Summer Skincare with Burt’s Bees & Grove Collaborative

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Summer is winding down but it is still HOT!  It’s August, so finish Summer with this free Personal Care Set from Grove Collaborative. There’s hand and body lotion to heal parched skin, cleansing towelettes to keep grease at bay, and a gloss lip crayon to keep your lips perfect.

When you place your first order of $20 with Grove, here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free Burt’s Bees Gloss Lip Crayon in Pacific Coast
  • Free Burt’s Bees Cleansing Towelettes
  • Free Burt’s Bees Body Lotion
  • Free Grove Hand Cream
  • Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial

(If you’re already a Grove customer, don’t sweat — when you use my link to place your next order, they’ll send you a free mint & argan lip balm that leaves lips feeling cool!)

The Burt’s Bee’s Ultimate Care body lotion is so smooth and soft on your skin, your sun kissed skin will soak up the lotion, which is made with Baobab oil. Baobab is known as the Tree of Life, which explains why this lotion breathes life into dry skin as soon as you rub it in.

Don’t forget to show your hands some love with Grove Collaborative’s lovely bergamot orange hand cream ( which smells amazing!!). It’s not greasy, smells amazing and it’s the perfect size to toss in your purse or diaper bag (or beach bag).

You’ll also want to keep this lip crayon close at hand. It’s not sticky yet stays put through sips of margaritas. Not to mention, the Pacific Coast color is the perfect shade for everyone’s lips. 

Burt's Bees & Grove Collab

One of my favorite go to items when I just can’t get a moment to myself to wash my face or I had a very active afternoon outside, I reach for these Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin towelettes. They’re just right for those moments when an actual shower isn’t going to happen but you don’t want to go to bed feeling like you’ve been outside all day. Oh, and they’re Forest Stewardship Certified, which means they come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

And for those days when you can’t bear the thought of leaving the AC to run to the store, you’ll want to check out Grove Collaborative. Grove is a subscription service that delivers natural beauty, cleaning, home, and baby products right to your doorstep, on your schedule.

When you place your first order of $20, you’ll get this free summer set plus a free VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. I always love the personal service I get from the Grove team.

Don’t miss out on these end of summer essentials! Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here . You will receive the Personal Care Set for free when you sign up!
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days. Some of my favorites that add up to the minimum $20 are Seventh Generation diapers, wipes and cleaning supplies. 
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay to place your order.

Click List with Fry’s Grocery Store

I used to love grocery shopping, it was a moment to escape my house (alone preferably), grab a cold tea or coffee and browse aisles and throw together meals in my head or find great bargains too good to pass up.

Since adding our second child to our home, I hate grocery shopping, shopping in general or pretty much trying to corral everyone in the car to run errands. Mostly because I can no longer browse, find amazing deals or stay patient long enough to get the job done under budget. Plus if I buy an iced coffee, I end up having to buy one for my husband or oldest who is with me too.

Whoever thought of online grocery shopping is my hero. The previous grocery stores we shopped at did not have this option, so I would just grin and bare it or send my husband. In the new community we live in, we have a Fry’s Marketplace with a “Click List” option, where I can shop online and pick up my groceries the same day or even schedule it for the next day. This is amazing.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, since I’m such a control freak with most things, but this has been AMAZING for our family. Don’t get me wrong, I still find myself going into the store once in awhile to pick up things we run out of, like milk, bread or produce. But when I need to do a large grocery order I use Click List.

I pour myself a cup of coffee, grab my laptop, the most recent sales ad and I pull up the app on my phone as well (this way I can look at coupons while shopping). I can quickly create a list off of recent purchase, recent sales or I can type something in the search bar. Being the control freak I am and having picky eaters in the house I love how I can specify on my items; “Green Banana’s Only” “Firm Tomatoes” “If unavailable, do not substitute”.

One of the reasons I LOVE this so much is because I’m a numbers person. I can add things or remove things online, once we reach our budget total or I can look for other brands or an alternative if I feel the need too. This has helped me stay on budget, which is so great for a family a four on one income, or any family on a budget.

I can see how this may seem lazy, I’m home with at least one kid all day, how do I NOT have time to run errands. Well, I do. When she isn’t napping or when we aren’t running other errands. But to be honest, this has been such a blessing for me to stay on budget, I would rather pay the cost of a small coffee at Starbucks, for someone else to do my grocery shopping.

I use the “Fry’s Food” app on my phone during the week, to add items we run out of. This way, when I use Click List, the items I know we ran out of are already on there. This helps me avoid rummaging the cupboards and fridge when I’m trying to write my grocery list at the last minute. I’ve also used it when my husband or oldest daughter say they need something, I just open up my app and add it. That helps me from playing 21 questions while writing my grocery list too.

