Thursday, October 7, 2021

Masons 5th Birthday Party

Our little Mason is now 5 years old, well technically 5 years and 2 months! Haha I can't ever seem to do these on time, the summer months are so busy, but I am finally getting around to it so lets dig right on in!

We honestly can't believe our special boy is 5, which not only means that he's a year older but that he's going into kindergarten this year which I am not ready for, but lets talk about the great things mason has learned and loves in this year of growth!

  • He's learned how to ride his bike with no training wheels
  • Favorite color is green
  • Still loves all things marvel super hero's but also loves pokemon
  • Made 4/5 goals in one soccer game (big moment for him) so proud!
  • He can count from 1-20
  • He is the kindest boy 
  • Such a goof ball
  • Absolutely loves kindergarten 
  • Is the best big brother 
  • Loves sushi as usual
  • Can do back flips
  • Loves playing with legos 
  • And so much more!
This year Mason wanted a Lego superhero birthday party so I got my creative juices out and designed this cute adorable birthday party for him! I shopped different sites mostly Amazon and Oriental trading. I love the small details like the little Lego themed silverware and the lego head cups! He was completely surprised! Another favorite was his balloon arch done by, . It is run by a fabulous women who has her daughter assist her as well! She was so professional and also so friendly to all of us! The end result turned out so beautiful and honestly I am going to hire her for every birthday because balloon arches are not easy (and I’ve tried) . She is located here in Utah so if you ever need a fabulous , affordable , and someone who will make your party dreams come to life, give her a call/message her, you won’t regret it!

I also took it upon myself to make him a piñata , I couldn’t find a Lego ninja piñata that didn’t cost a arm and a lego so I thought why not make one myself. We used some recycled cardboard and tissue paper and a small print from the internet and that was it, it was so much fun! A bunch of masons friends came and they all had a blast eating, playing, piñata breaking, and playing on masons new present (technically it was half masons half Isabella birthday gift) but they were both so happy to have a playground in the backyard and we love it everyday! We loved seeing everyone who loves and care for him there, and felt the love as well from family that lives far away as well! 

We love our little but not so little 5 year old mason boy! He’s so smart and  the friendliest boy you’ll ever meet! He’s got such a big heart and everyday we are so grateful he’s ours ! We love you so much buddy and we can’t wait to see what being 5 brings you , what you learn, the lives you touch, and the growth you do! 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Favorite Cute & Modest Swim Suit Guide

 It's that time of year ago that the sun starts shining more and stays with us longer into the night; we've had an okay winter, there was barely any snow and if there's not snow, it isn't much fun anymore, or at least that's what I think. So I've been ready for the warmth for some time now! After 4 years of the the same 2 swimsuits, it's time to retire the old ones and shop for the next couple of swimsuits! So I thought it would be perfect to share some of my favorite shops where I love looking for new cute and modest swimsuits, with all of you! Be sure to comment below where you love shopping for your swimsuits as well! Let's get started! 

1. Janela Bay 2. Pink Lily 3. Kortni Jeane 4.June Loop 5. Lime Ricki 6. Pink Desert 7.Albion 8. Called to Surf  9.Coral Reef Swim 10. DM Fashion 11. Rad Swim 12. Roolee

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Turning 27!! How You + I can get FREE food and items on your birthday!!

Guess who is turning 27 today!! This gal right here! So hard to believe honestly, I don't really feel like I'm getting "old" but just feel like I'm a year older (which I am, silly)   I love going all out on birthdays, I think its an amazing day to celebrate the people you love and care about being born and them being a part of your life! Life is beautiful, special, amazing and it always needs to be celebrated... at least that's what I think haha. So from gathering my own experience and Intel I'm sharing 27 places where you can a special little gift on your big special day...because YOU DESERVE IT and who doesn't love free stuff ?!

(Most of these you need to join their rewards club or enter email and some you don't need to)
Share below if you know of other places that give something on your birthday!

1. Baskin Robbins - Baskin Robins Birthday Club -Just create an account-add birthday(you can even add your husbands or kids birthday as well) and get FREE 2.5 OZ SCOOP

2. Red Robin- Red Robin Royalty Club- Free BURGER and sometimes FREE dessert when you sign up for their free royalty club! You also get other perks as well!

