Monday, October 19, 2020

Our Halloween Costumes

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We were invited to a Halloween party this year and since things are still weird and crazy with Covid, we thought it would be a better idea to go to the small party than trick or treating. Plus the kids can trick or treat in this gated community.

BUT we needed costumes. Now Rory isn't one to dress up. Like at all. But every so often I can get him to. I told him to think of a group idea and he didn't give me one, so I searched the internet and found a few. I had ideas of being superheroes, but the hosts are being superheroes. Then I thought about Rory being Prince Charming and us girls being princesses. Finally, we decided on Toy Story.

Sutton is going to be Bo Peep, but she didn't want the pants costume. It had to be a dress, so we are going back to the first movie.

Bo Peep Costume

Avery has decided to be Jessie, but she also wanted a dress version of the outfit.
Jessie Costume

I thought about being Buzz Lightyear, but Rory said that it is a boys costume. Psh. So I decided to be Barbie from the 4th movie.
Barbie Leotard

Rainbow Leg Warmers

And finally Rory will be Ken. He went back and forth between Woody, Buzz and Ken. Ultimately, he wanted to match me. So Rory will wear this shirt and pair it with some blue shorts that he already has and loafers.
Men's Leopard Print Button Up

This is the look him and I are going for.
Ken and Barbie from Toy Story 3

What are you guys doing for Halloween? Will you dress up? Will it be a family costume?

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy Friday everyone! Today is my childhood best friends birthday. Sadly, I haven't seen her in years, but we keep in contact through Instagram. And my fingers and toes are crossed that I can travel in the New Year and see her as I have a case that takes me to where she lives. It would be amazing to see her after this long.

Anyways, we don't have much planned this weekend. Today it is supposed to be a high of 72 and tomorrow 83. Our weather is just all over the place right now. But I am hoping that we can take the girls to a local pumpkin patch (one we go to every year) and grab a few colored pumpkins and check out the sights. What do you have planned this weekend?

Onto Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. So everyone was hyped up about Prime Day this year since it took place over two days. I for once didn't need much. I looked for a Nespresso, but they sold out quickly. I also looked for some beauty products, but none of the things that I wanted were on sale. I also looked for toys for my kids and didn't see anything that grabbed my eye. 

I got three things from Prime Day. First up, a doorbell camera and outdoor camera. I have been wanting a doorbell camera for years, but we just never bought one. Now it seems like everyone has one and with so much package theft during covid, we finally got one. I was going to get the Ring 3 Plus, but after looking into them more, this one fits our needs more. Plus this one has a lot less complaints about it. It has a 32 GB storage or you can purchase a monthly cloud option for $2.99 per month. And it comes with a charger where you can charge it every 2 to 4 months. 

Rory wanted to add in another camera for our backyard and he found a combo, but after looking at the individual items, it was cheaper to purchase them separately. Instead of paying $159.99 plus tax, it was $115 including tax. 

Do you have a doorbell camera?

Conico Wifi Video Doorbell

Conico Outdoor Security Camera

TWO. I also got two of my favorite mascara primers. I use this everyday. I put one coat of it on my lashes, wait 30 seconds and then add on Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes. This primer is amazing and cheap. I got a Prime deal for two of them for $11.02 including tax. They are normally $6.89 each plus tax.

L'Oreal Paris Mascara Primer

THREE. So I have been thinking about getting a weighted blanket for a long time now. I can't sleep without covers, blankets, or sheets on me. I need that comforted feeling. I have heard a lot of good things about weighted blankets, like they help you go to sleep quickier, they help with anxiety, they give you comfort, and help you stay asleep. I was looking around on Prime Day for a weighted blanket, but never bought one. I have my eye on this one, but I also want your opinion. Do you have a weighted blanket that you like?

Weighted Blanket

FOUR. Weekly funnies.

This is soooo us every time we take family photos.
With some people I don't mind this, but other's I am like just text me back. Ugh.

This is life now.
Haha. This is not me, but I see some of my friends like this.


Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Apple Hill Trip 2020

 Well we went to Apple Hill about two weeks ago and I still haven't gotten around to blogging about it. Nor did I take as many photos as I have in year's past. I blame that on covid and wearing masks everywhere. But anyways, we still had the best time!

Our first stop was Abel's Apple Acres. We went there last year, but this year they didn't have the petting zoo like last time. They did have some horses you could go look at. And things were just not as exciting as last year, so we didn't stay long.

Next, we headed over to Boa Vista. This has always been a huge favorite for us. Again, they limited a lot of things, so we got what we needed and left. They only had about a quarter of the craft stalls and they did not have face painting which the girls were looking forward to. But we did get 3 jars of our favorite pickles from there.

Next, we headed to El Dorado Orchards. This place is dedicated to kids. They have crafts (and they had the normal amount), the train was open, and food was all open. Rory and the girls rode the train (with masks) and had a great time. Then we walked around looking for face painting, but they did not have it. I am not sure if they have ever had it there. We had a little snack and then went to our next stop.

