November 14, 2018

Shoe Finale $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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November 11, 2018

Live Beauty Health $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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November 5, 2018

Does Putting Up Christmas Decorations Early Make You Happier?

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A lot of news articles have been floating around about how happier people put up Christmas decorations early. However,  a lot falsely use the word "study," when there hasn't been a study done, or at least not one that I could find, or say "scientists," as if there were multiple people backing this up, when there are actually only two who have shared their opinions, which you can read below:

Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown said to UNILAD:
"Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.
In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood.
Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement!"

Psychotherapist Amy Morin, best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, told UNILAD:
"The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity. For many putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods. 
It may be a bittersweet feeling. Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa. 
For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past. Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual."

Basically, it sounds like just putting up decorations, in general, makes one FEEL happy because of the memories and nostalgia that come with it. It doesn't really matter when you decorate, but doing it sooner may extend the excitement, and seeing the decorations probably will make you feel more cheerful.



However, just because I don't put my decorations up earlier, doesn't mean I am not a happy person and those who do put them up early aren't necessarily happier people. UNILAD even included at the bottom of their article (which no one probably read) that there are also dark reasons as to why people put decorations up early, such as using it as a form of escapism. So if that's the case I could make claims that depressed people put up decorations early (not true, just showing how these articles make false statements to get views).

Both scientists clearly explained why putting up Christmas decorations up earlier can make people FEEL happy or why seeing them up early makes them feel joy. It has nothing to with them being "happier people." Those are two different things, but the articles like to twist their words and make false claims in order to get views.

They also never clarify what "early" is. Are we talking about November? October? July? Technically the week before Christmas could still be early as it's not Christmas yet. It feels like someone is just trying to stir up unnecessary drama when it comes to decorating for the holidays.

The truth is it doesn't matter when you put your Christmas decorations up, you will probably feel happy when doing it. Whether it be July or the week before Christmas. Unless you really hate Christmas, you are probably going to feel happy when putting up and seeing your decorations.

Free free to share when you decorate for the holidays and leave your thoughts in the comments!


Sources


Extra


I did find one study that was done relating to Christmas decorations, but it's from 1989, and all it showed was that people who decorated their houses were seen as "friendlier" or "more inviting" by strangers. You can read that study here if you are interested.

November 1, 2018

ProTechLists $50 Amazon Holiday Gift Card Giveaway

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October 29, 2018

True and The Rainbow Kingdom Family Halloween Costume

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Our daughter loves True and the Rainbow Kingdom on Netflix so we decided to go as characters from the show! Our daughter went as True, I went as Grizelda, and my husband went as Zee. I will share how we made each of the costumes below so your family can too!

True


True and the Rainbow Kingdom Costume

Here is the break down of where I got the pieces for my daughter's outfit:

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I made her headband, backpack, and badge.


For the headband, I found a white band at Target and just hot glued on the red, yellow, and blue pom poms that I purchased on eBay. 

For the backpack, I used a piece of cardboard (a cereal box works great!) and used fabric glue to attach the felt onto the cardboard. I discovered in this process that fabric glue and Elmer's glue does not work for gluing felt on felt, you'll have to use a hot glue gun for that. 

The badge was made purely out of felt and I used a safety pin to attach it to the backpack strap.

I purchased all my felt at Michael's.



Grizelda


Grizelda and FrookieGrizelda from True and the Rainbow Kingdom Costume

For my Grizelda costume, the only thing I had to make the was the crown. Luckily, the True and the Rainbow Kingdom creators shared a printable crown on their Facebook page!


All I had to do was print it out, glue it to a  piece of cardboard. The cut the crown out of the cardboard. I traced the crown onto some blue felt, cut out the felt, and then glued the felt down on top of the cardboard. I cut out a little diamond out of red felt and hot glued that to the front of the crown, and then hot glued the crown together where the tabs met. I purchased a black headband at Target and just hot glued the crown to it.

The rest of my outfit was much like my daughter's where I just had to purchase the pieces and put it together:

Zee



My husband was lucky enough to have kept is Tae Kwon Do uniform from college, so he was able to just use that for Zee's costume! His mom sewed on some gray felt to make it match Zee's outfit. She also made the belt out of felt which he just wrapped around his waist and used a safety pin to pin it together.

I made his badge the same way I did our daughter's, using felt and a hot glue gun. He then pinned it onto his uniform. 

Zee's Zingy Zapper (staff) was the real project that my husband chose to take on. He made it out of wood using his tools. He then painted it to match Zee's in the show. It turned out pretty awesome!

