The Best Products We Bought In September

 

 

Best Products We Bought In September

Anyone feel like September absolutely flew by?! For us, most of the month was spent trying to get the house finished – and by finished, I mean furnished completely. Going from an apartment to a house has been a little overwhelming, but we are starting to settle in. Most of the best products we bought in September were meant to finalize some rooms that had been put on the back burner – namely, David’s “man cave.” Since I took over the decorating in the main level of the house, he gets the basement to do with what he wants. Sooo, we finally got around to giving the man of the house what he wants ☺️.

Apple TV 4K – This is actually our second Apple TV purchase, and I would buy 100 of them to avoid paying for cable. We cut the cord about two years ago and have never looked back. We have an Apple TV in our bedroom (so I can watch Bravo while David watches football) and now one downstairs. It’s the greatest invention in the world, and if you’re interested in hearing more, maybe I’ll write an entire blog post on why and how you can cut the cord, too.

Samsung TV – After endless trips to Best Buy, this is the TV David landed on for the basement. I have to admit that it’s a great picture, but when I first saw the size of the box, I was speechless. I don’t really think anyone needs a TV this big, but I’m glad my husband is happy and that’s all that matters!

Blackout Curtains – We’ve had blackout shades in Finn’s room and in the nursery since we’ve moved into the house. However, I wanted something a little cozier to complete their rooms. These blackout curtains are also noise reducing, and they are a great quality. I went with solid colors for both rooms since their walls are white, I wanted a pop!

Play-doh – While cleaning out the basement we found some of Finn’s old Play-doh from when we moved. It had gone completely dry, so we ran to the store and bought plenty more. He loves playing with it and it’s a simple, cheap toy I don’t mind buying over and over again.

Exfoliating Brush – I’m the most unknowledgeable person when it comes to skincare/make-up, but I decided to purchase an exfoliating brush since I’m “getting older” and I am impressed with the results. This one came highly recommended and was reasonably priced.

Nutrogena Hydrating Boost – Similarly, I bought this hydrating serum to help my skin transition into winter. I use it a couple times a week and my skin is so soft!

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Fall Bucket List

fall bucket list

 

Hello October! Everyone’s favorite month. I love this time of year for so many reasons – the nostalgia and all the memories of soccer seasons past, the chilly weather, all the pumpkin spice flavors, the decoration, and of course, all the sweaters! This year will be so much more fun having a toddler to entertain. I’ve been thinking of my fall bucket list and have finally had the chance to put it all down on “paper”. Let’s see how many we can get to before Baby arrives!

1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

2. Decorate our front porch.

3. Complete a corn maze.

4. Find a new pumpkin recipe.

5. Make s’mores on a bonfire.

6. Find a super creative family Halloween costume.

7. Take a hayride.

8. Bake pumpkin seeds.

9. Carve pumpkins and play with all the “guts”. 

10. Rake and jump into a pile of leaves.

11. Go trick or treating.

12. Watch a Halloween movie.

13. Pick apples off of the tree.

14. Go to a petting zoo.

15. Go to the farmer’s market.

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Life Lately – September 6, 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Life Lately post. These are my favorite types of posts to write – a recap of what my little family has been up to the last few weeks and months. I, like everyone else, cannot believe it’s already September! Life is flying by these days. I stare at Finn on a daily basis and wonder how he got so big! And don’t get me started on this pregnancy. It seems like the weeks are melting away and soon enough it’ll be D-Day!

Overall, we had a wonderful summer. We settled into our new house, took a great vacation, spent a lot of time together as a family and swam as much as we could. With the weather still in the 90s, it’s hard to embrace fall too much. However, I can’t wait to carve pumpkins and go to the corn maze with Finn this year!

Our Home

We still have a ways to go as far as finishing our house, but I’ve come to peace with the fact that not everything is going to be done by the time Baby G comes. As long as the kids’ bedrooms are completed, I’ll be happy. We’ve made great strides in our living area and dining room. We have a couple small things to finish up there. The outside is at a much better place than it was at the beginning of the summer. We spend a lot of time outdoors and want to put a deck out back, but that’s something we will probably tackle in the spring.

The basement is the real problem spot at this point. Half of our basement is finished, but we have zero furniture for down there. We want this space to be our main living area, with the more formal area upstairs. However, we can’t quite wrap our heads around how we want to style it. We are taking our time and doing our research, but ideally I’d love to have this space completed by the time Baby G comes. With our bedrooms on the main level, I’d like somewhere to escape to where I know I won’t wake up Finn in the middle of the night.

