Saturday, December 8, 2018

Inexpensive Holiday Cards with Basic Invite

As you may already know I love talking photos, I have been around a camera lens since I could remember, from my mom capturing moments of me, from my days in journalism and yearbook, to creating my blog and taking photos to share with you all. So you probably already knew that I'm of course the person to always send out holiday cards out to my family and friends!

Since Rex and I sent our engagements up until now we have always sent out cards celebrating big moments in our life! I have loved looking back at each card and seeing how our family has grown; I especially look forward to our holiday cards the most because its such a special time of the year and sharing what our year has looked like. So when I order my holiday cards I look for certain "qualifications" if you may say, from whom I'm ordering from. First they need to be affordable. Second their cards design need to be unique and eye-catching in other words I need to be really in love with the design of the card. Third I look for extras.. as in extra offers or details they may offer like samples before you order. I may be a little over obsessed over this but to me the holiday card truly is something special. 

So when I tell you I found all three of my  checklist must have's  for finding the perfect site to order your holiday cards your going to squeal with me haha. Let me introduce you to Basic Invite (que the angelic ahhh) a wonderful website of all things stationary especially your go-to for having a card for every major life moment like weddings, baby/bridal showers, birth announcements, graduation, holiday, and MORE!

They really are like any other site I've ever seen! Let me tell you what makes them the superhero of  all card & stationary site! First off they have almost an unlimited number of color options!! That's right you heard that right! Unlike other sites that have 2-3 options you can find a handful(s) more than that! Their one of the few websites that have this feature and I think that's pretty awesome if I say so. With over 180 different color options you can create the look the you want exactly. Their also one of the few websites that send you a sample to make sure the quality and the print is how you want it to be before you place your final order. Also not only are they colorful with their invites but also  with their envelopes! Plus you don't even need to lick the envelope because that's how amazingly sealed their envelopes are!

Another little something they offer is an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on popular social sites, to request their friends and families addresses which will be stored in your account. Foil holiday cards are also available in silver, rose gold, and gold; and you can choose from flat or raised foil. You don't need to worry about have little options because they have literally over 500 holiday and Christmas card designs to choose from!

I truly found the jackpot of all things invitations and love how many options and features they have to offer. Not only are the destination to order your holiday cards but when I had questions and had questions, their customer service was incredibly sweet and so helpful! If your looking for affordable, easy, and a site with several I mean several options then Basic Invite is your go-to!

Also see links below for more inspiration and designs!
Christmas party invitation idea

elegant Christmas cards

When you place your order, don't forget to enter the code: "15FF51" to get 15% off your next order. Code lasts until the end of this month.

Happy Holidays 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Toddle Holiday Gift Guide 2018!

You guys it’s thanksgiving is over and before I knew it Christmas is just in a couple of weeks! Yes Val we all know what month of the year it is, but guys... Christmas is weeks away! I hope this month goes by slowly.. because this is my favorite time of the year and I don't want it to go. So like always I've made a Holiday Gift Guide for you to help ease the stress of wondering what you should get your little this Christmas or Holiday Season. This year I decided to just stick to making a gift guide for the young kiddos. So with my own mom research here are two list for your little boys and gals (  I think applies to ages 5 and under)

Toddler Girl

Little Cosmetics Pretend Makeup Set  FP Rose Gold Sneaker Mocc Pottery Barn Farmington Dollhouse  Disney Princess Sparkling Styles Dolls-7pk  Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls Baby Doll

Toddler Boy

Theo Klein Bosch Workbench with Sound  Marvel Universe Titan Hero Set  Nike Star Runner Toddler  Wildkin Dinomite Dinosaurs Sleeping Bag  Melissa & Doug Car Carrier Truck and Cars

And a wonderful gift that works for both of them is giving them the gift of reading and imagination with Bookroo! If you haven't already heard me share about our favorite subscription company then here's what you need to know!
  • Bookroo is a monthly subscription for your kids that helps them fall in love with reading by combining the excitement of opening a gift with the discovery of a new, treasured book.
  • Ages 0-10 (board books ages 0-3, picture books ages 2-6, chapter books ages 7-10)
  • Personal or gift subscriptions of varying lengths

Mason gets so excited every time we get a package from them because it is literally like Christmas or your birthday every time! Each book is individually wrapped and is catered to your child's age. We love reading every night before bed and we especially love our newest books! If you want more information on how you can sign up for your subscription, check the link below! I also have a gift from me to you! Use code: " RICHESHOLIDAY" for 15% off

Happy Holidays

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Masons 2nd Birthday Party/ 2 year update

Guess who tuned numero dos?! Our little boy!! Another year has flown by and our mason man is now 2...cue the tears :'( Just like last year, I am stunned how a  year has pasted us by and mas is a year old. I thought when he turned 1, that it came quick, but this year, mas turning two snuck upon us. All of sudden he was 22 month old and I realized that I had nothing really prepared for his birthday party and that him turning two was right around the corner!

