Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for the Kids

Anyone else surprised that Christmas is in two Mondays?! I truly love this time of year, because of all the friends and family we get to see! Anyone last minute shopping, haha I know I sure am! I know every year I tell myself that I'm going to get all my Christmas shopping done in November or the first week of December and sadly that rarely happens haha. I really try. So to all my parents and grandparents out there, here's a gift guide that I hope will get your Christmas Shopping done faster! I personally would choose all of the gifts for my kids but I also saw that these are some of the hottest toys right now and will be sure to bring your kids so much joy and excitement! Be sure to comment below if you got this for your little ones! Oh and of course Merry Christmas!

1) Wooden Doll House with Furniture 2) Wooden Toy Tool Bench Rose Gold Bow Moccasins 3) Rose Gold Bow Moccasins 4) Boogie Board 5) Doctor's Kit 6) 46-Piece Magneticals Tile Set 7) Mini Golf Full Set 8) 2 pc Walkie Talkie Set 9) Ice Cream Truck Playhut

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Masons 18 month update!

So I was debating on posting this because didn't know if it was common or to be honest I wasn't even planning on it just because I wrote milestone updates for mason's first year and thought those were the biggest milestones of his life. I also realized that he still has milestones, and if I did one, it would be a post for his half year mark and I was also missing posting these and It's more for me than anything, one of the main reason why I love blogging is that its my online journal! So without a further a do, here's Mason's 18 month update!!

Didn't I just post Mason's birthday post like yesterday haha? How is my little guy 18 months and such a big kid, at least he sure does look like it, don't you think? Do you guys remember when I would post about getting excited and planning his one year birthday.. I'm pretty sure I started planning that at 4 months haha. Since his 1st Birthday I haven't been paying attention to each month that he grows.. if that makes sense, I think I've only thought of his age when I go to the doctor or when he's had a doctors appointment haha. So when I was thinking about Christmas and got a reminder about mason's next doctors appointment, I immediately realized and remembered that my Mason man is turning 18 months! Am I the only who thinks that time is much faster when you have kids or that each month, year mark, or even year mark is a big deal?? I know I'm not the only one right?

Well this morning Mason had his 18 months appointment and he is a healthy growing boy! The doctor was impressed by all his new words hes learning and how he's starting to say full sentences! Today we didn't have to get any shots, so woo for now but we do need to get them next week, boo! He is 25 pounds and 8 oz and is looking great in the head and height department. Mason's eczema is coming back again so we've been applying cream again but mason has gotten it worse around his arm so we just a prescription to help that go away. Poor little guy has sensitive dry skin just like his mommy. Are there any moms out there who's kid has eczema, what have you used? But besides his eczema mason is looking great, healthy and a happy 18 month old. Crazy to think that his next appointment will be a 2 years old! Whaaaaat?!

Here are some milestones and things mason has learned to say or do from his year mark to now
- New Words

  • Shoes
  • Football
  • Touch Down
  • Night Night
  • Thank you
  • Welcome
  • Love you
  • All Gone
  • Oh Oh
  • Wee
  • Book
  • First full sentence was "Bye Daddy"
-Learning / Knows
  •  Learning Where the trash is and how to throw trash away
  •  Learning how to Blow Kisses
  • Learning where to get Diapers
  • Knows how to Pray
  • Knows what shoes are and where to find them
  • Knows how to clean mouth
Those are all those I can think of right now, there's a ton more but those are some I can think of right now:)

As you guys can see Mason is growing so much, from endless amount of words, to his first full sentence to knowing where everything is and knowing how to operate or do certain harder tasks. He is so intelligent! The other day we asked Mason if he could get a diaper , so he runs to his room and we hear him open a drawer, and we both looked at each other and thought "He knows where it is!" Well he comes empty handed lol so we ask him if he could get a diaper so we can change him, well he runs back to his room open a drawer and was actually in there for a little bit before opening a drawer, so then he comes running back and we thought oh he totally got it this time haha well you guys, he comes back with a hand full of socks, HAHA, I couldn't stop cracking up. He's such a smart kid, and even though he got the wrong object he still knew what room to get it and that they were in one of this drawers! 

