Friday, December 19, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do You Ever Lack the Freedom to be Spontaneous

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheMoodStrikes #CollectiveBias

So, let's get real up in here for a hot minute ladies.  I'm sure that as women in committed relationships, we have all been in that moment when everything is working together to give you some alone 'adult' time with your man, #TheMoodStrikes ...only to have things come to a screeching halt...er, hopefully not literally.  ifyouknowwhatimsayin  What's a girl to do?  Well, I'll tell you what I've done and maybe it will help give you the freedom to be spontaneous too. 



 Without getting all x-rated up in this spot...

In my younger years, I never needed a product like this.  I was a well oiled machine...so to speak..but as the years have gone on and I've had babies, the old girl just ain't what she used to be, ya know what I'm sayin'?!

It weighs on a relationship because you feel bad that your body is not responding how it's supposed to and your man feels bad because he thinks he's not doing it for you anymore.  It sucks getting old, but it happens to the best of us.

Enter KY-LiquiBeads.  Now, don't go getting all squeamish on me.  I'm not gonna go into too much detail, but just suffice it to say, when its bow chicka wow wow time, if you've used the KY Liquibeads you don't have to worry about getting out more um....I know people hate this word, but it is what it is, lube when you are right in the heat of the moment.  There, I said it.  Everyone still with me?! lol

I, for one, would rather just know that I don't have to worry about whether my body will cooperate when we do find the time for some adult playtime.  Let's face it, when there are kids around you sometimes gotta be creative with your time if you want to connect with your man so I have found these liquibeads to really help me be ready whenever the mood strikes..and these are so much less messy, so that's a total bonus in my book.

I know for me, my husband and I don't get a lot of date nights.  Or time away from the kids to go do adult stuff.  We are just one of those kinds of families that when we have time away from work or other obligations, we'd rather spend it all together with the whole family than just the 2 of us leaving our kids with a babysitter...to each their own, I ain't judgin' I'm just sayin' how we do.  So, we don't get a lot of time to go visit stores of the adult variety, if you catch my drift, to peruse the many, many different kinds of ...personal lubricant. (is saying it that way really any better than just saying lube and getting it out of the way?!)  I like that I can just go to Target and do my regular shopping and pick up some KY Liquibeads while I'm at it.  Convenient is the name of this game, ladies!


I know I said earlier that my husband and I don't get a lot of date nights out and away from home, but that doesn't mean we can't have a date night in.  We do this quite often, it gives us a chance to reconnect as a couple instead of just Hannah and Asa's parents.  Our marriage matters just as much as being their parents.  

It can be really hard fitting it all in, but with some careful planning ahead of time, you can still be spontaneous later.  A typical date night at home for us looks something like this:

Feed and bathe the kids.  Take care of any need they might have so that once they are in bed, they are there to stay!  Once they are down, we like to order takeout to have with a nice glass of wine, or in hubby's case a great beer.  We usually get a movie from Redbox or Netflix *(if I've done my job and planned ahead of time we will have a great movie from our Netflix queue).   Sometimes, we like to sit out on the back patio and have a cigar if the weather is nice...which, this is Phoenix so it generally is, but you know...we do get a cold snap every now and then ;)

Now it's time to set the scene.  I like to make sure that I've had time to prepare and pamper myself so that should the mood strike, I am not feeling like a tired, worn out, yoga pant, stained shirt wearin' mama.  I want to take time to look good for myself and my man.  Part of my routine now has become to pop in a liquibead so that later, I'm all set to go.  In my Date Night Essentials are a sexy nighty, a favorite perfume, favorite lotion, favorite lipstick and of course, KY Liquibeads.  If I've got this, I'm prepared for whatever the time alone with my man brings.



Oh, and just cuz it's the season for giving, here's a $1.00 off coupon so you can run out and get you some! ;)

Now, how does it work you are probably thinking...right?!  I know you are just too embarrassed to ask, so here, let me demonstrate.  

Get your minds out of the gutter!!  I'm not gonna actually show you all the steps!  Sheesh! ;)



This is what you get, in the package there are 6 applicators that are packaged together in a tightly sealed plastic wrap.  You also get 6 individual beads.  (there are also instructions that come in the box if you need them).



