Thursday, May 21, 2015

Family Update

Sometimes I find myself getting so caught up in the many reviews and giveaways I have to catch up on that I forget to blog simply just to blog. I forget about the updates and fun exciting things happening or adventures we go on that I love to share with all of you. So, since a family update is long overdue, here goes!

I'm not quite sure where to begin! Our family has see a lot of changes over the past year! Personally, I have gone through a divorce, finished yet another semester towards my Bachelor's degree, and grown as an individual and mother. I have seen some of the roughest times of my life this past year, but it has only shown me so much about myself and helped shape me into the woman I am continually becoming with each passing day, month, and year. I have seen really just how much I can handle and still overcome. I have come out only stronger and wiser on the other side of it all. I now have a new partner in my life, someone I only thought was possible in my dreams or in movies. The kids and I are so unbelievably lucky to have Jeff in our lives and it truly feels like our little family was always meant to be together in this way. 

Connor and Merasia are finishing their first year of real school in kindergarten! They switched schools at the beginning of the month and it has been an awesome switch for them! They take the bus to school every morning and they just love it. They feel like real big kids getting to wait in our driveway alone and get on the bus all by themselves. After school they take the bus to daycare, as I'm usually still at work or at class. Merasia is excelling in school! She is right on target with everything, which makes me so proud. Connor is struggling a bit and I am thinking about having him repeat kindergarten because I just don't think he is ready to move on yet, but we will see what happens. He is still so smart in so many ways, he just learns very differently than his sister or other kids his age. I am so proud of both of them and can't believe they will be first graders in just two more weeks!

Mason started preschool this year, only a couple mornings a week. He is doing so well in it and loves going. It's at the same school as his older siblings and their classrooms are right across the hall from each other so that makes it easier too. Mason was a little nervous for his first day but Connor and Merasia showed him the ropes and stayed with him until he felt more comfortable and he has been fine ever since! He loves making new friends and learning new things and getting the feel for real school. I can't believe another year and he will be off to kindergarten too! He has come a long way this year and is the sweetest little thing ever! He has definitely found his independence this year and asserts himself very well, which makes me proud. But deep down, he is still my baby boy, sweet little Mason. He is all boy, loves digging in the dirt and finding worms and other grubs or bugs to hold and play with. He is mischievous but so fun and still has his great sense of humor!

And then there's Kendall. Sweet, sweet tootie. She is a total BLAST. This girl amazes me every day! She never stops talking and the words and sentences she is coming out with every day is just amazing! Se is learning so much and learning it all so fast! She is fun loving, hilarious, and the sweetest little thing you will ever meet! I cannot say that enough! She never ceases to keep a smile on our faces and laughter on our lips. I've never had the time to really enjoy any of my kids at 2 years old, because I have either been pregnant and ready to pop, or just had a newborn, so I have been exhausted and wrapped up in all of that. To enjoy this time now with her has been amazing, and I am soaking up every little second!

All in all, we are all doing so well! Everyone is ending the school year in just a couple of weeks and our summer will be full of fun with beach trips, hikes, trips up to our camp, amusement parks, road trips, and other adventures, all full of love while making such sweet memories as a new little family. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dial Baby Hair and Body/Dial Kids Hand Wash Giveaway WINNERS!

James Robert, Soha Molina, and Lauren were the random winners chosen by Giveaway Tools for the FREE Dial baby hair and body wash or Dial kids foaming hand wash. All winners have been notified via email and have 48 hours to reply to my email to claim their prize or I will be forced to choose a different winner.

Thank you to ALL who entered and to everyone for following my blog!

***Disclaimer*** Winners are chosen completely at RANDOM and done automatically through Giveaway Tools, once the contest is closed. I have NO CONTROL over choosing winners unless winners do not reply to my winning email to claim their prize in the time specified.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Neutrogena Naturals Makeup Remover Towelettes Review

As an Influenster, I get several opportunities to text out and share new and exciting products on the market today. I LOVE sharing these new and exciting products with my lovely readers and followers most of all, and I recently got the change to participate in a new Influenster campaign for Neutrogena!

Neutrogena Naturals has recently released new purifying makeup remover cleansing towelettes, and I got the chance to try them out before most of the public!

