Monday, September 18, 2017

Mason's First Trip to the Fair!

Ever since I was little my dad would take me to the fair, I would look forward to it ever summer, it was a family tradition we did and what's a summer without a trip to the fair right? Well now that we've created our own little family we thought it would fun to take Mason to his first trip to the fair, and can I just say that going to the fair with your child is way more fun than going when you were little? 
 
We decided to go Saturday afternoon because I thought it would be less busy, which wasn't the case at all, but hey that wasn't going to stop us from having a blast at the fair. Mason loved people watching and seeing all the rides, music, animal, and constant shoulder rides on daddy. We only got 10 tickets, but that was all we needed! We first went on the train ride which is ultimate favorite ride! The sweet ride operator decided not to take our tickets, and mason had the biggest smile as me and him rode the train. Rex was watching us and mason smiled every moment we saw daddy, it was like he was experiencing the best moment in his life, and for that moment I think it was for him haha.


We then decided to head over this big white tent where we saw what looked like a big outdoor pool filled with corn. In it were a bunch of kids, shovels and buckets. So we decided to let mason hang out there for a while and just watched him play. There was a moment where mason saw a kid covered in corn and he went over to him and dusted all the corn off from him, and I thought it was the sweetest thing! 

We then continued our rides adventure and it was now daddy's turn to go on a ride with Lil' Mas. They went on this monster truck one, where mason loved the fact that there was a steering wheel and that he could reach it! One thing I love about the fair though is the smell of the food, but gosh why do you have to be sooo pricey lol!?

We then decided to go one more ride since mason was getting tired. We decided to go on this caterpillar ride which was a little fast I think in masons opinion, haha, but I think he still loved the fact of being on a ride. We were headed to the train ride since we had 3 tickets left and there was a different person and unfortunately she announced if we had a little child that was below the riding required height that not only did they need to have to tickets but the parent as well. I thought that was a little silly, since how can a toddler go on a ride alone and the person holding them on the ride needs to give tickets as well, anyone else find that weird, maybe just me?

Anyways! We then decided to look around and mason loved watching this couple walking on huge wooden legs and loved jamming out to the music they were playing, I swear you guys, mason has amazing dance moves!  I then spotted dip n dots and if you ever tried them then you'll know they are always a must to get! So delicious!

Mason was getting tired so we thought it was better to go home and to be honest the 3 hours we were there was the perfect amount of time mason needed to enjoy his first trip to the fair! I'm already looking forward to next summer when mason will enjoy it even more! Thank you for reading our little family adventure and be sure to let me know if you want to read more of these, they are a blast to share but also a little journey for me to cherish and always look back on. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Masons First Camping Trip- The beginning of a Tradition

This summer has been one to remember, from spending countless days at the splash pad, to mason's one year birthday, to going to California, and of course the several hikes and memories we have made together. Since getting married I have loved camping ...well not when I'm camping and I'm sleeping in my tent while a huge thunderstorm is happening (this occured on our 1 year anniversary), haha but maybe its because I never did any camping while I was little but there's something about getting away from everything, all the noise and traffic and being surrounded by fresh air, little critters,and of course eating countless amounts of smores that I just love so much!

This time around we got to bring Mason camping with us and wanted to take a little trip as our last goodbye to summer. We drove up to Deer Creek Reservoir after Rex got off from work and I want to first off say that never do that again if it can avoided because we were stuck a little in rush hour traffic and ate a late dinner but anyways. We finally got up to our campsite and got the tent ready, put our dinner on the fire pit (see what we made below) and enjoyed a beautiful walk down to the lake. The sunset was incredible and we all hung out by the water. Daddy would watch all the boats being towed back in, and mason and me sat in this little sandy spot , put our feet in the water, and collected rocks which is our favorite! The water was perfect, especially for it being past 8pm!

We then walked back up to our campsite and started getting to eat our yummy smores! Mason got the first smore and he LOVED IT! Haha he kept trying to steal daddy and mommys smore but before we knew it little man was rubbing his eyes and it was time to get ready for bed. We slipped him in his pjs, said a prayer and laid him in the tent. I was surprised by how well he did! He laid down, hugged his patches, and went right to sleep. Rex and I went back to our fire pit, talked about life and each other, and finished our smores. Soon enough it was getting really late and we also started getting ready for bed. While we were getting into the tent we noticed mason sleeping right next to the tent door, almost like he was waiting for us and well that's when it all went a little down hill haha.



We were surrounded by two party camping people. One group were college kids and the other group were older but partiers haha. It didn't help mason sleep that you could literally hear their conversation from our tent but also the loud music they were playing. Did I mention at one moment around midnight the college kids decided it was the perfect time to play their flute. haha why would you play a flute at midnight? Anyways other annoyed campers got to them before me, but honest I was entertained by mason! He was between Rex and I, and all he wanted to do was walk around the tent, cuddle with dad, and tickle my face, which ended up him laughing at himself and me laughing that he was doing that. Haha I swear mason cranks himself up and he has such a great big heart. At one moment mason cuddle with daddy and even fell asleep...I wanted to tear up as I saw the two boys I love with my whole heart, sleep together with a big embrace.


