Beauty, Empties, Favorites, Lifestyle, Reviews

Home For The Holidays

For Rite Aid Home For The Holidays Candle in Cinnamon & Clove

I searched for my candle pictures with “ca” and pictures of candles and Shadow showed up. RIP Shadow. I really love the scent of this candle! It is strong, spicy, and a bit sweet like cinnamon candy hearts. The burn wasn’t the greatest, since the wax didn’t burn evenly. The scent throw was amazing, though. My landlord gave this to me as a house warming gift. It is a nice big candle, so it lasted a good two months the way that I burn candles. I burn my candles when I am at home and not cooking on the stove.So, during the week, I don’t really burn candles. On the weekend, I will keep a candle burning for hours and hours, practically all day. I just love the scent of a candle burning and I need more! I need to do a candle haul soon. I picked up two more candles at Marshall’s recently and I found a missing candle from the move earlier this year.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3

Empties, Lifestyle, Reviews

Dial It Up

For Dial Seasonal Collection Hand Soap with Moisturizer in Iced Berries

soap

This was a limited edition Dial hand soap and I loved it. I loved how it moisturizes my hands and the sweet, light berry scent. I would buy this again for the scent alone. I like that this soap doesn’t have alcohol in it. There really isn’t anymore that I can say about it, except that I will continue to repurchase Dial soap in the many scents that they offer. I really like the formula and scent of their liquid soaps. I have yet to try the foaming hand soap, but I really want to try it now.

With Love,

<3Selena Hannah<3

Children, Favorites, First Impressions, Food, Lifestyle, SALE

Another Dean Food Haul

I am back with a few interesting posts on the way. I will be having my Pan That Pallet Update, February Empties, a sponsored post from TopHatter, 7 Before Spring Finale, What Dean got for Christmas/Birthday from Danielle, What I got for Christmas from Danielle, as well as review posts. Dean eats a lot of food, so I’m constantly buying stuff for him. I bought him a big 2 lb bag of animal crackers, since they have less sugar in them than the one I bought him below. When I go grocery shopping tomorrow, I’m gonna grab him some more healthy snacks like soft cereal bars and veggie crackers. He needs to get more fruits and veggies which are messy to feed him and he doesn’t really like them. He’s more of a meat and starch little guy.

food

Gerber lil’ Beanies Original

Walmart only had the plain beanie snack and Dean prefers food with flavor. He still eats them, though. They are just not his favorite plain. He loved the cheese and broccoli ones. I’m going to buy a big bulk pack at Market Basket, because it’s cheaper and comes in a variety pack. He’s an eater, so the container is already half empty and I bought all of this stuff two weeks ago. Go figure!

food

Plum Organics Might Sticks in Berry Beet

Same deal. Half the pack is gone. Dean loves this and he is getting his fruit and vegetables. It can get a little messy, but it is so worth it. Not sure that I would buy it again, because it is on the pricey side. It is a good, healthy snack for your toddler though.

food

Gerber Graduates Cinnamon Graham Animal Crackers

Dean loves these crackers/cookies, but now he has the other ones that I bought him. I won’t be repurchasing this one, but he will be finishing it. The bag is almost done as is, so I needed to buy him another snack anyways. I’m trying to phase him into real food/snacks and less on the toddler helping foods. The toddler foods are still great to have on hand, but I’ve been making an effort to feed him “adult” food.

sippy cup

Munchkin Paw Patrol Insulated Sippy Cups

For the first time a few days ago, Dean was able to suck milk out of this. He’s not on sippy cups, yet. He hasn’t figured them out yet, but we try multiple times a day and let him play/explore them. I’m not concerned about it. I plan to take away his bottles, when he is 18 months old/ 1 1/2 years old. At that age, he should be able to drink from a sippy. At that point, he would just be lazy. He was a late bloomer with feeding himself food and eating, so I suspect that he’s a late bloomer with sippy cups as well.

With Love ❤

Selena

Beauty, Children, Empties, Evening skincare routine, First Impressions, Food, Lifestyle, Manicure Monday, Morning Skincare Routine, My Life

October Empties

I have a full, bursting bag of empties this month, so I feel very proud of myself. Also, like I accomplished something. I feel so good with cleansing all of these products out of my home and life. I love using stuff up, because it makes room for the stuff that I really love and for new items, too. I want to be more of a minimalist and try to have not as much stuff as I am cutting down and using up stuff. I’m sure I’ll need to do this again someday, but for now, I want to only have things that I love stick around and not being afraid to use up those things as well. I just have a whole new outlook on life. I don’t want to waste what I have, but I don’t want to deny myself fun girly stuff. I don’t spend on myself very often, usually just around Christmas and on my Birthday. I even have NO beauty subscriptions in an effort to use up the stuff that I have and focus on that.