As his birthday was getting closer, I couldn't help but think how much our mason has grown and all the happiest memories we've made together as a family this year. It's truly amazing how much can happen in one year. Mason is becoming so independent and showing what kind of personality he has and the person we think he's going to be. Since mason last update, which was his one year birthday post; he had started walking and is now full on independent little guy, I bet he think he runs the show haha. He want's to do things on his own and really doesn't want help haha. His vocabulary has increased so much from, "thanks mommy", "I want it" to "please" and " I love you" it's truly the cutest thing! He is more adventurous now, I think when he learned how to walk is when the no fear stage started and believe me it's still going. We swear he has no fear! He loves to climb no matter how high or jumping off anything... I mean anything. Haha Rex and I always say that other parents would be very iffy and always have a watchful eye on mason if they didn't know that this was already his personality.

(Masons with Grandpa/My Dad) 

Mason is also very smart, even though he has toddler moments of tantrums in public (sarcastic giggle) he is also very understanding of his surrounding and compassionate. He loves to point out planes, dogs, kitties, birds, butterflies, bee's and so much more. Whenever he hears a baby cry, he says "baby sad" and if the person who is sad is close to him, he goes over and gives a hug. It truly melts my heart! Also within this year mason has begun potty training and I think it's going good. I know it may seem early to some, but mason showed an interest early and so we thought why not just go with it and start the potty training. I mean we have our days that accidents happen and have a week of regression, but those are happening less and less so yay! He also is a big fan of sports (gets it from mom and dad) and love having endless numbers of balls to play with. One thing that I definitely miss is little chubby-ness!!!! I mean his still has the cute chubby cheeks and dimples have popped up but there no more double chin or cute arm rolls, they were sooooooooooo ADORABLE!

He's grown so much in just this year that we continue to fall more in love with him! I truly am loving every stage and I truly believe there's something to love in every stage. We love our big hearted and silly adventurous little man.

Here are some other things mason has learned in this year

  • "Let's Go"
  • "Owie"
  • "wait"
  • can say 1,2,3
  •  can say A,B,C
  • "No way"
  • "Wee"
  • Knows how to wash hair
  • Knows where to put garbage
  • Knows where to get underwear
  • "Water"
  • "Help"
  • "I want down"
  • Loves acting like a dinosaur or imitating a lion 
  • Loves playing with cars
  • Loves Curious George, Daniel Tiger and PJ Masks

There's a bunch of other little things he's done or said that I can't think of right now. But our little boy is healthy, strong, and growing so well!

Now unto the PARTY portion of this blog post!!

Theme: Curious George (Mason's favorite show and his favorite stuffed toy)
I decided to create my own birthday invites since I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on them, so thanks to PicMonkey  I was able to do a fun Curious George themed one that said "Monkey see, Monkey do.. Our little monkey mason is turning two!" I loved the little saying and I also couldn't have done it without the help of my friend Tarah!
I shopped for different decorations from different shops on amazon, but especially etsy that I'll tag below.

The decorations were a mix of vintage and current curious George and the party colors were yellow, blue, and red!
Cake: This was my first time you would say going all out on a birthday cake and I absolutely loved how it turned out! My best friends who came over for masons birthday also helped with the cake and it tasted as delicious as it looked! Definitely have learned on how to improving my cake decorating skills but in honestly it was perfect! Right when mason saw it, his eyes lite up and he said "da-George" (his way of saying curious george) haha.

We had hamburgers and hot dogs for the celebration and as well as other sides. Mason was so stoked to see his presents that we may or may not have had a potty accident lol. But he was so happy to get a bike, slide, cars, clothes, bubble machine, tent,  and so much more, little man is spoiled with so much love lol.  We then just talked while the kids all played and honestly it was such a wonderful fun day for our little boy. We cannot believe he is 2 and growing so fast, it needs to slow down. We love our sweet little silly and adventurous mas man and how he reminds us to enjoy the small things and be a little sillier! Can't wait what the next year has in store with us and our handsome little son. Mommy and Daddy love you mason! Happiest of Birthdays!

                                                         -Love Mommy and Daddy

Friday, July 27, 2018

Gentle Daily Care for your Baby

From the time that mason was born the poor little guy has dealt with sensitive skin just like his momma. Since I could remember mason has had eczema and for a moment it was bad for a month or two. I would always have to make sure his skin was well moisturized and protected and I as a mom you want to make sure your child is well taken care of.

