Tuesday, July 26, 2016

InStyler BLU Turbo Ionic Dryer review

I have never been a fan of hair dryers. I didn't even buy one for myself until a few years ago and I only used it on the rare occasion that I needed my hair dried fairly quickly before going somewhere. My hair always felt dry and unhealthy after blow drying, it was such a turn off. 
Then one day I was contacted to try out and write a review for the InStyler BLU Turbo Iconic Dryer and i decided to give it a try. 
I'll never buy another hair dryer again after trying this one out. It has changed my whole view on how a hair dryer should work and how it should make your hair feel.

The InStyler BLU Turbo Iconic Dryer comes neatly packaged with all of it's awesome accessories including the dryer, concentrator attachment, diffuser attachment, and instructions.

One of the best things about this dryer is there are a lot of different options for you to choose so you can customize your drying experience to best match your hair type, amount of frizz control you need, and to help you achieve maximum shine in minimum time.


It is truly amazing how many different combinations you can do for if you want to dry and eliminate frizz, dry and enhance curls, dry and straighten, add texture, add shine, etc. 
And to get such a great product in a hair dryer that is so incredibly light just makes me more of a fan.

I'll admit, the $89.99 price tag from Amazon can be a bit of a turn off at first, especially if you are on a budget, but this is one of those products where you get what you pay for.
Rather than spend a lot of money buying cheap hair dryers that leave hair more damaged, that end up costing you even more money in hair products for repairing that damage, spend the extra and get a top quality hair dryer that will help your hair be healthier and look it's absolute best.
I've never been more happy to own a hair dryer until now.

If you want to buy one of these guys for yourself, you can find them on Amazon for $89.99

or directly from InStyler, which comes with a mini dryer too for one payment of $119.85 (plus tax)
or one payment of $14.95, then 3 monthly payments of $39.95

I received this product for free to try and review. Regardless all opinions written here are 100% my own.

Monday, July 25, 2016

It's been a while

Looks like life got away from me again and it has taken getting some reviews to write to bring me back here. 
The last year and a half has been an adventure.
The last time I posted about family, Squirrel was only 6 months old.
So much has happened since then.

Squirrel started walking just shy of his first birthday and we celebrated with a small Winnie The Pooh shindig at our old house.

In the middle of 2015 we moved again.
(I know, I know, we move way too much)

And in September we got Joey a new friend named Hagrid

Who is now a moose
(can't forget how big Joey got)

Moose turned 4 in October and we celebrated with a Nightmare Before Christmas themed party complete with a DIY hanging Zero, Oogie Boogie cupcakes and Jack chocolate apples!


In December, Moose started preschool and quickly shot to the top of his class.
He gets to start pre-kindergarten in the fall with the hopes he will move up to regular kindergarten in October when his birthday rolls around.

We lost my grandma unexpectedly in May and it reminded me of just how precious life is and how we need to let those we care about know that we love them as often as we can since we never know what day will be their last. 

Squirrel turned two this past May with a Lion King birthday and is such a crazy, smart kid.
Just like his brother, only in completely different ways.
It is amazing how different siblings can be.

It only took two years, but we are finally getting schedules built and I am slowly finding time here and there to do things for myself. 
I'm hoping to finally be able to set some time aside every couple of days to come and write updates and product reviews as I have them.

I do have a few products I'll be writing about over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

That's about it for now, so I'll just leave you all with some updated pictures of Moose and Squirrel from the last month or so. They are huge!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wrapy stretchy baby wrap review and apology

I have a review for a great, affordable stretchy baby wrap to share with you, but first I need to apologize.
In April I received confirmation from the Wrapy company that I would be receiving a Wrapy stretchy wrap in the mail to try in return for my review. 
I was able to read all of the instructions and put Squirrel into the Wrapy once to test it out in our house before separating my shoulder and causing a delay in my ability to effectively test out my Wrapy more.
I was able to wear it a couple of times when Squirrel fell asleep on our way to pick up his brother from school, but trying to get a sleeping toddler into a stretchy wrap is no easy feat, it is made even harder when you can not lift one arm very high.
The end of April and the month of May brought several deaths to the family, including my grandmother's stroke, death, and finally burial last weekend.
To say that my mind has been somewhere else is very much an understatement and for that I apologize.

However, without further ado, here is what you came here for! 
Wrapy, a stretchy wrap review.

In April I received a blue Wrapy stretchy wrap to try. I wasn't sure what to expect since this would be the first wrap that I had ever used. I prided myself in being knowledgeable in soft structured/ buckle carriers and proficient in ring slings, but wraps had always intimidated me a bit. 
When I was offered the chance to try one free of charge, I couldn't say no.
Let me just say, the Wrapy has been my gateway drug into wraps and has left me wanting to try them all. Despite having a limited budget.

The Wrapy is rated to be used from birth until 35lbs, and while it is comfortable to use with my 30lb two year old once it is on, I found myself having to readjust as the wrap stretched under his weight the longer he was in it and it was a bit difficult to get him in the wrap while following the directions that were included in the Wrapy.
I tried for allow him to forward face, but felt that there was not enough support for his size at the time and removed him immediately.
I wish that I had known about Wrapy when my children were younger because this would have been an amazing tool for them when they were smaller babies, especially during the newborn phase.

