First Time Mom and Losing It

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bringing In Spring Scents with the Stylish Renuzit Pearl Scents

Renuzit provided me with a free sample and a Home Goods gift card to give an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

There is nothing like coming home to a nice fresh scent. It has been raining lately so when you have to keep the windows closed and that Spring air gets stuck outside it's nice to have some kind of air freshener to help out. It you like to walk into the scent the spray fresheners won't help and I don't like to leave the plug-ins in when I go out. The next best solution was the Renuzit Pearl Scents.

The Renuzit Pearl Scents are so easy to use and you don't have to plug it in or use flames like those wax melts. All you have to do is unscrew the top, peel off the foil cover and screw back on the cover. You get a nice fresh scent that lasts for 30 days. The little jars and the colorful and sparkly pearls are so pretty that you can leave them out in plain view for a splash of color anywhere. The Renuzit Pearl Scents come in the following varieties:
  • Pure Breeze
  • After The Rain
  • Tranquil
  • Serenity
  • Seductive Pineapple

I was super lucky to get picked to do the Renuzit Pearls Scents Home Style Challenge. Renuzit gave a select number of bloggers a gift card to Home Goods to remake a small section of one of their rooms. 

I chose to makeover a little corner of my bathroom because that is one of the places where I keep my renuzit pearl scents. Whenever I come home after being out I take off my shoes and then wash my hands and face so it's nice to smell the wonderful Renuzit Pearl Scents as I walk in the bathroom. I got some nice and soft new hand towels and a cute little basket to hold them. I also purchased the a new shower curtain and memory foam floor mat. My bathroom has splashes of blue so the    Renuzit Pearl Scent was the perfect fit for my bathroom. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

National Hamburger Month with Hamburger Helper® + Parmesan Crisps

Did you know it was National Hamburger Month? As soon as May comes around and the weather gets warmer all I can think about is grilling food like hamburgers and hot dogs. Sometimes the weather is not the best to go grilling outside so I get my beefy burger fix by having my trusty Hamburger Helper® on hand.

Not only is Hamburger Helper® super easy to make, it is also super affordable. I went to my local Walmart to stock up on some Hamburger Helper®, ground beef and some Parmesan cheese. As I was looking through my favorite savings app, Ibotta, I noticed they had a deal on Hamburger Helper® to go along with the already low prices at Walmart. Have you ever used Ibotta before? It is a free app that you download onto your smartphone. Then you search for deals and they pay you to shop for certain products. Right now when you purchase Hamburger Helper® at Walmart, Ibotta will give you 50 cents back. How's that for a super affordable pantry staple?

I love how super fast Hamburger Helper® is to make and is perfect for those days that you get home late or don't know what to cook. I always have ground meat on hand so it's super easy to just brown up the meat, add the seasoning, some water and then the pasta.

To add a little crunch and fun to the Hamburger Helper®, I made some super easy Parmesan crisps. All you have to do is take a silicone baking sheet and lay it in your baking pan. (You can also use some parchment paper, or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray) Then put a tablespoon of shredded (not powdered) Parmesan cheese and use the back of the spoon to spread it out. Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly but not overly brown. Wait a couple of minutes and then use a spatula to carefully peel then off the pan. Let cool completely so that they can be nice and crisp.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hamburger Helper® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bravo's Odd Mom Out, A Must See TV Show!

Have you ever felt like the Odd Mom Out? I know there were plenty times where I felt like I was doing something against the norm and maybe even the wrong way. We all want to parent the way we feel is right without feeling judged. That is why I was super excited when Bravo spilled the beans about their new TV series Odd Mom Out.

Bravo's Odd Mom Out premieres June 8th @ 10/9c only on Bravo, but a couple of my friends and I got to preview the show ahead of time. We got together with a few snacks, some delicious drinks and got comfortable on the couch. We saw two episodes and let me tell you we were all laughing the entire time! It was fun to see that all us moms go through certain times that are so ridiculous that it's funny. Living with babies, toddlers and kids definitely has us moms busy the whole day so seeing a show like this one really gives you the time to sit back and just relax.

Odd Mom Out is created by and starred by Jill Kargman and the show is loosely based on her real life. It shows how she is forced into the rich mommy clique that lives in the Upper East Side of New York City. I love how Jill continues to be herself while being strongly pressured by her in-laws and frenemies to be like the momzillas of the Upper East Side.

Click to learn more about the Very Important Mom (VIM) Perks Program. With VIM perks you can get discounts on things like makeup and beauty services starting 5/11 and be entered into the Ultimate VIM Sweeps.

Viewers have the opportunity to win $20,000 in each of the first 4 weeks of premiere episodes starting 6/8 and ending 6/29 through the Tune-In to Win Sweepstakes. Tune in live at 10/9c on Mondays (6/8 - 6/29) for the secret hashtag and tweet it out to @BravoTv each week for a chance to win.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

She Turns Three Birthday Shirt Tutorial + Stencil

My precious, sweet little girl will turn 3 this week. Where does the time go? I can remember when I first set eyes on her. She was such a long waited for gift so my husband and I treasure her immensely. She has grown up to be such a funny, smart and beautiful little girl. In honor of her birthday week I came up with a fun number 3 shirt the she can wear on her special day. Here is how I did it:

1. Print out the printable. Click on the link, download and print out with the "fit" setting.
2. Tape the printable onto a table and then tape a piece of freezer paper, paper side up, on top. Make sure the piece of freezer paper is bigger that the printable.
3. Trace the number three and remove the freezer paper. Place another piece of freezer paper on top and then trace the crown.
4. With an exacto knife or small scissors cut out the inside of the number three. Do the same for the inside of the crown.
5. Place the three stencil on the shirt in the middle. Then place the crown stencil. on top at the same position that it is on the printable. Carefully slide the number 3 stencil without moving the crown stencil.

