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bumGenius Cloth Diaper {Review}

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Disclosure: This product was given to me for free by Cotton Babies (BumGenius) to test and review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

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We have been cloth diapering since last August,and I have to say that it has truly been a learning curve. Initially, we started as a way to save money, but it quickly became a way of life for us. I mean, there’s something to be said about living a life of self sustainability, am I right? Also, those late night “Oh no we’re out of diaper” charade was getting a bit old, so we decided to pull the ole plug and go cloth. And we haven’t looked back ever since.

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Our stash has a mixture of all different diapers, but our favorites are the bumGenius 4.o, so naturally I wanted to shout from the rooftops how much I adore them. Because, that’s what my life has come to. Diaper excitement. Oh the life of a mom. 

I’m not going to lie. Building a cloth diaper stash was not cheap. But I learned some super valuable lessons in the process. For instance, that age old lesson “you get what you pay for” really makes sense. I started out buying a ton of diapers that were cheaply made and they really did work for a bit, but I quickly learned that their inner PUL layer (the layer that makes them waterproof) on the inexpensive brands began to wear out and cause leaks and I’m all like ” Houston, We have a problem” because well , wet boys are unhappy boys. And that is  not cool.

So I bucked up and tried the bumGenius 4.0 and immediately I was a changed woman. From the amazing craftsmanship to the  extra wide organic  inserts( that you can stuff to be thinner with just one or thicker with both inserts) and their snap down exteriors that can be sized to fit babies 7-35+ pounds. You can choose to buy the Aplix (Velcro) style or the Snap style. Since my guy is master Houdini when it comes to diaper escape magic, I chose to go with the snap style, as they are harder for little hands to open.  Bottom line: these diapers are meant for heavy duty. Or maybe I should say “Heavy Dooty“.

 

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bumGenius 4.0 Snapped at the smallest fit.

 

Now I don’t have any experience using cloth diapers on a smaller baby (that review experience is due to arrive in May),  but these diapers did a great job with my one and a half year old, who is a heavy wetter. bumGenius could even handle the over nights! And since they are so well made, they hold up for multiple babies. That means that although the initial price is a bit higher at $17.95 per diaper, they are able to last through multiple children. You really get your moneys worth with the bumGenius 4.0. 

 

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Inside view of inserts.

Oh, and the colors! I mean, is there anything cuter than a tiny hine-y in a rainbow assortment of colors? This diaper I reviewed is shown in the color Mirror. It’s the perfect blue-green to brighten up even the stinkiest of days (yes folks I’ll be here all night, rocking these puns). What’s even more amazing is knowing that your baby isn’t sitting around in unnecessary chemicals that can be found in disposable diapers, and that you are saving serious dough. Truly it’s a win-win. Plus it can handle the jumpy excitement of a two year old. I can honestly say that these diapers are legit. 

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The two year old jump jump test. bumGenius passed with flying colors.

 

bumGenius also makes an array of diapering accessories, such as laundry detergant (which I highly recommend) and neat things like diaper sprayers that attach easily (I did it myself) to the side of your toilet for easy clean up!

If you’re interested in learning more about cloth diapering I urge you to visit their Official Store. Also follow any new updates and check out diaper facts but “liking” the bumGenius Facebook page and “following” bumGenius on Twitter. 

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*Although I was given the bumGenius 4.0 in the color Mirror to test and review at no cost, my opinions stated in this review are honest and my own. 

Zim’s Product {Giveaway}

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I’m not sure if it’s the stress of life, being pregnant or just growing up, but I’ve noticed that I have way more aches and pains than I’ve ever had in my life. I guess you could say that my 27th year is really kicking my bum.

Luckily, there are helping hands out there like Zim’s.  Zim’s products are safe and well made to keep you running in tip top shape.

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I know that I have been complaining way too much about winter’s harshness, but darn it, I am so tired of having gross, crackly skin. My knuckles are seriously crying. Zim’s Advanced crack cream is a great remedy for any dry, cracked skin. It can also be used for rashes, inflammation, redness and insect bites. The Aloe and Arnica ingredients are wonderful for soothing the itchy, dryness of Eczema, Psoriasis and other chronic conditions. This non- greasy formula goes on great with a pleasant smell and fast relief.

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Did I also mention that I am extremely clumsy?  In between chasing toddlers and attempting to re-decorate a nursery, I tend to bonk my knees and elbows twice as often as a normal human being. It really is a gift that I have. Luckily, Zim’s  Arnica Max is specially formulated to help relieve pain and swelling of Injuries, Pain and Stiffness. For something as simple as a knocked knee (me) or the chronic pain of arthritis (my mom), Zim’s helps to relieve the pain.

My favorite product of the tri-fecta , is Zim’s Advanced Gel with Acemann. This quick absorbing gel formula is wonderful for cuts, scrapes and those dreaded “oops I grabbed a hot pan” burns. As a lifetime member of the “mommy nurses guild” this is a product that should be in every first aid kit. Whether it is a clumsy husband, or a curious toddler, this product is safe and effective for people of all ages. Oh and what is even more amazing than quick pain relief? Well, the fact that Zim’s is giving away all THREE of these products to a lucky winner!

 

And while you’re at it, stop by and check out Zim’s Advanced Official Website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Mar 14th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Mary Kay Satin Hands {Review}

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As a little girl, I loved tagging along with my mom and going to Mary Kay parties. Putting on too dark makeup and giggling with her and her friends really taught me what it meant to be a lady. Thinking back on it, I’m sure that deep down those parties were the beginning of my love for makeup and skin care and I’m really thankful for those fun memories. My favorite part of the parties however, was the part where we would all line up at a sink and do the multiple step process called “Satin Hands”. This process seemed like pure magic. It would take your dry, rough hands and make them like new again. For someone like me, who has always had chronic dry skin ,I felt like this process was truly the only way to get soft hands.

