Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What I've Been Priming

I've said it before and I'll say it again....I'm nosey.  Aren't we all just a bit?  It's the whole premise behind enjoying those, "Day in the Life" posts.  Right?  

I was placing a little Amazon Prime order and it hit me...I should share WHAT I'VE BEEN PRIMING lately!  

I'm sharing for several reasons...

1. Sometimes Amazon Priming things don't cross my mind until I've already gotten out of the house with the kiddos, run the errand, and arrived back.  Sigh.  I'm hoping this helps someone!

2. This post is in no way sponsored by Amazon Prime, but I've already told you I'm nosey.  I'm hoping a few of you reading are as well and you enjoy this post.

3.  It might give you a few ideas for something you should Prime to yourself ASAP.

4. I left out any books and Christmas gifts that were ordered via Prime but other than that...this is for real what has arrived in our house!

*Don't pay attention to my crazy faces.  You've been warned.  :)

In no particular order...

This little gadget has over 11,000 reviews with a four star rating, which seems pretty good to me PLUS it's under $22.  The winter months wreak havoc on my dry heels so I was intrigued and ordered!  This just arrived last night and I haven't even had time to try it out!

Have you HEARD of this game?  {See what I did there?}  We had a fun family game night last week and this was the show stopper.  One person puts the headphones on {they're playing all kinds of sounds so you can't hear a thing} then another person reads a sentence to you.  You have to lip read to understand what they're saying.  Some of the things my people said were hilarious!  If you have a game night coming up or just want to make a Tuesday night a little special, order this!

This little product was popping up everywhere.  I saw it on blogs, heard it on podcasts, read about it online...I'm telling you it was haunting me.  So I ordered it a couple weeks ago and have been using it as a toner after I use my cleanser both morning and night.  It's supposed to make my skin "BLOOM".  Again, this product has 4.5 stars with over 10,000 ratings so it has to work.  Right?  And the price is GREAT!

Keeping it real, friends!  Somehow we have all the beads but can never find the ironing paper.  I did a quick little prime order and it was at our house in no time!

Pampers Diapers
{Figured you knew what these look like}
Let me tell you when the delivery guy put this big box on my front porch I had a big ole smile on my face.  :)  Mama didn't have to lug them from cart to car and car to house.  Prime did it for me.  :)

I've tried a ton of different dry shampoos and I always go back to this brand.  This dry shampoo actually sprays out some white powder which lightens up my hair/roots and gives it some extra volume {that tends to be lost when I need to wash my hair}.  The "blush" version smells delightful as well.

A few weeks ago I asked for your favorite eye cream recommendations and someone recommended this cream.  It's a great price point so I gave it a try.  But-is there a specific "eye" version or do you guys use this all over your face as a moisturizer?  I used it a couple times and then decided I need to do a little more research.  Please help me out with that!  If you have this product, what are your thoughts?!

Have you heard of dermaplaning?  It's an exfoliation process that essentially shaves the skin's surface.  This gets rid of dead skin and little hairs and is proven to be highly effective for your skin.  Lots of bloggers do this themselves and after years of reading about it, I finally took the plunge.  I buy these little facial razors and do it every two to three weeks.  You can find a ton of YouTube videos on how to do this, but it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and clean.  I must say-I've never gotten any kind of razor burn, acne, or anything like that but I don't want to say it couldn't happen. 

If you have access to the internet, then I'm sure you've heard of this product.  Hahaha!  I feel like it's everywhere!  I even heard about it at the park one day when several moms were discussing the dreaded cellulite and this was the product being mentioned over and over again.  To be honest, I ordered it several months ago, added it to my coffee every day for a week or two and then forgot.  I haven't used it since, but I'm gonna begin again tomorrow.  If you've used this and recommend it, please let us know how it's helped!  At this point, I'm not convinced I'll reorder.

I've shared this root boost with you before, but I wanted to round the list out at a solid ten.  :)  I spray this on damp hair right before drying and then blow dry.  I've also been known to add to dry hair.  It does add some texture, but I don't notice the volume as much as when I add to wet hair.

What about YOU?  What have you been PRIMING lately?  Or do you have any of these products and have some opinions about them?  I'd love to hear!  Thanks, friends!


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Talk-Speech Talk

Hey Everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend.  We did a lot of Olympic-watching, staying up late, and sleeping in every morning.  It was a good one!

Today, Ashley and I are hosting TUESDAY TALK!  The third Tuesday of every month we invite you to join us and chat about anything and everything!

I truly feel like we're all girlfriends here chatting about things going on in our lives.  Each month, I'm trying to bring you a legit question I'd for sure be asking if we were at my favorite lunch spot possibly eating a bacon and candied jalapeno pimento cheese.  {Yes, on second thought.  We'd definitely be eating that.}  So I love hearing your responses and truly take them to heart.

Last month, we talked about the very important topic of WHERE DO YOU PLACE YOUR KEY FOB.  {I'm kidding on the "VERY IMPORTANT", but I know I would have asked you that question over lunch.  :)}  And you guys were passionate about it. 