First, he laid out a paper guide to shape the staff.


Second, he soaked 1-inch polar dowel rods he purchased from Menards in water for several days. Then he bent them (shown below) and held them in their bent forms for several days. 


Next, he cut the pieces to their appropriate lengths and laid out the shape before cutting the angles. 


Then he reinforced the joints using screws.


Once put together, he painted it using white primer paint we had on hand and attached wood ball knobs, which he spray painted gold, to the ends. 

Final Result

Here is all of us in our costumes! 


My husband and daughter are holding Wishes, which are just 2-inch yellow pom poms I found on eBay!

The only things we did not do were Zee's gray boots and Grizelda's glass heels as shoes are expensive and we didn't want to spend a whole lot on our costumes. Each costume was $20 and under! The best part is a lot of it can be worn again! Like my red dress and almost every piece of our daughter's costume!

Do your kids love True and the Rainbow Kingdom?
What/Who are you and/or your kids going as for Halloween?



October 21, 2018

Inspirational NEST Organic Fitted Crib Sheet Giveaway! 3 Winners!

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October 18, 2018

A Trip To Minnesota's Largest Candy Store

For our 6 year anniversary, we made a trip out to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store to celebrate as one of the traditional gifts for the 6th anniversary is candy/sugar. Despite having lived in Minnesota for 8 years, we have never been, so this was also our first trip, but it won't be our last!


Minnesota's Larget Candy Store is located in Jordan, MN and is seasonal, so it's only open Mid-May through November. You can find out exactly when they are open and their hours on their Facebook page, which is there only source of information. An important thing to note is that they only accept cash or checks, but there is an ATM on site. There are also bathrooms located at the front, near the checkout.

We chose to go on our anniversary, which was on a Saturday. We went in the morning thinking it would be so bad, but it was packed! I definitely recommend going on a weekday if you can! We had no idea it was that popular, but I guess when you have almost every type of candy you can imagine, you become a pretty popular store!

Besides the classic Hersheys and Reeses, there were all sorts of European and Japanese candy. We left with 6 little tubs of differently flavored taffy, ones I haven't ever even heard of like strawberry cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and carrot cake! They had classic flavors, like vanilla and blue raspberry, available too.


While candy is the main attraction, it's not the only thing Minnesota's Largest Candy Store sells. They also have the largest soda collection, over 1,000 different types, including the hard to find Japanese soda, Ramune! They have tons of puzzles, chips, and various other goodies as well. You can also find pumpkins, syrup, honey, and freshly baked apple pies. Everything you need for fall!

Prices are a little on the high side. I would skip on things you can get at Target, like pocky and American candy, and focus on the things harder to find, like the Kinder, Milka, and Japanese candies. Their taffy is reasonably priced at just under $2 for a little tub, but I would still focus on the flavors you can't find anywhere else.

Their pumpkins, however, are a steal at just under $5 and the cheapest we've seen so far, at least in our area. Totally recommend planning your trip around October for that reason so you can get candy and pumpkins for Halloween!

The building itself is worth seeing. The ceilings are beautifully decorated and you'll spy some of your favorite superheroes and other famous TV icons, like the Tardis from Doctor Who!


Our daughter was only 1, but she had fun looking around and was upset when we left, so I think it's great for all ages! There's so much to see!

Have you been to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store?

October 9, 2018

DIY Harry Potter Wands

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We made these as favors for our wedding, which you can check out in this post, but these would also be great for Halloween costumes and Magical/Harry Potter themed birthday parties!

What You Need:


Wood Chopsticks – You can find big bags of these at Asian stores for super cheap, or if you eat at Chinese restaurants a lot, you can stock up on the ones they give you. Otherwise, there is always Amazon!

Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Acrylic Paint – I used three different shades of brown, black, and white. The black and white were for mixing with the browns to make even more shades, or I would paint with the brown first and then use a fine point brush with the black for cool streaks and designs.

Newspaper or Paper Towel


Step By Step:


1. Plug in your glue gun to get it warmed up. Your glue gun will probably come with instructions and it will tell you how long to wait, mine takes about 5 minutes.

2. While your glue gun is getting warmed up, set up newspaper or paper towel on your work surface. We had hardwood floors, so I had set up my crafting spot on the floor.

3. Once your gun has warmed up, take a chopstick, hold it sideways, your hand should be covering the pointed end, the part you will not be hot gluing, and start covering the big end (the end you are not holding) in hot glue.

BE CAREFUL! Hot glue is hot enough to burn; I still have a burn mark on my leg from when I made these and a little dripped, so make sure you are holding the chopstick over the newspaper!

