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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Our Day in Ten Photos (Winter)

Good Morning!
If you follow me on my Instagram (Vallyriches) I recently shared that I was to be even more real with you all. I want to show you the ups and downs of life, anything and everything about motherhood, and just be even more honest and real with you all! So I decided why not show you a day in the life of the Riches family. In this blog I will show a most average day for us but show you in photos (now this may look boring, but it's something new for the blog), with some text underneath each one. I'm really excited for this! Also I apologize for the non HD photos.. haha these were all taken on my phone.

1. Wake up
Just like any other momma, I wake up when my little one wakes up.. sometimes that's around 8 but lately around 9am. Or even sometimes I wake up when rex leaves for work and I cannot go to sleep.. which sucks haha. Once mason wakes up, he always need to have his Curious George and Patches.

2. Eat Breakfast
Every day we like to switch up what (mostly mason) eats for breakfast. It can change from waffles, eggs, yogurt with a side of banana...his favorite fruit! I on the other hand, either eat cereal or try to eat something a little more healthier.

3. Get Dressed
After breakfast we turn on Curious George or Daniel Tiger for a little and then get mason dressed. Now this can sometimes not be so easy.. haha usually mason just let me dress him and he dressed in a matter of minutes, but hes a toddler.. haha and sometimes he likes to run away and laugh, and momma need to go chase him haha. But once he's dressed I then let him watch a little tv while I get ready for the day.

4. Run Errands
Since mason only takes one nap a day, I try to run my errands in the  morning. Usually my errands consist of helping with Rex's Business, grocery shopping or even doing small little tasks that I need to get done. If I have a photo shoot for my blog, its usually in this time frame.

5. Lunch Time/ Mason takes a nap
Once we get home from running errands, its usually noon and I get masons lunch ready. Sometimes its Annies Pizza bagels, a sandwich, a fruit pouch and then cheese, crackers, and then some sort of fruit and veggie on the side. His new favorite lunch meal is a sandwich. I also join him for lunch and I eat anything for tilapia, zucchini, one egg and feta cheese. Or if I'm feeling fancy, I buy some sushi, in which if mason see's it, he immediately wants a bite, like mother like son ha. Once lunch time is over, its mason's nap and now that he takes one nap it can last anywhere from 2-3 and half hour nap.


6. Mom straightens up home, blogging time
This is usually my me time haha. In the 2-3 hours of no toddler, I take this time to clean the house, some days are more work than other days , like some days its just tiding up the front room and doing dishes, or days its cleaning the fridge/tidying up the pantry. Once I'm done I usually get some time to work on my blog, sometimes that's brainstorming new content, writing new blog posts, or updating social media, which you may think this may not take a lot of time but it really does!

7. Mason Wakes up from nap (Play Time)
Now mason is awake, change diaper. Now if we were out a lot earlier that day then we usually stay home and play inside. Now if we don't then we put our shoes on and go on a walk. Mason has loved this lately. We just walk around our neighborhood, mason finds all sorts of treasures, and most of the time wants to take a rock inside the house, every time we go on a walk. We also go to the library, which is pretty much every other day. He loves books, and plus there's a play ground there a certain day, and they have toys and other kids, that gives mason social time.

8. Mom prepares dinner... Daddy's home
Now when were done with outside play time, we go back inside, mason plays in his room or just around the house and I get dinner ready. I try to have it done before Rex gets home. Then when dinner is all set, rex is home and mason is the happiest. We then eat Dinner and talk about our day.

9. Family Time
Once we clean up the table we then start the funnest (I know not a word) time and just hang out. We either play ball games with mason, or go somewhere to get a treat, or even visit grandma and grandpa for a little. I love this time, I truly do. Especially on the weekends we do more fun stuff like go to the park, drive downtown, visit a museum or just hang out just us three, and because family is so important to us we strive daily to be together.

10. Bath Time/ Night time Routine
Once Family Time is over we start getting ready for bed. Mason goes to bed around 8/8:30. We give him a bath, sometimes have a bubble bath or include bath paint (Look in the Target's Dollar section) , put on his excema cream, which has been doing really good lately, read a book, say a prayers, give big hugs and kisses and lights out. Rex and I then have our  "couple time" in which we watch our favorite show , eat a dessert, play a game, and then its time for us to go to bed.

So that's it, I know it may not be snazzy or super interesting but this is usually what our day to day looks like, I love it in every way because I know I'll always be surrounded by the people who matter to me the most! I love my little family and our little lives. Let me know if you enjoyed this post in the comments!