The Wrapy can be a bit intimidating when you first take it out of the storage bag.
There is something about staring down a long piece of cloth and the directions that left me wondering how people managed to do it every day and how all that fabric wasn't going to swallow me alive.
Thankfully, after practicing on getting it wrapped as close to the pictures in the instructions, I felt confident that it would be able to withstand Squirrel's weight without dropping on his bottom.
While it wasn't perfect, I was able to walk around the house with him comfortably and he seemed to love it more than he does out Lillebaby carriers sometimes.

I managed to get him up in the Wrapy a few more times in May during the 3 week long wait while my shoulder separation healed. 
Thankfully, the wide shoulder panels helped to distribute the weight over a greater area without putting too much pressure on my lower back, something that neither my soft structures carriers nor ring sling could do at the time, causing me far less pain when I needed help holding Squirrel.

While I don't reach for my Wrapy as much as I would like to, it has become a staple in our house. It lives in the diaper bag for days when I don't want to lug a bulky buckle carrier or stroller around and has held up well to being washed and dryed.

My only complaint is that I wish they had an affordable option of woven wrap that had a higher weight limit since Squirrel is now almost 32lbs and will quickly outgrow our Wrapy.

All in all, the Wrapy is a great wrap for those who are looking for an affordable option. The blue is a beautiful color, between navy and royal blue. And once you get a handle on it, it is not only user friend;y, but holds up well to toddler weight.

Two thumbs up!

If you are interested in buying a Wrapy of your own, you can find them on Amazon right here: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Wrap-Wrapy-Lifetime-Guarantee/dp/B013VAZ398/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

You can also check them out on their website: http://wrapy.net/

I received this product to try for free in exchange for my review. Regardless, all opinions stated are mine and mine alone.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The jury is in...

...and Squirel is growing like he should be now!

His 6 month appointment went as awesome as I was expecting with him weighing in at 15 pounds 13 ounces and measuring in at 25.5 inches in length. 

He is about the 18th percentile for weight and 10th percentile for length so he is on the smaller side of the charts, but he is on the charts and has been slowly coming back up. 

There are no words to describe the amount of joy that I have over the news, the knowledge that out fight with his weight gain is over. 

He is healthy!

He is finally healthy.

It didn't seem like I was ever going to be able to say that.

Here are a few pictures of my happy boy at his appointment today

Meet Joey!

Meet the newest member of your family, Joey!

He is a 3 month old aussie/queensland mix that joined our family on Novmber 23rd. 

He is a super sweet, smart little puppy who has decided his best friends are the boys. He loves to be at Moose's side where ever he happens to be.

And if Squirrel is close by, you can bet he is getting some baby lovin' too.

The cats aren't too sure of him still. Simon growls when every he sees him and Sergeant stays in the master bed to avoid being around him.
It has definitely been a bit of a life style change, but he is worth it.

6 month check in!

Squirrel goes in for his 6 month well baby check this afternoon and for once in his short life, I am not dreading seeing what he weighs. 
He has been doing so well and eating like a champ that I am looking forward to it with hope and excitement. I know that he should be somewhere between 15 and 16lbs at this point which puts him anywhere between the 8.5 and 21 percentile on the weight charts. 8.5 isn't what I was hoping he would be at when we started the formula in September, but is a relief for me now since it means he is on the charts and just a short jump away from the 10th percentile. 
He is such a happy peanut most of the time, he loves to stand, jump, "fly", be talked to , played with. He loves our new puppy Joey
(I know, I forgot to introduce him), the cats, and Moose. 
He has the biggest pale blue eyes, little chubby legs and has started saying "mama". 

I can't wait to update later with how his appointment goes. No matter what, he has come so far, I can't help but smile and think about how bright the future is.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Influencing the world with Influenster

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I love to try new products and share my opinion on them, but I wish I could get the word out to more people"?
Would being a part of a community of people who enjoy being the first to try new products for companies and give honest feedback to them and the world interest you?
If writing honest reviews, asking and answering questions on a website about products you use, restaurants you visit, and food you try, sharing pictures, videos, blog reviews about those things then Influenster.com may be the place for you.

You may be wondering what #Influenster is right now.
The about us section describes it as "a community of trendsetters, social media hotshots, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences."
As part of Influester, you decide to unlock "badges" based on your interests and current life stages. As part of the badges, you write reviews for products.
 The most active are invited to receive special voxboxes which contain awesome products pertaining to your interests for you to try, review and interact with social media to inform the masses about what you tried.

What kinds of things would you be asked to do as recipient of a vox box?
Sometime you are asked to write blog reviews, make a pinterest board, share on facebook, write on companies facebook walls, share on twitter, make a vine video, youtube video, post to instagram, or write a review on a conpanies website.
By doing the tasks for the vox box you unlock special brand badges and the top people who unlock a brand badge are then thanked for their hard work with more gifts from the company or companies.
If you thought it couldn't get better, you're wrong.

Ifluenster has recently launched the #Influensterapp that you can download to your phone to help those who are part of the community to be more active. 
With the app you can take pictures of the barcodes of items you use to make it easier to add items or find items in the database for you to write reviews.

Instead of trying to manuver a full webpage from a phone or always having to log in on the computer (which is not easy with young kids, byw) you can now have the whole community of Influenster right at your fingertips!
If you are itching to be apart of this awesome community of influencial people, it's easy to join.
Simply go to https://www.influenster.com and click to join. Enter your email, follow the directions and you're in!

On your phone? Download the app, click to sign up, enter your email and follow the directions.
I can't wait to see you there!