If you feel the need to shape your glue at this point, use another chopstick; do not touch the glue until it has had some time to cool down. You can touch it once it has cooled down and do some shaping then too before it solidifies.

4. After the hot glue has cooled on the stick, you can rub it between your hands and shape it however you want! You can add more hot glue to make a thicker handle or you can make fun bumps and designs (that is how I got the raised swirls on my wands).

5. Wait until your wand completely cools and hardens before setting it down to do the next one, or your designs could become misshaped as the glue will flatten on the floor. You could also get a styrofoam block and stick them in upright if time is of the essence.

6. After you have finished with the hot glue, it is time to paint! Once finished painting, set aside to dry, and then you are done!

Wands Drying
Completed Wands

For more photos of the process, Majan on Deviantart has a very similar step by step tutorial, which you can check out here.


October 1, 2018

When Consent Isn't Really Consent - This Is My Story

When I was 18 years old I was pressured by an older guy to do things with him that to this day I have not forgotten.

I didn’t speak up during the #MeToo movement because I didn’t feel my incident counts and even now I feel I fall into some gray area because I did technically consent.

The reason I’m sharing my story now, almost 10 years later, is because of the Kavanaugh case. People claiming Ford is lying, that she can’t remember, that it was a different guy and that she should have reported sooner, or why didn’t she say anything when this and this happened. People saying she’s in it for the money, etc.

So I thought, maybe if I share my story even if it may not apply, maybe, just maybe, people will understand why women don’t speak about their assault as soon as it happens or in some cases, the secret dies with them.

I was a senior in high school when M (I know his name, I’ll never forget it, but I won’t out him, so he will be referred to as M) contacted me through Facebook messenger.  I knew M through work, so it wasn’t some completely random guy, but it wasn’t someone I talked to regularly. He was a supervisor. I’m not sure on age, but probably twenties as he was in college; it wasn’t a "huge" age gap. I worked there since I was 16, so I knew who he was and so I accepted his friend request.

What should have been a red flag at the start was that he was engaged, and he was messaging me, telling me I was pretty, sending pics, sexting. Yet, foolish teenage me, me who had never been with a boy, who was already self-conscious about how I looked, thought that maybe he liked me and the other woman didn’t matter. 

In the end, M got me to agree to meet him at his place after school one day. I don’t remember if he asked to touch me, but I also didn’t say no. I remember I wanted to stop, but I couldn’t find my voice. It felt as if I didn’t have one.  I was vulnerable and scared in that moment. I didn’t fully understand what was happening, but it didn’t feel right having him touch me. It wasn’t how the media made it seem.

When one of his roommates came home, we stopped and that’s when I left.

The odd thing was he never pressured for sex, and he never kissed me on the lips. It was purely all hand stuff and nothing more.  He knew ahead of time, from our conversations, that I was a virgin and that I had never been kissed, so maybe he was playing off the “friend” role or maybe those were things reserved for his fiancé’ and part of some open relationship agreement they had.

M messaged me again later, talked about our time together and brought up anal (apparently his fiancé’ wouldn’t do it at the time), which I said no to.  I asked him if his fiancé’ knew, but he kind of skirted around the question, said we were just friends fooling around. That there’s no harm in that, convinced me what we were doing was okay. He managed to sweet talk me into visiting him again.

The second time around not much happened as one of his roommates came home earlier than expected.  That was the weird thing about the second visit. We were in his room, door closed, but when he heard a car pull up, he stopped everything, and opened the door. He even left for a bit to talk to his roommate, then came back and convinced me to play a video game with him for a bit (probably to give off the impression that we were just friends).

It hit me then that what we were doing wasn’t right as it seemed he didn’t want to get caught with me and that is where things ended. I was leaving for college soon anyway, which he knew, so we never met up again. He never contacted me again, though I still saw him at work (very awkward and uncomfortable), and I eventually unfriended him on Facebook.

The main reason I haven’t shared my story, as I stated before, is because I consented. I never said no. I never said stop. However, I didn’t feel good. I didn’t enjoy it. I felt weird, confused, and humiliated afterward. I wanted to forget the whole thing, so I thought if I didn’t talk about it, then it didn’t happen, but here I am, almost 10 years later, and I still remember it like it was yesterday.

However, the law and others won’t see my inner turmoil. Putting myself out here now, I’m sure I’m going to have people saying “well you consented so…” or “you never said stop…” Both of which are true, but as I said, at the time I felt vulnerable. I didn’t feel I could say no. It just didn’t occur to me that was an option. 

