Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s ABA Week

I am kinda pissed at Joyce Dean’s ABA supervisor. She questioned my dad whether we kiss Dean on the lips, because he has been trying to kiss her on the lips. She also wrote in my progress report book “Please do shape sorter even though it has appeared to disappear!” Like seriously? What are you insinuating here? she didn’t ask my dad where it was and THERE WAS A SHAPE SORTER AT THE KITCHEN TABLE WHERE SHE GETS THE BLUE PROGRESS BOOK FROM! I am pissed at her. I have a parent therapist meeting after work next week and I’m gonna ask her what she meant by this. It is insulting. If you don’t see something that you know he has ASK! I’m sorry she felt too uncomfortable to ask for it and I’m sorry that my loving boy makes you uncomfortable too. And yeah, he gets kissed on the lips sometimes. DEAL WITH IT! Rant over.

2/13/18 – Joyce

Very nice session. Excellent job with picture exchange. (smiley face) Becoming more and more independent (some prompt dependency).

2/13/18 – Ann

Dean was in a good mood this morning. Sat well to play a variety of toys. Chose to do new puzzle. Looking for me to prompt his point.

2/14/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. Was quiet today. Did well with toy play toys, great joint attention today. Went over PECS for snack with Joyce. Dean used his swing today.

2/14/18 – Joyce

Dean enjoyed new tactile book. Deb has different set of cups. (smiley face) Please do shape sorter even though it has appeared to disappear! PECS went well.

2/15/18 – Ann

Dean sat and played and had snack without any running in between 8 to 9:15!! Started string beads on pipe cleaner. Very curious about them and tried to put some on.

2/16/18 – Ann

Dean was busy at first and sat for quick activities. Did better as session went on and did all toys as usual. Great job handing pictures at snack.

I almost forgot! Dean has started with PECS which is Picture Exchange Communication System. He has pictures of different types of snacks, food, and drinks. I pick out a few pictures and he hands me the one he wants. I say the name of whatever it is and give it to him. He is really good at it, but I am unsure if he really understands. He can sign more now and he’ll just sign more all over the house out of context. I have no clue what he wants more of. This is much better.

With Love,


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Dean’s EI Week

I am writing this on 2/13/18 during my lunch break at work, while I know at home, Dean is having his OT session. It sucks being away from him from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm, but I try to squeeze in as much time before bed during the week and I have every weekend and day off with him. Doesn’t leave a whole lot of time by myself for things that I want to do and personal time. I am looki8ng forward to working my own hours at home and maximizing the time spent with my son. Not getting ready and going to work that saves me like 10 hours a week. Plenty of time for myself, blogging, and college in the Fall. Plus, more time for Dean during the week as well.

2/5/18 – Speech

Dean used more sign 2x for swing. “Mama” when mad or wants something. Swing continues to calm him. Dean was seen at home with his grandfather and Deb his ABA therapist. We worked on pointing and more sign together. Dean was very vocal today and he uses therapists hands to get what he wants. Happy boy today. Nice eye contact today with both therapists.

  • Continue to model pointing for choices of snack and more to get more snack/swing.

2/6/18 – OT

Dean has started closing eyes and spinning occasionally. Dean had a great session. He sat in “working” chair for most of session. He got right in to sit when asked. Completed shape sorter, piggy bank, and two stackers independently! Started a new puzzle task in which he needed help for. But he attempted to place pieces. By end of session he was VERY fatigued today.

  • Continue to encourage pointing to desired items

2/10/18 – OT

Completed a Saturday visit so Mom could participate in visit. Mom reported that Dean pointed spontaneously at food this am. Dead did well. Greeted me with a smile and pulled me into living room with my jacket. Immediately sat down into chair when asked 3 different times. He did well pointing to toys with minimal help. He looked when name was called 80% of the time to play a game. Worked on handing picture to mom to get food.

  • Continue to have him point to desired items.
  • On weekend when both home work on handing pictures to someone to get food.

It was nice seeing what Dean’s OT therapist was doing with him. Basically, it is a lot of skill building play and very little fooling around. He deserves to have free play at home. I only do skill building play that is “structured” on non-therapy days, so he doesn’t loose that expectation of him or routine. Routine is very key for Dean.

With Love,


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Sephora Play: January

I am super late to the party in showing what I got for my January Sephora Play box. I thought better late than never and I love knowing the cost breakdown of my boxes. I got box #587 and I have yet to see anyone else get the same box as me. This happens 1/2 the time with my boxes. So, I might be lucky with getting some rare boxes and I do like and will use everything inside my box this month. I have learned so much about my makeup preferences and what I like through this subscription box. I now know to give reds away, because I never look like myself in them. I also know I have too many eye pencils. I prefer lighter shadows eye shadow anything black or really dark does not go with my deep set hooded eyes. I know how to do eye makeup for my eye shape. It’s been a really great 2017 learning about myself in beauty terms.


