Friday, January 30, 2015

New Glasses [Review]

Anyone else have bad eyes?

You wouldn't know it from pictures on here, but I have pretty bad eyesight.  I've been wearing glasses since 1st grade, and contacts since 4th grade.  I typically don't wear glasses all that often- usually only at night before I go to bed, but I think that may be changing some.

I was recently contacted by Firmoo to review a pair of their glasses.  Initially, I was a bit hesitant, as I’d never ordered glasses online before.  What if I didn’t like how they looked once I wore them?  

(Excuse the bad hair - I took this picture in the morning)

Thankfully, I didn’t have anything to worry about, as they have an awesome ‘virtual try-on’ feature.  I was able to upload a picture of myself and “try on” different frames to see how they looked.  I settled on a brown pair, and placed the order.  It was as simple as entering my prescription and waiting for the glasses to arrive.  They didn’t arrive as quickly as I thought they would, but that was the only real downside.  The glasses came with a glass case, cleaning cloth, soft case, and a mini screwdriver (super handy since the screws in glasses are so small!).  

I loved the fit and look right away, and so did Scott.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing these on a regular basis now, even to work.  I definitely won’t hesitate to order from them in the future.  I love how reasonable their prices are, and how easy it was to see how the different frames looked.  If you have bad eyesight like me, I'd pop on over to their site and check them out.

If you're interested in a new pair of glasses, check out their free glasses program here.  They have a few select frames they offer for free, minus lenses and shipping.  Happy shopping!

{Disclosure:  Firmoo graciously provided these glasses to me for review.  I was not compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own.}

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

5 Ways To Keep Your Toddler Entertained

Oh winter...

The season of cold, cloudiness, and cabin fever.  I always look forward to it initially, especially the first snowfall, but usually by the end of January (now), I'm over it.  This year, we've been surprisingly light on snow, which I have mixed feelings about.  I'd love to take Reese sledding yet this year, but we need to have both snow and reasonable temperatures.  (The last big snowfall we had, it was mostly in the negative and single digits).

We've had lots of time to be indoors so far, which means Mommy has to come up with fun activities to keep little miss entertained.  Here are some of my favorite ways to keep a toddler occupied when you're cooped up in the house.

1. Coloring
Never underestimate the power of paper and crayons.  Anytime I ask Reese if she wants to color, she enthusiastically responds with 'Ok!'  Crayons are probably her favorite medium to use, but she also likes the Crayola Color Wonder markers, probably because we have a Mickey coloring book.  Although, most of the time, instead of coloring, she stacks the markers together to "make a tower!"  Ha.  I also highly recommend this wonderful toy.  Reese loves this thing, and I love that it doesn't make a mess :)

2. Stickers
Another fun and cheap way to keep toddlers entertained!  I don't know what it is about stickers, but Reese LOVES them.  I usually buy the books of stickers from the dollar section at Target, and she'll point to the ones she wants.  She'll stick them on furniture, her toys, me, and sometimes paper.  I love how simple this activity is, but one that she really enjoys.

3.  Mess-free finger painting
I love this idea since it's so easy to do, and it keeps Reese quite happy for a while.  Put some paint in a ziploc bag and tape it to a window, easy-peasy.  We'll make shapes, letters, and draw different pictures in the paint, which makes it a good learning activity too.  She also really likes drawing on our front door when the glass is fogged over.  I don't think Scott appreciates that though.  :)

4.  Pretend play
A few months ago, I noticed that little miss was doing more imaginative play.  Things like giving her stuffed toys a 'bath' (which consisted of putting them on her high chair tray - no idea how that's a bath, but it's cute :), making her Little People have 'lunch', and having her doll go 'night night'.  One of my favorite things to do with her is play with her Disney castle (no surprise there).  We make the princesses talk, "say hi!", put them to bed, go up the stairs, etc.  It's a fun way to interact with her and I love seeing how her brain works in this area.  I'm looking forward to more of this as she gets older too.

5.  Books
One of our favorite ways to pass the time.  Reading to your child is so, so important, and I love that Reese seems to enjoy books so much.  I made sure they were easily accessible to her so she can take one out and 'read' it at any point.  I like finding her like this on the floor, quiet and looking at her books.  

When all else fails, there's always hide and seek, racing around the house, or just snuggling while watching an episode of Daniel Tiger.

What are some of your favorite ways to keep your little one entertained?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Life Lately

Sorry for the radio silence last week, friends!  It was pretty much the longest week ever, and not in a good way.  Work has been downright crazy, and I'm really hoping things will calm down in the next week or two.

That being said, I think today's post will just be a brain dump of random thoughts and current happenings around here, bullet point style. :)

  • We are officially in the potty training stage!  (With Reese, not Scott ;)  We finally bought a potty seat, and my mom has one too, so let the fun begin!  So far, Reese just really likes sitting on there, and hasn't actually gone yet, but I'm pretty confident it'll happen soon.  She recognizes when she's wet and tells us when she's going #2, so I think she's ready.  I don't think we're going to push her much, but just take it slow and follow her cues.
  • Now that Christmas is over, I am very much looking forward to Easter.  (I'm not going to even mention the fact that we just took down our Christmas tree this weekend... #lazy) Yes, I know there's Valentine's Day and St Patrick's Day in there, but Easter means the start of spring to me, and warm weather is (usually) right around the corner.  Plus, I love putting together an Easter basket for little miss :)
  • I am currently LOVING my new planner so far this year.  I've only used it for a few weeks, but ohmygosh has it helped with remembering things!  I love the different sections, and it definitely keeps me more organized.  I bought this one here, and will more than likely do a review on it in a month or two.

