YAY! It’s Vlogust! Crazy how it was JUST April and was just enjoying the Spring weather (if you want to call it that) and now its August and its HOT! If you haven’t already got the announcement well here is Vlogust Day 1. I got the 2015 Vlogust Challenge Prompt ideas from here, but I won’t be following them exactly as it is on the list. Some days it will be vlogs, hauls, reviews, tags, you never know.
Some may be pre-recorded like this Introduction Video, but hey at least I’m making an effort to upload daily! I would appreciate it if you can Like this video and if you haven’t already Subscribe to our family channel.
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In case you’re not familiar with The Honest Company, their story, and their products, it’s my honor to enlighten you.
Honest was founded by actress and business woman, Jessica Alba, and Christopher Gavigan, former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks). They both strongly believe that every person deserves products that are unquestionably safe, eco–friendly, convenient, affordable, and beautiful.
Born out of their frustration to find such products readily available, they decided to join forces and create their own under the name, The Honest Company.
The Honest Company’s goal it to deliver the best family essentials to your doorstep; to simplify your life and bring more delight to your every day. Their product offerings are vast and include things like stylish, eco-friendly diapers; organic infant formula and feeding supplies; premium non–toxic personal care and home cleaning essentials; vitamins, baby gear, and more.
At their core, Honest’s underlying philosophy is: Together we can make it better.
My favorite products from them are their Face + Body Lotion and their Healing Balm is Bomb! Over time they have added more products including feminine products that are 100% organic and natural that is affordable!
In the mist of life giving you lemons, you gotta focus on the good things in life. It can be hard especially if its pouring. The best advice I can give you is if you need to cry, cry it out! Hoarding those negative emotions is killing your body. Stress is the number 1 killer. Especially in women.
2 months have been hard especially with losing power for two weeks. But I’ve been trying to keep a more positive outlook on things. I know with every experience, its happening for a reason. Whether I have attracted it or must learn something from it. Life never gives me the rotten lemons. I am still able to make lemonade. It’s not easy trying to stay positive along with the cloud hanging around. The common goal you can be a more positive person regardless of what storms you are going through.
I fell in love with Neocell’s Biotin Burst Chews so I couldn’t resist trying out another product! The best way to describe this product and what it can do is to watch the video below! It really goes into depths of what Collagen and Hyaluronic acid can do for not just your skin, hair, and nails, but also your joints!
Now people be like what you need an anti-aging product for? Well if you watched the video, after 25 your body’s production of collagen drops 1.5% each year! I need all the collagen I can use especially for my bones and ligaments since arthritis runs in the family and I’m a runner myself and that can cause wear and tear on the joints.
Plus it doesn’t hurt to prevent aging compare to trying to reverse it once its started! Noooo, but genes also run a huge play in my skin. My mom doesn’t even look her age, heck my great mother and her 3 other sisters never looked their age! Sehorrheic Dermaitits runs in my family also. I have aunts and cousins who currently have it. I just noticed how much smoother my skin is.
Super Collagen™ 1&3 is composed of nineteen amino acids and is a rich source of glycine, proline, alanine and hydroxyproline. Once taken orally, it can produce peptides that stimulate ﬁbroblast cells to produce and reorganize new collagen ﬁbers which, upon bundling, can build the mechanical strength of the connective tissues and strengthen the extracellular matrix.
I’ve had this product for almost a month now and I have noticed a huge difference. If you are a runner, the first thing to hurt right away is your shins and ankles from the impact on whether its sidewalks or a treadmill. With this product, I can run a little longer with less pain. My nails and hair are shinier, but I can’t wait for the length to start growing like before.
My favorite way to drink this is in a smoothie! I’m obsessed with shakes especially since I can sneak in my greens and other great vegetables in without eating. Even in my fruit infused water I like to add a tablespoon or two. But its also great with just a glass of water. When I go to the Health Food Store, I always gravitate towards Neocell‘s products. They don’t contain the nasty stuff like soy, wheat, lactose, starch, corn, yeast, or artificial flavors. And it’s GLUTEN FREE!
It’s official we are doing VEDA and I’m excited about it! August is going to be another fun month. It’s Andrea’s Birthday Month, then no more birthdays until January. Kids go back to school in August here and I’m sad, but excited at the same time. Journey is starting Kindergarten! It’s a bittersweet moment.
If you want to participate in Vlogust/VEDA but have no idea what to do? Grab your camera and you can follow these prompts! I may be doing a few, but nothing in this order. Just gives you some ideas on what you can do for those days you not really into vlogging.
If you are participating in Vlogust/VEDA let me know in the comment section with your youtube channel link!
If you have been following me, you know that my skin isn’t the best example of perfect skin. I have combination oily AND dry, acne-prone, sensitive skin. It is a huge mouth full, but its the best way to describe my skin type. I also suffer from hyperpigmentation due to acne and seborrheic dermatitis.
Seborrheic Dermatitis also known as seborrheic eczema is a skin condition that causes scaly patches and red skin, mainly on the scalp.
August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week. I no longer breastfeed my kids, but I was an avid breastfeeding machine! When Andrea was born I was mostly pumping and storing as she was a preemie and couldn’t latch on right away. I stopped pumping for her at 8 months. She was the one who lasted the longest even though I had 2 more after her.
