My Current Skincare Routine

As some of you may know, I am a big skincare junkie. I really got into skin care when I was 17 years old. I had occasional breakouts and spent a big chunk of my pay check in searching for the perfect skincare regimen. Well 10 years have passed, and I am still searching :). 
I know that there are so many things out there, I just want to try as much as I can. Which is why I subscribe to birch box

This is what I am  currently using:

To remove make up, I use Burt's Bees wipes ( not pictured )
I have tried a ton of different makeup removers and wipes and this is so far my favorite and it is available in almost every store. 

For face wash I use La Roche- Posay Effaclar Cleanser. This is my 2nd tube of this and I love it! Cleans wonderfully and I can use it with my clarisonic without the foam getting in my eyes and nose. 

For day time I use Juice Beauty Oil Free Moisturizer. I am very picky with my moisturizer, but this one meets all of my needs. I actually got a sample through birch box and loved it, therefore I bought myself the full size. 

My current eye cream is Caudalie SOS Morning Eye Cream. I use this both in the morning and at night. It is a cream and doesn't irritate my eyes.

If I get a occasional pimple I use Glytone 10% Benzoyl Peroxide and it works wonderfully. I have had this tube for about 6 months and there is still plenty left. 

For night time, I use Paula's Choice RESIST Retinol Wrinkle Serum. This was also a birch box find. I noticed when I use this, my fie lines seem less visible. My skin looks great when I get up in the morning.  
If my face feels dry that night, then I would add the Juice Beauty moisturizer on top. 

I still need to get a new sun screen. I ran out of the Kiehl's Fluid sunscreen. I really liked it, but I am not sure if I should get the same thing or try something else.  Sun screen is so tricky, I have tried so many brands that made me break out in big pimples. Any suggestions on sunblock for oily skin?

Thanks so much for visiting,

Homeschooling With a New Baby

Now that baby #3 is here,  I found it a bit harder to homeschool my daughter while juggling the demands of a new baby. However, I have now found a few things that keep our mornings running a lot smoother. 

First off, let me say that we took 2 weeks off Homeschooling when Baby arrived. Shortly after we started school again, and everyone got sick. So we took another week off to get better and rest. 
If you are in the same situation, let me tell you  something. RELAX. Don't try rushing back into it, if you are not ready. I tried and we just all got sick and needed more time off. Your body needs to heal and your family needs to adjust to another family member. 

Once you feel that you are ready, here are a few tips that I found helpful to me. 

1. Have a few baby stations ready. This way, the baby won’t get bored with being in one place for too long. Some examples of “stations” that I have are a crib with mobile, rocker, bouncer, jumper and high chair.
2. Wear your baby. This is the BEST way for me to get anything done. Including school, chores and even cooking and shopping! If we are doing art or anything else hands on, I like to put him in a sling, so I can have my hand free to help the kids. Plus he almost always falls asleep in the sling. 
3. Use nursing or feeding your baby to homeschool! I use nursing time to read our story book or have my daughter do her reading time. We like to cuddle up on the sofa for this. 
4. Do the core subjects first. I try to get history, spelling, handwriting, math, reading done first, and then if everything goes smoothly we do song time, art, science and so forth. 
5. Plan ahead. When I got pregnant, I knew I would need some time off when the baby came. So we started school early (August) and we did not have any Thanksgiving or winter breaks. This way even with the time off we took with the baby, We are still going to be done with school in June!

I hope this was helpful. 

Baby things we are loving (3 months)

Every month I want to do  a update of baby products we are loving that month. This won't include all of the basic things we use on a daily basis like diapers & clothing. Just things that I feel that we really love at this point.

I took out our old baby mobile. ( I bought this mobile for my first child 6 years ago!) and set it up when William was 2 months. He absolutely loves it! Its not the best looking thing, it doesn't go with my decor to "theme", but it keeps him quite and busy. I lay him in his crib in the morning, while I make my bed and get myself and the kids ready for the day. He will coo and laugh at the animals. 

Sling: MOBY

This is a MUST HAVE for me now. I got my moby when I was pregnant with my 2nd child, however I don't remember using it very often. I now use it on a daily basis. I use it for homeschooling, cleaning, cooking, shopping, walks and even yard work! William loves the sling. He calms down instantly and almost always falls asleep in it. 

This particular diaper cream is a new find for me. It works better then any other diaper cream I have ever used! It is all natural and can be used for rashes, scrapes, chicken pox and even burns. We are on jar number 3 now!

Pacifier: Wubanub Giraffe

William is my first baby to like this kind of pacifier. He calms down instantly and won't take anything else. I like the wubanub, because I actually can swaddle the animal in and it keeps it from falling out.

I LOVE these swaddle blankets! William loves to be swaddled for a nap. He falls asleep as soon as I swaddle him, give him a pacifier and rock him a bit. 
They are also a great light weight blanket and a nursing cover. I have 5 of these and use them all the time. 

Honest Co. Diapers Review

Since I am still using disposables I decided to give Honest Co  Diapers a try. I ordered their trial kit. Which cost $4.99 for shipping. The package came really quickly and included seven diapers and a pack of ten wipes.  I absolutely fell in love with the cute diapers. 

“Honest Diapers Do NOT Contain: chlorine, perfume, phthalates, lotions, optical brighteners, PVC, heavy metals, and organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT).”  

After using the trial pack, I can say that I am very pleased with how these diapers hold up.  I did not have any problems with them. No leaks, rashes or blow outs. They feel very thick and worked great as a night time diaper. 

Springtime in the Yard...

With a new baby, I haven't been doing much with the house. We are, however enjoying the beautiful weather and pretty flowers outside. (When its not raining)

I have been weeding and cleaning the yard slowly. 
We put out our patio furniture and I have started our small vegetable garden. 

I can't wait until the warm summer days are here. 

Birchbox April 2014

I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.

Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 4-5 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.

You then get to try out the products and review them on For each review you get 10 points. Every 100 points equals $10 you can use in the shop. So if you review your 5 samples each month, thats $5 going back to you to use in the shop. So technically each box costs $5! Now, you can't beat a $5 little present for yourself, now can you? :)

With the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)

If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box

Lets see what I got this month:

3 Month Update

William is 3 months old! I can't believe how fast the weeks are flying by! 
I was hoping to get back into a blogging routine by now, but time just flies by. With 3 kids, homeschool, household chores preparing 3 meals a day, I am surprised I have time to pee. LOL
But I will try, because I really miss.
This little guy is growing so fast, its hard to believe that a little over 3 months ago, he was still in my tummy:
Weight:  At his 2 month check up (which actually was more of a 2 and 1/2 month update) He was 17.5 lbs! Which means he is a bit bigger now. The doctor said that he is off the charts, 100 percentile for both hight and weight! I have to say this little guy is my biggest baby yet. I guess mommy has good milk. 
Sleep: He sleeps awesome during the night! Goes down anywhere from 9pm-10:30pm and sleeps till 6:30-7:30 in the morning. We co sleep, so as soon as I hear him moving around, and starting to wake up, I nurse him and he continues to sleep. He doesn't poop at night, so I don't change his diaper till he wakes up in the morning. 
Day time sleep however is a different story, maybe because he sleeps so much during the night, he doesn't sleep much during the day. I am lucky if he takes a 1 hour nap. But if I carry him in my moby sling, then he can nap up to 2 hours!
Eating: He is such a great nurser now! I don't pump anymore if we are going anywhere, I am just more confident in latching him on and nursing him. He definitely likes to nurse laying down best.