Friday, September 25, 2015

I'm loving it

I have been asked to review a couple of products lately and my posts are shamefully late! Luckily the sweet folks that gifted me the products have been super understanding. 
Amanda was nice enough to send me some jamberries nail wraps a while back. I had heard of them but never tried them before. If you haven't heard about them they are basically strips of nail polish that adhere to your nails with no drying or spilling or mistakes. I am not good at painting my own nails and I definitely don't have the patience to let them dry, and now with Charlotte I really don't have the time to sit around and let them dry so I thought this product would be perfect for me. You can get all of the accessories and the little heater that makes the color adhere when you order the first time so after one initial investment you are good to go for a while, saving time and money on trips to the salon, and who doesn't like that, new mom or not?! There are hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from--seriously there is no way you won't find something you need. The only negative to me is that there is a learning curve in applying them. Mine were not picture perfect when I tried them the first time but my sister tried and she of course did great. You may have to practice a time of two to get the hang of it but once you do you will be pleased. They stay on for quite a while, much longer than regular polish with no chipping, and you can remove them fairly easily. Thank you Amanda for the opportunity to try out this fun product!! 

The kit comes with the heater for adhering the polish, the color strips, and a cute cosmetic bag with all of the accessories you need for picture perfect nails. 

I also was asked to try out a pair of firmoo sunglasses. I really liked how they let you customize just about everything about your glasses. You get to choose your frames, tint color and amount, and prescription if you have one. My only complaint is that you can't customize the size. I have a really little head apparently (maybe that's why Charlotte's head is only in the 20th percentile when the rest of her is in the 90th?) and typically can't wear standard adult sunglasses and unfortunately that is still the case with these. I'm really bummed because they are darling! My sister loves them though so she is yet again going to benefit from my blog product reviewing. Even though they were too big I highly recommend them due to the ease of customizing them--so long as you can wear standard size glasses! 
Charlotte and I took a break from her 7 month photo shoot to try the glasses on elephant. See how fun the frames are?! 
They also came with a fun clam shell case, cleaning cloth, and travel bag! 

Thank you guys for choosing me to review your products and especially for giving me the chance to try them out for free!! If you have any questions regarding the products please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Charlotte's nursery tour

As soon as I found out I was expecting I started looking for inspiration for the nursery. When I found out I was having a girl I went back and forth about the colors (pink or purple) and actually was kind of late in starting it. I didn't go shopping until the first weekend of January, and she was born February 24! I was very lucky in that my friend kelly had used the exact crib that I wanted and she was willing to let me use it. I also already had a dresser that has been in my dads nursery years ago, but that was about it. Also, Forrest's parents had an extra glider and armoire that they let us have. I added a wicker table that had been at my sisters house in college and bam--a nursery!! I ended up settling on a peachy pink after I couldn't some gorgeous satin for next to nothing at the fabric store and my aunt Fran who is an interior designer took it from there in finding paint colors and coordinating fabrics. 
Wide angle. The rug is super fluffy and clearly ruffles loves it. The light fixture wa an antique salvaged by my aunt and made to fit the room height by our friend chip. 

I absolutely love her crib. I had the bow and skirt made from the fabric I found and we surprisingly found a similar color gauzy fabric to make the canopy. Forrest found the crown on eBay for a steal and i ordered her initials from etsy. I have extra fabric so we can repurpose the skirt into a full size bed skirt or even coverlet when she moves into a big girl bed. 

Aren't these sweet?? I found the prints on etsy and had them framed in town. 

No little girls room is complete without a tea party!! Sweet Beryl, who made the bedding, gave Charlotte her very first tea set. 

  3 month old Charlotte says hi! This is our nursing corner. The sweet day gowns hung on the shelf were hand smocked my Forrest's grandmother for him and the halo was mine from my first communion. I love having special little things in any room. 

This area is still unfinished. I have her new born photos to hang above my dad's old dresser but I haven't found the right frames. I was able to find these darling pink drawer pulls on etsy. 

The inside of the armoire is my changing station. I love the organization and the fact that I can close the doors and hide all this away. 

I don't know why this shower curtain kept photographing weird but I tried several times--must be a glare on the mono or something. Anyway love love her monogrammed shower curtain! 

Don't mind me in my pj pants, but how sweet is her bathroom?? I love the pink bunny drawer pulls , also from etsy and the striped walls. We used the same color as the bedroom walls and then 2 shades darker to create the perfect contrast. 

I have lots of odds and ends to complete still but I really love how it all came together. What a special thing---decorating your sweet little one's space. I also kind of like that it's a work in progress.  I'm always working on it, keeping my eyes open for little things to make it special. It's a fun little mommy hobby that I have really enjoyed undertaking. I'm sure my the time I get it totally finished it will be time to move her to a big girl room, but such is life!

Monday, September 7, 2015

6 months of Charlotte

Half a year...that's how long we have had our girl!! She is the sweetest little lady and watching her grow and develop is a truly amazing experience. It seems like every week she has a new trick! 

One week she discovered how to growl. This week she has started crinkling up her nose and making a "stink face". 

It's funny to see her test what her little body can do! She is super strong and likes when you pull her from a laying to a standing position. She will straighten out her legs while laying down in preparation! She  is very steady when sitting now and is trying very hard to push herself from a laying to seated position but can only get up on one elbow on her side. 

She really likes jumping in the jump jump and driving her "car" because she can stand up. 

In the walker she  can push herself backwards and one day she went forward! 

She has all of the "moves" to crawl but hasn't put them together yet. She also started passing toys between hands this month with is fun to watch especially when she gets fixated on her hands during the process. She also gets distracted by her feet quite often! 

Forrest likes to play like she is a claw in one of those win a prize machines at malls. He will hold her out over several toys and let her down to see if he "wins" when she pils one up.  We love to hear her jabber, especially when she wakes up in the mornings, but no mama or dada 
yet! She slept pretty well this month (as opposed to month 4-5 which was a horrendous nightmare) although she will still fight sleeping sometimes. We put her in the stroller at 11pm a couple of nights and walked around our circle and both times she was out before we got out of the driveway. Poor girl hates to miss a party! She eats baby food a few times a day (around 4-5 ounces). Her very favorite is sweet potatoes but she will eat carrots, apples, and occasionally peas. We stopped all cereal because it messed up her belly, as do bananas! 

Her favorite book is still the alpha prints abc book and she also loves her Jane Austen counting book and we will sometimes let her watch her preschool prep DVD (she likes the dancing letters) and a cute little show on HBO called classical baby, the poetry show. 

Her favorite friend is Sonny and the love playing together. He lets her pet his nose and face and is so gentle with her. We have to watch her because she tries to get out of whatever she is in to get to him. She will laugh and squeal when he plays with her and it is the most precious thing to watch! 

At her check up she was 17 lb and one ounce (75%) and was 27 inches long(90%). She was really brave during her shots and only cried a little bit and was happy as a clam once we got home. 

It's hard to believe that our teeny little newborn has turned into such an independent little baby. Soon she will be moving and talking and getting into everything. I love this sweet baby stage but am so excited to see what her future holds. 

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