I don't have photos to show you the rest of the process, cuz I ain't about making this an x-rated blog! haha  So I'm sure you all can figure out what comes next...You insert the applicator, push the button and voila.  Give it about 20-30 minutes to work its magic and then you are good to go.
*Tip: If you think there's a chance you might be gettin' yo freak on at some point that day and you don't want to even chance you might uh...dry up, pop one of these bad boys in while you are getting ready for the day or if you know you have a date with your man, take an extra minute to freshen up and while you are at it, place a liquibead so that later you'll be all ready.  That's what I do...I'm just sayin'...without tryin' to say too much ;) lol  

So, the verdict is:  Trixie (that's my alter ego) gives this product 2 thumbs up 

*If you are pregnant or nursing you should consult your doctor before using this product.

Anyway, now we will get back to our regularly scheduled programming of makeup and beauty type posts...I just gotta get really real up in here sometimes, ya know?!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

*Disclaimer:  All products were sent to me  for review, all opinions are 100% my own.

I'm so excited to be doing my VERY FIRST Holiday Gift Guide 2014!!!

Every year I see other bloggers doing the 'Best of...' or 'Holiday Gift Guide' or whatever at the end of the year and every year I think to myself, self...get on the ball and put your own best of or gift guide together!  Well, this year I finally did just that, I even was so on the ball that I filmed a video about it!

Let's get started, shall we?!

First up is dessert:  Gigi's Cupcakes

The nearest Gigi's to me is in Scottsdale, but thankfully that isn't too far from me.  I was excited to head over and check out the deliciousness they have to offer and while I was there I picked up a Southern Comfort Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving!


This pie was seriously so good.  I love pecan pie any time of year, but there is just something about having a pecan pie at Thanksgiving.  It just completes it for me.  Definitely check Gigi's out to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season!


Of course, you can't show up to a holiday party empty handed, you have to bring something for the hostess or at the very least to share with everyone at the party, amiright or amiright?!  That's where Le Grand Courtage comes in...this is an elegant French sparkling wine.


I received Brut and Brut Rose to try and both are fantastic.  If you like a dry wine, this will be great for you.  I also really love the sophistication of the packaging.  Something else that's great about this wine is that the price point is really affordable for those of us watching those dolla's this time of year.

Last, but certainly not least...I received this amazing package of goodies from Eylure and Hard Candy....eeeeeck!!  Yes, I went full on girl and squealed!


These products are perfect for stocking stuffers for any girl in your life, from your daughter who might just be starting out with makeup all the way up to your grown sister, mom or bestie...believe me, my bestie would LOVE to see these items under her tree or in her stocking!

I really love Hard Candy(Hard Candy is available online or in Walmart only!) makeup.  I have used their shadow palette's and blush in the past and I think they are fantastic.  And can we just talk for a minute about the lashes.  I have recently been wearing falsies quite often and Eylure is one of the brands I buy from the drugstore(Eylure can be found at Target, Kohl's, Ulta and Urban Outfitters).  They are really great quality and don't irritate my eyes on top of the fact they are easier to apply than some other drugstore lashes I have tried.

Stay tuned for a fun holiday makeup look using some of the Hard Candy makeup and Eylure lashes...mama needs to play with this makeup soon!

Now, if you haven't gotten enough on the blog, check out my Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Vlog...there may even be a couple of extras I didn't mention here ;)



I hope you all enjoy this Holiday Gift Guide, tell me something that is on your Best of 2014 or Holiday Gift Guide this year!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cool Christmas Presents and Teaching Gun Safety, Plus a GIVEAWAY!!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

My husband and I are gun owners. We believe in the right to bear arms. We have always had guns in our home, therefore we are strong believers in teaching proper gun safety.  When we started talking about what Hannah's first gun would be, Sean was very sure he wanted her to start where he did, with a Daisy Red Rider BB Gun #ItsADaisy #CollectiveBias and we decided since she turned 10 in November that this would be the perfect Christmas to give her this gift.  I think it's a super cool christmas present for kids!

