Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Going Green for Pink and Blue - The Honest Company Lotion

As I mentioned last week, NJhusband and I are in the very beginning stages of TTC and I'm on the hunt for beauty and home products that will be safe for us, baby and our dog! I decided to try out The Honest Company's line and see what I thought.  I bought the body lotion, bug spray, laundry detergent, body oil and dishwasher gel to try out. First up on my list is the Face & Body lotion. 

The feel of the lotion is great and it absorbs into the skin fabulously. Almost instantly my skin felt hydrated and it was such a great feeling. Unfortunately, the *smell is a MAJOR deterrent for me. It's much too flowery for my taste. My husband came home and said it "smelt like a grandma". I wanted to love it, since finding a body and face lotion that is natural and free of the common chemicals is high on my priority list, but I probably won't buy this again. I just can't get over the smell. If you are looking for a baby-friendly lotion I would get a sample of this before you buy a bottle first to see if you like the fragrance. I will also say that I probably wouldn't use this on a boy, it has a distinct "girly" smell for sure. I have my fingers crossed they come up with another great face/body lotion that has a different fragrance SOON!

*For the record, the bottle says it's fragrance free, but it definitely has a strong smell. I assume they just mean it has no added synthetic fragrance, but I feel like that could be a bit misleading. 

Next up: the body oil

The Honest Company has no idea who I am. I bought all these products myself in a true quest to find baby and pregnancy friendly products for our home and wanted to share my thoughts with others. 

Monday, July 30, 2012


A friend turned me on to Swagbucks and I have totally fallen in love! At first I went a little crazy with it, spending HOURS trying to get points, but now I've found a more realistic system for myself. I installed their search toolbar and use it throughout the day instead of Google, do their daily poll (1 question), and watch some videos while I'm on my computer. I can usually earn 30ish swagbucks a day. It comes out to about $10-15 in Amazon giftcards a month or so (there are other reward options available, but Amazon gets you the most for your money) and all for just doing normal browsing I would be doing anyway. It's not much, but for this stay-at-home wife, it's nice to have some splurge money for myself! 

Below is my referral link if you want to check it out!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Going Green for Pink or Blue

As NJhusband and I inch towards starting a family, I have been researching pregnancy and baby-safe household and skin-care products in order to try to reduce the chemicals in our life. I don't want to go too extremist about it, but I definitely want to become informed in order to make the best choices for us and some of the research is scary and/or confusing. I want to try out a bunch, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

When You Feel Powerless, Search for Toiletries with Free Shipping on Amazon

NJhusband doesn't entirely understand this whole blog scene, but he tries. He saw me on Amazon tonight and asked what I was buying. "Toiletries for the children's mental health division of a hospital in Georgia". Bless his heart he barely batted an eye.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Book Review: Touching the Sky

Touching the Sky is the second book of the Land of the Lone Star series and while both the first book, Chasing the Sun and this one feature a gutsy female lead and a lot of intrigue, this second book was superior.  This book was part historical fiction, part Christian fiction, part romance and part mystery. Tracie Peterson does it all and she does it well. 

In typical Tracie Peterson fashion,  the spunky young lead, Laura Marquardt, meets Captain Brandon Reid, the good guy who becomes smitten upon first encounter with the audacious Laura and their love story begins.  Laura and her family have always been Union supporters, but her sister marries a former Confederate soldier, one who may not be as reformed as he claims. Laura must find out where his alliances lie in order to protect her sister and enlists Brandon, who has his own motives for investigating the Confederacy, and together they uncover some alarming truths. 

Bethany House Publishers provided me a copy of this book to review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations and thoughts while reading this novel.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How the Dog Broke My Finger

Orion is a rescue from the South and moving to an extremely urban area has been a bit of an adjustment for him. Buses totally freak him out and he has a particular fear of mailmen for some reason. We have taken him to obedience school and he is much better, but still a work in progress, especially with on-leash walking.