When I look for shampoos or other baby products that will have interaction with masons skin, I like to make sure it won't affect his sensitive skin and that it wont irritate it. I must admit having to be careful of what products I get for mason can be a little hard but its 100% worth it if it means that mason's skin won't flare up. So when I found that Aveeno Baby has daily care products that are specially made for baby's with sensitive skin, I was all for trying it out!

I got the their wash & shampoo and their daily moisturizing lotion and the first thing I noticed was how fresh and light is was .  The lotion contains natural oatmeal blended with rich emollients to hydrate your baby's dry skin. Its non-greasy, absorbs quickly, moisturizes for a full 24 HOURS so for you parents who have kids with sensitive skin , you know 24 hour is literally incredible! This lotion is GOLD! It's hypoallergenic and fragrance free,  so there's more stuff that won't cause sensitivity! Woo Hoo! You can use this lotion for any stage, it's even designed to be the perfect amount of gentleness for newborns.

The lotion was so hydrating for mason and for the eczema he still has improved so much! I put it on him when he wakes up, after going in the pool, and before going to bed. Mason himself loves rubbing the lotion all over him haha, he sometimes grabs it without me knowing lol.

So lets talk about their Wash & Shampoo. It also contains natural oat extract that is blending into a rich lathering cleanser that cleans without drying. Its soap free and allergy tested. Best the other parts isn't great enough, is that its tear free! So if it gets in their eyes, you don't have to worry about it irritating them. Its a 2-1 so no having extra bottles around and will make their skin smooth, will leave a fresh scent and feeling healthier! Mason automatically knows to wash his hair and loves pretending it wash mommy and daddy's as well.

We have loved trying out Aveenos Baby Wash & Shampoo and their lotion! Masons skin continues to feel baby soft and smelling fresh, and this momma loves that she doesn't have to worry about his eczema
flaring up! Thanks Aveeno Baby you have won our heart!

See more of these items and more on their website below
Aveeno Baby

Monday, July 16, 2018

The King of Rice (Review)

Ever have that one dish or reciepe that you can't ever seem to perfect? That no matter how much you follow the directions, it just never turns out right?  While I'm no Julia Child just yet, I love cooking, and if I can find or make something that is easy and fast then you best believe this future chef will be happy!

Let's talk about rice, several different types of it right? It's delicious, its light and filling, and seems easy to make right? No! Some of us like your's truly just suck at making rice haha.. really it shouldn't be this difficult. So I result to buying those little microwavable rice bags, and man are they way much easier! And up to now I haven't found a company that has a large variety of rice flavors, and guys I found it.. I found the pot of gold of rice flavors and you're all going to love it!

Let me introduce you to VeeTee , the home of dry & microwavable rice! Established in 1987 by Moni Varma. She was influenced by family owned rice farms in India to set up VeeTee in London and sell their rice to all of the UK. Not only do they carry their rice with such importance, but they also give back. They started a seed project, this involves seed distribution and a buy-back arrangement with local farmers.

They truly have all the yummy rice flavors you could ever think of! With classic like Basmati, Long Grain, Thai Jasmine, and Spicy Spanish rice they also have other delicious flavors like Chicken Flavored, Thai Lime and Herb, Whole Grain and Quinoa (my personal favorite) and Rice Pilaf.  Don't these all sound amazing!! Just imagine all the recipes that can go with these flavored rices! Every one of them was truly delicious; but I have put together two of my favorite recipes using certain rice from VeeTee.

Recipe #1
Turkey Smoked Sausage with Whole Grain Rice
This is one of my all time favorite recipes, because its fast to make! I cut the sausage into slices and season it with Italian Seasoning  and add olive oil to a medium heated pan. I let them cook for 5-7 minutes until they are a golden brown and that's honestly it! I put the turkey sausage on top of the whole grain rice and I add a side of veggies, like brocolli, and that's it! Enjoy!

Recipe #2
Chicken Fried Rice using Basmati Rice
I started off seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper and then by chopping the chicken into small cuts and added them to a medium heated pan. I wait until they turn golden brown, during this I cook my rice for two minutes in the microwave (using basmati rice) once the chicken is cooked, I add the rice to the pan with the chicken and then we start flavoring everything. I added 1 teaspoon of teryaki sauce, 1Tsp of less sodium soy sauce, and 1 Tsp of sesame sauce. As my last step I add half a cup of mixed veggies. I mixed it all together and the dish is done! I sometimes loved adding 1-2 eggs!