3. Denny's- No sign up needed just show ID- Get the GRAND SLAM FREE on your birthday!

4. Subway- Subway Loyalty Program- FREE 6 inch + Drink (have to sign up 30 days prior to birthday

5. Krispy Kreme- Krispy Kreme Club - Free Donut on your birthday!

6. Buca di Beppo- Buca di Beppo EClub- Free pasta at sign up and $20 gift for your birthday

7. Edible Arrangments- Email List- Free Birthday gift (usually a chocolate dipped fruit box)

8. FireHouse Subs- Firehouse Subs Rewards- Free medium sub

9. Starbucks-  Create an Account - Receive a drink or food item
10. Arby's - Create an Account - Get a free milkshake

11. AppleBee's- Join email club - Free Dessert

12. Del Taco- Sign up email - Free Shake

13. Edible Arrangments- Rewards Program - Get a chocolate dipped fruit box

14. Quick Quack- Email Sign up  - Free Car Wash

15. Habit Burger- Join The Char Club - Get a free birthday item
16. American Eagle- Rewards Program - 15% off coupon

17. Bare Minerals- Loyalty Rewards Program - Free Make up Item(s)

18.  The Container Store-  Rewards Program- 15% off your purchase

19. Godiva- Chocolate Club - Box of chocolate 

20. Auntie Anne's- Sign up with Email- Free Pretzel 

21. ULTA- Ulta Rewards- Free Makeup item

22. The Body Shop- Join Email Rewards Club- $10 coupon

23. Zaxby's - Zax club- Free Nibbler

24. Anthropologie- Join Anthro Loyalty- Free Gift

25. BJ's restaurant- Email Rewards - Free Pizookie

26. Chick- Fil-A- Enter email here - Free Foodie item

27. Longhorn- Rewards Club- Free Dessert 

Share below if you know of other places that give something on your birthday!

Thursday, January 7, 2021

New year, New you, feel confident with Woosh Beauty

 Anyone else feel hopeful and excited for this new year? I love that as the new year start that's it allows us to start over, to make goals, and to improve ourselves whether that physically or mentally. I have loved playing with makeup since I could remember watching my mom put her's on when I was little. Makeup is so much fun to play with and I love finding out about new companies and products that will be added into my day to day routine... bonus points if it makes my life easier in any way. So I was thrilled when I found out about Woosh Beauty products, especially their fold out face palette! Let me say GAME CHANGER!

I love how compact it is, how it has everything I need to complete a full face of make up! It has your eye shadow, eye liner, blush, foundation, powder, concealer, and contour! Again all you could ever need! I am the shade medium light and it matches up shades for cheeks and eyes that perfectly compliment your skin tone. In my palette I also had a helpful sheet with easy instructions on how to blend and apply my makeup for a beautiful glowing look! I have finally started contouring again and it's all thanks to Woosh Beauty!

They don't just offer their travel go to fold out face palette, but also have brushes that you have two ends and even lip gloss! I completed my look below with their beige frosted lip gloss, and I love that their lip gloss is not sticky and that this shade can be worn anytime of the year! I am loving the shine !! They also sell mascara, mascara tool for mess free application, eye stencils, and a mirror! Not to mention they have different size bundles you can get; ones for just eyes, traveling, and or looks perfect for the holidays! 

I seriously love my fold out face palette and have used it every single day ever since I got mine! I love feeling confident in my skin and love smooth and natural my face has looked since using Woosh Beauty! So because I love sharing with you not just my newest favorite products and brands, I have teamed up with Woosh Beauty to offer you guys a code for your next purchase from them! USE CODE : VALLYRICHES for 20% off! Also see in my Beauty Highlights on My Instagram to see me getting ready with Woosh! 