Yesterday morning I decided to take him for a walk. We got maybe 20 feet from the house and the city bus stopped at the corner and released the air pressure in the tires at the exact moment the mailman turned the corner coming towards him. The combination of the two was too much for Orion and he completely FREAKED OUT and took off towards home, tangling my hand in his leash. He pulled to the side and my pinky finger went along with him, while the rest of my body and hand stayed still.


Monday, July 16, 2012

This Little Light of Mine....or not

We live in an urban area with a front stoop that has a gate enclosing it. The other day, I noticed a round, brown solar light in the planter next to the door. We have solar lights on our steps, but those are black and square, so this  new one was a surprise. I assumed that my mother-in-law had bought it and put it in the planter (she does all the gardening and flowers...I have a complete black thumb) and I mentioned it to NJhusband, saying I wish I had known she wanted one there, as I would have purchased another one that matched the rest of our set.

A few hours later, we were having dinner with my mother-in-law and NJhusband asked her about the solar light in the planter. She had no idea what we were talking about! She didn't put it there either! We all went out to the front stoop to look at it. By this time, it was dark enough that it had lit up and the light was orange. I know from walking the dog, that our neighbors around the corner have orange lights, so I assumed it was one of theirs, though I still have NO idea how it got to our house. I asked NJhusband to go over to the neighbors in the daylight and see if he could figure out where it had been taken from their yard and put it back.

The next morning he takes the light back to its (maybe) home, but he can't figure out where it came from, so he leaves it on their porch....in their planter. Leaving them with their own solar light in the planter mystery to solve.

I'll let you know if it migrates back to our house. 

Friday, July 13, 2012


Never underestimate the power of 2 good girlfriends, a bottle of Moscato and an afternoon of girl talk around the patio table on a summer day. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Date Night

NJhusband and I have TOTALLY let date nights slide since being married 8 months ago. We do make a point to sit down to dinner together every night, but we definitely fall into the post dinner "he sits on the couch with his iPad and I'm in our home office reading or watching TV" trap.

Last night while folding laundry on the couch I had a thought. On our first date, NJhusband had mentioned that he like playing the game Jenga, but that he had lent his out and never gotten it back. One trip to Target later and at 10pm we were sitting at our kitchen table begging Orion not to touch the table with his nose while the game was going on! We had a blast playing and it was the perfect at home date night for us!

I definitely see more Jenga date nights in store for us! If only we can keep that puppy tail from hitting the table while we play....

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Traveler's Rest Review

Traveler's Rest is a difficult book to review for me. It seems like each day I have a different opinion on it because the story moved me in so many different directions. Each of the characters pulls you into their individual stories and then weaves themselves together. Jane's fiance returns from the war in Iraq paralyzed and they try to navigate the loss of the life they thought they were going to share. Along the way they each meet people who help them through their grief in some very unexpected ways and take them in even more unexpected directions. The only way I can describe Traveler's Rest is to call it a heartbreaking story of hope. Bethany House Publishers provided me a copy of this book to review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations and thoughts while reading this novel.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My 3 Day Experience with Meditation

I decided to try start trying out meditation/hypnosis before bed in order to try to help some of my anxiety issues. After 3 days, this is my report:

Night 1:
I get my program downloaded onto my iphone, find my good headphones, lay in bed and start it up. I'm about 3 minutes in when my phone alerts me to a text message, interrupting the program. I try to ignore it and continue the program. After 5 minutes I get a phone call, interrupting the program again. I stop, spend 20 minutes trying to figure out how to get the phone sounds turned off while still being able to listen to the program. Give up and download the program on my ipod instead. Decide to try again tomorrow.

Night 2:
Charge up the ipod, plug in the good headphones, lay down next to my already sleeping husband, turn on the program and start my relaxation. Halfway through, as I am instructed to "connect with the sounds in my environment" my dear husband begins to LOUDLY snore. I get the giggles and abandon my program for the second night in a row. 

Night 3:
Ipod and headphones ready. Made sure to go to bed before my husband. I am READY for this. 2 minutes into my relaxation the dog, who has been laying on the floor next to me, starts coughing and throwing up his dinner. 

Clearly meditation is NOT for me.