I’ve been purging my clothes and Dean’s as well. I’ve been consigning everything he out grows (right now, it’s fall and winter stuff from last year and earlier this year) and clothes that I just don’t love or will never fit into again. Goodbye size 6 pants. I’ll be happy to be an eight again. I’m currently a happy size 10 to 12. My body is clinging onto those last 10 lbs until I stop breastfeeding. I’ll be using my consignment money to buy clothes for Dean and maybe a few pieces for myself IF I love any of them. I really hate shopping for clothes. I’m hard on myself and my body.

Well, let’s get to those empties!

Dove

1. Dove Original Clean 24H Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant

food

2. M&M’s ChiliNut

coffee

3. & 4. International Delight Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

Cleansing Water

5. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1

wipes

6. & 7. Parent’s Choice Wipes in No Scent

lotion

8. Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer in Aloe Soothe

scrub

9. Victoria’s Secret 2-In-1 Wash & Scrub in PINK Total Flirt

Body Lotion

10. Tree Hut Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion in Coconut Lime

food

11. Gerber Graduates lil’ Crunchies in Mild Cheddar

children

12. Gerber Breakfast Buddies in Apple Cinnamon

ice cream

13. Snickers Ice Cream Bars 6 ct

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14. & 15. & 16. Parent’s Choice Baby Bottles

wipes

17. Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes

leave in conditioner

18. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave In Conditioner

19. Lush Razzle Dazzle Solid Bath Oil

coffee

20. New England Coffee in Blueberry Cobbler

milk bags

21. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags 25 ct

cotton pads

22. Swisspers 100% Cotton Rounds

23. Lush Big Blue Bath Bomb

Serum

24. Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

25. Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

26. OPI Nail Lacquer in Red Texture Polish

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27. Chock Full O’Nuts in Midtown Manhattan Single Serve

Hair Mask

28. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

meds

29. Rite Aid Acetaminophen

30. OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel

makeup remover

31. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

moisturizer

32. Replenix Neckletage

33. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude

Liquid Concealer: Boo-Boo Cover-Up

34. Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer in Medium

eye cream

35. Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream

sample

36. Escada Joyful Perfume Sample

hair tie

37. Hair Tie

Purple Liquid Sand Nail Polish

38. OPI Nail Lacquer in Purple Texture Polish

39. & 40. & 41.  RevivHair Placode Booster Serum

hair tie

42. Hair Tie

hair clip

43. Hair Clip

sample

44. & 45. Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream

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46. Harvey Prince  Serendipity Perfume Sample

With Love ❤

Selena

Book, Freebie, Lifestyle, Reviews, Writing

October Reads 2016

I managed to finish two books in October and I was SO CLOSE to finishing a third. Oh well! I’ll probably have three for next month then. One is a paperback and the other was a kindle freebie. I love getting free books on my kindle, even if they aren’t very good. I’ve made a sizable hit on my personal to-read library at home. Any books that I finish and I don’t love (or weren’t presents), I will consign for 2 dollars. It’s worth getting a little bit of money out of books that you’ve only read once and I have a small apartment. I need to downsize EVERYTHING. The good news is that I’m moving next year! I’ll def show what the apartment looks like empty. Once I complete a room the way I want it to look (styled and furnished and everything), I will show it on my blog. Good things coming next year!

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, #2)Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I feel so-so about this book. All of the character development from the last book was all gone. Honestly, it felt like the first book never happened. The ending was satisfying, but she was shopping again. Honestly, I’ll read the third book, but if the plot line is the same: gets in debt and miraculously gets out of debt in the end; I will not read another book. It’s like the same story told over and over again, just slightly different the second time around. I might try a different book from this author if they just keep rehashing the Shopaholic story. But honestly, her mom’s a bit of a shopaholic herself. 🙂

A Spy Like Me (Circle of Spies, #1)A Spy Like Me by Laura Pauling

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really liked this book in the beginning, but it was almost too long to keep my attention. Add to the fact that the book was all over the place and just really confusing. You don’t know what’s real and what’s not. You don’t really have an idea of what’s going on at all and if you do, the plot totally changes and you are lost again. This book wouldn’t be so bad if you gave the reader just a little bit of information about where the book is leading you to. You think it’s one thing, but it’s another and another. It’s just too all over the place for me to really enjoy it. It was a break from my usual fantasy novels, but I won’t buy the next one in the series. It wasn’t a great start that would make me want to read another unfortunately.
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With Love ❤

Selena

Children, Food, Haul, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, My Life, SALE

A Day Off Haul

Yesterday, I finally took my little one apple picking at the end of the season. I strapped him to my chest in his carrier and he managed to slap a few apples off the tree. We have about 5 baby apples, which were the ones Dean “picked”. The orchard had a little store and you buy your apple bag first and then go picking, which is different from other places. Other places give you a bag and then weigh your apples afterward. I only paid 11.99 plus tax (for the bag, which was only about a quarter).

