Saturday, October 24, 2015

Secret Outlast® Completely Clean Clear Gel Review

There's no denying that Secret is a contender in the personal care world. I recently had a chance to try their new Outlast® Completely Clean Clear Gel antiperspirant & deodorant. My initial reaction was fairly positive. It goes on smoothly and doesn't feel sticky after applying like some other clear gels I've tried. It held up pretty well to the initial outdoor test - no smells or wetness after a few hours outside in the heat. One thing I really liked about this specific deodorant is that there is no residue left on your clothes after applying (as long as you leave it dry first), so you don't get any white streaks when putting on your shirt. With that said, I wasn't fond of the burning sensation I got after shaving. It also took longer to dry than what the company advertised. When first put on, the smell is a little overwhelming but not bad once you get used it. (This may not be the kind to use if you're smell sensitive.) I used it continually for about a week and each day I spent time outside in the heat for about 4 hours. I found it didn't hold up as well as the initial time - there was definitely some odor and wetness. All in all it's descent but I didn't get a "wow" factor so I'll be sticking with my normal brand for now.

Much love and many blessings,


Disclaimer: Although I was given a product to facilitate my review, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Baby Orajel Naturals Nighttime Teething Gel Review

I was so excited to be picked for this mission as Lo has been teething for awhile. And she's incredibly cranky. She's really having a hard time with it. I seriously love this product! I've successfully used the original Baby Orajel in the past, but since adopting a more natural and holistic lifestyle, I really wanted to try something more natural to relieve her pain. She was inconsolable the other day while visiting my MIL and at the time, I didn't think about teething pain. When we got home and looked in her mouth, I could tell she was in pain from her top tooth just breaking the surface. I put some of the gel on her gums to help her sleep and within a minute she had calmed down and was ready for bed. She slept soundly through the night and woke up a happy baby. Each day that she's had pain from her teeth, I've given her the Baby Orajel Naturals Nighttime Formula and it's drastically comforted her. I highly recommend this product! Click on this link ( for more information about this product and for a money saving coupon! 

Much love and many blessings,


*Disclaimer: I received a free sample to facilitate my review; however, my opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Moment Like This

As I woke up this morning, I had very bittersweet thoughts. Tomorrow our lives will forever be changed. We will go from a family of 5 to a family of 6, 3 of those members under the age of 3. This is the last full day I will ever feel a baby kick, roll, or move inside me. It's the last full day I will ever struggle to get down on the floor to play with Love Bug or Bug-A-Boo because we all know that getting back up is next to impossible when this pregnant. It's the last full day I will feel the weight of baby Willow pressing against my stomach oh so painfully. And while I am completely excited and grateful for what tomorrow holds, I'm also completely sad that this is an experience I will never have again. My pregnancies aren't easy by any stretch of the imagination and I'll admit that I complain--a lot--when I'm pregnant. But God gave women such an amazing blessing in the way we were made and today, I'm just realizing how much I've taken that for granted (pain, suffering, and all).

Moving on to the family and general updates... Yesterday I was sitting on the couch watching Bug-A-Boo play with a truck and was just in awe of the difference between him and Love Bug. Not just a difference in their personalities and physical growth but differences in their likes and dislikes at this age. Bug-A-Boo is all boy. I don't really know how else to explain it other than he just loves playing with blocks and building towers, playing with cars, and throwing himself around or climbing all over everything. Love Bug at this age was more interested in playing with dolls, kitchen food, and her rock table. Physically, Bug-A-Boo walked before Love Bug and also has a mouth full of teeth, whereas Love Bug waited until 14 months to walk and still only had her 4 front teeth. She started talking much sooner than he, even though he tries so hard to form words and has since about a year.

Bug-A-Boo started walking and hasn't stopped since (or so it seems)! He's still in that wobbly stage where he looks like a Weeble Wobble (but actually does fall down). He trips over his own feet constantly which makes me laugh, especially when he tries "run". He scares me half to death when he face plants on the couch, barely missing face planting on the floor by only an inch. He likes to knock things over (like our lamp) to see what happens and put toys inside other toys and objects to see if they fit.

Little Love is starting 4th grade, 4th grade, on Monday! I can't even believe it. Where did all the time go? I know I feel this way at the beginning of each year but this year I think it's hitting me a little harder knowing it's the first time I won't physically be here to see her off to school. It makes me incredibly grateful that the iPhone has FaceTime capabilities and that our hospital has WiFi access for their guests! She got to meet her teachers earlier this week and now that she has, she's excited to start school. Her teachers are nice and I think we're going to have a great year.

That's about all I have for today so until next time, much love and many blessings!