6. Iron on the crown stencil carefully. Making sure all of the edges are stuck onto the shirt.
7. Place some fabric paint onto a paper plate and with a sponge brush and paint in the crown. Wait for it to completely dry and then peel off the stencil.
8. Place the three stencil on top of the shirt matching where the crown should be on top of the three. Use the printable as a guide. Iron on carefully making sure all of the edges of the three are stuck on.
9. Paint in the number three with a layer of fabric glitter glue. Sprinkle on some fabric glitter making sure to coat the number completely. Place a piece of freezer, paper side up onto the glitter and take the bottle of glitter and roll over the glitter to make sure that it is sticking to the glue. Wait about 5 hours for it to dry completely and then carefully pour off the excess glitter onto a piece of folded paper. Pour the excess glitter back into the glitter bottle. Peel off the stencil.
10. You can outline the crown with some fabric puffy paint and add some rhinestones to the top of the crown if you like.

**I am not sure how well the glitter will hold up to washing so I recommend turning the shirt inside out and hand washing, being careful not to agitate the part with the glitter. I would also allow it to air dry.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Wordless Monday: She Turns Three This Week!

In honor or my daughter's birthday week I had to move Wordless Wednesday to today! This week my precious daughter turns three! Here is a sneak peek of what I have planned for her breakfast.

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Give the Gift of INSTACANDI

**I received the product below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

I don't eat much candy anymore but my mom being a kid at heart, loves it. My mom works hard and walks a lot so she can eat all the candy she wants while still staying in shape. Every time she babysits and I go out, I ask her if she needs anything from outside and every single time she will say, "Bring me some candy." :)

I wanted to gift her with something new so I sent her a bag of INSTACANDI in the mail. INSTACANDI is a cute candy mailing service where they will send the person of your choice a bag full of a variety of candy. They have so many different themes to choose from:

  • Sweet Treats - Whether it is a thank you, a thinking of you, or just an I love you - This whimsical package of Sweet Treats will bring a smile to anyone's face.
  • Birthday Bits - This bag of Birthday Bits will be sure to make the Birthday Boy or Gal have a great day.
  • Thankful Things - Show you are thankful.  
  • Happy Candiversary - Perfect for any anniversary. 
  • I Heart You - All the candy in this bag sends a delicious message to your sweet heart. 
  • Sorry Sweets - Say you are sorry with candy. 
  • Congrats Candi - When congratulations are in order.
  • Get Well Goodies - Make someone feel better. 
  • Mindful Mix - This bag of healthy goodies is sure to please!
  • Mommy Morsels - Show mom you care with this tasty goodie bag filled with candy she will never forget.
  • Candi For Business - INSTACANDI for BUSINESS is the coolest way to show that you care about your customers.

They really have a theme that covers it all. Once you pick the theme you want, you put the shipping and billing information and away they send the bag. I love how they added confetti and a hand written note of your choosing.

Head on over to INSTACANDI to send someone you love a sweet treat. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Stencil Shirt + Easy Clean Up with Huggies Walmart Wipes

I love painting on shirts for every occasion because they are easy to make and affordable. Every time my toddler sees me painting onto a shirt she wants to be like mommy and paint one too. I like to let her craft and explore her creativity but I don't like cleaning up the mess. This is why I always get Huggies Wipes at Walmart. Since I got a new supply I decided to finally let her stencil on a shirt too.

First I created the stencil and printed it out. Then I traced it onto the paper side of freezer paper. I cut out the red stripes and and blue square of the flag. Then I ironed on the stencil to the middle of the shirt. Then I placed the blue square part of the flag back on and ironed it on. I also ironed on scraps of freezer paper to parts of the shirt that I didn't want my toddler to accidentally paint. Next I placed a piece of stiff cardboard into the shirt so that the paint wouldn't bleed through the back of the shirt. I then placed some red fabric paint on a paper plate and handed my daughter a sponge brush. I showed her how to paint inside of the stencil. When she finished painting the stripes I peeled off the part where the blue goes on the flag and let her paint it in. Let the paint completely dry and then peel off all of the freezer paper.

As soon as we finished painting I took out my Huggies wipes and cleaned away. I love that the triple clean feature really gets into the mess without breaking apart. Huggies is the only brand to have Triple Clean layers so I am confident that it will get the messes clean every single time.

Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes* I always make sure to have the Huggies Walmart wipes on hand. I use them for everything from spills, to craft messes, to meal messes. They are super useful to have on-the-go too.

Walmart and Huggies want to show you the many ways to use the TripleClean wipes. Click below to watch the videos. You may find a new way to use them that you never thought of.

101:  HUGGIES® Wipes, the ONLY wipes with TripleClean* layers.
Explorers: Don’t let a little mess get in the way of a lot of fun!  HUGGIES® Wipes helps ALL explorers stay in the adventure. #bestfriend
The Cleaner: Ice cream #fail!  Watch how HUGGIES® Wipes saved the day from this on the go mess!
Pasta Baby:  Question: What happens when babies and pasta collide?  Answer: HUGGIES® Wipes with TripleClean* layers.
Playtime:  Playtime can be a dirty job.  HUGGIES® Wipes. Keep the play. Not the dirty.

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