I think consent can be a tricky thing for this reason. It’s great to teach our kids “no means no,” but sometimes, “no” isn’t always so clear and peer pressure can cause someone who is on the edge to say “yes” when they really don’t want to.

Had I been one year younger, he would have been labeled a predator due to the age difference, but because I was 18 when he chose to get in touch with me, I lost that defense.

So I don’t believe assault to be black and white. I think there is a gray area, which is where I fall into and I think many girls do, and I want them to know they aren’t alone.

I also never told anyone because I thought it was just a really big mistake. I was the one at fault, but now I’m not entirely sure that’s the case. I think this guy saw an opportunity. He found me, a girl who knew nothing about sex, nothing about relationships, and used it to his advantage. He manipulated me, made me believe that what we were doing was okay, and basically convinced me to say yes.  

So I totally understand why many women don’t speak up until years later. They blame themselves. They want to forget. They had strict parents, like I did, which is another reason I didn’t say anything until now.

I grew up with abstinence-only education, so what I learned was mostly from bad young adult novels, friends, and worst of all, porn. I really didn’t have anyone I could go to talk about boys or sex. If brought up, it was basically "don't do it" or "you'll get diseases and die." I lacked the education that may have saved me from this situation.

I was also somewhere without my parents’ permission, so if I told them, they would find out I was lying and I feared the punishment, so I chose to pretend it never happened, which is another reason why many women don’t say anything until years later because they were likely somewhere they shouldn’t have been, like a party or friend's house. Something bad happened, but they feared punishment or worse, that their parents wouldn’t believe them or even worse, their parents would blame them, so they choose to live with the shame instead.

In the end, I’m left with a bad memory and no words for it. I don’t feel it classifies as assault, but I don’t think he is innocent either. All I know is, he wounded me and the scars will forever remain.

September 24, 2018

What Is The Best Diaper Rash Cream?

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There are so many diaper rash creams out there today, that it made it surprisingly hard to even just pick one when we needed to get some for our daughter.

It gets a little more complicated when you cloth diaper as many aren't safe to use on cloth. You can get around this by using fleece liners, which is what we chose to do as it was too much work to figure out what was or wasn't safe. You could also switch to using disposables till the rash heals, which we did when she ended up getting an open sore because you want to keep the butt as dry as possible and disposable diapers are better at that.

To make it a little easier for you, I have ranked all the diaper rash creams we have tried below, starting with our favorite. 

#1 Pinxav


I actually won this from a giveaway on another blog and so glad I did! I would not have heard of it otherwise as I have yet to see this brand in stores near us, but it is available on Amazon.

This stuff is amazing, it works overnight! It also has a really good smell, in our opinion. Apparently, the menthol smell can be a put off for some people, but I think it actually helped our daughter sleep better as I think of it as a soothing or calming scent.

The only downside for us is that it is pink! If you are using cloth diapers, this will stain, so highly recommend using fleece liners (the liners will stain too, but who cares about the liner right?).


#2 Desitin


This is the one our pediatrician recommended and is probably the most common or well-known brand. It was the one we started out with and it works! From our experience, it's not as fast acting as Pinxav. but still better than a lot of the other brands we tried. It's also got a thicker consistency which makes it stay in place better. Plus you can find it in any store!


#3 CeraVe Baby


This came in one of Target's Baby sample boxes, so we gave it a shot and I would say it's on par with Desitin. The only reason I ranked it lower is that it feels like a more liquidy version of Vaseline.

However, it's the only clear diaper rash cream I have seen (most are white), and that may be a bonus for those using cloth as it won't stain! I would still recommend using fleece liners as it may affect your diaper's absorbancy later on.


#4 Aquaphor


Everyone seems to love this cream, but we just didn't. It's white and runny, super messy to put on, especially if you aren't at home! With it being so liquidy, it doesn't cover the rash as well and it didn't appear to work as well as any of the above brands.


#5 Baby Butz


This is a new brand that just appeared at Target and I was able to get some free samples to try. I wanted to love this cream, I really did, but it just didn't compare to the others. 

The thing I really liked about this cream was how thick it is. It's a really thick white cream, which makes it a little difficult to get out of the container, but it covers the diaper rash so well!

However, despite covering the rash well, it didn't seem to do much healing. We ended up switching back to Pinxav as we didn't want our daughter to be uncomfortable at bedtime and it was gone by the next morning.



