Monday, July 14, 2014

Go-To Dress || Hayworth Dress from White Plum

Alright, I have a new go-to dress for formal occasions, church, and of course wedding season. 
It's the Hayworth Dress from White Plum.
It's on sale now plus you can get an additional 20% off EVERYTHING using ALI20

Shoes: Jessica Simpson Calie Pump

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Teething Essentials

All of Millie's teethies are coming in at once!! I feel so badly for her. If you have any teething tips for me definitely let me know. Here are a few Tommee Tippee teething toys that she can't live without:


Drool Bib Scarf – The Lovely Co.
Exclusive Coupon Code for my readers: 20% off by using SMUDGE20

Product for this post was provided by Tommee TippeeThe Lovely Co. Thoughts and opinions are entirely truthful and my own.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Travel Safety Tips from Safety 1st

The  Safety 1st Company sent me some very valuable information including travel safety tips. It is so important to do all that we can as parents and caretakers to keep our littles safe — why not do all that we can within the car to protect from all the risks outside. 

 Safety 1st Giveaway & Product Review Coming Soon!! 

The following information is provided by  Safety 1st:

With 34.8 million choosing to travel by automobile (the highest level since 2007, according to AAA), it’s more important than ever to ensure children are safe in the backseat. From car seats that provide full body safety protection to crash tested car storage for travel essentials, the below products from Safety 1st ensure children are safe for a fun-filled family road trip:

Car Seats

·         The Safety 1st OnBoard Plus Infant Car Seat infant car seat allows your child to ride rear facing from 4-25 pounds. It’s equipped with a 5-point harness, adjustable stay in the car base and Carry Curve™ Handle with an ergonomic design. 

·         The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air Plus Convertible Car Seat convertible car seat ensures your child is safe from 5-65 pounds. Better yet, it meets the new requirements for the new 65 Pound LATCH rule.

·         The Safety 1st Boostapak Belt-Positioning Booster Car Seat is a belt-positioning booster, that’s also a backpack! To help make booster seat riding more fun for children, and easier for parent’s the BoostAPak provides on-the-go convenience and safety. Perfect for traveling, switching between cars, and it fits into an overhead plane compartment. 

Organizing the Car:
Anything not secured down is a potential projectile in the event of a crash or just stopping fast.
·         No more to stretching or taking eyes off the road to find items stashed under seats!
Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station easily installs into a car doors compartment, allowing parents to store tissues, wipes, lotion, and other essentials within arm’s reach.

·         The Safety 1st Just-In-Case Storage Station keeps travel essentials like diapers and toys safely stored in the car trunk eliminating the worry of car projectiles. The storage station secures to trunk floor with anchoring screws.

Travel Safety by Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese

The three most important things when choosing a car seat are:
·         One that fits your child
·         One that fits your car
·         One that you will use correctly every time

You can accomplish this by:
·         Have the car you will be using the seat in with you and try it out at the store.
·         If possible have your child with you at the time of purchase
·         Follow information in both the car seat manual and vehicle manual for installation
·         Attend a car seat check for assistance in proper installation and use from a certified car seat technician

New rules for car seats using LATCH require understanding of your car seat’s weight and child’s weight:
·         Car seats manufactured after February 27, 2014 are required to carry a new label with guidance on maximum weight limits for LATCH
·         The combined weight should not exceed 65lbs
·         Look in the manual and label on the car seat to identify the weight of the seat
·         Look for a weight on the maximum weight for the child
·         Know your child’s weight
·         If the combined weight of the seat and your child exceeds 65lbs-install the car seat using the vehicle’s belt

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nail Marbling Tutorial Video || Fourth of July

After following tons of nail art accounts on Instagram, I finally decided to try nail marbling — it is so neat!
It was much easier than I thought it would be! I made a quick video tutorial if you're interested. Sorry it's a pretty crappy video, I just did it on my first try. I can do a better tutorial in the future – wanted to get this one up before the 4th of July so that if you want to try these patriotic nails, you can!

Nail Marbling Instructions:

  1. Cover the skin by the nail with Scotch tape (so that cleanup after is much easier).
  2. Paint nail with a good white nail polish — this will help the colors show more vibrantly. If one coat isn't opaque enough, use a thin second coat.
  3. Get a glass (that can be thrown away) and fill with room temperature water. Might not work correctly if it isn't room temp.
  4. Drip one drop of your first color of nail polish in the center of the cup. Nicer nail polishes tend to work best.
  5. Alternate drips of different colors, each time in the center, until you have as many as you want.
  6. Using a wooden skewer stick, swish around the nail polish drips to a pattern that you like.
  7. Place finger in nail polish mixture (full nail flat facing downward) in the part of the pattern that you like the best.
  8. Hold and blow on the water nail polish mixture for a few seconds to help dry the surface more quickly.
  9. Using the wooden skewer again (nail still in bowl), TWIST it around while moving it through the water to pull the remaining polish mixture away from your nail. 
  10. Remove finger from bowl.
  11. Admire your awesome pattern!
  12. Remove tape from nail
  13. Using a brush dipped in nail polish remover, brush away excess polish on skin.
  14. Add clear top coat
  15. HOoRay!! You did it!! 

Nail Polish Used

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