I don't wear makeup often, but when I do, it's always a chore to wash it off. Regular water doesn't work well for me. It always ends up leaving make up behind or hurting my face and eyes from all the rubbing that has to be done to clean the make up off with just water or soap and water. My skin is already sensitive and highly dry, so this never helps my face look or feel any healthier. I have tried numerous liquid make up removers along with generic brands of other make up remover wipes, but they all seem to leave my skin feeling greasy afterwards, which is also not a great feeling. 

Neutrogena naturals

I was eager to try these new wipes out, though I was slightly skeptical as well, simply because I had lost hope of finding a make up remover that worked well, left my skin feeling clean, and helped purify it at the same time without much fuss. 

I purposefully slept in my make up last night so I could put these to the test this morning. Here's a before shot:
Neutrogena before

I don't wear a TON of makeup on the rare occasions that I do actually find the time to wear it, so this isn't an awesome before shot, but you can see some of the darkness around the bottoms of my eyes from the eye liner and mascara. 
Using Neutrogena Naturals

The first thing I noticed about these wipes was the texture. They are thicker than others I have tried, but not overly thick to be bulky or annoying. But most of all, they are SOFT! SO soft! And they don't even feel close to greasy like others I have tried either.

Neutrogena Makeup Towelettes

These wipes took the leftover makeup away without any effort, and left my skin feeling and looking smooth and refreshed.
Neutrogena After

Though they are natural, they do have a fresh scent and not full of chemicals either. 

All in all, I was overly satisfied with this new Neutorogena product and will definitely make use of these wipes over any other makeup remover I have tried thus far!

To learn more about Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes and other Neutrogena products, along with learning more about Neutrogena's Wipe For Water campaign and how YOU can help, head over to their website and educate yourself! And while you are there, take the #wipeforwater pledge yourself!

**DISCLAIMER** I received the above product(s) from Neutrogena/Influenster free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. However, all opinions are strictly my own.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash & Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash Review & Giveaway!

I have purchased and used Dial products for quite some years now, and have never once been disappointed in their products. I received the opportunity to review some Dial products in the past as a Purex Insider, and recently received that same opportunity with a couple different products. 

For this review, I received Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash, along with a bottle of Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash, which is a newer product from the company. 

With four little ones running around our household, keeping germs at bay and far away is a must if we can prevent it! So, hand washing happens quite a bit here! This foaming hand wash is perfect for their little hands! As the label eludes to, it's foaming, so there isn't any work as far as working up a good lather. Simply dispense it, and rub vigorously to clean before rinsing! The bottle fits perfectly in the children's bathroom right next to the faucet and within reach for all the kiddos and guests in our home. The scent is wonderful too...watermelon, how can you go wrong?!

As you can expect, bath time happens every night in our home as well. I had previously used Suave products or Johnson and Johnson nighttime baby shampoo and body wash. I will always be a fan of Johnson and Johnson, but the Suave products sometimes didn't seem to last long because we had to use so much to work up a good lather and really get the children nice and clean. Sometimes they still didn't smell much cleaner than when we started, either, which was always frustrating. I was eager to try this new Dial for baby product to see how different it was.

I was instantly happy with it! It lathers up very well, so a little dollop in the palm of your hand really goes a long way with this product! While it is fragrance free and gentle on little skin and eyes, it still leaves a refreshing, clean scent which is a win-win for us! Jeff even commented on how good it was once night after he handled bath time, so if he likes it enough to mention something about it, then it must be a good product! ;)

Kendall greatly enjoyed washing her hair with her new Dial body and hair wash!

Though it says for baby, I have chosen to use it on Mason and sometimes even the older kiddos as well, just because it works so well and is such a hit in our home! This product is definitely a new staple must have in our bathroom!

Now, for the FUN part! I have THREE coupons for one FREE Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash OR Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash for some lucky readers of Mama 2 Multiples! To enter, simply follow the instructions in the form below!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wholesale Party Supplies Review

With a family of four children, from December until June it seems like there is never-ending birthdays! Mine falls in December, followed by the twins in early January, Mason in early March, and then a small break from birthdays until early June, when princess Kendall (otherwise lovingly referred to as "Tootie" or "Tootie Scootie") turns 2!

