Friday, April 28, 2017

California Tourists!

My cousins from ND visited for a week around the first part of March. We were tourists around Nor Cal for a week. We had a lot of fun taking them to places we have been and to new places we haven't even been. 

G was really good! We were in the car A LOT! He happily rode along with watching the tablet very little. He really was a trooper. I packed lots of snacks, some car toys and uploaded some of his favorite shows to the tablet. 

We went on some hikes. I put him on my back. He was ok being in the Ergo for a little bit. He would rather run or have us carry him for a little bit. He is getting heavy. I had to tell him if he wanted to be carried he had to go in the Ergo. That usually resulted in him saying he would walk. 

I love this picture of us at the Golden Gate Bridge! It was the first time we have walked on the bridge. It was the first time we have taken G to the bridge too. 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fun at the Zoo!

We recently bought a yearly pass to the Oakland Zoo. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend $120 for a yearly pass. I thought I will take G once to see if he likes it then we will decided. I started to add up just how much one day would cost us to go to the zoo. It would cost us over half of what a yearly pass would cost just for the 3 of us to go. I decided if we went twice to the zoo the yearly pass would pay for itself. 

We went to the zoo this past week. G had the BEST time! He ran around the zoo like crazy. We took some of our friends with us. We spent 3 hours there looking at the animals, riding the train and carousal. 

G LOVES goats! He has loved goats since he was just tiny. I think we spent the most time with the goats. He was running around the goat area like crazy. He loved petting and brushing them. 

We will be spending a lot of time at the zoo this summer! We packed snacks to eat along the way and enjoyed our time. 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Thrive!

I decided to change the title posts of my Monday posts to Monday Thrive! I didn't really like the last name, but I couldn't come up with anything else. lol 

1) I have struggled to find a pancake and waffle recipe that all of us will eat. G and I will eat most of them. I just wanted a pancake that tastes similar to what I use to eat, but that is Paleo. Recently I was at Sprout's and they had the Birch Benders buy 1 get one free. I decided to give them a try. All of us LOVE them! If you don't have a Sprout's near you Amazon also sells the mix. 

2) I have been struggling with my concealer under my eye creasing at times. I hate the way that looks. It makes you look like you have wrinkles and old eyes. I recently watched a blogger put on her make up. She mentioned she used powder under her eyes to avoid creases. I have had the Mattifying Powder by BeautyCounter in a box sitting in my house for months. I wasn't sure what to use it for or even why I would use it. Oh boy! 

I pulled it out to try it and let me just tell you it is a total game changer! No more creases and granny looking eyes! I put my concealer and cream blusher on my face. Then I take a brush and put the powder over the concealer and blush. It really helps set it to stay all day long. 

I then put on my eyeliner on the top of my eyelid. I have been lining the bottom with black eye shadow. I then take the powder and brush it over my eyeliner to help set it. I haven't ever had luck in the past keeping eye shadow on as an eyeliner! It always would wear off and look terrible by noon. Well with the Mattifying Powder it stays set ALL DAY LONG! 

I really like my eyes now that I started lining my waterline. I had to learn I have to do a thin line of eyeliner in order to not feel like a raccoon with my waterline lined. 

3) Do you buy much online? Have you signed up to use Ebates? I signed up with Ebates maybe about 5ish years ago. I will admit I don't always remember to use them. I kick myself when I make a purchase and don't use them. Over the years I have earned over $330.00. They will deposit the money into your Paypal account. Right now I have earned over $35 for the next payout. I downloaded the app to my phone, so it is easier to make purchases. I also log in when I make purchases on my computer. Use this LINK to earn $10 to sign up. Free money is always fabulous!

4) I love Target Tee's!!!! I feel I buy different styles and colors every season. They are just so comfy plus they are a great bargain. I bought the one below for $5. They have a purple color that I just LOVE! I have been looking for a purple tee for a long time. Regular price they are only $8. 

You can get the tee for only $8.34 with tax if you use your Target Redcard since they offer free shipping on all Redcard orders. I also used Ebates, so I will get 1% cashback. While the 1% isn't much it does add up over time. 

5) I bought the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop on Amazon recently. I buy too much stuff on Amazon! It is my go to place. I can usually get things within 2 days for a good price. I love this mop because I can fill it with non-toxic cleaners to spray on my floor. It's great for mopping your entire house or for a quick clean up. When you have a toddler you need to be able to mop areas quickly without having to drag out a mop, bucket, filling it with water, blah blah blah. This mop is fabulous! Sometimes I spray my entire kitchen with cleaner, let it sit then I go back into the room and mop it. My kitchen could be mopped twice a day. Now I feel I need to go mop my kitchen now. lol

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Friday, April 21, 2017


Here are some outfits that I wore a couple weeks ago. I feel I have been weeding things out of my closet lately. There is stuff I just don't wear anymore. I want something comfy, stylish and play ground functional these days. I've linked to items below. You can click on the name of the store and it will take you to the item if I was able to still find it. 

Shirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Lucky

Red Cardigan: Old Navy
Tank: Old Navy
Necklace: Amazon

Jacket: Target
Tee: Target 
Shoes: Lucky

Jacket: Gap Outlet 
Tee: Target
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Shoes: Lucky

Cardigan: NY & CO
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Converse

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt!

We had planned to go to an Easter egg hunt last week. G ended up getting a fever on Wednesday and was sick through Friday. We missed our egg hunt. I was sad. I was so looking forward to it and I thought G would have so much fun. I decided to do an egg hunt in the backyard. I filled some eggs with change, gummy candy, and other little things I got at the dollar store. 

