Friday, June 12, 2015

Natalie is 9 Months Old!

Natalie, you are 9 months old!! 
 You have learned and love to clap!

You just got your first tooth right before you turned 9 months, and we can finally see it now! It's so cute and about time :)

You haven't had your 9 month check up yet but according to our scale at home you are a little over 22 pounds. You're a big girl, in 9 to 12 month clothes and even wear a few 18 month sleepers. Your rolls are still the best!

You nurse 4 times a day and eat baby food and yogurt in between. You drink water out of a sippy cup and do a lot of spitting, all the time. Even when you're not eating! You've started little puffs and Mum-mums and are gradually getting better at that.

You nap about twice a day, usually about 1-2 hours each nap. You sleep from about 8pm to around 7am, give or take a little. I can't complain!

You love to talk, just like your siblings. Another little voice added to all the noise :) You like to babble a lot, saying things like "bah bah bah" and "da da da" and "mama." You like to bob your head too which looks like you could hurt your neck but you're fine and adorable doing it.

You went to the pool for the first time this week. You had a blast and looked adorable in your swimsuit. Your hat stayed on 2 seconds.

 You loved the water. It was super cold at first but you didn't mind. You kicked your feet on the side of the pool, then gradually got used to it while I held you, then you loved being in your baby float!
 Your love your siblings, and they all really love you! You are one sweet, spoiled baby of the family!
 You're still not crawling yet but you somehow scoot and reach on your bottom to get to where you want to go. Then you pull up about halfway. You sometimes fall onto your stomach (in an effort to crawl-only get 1 leg in position) and get fussy because you can't get back up. You still have a hard time rolling onto your back. You can easily roll onto your stomach though. You are just the most easygoing, lazy, baby. You have 3 siblings to bring you what you want, little diva princess ;)
This is fine with me, I love you being a baby. I'm trying to savor your baby-ness as much as possible!
Those rolls and cheeks, still going strong.

I still believe you are part puppy. Tongue always out and a huge smile on your face. People constantly ask me if you're always this happy? YES!

 Apparently big brothers taste good. You help yourself quite often.
 I took this picture just to remember those thighs. Just look at 'em. 
We have a hard time getting you out of the bumbo. I sometimes put pants on you just to make it easier.
You are Landon with Madison's coloring.
Madison and Micah have the same face (close).
You and Landon have the same face.
You and Madison have the same coloring.
Landon and Micah have the same coloring.
So many different combinations that tie all 4 of you together! God is amazing!
You also got to visit the circus for the first time. Happy as usual.
 Waiting for it to start. 4 little munchkins.
 I'm glad you aren't to the age yet where you're scared of clowns. I'm betting on next year.
 You are pretty much the cutest thing ever. Have I ever mentioned it?
Thanks for that. 
We love you so much sweet baby!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Mask Review

I've tried different masks before on my face but I've never tried a clay mask like Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul clay mask. This type of mask is one you mix up by yourself instead of being already made and ready to apply. It mixes well and you gradually add water to get it to the right consistency. I applied a thicker layer so it took a little longer, but I feel like you get better results with a thick layer. This mask claims to remove impurities and tighten up your face and pores. Once I rinsed this off my skin looked nice and even and my pores were noticeably smaller. I love it just for that fact! This is recommended weekly so I'll definitely continue to do it. You can also use it for your hair but I haven't tried that yet.

Here is some more information about the product:

A weekly mask with natural and organic clay from deep inside the Ancient Atlas Mountains of Morocco are the perfect skin treatment for cleaning, detoxifying, toning and rejuvenating. A facial mask treatment made from Ghassoul clay can be relaxing and give your skin a new healthy glow. Ghassoul clay's most impressive properties in skin improvement are its capacity of absorption and adsorption due to its high level of ion exchange. Ghassoul is a mineral rich, light brown clay that blends extremely well with water making its application to the face and skin a smooth and delightful experience. Use on skin and hair - it even makes for a fabulous shampoo; mix a small amount of powder in your favorite shampoo - wash and rinse. Super cleansing!

If you'd like to purchase this product, you can go to Zakia's website here.

Zakia also has a giveaway going on so you can enter for a chance to win! There are some other great products by this brand that would be great to try.

Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub Review

If you remember, I had the opportunity to review Adovia's Dead Sea Mud Mask a little while back, so I was excited to see that they also make a Dead Sea Salt Scrub. I haven't used a salt scrub in awhile so I was eager to try this out.
At first when I opened it, it smelled pretty good and looked pretty (very pretty blue). I applied it to my whole body and the mixture of oils and scrub made it feel so luxurious and the fragrance smelled amazing in the shower-it's called "Ocean Breeze." I rinsed and my skin felt so smooth after. Even after I got out and dried out, I could still smell it on my arms awhile later and they were still super soft. No need for lotion. I absolutely love this stuff and I don't say that often about products like this. I've seriously used this stuff every single shower. So good. I even use it on my hands in the sink sometimes.

Here is the description of Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub:

Exfoliate and pamper body with this Salt Scrub that combines Dead Sea Salt and minerals with natural, moisturizing Oils. Gentle and reviving, the scrub exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing a younger layer of skin. While smoothing and stimulating the skin, this relaxing body scrub will gently buff away dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth, supple and refreshed. Scrubs help circulation and are a wonderful way to invigorate your skin. The abrasive action of the salt will remove dead skin cells and open pores, allowing them to breathe. A vigorous scrub not only softens, stimulates and cleans the skin but also makes it look lighter.

If you'd like to try this amazing scrub for yourself, you can purchase it here on Amazon.

Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

Healthy Direction's Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer Review

I was given the opportunity to try a different kind of moisturizer, one containing Squalane, which is an intense hydrator that has actually been used in products for awhile. Trilane's Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer has some great ingredients in it-Retinol and Vitamin C, of course, which are great to use everyday, as well as firming jojoba esters and licorice to brighten.

From Healthy Directions:
Trilane® Retinol + Vitamin C moisturizer gives you everything original Trilane® Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Squalane offers, plus age-fighting and skin-renewing antioxidants to leave your skin smoother, more even, for a more radiant, youthful glow.

- Smoothes and evens out skin texture
- Speeds turnover of skin cells
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Protects your skin from environmental damage
- Diminishes brown spots
- Minimizes and unclogs pores
- Gentle enough for everyday use

I really like using this at night. It leaves your face feeling like silk. Very smooth and soft and moisturized feeling. I'm used to using oils at night which of course feel somewhat greasy (why I use them at night) but this doesn't make me feel greasy. It does leave you a good bit shiny so I don't use it under my makeup during the day, but for nighttime I love it. I feel like my skin is getting the hydration it needs while fighting aging at the same time.

If you'd like to purchase this great product, visit the page on Amazon Here. My readers can enjoy a 20% discount using this code:
Reader Discount Code: SAVERETC
Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received a complimentary product sample in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments and thoughts are my own.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Solvaderm ACE-Ferulic Serum Review

The new trend in skin care these days seems to be serums of all different kinds. These you apply right after cleansing but before your moisturizer. I've gotten to try a lot of different serums, including Solvaderm Skincare's ACE-Ferulic Serum. I was super excited to try this one because it is professional-grade and you can tell. Their products are backed by scientific research and are used by dermatologists and skincare professionals, but are also available consumers to purchase. Their motto is "Redefining Skin Science" and I love anything that is backed by science.

I've used this for almost a week now and I am pretty impressed. Just by the smell and feel of it, it just seems like it packs a powerful punch of rich ingredients that are super nutritious for your skin. It almost has a medicinal type aroma to it, and although it is a liquid, once I put it on my face it feels thicker and rich until it dries. I use it twice a day and my skin seems to be more even and is clearing up. I struggle with redness and hormonal breakouts and I feel like this has helped calm down my skin some. I'm super excited to see what this does for me long-term. I typically switch between serums depending on what I feel like my skin needs at the moment, but I've been consistently using this one since I got it because I like it that much.

It is paraben-free, perfume-free, and is suitable for all ages and all skin types.

As far as what this serum is and what it is supposed to help with, here is some information from Solvaderm Skincare's website:

ACE-FERULIC is an advanced rejuvenating serum that promotes dermal restoration and provides a powerful defense against skin aging due to sun exposure and environmental stressors. Dermatologist-formulated triple-blend of antioxidants neutralize free radicals to eradicate the oxidative stress that can harm skin over time. Enhances skin’s ability to fight signs of photo aging by providing protection against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation. Professional-strength treatment improves the structure of the dermal layer by boosting the synthesis of skin-supporting and strengthening collagen and protein fibers. The nourishing, penetrating blend delivers curative and preventive benefits to dramatically improve skin’s overall appearance, texture, and tone.