We had a great time picking our own apples, which were Red Delicious, MAC, Fuji, Pink Lady, Macoun, and Courtland. Only Red Delicious, Pink Lady, and Courtland are in season, but we managed to pick a few good ones still remaining on the other trees. They had a beautiful store of already picked apples, a bakery, and tons of homemade canned goods. They are opened year round, so I’ll definitely be back.

I had to buy a few things from the store, of course! I bought a 1/2 gallon of apple cider, because the one at Walmart sucks and I wanted to see if there was a difference. This was even cheaper than Walmart at 3.75 USD. I really wanted to try some apple butter, but they were all out. I opted for apricot butter instead, which I hope will taste amazing on my morning toast. It was 2.85 for 9 oz, which is a steal! The big jar of apricot preserves was 6.20 for a pound! My dad and I love apricots, so we had to get this. I also bought an apple cider powered doughnut and a piece of apple crisp, not pictured because it was gone in the car. 🙂 From there, I went to Walmart for some food essentials and odds and ends.

These were on a little clearance food display for a dollar a piece. I got both varieties to put in a little glass bowl at my desk at work for a little chocolate pick-me-up. It was really cheap, so I was like “Why not?”. I’ve never had these flavors before.

This is the NUK Learning Cup, which is essentially a sippy cup with a bottle nipple like spout. I think that Dean will take to this one a lot better. It is most similar to a bottle, so I’m hoping it will be a smooth transition and that he will immediately take to it. It’s a little girly, but this was the only design they had. If he takes to it, I will invest in some boy ones for him. My goal is to get rid of the bottles by 1 years old. Hopefully, he likes this one and after he’s one, we will learn how to use a regular cup. Maybe, he will use the 360 cup then, because he would be older and can figure it out better. I’ll be sure to review the bottles that he uses (Parent’s Choice), before I get rid of them.

I am definitely coming down with something. I’ve had massive migraines, stuffy noise, and sore throat. I bought hand sanitizer for my desk at work to keep myself as protected as possible. I need gentle medicine, since I am still breast feeding. The Equate version of Thereaflu is a lot cheaper and works just as well. I used a packet last night and it tastes just like a sweetened cup of tea. It took care of my stuffy noise and sore throat. I wish I bought more than one box, but hopefully, I don’t have a cold for very long. I’m taking the second packet in an hour or so. Like I said, I have to be very careful with how much and what type of medicine that I use while breast feeding. I do better with drinkable meds than pills anyways. I’ve always used meds that dissolve in water, once I found out that they worked better for me than traditional pills.

pens

I love the PaperMate InkJoy pens a lot. The packet of pens that I bought for school are almost running out, so I needed replacements fast. I’m through half the course and I already filled up my notebook as well. These pens were cheap at under 4 USD. I have a few more colors as well such as light green and brown to color code with. I might need to replace my highlighters as well, since they aren’t working as well as before.

Well, that is my little Friday haul. I hope you all enjoyed it. I enjoyed my day off yesterday and I hope I can be just as productive the rest of this weekend.

With Love ❤

Selena

 

Empties, Favorites, Food, Lifestyle, Reviews

A Great Value

For Great Value Cappuccino French Vanilla

Cappuccino mix

This is a coffee beverage mix. It doesn’t have the typical smell/taste/look of coffee. It looks more like a hot chocolate with a little too much milk in it. It smells like vanilla chocolate with a hint of coffee. It doesn’t have a strong coffee taste at all. It is very much an undertone. Non-coffee drinkers could easily enjoy this, I think. I really like this drink mix. Coffee is way down on the ingredients list, so I feel like I can have two cups of this a day on the weekends. I already repurchased this and still love it just as much. I think I will buy something different next time. Too bad they only make one flavor. I really wish they made more. Walmart has great prices on all of their powdered drink mixes. They are a better price than Market Basket and in larger sizes as well. I highly recommend trying this.

With Love ❤

Selena