I am so glad I did it because G had a BLAST! We ended up doing the egg hunt twice. He found almost all the eggs. I sent him back inside the house with Art, I hid all the eggs again and he came running out to search for them. He was so excited! It was just adorable! 

When he first started the egg hunt he would open each egg to see what was inside. The pictures above he has a mouth full of candy. I finally was able to convince him to find all the eggs then open them. 

He dumped them all out on the patio furniture and opened them all up. 

He was sooooo excited to find a dollar.

Later after the egg hunt we went to the park to burn off some of the candy! He had a lot of fun 

He is really into climbing up ladders lately. He does such a good job being very careful, but not afraid of the height. 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Fun!

We had a lot of fun celebrating Easter this weekend. G loved dying Easter eggs! He was upset there weren't more. Each egg was dyed at least 3 times possibly 6 or 7. He even took a taste of the dye ugh! 

This was right when we started. He had a blast! 

Purple and green were his favorite colors. Every egg was put in blue and green even if they were yellow or orange. lol Such a silly kid. 

The Easter bunny left some baskets for a cute little toddler and husband. G wasn't happy he didn't have a container of Pringles in his basket. Next year I will have to add some chips. My mom use to let us eat our Easter candy as soon as we got our baskets. I have tried to do the same with G for Easter and Christmas stockings. He ate 3 of the 5 Annie's gummy candies immediately. 

Opening their baskets showing each other the loot they received! 

This was the look I received when I told him that he had to eat some breakfast after his 3 packages of gummies. He had a lip sticking out for a little bit. It's hard not to laugh at him when he gets upset and folds his arms. 

He was spoiled by all his grandparents this weekend. His Nana brought over this big basket. His Nonna bought him a tent and sleeping bag. He loved everything! 

Hope you had a wonderful Easter Weekend! 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Never Miss a Monday!

1) Last week we celebrated 9 years of marriage. We went away for the weekend without G. It was only the second time we have left him over night. He did fine! He had a great time with my friend and her family. Us however.....we were lost at first. We felt like we were forgetting something all the time. It was really nice to spend some time together just the two of us. When we got back G gave us big hugs. I asked him did you miss us and he said yes. It was nice to know he had a good time and felt safe. 

2) I love BeautyCounter Charcoal Mask! I use it weekly. Or at least try to use it weekly. I usually do a mask on Sunday evenings. I have been getting 30-35 masks per bottle. It costs $48 for a bottle. There are 2 other masks available now. The Brightening Mask and the Plumping Mask

If you are able to get 30 masks out of a bottle and use it once a week that is about $1.60 per mask for over 6 months. The mask is very reasonable when you break it down. You are getting a mask with all safe ingredients without any harmful chemicals or toxins. You can buy other charcoal masks out there a lot cheaper, but do they have safe ingredients in the mask?  Do you know what you are putting on your face?

I also like to use the mask to spot treat breakouts. If I am getting a breakout I will put the mask on the area while I put my make up on. When I am done putting my make up on then I wash the area I have been spot treating. 

Here are some pictures of me spot treating two places on my chin. 

3) When we were away for our anniversary weekend I had the best luck out shopping. Art found a mall and suggested we go. WHAT! I was shocked, but I didn't argue. I found a super cute pair of black booties. I had been looking for a pair that were comfy for a long time. Nordstroms Rack had a cute pair for a great deal. Then I ran into Burlington Coat Factor to look for a new leather jacket. I just wanted a cheap one. I bought one from there a couple years back for $20. It was my favorite and I got my money out of that jacket. I found a new one at Burlington for a great deal! 

4) Have you joined Ibotta? If not you should! I recently joined because my sister said I needed too. I have earned over $13.00 just by scanning my receipts. The grocery store I go to doesn't participate with Ibotta or I would be rich. I scan all my receipts from Target and other participating places. When I get $20 or more I can have the money transferred to my Paypal account. 

You can download the app right on your phone. If you use the referral code djasfed you will receive $10 just for joining. It's just that easy!

Costco, Target, Walmart, Whole Foods and tons of other places participate! I didn't realize Costco participated. I am going to have to find my receipt and see what rebates I can get from them. I spent a ton of money last week at Costco. 

5) I LOVE sparkling water! It's just one of my favorite things. A couple weeks ago I went to Sonic with G and the little boy I nanny. They got some food. I wanted something to drink, so I asked if they had soda water. They did, so I ordered one. I looked at my receipt later to see they charge me $.15 for a large. I was like WHAT!?!?! The next day I went back and ordered a route 44 sparkling water....guess what I was charge $.22. I told Art it doesn't even pay to buy it at the store. I can't ever get it that cheap. I have learned I can only go during the week when my main girl is there; otherwise, it's a freaking circus. Either they have no idea what I am talking about or they charge me for a full size drink. Sorry guys I just can't justify spending $2.50 on a drink I get M-F for $.22. I even told the one lady I come here every single day and spend $.22 I am not paying $2.50. I ended up driving away that day. 

I tried to get a soda water at KFC one day when Art got something. The chick tried to give me a Sobe water. Finally I said can you please just give me a sprite? I drove next door to Sonic to get the drink I wanted for only $.22.

My girl at Sonic knows my voice now and just brings it right out to the car with a smile. I feel I should get her a Starbucks card or something just because I appreciate the fact she knows what I want. lol See it's the little cheap things in life that bring me such joy. lol 

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