Currently Loving : Podcast

I never really took advantage of Podcast until this year and I have become obsessed. I find it to be so ironic because as a kid I would complain about talk radio all the time because my parents loved it! Now it is what I listen to all the time – it is true what they say, you become your parents… lol. Below are a few of my current favorites and why I am loving them

1. Girl Boss Radio – This was created by the same bad ass woman as Nasty Gal and it is all about success and what it means to have it all. She interviews all kinds of women and it is not only amazingly inspirational, but also funny and relatable.

2. Side Hustle School – I found this podcast randomly and love it. They are short episodes all about side hustles that turned into successful businesses. This really makes you brainstorm about all the ways money can be made – like having a chicken rental company?! Lol, you will have to listen to know what I am talking about

3. The Dollop – I love to learn about history and laugh so this is the perfect Podcast! Two friends read about a historical events, one has no idea what the event is and as they tell it jokes are shared and laughs are had.

What are your current favorite podcasts? I am always looking for new ones to try and also would love to hear your thoughts on the three I am currently loving

Happy Tuesday,

Allison

Favorite Halloween Movies and Treats

I feel like October is the beginning of “human hibernation season” meaning time to start staying indoors and eating a lot… Although many people dread this time of year because of those things I try to enjoy it while it is here and cozy up with the family. Today I thought I would share my favorite Halloween movies and treats for once the kids are in bed, after all, tis the season!

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Halloween is my all time favorite scary movie and there is no treat that represents Fall and Halloween more than a caramel / candy apple. You can make this dip, or just get the container of caramel dip in the produce section at the grocery store. Or you can be a real OG and make the real deal caramel apples. either way it is a very seldom had treat and totally necessary for fall.

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If you have never seen the movie Cabin in the Woods then you are missing out! This is not your typical slasher movie and has some major twists. Definitely one I can watch over and over again – the merman makes the entire movie worth it! I am also a big fan of salty and sweet so homemade popcorn on the stove with some M&Ms mixed in is the perfect treat to share.

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I have never met someone who does not like Hocus Pocus, and if you are the first then BYE! Bette Midler is queen and no matter how many times I see this it never gets old. Cinema gold people! And I know that we already talked about green apples, but this green apple licorice is bomb! it can be somewhat hard to find, but I am usually able to track some down at Sprouts. If you have never had it before and try it let me know what you think

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I had never seen Trick R’ Treat until a few Halloweens ago and it is now one of my favorites. I don’t think it is very popular so some of you may have no idea what it is, but if you love Halloween and scary movies it is worth the $3 to rent. Also, I know all the other treats have been sweets, but I am a big meat and cheese girl so I had to include this. I usually will choose savory over sweet so this would be my first choice for any movie night.

What are some of your season food and movie favorites?

-Allison

Chic Skull Decor

Do you ever have those weeks on end when you feel like you have no extra time? The house is a disaster, work is stressful, family craziness – when does it end!? Well it has been like that for me for two weeks and BabyFaceBetty has been lacking because of it. That being said, I will do better! Any-who on to the post….

I am sure you saw that title and was like, girl what!? But I am totally into skull decor! For Halloween or not – I think the human body is fascinating so I love anatomy books, skulls and all sorts of that fun stuff! I am so excited for Halloween and have already been searching Pinterest for craft ideas to share (and before you say so I am fully aware it is still September, I won’t pop peoples Christmas bubble so please don’t pop my Halloween one, lol)

Have a great Wednesday!

-Allison

MamaHood Monday : Teething Favorites

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Every new parent knows the struggle that it teething. Not only is it a unpleasant experience for your baby, but it really sucks being in a situation where not much comforts your little one. Well the good news is that in this day and age you are bound to find a product that works for you and your little love. Today I am sharing my top five favorites and a few tips that worked for us as well.

#1. Nuby Ring 

Rosalie loved this thing! so stimulating to hold and chew on and she loved the primary colors. It is also awesome to throw in the fridge for a few and once chilled is a good source of relief

2. Banana Toothbrush / Teether

At Rosie’s one year appointment the doctor suggested we start brushing her teeth, even if it was not with toothpaste. After hearing this I remembered that I received two of these bananas at my baby shower so they came out of the closet and got put to use. I love them because they not only brush her teeth, but she also uses them as teething relief and as a toy.

