Marika Athletic Wear Review

Disclosure: I received products samples to facilitate this review. Post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

When it comes to gift giving I am simple. I love to get people what they really want. In my case, all I really wanted for Mother’s Day was a few prints of my son’s latest pictures. Other than that, I enjoy getting things I love but don’t by often for myself. Clothes are a great example. I get so excited when my husband walks in with a shirt or pants for me. As a mom, I am home every day with my son. We have church on Sundays and once or twice a week we may go out shopping or something, but for the most part I don’t have to get dressed up. At home I like to be comfortable yet cute, and for me that means yoga pants with a tank top or tee.

I was very excited recently when I received a package from Marika. They have very stylish athletic and fitness wear. I got a pair if yoga pants. These are black and feature a cute mesh pattern down the legs, and they are a great fit! [Read more…]

Bedroom Refresh with California Design Den

There’s nothing like a bed with clean sheets, except a bed with new sheets! I recently got a new set of sheets from California Design Den.

California Design Den offers great looking, high quality sheets.  These are 100% pure cotton,  sateen weave, and 600 thread count.

The sheets are quality tested and inspected.  They are manufactured with fade resistant dyes and anti-pilling fabric and are individually tailored with extra durable, fitted elastic.

Sheets from California Design Den also come in a variety of colors.  I chose this dark grey color, as it matches well with a couple of bedspreads I have.

The sheets are very soft and comfortable and they go great with our bedding!  If you are in the market for some new bedsheets, I definitely recommend these!

 

Summer Infant Cushy Cart Cover Review + Other Summer Infant Products We Love

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

I was a little slow to take Thaxton out places.  With this daily cycle of naps and bottles, it never seemed to be an ideal time, and I just don’t want to be the person at the store with the fussing baby.  It would have stressed me out, and I know it wouldn’t have been fun for Thaxton either.  I know people take babies out all the time; I’ve been shopping myself and have seen people with their sleeping newborn in the cart or in a carrier.  It’s just not my thing!  So for the most part, my husband did the majority of the shopping last year.

Now that Thaxton is 15 months old and only takes one nap a day, we have plenty of time to go shopping and do other activities with him.  Last fall I purchased the Summer Infant Cushy Cart Cover, and we love it!  I actually spent a lot of time looking at cart covers.  In fact, I looked at cart covers more than almost any other baby item.  One day I was looking at Instagram, and I saw someone had posted a photo of this lovely blue cover, I clicked and found out it was the same cover I’d been looking at for months, only in a different color. (The one I had saved in my cart was grey and green.)  I made up my mind and decide to purchase it!

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Valentine Gifts for HIM: Volt, Scholars & Warriors

Disclosure: I received product samples to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.

I’m always excited when I get the chance to review products, and when my husband can be a part of the review that’s even better!  When I heard about Volt, I thought their products would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for my hubby.  They sent me an amazing hoodie!  I like neutral colors that go with everything, so the grey color was perfect.  Immediately upon examining the garment, I was impressed with the look and style of it.  The quality is great.  The fabric is very thick, and it is very nicely lined to be both comfortable and warm.

 

But Volt isn’t just any clothing company.  My husband’s hoodie also came with a battery pack.  Yes, that’s right, a battery pack.  It charges just like your cell phone and then hooks in to the hoodie.  With the battery connected, this hoodie warms up just like an electric blanket!  My husband is a DIYer who does a lot of work outdoors, so this is perfect for him!

Our weather turned off cold again last week, so he’s gotten to wear it a few times, and he loves it.

I also received a pair of boxers from Warriors & Scholars.  They specialize in clothing for all men, of all walks of life, from white collar to blue collar.  Whether you are looking for something to where to the office, the gym, or at home with the wife and kids, Warriors & Scholars has something for everyone!

Their boxes come in a variety of fun colors and patterns.  The fabric is very smooth and soft to the touch, and my husband said they fit very comfortably.

Hope you’ll check out these fun Valentine’s Day gift selections for HIM!