  • Protects skin against the harmful effects of free radicals to prevent environmental and UV damage.
  • Complements skin’s natural sun defense system to effectively fight multiple signs of photo aging, and noticeably lightens hyperpigmented areas.
  • Vitamin-packed professional-grade serum has ingredients that work synergistically for extreme antioxidant protection. 
  • Promotes collagen and protein synthesis in the deeper dermal layer to improve skin elasticity, minimize fine lines, and provide enhanced structural support.
  • Nourishes skin with rich yet lightweight emollients to lock in moisture and make skin supple and youthful-looking. 
  • Quick-absorbing formula won’t rub off once applied, and can be used under make-up or other creams that provide SPF protection.
If you'd like to get your hands on this great serum, check out Solvaderm Skincare's website HERE!
Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received a complimentary product sample in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments and thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Natalie is 8 Months Old!

Natalie, you are 8 months old! I can't believe we're here, only a few short months until you turn 1. I'm kind of having a hard time with that all of a sudden, since you are most likely our last baby yet you're growing so fast! I try to get in as many snuggles as I can and I never want to put you down. I will treasure this picture of you sleeping in my arms forever:

You are in 6-9, 9 or 9-12 month clothes. You even fit in an 18 month one time. You moved up to a size 4 diaper and weigh at least 21 lbs. (I haven't weighed you in awhile). I finally got you down to nurse every 4 hours (so 4 times a day) and eat baby food in between. You've started doing better with your sippy cup and actually started trying to eat puffs. You struggle a little bit but get one down eventually :) Still no teeth!
First time eating yogurt this month too :)

You are taking longer naps finally and you're getting into more of a routine. You still sleep great, from about 8pm to sometime between 7-8:30am. You are getting more hair and it is very red still. I've decided for sure that your hair is going to be a tad darker than your sister's, as well as your eyelashes-yours are dark blonde/light brown and hers are light blonde. Y'all are still very close, though.

You are still not crawling but roll from your back to your tummy. However, you still struggle getting from your tummy to your back which makes you very angry. You are content to just sit on the floor as long as we give you plenty of toys or if someone is with you. 
Your siblings are very happy to give you stuffed animals to play with. Even if they're bigger than you.

You have moved to the big bathtub in your room because you splashed so much that you soaked the kitchen too many times. 

You are constantly happy and are the best sport about being in your car seat when taking and dropping off your brothers at preschool. For some reason you're always asleep hanging on like this.
You're the sweetest and so funny and we love you so much!

Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

A good mask is something that is very beneficial for your skin to do about once a week. It helps draw out impurities and clean out your pores to keep skin glowing and healthy looking.

Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask is a great mask to get, especially because the main ingredient is mud from the Dead Sea. It also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin C, which are great for skin soothing and brightening. It also contains Jojoba Oil which is one of my favorites-I put that on my skin each night before bed because it's a super absorbent moisturizer.

Here are facts about this Dead Sea Mud Mask:
  • MUD MASK BENEFITS: Reduce excess oils, minimize pores and experience radiant and clear skin with our Dead Sea Facial Mask. This Mud Mask Tightens and Purifies Pores leaving a Clear, Smooth & Younger Looking Complexion. Vitamin C, Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil help to prevent over drying and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • THE FACIAL MASK: The Adovia Facial Mask with Dead Sea Mud Contains the Highest Concentration of Dead Sea Mud on the Market. Unlike a clay mask that requires mixing our facial mask is ready to use. Packaged in a Professional Tube - which makes it last longer than jars - one tube used once a week can last 6 Months to 1 Year! The Adovia Facial Mud Mask is used in the World's Top Spas by Professional Estheticians for $80-$100 per Facial.
  • HOW IT WORKS: As the facial mud mask dries, it opens up pores and pulls out excess oils, toxins, Blackheads and Pore Clogging Pollutants. It infuses pores with a high concentration of minerals from Dead Sea mud. Vitamin C, Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Oil and Ginseng nourish and stimulate your skin from within - providing for a natural skin care treatment effect. Also great to use as a spot treatment for pimples, blackheads and random acne.

I had a little bit of a difficult time spreading the mask evenly. At first I tried to put too thick of a layer on because the thin layer it suggested didn't seem to cover my face. It wasn't drying right so it rubbed right off without water. I tried again with a thin layer and it seemed to do a little better. Even though I wasn't a fan of the consistency, when I washed it all off my skin looked and felt great. It was glowing and looked very even and bright. 

I love the mix of ingredients and the benefits of using this mask weekly. If you would like to purchase it, here is the link to purchase on Amazon: Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

Sponsored post by BrandBacker. I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All comments are my own. I was not paid to write this post.
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