See More on their website here ! Woosh Beauty Website

#wooshbeauty, #foldoutfacepalette, #foldoutface #wooshwithme #gifted

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Holiday Giveaway- Small Shop Edition 2020

Christmas is in less than a month away and it's time for my annual Christmas giveaway! I look forward to this every year and absolutely love connecting with brands I have followed for years or recently discovered and love and sharing some goodies with one lucky winner! I also love that helps you discover new brands especially them being shop or local businesses! I put so much time in this every year and truly love what I do. I don't consider blogging or influencing a job but a fun passion of mine. I have connected with some amazing people through this, made ever lasting friendships, and related to so many on different levels. So even though one winner will be chosen , know I have grateful for those who have followed me through out the years! It means so much to me!

So let's get started... let me tell you about the companies participating in this years holiday giveaway!

1. Wink Naturals
I have used Wink Naturals ever since there company launched and used them with Mason. We had used their lotion, teething gel, and chest rub and now several years later there company has grown so much and now has sleep melts, body care, vitamins, toothpaste and much much MORE! They focus on bringing products to you and your family that you will feel safe taking.. none of that gross drug filled chemicals! Their products are quality natural and will leave you feeling happy both physically and mentally. Every time mason or Isabella have needed something whether sick or daily routine, I have always trusted Wink. If I am having trouble sleeping I pop a zen melt and am taken care of. I think when it comes to your family and your body you need to trust the ingredients of what your taking. Their lotion is so incredibly smooth and hydrating that both the kids (who have sensitive skin) and my husband and I love taking it, it smells so good! I had recently gotten three of their new items, the illuminate power serum which has made my pores a whole lot smaller! Seriously though it has helped so much, even making my skin a lot brighter, even on the cloudiest day, my skin is bright and shiny, something I've been working on for a while now! I also got kids daily multi-vitamin which mason calls little candies. There's no excess sugars and only has what is needed so that your kids can be their healthiest strongest selves! Lastly I got my women's complete daily vitamin, which not only helps with your immunity but also does a lot for your skin! My nails have never felt more stronger! They even have a subscription service so you never run out of your favorite items! I love this company and can't wait for my next purchase (of cough syrup, multi-cleaner and watermelon tooth paste!
Go check them out

2. Moji Life 
I've used Moji Life for a couple years now and absolutely love this product... it's the smell of each unique fragrance, the not having to worry and clean the wax mess, the peace of knowing I'm not putting gross fragrances into my home. I could list several more, but let me tell you the basics. They are environmentally friendly, having their essential oils soaked in a wooden fiber core. It's safe .. no need to worry about your kids touching it or even burning yourself on hot wax. It's also smart, which means you can control it with their app on your smart device and set timers, control color, and even add schedules! We have almost 15 of their scents and even have one in our cars! It's a perfect gift for yourself or for anyone! We even just switched our fall scents to their new Christmas scents, and wow does the house smell amazing and cozy! See More on my friend's website, and I promise you will love them as much as we do!  

3. A Wondoughful World
We have 3 of their boxes and are seriously in love with them! I have never seen a company before that all my kids and even myself would love so much!  Each box is made with home made playdoh (Lasting a long time) You can look through several themes you want and immediately, and has lot of sensory options for your little ones! Heck I get it out sometimes and play with it as well. The owner Alanna is such an incredible inspiring person who has put so much time and hard work into her growing business, which actually started when covid had just happened. Sensory play and imagination is so beneficial by helping with never connection, supports language development, aids and enhances memory, and a lot of calming affects. This will keep your child occupied for a while and they will love creating their own little worlds with these amazing themed kits! Perfect for any kind of gift and they even have mini sizes too!
Check out their website and follow them! A wondoughful World

4. Stitch and Bow
I've known this mama for a while now and is a sweet friend of mine. So very passionate about what she does. What first started as a hobby, has now turned into a successful business creating several beautiful  hand embroidery pieces. Each item has its own personality and story that you can't help but fall in love with your custom piece of work! Please follow my kind friend and support her small business she is the sweetest!

So now unto the giveaway details. This giveaway will run for one week and there will be one winner. I will also contribute a gift card to my favorite blanket store, Saranoni! 

This is a way for me to say thank you and merry Christmas and a gift from me and the companies I mentioned above a merry Christmas and a thank your shopping small and following us! To enter go to my Instagram page @vallyriches and see intructions there! 