Mason fell asleep at around 1 am and woke up at 8 am. We then ate breakfast which was yummy eggs and potatoes! Oh also note to self! Don't forget to bring salt, because eggs don't taste too good without any.



Once breakfast was over we let mason take his nap, which he did really great with because all the party kids were gone, so mason took a nice 2 hour nap, probably also tired from a long night haha. Once mason woke up we packed up all our stuff and headed down to lake where we got our swim suits on and went kayaking. Mason loved it, especially when boat waves would come near us and the kayak went up and down. It was warm but luckily dipping into the water cooled us off, which mason wasn't too happy about. We then ate some lunch and around 3pm headed back home. It was a small trip but it was truly the perfect trip I could have ever imagined for us! We decided that we are going to make this a tradition, to do this every year! We loved just hanging out with us each other and really bonding! I love my family and I loved seeing mason experience this for the first time! Looking forward to our next Riches Camping Trip!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Perfect "Together Time" Toys- with Lamaze Toys



Can you believe Mason is already 14 months old, I swear time just flies! Ever since I became a mother and even during pregnancy I have bought more stuff for mason than I have for myself, and that's to be expected right? I am always on the look out for the safest car seats (which we are currently looking for ), softest blankets, shoes that will last him a while since mason loves playing in the dirt, but also finding new toys that are with his age and help him grow and development but still be the perfect toy for entertainment!


Even though toys are made to play with, its a double win if the toy provide educational features to it! Our babies minds are always growing and its our job as parents to keep them actively engaged that can help them figure things out, learn patterns, and see results by doing something. I don't think there's ever been a trip where we haven't brought a toy with us, especially now that he is a toddler, if its a long road trip or a flight we make sure to bring one that can keep him occupied. 

We just found out and received our Lamaze Toys and Mason and I are loving playtime together! Keep reading for a discount code!
 We have the Octotunes which is a musical toy that allows mason and me to have music time during playtime. It has 8 tentacles that have each its own color, textures & patterns, and when squeezed has different musical notes! This is masons by far! He loves playing with his octopus and squeezes the tentacles and making his own set of musical lyrics. This toy helps with eye development, encourages strength when pulling or squeezing, and so much more!

We also got Repeat Petey, who literally repeats what you say with just a press of the wing! With fun textures, crinkles, and bright colors its sure to grab your little ones attention. This toy helps with language skills and cognitive skills as well! Mason was a little confused at first when the cute bird toy kept repeating what he said but after some getting use to, he couldn't stop purposely saying things so that it can be repeated back. There were times that we brought this in the car and mason would be laughing while playing, it was the cutest thing! It seems he made a new best friend!


Last but not least we got the perfect on the go toy named, Flipping Felipe. We clip it to our diaper bag, stroller, and car seat which is great when your on the go with your child! It's a dolphin toy that by just the pull white clip, its little tail starts vibrating, great for grabbing attention. It also has a squeak and teething feature, which is truly the best feature for mason right now since he's been teething a lot lately! It helps soothe baby, helps engaged hearing, and because of the textures it has, it helps develop tactile sense! From birth and up this flipping Felipe is perfect for all ages!
Photos done by Wander Photo
Lamaze toys are made for every stage of your baby's growth and even backed up by infant development experts! I love interacting with Mason and having educational/fun playtime together, its one my favorites things I love doing with my little guy and love seeing the memories we are creating! Mom life truly is the best life!
To check out more information on Lamaze Toys click below

( coupon goes live when deal starts July 27-August 26)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My breastfeeding experience with Mason l Ear Fidgeting

As many of you know Mason turned one almost two months ago and a very special moment that I have shared with him is coming to end, Mason is now near his end of breastfeeding and it honestly makes me bummed.So since August is National Breastfeeding awareness month, I wanted to share with you my experience with Mason. I also share some photos which I wasn't going to share because their sacred and special to me but I did end sharing them because of the beauty of my experience with my little Mas.

While pregnant with Mason I read books, articles, heard stories from different women about breastfeeding. I even had a prenatal class talk about breastfeeding tips and facts, which became very helpful. I educated myself in different ways of feeding as well like just pumping and formula as well, I wanted to make sure no matter what form of feeding I gave mason that I was well educated. After I had mason I was fortunate enough to breastfeed mason, it was a little hard at first (finding what position worked best for him and I)  and pushing through some short timed pain as well, in which I told myself that my body was just learning something new and to keep going. Thank goodness for Nipple Cream though! I had such a great support system like the nurses telling me different positions to my mom and mother in law telling me what worked for them, and of course my husband being such a great support to me and helping  me out whenever I needed it. 