The fee is waived for the first three Click List transactions you do. To keep my sanity, my budget in tack and my weekends free, using Click List is worth the $4.95 fee to me! It is so simple! Shop, reserve your time and order. You get a reminder email to pick up your groceries and you are all set! So simple!Screenshot_20170811-095225

If you use Click List, be sure to check your coupons for special savings events through the store. Sometimes the store will offer exclusive coupons (including free products) for using their Click List option. Totally worth it!

If you don’t have a Kroger brand market near you, have you checked out what your local grocery store offers? See if you can order your groceries online, save yourself the hassle of going into the market and keep yourself on budget. You may be surprised with their promotional savings and get a free trial for doing so!

To see if you have a Kroger brand market near you, click this link.

All opinions are my own. 

 

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My Skincare Routine with Burt’s Bees & Grove Collaborative

Do you change your beauty + skincare routine with the seasons? I don’t always get too, but I sure try! 

During the summer, I use fewer products and spend less time prepping for any event. In fact, I don’t even wear makeup unless I know there will be photos taken!

So for me, it’s all about fuss-free natural products that can multi-task.

That’s why I’m in love with this Personal Care Set from Grove Collaborative. Grab your free set of Burt’s Bees cleansing towelettes + lip crayon + body lotion + Grove Collaborative hand cream with your first order of $20. Click this link here! 

Then take a peek at my tips for fresh, flawless summer skin:

  • Sunscreen: I’m a sunscreen devotee. I use sunscreen year round, I use a daily moisturizer with SPF. I love my Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Day Lotion that has SPF 15, I receive it from Grove Collaborative.
  • Cleansing towelettes: Sunscreen + sweat can leave you feeling a little greasy by the end of the day. I don’t always get to grab a shower in the evening, so I grab one of these Burt’s Bees towelettes and wipe off my sunscreen & greasy face when I only one free hand. No rinsing needed!
  • Gloss lip crayon: As I mentioned, I don’t like to wear lots of makeup in the summer, nor do I have the time with two kids to put effort into my looks. Instead, I swipe on this Burt’s Bees gloss lip crayon in Pacific Coast. It gives just the right amount of bright berry color and keeps my lips comfortable and I look put together.
  • Body lotion: Summer body lotion should be light, but also super moisturizing since all that time in the pool and playing outside with the kids can leave your skin parched. Slather on your Burt’s Bees body lotion, which is made with nourishing baobab oil! I use this all year long.
  • Hand cream: I spend lots of time washing dishes, playing with my kids and during the summer months and I feel my hands appear to be drier.  This Grove Collaborative hand cream helps heal my cracked dry hands. I also love the way it smells. The citrus scent reminds me of what Summer should smell like. 
  • Water: My motto this summer is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. To avoid plastic water bottles, I keep a couple of my bkr bottles chilled in the fridge to make my life easier when on the go!
  • Snacks: During the summer I like to keep fresh fruit in the house, to make our snacking healthy and fresh. I cut up the fruit and place it reusable containers, in small portion sizes, so my family can grab it and go!
  • Bonus tip: Since it is so hot outside, I order all my household staples like Seventh Generation Diapers, Seventh Generation laundry detergent, and Method cleaning products from Grove Collaborative. They ship the best natural products (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule.

Don’t forget, this offer from Grove Collaborative ends Sunday August 13th, 2017 so grab your free Personal Care Set now with this link with your first order of $20! You’ll also be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service from Grove Collaborative. 

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Testing out a New Dog Harness


We have three dogs in our family, that range in a few different sizes. Our smallest and oldest is our Chihuahua, Duchess. Then our oldest daughter has a dog, my husband adopted for her, that is a Chihuahua and Japanese Chin mixed, Candy Cane. We adopted Elvis, he is a puggle and my furry baby before our baby arrived.

With all of the dogs and our chaotic life at times, sometimes walking them gets pushed aside. To make things easier on our oldest, while walking her dog around the neighborhood, we ordered a new dog harness to keep her dog safer.

When I say safer, what I mean is her dog likes to escape. She escapes under our fence and runs around the block, she has escaped out of a collar while on the leash so the harness is necessary.

The dog harness is easy to use, the mesh harness is comfortable on the dog, there is an adjustable strap that goes around her chest so we can tighten it or loosen it if necessary. The mesh harness is sturdy for a small dog, she is able to run and jump in it as well.

We originally ordered a medium dog harness for Elvis, the puggle, but obviously it was too small for him. When ordering a harness, be sure to measure your dog first, prior to placing the order. Order yours https://babiesrhere.com/products/adjustable-comfort-soft-breathable-dog-harness-pet-vest-rope-dog-chest-strap-leash-set-harness .

I received this item free for my review, I just paid for shipping charges. 

 

 

Our Visit to Reid Park Zoo

Last night my husband and I took our girls to Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, AZ. TEP (Tucson Electric Power) was celebrating 125 years of service, so they offered admission at $1.25 a person and the zoo was open after their usual Summer hours, from 6-8pm.

