February 22, 2015

Philosophy Face Wash

Finally. A face wash my winter skin can love!

This winter weather has been rough on my skin. Maybe it's the postpartum hormones finally wearing off (seriously, 6 months later?) but I've suffered from incredibly dry skin and patchy redness, I have lots of go-to calming face washes, and great lotions, but nothing is working!

So, last week I went on a mission to Sephora to pickup some concealer (that's another thebabywontsleep.imsotired.undereyebagsarebad. post....) and of course I got completely distracted. No woman can say they walk into Sephora and get only the item they need, I think it's physically impossible to resist at least looking at another product, am I right?

Anyway, I picked up a small size of this Philosophy face wash.


Seriously, there's a reason there are over 8,000+ reviews on this wash. After only a few uses I could tell a difference. My skin was soft, I didn't have the splotchy red patches on my face, and my face was more clear! If you're 100% organic, this may not be the face wash for you...I typically like to purchase paraben, phthalate, etc-free, and this isn't all-those-fancy-bad-words-free, but this time I wanted to give in and try it, and I'm so glad I did!

On this trip I also purchased some new concealer...I cannot wait to review it for you! Check back later to see which brand I finally fell in love with!

December 20, 2014

Happy Saturday!

Time to get off the grid and enjoy the weekend, so I'll leave you with a great, easy recipe.

I got this banana chocolate chip muffin recipe through a friend, and let me tell you, they are amazing, and so easy too!

P.S. I use butter instead of oil, enjoy! :)

December 11, 2014

Calligraphy Class

I've always adored calligraphy, and have recently decided I want to use my creative flair and dig my calligraphy skills out of the trenches.

I did a ton of research on many modern calligraphy classes, and this class came up, over and over again...so I signed myself up. Happy birthday to me!

I'm so excited to let my creative juice flow again. I will post updates and examples once the class starts.

Taken borrow from the I Still Love Calligraphy website

What about you, have you taken an art, calligraphy, design class that you loved?

December 5, 2014

Wet Brush Review

May I introduce you to the best hairbrush ever?

Little Bear has the most beautiful long, curly hair -- but it's a nightmare to brush. I mean, I wash her hair no more than once a week because she has a complete meltdown every. single. time. Throughout my Cyber Monday shopping travels, I randomly came across this brush, and it has been a blessing (for both of us!)

Meet our new friend, The Wet Brush.

It's not just great for Little Bear, I love it too! I'm still in that lovely postpartum hair loss phase, where my bathroom has tumbleweeds rolling around, and I could make wiglets out of it all. Anyway, this brush is so gentle, I don't lose as much hair when I brush now.

It's great for wet or dry hair, but just don't blow dry your hair and use it! One of the reviews said she melted the poor brush.

They have lots of fun colors! Check them all out here.

All opinions are genuine, and my own. I was not paid for this review.

November 15, 2014

I'm Back Baby!

Okay, let's be honest....being pregnant and then actually having the baby completely takes over your life, doesn't it?

I'm happy to share we had another precious baby girl, and that I'm finally out of the postpartum fog! It only took me 3 months....

So, I'm back! Ready to write, post, and share as many helpful tips + stories as I can!

March 24, 2014

Frugal Find: Scarf Organization

The first time my coworker mentioned Christmas Tree Shops and how great it was, I told him I thought it was a shop for holiday items, I really did! Well, a few weeks later I got a flyer from him and he told me I needed to go. Now I go all the time! You can't stop me from finding a great deal at that place.

My fabulously frugal find this time around was a scarf holder. I have tried to hang and fold and organize my scarves in so many ways, I was tired of it.

So, for just $4.99, this lovely find entered the picture (don't mind my messy closet!)....

Within minutes I hung my scarves up and finally felt like I had accomplished the scarf organization issue. Who doesn't love organizing?

Have you found any good deals lately?

March 21, 2014

Consignment Sale Shopping Tips


Since having Little Bear, consignment sales are my absolute favorite! I find the best deals, and I love not spending much money! After my very first sale, B (my husband) asked me how much I really saved. I knew I saved money, I just wasn't sure how much, so being the nerd that I am, I created a lovely spreadsheet with what I paid vs. what these items would've cost us if I had paid full price.

Full price: $380.00  |  What I paid: $143.00

What's not to love about a good deal?!?

So, now that I regularly go to consignment sales (which are typically held each fall and spring), I thought I would share a few tips. Initially I had no idea what I was doing, and felt a bit unprepared at my first sale, to say the least.

So, here are my tips for shopping a consignment sale:

What to wear:
  • Sneakers: Comfort, comfort, comfort. Those pretty little sandals you just bought? Don't even think about wearing them.
  • Cross body purse: Nothing heavy, less is best! Hands free is your goal.
  • Layers: If it's a fall sale and you're waiting outside at 6 AM, you may be cold! Once you're inside, it gets busy, and warm! Wear layers so you don't accidentally pass out and all your goodies get yanked from your bags (okay, I'm totally joking here, all those Mamas will run and help you, but please, just dress appropriately?!)
 What to bring:
  • Big bags: I suggest a few big bags, I love bringing a couple of my Thirty-One bags (some big sales have Ikea bags available for you to use, but be sure to come prepared if they don't!)
  • Laundry basket: At my first sale women had these and would push them around on the floor, my second sale I clued in and brought one, and it was so handy for those heavy items!
  • A friend: It's always more fun going to a sale with a friend! 
  • Payment: Some sales may not take your American Express card, others take a personal check, be sure to find out in advance.
  • Snack: A small granola bar or juice box is highly recommended. You'll need that burst of energy!

Other tips:
  • Top items: Think about what you want or need, make a list! Is there a specific toy, stroller, clothes, or shoe size you need for your child/children? Then go to that area of the sale first.
  • Facebook: Like the sale site on Facebook to get involved, and see photos of previous sales, it also will give you an idea of what to expect at their sale. Which leads me to my next tip...
  • Avoid entrance fees: Volunteer! Some sales charge a fee for early shopping (typically on a Friday night), or a 1/2 price entry fee on a regular day. If you want to avoid the fee, you can volunteer for the sale, and then shop the pre-sale, which grants you access to everything, minus the crowds! At my last sale, they had Facebook friends passes for the first 50 guests, so I signed up, and got B and I in for free (it would've cost us $40 just to get in!) If there are still fees and you want a better discount, consider the last day which is usually 1/2 price day on all items.
  • Kids: I don't recommend bringing your child, unless you have no other option. Some sales don't allow children either. Personally, I can't imagine trying to work through crowds with a stroller or have Little Bear running off on me. Now, if you have an older child who can and are willing to help? Bring them! 

Your first sale may not be your favorite, but in my experience, you will learn from experience, and each sale will be better than the last. I must say, I've been hooked since my first sale!

Ready to start shopping? Find a sale in your area here.

Do you have any tips for shopping at consignment sales? What's the best item you ever bought at a sale?