3. Latch Pacifier 

If you have been here for a while you know I love these pacifiers! They are my complete favorite and Rosie’s (when she does take a pacifier these are the only ones)

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4. Nuby Teething Keys

These are a oldie but a goodie! My mom made me get these before Rosalie even started teething and I was so thankful that she did. You are able to cool it in the fridge or freezer and boy does it help. I also really like these keys because I can use a pacifier lanyard to clip them somewhere so there is no chance they will be thrown* on the ground.

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5. Fresh Food Feeder

If you are not familiar with these I am sure it looks completely odd, but it is such a good idea! a way for your little one to enjoy large foods safely – For us it was all sorts of melon. I will definitely suggest cold watermelon (or any melon) if you have a baby teething around the summer. healthy food, and a cool relief on those little gums.

 

My last few tips for a teething baby is to first, have lots of patience – remember your little one is in pain so they are going to need you!

Sometimes a cold or frozen towel will do the trick – Rosie used to gnaw on all her blankets!

And finally, playing helps. Keeping their mind off of the discomfort makes it more enjoyable for all, and it may be a challenge to get them to sleep, but hopefully all that play wore them out enough that they will stay that way!

Hop you are having a great start to the week!

-Allison

Beauty : 5 Products I Use Daily

I am a firm believer that not all great things or products have to be expensive, and often times the unexpected can surprise you. Even though Fall is approaching and a change in season usually means a change in products I thought I would share 5 of my favorite products that I use daily.

1. Ciate Eyeliner and Stamp This eyeliner is hands down my favorite and that is a huge statement to make because I have tried a lot of eyeliners! It is so pigmented, dried matte and does not crack it flack at all. The application is really smooth and what’s better is it comes with a star stamp on one end. I do however this this is a limited release as I could not find it on the Ciate website, but Fierce Flicks liner is great as well

2. Tarte Shape Tape If you watch and beauty vloggers or influencers you already know that everyone is obsessed with this stuff! I was skeptical at first, but I too love it. The coverage is great, it is super easy to blend and it has a citrus sent that I love. Although it is on the more expensive side it is the best concealer I have found thus far

3. Essence Rock & Doll Mascara this is just so good! I would compare it to Benefit, There real mascara but better because it is around 6$!

4. Profusion Contour Kit I bought this as one of those end cap gift ideas around Christmas and have used it almost everyday since! It is so affordable and it really does have perfect contour colors, and the included highlighter is not bad either as well as the matte base color I use as a eyeshadow base before colors.

5. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder I prefer a loose powder over pressed when setting my face and this one is awesome! Really does last all day and also works well to bake oily areas. A really great option is you need a more affordable setting powder

What are some of the beauty products you use on a daily basis?

Happy day to you!

-Allison

My Favorite Low Maintenance Houseplants

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The more and more I change our decor and redecorate our house the more plants I add and the more “things” I get rid of. I am still working on becoming a green thumb and have definitely killed a few plants in my day; but that being said I feel like I am on an upswing and all my green friends are doing great! Because I am in a good place with all my plants, I thought I would share a few of my favorite, low-maintenance house plants.

 

  1. succulents – They are hands down my favorite, so easy (since they are a part of the cactus family) and so dang cute. Just make sure to have acquit drainage, if not they will drown and die.
  2. Vinca Vine – I love these vines in hanging baskets – they just look so chic! We have them in our bathroom and they love the humidity and grow super quickly
  3. Snake Plant aka Mother-In-Laws Tongue – That name is enough to sell me on these! They can go up to a month without water and consistently look great throughout the year.
  4. Yucca Plant – These are perfect if you want a more tropical look. Mine has been growing like crazy and I just water it once a week, and keep it in a sunny area.
  5. Pathos Plant – We have several pots of these around the house and I love them. They look great all the time and since it is a vine like plant the are wonderful for decorating. ( I have seen a lot of people put them on top of their cabinets)
  6. Palm Plant – there are many variations of these guys and I love all of them. As you would assume they love the sun but need to be watered weekly on average.