My boppy pillow helped me so much ( I highly recommend one), in which helped me find a comfortable way to place mason and for my hands not to fall asleep staying in one position for 30-45 minutes haha. Since I also went back to work after 3 months I also used a Pump I got from the hospital in which I pumped a good 2-3 times a day, since my body and breast were just getting use to creating milk, I was always full and needing to pump. But lets be honest hear, when your breast are full, they truly do feel like rock and hurt! Now even though breastfeeding was my ultimate goal, if I had to pump or formula I would have been completely okay with it, just because I truly believe that fed is best. 

It's truly incredible how nursing changes you, I didn't think it would have this effect on me but it has. I love knowing that mason is dependent on me to give him the nutrients he needs to become a strong and healthy boy. It's amazing what nutrients breast milk contains and what it can help prevent! It truly is a beautiful thing to have between you and your child. I loved seeing mason fall asleep while latched and seeing how chubby he got as well, seriously he can eat! Hense why I almost have a 30 pound child at one year old.  I loved seeing him give me a quick smile and then re-latching. I revolved my schedule around masons feeding time making sure that if I was out that I could be home within hours or have some ready for him, which Rex loved getting the experience to feed him as well. As one of my friends has said, it has provided me with a new sense of love for my body and how happy I am to be able to breastfeed mason. Mason has hand this cute little habit you can say that he has done since I could remember. Every time he feeds he always grabs his ear, playing with it and even though it's something so little it something that I'm going to remember. 

My personal experience breastfeeding mason has brought me so much happiness, love, pain, long nights, midnight and early feedings, and this incredible bond with him that is shared between us that I will never ever forget. I am so blessed that I made it to my goal of breastfeeding mason for a year; and gone past that, and even though were not done yet, I am cherishing every moment of this that we have left.

Here's a link to my where I get mason's cover (which is also multi-use) and his bibs.. they even have towels and much more! Their soft, comfortable, and I cannot get enough of their prints! Love this shop! Copper Pearl
Photography by Audrey Kay Photography

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Smithfield Fresh Pork-Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop Recipe

“Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Prime Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.”


Happy Hump day friends, can you believe this week is almost over, I know I sure can’t and that summer is also halfway over! Where are all my pork lovers out there?! I have a special recipe for all of you! Not a pork lover or questioning eating pork? Let me just tell you this, “Not all pork is created equal!”


Even though fall and winter are my favorite seasons, I must say that I love the food that comes with the summer months. There’s something about having a picnic, seeing clear skies, and of course those yummy and festive bbq parties that I just love! I think my favorite recipes that I love to cook are the ones that end up being fast and easy, because we all know that no one likes to clean a messy kitchen or dishes.


So let me tell about a easier way of cooking that can help you enjoy those beautiful summer days while you’re with family and friends! I headed to my local Dan’s Fresh Market, and I’ve never shopped there and I must say that the experience was one to remember. I was greeted in the store, helped out in the meat section, and even had a friendly employee greet me, my son, and husband at checkout. I was able to find items quickly and loved all the options Smithfield® had for me!
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If you are not near a Dan’s Fresh Market, you can also find this at any Associated Food Grocer. Fresh Market, Maceys, & Lins all carry this product


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In my today’s recipe I used Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork to make a delicious Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop! This was my very first time ever cooking pork chops, and to be honest I was a little nervous because I have bad luck cooking meat; I don’t know why I just sometimes overcook it or end up under cooking it. But let me just tell you that the meat god’s were in my favor this time around and read through to find out how it came out! First let’s start out with the ingredients you will be needing.


Ingredients:
  • 4 Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork Chops
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (you can use vegetable oil)
  • 2-3 tbsp Italian Breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ⅛ paprika
  • ⅛ basil
  • Salt and pepper to your taste


Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out a medium frying pan or skillet and on medium heat pour your olive oil and allow it to heat until you see smoke rising. In a separate mixing bowl mix together what will become your crust for your pork chops, which will be garlic powder, Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, paprika, basil, and salt and pepper.
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Mix ingredients together. Take pork chops out of packaging and dip each piece into your crust mix, if you think your crust isn’t sticking to your pork feel free to smear some water or oil on it. Once pan is hot and ready, add your pork, making sure you let it sear on both sides for a total of 3 minutes. You should see that your pork is starting to turn golden brown, so that all those yummy juices soak in your meat.
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Hoping your oven is ready to go, using a small deep dish place your pork chops in it for a total of 30 minutes, but also note that it  depends on how thick your pork chops are.It can take longer for thicker pieces. So let’s bring back the meat gods haha, you guys they turned out perfectly, juicy, and delicious!! We ended up eating with family and left the curtains open, letting the beautiful sunset colors fill the home. It truly was a miracle that they came out so perfectly, I mean no shocker there to such a great meat brand! I’m excited for you all to try this and please let me know in the comments if you do!