We decided to take our girls out for the evening, dinner and the zoo, since it was our last Saturday before school starts tomorrow! Plus, $5 to get all four of us into the zoo, was too good to be beat!

Baby girl and a peacock

This was our youngest daughter’s first visit and I made sure we were prepared for pretty much anything! IMG_20170805_182344076

  • Stroller (the big one)
  • Book for her entertainment (aka chewing)
  • Sippy Cup
  • Bottles, water & formula
  • Snacks
  • Light blanket
  • Change of clothes
  • diapers & wipes
  • Pacifier
  • Bottle of water
  • Bib

My oldest is a bit easier to take anywhere (thank goodness)! I just have to make sure she has “comfy” walking shoes, deodorant, her phone and a hair tie!

My loves at the zoo

We gained easy access into the zoo, since we purchased our tickets online. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with a pop up bar. The great thing about this, even though we didn’t participate, was that they informed the patrons who did that their money used to purchase their alcoholic drinks went right back into the zoo for the animals.

My girl's and I

The zoo gift shop and cafe were open as well for the evening. We also located a few ice cream stations, to cool us off if needed.

One of the highlights of attending this “special summer event” was that the zoo keepers were out talking about the animals and interacting with kids. The kids could participate in an enrichment program around each animal exhibit and earn a stamp, for that animal. It was rather cute to watch some of the toddlers/preschool age children participate. Our girls did not, one is way too young and one was “too cool” for this. We did listen in at a few exhibits though and learned a few things!

We walked around the entire zoo, stopped a few times to observe everything going on and even enjoyed the live music that was playing. All in all it was a wonderful evening at the zoo!

Tucson, AZ is hot! I mean it’s AZ, aren’t we right next to the sun?! With that being said, I love how the zoo offers evening events like this, so that we can attend during the summer months. There is no way in HELL I would go in the middle of the day, so this makes it a great opportunity for the zoo to earn money, after their typical hours, since I can almost guarantee the attendance levels double. I know our family is looking forward to attending the zoo again in the future, mostly when it cools down!

Do any of the animal education centers near you offer evening specials during their “off peak” season?

New Appliances From Lowe’s

I’ve been updating y’all on our move to our new house. It’s so exciting to be homeowners again, I truly feel blessed. With the joys of buying a new home, we’ve faced some ups and downs.

For one, it wasn’t move in ready like we thought we were getting with such a newer home. See previous blog.

Second, it’s been a damn headache to get moved in to the house with two kids and unpack. One of which is an infant and wants nothing more than to be held….all the time. So thankful for my baby-wearing wraps! If I didn’t have this, I would get nothing done!

Well on top of all this chaos, we ordered new appliances. Sure, why not add to the debt and stress we have already with moving.

Like I explained in previous blog, we needed a brand new stove & oven. It was disgusting and literally NOTHING was taking the gunk off the stove. The microwave had a broken handle and chips on the door. We also needed a refrigerator, since we were renting our previous home, we used what was in the home and sold our former refrigerator with our former house, since we didn’t know how long we would be renting before we found a new home.

So I took dimensions and went to work comparing appliances online and then ordered them! I told my husband he had no say whatsoever, since I love to cook and the kitchen is my little oasis. He obliged and has since bitched that I cannot order anything else, while he was installing them, since I ordered them to fit without wiggle room!

I love and hate stainless steal!

I love the look of stainless steal, it is clean looking, industrial looking and it looks like we have a fancy kitchen. I HATE stainless steal too. In order to get that clean look, I literally have to wipe everything down, constantly. Fine, no problem, except this is daily. I’m turning into a fingerprint natzi over here. “Smudge proof” it says. LIES! It’s all sorts of smudgy. I invested in some Stainless Steal cleaner, not sure I need this. According to my mom I should use pledge on my stainless steal products….um no thanks.

We went with GE appliances. I wanted to make sure our investment would last. I’ve never had issues with GE, like I have with other appliance brands. We purchased a GE Profile Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator and I love it! The freezer is on the bottom, which looks nice and really is a great feature for our family. I don’t go into my freezer alot, so having just the items I use from the refrigerator above my waist is awesome, especially when baby wearing and needing a snack or to prep for dinner. We also ordered a new microwave and stove/oven combo. The stove is probably one of the sexiest stoves I have seen. It looks like a smaller version of a commercial stove, which is every cooks desire. Well, at least mine. Here are some pics:

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I’m glad our kitchen looks a bit more sleek and inviting now, it has increased the amount of time I spend in the kitchen and has inspired me to cook more. I do want to change out our dishwasher to match soon, but the fact it is out of my sight lines, I’m okay waiting. We have some other projects to do in our kitchen, including a back splash and painting the walls. I even have a plan to change out the pantry door to something a bit cuter. For now, I am very happy we have new appliances in our kitchen, that not only look nice and clean, they work well!