I must say since mason turning one years old he has had so much energy! Some days he just running through the house, giggling and almost seems like he can go all day..until its his nap time and he is zonked!  If I thought Mason crawling or just learning how to walk was going to be a lot of work, haha I was kidding myself because mason is an adventurer (one of thousands of reasons why I love him) and like any toddler they want to see everything and get into everything and have a couple meltdowns haha. But when I get to thinking how toddler life is a struggle some days, I get to thinking that when mason has a meltdown , I need to see it how he see's it, how he is trying to communicate with me but can't, and that's got to be really difficult, so I've learned to see it how he see's it, which is a every day goal for me, to see things through his eyes. With his energy and curiosity, I've learned that he is seeing and discovering things for the first time and wanting to learn how everything works because his brain is growing.

We just had grandpa join us for thanksgiving, and these two are best friends! We fly to California soon and we cant wait to see more family and friends! Anyways Mason is a happy energetic 18 month old who continues to fill our lives with joy, happiness, and constant adventure! I love our little boy and love how big his little heart is! He truly is my ray of sunshine everyday and I know I say this sooooo many times but I truly am blessed to be his mother and have him in my life! Until next time... maybe I'll do another update at 2 years!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Staying Prepared during this Holiday Season

 I love hosting parties and party planning it's been one of my all time favorite things to do since I could remember! But my all time favorite parties to host are holiday parties; from getting the house decorated, baking yummy desserts, and being surrounded by family and friends. The holidays are a wonderful time of the year, they can truly bring so much laughter, happiness, and light in one's home. With hosting family holiday gatherings I need to plan ahead making sure I have everything that I will need and while party planning or hosting is fun with the decor and cooking, it can be a little stressful, even making sure my guests have the household essentials while their here.

Not only does the holiday season bring family gatherings and holiday parties but it is also the time of year where a lot of people get sick. I always felt bad during flu season when I would hardly ever get sick and poor Rex would be hit like a ton of bricks and now that we have mason and luckily he hasn't gotten sick during flu season but has off season, seeing him get a fever once was heart breaking for me. It so sad as a parent to see your little baby sick and not being able to do as much. Not only do I want to avoid us getting sick but also my guests, and well if someone does sick I want to make sure they are well taken care of at our home. I mean that's my job right? As a hostess, making sure everyone feels right at home. Now I've had moments where I've traveled somewhere or even at my own home where I am sneezing or even going to the bathroom and there's NO TISSUES OR TOILET PAPER, guys it is one of the most awkward embarrassing situations... I hate it... and I do not want my guest or even my family to ever experience that!

If I can avoid getting things last minute toiletries than you best believe I will trust Walmart with all my household items! Want to know one of the best parts is?? I don't even need to go into the store, I can shop online ( with the option of two day shipping) or choose to pick it up myself and still get great savings! If I can household essentials ASAP, be around family and friends, and be prepared then I would call that a successful holiday fiesta!

I have these items in my living room, kitchen, bedroom, and in our bathroom so that the whole house will be covered!

So now when you throw a holiday party or getting ready to have friends and family in your home, always trust Scott, Cottonelle, Viva Towels and Kleenex at Walmart for your holidays! Trust me when I say you can definitely trust them!

With Scott, Cottonelle, Viva Towels and Kleenex at Walmart

I've also attached below some great coupons to use on your next shopping trip whether to the store or online, to use!

Holiday Care Package at Walmart
$.75 Scott Ibotta
$1 Viva Ibotta
$1.50 Kleenex Ibotta
$.50 Kleenex Ibotta
$1 Cottonelle Ibotta


Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for the Man in your Life

Now ladies we can all admit that shopping for your husband, fiance, boyfriend, whomever the man in you life is, it can be hard sometimes. When we ask them what they want for Christmas they may reply with "whatever", "anything", or even "You don't need to get me anything", but we all know that doesn't cut it, sorry fellas. Sometimes the man in our life already has everything, or they just can't make up there mind and that's alright. So if your man can't tell you what they want this Christmas then I've come to your rescue! Hip Hip Hooray! With a little research and asking my husband of the top gifts to get the man in your life, I've complied a list of 9 gifts to get the everyday man, from affordable to a little extra $$.

That being said, I hope this list helps and be sure to let me know if you decided to get one of these gifts for him or even share with me what your planning on getting him!