For Kendall's first birthday we did the diva hot pink zebra print design for all of her decorations, cake, and supplies. At her age right now, she doesn't watch much television so she doesn't really have any favorite characters (though she is quite fond of Elsa and Anna thanks to big sis). She is obsessed with ducks, so I was originally thinking of doing some sort of barnyard or duck theme. That is, until I was searching around and stumbled upon the most adorable pink camouflage party decorations at Wholesale Party Supplies! 

I love working with Wholesale Party Supplies or Wholesale Costumes on various blog reviews, whether it be costumes or anything else. I am always fully satisfied with their products and services!

Much to my delight, I received the opportunity to review Kendall's 2nd birthday decorations from Wholesale Party Supplies, so of course I went along with the pink camouflage theme! I received the pink camo ultimate kit for my review. Included in this kit is the following:

8 pink camo 7" cake plates
8 pink camo 9" luncheon plates
8 pink camo 12 oz. cups
16 pink camo beverage napkins
16 pink camo luncheon napkins
8 pink forks/spoons/knives
1 pink camo table cover
1 brown streamer
1 pink streamer
1 set candles
1 white camo cupcake stand
3 pink camo 18" balloons
2 silver round 18" balloons
1 pink curling ribbon
1 silver foil 12" metallic spray centerpiece
1 bag hot pink star confetti

This is the PERFECT set of supplies for Kendall's birthday! I was SO excited when I received them and could actually look at everything in person!

These supplies are of high quality materials, so they don't look or feel "cheap" like some party supplies do. They are the perfect design and are fun! I am so excited to decorate for Kendall's party in June with all of this adorable pink camo, and to actually put these supplies to good use! Stay tuned for more photos in June from the big party!

In the meantime, head on over to facebook and "like" wholesale party supplies' on facebook, and check out their website for their large selection of party supplies and decorations for yourself! They have something for everyone and I can speak from experience when I say you will not be disappointed! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Review: Frozen Party Kit from Birthday In A Box!

It has been quite a while since I have done any updating here! Life has seemed to get away from me and it has been absolutely non stop this past year! But, I finally have a small amount of down time to sit and get a post written, and I have to say, getting back to this blog already feels better in just the few sentences I have written so far! 

We rang in the new year with a birthday, as we do every year the first week of January. Connor and Merasia turned 6 on January 9th! I can't believe I have survived 6 years as a mama of twins, and what a crazy, fun, memorable, rollercoaster 6 years it has been for all of us! 

We had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Frozen themed birthday party. This was perfect, as I received an email about a month or two before their birthday, asking me to review a party kit from Birthday in a Box. I had been looking for a good deal on Frozen party ideas and decorations for quite awhile so this opportunity came at the perfect time for us!

For my review, I received the Frozen Ultimate Party Kit. Included in this kit were:

  • 8 Frozen Cake Plates
  • 8 Frozen Luncheon Plates
  • 8 Frozen 9oz Cups
  • 16 Frozen Beverage Napkins
  • 16 Frozen Luncheon Napkins
  • 8 Forks/Spoons/Knives
  • 1 Frozen Table Cover
  • 2 Sets Streamers
  • 1 Set Candles
  • Set of 30 Silver Foil Star Hanging Decorations
  • 8 Frozen Blowouts
  • 1 Silver Foil Star Cascade Centerpiece
  • 2 Silver Star Balloons
  • 2 Blue Star Balloons
  • 1 White Curling Ribbon
  • 1 Olaf 41" Balloon
  • 2 Frozen Holographic 18" Balloons

This party kit was perfect for our party! And as a large family and a single mama on a budget, it was nice to only have to pay for Connor's party kit, since this kit was free in exchange for an honest review. 

Didn't the decorations look great?! The kids were so excited and everyone that attended the party was impressed with everything as well. This was the first big event/party/get together we have had since buying our first home, so that made it fun as well. 

We considered getting costumes for the kids to wear for the party too, but didn't have enough time to pull that together on top of everything else! 

We have another party for a special little boy turning 4 in March, and we will be turning to Birthday in a Box for our decorations and supplies for that Planes themed party as well! 

All in all, I was very satisfied with this party kit, and definitely would purchase from them again, or work with this company on another review in the future.