The topic today might not trigger those same feelings, but I'm hoping some of you passionate mamas, teachers, or special friends know what I'm talking about.  And you help a sister out!

I'm gonna ask the question, set the stage, and ask you one more time.

To anyone out there with any speech background, what else can we be doing to speed up Britt's speech progress?  I'm talking certain books to read, any I-Pad games you recommend, just anything you can think of?

To give you a little background, my oldest three kiddos began talking at an early age and talked pretty much all day long, non-stop.  I never even thought about speech with them.  They all talked really early and a lot, so I'm a rookie in this field.

Britt very early on started saying, "Mama".  {From what I've read this is very common for cleft kiddos.}  She also says, "Uh-oh, yeah, and hi" on her own without any prompting.  She goes to speech therapy once a week where they're working on receptive language which I seriously think she's nailing if I'm being honest and bragging just a bit.  #mombragmoment  The therapist is also working on all kinds of sounds, combining some sounds, and repeating sounds like "Papa, baa baa, Dada".  

My mom is in town this week and her grandma name is, "T-Nonnie". We've shortened it and have worked on Britt saying, "Nona" and she's mastered it!  She also said, "Nixon" which we weren't even really working on.  Nix would have been stoked with a "NIX" sound.  haha!  But she said it twice and it sounded great!

All this to say, I feel like she's starting to make some major strides with her speech and I know there have to be so many resources out there that I just don't know about.  If you have any suggestions for resources that would help, please let me know!

I have a girlfriend who told me to read the same "100 Beginning Words" book over and over.  But the book we have has SO MANY WORDS she doesn't know.  Maybe I should keep this up?  OR maybe not yet?

I want to do everything I can to foster her language so please let me know your thoughts!  And I'm hoping other moms, caregivers, family members, friends, or others might get some ideas from this post for kiddos in their lives as well.

Thank you for this little space where we can all help one another!  I'm looking forward to reading your comments!  

Thank you!


Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites

WAHOO for the weekend!

I'm happy to see the weekend arrive.  We have fun plans on the weekend horizon-Valentine's Dance, my parents are coming to visit, NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, and that's just a bit of the fun!

It's Friday, which means I've teamed up with Andrea and Narci to share my Friday Favorites.  Each Friday we invite you to join us and share your favorites as well.  Simply link up to the blog post where you're highlighting your faves and voila!

Book Review:

Oh my goodness!  This book...whoa!  If you like those thrillers like Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, etc., then THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!  About halfway through the book you learn something and I was in complete shock.  I couldn't put this one down.  Be warned-it's definitely rated "R".


Favorite Product:

I've mentioned these glasses a few times, but I think they deserve their own little spotlight.  I've shared before that my name is Erika and sometimes I have trouble keeping up with things.  Like my debit card, car keys, and such.  I KNOW there's NO WAY I'd be able to keep up with a pair of sunglasses I spent more than $20 on and that would stress me right out!  So, I sport these sunglasses all summer long.  If {let's be real-WHEN} I lose them, it's not a big deal.

For the upcoming spring/summer I purchased four different pairs of sunglasses and spent less than $60.  Now is the time to stock up!


Celebrity Big Brother:

Please note...this is NOT a FAVORITE, but I want to hear if you're watching.  Are YOU?  I know a lot of you are Big Brother fans, but WHAT do you think of this season?  I'm a few episodes behind, but I'm currently having that feeling of your most favorite movie ever making a sequel and the sequel falling FLAT!!  Anyone else?  I'm hoping after a few more episodes I won't feel like that!



Who knew the half pipe was gonna be my favorite Olympic sport to date?  A sweet reader sent me this graphic and I could NOT stop laughing.  This was me earlier this week.  I mean Chloe Kim AND Shaun White!  Were you watching??!


Valentine's Day:

Yesterday, the littles and I went to the big kiddos' school for Valentine's Day parties.  Our first stop was Nixon's class.  This crazy kiddo LOVES this girl so much.

After hanging with Nixon for a bit, we did a little switcharoo and then joined Ebby Lee at her class party.

Wednesdays are our busy sports' night with practices and such.  I was fully expecting to eat at different times and whip up a quick dinner, but my valentine picked us all up for a quick meal out.  I chose La Madeline because three words-CHICKEN CAESAR SANDWICH.  The sandwich is basically a chicken caesar salad ON the most delicious bread. Can you tell I'm a fan?  And since it was Valentine's Day, I didn't feel an ounce of guilt about eating it.

A picture with 4/5 of my valentines. :)

I shared this on Instagram {you can follow me at slaughteren} on Wednesday night, "One year ago today, I opened up an email with the file for this precious baby. Her file told a story of such a brave girl.  I remember thinking as I stared at her little face that her eyes were missing something. There just wasn’t a sparkle. But a year later I now know it was love. This precious baby was missing the love only a family can give. It’s safe to say her sparkle is now present and it’s here to stay. This special day of love has a double meaning for our family of six."

Hope you have the BEST weekend!  Since the kiddos are out of school on Monday, I'm gonna take a vacation day myself.  See you back here on Tuesday for Tuesday Talk!