IPSY – December 2014

(I’m just now realizing that I didn’t post about my November IPSY. Sorry! I can’t even find a picture of the contents of the bag… I’m pretty sure I took one. Oh well, oops!)

Here is my December IPSY:

I got:

Plain black pencil like pouch with a heart zipper pull.

Three full sized products:
Cailyn Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid – value $15
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Lady Fingers – value $4
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet – value $17.50

Two sample sized products:
Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry – value about $2.90
Tarte Deluxe Light, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara – value about $8

So for $10 I got about $47.40 worth of products! That sounds AWESOME!

My verdict: The bag is just basic, but that’s okay!
The eye polish is such a pretty color! I haven’t used it yet, but I know I will.
I absolutely love the color of the lip balm. That was the first thing I tried out.
I’ve always wondered about these Crown Brushes, so I’m glad I got one to try out.
I probably won’t use the Bumble and Bumble product, but I’m very familiar with the brand and love it!
This Tarte mascara is my absolute favorite now. I may end up buying the full sized version!

Overall, I’m really happy with this bag. I swear my bags just get better and better every month! There’s only one product in this bag that I won’t use. That’s pretty awesome. :] I didn’t realize how much I was getting value-wise either. This is probably my most expensive IPSY bag yet.

Two Super Simple Dollar Tree Christmas Wreaths

I know y’all already have your beautiful Christmas wreaths hanging on your front door, but if you’re like me and you decided to wait until the week before Christmas to make one, then this post is for you! :]

Here are two super simple wreaths that you can make from items found at the Dollar Tree.

The first super simple wreath is the sock wreath. I got two pairs of “knee high” Christmas socks and a small foam wreath form for $3 at the Dollar Tree. I just cut my wreath form in half on one side, cut the toes off my socks, and slipped the socks over the wreath form. (My wreath form actually completely snapped in half while I was putting the socks on, so I just used my hot glue gun to put it back together once I had the socks on.) Something I would suggest doing (in hindsight, of course) is making sure your socks are going in one direction. That way you can scrunch the elastic side over the (now loose) toe side. This might show better in the picture…

See the red and white striped sections (12:00 and 3:00)? That’s the elastic part of the sock pulled over the toe end of the other sock. See where the green stripes end and the red starts (about 8:00)? That is toe to toe, not elastic to toe. I don’t know if that makes any sense so I’ll just stop now. Isn’t it pretty?!

The second wreath I want to share is my tinsel wreath – you need a wreath form and about four garlands of tinsel. I actually used a wreath I already had at home (my American Flag one) and just wrapped my tinsel right over it! So, this wreath cost me $4.

I’m just keepin it real here… this is the only picture I have of my wreath. It was taken with my iPhone and in the dark… so it pretty much sucks. I’d tell myself that I’d go home tonight and take a better picture, but I know that really means I’ll post this sometime next week. And posting this next week (the week OF Christmas) is so not helpful at all… The week before Christmas? Semi-helpful. The week OF Christmas – not helpful at all.

So, here’s my wreath. (Don’t judge me.)

And here are some ideas of better looking tinsel wreaths. You know, how I pictured my wreath turning out in my head. :] By the way, you could totally do a blue tinsel wreath and make it more of a Winter wreath if you don’t want a red/green Christmas-y one.

So there you go – two easy, inexpensive wreaths!

On another note, we had our new windows installed yesterday. Yay! :]

10 Things… (December 2014)

10 things, 10 days late. :]

Ten Things Lately1. Peanut got his flu shot last night and he did excellent!

2. I have one more gift and one stocking left to fill for Christmas and I AM DONE!


4. We are going out to lunch this weekend with our neighbors (literally, our neighbors) that we see almost never. It’s ridiculous! Ha!

5. I am not going out this weekend (like I normally do) and I am going to deep clean the house!

6. I have been selling so much stuff on FB BST (Facebook Buy, Sell, Trade – online yard sale) and I have so much more to post! I’m rollin’ in the dough over here! Just kidding.




8. I love Christmas. (In case you were wondering.)

9. I really need to get on the move with planning Peanut’s first birthday party! It’s in exactly one month! I still haven’t really chosen a theme or know where I’m going to get the cake, etc. I have some decisions to make.