I like the theme of January, even if it is very overdone. Everything in my box is supposed to enhance or renew a better version of you. I have two makeup items that are very natural looking to enhance your features and I have 3 skin care products. My bonus product is a hair product and I am so happy to not have another perfume sample to use up this month. Those little tubes stack up fast!


Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Masque

I never heard of this brand, but I am happy to have another hair mask to try. I love doing hair masks once a month when my hair starts feeling a bit dried out. I hope it does a good job of moisturizing. Not all hair masks are created equal.


Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel 1 fl oz $6.80

I was in need of a good exfoliant, so I am happy to now have a decent sized sample in my collection. I have dehydrated oily skin, but in the winter, I tend to get flaky on the areas of my face that are usually oily. I am also getting closer to my 28 birthday (I will be turning 26 this year) and I hear that every 7 years, your skin changes a lot. It is definitely being more dry lately, but I think it is because of the cold weather. I need to drink more water to try to balance out my skin more.


GlamGlow Supercleanse Cleanser 0.5 oz $3.20

I love GlamGlow, but they are not cruelty free. I will not buy any of their amazing products, but I will continue to use what gets sent to me. I love the Youthcleanse clay to foam cleanser, so I have high hopes for this one as well. I will use this once I am done with my current cleanser. I only wash my skin at night with a double cleanse, so this would be good for the first cleanse to get rid of dirt and makeup. I usually follow up with a more moisturizing cleanser or a face mask.

eye cream

Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream 3 ml $5.30

This eye cream is so expensive when you get so little. I will never have to buy eye cream again, because I keep on getting them in my boxes. I like getting eye cream in boxes though. It helps me determine which ones I would actually buy. I will spend the $30 or $40 on eye cream as long as there is 0.5 oz of product in it. Night eye cream actually works on my fine lines and wrinkles. For the day, I want something really moisturizing to keep my concealer from looking dry and flaky. Eye cream also lasts FOREVER, because you only need a little dab of it for both eyes.

MUFE Artist Face Color B302 Blush $5.75

The top swatch is the blush that I will be using as an eye shadow. It is a nice peachy color that would look pretty in the Spring on the eyes for a simple glow. It is so buttery smooth and pigmented. It also blends out like a breeze. I will look into getting some eye shadows from this brand. Hopefully, their eye shadows are just as good as their blush.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Kristen 0.07 oz $8

I love this medium brown nude on me. It isn’t too dark and it looks very classic on my lips. It looks like I am wearing liner, but that is just my regular lip color on the edges. It looks so beautiful on me. It is a thick feeling gloss that isn’t sticky. I really love this gloss formula, but I have way too many glosses to buy any more.

The overall price of this box is the lowest I ever got at $29.05, but I absolutely love the variety that I got and look forward to trying out everything. I love it when I get more skin care than makeup and I really hope next month continues that trend.

With Love,


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Project 200 Pan Update #1

This is the post I will be breaking down my empties post and sharing which ones will qualify for my 200 used up or panned items in 2018. First, I will share the items that I have hit pan on in January.

I hit pan on 3 items: Elf color correcting face powder in cool, Smashbox purple color corrector, and Lush lip scrub in Mint Julep. I feel like that is a great start to the new year. Now, let’s go over everything from my January Empties post that qualifies for this project.

Everything that counts in these pictures are as follows: all the makeup, all the hair, all the skin care besides the foil packets, Aveeno body lotion, and the Equate one as well. So, that is 11 items (I added together two deluxe sized samples). So, in January I used up 14 out of my 200 goal. I have reached 7 percent of my goal this year. Not that bad for the first month. My basket is already filling up with more items, so I am hoping for anything full February. It is a shorter month, though. I would be happy with another 7% down.

How are you doing with your 2018 goals?

With Love,


Children, Lifestyle

Dean’s ABA Week

Dean had a tiring week and he regressed a bit in areas that he was strong in. He is mouthing items more this week, but everyday never mind every week, has its ups and downs. We are all here for the ride and will support him every step of the way. He has been very lovey dovey and even kissed Joyce on the lips. She didn’t appreciate the drooly kiss in her mouth, but you have to learn to turn your face away. Or explain to him that he can only kiss your cheek. She apparently told my dad not to encourage lip kissing. I don’t ever scold Dean for lip kissing. I try to turn my face, so he gets my cheek. If he gets my lips, I tell him thank you and ask for a kiss on the cheek. I love this lovey part of him. I am not going to scold him for it.

2/5/18 – Deb

Dean did well today. Did well with puzzle, shape sorter, ring stacker, and links. Started pointing for snacks, noticing does better pointing with right hand than left hand. Dean needs more prompting with left hand. Lots of sounds and great eye contact today.