  • So far this winter, we really haven't gotten much snow, so unfortunately, we haven't been out to play in it yet.  I'm really hoping we get some more, because I would love to take Reese sledding, and I'm sure she would have tons of fun!  Below is what our yard has looked like pretty much since the end of December

  • Two words: The Bachelor
    I have watched this show ever since Deanna's season, and I can't get enough of it!  This season has been great so far, and I'm anxious to see how it goes.  Especially with Ashley S - oh my.  Quite the interesting episode when they were on that zombie date!
     With social media nowadays, watching is even better, since I follow along with past contestants when they live tweet (@SeanLowe09 and @JP_Rosenbaum have the best comments!), and also read a few different recaps (Sharleen's blog, EW, Jason & Molly's podcast - yes, I realize I may have a slight problem).  I have to admit that I read Reality Steve's blog too, so I'm one of those spoiler-y people. :)
  • Once again, I am addicted to these chips.  So, SO good and what I end up munching on at night when Scott and I are catching up on some of our TV shows.  I think I will probably need to step up my workout plan to compensate. 
  • I have quite a few goals for this year, and my top 3 are learning to sew, getting more familiar with my fancy camera, and working out more.  Not really sure where I'm going to find time to do these things though... anyone have a time turner I can borrow? (ala Hermione Granger)
  • And just because I can, here's a picture of my favorite little girl.  This age is one of the best so far, and we have so much fun together.  

Hope your week is starting off well!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Five on Friday - Hubby's Birthday

Hey-a Friday!  Nice to see you again! :)
I'm so excited for this weekend; one, because it's Scott's birthday on Saturday, and two, we get to have a date night tonight!  We rarely get couple time, so we are very much looking forward to it!  Thanks Mom for watching little miss for us!

Since it's my hubby's birthday and all, I wanted to use today's post to show my 5 favorite things about him.

1. He makes me laugh
I would say that Scott is a goof 90% of the time.  He's always doing funny and crazy things to make both me and Reese laugh.  He's made me laugh ever since I first met him, and he hasn't changed in that regard, which I love.  He likes to tickle me too (which is not always appreciated), but I do appreciate that he gets me to laugh.  

2. He's a good cook
I have to admit that I do not do most of the cooking in our house.  Before we had Reese, we would alternate making dinner, but he still cooked way more often than me.  The jambalaya he makes is FANTASTIC and one of my very favorite meals.  That said, he does make a good mac n cheese too. :)

3. He's a Mr. Fix It
It's really nice that Scott knows his way around tools and can fix pretty much anything.  He used to work on cars, so he does most repairs when they're needed.  He's fixed numerous things around the house (things that I would have no clue on) like the water softener, kitchen sink, and our freezer.  I sometimes take this for granted, but it's really nice not having to always worry about calling in a repairman.

4. He cares about others
He is always willing to help other people in any situation, which is one of the things I love most about him.  Whether it's fixing someone's computer, helping a neighbor get their stuck car out of the snow, or giving his dad a hand with a project, he's never shy about helping out.

5. He's a great Daddy
I've watched him become a new Daddy, whether it was cuddling Reese at the hospital, or changing her diaper in the wee hours of the morning.  I love seeing how their relationship has changed as she's grown, and she definitely has him wrapped around her finger. :)  I wouldn't have it any other way, and I love seeing the two of them together.  He really is the best. :)

Happy weekend everyone!

Linking up with September Farm & The Farmer's Wife
Also linking up with The Good LifeA. Liz AdventuresCarolina Charm, and Hello Happiness.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter Essentials

Baby it's cold outside....

leggings | gloves | lotion | coat | scarf | lip balm | boots

These past couple of weeks have been downright COLD here in Wisconsin!  Last week we were in the negative and single digits, and so far this week, it's been just as chilly.  Winter made it's arrival known with a bang, that's for sure.  Things like boots and warm coats are definite must-haves for this time of year and I've picked out some of my favorites.  

I love this scarf from Grace and Lace - they were on Shark Tank, which is how I heard about them :)  It looks so cozy and soft!  I love North Face, and I especially love the color of this coat.  Plus, you can't beat the warmth of down in these brisk temperatures.  Scott bought me this lip balm for Christmas, and it's my new favorite!  My lips are always chapped, and other brands I've tried work ok, but don't really heal.  This one does, and has a wonderful tropical scent.  It's made in Hawaii and I will definitely be ordering more of it in the near future.

Of course, if you live in a warmer climate like Courtney or Liz, your essentials will look very different from mine :)

Now I have a question for you dear friends - what are your favorite kinds of leggings?  I have a pair from Kohl's that I wear, but they're really not all that great.  I listed the ones from Nordstrom since they seem to have pretty good reviews, but I'd love to hear what kind you wear and love.  Let me know in the comments below!

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