Thursday, April 24, 2014

the one thing i hate about california

the cost of living

specifically the real estate market

I was born and raised in California, it is my home and I love it. Nothing compares to living by the beach, Disneyland, millions of tourist attractions, the awesome weather, and most importantly being minutes away from family. 

It wasn't until we put our little condo on the market that it truly hit me that we live in an expensive state. I have been pretty sheltered when its comes to the reality of the cost of living in California. I promise I am not a spoiled brat. But when it comes to paying rent or a mortgage it has never really been something I had to take into account. So it came to be quite the shock for me when we started to look at new homes. Speaking strictly as a California native the cost to live in a "nice" area is ridiculous, especially when you compare it to other states. 

If your like me and need to visually see what I am talking about here ya go...

For the price we are selling our 2 bed 2 bathroom 1,010 sq ft condo we could buy the following homes...

In Georgia

In North Carolina

In South Carolina

In Kansas

In Houston

In Idaho

Aren't these homes just beyond gorgeous?! I would gladly live in any one of them. 

Did I mention we finally got an offer on our condo!!!! Of course anything can happen between now and when we can officially consider it sold, but I am still very excited. Downside is we haven't found our "dream home". The search is on hence this little post :) If you can't tell I have been looking at homes throughout the US of A (the hubby has the option to work from home so living out of state is a major possibility for us). 

But at this very moment I can't picture living so far away from our family so California you win for now :)

Love to hear your feedback on great cities to live in throughout the US or your personal experience moving away from home!!!

Life As Always
link up as always !!!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

an honest review

After months and months of speculation I decided to give The Honest Company a try. They offer a free trial of their products for only $5.95 (shipping and handling fee) so I figured hey why not. 
In the free trial you get to sample:
shampoo + body wash
face + body lotion
laundry detergent
hand soap
healing balm
your choice of prenatal vitamins or baby/toddler vitamins

It is a monthly membership kind of deal but can be cancelled at any time and you don't have to order each and every month. You can push back a month or even mix and match the products you get in your bundle. For more on those details click here and for the faq click here.

What I love about the company:

- The obvious the quality of the products and they are safe for your little ones.
- I had considers about where the products were made I got to speak to someone in their customer service department that addressed my concerns. The representative took the time to talk to me about my concerns and explain the what and whys. I appreciated the honesty and respect I was given. The answer to my question can be found here.
- They give back to those in need.
- The variety of products they have. You don't have to have a baby to enjoy their products (cleaning products etc).
- They ship right to your door step. 
- The packaging is beautiful.

The honest review on the products:

Laundry Detergent
It had a smell to it that I can't really pinpoint it smelled refreshing but not overwhelming. I used it on the little ones clothing only and it washed well. I can easily live without this product but I will be ordering it in one of my bundles because I can :) and I want to give it another chance to wow me. 
Face + Body Lotion
I used this product on myself and the baby and loved it. It is not thick but applies nicely and doesn't leave you feeling sticky. Love that it makes your skin feel smooth almost instantly. Has a nice smell to it as well.
 Healing Balm
Thankfully did not need to use this product on the little one. I did open it up to check it out though :) It is pretty think but once applied doesn't feel thick. It does stay on well so I can only it assume it would work well on an affected area and not easily wipe off. 
Shampoo + Body Wash
Loved this product so much. You don't need to use much of it during bath time but it still lathers so well. Plus it smells amazing!!!
Hand Soap
The baby and I both used this product. As much as it is easier to use foam soap with the little one I would gladly use this one with her. You only need a drop of it to get a great lather and clean hands. Has such a clean refreshing smell.