10. I’m going to finish decorating the house this weekend and I hope to post some pictures early next week! (Heheh – I said that last week…)

Peanut at Eleven Months

In one more month this little guy will be ONE YEAR OLD. I seriously don’t know where the time went and how it went by so fast. I know you’re probably tired of hearing this, but it’s just crazy how fast time goes by. I’m pretty sure that every Christmas, everyone has the “I can’t believe Christmas is here again!” thought, but that “time flies” feeling is somehow so much different when you’re thinking about how fast your baby is growing. I remember the moment I found out I was pregnant – waking up Hubs around 2:30ish AM. I remember the day we told our families and then immediately calling my dad in CA since he was the only parent not present. I remember our first appointment. I remember finding out we were having a boy (and other scary things that happened that day) and the single tear that ran down my cheek in pure excitement. I remember my whole pregnancy being pretty much pain free and super easy. I remember the day I thought I was going into labor, and the day I did go into labor. I remember the first time I held Peanut and I remember that all of my worries about not knowing how to be “the best mom” completely vanished when the doctor put him in my arms. I remember, before Peanut was born, having this dreading thought that I wasn’t going to know what to do, and when. I remember that he pooped on my arm as soon as he laid down (ha) and I remember his first bath by the nurse in the hospital. I remember dressing him in his first outfit and getting him ready to go home. I remember feeling like even though he had just been born, it felt like he had always been with us.

It’s like a whole year went by in just one weekend. I can look back at (thousands of) pictures of him and know how old he was by knowing what size clothes he was wearing. The onesie with the football is a newborn, the blue striped elephant is a 0-3 month, the first time he wore that moose shirt he pooped all over it before I could show it to Hubs, that red sleeper is missing a snap, for some reason that top fits him just fine but the matching pants seem too tight.

In all honesty, not a braggy mom way, Peanut is SO smart. He catches on to things so quickly! He definitely knows “mama” and “dada”, but every now and then every person and every thing is “dada”. (I think that’s his favorite word.) I pointed at our Christmas tree twice, let him touch it, said “TREE”, and he said “chree”. Now I can ask him where the tree is and he’ll look right at it (even if we’re at someone else’s house). He also knows “deer” (from hunting shows with Hubs). One night, over at Hubs’s parent’s house, we were calling the dog “Shaaaaaggy” and I kid you not, Peanut said “Shaaaaaa-eee”. We all just looked at each other like DID THAT JUST HAPPEN!? Peanut knows “Poppy” and “Cece” and he’s learning “Nana”. I can’t figure out if he’s trying to say “Dorofee” (Dorothy – white dog above) or “do-ee” (doggie, because that’s what I call them), but he’s definitely trying to say one of those two things. Also, if you start singing Patty Cake he will start clapping.

Heheh :]

Heheh :]

He’s such a happy baby. If we laugh, he copies us. He’s super ticklish and giggly, so it’s fun to mess with him. When I push him around the store in his stroller he just babbles away – “bababa dadad”. If someone looks at him silly, he cracks up like it’s the funniest thing. We are so so lucky that he hardly fusses. He’s a baby and he has his moments, but he honestly hardly fusses at all. He rubs his eyes when he’s tired and he sticks out his tongue when he’s hungry – especially if you have something that he wants – ha. If his nap gets a little off schedule, he may fuss a little bit before conking out, but it’s hardly anything excessive.

Ohhh, new toys!

Ohhh, new toys!

We are slowly transitioning him into eating more “real” food. HE DOESN’T HAVE A SINGLE TOOTH, so I’m a bit hesitant to give him chunks of things that he actually has to chew. So far he loves avocados, clementines, bananas, mashed potatoes, spinach, and almost all assortments of his baby food. He’s also started getting some pear juice (mixed half/half with bottled water).

He’s moving so easily around the furniture nowadays too! He’s definitely getting brave and trying to still “walk” when the couch ends. He’s also really good at bending down and picking up things he’s dropped. One of the cute things he does is say, “UH OH” when something falls/he drops something. Sometimes he throws stuff on purpose just to say “Uh oh”. ;] He’s starting to listen to “NO NO”, but you have to look away after you say it because he’ll give you the biggest pout you’ve ever seen.

He’s getting too big, too fast.








Eleven other things to know about Peanut at eleven months:
1. He does an excellent job in his walker.
2. He prefers to stand outside of his play pen (rather than inside).
3. He doesn’t really like plain water.
4. He’s getting better at realizing that the end of bath time is not the end of the world.
5. He loves his Wubbanub pacifier.
6. He likes to pet his own hair/pat his head.
7. His hands are always cold.
8. He has the cutest laugh, ever.
9. He likes playing with people’s teeth.
10. I have to give him something to hold while I change his diaper or he has a fit.