There are my two recipes, they truly are my top go to dishes to make when this momma is a little too busy! I love that I don't have to worry about making sides anymore or stressing about making rice and that in just two minutes it would be ready! VeeTee is truly for everyone! Whether your a busy mom like myself, forgot to bring a dish to a gathering or just want to add more flavor to a recipe, VeeTee will save the day for your meal!

To see more of their flavors and how you can order your rice bags, go to the link below!

VeeTee Rice

Monday, June 25, 2018

Neutrogena Acne Proofing Skin Care Review

Believe it or not, Acne is not something only teenagers get.. while I wish it was just a youth/ teen phase we all eventually get rid of...for some "older folks" that's not the case. Welcome adult acne...we wish you didn't EXISTS! According to , " a study of 92 private dermatology clinics last year found a 200 per cent rise in the number of adults seeking specialist acne treatment. " That's very high! 

As a young adult I have suffered with acne and I hate it, just like anyone else would at any age. I've seen so many friends my age or even older go through this as well and it sucks. I have sensitive skin especially on my face, so when I buy a new makeup product I read the ingredients to see if its something my skin would be sensitive too or get a sample size of any skin care product to make sure it won't make my skin more oily or burn, which increases acne. It honestly sucks that I have to be very careful.  I've had acne since I was a teenager,  even though it didn't cover my face,  it was still noticeable. 

I've tried several different brands from inexpensive ones to pricey products and nothing. I never got the proud happy results I really wanted. Then I took a break and by that I mean years of not using any acne products. My acne seemed to take a small break, so I felt like I didn't need it. But then motherhood came. My biggest blessing.  Motherhood changes you physically and how it works. So sometimes acne is one of the factors that changes you. So since having mason I've seen an increase in acne on my face. BOO!

So when I heard about Neutrogena coming out with a new Acne skincare product, I was not only more than happy... I was stoked! It's called Neutrogena Acne Proofing! It not only helps ultimate current acne but also helps your skin be more acne resistant! It's literally like a shield for your FACE! Did you know that acne skin needs more attention that "normal" skin, so it needs the right kind of attention to help your skin and protect it. I got both the gel cleanser and the daily scrub! Both go hand in hand and do wonders to your face for specific reasons. The gel cleanser contains maximum strength to help clear breakouts and prevent new ones from showing up. Now the daily scrub is to help sooth your skin, it contains exfoliates that will also help clear and make your skin strong so that no more come back in the future. It's also oil free and perfect for fragile skin. Take that acne, you ain't coming back. 

After two weeks I've noticed a really big difference in my skin. Where I use to breakout on my forehead and alongside my chin, there is barely nothing there! It such a big difference that now I feel more confident in my skin and wearing no makeup! My skin isn't irritated and unlike several skin care products I've used in the past, my skin isn't burning and not bright red! So whether your 17 or 37 this skin care product is for you! You can now say bye bye to those pesky acne spots on your skin! My skin is brighter, happier, and feeling more awake then it ever has! You'll see that your skin will be thanking you!

See link below to get your Neutrogena Acne Proofing Items and read more information!
Neutrogena Acne Proofing

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Quality Natural Products for your Family

Every stage in childhood is special. From when they are born and show their first smile, or when they get their first tooth and are learning how to crawl; to when they say their first word and are super independent while now knowing how to walk. Every stage is big, but with certain stages like teething, having a cold, or even having trouble sleeping, we as parents are saddened to see them so uneasy and upset.

I must say that since becoming a parent, I have realized that there are hundreds and hundreds of baby products and items to use to help them in their uneasy state. While I think its amazing that modern child items have developed and increased over time, I do make sure to know that the brand/product I'm using is safe and even though I don't have all natural products in my household, its a goal of mine, especially for mason to give him something for teething, cold, or if he's having trouble sleeping that it will be as natural as possible for him. I feel more relaxed and confident that what I'm giving him (and my family) has natural ingredients and has no fillers or "junky" stuff.

So when I heard about Wink Naturals, a company that not only specializes and helps boost sleep but also sells products that help better serve your family in your home! The founder of Wink Naturals helped co found another natural care company called Zarbee's which you've probably heard of . They've created a line of natural effective products that will make parent's not need to worry about what is in it and ingredients that you actually know!

All of their products are FDA approved, GMO certified and has been clinical based research and are even made here in the US!