Love them and so does the baby. The designs are beyond adorable and the baby loved picking out which one to wear. They felt a little stiff at first touch but held up very well and the baby was very comfortable in it. No leaks whatsoever. I compared them with BabyGanics (which I still like and feel like it is the most similar minus the fancy designs you get with Honest) and Seventh Generation (which I did not like, they didn't hold up well and would leak). 
Loved them. They wipe well(so you don't use so many at one time) and are soft on the baby's skin. The texture on the wipes are soft on the skin but really wipe well when needed. I compared them too Huggies Natural Care (which worked well but I felt were to moist) and BabyGanics (which I liked but I felt were a little to dry and I had to use more of). 

Overall the Honest Company gets the stamp of approval from the baby and I.

We ordered our first diaper and wipes bundle last week and were very impressed with how quickly it came. The order went in on Monday and we got our shipment the next day :) 

I am very excited about ordering our next Essential Bundles and trying out their sunblock  because summer is just around the corner hooray !!

Find The Honest Company... here here here here here

Have your tried their products?! Any I should add to my list ?? Please comment below!!

*This post is not sponsored by The Honest Company it is simply a review on a brand I was curious about and actually liked and felt the need to share with others.


Monday, April 21, 2014

dresses and rompers oh my

I have been stung by the shopping bug and Cailee is reaping all the benefits. If she could wear dresses and rompers all day long she would and to be perfectly honest so would I. With Spring in full swing it was only appropriate that we update the little ones wardrobe. I feed my shopping addiction and Cailee got some new goodies win and win!!!

Seriously how adorable are these...and for the record if I come across the light pink eyelet dress in my size I am totally buying it (sorry hubby I know I said I'd cool it with the shopping but its too cute not to make mine) !!
top: left | middle | right
bottom: left | middle | right

And for the ladies here are some dresses that are just perfect for Spring/Summer...
@shopkikilarue I want it all maxi

What are your Spring/Summer wardrobe staples?


Thursday, April 10, 2014

disneyland egg stravaganza 2014

Last year I had heard about an Easter egg hunt at Disneyland but of course we had missed out on the dates so this year I made sure not to miss out on all the fun. 

We arrived to the park about a half an hour after it opened and went on the carousel of course. Because we clearly can't start a Disneyland mommy and Cailee day without a ride on "minimus". Yes Cailee pretty much calls any horse she sees Minimus (ya know like from Sofia the First). 

I'll admit I didn't really do my research on the egg hunt I figured we would just wing it how hard could it be right?We pretty much went on a hunt just to find the map alone. Well, no worries because I will share what I know to make it easier on you guys should you decided to join in on the fun too. 

What you need to know:
- The Egg Stravaganza 2014 is going on until April 20
- You can join in on the fun at Disneyland Park (in California), Disney California Adventure, and Epcot. 
- You can pick up the special maps at the following locations:
   Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co., Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios,
   Rushin’ River Outfitters, Studio Store and Treasures in Paradise.
   Disneyland park – Disney Showcase, Fairy Tale Treasures, Gag Factory, Pieces of Eight     
   and Pooh Corner
   Epcot – Heritage Manor (American Adventure Pavilion), Disney Traders, International 
   Gateway, Pin Central and Port of Entry
- The special maps only cost $4.95 
- The hidden eggs are all around the park and they are big eggs (I completely thought they were tiny little eggs).
- The location of the eggs are on the map and you place the corresponding sticker on the map once you spot the egg. 
- When your done finding all the eggs you take the map back to the redemption location and you get a special little prize. 
- Apparently you don't really need to find the eggs because if you take your make to the redemption location they will give you a prize regardless. I personally thought that was a big joke because what fun is that?! 
- TRUST ME you will have fun :) 

This is the map for Disneyland... (egg stickers not pictured but they are behind the map on a separate sheet). They are very cute and are of different characters :)

Cailee and her finished map (don't worry I blocked out the eggs to avoid spoiling the fun). One lady saw us when we found our first hidden egg and she started telling us which eggs where at each location. I had to be as nice as possible to cut her off. She was so surprised I didn't want to know and I think she got a little offended but oh well we actually wanted to look for them ourselves ;) and so glad we did because every time we spotted a hidden egg Cailee would get so excited and say "we did it momma we found da egg". I would ask her to find the corresponding sticker and she had a blast. 