Final Thoughts


These are the 5 brands we tried and the top 2 are the ones we plan on sticking too. Now keep in mind what worked best for our daughter may not work best for your baby, so this post is just to give you a starting point as well as introduce you to some of the diaper rash creams out there. 

Have you tried any of these? What worked for you? 

September 7, 2018

Making The Switch To Reusable Cloth Pads

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What are cloth pads?


Cloth pads are reusable menstrual pads made of cloth so you can wash an reuse them each cycle. They are also known as "mama cloth." However, I do not like that term as you do not have to be a mom to use cloth menstrual pads.

I think the term "mama cloth" became popular because a lot of moms will switch over to cloth pads if they are cloth diapering, as they can all be washed together. Plus teens usually aren't as concerned about the environment or would think something like cloth pads would be gross. I know teen me would have wanted nothing to do with cloth pads.

And I think calling it "mama cloth" can detour younger girls more from trying it as they see it as an "old" thing or a "mom" thing and won't even consider it as an option, so I will always refer to them as cloth pads or reusable menstrual pads.



Making the switch to reusable menstrual pads


My main reason for the switch was because it is more environmentally friendly. You can wash and reuse cloth. My only other reason for the switch is like with cloth diapers, there are so many cute and fun prints!

Some women are concerned about the "chemicals" in disposables and switch for that reason. I never really cared enough to look into it, to me, it sounded similar to anti-vax arguments, where there really is no truth to it.

Like a lot of women who decide to use cloth pads, I did so after I became a mom. We already used cloth diapers and that was going well, so I decided now would be the perfect time to try cloth pads as I can wash them with the diapers.

I am also a stay at home mom, which means I hardly go out, so I don't have to worry about dealing with cloth while out and about. I actually still use disposables if I am leaving the house as it is just more convenient and I don't have to worry about carrying around a dirty cloth pad.

The thing I didn't know when I started looking into cloth menstrual pads was just how many different sizes, designs, and absorbancies there were! I decided to start by going with ones that were the similar size of my disposables and I only started with seven as you can see in the image below:


I knew this wouldn't make it through more than a day, but I didn't want to invest in something I wasn't sure I would stick to just yet. I, of course, ended up loving them, and am now working on building my stash!

The cloth is surprisingly more comfortable despite the pads feeling thicker. This could be because they are designed to fit my body better, whereas all disposables are one size fits all, which they really don't in my opinion. Plus the material is softer, whereas disposable pads are so scratchy and itchy.

Where can you buy cloth pads?


If you are just starting, I suggest going the cheap route and buy off of Happy Beehinds as the pads there are all under $3 a piece! Otherwise, Amazon is another great option for finding cloth pads at a cheaper price.

My favorite place to shop, however, is Etsy! There are so many crafters out there that make cloth pads and the best part is most of them will make custom pads for you! As I mentioned before, there are tons of options out there and that is what makes cloth better than disposables as you can have them designed to fit your body shape a lot better.

Here are some of my favorite Etsy shops for cloth pads:

How many do I need?


I have irregular cycles, so finding the right number of pads has been tricky. I currently have 26 total and don't feel it's enough. Some cycles I bleed more than others and find myself running out. Other cycles I have just the right amount. It also depends on how often you wash, I usually do one wash in the middle of my cycle, so if I didn't, I would probably need double the amount I have.

I think the key when making the switch is to start with a few, and just add until you feel you have the perfect number. If you are like me, you would still have some disposables hanging around so you will have a backup if you run out.

I haven't been brave enough to go cloth at night, so I do still use disposables at night, and as stated before, I prefer to use disposables when I'm out of the house. If you, however, want to make a complete switch, a wet bag will also be something you want to have so you have a way to store the pads when you are out of the house.


How do you wash them?


If you already cloth diaper, then you just wash them with your cloth diapers. If you do not cloth diaper, you would first wash them in a normal cold wash or prewash, and then you would want to do a heavy duty cold or hot wash. I prefer to use hot water for the main wash as I personally feel it gets things cleaner, but cold water is fine too. 

A lot of sites will recommend hand rinsing them in cold water first. Even some of the shops I buy from give you care instructions, and they often say to rinse and ring out before washing. I find this isn't necessary as the cold prewash does the rinsing for you.  My pads have come out clean without a problem, even the prints with white on them come out unstained! However,  If you want to rinse before washing, that's totally up to you! Like with cloth diapers, it's all about finding a wash routine that works for you.

For drying, I just throw them in the dryer on medium heat. If you want, you can hang dry them or use low heat.

Have you made the switch? 


Have you used cloth pads? How did it go for you? Let me know in the comments!