** For 10 extra entries, comment on my last blog post (Shop Small Gift Guide) **

Happy Holidays!!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Small Business Gift Guide-2020 (For the Whole family!)

I've been looking forward to this gift guide because I feel like this year has shown what truly matters... each other, our families, our friends, our neighbors, our community and especially the area we live in. This is the time of being there and supporting one another. This year has affected so many small businesses and I love shopping and supporting my local and small businesses. I love knowing its a helping a family or person in the smallest or biggest ways. So I'm excited to share with you all a list of small businesses to shop for your holiday gifts this year and maybe for the coming years! Also ps: don't feel obligated to shop small because sometimes items are more expensive, but this is a suggestion to shop small this holiday season!  Comment on this post as well any small businesses you like as well! So let's get started!

Gifts For Women

Nitely (Earrings) -Literally have the cutest earrings, the owner is a sweetheart!
Sly Beauty (Makeup) -She is one talented boss! Literally love her cosmetic bags!
Magnolia Boutique (Apparel) -All their apparel items are so cute, I need every piece!
Emi and Kay (Pjs) - Knowing the owners, they are two incredibly kind sister duo and have the most comfy pj sets!
Simply Mala- Have such beautifully made bags (and more)  that brings in the cultural and pieces of their Guatemalan heritage!
Food Nanny (Cooking) - Literally one of my favorite accounts to follow, food is delicious!!

Gifts for Men

AJ motionsports- Has every item your outdoorsy person in your life could ever want!
Milo sport - Snowboarding and Skateboarding items, perfect for this winter!
Jord Watches- I got my husband a watch from them a couple years back and he absolutely loves it and wear it all the time! 
Traeger Grills- Perfect gift for those who loves to grill! I've heard nothing but great recommendations about them!
Mission Belts-  They have several styles of belts for both men and women! Very cute!

Knit Picking Co - My friend own this shop and she is so talented on the adorable items she makes, handcrafted and you can pick your item you want her to make!
Stitch and Bow- Another friend of mine owns this shop and makes such beautiful embroidery art pieces!
Water colors by Bree - You can go wrong with a water color customized painting gift!
DRT SHRT - Family owned business that can make an customized item/apparel piece you want, you name they make it!
Saranoni (Blankets)- We have several of their blankets and they are truly the softest blankets you could snuggle with, they also have swaddles, tree skirts, stockings, for babies to adults!
Woven Pear (Socks)- Unique style fun socks perfect for stocking stuffers!
GiGi PiP- Hats for any hat loving person!

Gifts for Toddler/Kids 

Little Ella Rae (Bows) - This is our favorite shop to buy Isabella's bows, so cute, unique and affordable!
Poppy Lane and Co - This is also where I buy bella's jewelry, they even have items for adults and MORE!
The Tiny Timber and Co- Thee Cutest Play/Doll house decor you could ever want, seriously I can't wait for bella to have a dollhouse!
Chick Lane - Cute apparel for the kids!
Mary Meyers - Both the kids and items from this shop and absolutely love their stuffies!
Little Adventures- Perfect gift for the kid that loves to dress up! Use code: "VR15" for 15% off
A Wondoughful world (playdough kits)- We have three of their kits and the kids love it, it inspires so much creativity! They have several themes!
Soft Landing Kids- They have adorable rocking chairs and pillows!
Brave and Kind Books- Historical, fun and inspiring books for all ages!
Jack and Winn - They have the cutest hats and even have some adults options as well!
Little Mister- Need your little boy to look dapper and so adorable, this shop is the one for them!
Luke's Toy Factory- Have eco friendly trucks for your little one!
Candy Lab Toys- Have adorable auto mobiles and stackable sets for your imaginative kid! 
Lily and River- Create a magical playroom!
Lulu and Roo (Clothing)- I could buy every apparel piece they sell , so cute and the owners are so sweet!

All these items are basically all having black friday deals, so give them a follow and see what deals they are having right now. To support your local or small business here's how you can help, write a review, tell your friends and family, follow them on social media, engage with their post (like, comment, share), give them a shout out, sign up for their newsletters! Comment below other small businesses you love following or buying from, the more the merrier! Happy Holidays!