I think my next plant purchase will be a rubber plant. Do you have any plant favorites?

-Allison

MamaHood Monday Vol 13

As bittersweet as it is, Rosalie’s first birthday is fast approaching. (I will probably be crying off an on all day on her birthday) I never thought a year could fly by so quickly and also be filled with so many lessons!

In honor of the big ONE the next few Mondays leading up to her birthday I thought I would share my 12 favorites – products, memories, and things about Rosalie. This week I have put together my 12 go-to items for babies first year > read on for all the details on each item…

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<a href="http://Munchkin Latch Natural Shaped Pacifier – 2 CT” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Latch Pacifiers– I was totally skeptical about these at first, but they were and still are Rosalie’s favorite. I love that there is not hard plastic on these so if she rolls over on one it will not hurt and they have also held up really well!

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<a href="http://Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Notebook Black/Gold” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Boppy Breastfeeding Pillow – This will save your arms and shoulders when you are feeding your little one every 3 hours. I never registered for one because I thought they were not necessary, but I sure changed my tune quick! The cover is also removable so it is easy to keep clean.

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<a href="http://Babygoal Pacifier Clips Solid Color(3 Pack) Fits All Pacifier Styles for Girls And Boys PS01” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Pacifier Clip –These little things are not a necessity, but they sure make our lives easier as sometimes Rosalie will pop out her suckie to talk of snack or what have you and this prevent us have to wash her pacifier each time.

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<a href="http://Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer, Fast” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Bottle Warmer – This is an item that we ordered after Rosalie was a few weeks old and I wish we would have had it from the beginning. I was not able to produce enough breast milk so we used formula and this thing made life so much better. it is so quick and simple to use – one of the best buys for us indeed!

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<a href="http://Hudson Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets, Foxes” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Muslin Baby Blankets – This one can totally depend on your baby, but Rosalie ran hot so rather than thick cotton or fleece blankets we preferred muslin. I also prefer these as they are usually bigger than a regular baby blanket and also have better prints

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<a href="http://Safety 1st 1st Grooming Kit, Arctic Blue” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Baby Grooming Kit– Helpful for the obvious reasons! 🙂 be sure to clip your little ones nail once they are asleep, so much easier.

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<a href="http://Lappi Baby Lounger/Bed Bassinet – Giraffes Unisex Baby Nest – 100% Cotton Cosleeping Baby Bed – Breathable & Hypoallergenic Sleep Nest – Newborn Lounger Pillow” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Baby Nest – there are many variations of these, but the idea is all the same, make your little one feel surrounded for easier sleeping. Totally worth the money, made putting Rosie to bed so much easier!

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<a href="http://Infantino Spiral Activity Toy, Blue” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Car Seat Toy – Not a must have, but definitely makes car rides and trips to the store more exciting for your little one.

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<a href="http://Dreambaby Clip On Stroller Fan, Black w/Silver” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Car Seat Fan– So nice for the hotter months, and we all know that a comfortable baby is a happy baby so i was all for this thing. Works really well and the blades are foam so no risk of your little one getting hurt

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<a href="http://Carter’s Baby Newborn-9M Hooded Sherpa Pram Sleep & Play 6 Months” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Warm Winter Wear – Just like keeping baby cool in the summer, we also have to make sure they are warm and toasty in the winter. Love little suits like this is the colder weather as they keep Rosie really warm, and they are also so freaking cute!

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<a href="http://American Baby Company Waterproof Fitted Crib and Toddler Protective Mattress Pad Cover, White” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad – This may sound like overkill since most crib mattresses are waterproof, but I layer the sheets on Rosalie’s bed (crib mattress, sheet, mattress pad, sheet) and it makes it so much easier if I need to change the sheets in the middle of the night.

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<a href="http://Munchkin 2 Piece Snack Catcher, Blue/Green” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Baby Snack Cups – Now that Rosalie can feed herself snacks these cups are so awesome. she can still access her treats, but they don’t go everywhere. thank you to the great person that invented this!

So there you have it! are any of these things ones that you also loved? or are your favorites ones I did not mention? I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂
-Allison