometimes I win. Last month I won a Beyond the Rack gift card. Beyond the Rack is a cool discount clothes website. They sell name brand stuff at discount prices. I got Harper a really adorbs Frozen nightgown (which she is wearing right now) and I got Tristan a cute outfit, all for free. See friends, this is why I enter contests.

But as a bonus, when I got my Beyond the Rack order, they also sent me the new Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon! Now as you know, I'm a mom of a toddler. This means my beauty routine is usually, "HA! What's a beauty routine?" But I was excited to try this out because it's all natural and I generally love Burt's Bees products. I was excited for the next time I actually got to wear makeup. So when that …

The one about Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup!

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Today I want to feature a delicious recipe that my family has come to love from another blog, The Gunny Sack, Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup. As you know, my family is all recovering from the stomach flu, so tonight for dinner we needed something mild and hearty and I knew just the recipe to pull up from my Pinterest.  This is also great because it's perfect for my cleaner eating approach. I have really made an effort to get all the processed stuff out of my house and focus on making stuff from scratch. This soup has a super delicious cream of soup base, but you have the option to make it from scratch, so that's what I did. The rest of the ingredients are just simples, vegetables, potatoes, and chicken. It's perfectly filling and all of our strained tummies appreciated the mildness. 
Here's the recipe, I just copy and pasted from The Gunny Sack, but I put my changes in parentheses:
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup: 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I use froze…

The one about the stomach flu.

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This has been our life since Friday:


Seriously, our house has been rocked by the stomach virus that came out of nowhere. Seriously, my kids and I only went to the grocery store and bread co in the past 2 weeks and magically we picked up this terrible nasty little virus somewhere. It hit Tristan on Friday like I already said and cancelled his birthday party. Then I got sick, then Harper, then Zak, and then Taylor. It's a really fun time at my house right now. Anybody want me to make some plague cookies for them? They make great Christmas gifts for the special people in your life. 
But seriously, we are so over it. It's still better than the 2013 Flu-Mageddon. Sicknesses have decreased by about a billion times since we quit doing the daycare and I started staying home with the kids. Which makes me do this dance:

I don't miss that part of the job at all. Here's to hoping that we all get over this plague really soon! 



The one about 5-layer dip.

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Today was supposed to go a lot different than it did. Today was supposed to be Tristan's first birthday party. But instead we woke up at 10:30 last night to a baby with the stomach flu! My night was not fun. Side note: It's also sad that I was already asleep at 10:30 on a Friday night.

Anyway, one of the plans for today's party was a 5-layer dip. We were sans party, but I went ahead and made my 5-layer dip anyway. Zak and I gorged ourselves on it's deliciousness for lunch. Here's the recipe:


INGREDIENTS: 1 can refried beansSalsaSour CreamShredded Cheese (I used fresh shredded Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar)1 packet of Wholly Guacamole guacamole
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.In a 1.5 quart casserole or dip stoneware (I have the super fancy Rachael Ray Bubble and Brown Stoneware Cookware set which makes a beautiful looking dip. Thanks Dad! See link below) you will layer the refried beans at the bottom. Next layer your freshly shredded cheeseBake the bean…

The one about Degree Motionsense Dry Spray Deodorant!

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I was so excited a few days ago when I got my very first Influenster box in the mail. I was chosen to try out Degree's new Dry Spray Deodorant.

Let me preface my review by saying I normally hate spray deodorants. They feel wet and sticky and I just generally don't like them. So when I was selected I was skeptical, but excited to try it because they specifically called it Dry Spray Deodorant. Which implies that it will spray on dry of course.

I have tried it for the past 5 days and let me tell you, I have been pleasantly surprised. I knew I needed to try it in a couple of different situations, most importantly a sweaty one. I had a great opportunity yesterday (I know what you're thinking, uh, hey you live in Missouri and it was 5 degrees yesterday), but I had a long car ride yesterday and guess what, my car creates sauna like heat. I don't know why but my van's heater is hotter than Death Valley in July. You literally have two settings, hotter than Hades or ice cold…

The one about my little boy.

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One year ago today I wondered what you'd look like.

One year ago today I hoped you wouldn't have red hair.

One year ago today I wondered if I was going to be able to love you as much as I loved Harper.

One year ago today I drove in a huge snowy, icy storm to get to the hospital.

One year ago today I arrived at the hospital a half an hour late, because it was so treacherous and it took so long to get there.

One year ago today your dad and I tried to joke with the nurses as they rushed to prep me for surgery.

One year ago today your dad held me as I whispered, "I'm scared." as your dad held me and they placed my spinal block.

One year ago today I saw some panic in the doctors' faces as I lost a lot of blood and things got a little hairy for a few minutes.

One year ago today I asked, "What color is his hair?" as they retrieved you from my body.

One year ago today I met you and in an instant, I fell deeply in love. You had red hair and chubby cheeks. Yo…

The one with the update on Harper.

Little Miss Harper had her doctor appointment yesterday with the pulmonologist. We had to see the pulmonologist because of her suspected asthma and to get her cleared for surgery. Everything went good with the appointment. He confirmed that she has asthma and gave us an inhaler to use when she wheezes when she exerts herself or as Harper calls it, "her puff medicine". She thought it was really fun when she got to try it out in the office. She gets a special mask and everything!

He also cleared her for surgery, so now we go back to the ENT and get that scheduled. I'm antsy to get them out because she sleeps miserably and I think her life is going to improve so much when she gets them removed. It's going to be really weird timing because I don't want her to be recovering around her birthday in March, but the way everything is timing out I'm worried we won't have much of a choice. Regardless, at least I know she's got the best doctors on her side and eve…

The one about my first Influenster box!

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Hey guys! I'm super stoked because I just got my first free product to review for you all! I made a video of me unboxing my spoils from Influenster!! Ignore my dorky first time on camera weirdness!

Note: Contains affiliate links.
Other Note: I received this product for free from Influenster.
Other Other Note: I'm awesome!

The one about Disney Infinity 2.0

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My family is Disney obsessed. Harper is basically counting down the days until she gets to go to Disney World. We watch a ton of Disney movies. Some of her favorites right now are Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. So when we took our oldest daughter to Game Stop after her birthday and Harper saw Disney Infinity, she decided it was a must have.



Disney Infinity is basically Disney's version of Skylanders in that you have a base to put your toys on to play with. It's got some cool twists though that make it a little different. Disney Infinity is more about creating worlds with "toys". You unlock toys through playing different missions and fighting enemies. Right now we have several physical toys for our base. We have Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph, Rapunzel, Merida from Brave, and Stitch. With each of our characters it unlocked special content for our toy box.

Basically the toy box is full of creatable content where you can design your own levels and …

The one with the best rewards programs that you should join right now!!!

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I love getting rewarded for things that I am going to do anyway. I use a number of brand rewards programs and I've compiled a list of my favorites that you should join if you haven't already. 
1. Kellogg's Family Rewards- Kellogg's Family Rewards is a great one if you use any Kellogg's products at all. We buy a lot of Kellogg's products between cereals, crackers, and waffles. The codes are printed right in the box and can be entered via text which I really like. The points that you get can be redeemed for coupons for more Kellogg's products. My husband likes E.L.Fudge cookies and if I catch it right, I can get them for free using the coupons I got with my points. Plus the free product I just got has more rewards points. Super cool! Also if you are a member of Kellogg's Family Rewards you get access to exclusive coupons for members. I love using coupons. If you are going to buy stuff anyway, why not get money off of your purchase? Kellogg's Family R…