Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™ Review

Last week Influenster sent me a product to review!  Influenster is basically a place where people can gather and tell about their interests and possibly have the chance to receive some fun new products to review.  I signed up  because I can’t resist the idea of free stuff, haha, so I was excited to accept the chance to check out the Sally Hansen® Miracle Gel™.

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What I’m Into July 2014

Cooking – Chocolate zucchini cake, apricot jam, zucchini and tomato fry

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basically fry sliced zucchini in butter until softened with salt/pepper/herb du provence, add chopped tomatoes and simmer together for a few minutes. I like plenty of tomatoes for a saucy scramble, yum.  Good with garlic toast or with eggs for breakfast.

Best Reads – Families Where Grace is in Place, How We Love,  A Homemade Life, Pie It Forward, The Rain Stomper, Who’s Hiding?, A Roar of a Snore

Organization – Reduced available dishes in the kitchen for more efficient clean-up, shifted my sewing space to the living room for easier sewing during baby play, rearranged the master bedroom(long needed, pics soon)

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Citrus Lane February and March Review

I went to Goodwill the other day and I tell you, if you ever need your babies admired, outside of a family gathering of some sort, Goodwill is the place.  (the story in the first part of this post actually happened all at Goodwill too)  So many people being sweet to my babies.    I wouldn’t want that much attention every day, but every once in a while it’s fun and Ascher and Wilona didn’t mind either. Outside of that, I’ve been meaning to give you a peek into my last couple Citrus Lane boxes!  (Previous review here) Wilona had the February box.  She got – Continue reading

One of My New Favorite Things – Citrus Lane

I have such a fun company to tell you about today!  I found Citrus Lane through another blog about three months ago and I was hooked right away.  :)

In their own words –

At Citrus Lane, we’re passionate about finding the best products for kids and parents, and sharing them with you. With a subscription, you’ll receive a signature Citrus Lane box each month with four or more products selected especially for the age and stage of your child. You’ll discover new parenting solutions and trusted brands–all delivered right to your door! Daily Candy Kids calls Citrus Lane “…a brilliant new subscription service by moms, for moms,” and Project Nursery says we, “give busy moms access to great products without all the legwork.” Find out what all the buzz is about!

It is always so much fun to get a surprise, isn’t it?  Well, with Citrus Lane you can sign yourself and your child up for a fun box of surprises every month!  So far I have received three boxes from them and I have been delighted every time.  There is usually a mom-focused product(yummy lip gloss, a dishwasher small-items holder, a handprint saver) , an age appropriate toy(a ring stacker, a story book, a shape sorter, and a baby rattle)  and a couple things that are used by moms for kids(a great bib, a lunch box, a box of bandaids, a package of toy wipes, a fantastic all natural lotion).  Their products are all very high quality and more unique than something you’d find in your average store.

I gather up a couple things from our last boxes and Ascher could hardly stay away from them!

I gathered up a couple things from our last boxes and Ascher could hardly stay away from them!

On Christmas Eve they made me extra impressed with them as a company by sending me a page of products to choose one from to be added(free!) to my next box.  I chose a box of fun little 4 piece puzzles.  Ascher still needs a bit of help with them, but he’ll have them figured out soon.

When you sign up for a box you give them a couple details about your child and they’ll send you an age appropriate box.  But I have more than one child, you say, how will I ever choose who will get this marvelous surprise box?  Good news!  They make it easy-peasy to get on their site and change which child gets the next box!  Even if you don’t have little kids at home a single box or a subscription would make a great gift for any little kids in your life.

More good news!  If you sign up using any of the links in this post you get $10 off your first box!  And on top of that there is a code(today only!) for 15% off any box subscription service.  Just enter MLKDAY at the checkout.  I think that this means that one box would be just $11.25, and a month by month or a six-month service would be $17.85 per box with the first box being only $7.85.  Isn’t that great??

Thanks for reading!  I hope you love Citrus Lane as much as I do!

~~Disclosure ~~  This is not a sponsored post but when you sign up through my links I(at no cost to you) get a discount on my next box as well.  Win-win!

Review – Mikarose “Rebecca” Dress

When I found out that there was an opportunity to try, in exchange for a review, one of the lovely dresses from Mikarose, I jumped at the chance.  I had known for several months that we had a wedding to attend when I would be 8 months pregnant and I was expecting to have trouble finding something appropriate that I could enjoy wearing.  Hopefully Mikarose could solve the problem.

When I entered the site and started hunting through the dress listings it was admittedly daunting to be looking at all of the tiny, slender women wearing the pretty dresses and try to imagine my very pregnant self fitting into the same dresses.  There were several styles that caught my eye as a good possibility, but the “Rebecca” was the one I kept coming back to.  The red(the color I requested) was gorgeous, the details were pretty and it certainly looked nice on the model.

When it arrived I was extremely pleased.  The material is a very good quality knit that has a lovely drapey, flowing feel to it.  The length holds up well to having a baby bump shortening it.  A different dress I got recently got enough shorter that it is for home wearing only, despite it being a maternity brand.  You can’t tell from the picture on the site, but the front of the dress is actually two full panels of fabric in a wrap format.  This is an extra layer of security in the bump area, where a lesser quality knit might stretch and start looking thin.  No such issue here!  I don’t at this point need to test it, but the criss-cross front on the bodice would make it easy to nurse a baby in, which is definitely a bonus for anyone with a nursing baby and an event to attend.

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My only issue is related more to myself than the dress.  I found that, given extra pregnancy curves(oi.) a shaping undergarment was a useful addition to the fit of the dress.  Possibly if I had gotten the next size up it would have been less of an issue?  At any rate, I found it to be a dress that just makes me feel pretty to wear and it was perfect for the wedding.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks on my more normal shape.

I would definitely recommend the Mikarose site to anyone looking for a good quality, modest dress and the “Rebecca” dress in particular for anyone in need of a pretty pregnancy/nursing dress.

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Erika is reviewing a different dress from Mikarose over on her blog too, so go check it out!