2/6/18 – Joyce

Dean happy to see staff, first solo session with Joyce. (We pushed a little). May be an “off” day? Legos an issue; wants to build what/how he wants. Taking pics of Beanies and Bulkie, Mike reported Beanies #1 Preferred. 4 Flops/arches

2/8/18 – Ann

Dean was a little “off” this morning. Not as interested in toys and usual. Played with things briefly and then wanted to get up. Did well having pointer finger ready as I was presenting things.

2/9/18 – Joyce

Introduced photos, Dean very engaging, very nice job with new toys. Lots of chewy today. Much better with legos today!

2/9/18 – Ann

Dean liked new puzzle and new shape sorter. Started pictures at snack time.

ABA started their new paperless process today with their tablet besides giving me little report cards. Don’t know how long these reports will last, but I am happy to know what he does while I am gone at work all day.

With Love,


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January Empties

Remember when I said that I would be doing a new format for my empty series? Well, here it is, the moment you all have been waiting for. I decided to show my empties in group photos and flat lays to be able to store more pictures of my products rather than have everything in a single photo. It makes more sens to me this way, since I am a reviewing channel and have been deleting a ton of photos to make room for more photos. I hope you all like this new format. Give me a like if you do!


drink1. International Delight Coffee Creamer

2. Boston’s Best Jamacian Me Crazy

3. Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate

4. Nestle Mini Marshmallows Hot Chocolate



5. Act II

6. 7. 8. Gerber Lil’ Beanies

Body Care:

body care

9. Nivea Shower Sample

10. Aveeno Daily Nourishment Body Lotion

11. Equate Moisture Care Cocoa Divine Body Lotion

12. 13. Softsoap Body Scrub Coconut Butter

14. Nickelodeon 3 in 1

Skin Care:


15. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

16. Clarisonic Mia

17. Makeup Forever HD Serum

18. Drunk Elephant Serum Sample

19. Olay Face Cream Sample

Hair Care:

hair care

20. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Volumizing Treatment Spray

21. Rusk Texture Dry Finish Spray

22. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Defining Paste



23. OPI Nicole Selena Gomez Mi Fantisma Nail Polish

24. B&BW Strawberry Lip Gloss

25. Vincent Longo Eye Shadow Trio

26. Mica Loose Eye Shadow

27. Dangerous Cologne

28. Laneige Cushion Foundation Sample

Toiletry Items:


29. Tom’s Simply White Toothpaste

30. Hello Toothpaste

31. Power Stick Deodorant

32. Eco Tools Mask Remover Sponges


33. Lofa

34. Equate Kids Toothbrushes

35. Equate Ultra Thin Pads

36. Hair Comb

37. Dial Hand Soap in Raspberry Limeaide

38. Equate Cotton Rounds

Household Items:


39. Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites

40. B&BW Balsam Candle

41. Little Remedies Honey Cough Syrup

42. Sharpie Highlighter

43. 44. 45. Papermate Ink Joy Pens

WOW! That was a ton of stuff that I used up in January. I don’t think I have ever used that much up before. I will be posting my update post on my Project 200 Pan soon after this one, which will show you how many out of this 45 I will be counting towards my 2018 challenge. I might be adjusting the challenge and make it harder. I guess, it all depends upon how much of this stuff I am using up.

With Love,


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Sheet Mask Collection 2018

I had to separate my sheet mask collection from my skin care collection, because I have so many sheet masks. I love sheet masks, but I hardly have any time for them. I want to make more time for them and do one a week just to get used to using them. I hardly have time with my son running around. Night time or early morning is my only time. Maybe, I will start a Saturday morning pamper routine. We shall see.

sheet mask

I have two masks from Victoria Secret’s and a lip mask from Sephora. I am interested in trying the VS face masks as I bought them at drug store prices. The lip mask sounds nice to use when my lips get really irritated. So, I am saving the lip ones for a special occasion. They aren’t cheap at $5 a lip mask.


I have four here from MJCARE: two Enzyme Q10, one Pearl, and one Brightening sheet mask. I have tried the pearl and brightening and they both bring a great glow to the skin. I haven’t tried the Q10 hence why I have two of them still. They are super affordable on Amazon at $1 a mask. I’m very paying more than $5 a mask ever again when there are so many affordable options out there.


More MJCARE masks: one Sea Weed, two EGF, and one Collagen. I LOVE the seaweed one and my dad enjoyed the collagen mask. I have no clue what the EGF is supposed to do, but I mostly buy sheet masks to moisturize my skin. Anything else is really just a bonus to me. They are great to relax with and throw moisture deep into the skin.


Another 4: Herb and Phytoncide. I just love sheet masks. I have enough for 14 weeks if I used one every week. You may see a sheet mask haul if I use up all of these this year. I really want to try new things, so this could be the push that I need.

Do you love sheet masks?

With Love,