 

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  Flash forward to now. Although my first priority is being a mom and a wife, I still try to be a lady.  In some ways, I’ve really grown up when it comes to skin care, but my hands still take a beating. Winter dryness and constant washing to prevent spreading germs has really taken a toll on my hands. They look (and feel) like sandpaper. Which is not at all ladylike. In fact, it’s just gross. So when I was approached to test a sample of the newer formulated, old favorite, I jumped at the chance.  My hands couldn’t stop clapping at  the thought of finally being soft again.

 

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Satin hands is a three step process. Step one is the hand softener, which feels like a greasy gel. I used this step to pretend like I was on a beach somewhere, while I closed my eyes and gave myself a hand massage, really working in the product.  Step two is the real magic. This is the exfoliating step. I worked extra hard to focus on my problem areas, wrists, knuckles, and inner finger joints are no match for this stuff. After rinsing and drying completely, the final step is the hand cream. Luxurious and soft, my hands felt like they were receiving a one of a kind spa treatment.

But the proof is in the pudding. My hands that once looked like a road map of dry, cracked lines, are now smooth and lovely. And the transformation only took a few minutes. It sure beats sitting in the dermatologist office, I’ll tell you that.

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Satin Hands retails for $34.oo and is only available for purchase from a Mary Kay representative.  Click HERE to purchase. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I personally adore and think that you (the reader) will enjoy as well. Also a special “Thank you” to Jamie Schwarz for allowing me to review your product!

Algenist Oil and Moisturizer {Review}

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These winter blues sure have my skin in a tizzy. It seems that with the combination of dry winter cold and warm heaters constantly blowing, that my face has taken a huge turn for the worse. Add in pregnancy hormones, and the tri-fecta is complete.

Let me backtrack for a moment. My entire life, my skin has been unruly. It’s dryness mixed with random breakouts that looked like they wanted to graffiti everything in sight, are enough to drive any one crazy. Add to that the three pregnancies in the last five years, and you will find that my skin is one big problem, or so I thought, that is,  until I consulted a fellow makeup artist about my woes and she swore up and down that Algenist was the only way to go. Apparently the biggest problem with my face was exactly what I had always believed to be the opposite. My face was so dry that it caused breakouts. Who knew? Plus, as much as I hate to admit it, I am getting close to the big 3-0, so I bucked up and decided that it was high time to start taking care of my face.

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I was introduced to Algenist by a consultant, and immediately I was hooked. Algenist is created using the newest technology in Alguronic Acid. This powerful compound derived from Micro-alge is found to not only be anti aging, but also evens skin tones and creates firmness where there once was one. So those deep set elevens from nights of missed sleep? Yea, those are becoming way less obvious.

What I thought was neat, is that Algenist has an option for any type of skin concern. For instance, the Gel Moisturizer was much more effective that any other moisturizer that I have tried  on my ultra dry skin, because it absorbed quickly and didn’t leave a greasy residue. With that I added a few drops of the Anti- Aging restorative oil to lock in moisture for up to 24 hours, and boom…I’ve been hooked ever since.

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Using these two products after cleansing twice a day has made a major difference in not only the health of my skin, but also it has eliminated my breakouts and decreased the wrinkles that I had previously denied even having. I hearby declare, Algenist Gel Moisturizer and Algenist Anti-Aging restorative oil a success {gavel slams}!

To purchase Algenist products based upon your individual skin needs visit their Official Store and also check out their Facebook page for new product updates, information and more.  Algenist products are also sold in Sephora stores across the US.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I personally adore and think that you (the reader) will enjoy as well.

LB BOUTIQUE Headband Kit {Review}.

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Is there anything more fun in this world than accessorizing a baby?

The answer my friends,  is “no”.

No,  there isn’t anything even remotely more fun than dressing a baby  to the nines, so when I was offered this amazing opportunity to review a LB Boutique Headband Kit, I got super pumped and started organizing my glue guns by color and temperature setting, because I recently had the realization that baby number three will most likely be bald and that for the first time ever I can actually “doll her up”… Hey, it’s my first girl, can you  blame me? 

Enter LB BOUTIQUE.

This shop began with  a mother who wanted adorable headbands that she could not only dress up her baby girl, but use as photography props, she enjoyed the creativity of being able to imagine and make headbands that reflected her personal style. And thus, the LB BOUTIQUE  Headband Kit was born. When you order a kit you receive; 10 different types of elastic (cut and sized varying from 0-18 months), 10 Felt Circles, Flowers, Rosettes, and feathers. Also included are complete step by step  instructions as well as great baby shower options like a special table sign printout to make “baby” a headband, supply list and extra tags, because the only thing that could make crafting better is friends, family and cupcakes. And Boom. Just like that,  no more boring baby shower games. 

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Can you believe that you get all of these adorable materials?

What’ s also great, is that if you’re anything like me,  and you like to go rogue with crafts and veer off of the official instructions, you totally can. You can  choose to use or not to use any certain item and no matter what items you combine, LB BOUTIQUE has ensured that your headband will turn out cute no matter what. There are endless combinations. For instance, not everyone likes feathers… I however, Gatsby-d out every headband , while singing “a little party never killed nobody” of course, with feathers galore and multiple flowers. Talk about letting the creative juices flow, by the time I was done,  I was ready to Charleston my feathers off!

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and Voila! Photog ready headbands. So glamorous!

With a little patience, imagination, and hot glue, I too was able to perfectly craft my little girl’s very first headbands! Isn’t that just the “Bees Knees”?

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free with LB BOUTIQUE.  But don’t worry,  I only recommend products or services I use personally and  adore. So I hope you do too!
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