1) I Phone 8 2) Stance Utah 3 Pack 3) Beats EP On-Ear Headphones 4) DJI Phantom 3 SE Quadcopter 5) Nike PG1 Basketball Shoes  6) Sporting Event Tickets (Link has Utah Jazz Tickets)
7) Nike Therma Men's Training Hoodie 8) Jord Dover Ebony & Copper Watch 9) Husky Mechanics Tool Set (111-Piece)


Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Giveaway, Everything you should about these companies

As you know last year I hosted my very first Christmas Giveaway, in which I collaborated with a few companies that I love! Now that it's another year, I decided to do this again because not only was it a blast  last year and got great feedback but I loved telling you about my personal favorite companies, why I love them and getting to know their brand more! I cannot wait to tell you their story and about some or their product! I will list ways you can enter my giveaway, in which if your reading this you will get even more entries.. just wait and see! So that being said, let's get started!

Rafe + Moose

I first found out about Rafe and Moose at an event I went to and not only did I notice the cute unique packaging but also how soft the material was! I was even more shocked about the size! You guys their swaddles are big and of course in a good way!  I have always seen small swaddles and was so happy to find a swaddle blanket that mason and other future babies could use! I couldn't help but remember the days that I was able to swaddle little mason and hold him in my arms without him wanting to wiggle out (not be swaddled haha) but as you can tell he sure does love a good comfy blanky, so you know if its mason approved, your children will love it as well! Also did I mention the owner is the sweetest and is so kind!
Lisa's Passion for Popcorn
If you wanted to know about a company who truly has passion, I have found you one that has dedicated their life and put so much passion into their business and yes you may have already guessed that because of their company name. I found out about Lisa's Passion for Popcorn at Pinner's Conference and have been in love since! Lisa the founder had always had a passion for popcorn ever since she married into her husband's family, in which they had a long family line of popcorn making. Their popcorn flavors are like no other and its not like other popcorn where it has a slight taste of a no it has the perfect amount which will make your taste buds scream of pure happiness! They have tradition flavors and are always coming out with new flavors as well! I have now converted to gourmet and only gourmet popcorn! See More of their other flavors and read more about Lisa's wonderful story!

Color Street Nails with Francy Pants Nails
Okay guys you've heard me talk about this gal and this company before and I am still obsessed! This is such a genius idea and a truly great product, that in my eyes deserves 5 stars! Like any new beauty product I was nervous to see results but I was completely blown away on the outcome of my nails were! It takes 5 minutes, the steps are simple and fast! You get to choose from so many different styles and best of all its affordable. Their nails are so good, that I rather apply these on then have to paint my own nails, which we all know that with kids that can be hard haha. So now you heard it from me... this is a product you NEED to try on! Check my girl, Kellie out, she is so sweet and will answer all your questions!

Rod Works
Ever watched Fixer Upper and wished your home could be filled with everything Joanna Gaines, well there is one store where you can find all your rustic, farmhouse, modern home decor and that's at Rod Works. We are slowly decorated our house more and more and when I found this adorable set of little milk jars and this two tier stand to put all my hot coco toppings; which I'm pretty sure I will be using everyday this winter! Can we all agree how adorable and obsessed I am with this! Not only is there customer service amazing, helping you every step of the way into finding that perfect piece for your home but they also have amazing prices that honestly are too good to pass out on! They have several locations and even give you decor tips on their Instagram and website! Move on over Home Goods, there's a new #1 Home Decor Shop in town. See More about their shop on their Website!

Maskcara Beauty with Ashton
Anyone else struggles with contouring or got impatient because you felt like you weren't contouring right or even worse, that you couldn't find the right make up brand? Maskcara Beauty with Ashley has teamed up with me to give you guys this set of make up for one lucky winner! Maskcara Beauty provides women with easy step by step instructions that highlight your natural beauty. It truly feel so creamy and soft on your skin and truly makes you look like your not even wearing makeup, its that amazing! Check my girl Ashton out!

Savanna Elisa Art

I love art, I really do, I think that it adds a beautiful touch to ones home and that there can be a story and emotion in each art piece. As you can tell by the illustration above, Savanna is truly an artist, she has a way of painting breath taking portraits filled with color and beauty! Take a look at her shop, you will literally fall in love with each piece she has!

Last but not least is DRT SHRT, yep that's right no "I's"because its all about YOU aka the client. They are a family owned promotional product, embroidery, and t shirt making business. They have inexpensive and thousands of items to choose from and for this giveaway , you will get 2 matching tee's with a quote or graphic of your choice, so whether its you and your spouse matching or even you and your child matching with a cute quote! There a Utah based business and someone you should always keep in mind whether you have a family reunion or need product for your business, they're your guy! See more of what they offer and information below!
DRT SHRT Website

So now the good part how to enter... You can enter on my Instagram (@vallyriches) and follow the instructions there or enter here commenting why you love the holidays which will give you 5 entries and then you can also enter on my blog facebook page link her --->Facebook Page and find this blog post, like the page, and then comment with why you love the holidays. So that's 3 ways you can enter!! I can't wait to show you more through out this week on my social media and cant wait to see who wins as well! This giveaway will go until December 4th and winner will be announced at night.