Daisy is a brand that has been around a really long time and has had educational curriculum since 1948. Daisy educates roughly one million of America’s youth a year through their Ten Lesson Shooting Curriculum about BB gun use and safety (found here).  Daisy also has engaged the masses with portable, inflatable BB gun ranges that can be found at major outdoor sporting goods retailers and leading conservation organizations. The majority of those who attend the an outdoor or store event and shoot at the ranges are first-time shooters.

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We decided that since Santa's Wonderland would be open, we thought it would be a great time to take a family trek out to Bass Pro Shop...when I say trek I mean, pack a lunch and book a hotel
room...it's a drive from our house to get to Bass, but it was a great excuse to have a family night.



When we first walked in Hannah was immediately drawn to the carousel. That girl loves her a carousel. After she rode the carousel, we went over to let the kids get their picture taken with Santa. Hannah of course was an old pro at seeing Santa, but this was Asa's first time. I wasn't exactly
sure how it would go down...would he be totally cool since he wasn't facing Santa or would he freak the freak out because there was a giant bearded man in a red suit holding him? To my surprise, he was cool...he didn't freak out but he wasn't exactly his usual jovial self either. But you cannot deny the adorableness that is my children's first Santa picture together...my 10 year old and my 10 month old!



Anyway, after seeing Santa we cruised around Santa's Wonderland so Hannah could play some of the games, the one she gravitated towards was the BB gun shooting game! She and Sean went over and he started to teach her the proper way to hold the gun, making sure she understood the basics of gun use...treating every gun as if its loaded...making sure the barrel is ONLY pointed at your target...to be sure of what you're shooting at...and knowing what is behind your target should you miss.

He also instructed her on how to properly hold the gun to use the sights to aim at her target. It took her a few minutes to get comfortable and trial and error to get her body to steady the rifle well enough to actually hit her target. Once she did though, she was a pretty decent shot!

After playing for a while, we walked around Bass for a while and made our way up to the guns and ammo section where we found the Daisy BB Gun in Pink and grabbed that along with safety glasses and ammunition. We hung out for a while longer before making our purchase and once that was done, we decided to hit the restaurant inside Bass Pro Shop for dinner.


A couple of days later, at home, Sean and Hannah took her new gun, ammo and safety glasses out to the back yard so he could go over the gun safety tips he has been teaching her for years and years. She is a good listener, a good girl and there is no doubt she is responsible enough to have her own bb gun at this point. I believe knowing your child and making sure that you've done your part in teaching gun safety in the home is what makes the difference in being a responsible gun owner vs just having a gun.


Hopefully this will not only teach her about proper and responsible firearm use, but introduce her to a new hobby that can be enjoyed by the whole family.





Now, let's get on with the GIVEAWAY to buy your very own Daisy BB Gun!

What: Daisy BB Sweepstakes - $2,000 in Bass Pro Shop Gift Cards
*Please note: Gift Cards will NOT arrive within time for Christmas
*Winners must be 18+
*$2000 worth of Bass Pro gift cards (4 winners will receive a $500 gift card each)




Friday, December 5, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Card Wish List

Hello my loves! Wow things have been busy over the course of November! November in my family is crazy...like we have a family or friend birthday on almost every.single.day. of the month. It starts with my Aunt on the 1st and ends with mine on the 30th!

Anyway, I haven't been able to keep up with my daily blog posts like I had started doing in October, so I'm hoping to just do a few posts a week through the end of the year and then get myself back on a routine of posting, if not daily, then 3 times a week. So there we have it ;)

Today though I thought I would share some of the holiday cards from minted.com that I've been lusting over, trying to decide which to choose for my 1st Christmas card with my son. There are so many cute ones, help me choose!!

First there is this one that I just love for the simplicity of it.


Second, I am absolutely smitten with this card. The shape (cut) of it just reels me in and won't let me forget it.

Third, Ok, this one is amazing!! My family has this obsession with comics and superheroes and all the things that go with that genre so I'm dying over this Christmas card!!


Fourth, so perfect! I just love everything about this one.

Fifth, I really love this one because then I feel like I don't have to send a long-winded letter along with every card explaining what the year was like and what we were up to and things like that, its all right here on the card!

Ok, I'm gonna stop there because if I list every single card I'm in love with, this post will be the longest post in the history of blogging ;) so tell me, which card would you choose?!

Friday, November 21, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Friday, November 14, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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