So when I saw my wink naturals product in my mail box I was extremely excited to try them and see if they really worked! I received a couple of cool teething gels that is drug free (woooooo!) and has no benzocaine or belladonna which I heard really isn't good for your child. So when mason molars come in, we will be prepared! I also got some sleep meds for kids and thought this was great item if your toddler or little one has trouble sleeping. So though mason sleeps through the night, but there have been moments where its really hard for him to sleep ( usually when we have a huge family and friend party) and I will admit I was skeptical about sleeping meds but it has ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS! There's no fillers or binders, the dose is specified for kids and its sweetened with Xylitol that gives extra oral health benefits! Plus if your an adult who has trouble sleeping.. like me, you can totally take these as well!

I also received healing lotion that has zero parabens, dyes, fragrances, and doesn't have harsh chemicals. Now if you know, my little mason has struggles with eczema (especially in the winter) so we use this right before bed and is perfect for his sensitive skin and I even use it as well! Lastly I got a chest rub that has zero harsh chemicals, made of natural ingredients, and has a safe amount of eucalyptus oil that helps open airways, while also calming/soothing and preparing them for a good night's rest. We don't even have chest rub in our home, so I was really happy about this one, because it truly breaks my heart when little mas man is sick and he cant breathe right and is all plugged up and also having trouble sleeping. So next time he gets sick and is congested, I know I can use this item and it can make him feel better!

All in all this company is AMAZING! I love their message and how they provide effective, safe, and natural products for your family. As a mother I want to make sure that the products I use in our home will help, work, and I will be confident in giving them whenever they need help feeling better! They have more products on their website, which I linked below, that I highly recommend you checking out!

 If you have tried their products, I would love to hear what your thoughts and experiences are!

Wink Naturals Website

Photos by @karsonboothephoto

Monday, March 12, 2018

Toddler Boy Current Style Favorites

For a Monday I must say it was the most un-monday (est) Monday in a while! The sun was shining, I greeted the morning with such positivity and went on a warm walk with my little man. Today it was 62 degrees and tomorrow will be 66! I am loving this warmer weather. I mean even though I am a winter person at heart, as a mother I love spring and summer because it means more outside time and more things we can do as a family like hike, swimming, or go to parks without there beings snow on it. So I decided to compile a list of a few style favorites that we currently love and are perfect for this warmer weather!

1. Baseball Shirt , 2.  Embroidered Sport Cap , 3.  Stripe Slip-On Sneakers , 4. Rain Jacket , 5. Mesh Shorts , 6. Outdoor Jacket , 7.  Red White Blue Stripe , 8. Bunny Graphic One-Piece , 9. Striped Sweater

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Keeping our Home Healthy and Smelling Fresh (Review)

I think I get cleanliness from my mother, and though I didn't appreciate it when I was younger I sure do now! So mom if you're reading this, thank you!

 It's a constant goal of mine to always have my house well organized (or at least most of it haha) and smelling good. Now sometimes when I cook I love the smell of what I'm making, but sometimes not everything you make has the most pleasant of smells like onion or bacon. So I've been pulling out my candles which smell devine, but did you know that candles aren't really that good for you? Yeah I didn't know that for a while! Apparently they release certain chemicals that are not good for the brain, lungs and nervous systems. So while I try to reduce my use of candles, I have found the perfect eco friendly, safe, and non toxic household company you want to bring into your life!

It's called MojiLife, a brand the has cutting-edge technology that brings innovative products into your home such as a diffuser, essential oils, home decor, and cleaning products! Their fragrances are non toxic, pods are recyclable, and their wood cores are biodegradable! It truly doesn't get any more environmental friendly then that!

From the moment I heard about this company, I just had to get my hands on it! I was sent an Airmoji which infuses air on all sides to really blow out all the yummy smells from its wood core. It has a battery that can last you 70 hours and even hooks up to your via blue tooth, where you can control with a timer as to how often it goes off and see the battery life!

 I have loved putting this everywhere in my home.. mostly in my kitchen and living room. And let me just say that during and after cooking my kitchen is smelling fresh, like I haven't had even touched the stove! Oh and did I mention I get compliments on how great the house smells, when guests come over.. SCORE!

I was received a couple scents that you can swoon over! I had sweet lemon, pink grapefruit, lotus petals and bamboo, summer vacation, and blushing bride! I have loved every single scent but I must say my all time favorites are summer vacation and blushing bride! 

There's nothing better then not having to worry about my little family breathing in harsh chemicals, it's just so very comforting as a parent. I give this company an solid A +, I love the variety of house hold products they offer and how eco friendly they are! I love the scents, I love the uniqueness, and I will definitely be keeping them in my home. So if you need this product in your life (because I don't know why you wouldn't haha) go ahead and contact this sweet heart, Amie. I will link her contact info below!

Amie's Phone Number 801-789-3400