Good luck!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for the Women in Your Life

The time is here for all of us to start preparing or for some of us to start listening, haha to the women in our lives as to what they want for Christmas (Hint Hint*) Luckily I got you covered! I have personally done my research, talked to some gal pals, and of course pulled some must buys from my own personal list to help you choose what gift to get yourself or for the women in your life. I hope you find this list helpful and let me know if you got one of these items! Also stay tuned for the beginning of the week of December for two other gift guide post on what to get the man in your life and for the kids!

1)  Made by Mary, 2)  Marc Jacobs Daisy Fragrance 3) Apple Watch Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band 4) Tarte Magic Star Collector's Set 5) The Magnolia Story 6) Nike Free TR7 Women's Training Shoes  7) 2017-2018 Classic Happy Planner  8) Fujifilm Instax Smart Phone Printer (Gold) 9) Michael Kors Jet Set Large Saffiano Leather Crossbody

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Black Friday Deals you don't want to miss!

Can you believe thanksgiving is already next week? While we all look forward to spending time with the family, some of us also look forward to the day after ...BLACK FRIDAY! It's the day where we get great deals and stock up/save on Christmas presents, so I have gathered together a couple of my favorites deals with retailers with some of my don't want to miss favorite items!

Lets start off with my favorite retailer, Target.

1)KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus 4.5- $249.99 SAVE $100
2)Amazon Echo 2nd (Generation)- $79.99 SAVE $20
3)FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Camera Bundle-$59.99 SAVE $25
4)PS4 and XBOX Games- $29.99 SAVE 50%
5)Mossimo Supply Co. Women's boots $15
6)I Robot Roomba 614 Robotic Vacuum- $199 SAVE $100
7)Ninja Professional Kitchen System- $99.99 SAVE $100
8)Wondershop 6ft. Alberta Spruce -$29.99 SAVE $30
9)Black+Decker Workbench-$29.99 SAVE $30

Now time for Best Buy

1)Gourmia 8-Quart Pressure Cooker -Stainless Steel- $49.99 SAVE $80
2)Neato Robotics Pro App-Controlled Robot Vacuum- $399.99 SAVE $100
3)Ninja Chef 72 Oz Blender - $169.99 SAVE $30
4)Apple Watch Series 2 33mm Black Stainless -$529.00 SAVE $120
5)Samsung Self-Cleaning Freestanding Gas Convention Range - $599.99 SAVE $289
6)Samsung 55" Class Smart Ultra HD TV - $899.99 SAVE $300
7)Nikon D3400 DSLR camera with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses - $599.99 SAVE $300
8)Espon Workforce Wireless All-in-one printer-$399.99 SAVE $100
9)Asus 2-in-1 15.6 Touch Screen Laptop/12 GB Memory/1 TB Hard Drive -$599.99 SAVE $200

See More Best Buy Black Friday Deals

Last but not least Walmart

1)Arendelle Wooden Castle- $88 SAVE $21
2)Tickle Me Elmo - $15 SAVE $9.84
3)Apple I Pad 5th Gen - $249 SAVE $80
4)Google Home $79 SAVE $50
5)Hot Wheels 50 PC Diecast Set- $55.99 SAVE $30.99
6)Playstation 4 1TB Console- $199 SAVE $100
7) Samsung 32" Class TV- $158 SAVE $141
8)Yuneec Breeze Drone - $199 SAVE $100
9)The Pioneer Women 30 PC Cookware set- $94 SAVE approx $100

See More Walmart Black Friday Deals

Also check out Bookroo (whom you've seen me share about before) Bookroo Blog Post
They're having their Black Friday Sale from Nov 24-27 and use code "RICHESGIFT" to get 25% off!

See More information on their website Bookroo Website

These are some of ultimate favorite deals and honestly some you can't ignore! I wait until black Friday to buy our Christmas gifts because of the awesome deals and I recommend you do it too, because why pay full price when there's great deals out there. Also some retailers price match, so if you see a good price somewhere else I would ask if the store your at matches that! Let me know if you got any of these deals and be sure to check back next month to see my Christmas wishlist post! Happy Shopping!