WHAT I LOVE:
This is a new addition to my personal cosmetics and it’s here to stay. Hellomellow is a a completely non-toxic yummy line of body care. It has a mango avocado butter base, some essential oils and pretty much it. Here are the ingredients for the lip balm: avocado butter, mango butter, organic beeswax, soy wax, essential oils of the scent of your choice and… love.
Love, exactly! It’s cute, it smells amazing, it works great- it’s my go-to gift this holiday season. They have a preggo and a kiddo line ( I am guilty of using up all of Alexis’ body oil on myself because I adore the smell). They have amazing gift sets. Completely in love (wearing and licking the lip butter as I am writing this).
I was tipped off about BB creams by one of the readers. I was so intrigued by what these creams were promising that I bought one and then another and then another and another to try I am HOOKED! Basically, a BB Cream generally (there are a lot of types) is a foundation like cream with sun protection that is supposed to both moisturize, conceal and fight blemishes, uneven skin tone, wrinkles. It’s an all in one.
I bought this Silver label by Dr Jart+. I was blown away! I’ve been breaking out so badly for some reason and this cream basically makes every single spot disappear. I have never tried anything that would give such a good even, non-cakey, dewy but not oily foundation. I would seriously say if you have skin that requires foundation, do yourself a favor this holiday season and try this one. I suspect it’s best for light skin tones because the origins of BB creams is in Asia and it does give you sort of a light base. But supposedly it “adjusts to your color” and, if it doesn’t, it’s nothing a bronzer can’t fix. Also it’s pretty thick, and has good coverage, so if your skin is perfect, you might want to find one that is thinner. I did try the drugstore cheaper version of BB cream and it’s nowhere near what a BB cream is supposed to be. (plus all the nasties inside)
So for the holidays I bought myself another Dr Jart+ BB Cream to try and one for my mom that fights wrinkles ( the former is not as thick and light as the silver label, but doesn’t cover as well, the latter one has a very nice even base that is not too thick either). Certain Dr Jart+ creams don’t have parabens or pthalates, so that’s a bonus. Prior to that I was using a foundation iffy on the ingredients and one that was all natural but sucked!
Encouraged by my Dr Jart+ find, I decided that it was time I found myself some good and non-toxic cosmetics, since I’ve been using my old pre-pregnancy stuff that is definitely packed with nasty ingredients.
I settled on Josie Maran make up. Over the next few months, I will continue looking for other natural make up brands to try, but for now I am happy to have found Josie Maran, because it’s based on my favorite Argan oil. She has a really nice set to let you try some of her make up favorites: Beautiful Bronze Kit and Shimmer &Glow Essentials.
WHAT ALEXIS LOVES:
Remember bObles that I mentioned in the Obsessions post. Well, the tumble furniture has been here for a few weeks now, and it’s a great addition to our playroom. Currently, Alexis uses it to cruise around the playroom. I positioned it so that she could go from on bOble to another and cross the room that way. I can totally see years and years of play with these, as she finds new uses for it.
When I bought Alexis her first B. Toys piano that I mentioned here, I never thought t would be her #1 favorite toy of the century. I am not even exaggerating! Second to books, it’s the thing that keeps her occupied the longest. She’s figured out how to sing into the microphone, how to change the music playing, she presses the keys, she “records” herself and then replays it (obviously, the last two aren’t on purpose). You can ALWAYS hear the piano playing in our house when Lexi is awake. I don’t support having too many loud battery powered toys, but this one is a must! And what better way to foster early love to music.
“WHAT’S INSIDE” BOX FROM ONE STEP AHEAD
Alexis is not of that age yet that stacking or putting things in a box are entertaining to her too much. However, One Step Ahead sent us a toy that peaked her interest in a different way. It’s a soft, cloth covered box with a few cloth toys inside. The top of the box has a somewhat hidden opening in it, so that you could put your hand in there but you cannot easily see what’s inside.
Oh my, you should see the surprise, interest and determination when I put all the cloth toys into the box and Alexis goes to fish them out. She reaches in, searches for a toy, pulls it out, inspects it ( with me usually clapping, praising her and telling her what toy she pulled out), then goes in for another one with a look on her face like it is the most important job of all. While she is fishing in the box, I usually urge her with “What’s in the box? Is there anything else?”