Katie Daisy Planner Review

Disclosure: Today’s post contains affiliate links. The images are from from my Katie Daisy planner. I do NOT own these images and am merely sharing them for my review and recommendation purposes.

With a new year comes a new planner!  I love getting new planners…the empty pages are so clean, and there are just so many possibilities ahead to fill them!

In the past I have a bought a lot of Blue Sky Planners.  They always have very simple, clean, and pretty designs available.  And they have a variety of sizes and formats.  But last year I went a different route. And for the second year in a row, I’ve chosen a planner by Katie Daisy. These planners are just beautiful! They make me feel so energized and inspired! Let’s check it out!

Format

The planners are 5×7 sized.  (I do wish they came in a standard notebook size. That is what I’ve always purchased in the past, but these are so pretty I can deal with the small size.)

They have a front pocket and a page marker for you, which can be very convenient.  They also have a full monthly calendar followed by weekly pages, which is the format that I like.  (If a planner doesn’t have this 2-page month calender, I’m not in to it!)  It’s also a 7-month calendar so you can buy these toward the end of the year and go ahead and start using it!

Artwork, Quotes, and Notes

Now what sets these planners apart from others I’ve purchased is the beautiful art work, inspired quotes, and places for you to make notes and journal.  I decided to share the above page. It is one of my favorites from the planner and a great example!

I find these note pages are great for making lists and notes about what is going on.  They can also be great for journaling and writing notes to yourself to get you motivated.

 

I decided to end this post with a photo of one of the quote pages.  I think if we woke up with this quote in mind each day, our day would be much brighter, happier, and more productive.  (Don’t you agree?)

If you still don’t have a planner for this year, I invite you to check out the Katie Daisy planner, as well as the Katie Daisy Wall Calendar.

12 Favorite Posts from 2018

It’s that time of year! Time to look back on our year and see how things went as we prepare for the next year. I always like to look back and then share some of my favorite posts for the year. This year has been very busy for me at home, and I haven’t done nearly as much writing as I normally have in past years, but I still managed to find 12 posts that I thought were worth sharing again for this year end post!  We have a few recipes, cleaning posts, health, fashion, and even a pet post.  I hope you enjoy!

(Please find the link for each post underneath the featured photo.)

Grilled Hot Wings + 6 Tips to Make Your Summer Cookout a Success

College Football Spirit with Dr Pepper® + DIY Photo Booth Tutorial

12 Tips and Must-Haves for Postpartum Care

5 Tips to Keeping Your Home in Tip-Top Shape for Your Family (and Your Cat)

Chicken Florentine Pasta

Panasonic HomeHawk Front Door Home Monitoring Camera Review and Giveaway

6 Baby Must-Haves for Cold and Flu Season

Fashion Reivew from prAna

Mama’s New Helper: DEEBOT OZMO 610 – Robot Vacuum Review

Homemade Dill Pickles

Cleaning Up with Rejuvenate® Click n Clean™ Multi-Surface Spray Mop System

Christmas Pajamas for the Family Review

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my 12 picks!  And if have a similar post, I’d love for you to share it with me!

Christmas Pajamas for the Family Review

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. The opinions are my own.

One Christmas tradition I definitely want for Thaxton is the new pajamas traditions.  It is fun, yet practical, because he will always need pajamas!

I LOVE Christmas pajamas, and I’ve been so excited for the pajamas for the family trend! After shopping around a lot on the internet, I chose Target for our Holiday Family Pajamas.  I was very impressed with the variety they had, from the different colors and prints, to the various styles of pajamas.  And the prices amazing!   Today I’m going to share with you some of the things that I bought and point out a few things I also liked.

I’ve been wanting to get Thaxton and I Mama Bear and Baby Bear shirts, so I fell in the LOVE with the Holiday Bear Family Pajamas.  Apart from the bear theme, these also have red and black checks with I really like.  And they look more like winter pajamas and not just Christmas, so we can continue to wear these in January.