Finn

This little boy is growing like a weed. I think he learns a new word every single day, and he will gladly talk your ear off! He is such a sweetheart. Right now he is really into trains, copying everything David does and Kung Fu Panda. He loves to read along with us with every book we read and has recently started to sing, too! He is so smart! I can’t believe how quickly kids pick things up. I’m holding onto every little moment I spend with Finn because I know when Baby G comes in a few months, things will be much different. I’m excited to watch him become a big brother, but I also want him to be my baby forever.

Photography Classes

I’ve been toying with the idea of taking formal photography classes for years but always had an excuse. I finally signed up for a five week course at the local community college and I’m super proud of myself. I haven’t done anything for me in a long, long time and this is exactly what I need. Just so you know, I still had every excuse in the book (I’m pregnant, I don’t want to pay for it, I’m going to be awful at photography) but after some convincing that I’m still going to be pregnant and still not know anything about photography, that my work will actually pay for the classes, and that I’ll never know until I try, I decided to just do it. Here’s to hoping that I can fit in the desks with my belly!

Our Life In iPhone Photos

who are these crazies?!
when finn where’s “papi’s shirt”, it takes a great deal of bribery to get him to take it off!
finn and papa fishing!
family selfie!
watching for choo choo trains!

 

 

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The Best Products We Bought in August

Best Products We Bought In August

 

Admittedly, I benefited quite a bit from our purchases in August. I went on a small hunt for new beauty products, something I have the energy to do about once a year. (Beauty products just aren’t my thing… I much prefer clothes.) However, we did scoop up some worthy things to talk about. Though much more practical, our August list of best products stretches from entertaining to just plain necessary.

Essie Bare With Me – I’ve been looking for a great neutral pink nail color for a long time, and I think I found it. Bare With Me is the perfect shade of pink, in my opinion. Yes, Essie is a tad expensive for a nail polish, but after two coats, I’ve found this lasts about a week before a touch up is needed.

Blue Light Glasses – I’ve been suffering from dry eye and subtle headaches for a while, so when I heard about blue light glasses, I was intrigued. I found a pair for a decent price (around $30) and have been very pleased with them. I’ve been getting a lot of “since when do you where glasses?” comments thrown my way, but when I tell them they protect against blue light, people are usually as surprised as I was to hear that those exist.

NYX Eyeliner – I wear as little makeup as possible, but one thing I cannot live without is eyeliner. I found this NYX eyeliner for a really good price. It goes on like a marker – seriously, like a felt tip. And stays on all day. I’ve been impressed.

Living Proof Anti-Frizz Spray – Last beauty item, but a good one. I’ve heard only good things about the Living Proof line of hair products, but I’m pretty loyal to my dry shampoo. I do, however, live in the world’s muggiest state! So my hair suffers from frizz. This spray not only works wonders, but smells devine. 

Belly Band – I finally bit the bullet and got a belly band for support. My back has been awful since about 23 weeks, and this band is great, especially for the price. If you’re looking for a good band, or a great gift for your prego friend, this is a good one.

Playtex Sipsters – Dare I say we found the greatest sippy cups on the market?! We’ve tried more than our fair share and between leaking tops, having too many pieces, and impossible to clean, we’ve thrown most of them away. We bought these Playtex ones simply because they were Thomas the Train themed, but they turned out to be the best cups we’ve tried. They don’t leak, even when Finn beats them on the table. They have three simple, easy-to-clean pieces, and they are cute! I should’ve known since all of our bottles came from Playtex, too and we loved those just as much!

TeePee – Aww, the odd bird of the group. However, I’ve been wanting Finn to have a tent/teepee forever and I finally got this one for him. It is quite large, too big to put in his room (my fault for not measuring first), but it will still work in the basement. It comes with adorable LED lights and a little flap for “privacy”. He loves it!

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The Best Labor Day Sales

labor day weekend sales

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We are enjoying the incredibly hot weather and taking it easy at home. I’ve rounded up a bunch of the best Labor Day weekend sales, and even took some time to pick out my choices from several retailers. These sales are too good to miss, so spoil yourself and grab some things you’ll need for the new season ahead. Happy Shopping!

ABERCROMBIE – 40% off the entire store

AMERICAN EAGLE – 25-60% off, 30% off jeans and joggers and 40% off the entire Aerie collection

ANN TAYLOR – 40 % all styles with code LONGWEEKEND, 60% off all sale styles

GAP – 40% off everything with code YES and extra 10% off everything with code MORE

J.CREW – 40% off entire purchase with code BIGSALE

J.CREW FACTORY – 50% off and extra 20% off all sale items with code SALEAWAY

LOFT – 40% off with code LABORDAY

NORDSTROM – save up to 40% off

OLD NAVY – 20% off your entire order, 50% off all jeans, tees, sweatshirts and dresses

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