El Dorado Orchards

El Dorado Orchards

Next up, was the Jack Russell Farm Brewery. This is a newer stop for us. This was our third time going here. Occasionally, we add or take off stops depending on what is going on in Apple Hill. This one is sooo fun. They have two or more food trucks, the brewery, a meadery and outdoor seating in the middle of the orchards. We all had lunch and Rory and I had blueberry beers. So tasty that we even got a crowler (can growler) to take home with us.
Yes the girls had more than chips. We also had fries, meatball sliders, and salads.

Jack Russell Farm Brewery

Next up, we headed over to Bodhaine's Ranch. After last year, I vowed to not go back after they were cussing in front of my kids, but Rory loves their apple pies so much, so we stopped there. We got two apple pies and shared a slice of pumpkin pie.

Next, we headed over to High Hill Ranch. Now this is the holy grail when it comes to places to visit. They have a fudge house, a bakery, a place for other baked goods, a pond, face painting, animals to take pictures with, all the crafts and a beer and wine garden. We don't go every year since it gets crazy there. But this year the lines were not crazy, so we went. 

We bought a pumpkin pie (which we devoured in two days including eating it for breakfast), the girls got balloon animals made, we took photos, we bought crafts and hung out in the sunshine.

All in all, it was a successful Apple Hill trip given covid. And this was all in California, which has way more strict rules. If you live near Apple Hill, you need to go check it out!
Monday, October 12, 2020

Halloween Attire

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We are getting closer to Halloween and that means fun festive clothes. I know my kids like to wear Halloween gear leading up to Halloween and sometimes the day of (to save their costumes for later), and I thought I would share some items now because last year they were all sold out a week or so before Halloween. I have included mostly girls stuff and a few things for moms/women.

Halloween Attire

Orange Kids Sweater - This first outfit is probably the one my girls would chose right away. This sweater just looks so cozy!

Kids Orange Sparkly Skirt - This skirt is something my girls pick right away. Anything with sparkles and tulle is right up their alley. Pretty much like their mama. Plus you could wear this skirt for Thanksgiving dinner as well.

Kids Glow in the Dark Halloween Long Sleeve - This shirt glows in the dark and is so festive.

Women's Squad Tee - I love Hocus Pocus and most people do too. This shirt was quickly added to my shopping cart.

Kids Halloween Dress - This dress has been seen everywhere. I know Lindsay's daughter loves it.

Kids Cat Pants - These pants I had in mind to go with the dress above since it gets chilly in late October here in Nevada. The girls had similar ones for Valentine's Day which had hearts at the knees and were red.

Women's Bat Sweater - This sweater doesn't have any reviews, but it looked really cute.

Kids Black Tulle Skirt - This is another skirt my girls would want in their wardrobe. It is fun, festive and prefect for Fall.

What will your kids and you be wearing for Halloween week/day?

Friday, October 9, 2020

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy Friday all! I can't believe we are already zooming through October. We are trying to finalize our Halloween costume ideas, order those and prep for that. Are your kids going trick or treating this year? We are going to our friends house for a small Halloween party. I just told my kids that and they are not the happiest. But I am hoping we can go trick or treating in the party neighborhood or maybe around our house before we head over.

Anyways, onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. So last week I started a new show on Netflix. I am sure some of you have heard about it, but if you haven't, you need to check it out. It is so cute. It is called Emily in Paris and it was written by Darren Star who wrote Younger and Sex and the City. I am trying to take my time and watch it since there is only 10 episodes and each one is about a half hour long. I wanted to binge the whole thing, but I also want to enjoy it.

TWO. I know I have posted about this stuff before, but I just love it. It is my go to gloss/lipstick when I go out. It goes on beautifully, stays on and the price is amazing. I now three colors. I have Creme Brulee which was the first one I got and have bought on repeat and now I have Eclair and Tiramusu. They are $5 each, but they last forever and I usually can get a deal on them at Ulta often.

NYX Butter Gloss

THREE. Now another favorite of mine that I keep purchasing over and over again is Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm. I love Burt's Bees and used to get the original one, but then I tried the vanilla one as a gift from a baby shower and I have been hooked since. It smells good, tastes good and keeps my lips moisturized.

Burt's Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

FOUR. I found the cutest wrap dress at my local Target, but they didn't have the color I wanted, so I ordered it. But it is perfect for Fall family photos, a Fall wedding or even Thanksgiving dinner. I got it in this green color, but the gold is perfect for Fall as well. This dress isn't low cut and it has a tack on the side to keep it mom-friendly. 

Universal Threads Women's Short Sleeve Wrap Dress

FIVE. Weekly funnies.

I was just talking about this to Rory. It is either bills, junk mail or an occasional magazine.
Sssh don't tell my husband this.

This happens all the time when we have Zoom meetings at work.

I know a few guys out there that do this and it always boggles my mind.

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything and Becky. 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Hair Extension FAQs

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1. What kind of hair did I get? Real or synthetic?

I got real human hair. With real human hair you are able to wash it, style it, curl it and do everything you normally do with your hair. With synthetic hair, you can't wash or style it with heat otherwise it will melt. Synthetic hair also tangles more.

2. How much does it cost?

That all depends on where you live, your hairstylist and what kind of hair extensions you want.