The pajamas themselves fit great.  We both got very soft cotton shirts and fleece pants.  These are so comfortable, and I was impressed by the quality!

I also got Thaxton the Fair Isle Union Suit.  I’m not really in to the adult onesie, so I just got this set for him.  I really love this type of print, and the colors are great.  And like the other pajamas I chose, this has more of a winter theme, so that he can wear it after Christmas is over without looking weird.  This is made of fleece, so it’s very warm, and I actually also love it as something he could wear around the house on cold days and not just as sleep wear.  (And I have to admit, I kind of wish I’d bought myself one of these!)

If these aren’t for you, you might like their Peanuts Pajamas. (I love Charlie Brown and Snoopy!)  And they also have sets that are Harry Potter themed, Grinch, Elf, Santa, and so many more!

I also wanted to point out these slipper socks that I got for just $6.  These are very warm and comfortable, and I think they are quite cute.


So many styles are still in stock at Target, so go over and check out their Holiday Family Pajamas. Perhaps it could be the start of a new family tradition for you!

Girlfriend Giving from Precious Moments

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.

The holiday season of giving is here!  Time to explore fun gift ideas for everyone on your list.  Today for the ladies, I have a couple of ideas from Precious Moments.  Their Girlfriend Giving line has super cute items.  I had the pleasure of reviewing their ceramic travel mug and picture frame.

They feature a very modern design with a lovely floral pattern and golden dots.  The items are also very heavy and durable. I’d definitely recommend them as a gift idea for your mom, sister, aunt, or favorite girlfriend.  These would also be great for a gift exchange you may have at work, church, or the family Christmas party, or even a good hostess gift.

The ceramic travel mug is my favorite!  It features the Bible verse, Proverbs 31:25. It reads, “She is clothes with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.”

This is perfect for both cold and hot drinks.  It is dishwasher and microwave safe.  And it is a perfect size for your morning coffee or other beverage.  It also has a silicone lid, for easy sipping and spill prevention.

 

I also received this Good Friends are a Blessing 4×6 frame.  It says,   This is also a ceramic product; it is very durable with a sleek design.  I personally love 4×6 frames because I get a lot of pictures printed in that size, and the great thing about this frame is that is .  And unlike a lot of 4×6 frames, the outside of this one is fairly thick so that the frame and picture appears bigger.  That combined with its lovely design makes this a very eye catching frame and a perfect gift.

Items from the Precious Moments Girlfriend Giving line are available on Amazon.  I encourage everyone to go check out the whole collection.

Fashion Reivew from prAna

Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this review. The opinions are my own.
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It is mid October, and I am excited to finally have some weather in the 70s and 80s!  That combined with cooler temperatures in the night means it is time for me to break out my fall wardrobe.  Recently I had chance to take a look at some fashion pieces from prAna.  Their products are environmentally friendly and made with sustainable fabrics like cotton and hemp. They have some lovely offerings from their hemp line that are just perfect for the fall and winter season!  And I’m very excited to show you what I got from their site!

(By the way, you can get 15% off at prAna when you use my coupon code: PHJR18)

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I chose the Cozy Up Zip Up Jacket in Equinox Blue Heather.  I chose this item because, as a mom I need comfortable clothes that I can wear around the house but that also transition well to outerwear, and I have always loved hoodies!  They are also great because you can wear them as a part of an outfit or wear them as a jacket.  It is made of Hemp/recycled polyester/Tencel ® lyocell fleece blend.

 

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First off, I love the color.  Secondly, I am very impressed with how soft the fabric is, especially the fleece on the inside.  And I can tell it will be very warm when winter weather comes.  The fabric also feels and looks very strong and durable.

I can definitely see myself wearing this as an occasional jacket out of the house or as a daily wear item, especially in the mornings or evenings when it is coolest in our house.  And I can see myself wearing this item for a long time.

I also chose the Leda Pant in coal.  I absolutely love the color grey, so I was immediately attracted to the color of these.  I’ve also ONLY RECENTLY started wearing skinny jeans and leggings and so I thought these would fit in well with my collection.  I really like the ribs in the fabric and the fact that they are high-rise; this is very different from anything else I have in my wardrobe.