Once all the toys are taken out of the box and thrown aside, she still reaches her hand in and searches and searches for more toys, even though I know there are none there. She will tilt the box, turn it upside down, try to look int there. It’s quite hilarious. Then she would usually show the sign for “all done”.
So this was an unexpected surprise of a toy- educational and fun.
This is a classic toy. What baby doesn’t have a rocking horse at some point or another? This one, sent from One Step Ahead, is padded, with a seat belt, a squeaker in one ear and a button to turn a song on in another ( which she surprisingly likes and turns on every time she is on a horse). When we first got it, she was terrified of being rocked. I think it had to do with the horse being a new toy and not liking the feeling of not having her balance. So I left it alone for a week or so. Now, she often crawls to the horse and “asks” me to put her on it and rock while she plays with the horsie’s hair and ears.
+ ALL THE TOYS MENTIONED IN THE SAFE TOYS FEATURE
WHAT WE GOT ALEXIS:
What kind of parents would we be if we didn’t buy her MORE books? lol Since she has a TON ( you really should see her book collection) of story and longer rhyme books, as well as small word books and board books, this time I went for something different.
Here’re a few interesting ones we got:
The first words flash cards are really cool and so is the knob puzzle. I can see Lexi liking these a lot.
Lexi doesn’t have a lot of stuffed animals because I don’t like the idea of them harboring dust. So this is one of the few stuffed toys she will have. There’s something about the characters that I couldn’t resist. I personally love snuggling up with a soft furry animal, though Alexis hasn’t displayed those tendencies. We’ll see.
This one is pretty mainstream, and I’ve been seeing them all around, so thought it’d be a fun toy to use during our Florida winters. I often want to go out and play with Alexis outside, but strolling is boring, she can’t walk yet, so the whole time is spent keeping her from eating rocks, plants and mulch. This trike will mean we’re outside and she has more freedom than in a stroller. There are a few Smart Trikes out there, we got this one.
That’s a birthday present, though we will set it up right away. Again it was to solve the whole “what do we do outdoors” dilemma. The closest playground to our community is for older kids, the next one is 15 minutes away and has mulch on the ground which means Lexi is only interested in getting that in her mouth. So this is a solution for one of those “we have 10 minutes to kill” moments. She loves slides and soon will be able to climb. It was on a really good sale during Cyber Monday, so I figured it’s a worthwhile investment.
Little Tikes swing was bought to compliment the playground, because what’s a playground without a swing. I can’t say she loves it yet, but I know she’ll warm up to it, she always does.
Believe or not, but I only bought it because I needed to add 30 dollars to get $25 off, but I think it’s pretty cool. It’s a racer unicorn for 18m+. I can already see Alexis chasing the cats around in that.
WHAT WE GOT OURSELVES:
Andrew has been looking to buy a Macbook pro for years, but couldn’t because all his work required a PC or Internet Explorer. Finally, all the companies he works with switched to Chrome, as well. So it was finally the time to be the laptop he’s always wanted.
This was a bit of a splurge that I had to think long and hard about. We sort of didn’t have a gift for me. I didn’t mind either. I get what I want before holidays, I don’t need trinkets just so that I feel “special”.
But when I found out that Pink is touring, I thought it’d make a great “gift”. I hadn’t been to a concert in 2 years since I got pregnant and my mom would be here and I love Pink and my mom has never been to a concert of this magnitude Except for, the tickets were mostly sold out and the re-sale tickets relatively close to stage were $350 for 2 tickets. That’s the price of a new lens for 2 hours of music. Yikes! But you can’t put a price on a fun experience, I guess.
WHAT WE GOT AS A FAMILY
I believe that a great gift for Christmas is a set of Christmas themed pj’s. I am not sure why but Christmas pajamas are so special to me, especially when they are for the whole family (or group of friends, etc). So this year I got us all a coordinating set of Hanna Anderson organic PJs. I don’t have a picture yet, because we’ll be wearing them on Christmas day, but I am strangely really excited about them 🙂
So that’s it!
What did YOU get your babies for Holidays?