For a reference point this is how the eggs look. I had no clue so this would have been helpful for me at the starting point :) 

Cailee and her special prize :) 

This was a great experience and I highly recommend it for all ages.

So hop on over to a park today  :) haha get it hop!? 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

hubby posted what

It is time for another round of the funniest link ups in the blog world Sh* Men Say! I am pretty much cheating because I am sharing with you something hubby posted on good ole Instagram! The hubby and I have a sense of humor that some do not understand but to us we are hilarious. Just combine Superbad +  Step Brothers + 21 & Over + Forgetting Sarah Marshall + Knocked Up and that's our sense of humor in a nutshell. When we first started dating we would pretty much quote Superbad and Step Brothers all the time. So it was no surprise to me that he would quote Superbad with photos he posted on his Instagram but then I saw the actual picture he posted it with and cracked up. 

Yep ^ that's my hubby for ya lol I am oh so proud. For those you wondering no I am not married to the iceman Val Kilmer that again is hubby being hubby :)

Voyage of the Mee Mee


Monday, April 7, 2014

make something new monday {veggie burger}

Last week with you that I was partaking in a 6 week meal plan. My first week went perfectly. I ate everything I was supposed to and felt great. I enjoyed trying the different recipes and learning exactly how much you are really supposed to eat throughout the day. After finsihing the whole week successfully I feel really confident in preparing my own meal plans :) All it took was a little push in the right direction. 

I tried my first ever veggie burger and loved it! This was by far the easiest meal to prepare. You don't really even need a recipe for it which is awesome :) 

Our entire meal consisted of a veggie burger (a little mustard on the bun and topped off with fresh avocado slices), mixed greens salad with a drizzle of fat free italian dressing, and sweet potato fries (seasoned with a dash of cajun seasoning). 

I cooked the veggie burger on a frying pan but I am positive it would taste just as amazing if not better by cooking it on a grill. 

So if your like me and are skeptical about veggie burgers don't be they are delicious !! 


Friday, April 4, 2014

toddler moments + friday loving

I have mentioned many times before that my two year old loves nail polish!!! She rarely ever sits still long enough for me to paint her nails and let them dry so we always end up taking the nail polish right off. However that hasn't stopped her love of nail polish. She has never thought to open any of the nail polishes until this week (gotta love toddlers right?!?!).

It was almost 5pm and I was starting to get dinner ready and Cailee was running from the kitchen to her room to her bathroom and back to the kitchen, when I hear Cailee scream out "Momma I paint my nails!!!!". I stop everything I am doing immediately and run to find her in her bathroom with her hands looking like this...

Yep...she managed to find the only nail polish in her bathroom (that I left in there a few weeks back) and decided to play some toddler version of nail salon. Needless to say I was a little on the angry side and she was beyond proud of her fancy red "nails". Lesson learned keep nail polishes out of the baby's sight at all times. 

So this weeks Friday favorites will be dedicated to my little nail polish expert ;)

Here are some of my favorite nail polish colors and designs...maybe I can get Cailee to paint my nails?!

| one |
Chevron and Glitter
 Pretty much anything with chevron on it gets a thumbs up in my book and add in glitter and its pure perfection. Not to mention the pretty pink shade !!

| two |
Hot Pink
I am a sucker for hot pink nail polish especially in the summer. There is something about the bright color that just screams fun.

| three |
Neutral Colors
On the off chance that I am not wearing some type of pink nail polish I love me some neutral colors. They pretty much go with any outfit and they are pretty win win!

| four |
This color is just so pretty. I swear it can be worn by any skin color !!

| light purple |
This color just screams spring to me! 

What is your "go to" nail polish color? and if your brave ;) please share your favorite toddler moment !!

Happy Friday People !! It's the weekend hip hip hooray !