For more Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork recipes visit Smithfield.com

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Beauty Favorites

I was just talking to Rex the other day about how summer is already half over, is it bad of me to say that I'm totally ok with that. Haha I've always been a fall/winter kind of gal but I am loving the summer beauty products I've been using this summer. I've been using so many new products this year (trying to switch my routine). Most of these products I found out from bloggers, my ipsy bags, and of course you guys, so thank you so much for all your recommendations! So let's hope right in!


1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Compact , this came in my Ipsy bag as a full sized item and I was soo happy not only because I've never tried an Estee Lauder product but because I've heard so much great things about this product! So creamy and has great coverage, I have found my newest foundation obsession! 2. Benefit Roller Lash I believe I got this for my birthday this year and it came as a mini size but I love trying different mascaras and this one packs so much volume for your lashes, I love it! 3. Dove Refresh Dry Shampoo , so ever since I heard of dry shampoo I've always wanted to try it and I tried Batiste and didn't really love it, I think it was because it sprayed and came out too gray, I dont know maybe I didn't spray right ahha but this one when it spray it doesn't come off gray on my hair and it keeps my hair refreshed and smelling good, leaving it like I washed it. But seriously where would we be without dry shampoo, the thing is gold in a bottle! 4. Too Faced Natural Love Eye Shadow Palette, guys this stuff is amazing not only are the colors colors that you can use for an everyday look but this palette is super pigmented (like all their stuff) but this is a definite must in your beauty collection! 5. Pixi with Aspyn Ovard Highlighter, I have also recently started using highlighter and it truly is a came changer! This came in a swag I received from a fellow blogger friend and I already follow Aspyn on her Youtube channel, and when I heard she was collaborating with Pixi I was beyond excited. So of course you can imagine my excitement when this came in my swag bag! The color of this is perfect, its pigmented, and looks amazing on your skin, seriously a 10 out of 10 for me, I love it! 

6. Tubby Todd Tropics Summer Bundle, I know I know you've heard me rave about this company but guess I can't get enough of their scents and their products! I think the reason why I love it because it works for all skin types, helps with several different things, and everyone in the family can use it! They just released their summer tropics collection and these scents are to die for! Maybe not literally but they smell like you're in Hawaii and for me that's the kid of lotion I want! 7. Elf Mist & Set Spray, another new item I have added into my makeup routine is a set spray. Because this is a entirely new item for me, I didn't want to spend a much of money on one, so I put my trust to elf cosmetics where they sell it for $3 and it I'm loving mine! It leaves my makeup all day and also gives me a refreshing mist for these hot summer days. 8NYC Sun n' Bronze Bronzer, this is also my very first bronzer I ever got, and it truly lives up the their product name, your skin truly has a beautiful sunny touch and gives you a light tan look to your face, I love it! 9. Last but not least Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Dark Circle Concealor, I discovered this from a blogger friend and I've used elf or a different brand for concealer but none have worked and covered up dark circles or imperfections like this one has, I mean its affordable and does exactly what it says it does, I don't think I'll ever switch to a different concealer, this stuff is amazing!

Well thank you so much for reading my summer favorite beauty list, If you have one of these products let me know which one and if you've just bought one of these items also let me know! I would love to hear from you! Until next time 
xoxo


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Growing Little Minds with Bookaroo

Remember how I posted several months ago about the importance of reading to your child and us striving to read mason a book every night, well I decided to tell you about a company called, "Bookroo", that I recently found out about to share you their company, their message, and to keep sharing the importance of reading to our child.


Bookroo is a monthly children's book subscription Club for kids. They are adorably wrapped with fun wrapping prints and filled with different books designed specially for you little(s). You pick what type of book fits your child, either Board Books (for ages 0-2); includes 3 books per box or Picture Books (for ages 2-6); includes 2 books per box. You can also choose what your subscription box to come, from monthly, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months.




These books are truly unique, you wont find them at stores or online, and that's one of the reasons why I love it so much, because their unique and who doesn't love that?! We both share the same mission and that is to build our book collection for our kids, that it's never early to start reading with them, and that reading can be fun; and of course that it be delivered to you and be inexpensive!

Mason loved unwrapping each book because they were a present to him and unwrapping anything is always exciting! He instantly knew what it was and loved looking at each book! We immediately started peeping at each page and seeing the new characters, letters, and numbers we were about to dig our minds into! We got books with numbers, textures, and even little animal friends. I think that out of all the books, the number book was his ultimate favorite because he loved lifting the flap. If your'e interested in subscribing and getting fun unique books, I highly recommend Bookroo, and don't forget to use code: "RICHES" to receive 15% off your order!