A blog about the life of a 33-year old beauty junkie who is trying to find her place in the world! From being a Mom, being passionate about helping other Moms save some cash, to being a successful businesswoman. I've walked all sorts of lives, and I want to share them with you!
The one about Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion
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 shower. It doesn't feel sticky, but it does feel waxy like I said. I think it's how they get the lotion to stick through the water.
Lastly, does it make your skin feel softer? The answer to this question is yes. It definitely leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft just like lotioning.
For me, it isn't a product I would go out and purchase on my own. It was fun to try it out, but that's about where I leave it. Unfortunately I'd say the in-shower lotion is a bust!
Note: I received this product for free, but the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Christmas is coming! I'm getting so excited for Christmas this year. I haven't gotten a lot of things yet, but I already know what all the kids want. I'm most excited for Harper's stuff because the Calico Critters are toys from my childhood that I ALWAYS wanted. I'm probably going to have just as much fun playing with them as she is! Ha! Calico Critters and a Lalaloopsy doll that poops charms for a charm bracelet (so weird) are all that Harper talks about lately. It's pretty cute.
Since I picked up my secondhand Critters off of Ebay without any clothes, I've been busy working away to make everyone clothes. Here are the final shots of the 3 families I got:
I think everyone turned out really cute! It's all DIY clothes that involve NO sewing. No sewing was important because in my family I don't sew, my husband does. Seriously, he's the designated stuffed toy fixer. I dressed all the girls in simple dresses, the babies in diapers, and dads and boys …
Today the mailman came and he brought with him the most anticipated Christmas gift! The calico critters! Hooray! I can't wait to see Harp's face on Christmas morning. And my face is happy because they are in awesome condition. The only issue that they have is that some are missing their clothes. But, these guys are the vintage version. Some of them still have their 1985 Epoch stickers. Which means that this was a super good buy. The vintage ones sell for even more. So when Harper gets older if she gets tired of them she can get rid of them for a decent price!
So, since some of these guys need clothes, my mommy DIY cheap brain has been working overtime to think of ideas on making these guys some clothes that don't involve me sewing. I'm not a seamstress. I found a tutorial on Pinterest for making doll dresses out of socks, but when the Critters got here, I quickly realized that a sock would be too small. Even my son's infant socks didn't have the snug fit I want…
Gas. Gas is so damn expensive. My family goes to the gas station a lot. My husband is a delivery driver and spends most days out in the field. He makes numerous trips to the gas station for food or drinks. We are a typical family who gets gas in our vehicles at least once a week, too. You have got to find ways to save when you cut your budget. My favorite gas saving app/money making app for gas stations hands down is trunow.
The trunow app is two-fold, the app will tell you which gas station has the cheapest gas around you, and then if you take pictures of your gas receipt, it gives you points for them which you exchange for cash or gift cards. Again, I have really specific rules for what apps I will use. See Part One of my post about ibotta.
I'm all about this app since I am dually saving money because it's finding the lowest gas price for me and adding to my reserve funds through gift cards. trunow also allows you to spend your saved money at gas stations, however, I don'…