I have sewn in hair extensions, but they have glue in, tape in, clip-in, etc. Also, you can go to a place like Sally Beauty and get extensions for around $100 to $150, but they will have to be replaced more often. You get what you pay for. The kind of extensions that I got around anywhere from $300 to $700 depending on how much hair you need and the color. As my hair grows out, I won't need two rows of extensions. This will cut down on the cost.

3. How often do you get them moved up?

Again, this all depends on how fast your hair grows out, but typically every 6 to 8 weeks, but you can go up to 3 months if your hair grows slow. I will be getting mine moved up every 8 weeks for now and we will change it later if need be.

4. When do you replace the hair?

For the type of hair that I got, I won't need to replace it for at least a year. Plus I have a huge extra piece, so I can get even more time out of my hair.

5. How much hair do I need?

I wanted both length and volume to my hair since I have fine hair. This meant that I needed to rows. She said some people get three rows, but that is just too much hair for me. Once my hair grows out longer, then I will only have one row for volume.

6. How do I maintain my hair extensions?

Since you have natural oils in your natural hair, you can use the products that you use everyday. BUT for your extensions, you need to add moisture to them. This means you need an oil for your hair. This is the hair oil I am using.

Kerastase Hair Oil

She told me to put the oil in my hair daily. I can do it at night and brush it or when I was my hair in the morning.

Another way to maintain your hair is to either braid it or sleep with it in a low bun. This means that your hair won't get knotted or matted when you sleep.

When you brush your hair you want to start at the bottom and brush down. Then move up a bit and brush down again. You don't want to be hard on your hair, so be mindful of where your extensions are. Also, make sure you do brush between your rows of extensions otherwise you will get matted/dreads in your hair.

7. How long does my hair have to be to have extensions?

Well my technically only 10 centimetres, but the extensions would be obvious. She said my hair was a perfect length to blend them in.

8. Does it damage your hair?

The short answer is no. But when you move your hair up after 8 or so weeks, they will the hair piece up or down your scalp to maintain the integrity of your natural hair. If you kept putting the extensions in the same spot (just moved closer to your scalp), it would damage your hair. But you do get minimal damage to your hair, but so does coloring, curling, straightening and blow drying your hair.

9. Does it hurt to get extensions?

No it does not. It shouldn't hurt at all. If it does, then something has to be adjusted. Maybe a small piece of hair is tangled or caught. Maybe a bead needs to be loosened.

Also, if it is the first time you are getting extensions, your head will be a bit tender for 24 to 48 hours. It is a similar feeling to having a tight headband on or your hair in a high pony tail all day. Your scalp is getting used to the hair extensions and the tenderness will go away in a couple of days.

10. How do I wash my hair?

Like you normally do, but be more careful. Don't scrub your hair.

11. When can I wear my hair up?

It usually takes a week for your hair to settle and not feel weird when pulling it up. You can test it out as it gets closer to the end of the week. Once your hair extensions flip up easily, you can wear it up.

12. Can I blow dry my hair?

Yes you can, but my hairstylist recommended me letting it air dry a bit while I get ready and then section it off. This way it doesn't take forever to dry all of your hair. I section my hair into three and blow dry from the bottom up.
Monday, October 5, 2020

Amazon Prime Purchases - September

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So this month I bought all the things on Amazon. We had birthday gifts, housewarming gifts, household items and some books for the girls. What did you buy from Amazon last month?
Prime Purchases

linking up with Tanya

Vegetable Spiralizer

I wanted to make a pad thai with spiralized veggies and I didn't have one. I also didn't want a huge spiralizer in my house when I don't use it much. So this one was perfect. It was cheap and easy to store. Oh and it works very well.

Princess in Black - Books 1, 2, 3
The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black Book 2

The Princess in Black Book 3

My girls love these books. We have finished all three and need to order more. Then we will go back and read them again and again.

James and the Giant Peach

Another book for the girls. We haven't read this one as quickly, but we are reading it a couple times a week.

No Poreblem Primer

This is my tried and true when it comes to a primer before my foundation.

Kids Scissors

The girls were complaining about their kids scissors at home. They have a protective tip and it made it hard for them to cut paper for homework, so I got them these. They work so much better and came in a three pack.

Affresh Washing Machine Tabs

These tabs are the only thing that keeps my laundry machine from smelling. 

Velvet Pumpkins

I already had three velvet pumpkins, but I wanted more, so I grabbed these. They are beautiful in person, they have a weighted feeling to them so they won't easily roll off your tables and they are so soft.

Gluggle Jug

I bought two of these for two separate housewarming parties. I got this blue and then a gray color.

Shea Moisture Kids Extra Moisture Detangler

The girls were running out of detangler, so I ordered another bottle.

Shower Squeegee

 I bought a squeegee about 4 months ago and the soft plastic part had already broken down. I was getting streaks in the shower when I tried to squeegee it off. This one had great reviews and so far it has been great.

Stunt Car - RC Car

We had a birthday party for Rory's co-workers son and this is the toy that we chose for him.

Gaming Birthday Card

Since the boy loves video games and Fortnite, I got him this gaming birthday card.

And that is it, but we did buy a lot more than we have in previous months.