And I also love the feel of the fabric.  It is 53% Hemp, 2% Organic Cotton, and 5% Spandex.  It feels very comfortable and soft, and it feels very durable.  These pants also seem as they they will be way warmer than the thinner cotton pants.  I could actually see myself wearing these out in colder weather, unlike a lot of other legging and skinny jeans.

They fit great!  I’m short and skinny, so I got the XS.  One reason I’ve not wore much “skinny” fit pants in the past is because I am so short.  All pants are usually long on me, and I hate them bunching at the bottom, but these seem to be the perfect length, so I’m happy about that!

These pants are also very versatile.  On the prAna site the models wear the pants as workout gear, and they would definitely be great for that.  But I love the idea of wearing these with other outfits.  In my photos, I decided to wear them with a flannel button down shirt.  Plaid is really in style this year, and I thought the colors of this shirt would go well with the grey pants, and I was actually impressed with how they went together.  I also think these pants would look great with a pullover sweater or a cardigan.

And I have to throw this in: When my husband saw these pants, he said I looked hot, and that these were his new favorite pair of pants for me.  That definitely made me feel good, and I have to say, these may be my new favorite pair of pants as well!

 

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I’d love for you to check out all the great things prAna has to offer!

Coupon Code: Get 15% off at prAna when you use this coupon code: PHJR18

Tell Me What You Think:  I’d love to hear your thought on this brand!  Please leave a comment on this post.

Mama’s New Helper: DEEBOT OZMO 610 – Robot Vacuum Review

Disclosure:  I received a free DEEBOT OZMO 610 for review.  Affiliate links may be contained herein.  The opinions are my own.

Over the years I’ve had the chance to review a LOT of great products, including cleaning products and tools, but I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a product review than I am about the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO610 2-in-1 Multi-Surface Vacuuming and Mopping Robot.  This is robot vacuum has become a LIFE SAVER at my house!

A few months ago, I wrote a post about cleaning the floor, and I specifically talked about how having a baby, especially one who is now crawling around, multiplies your need to clean the floor a hundred times over.  (And yet, when you have a baby, your time for cleaning seems to be cut in half, or worse!)  But with the DEEBOT OZMO 610, I am able to clean the floor every day!

Here are a few features I love:

  • Remote control or automatic control.
  • Quiet when running.
  • Easy set up via your cell phone or mobile device.
  • Schedule your robot to clean on specific days and time.
  • Works on any hard surface or carpet.
  • Features a place to put liquid cleaner for mopping.
  • Easy to open.
  • Smart navigation and returns home.

The ability to schedule your cleaning is key for us.  Between 5pm and 6pm, I am always giving the baby his dinner, and so I’ve got the vacuum set up to run at 6pm.  It starts off in the kitchen; meanwhile I pick up Thaxton’s toys in the living room, so that it can clean in there and our hallway next.  (By the way, Thaxton loves the vacuum too.  He’s scared of other vacuums and appliances that make noise, but he loves to sit in his Pack n Play or his Jumperoo and watch the vacuum do its thing!)

I usually have the other rooms closed off, but once or twice a week, I make sure there’s no clutter in the floor of those rooms so that it may run in there as well, and I also try to use the mopping function about once a week.  It just takes a minute to put a little cleaner in DEEBOT, and I love being able to smell the fresh cleaner as he mops in our kitchen.

DEEBOT is also have easy to empty.  We have messy pets and people in our home, so I empty DEEBOT after each use, and I am always amazed at how much trash has been picked up.  When I see how much trash there is (especially if we let DEEBOT skip a day or two), it actually freaks me out a little bit, and I can’t believe we used to vacuum only once a week!

This is an amazing product!  I am so pleased with how much cleaner my floors are, and I am thrilled that it’s able to happen without me having to do a bunch of work or take a lot of time of my day!

This product is available at Target and other retailers, and I definitely recommend it!