My number 1 tip for breastfeeding is to not have any expectation. Some kids last longer than other, some don’t even latch at all, and then there are some who just won’t give it up. Breathe. I know you are a milking machine and it feels like you are always feeding! Well, you kind of are, but that’s not the point. In the end, your kids benefit more from it. Not only that, but you also get the personal bond with your child. It’s worth every moment you get even if its the first night or at age 8 months.
Tip number 2 is to just be go with the flow. Don’t rush into a schedule, let your little one tell you when they want to eat. Yes it may be annoying with the 3 am wake up call, but that way you can work around their schedule and adjust so they are on a schedule that works for you.
This is my favorite tip, number 3, that I learned after breastfeeding 4 kids. Be Prepared! Having enough supplies is IMPORTANT! With Andrea was I was going through storage bags like nothing. She was so small and wasn’t eating much, but I was producing like she was for a 2 month old. The nurses at the hospital were helpful in getting me the correct information on what was best. I went with the professional grade breast pump. Thankfully my insurance covered the cost. Plus I was able to find discounted storage bags, accessories, and even nipple shields at Burlington Factory. This helped it be affordable.
Last but not least tip number 4 is the most important tip you must know if you are going to ride through til at least a year old is to have breastfeeding bras and breast pads or nursing pads. It’s important to have these! At least a shirt that makes it easy to whip it out. And I’m serious. LOL
Thanks to Breastpads! They are offering free Breast Pads & Slings in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.
Get your FREE 10 Pairs of Breast Pads for FREE ($40 Value) Use coupon code PJBABY! If you want more any additional pair is only $2. With shipping & tax this comes out to a total of $14.99! That’s a steal for this many Breast Pads.
Oh did I also mention that using a sling, wrap, or carrier makes breastfeeding 100% easier especially when you need to use your hands. It’s also great for babywearing and holding your child too close and comfortable without your arms getting stuck in the position. I’m only speaking from experience from Justice. LOL Same shipping information applies to this one as well!
I always have quinoa on hand just in case as it is perfect for the main ingredient in pizza crust. This recipe, I stumbled upon while searching for a pizza that would work for my oldest daughter. See she couldn’t have gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, or tomatoes. Now she can have eggs, but this recipe is so much better without eggs. You can add it to yours and it will make the dough be more fluffy if that makes sense. We wanted a crispy thin crust so I always omit the egg.
It’s another week where there aren’t great deals, but if you have been stocking up on your rewards. You can get cheap or free school supplies at Rite Aid.
Don’t forget to check out the Printable Coupon Page to print out coupons you may need for your trip.
Don’t forget to get your rewards cards! CVS and Rite Aid have separate reward cards. With Rite Aid you can load ecoupons via the website. CVS has a red box in each store that you can get bonus coupons for free or percentage off.
My tip would be to purchase the food items with your food stamp card so that you can get your rewards then do another transactions so you can use the rewards from your first transaction to maximize your savings.
I have included printable coupons that you can use to lower your bill. You can print off 2 coupons for each item per device. Example: If you have 2 laptops then you can print out 4 coupons. I also have included newspaper coupons if you don’t have a printer. If you are wondering where you can purchase coupons that have already been in the newspapers or buy a whole inserts to save even more. I recommend these Wholesale Inserts and Coupons Things By Dede
Surprise the BBQ crowd with this fruit-filled melon, and everyone will want to know how you did it. Fresh fruits, cool gelatin and a slice of summer all in one. This was a hit at the Block Party I had, but it was more for the adults than the kids. Great way to refresh and spike the party up!
Prep Time: 15min.
Total Time: 4hr. 45min.
Servings: 16 servings, 3/4 cup each
What You Need
1 qt. (4 cups) boiling water
2 pkg. (0.6 oz. each) JELL-O Sugar Free Gelatin, any flavor
1 qt. (4 cups) cold water
4 cups assorted summer fruits (watermelon balls, honeydew balls, banana slices, strawberry slices)
watermelon Bowl (see Tip)
Add boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 3 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water.
Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours or until thickened.
Add fruit; stir. Pour into Watermelon Bowl. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
Select a large round watermelon (12 to 14 lb.). Cut off thin slice from bottom of melon, then cut off top 1/3 of melon. If desired, use sharp knife to scallop edge of larger watermelon piece. Scoop out fruit from both pieces with melon baller. Invert watermelon shell on paper towels; let stand to drain excess juices before filling with fruited gelatin. Mix desired amount of watermelon with other fruits before adding to gelatin as directed. Reserve remaining watermelon for snacking or another use.
Prepare using 2 pkg. (6 oz. each) of your favorite flavor of regular JELL-O Gelatin, or 4 pkg. (0.3 oz. each) JELL-O Sugar Free Gelatin.
How to Prepare in a Large Oblong Watermelon Bowl (18 to 20 lb.)
Prepare Watermelon Bowl as directed. Prepare fruited gelatin as directed, using 3 pkg. (0.6 oz. each) or 6 pkg. (0.3 oz. each) JELL-O Sugar Free Gelatin and 1-1/2 qt. (6 cups) each boiling water, cold water and assorted fruit. Makes 24 servings.