Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Happy Third Anniversary To My Better Half

July 31, 2013…that marks my third year wedding anniversary to my wonderful husband. My better half and I have been quite busy raising our first child, a 14 month old girl. She sure loves attention! Most of the time we are Mommy and Daddy, and sometimes that can take away from husband and wife time.  But I am glad my husband and I can set some time to remember that well, we are a married couple.

This morning he surprised me with my gift. I wasn't ready for exchanging gifts; my gift to him was still in the bag from the store I purchased it from! Well I am so spoiled!!! He looked up what the third anniversary gift would be and found out it was leather. So what did he get me? My gift was beautiful, a black leather Coach Wristlet. Love, love, love. See picture below.



Of course now my little gift just seemed puny next to his. I also got him a leather item, but mine was a simple belt. He already had a wallet, and although I wanted to buy him shoes, I just wasn't sure which ones. I hope he liked his belt. Buying gifts for men is a lot tougher than buying for women.

Last year I was still sleep deprived with a 2 month old that I could find time (or energy) to get him a gift. But he got me a cute cotton pillow case with a picture of us standing in front of the Eiffel Tower from our honeymoon. So this year I decided to add a cotton shirt to the gift. Kind of like catching up I suppose!



Gifts aside, I look forward to many, many, more years of celebrating together! I love you honey!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Front Row at The Package Tour Chicago - NKOTB, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men

I’ve been so busy I forgot to share my fun time at the NKOTB The Package Tour details!  A couple of months they made the announcement that the boys would be back in town along with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. What an awesome line up I thought. Well being the spoiled concert brat that I am I could only go if I could get a hold of some awesome seats. And for the $100 price tag they had to be good. So sadly when I couldn’t get anything for Friday’s show I did the next best thing. I entered every single contest I could find. I thought if it’s a free ticket then I don’t care where I sit as long as I go.

Well a few days later they announced a second show for Thursday night. Once again I tried my luck to no avail. I did not want to spend $100 and be high up in the 100 level. Oh well I thought. A couple of weeks before the show I decided to check Ticketmaster to see what was left. I saw this little tab for “Official Platinum Tickets” where tickets were available at a premium. Well this was my lucky day. For a couple of extra dollars I was able to score floor seats…FRONT ROW!  Yes!!! I was super excited and nervous, I’m a petite girl and thought “am I going to have a hard time fighting other girls to be in the front”? 

But wait there’s more. Wednesday during lunch I got a call from an unknown number. I don’t usually answer these calls but I was close enough to a computer to do a quick reverse number lookup. Good thing, cause I found out it was a radio station calling! Surprise “you just one a pair of tickets to Thursday’s NKOTB concert”! I was shocked, and didn’t know what to say other than thank you. Well now the dilemma…2 pairs of tickets for the same show!  Getting someone to take the tickets wasn’t hard, but the only thing was you wouldn’t know what seats they were until you got there.

I took my cousin to the front row, and the radio tickets ended up being awesome as well, they were in the lower 100 level, dead center! My friends had a great time. Plus my worries all disappeared once I got to the front row because they implemented the best system ever…and every concert should do this. You could only stand by the stage/barricade if you had a front ticket. They gave out wristbands and security was great about no letting anyone up without one and no one could sneak into our seats either. So basically the front row was empty and the second row was like the first row, HA.

I had an unbelievable time! I got to shake almost everyone’s hand (missed out on Donnie and on Nick). But thanks to my cousin and some nice girls that were standing by us, I did get a rose from Boyz II Men. I kept trying to catch one, but being short someone taller would just take it out of my hand! Oh, the madness, LOL. Here are a couple of pictures! Can’t wait till next time!





Monday, July 29, 2013

Fekkai Glossing Cream - Helps Control Frizz in Chicago Humidity

I received a free bottle of Fekkai Glossing Cream from Glamour Magazine. I wanted to share some pictures of my hair using the product. I have loose curly hair and am always looking for a product that will make my curls look good but that won’t weight my hair down. I think this is a good product for me. Plus it fights frizz, which in this Chicago humidity is a must. Like most products it says to use a “pea-size” amount, but I find myself using more of a berry size since I have a lot of hair. For more information on this product visit:


If you’ve used the product let me know your thoughts!




Monday, July 15, 2013

Graco Vance UrbanLite Classic Connect Travel System Review

Second Item: UrbanLite™ Classic Connect™ Travel System

When it came to the car seat and stroller I had to debate. Do I really need a stroller? I know I need a car seat, but a stroller? I decided that I should get one in case I had enough motivation to stroll around in the park or mall. My main concern was size and weight. I didn't want to be one of those persons who took over the whole walkway or sidewalk. I also needed something that I would be able to carry by myself and fold by myself. It’s crazy to think there are strollers out there that I just couldn't figure out or were just too heavy. I’m glad I found this one. It is light enough for me to carry and sturdy enough for baby and all of her belongings. I’m super happy that my husband was my motivator to get out of the house during my maternity leave, he’d even take a walk with baby and me and go to the mall with us (he loathes the mall). He too was impressed by how easy it was to put together and how simple it was to handle. 

I ended up using the stroller almost every day about six weeks postpartum. Now that I’m back to work we use it on the weekends and 3 out of the weekdays for our walks. Baby doesn't mind being in her stroller. Now that she is older she likes sitting up the whole time looking out. As a baby we would use the car seat attached up until 6 months. After that I felt comfortable having her sit in the stroller or takes naps by lowering the back. I miss those days when she would just fall asleep on our walks!

The car seat seemed so big when we first put baby in it; she was such a tiny baby. Very easy to install in car and we did get the extra base in order to not have to keep moving it from one car to the other. The removable infant body support was a great idea. It kept my little baby nice and snug until she could ride without it. It cradled her head and neck so that it wouldn't move all over the place. Once baby weighed in at 15 lbs it was a lot more difficult for me to carry as it was just getting too heavy, I had to use both hands as opposed to just one. But I still think that compared to other car seats this was one of the lighter models.


Stroller:
Stroller Weight: 19.73 lbs
Dimensions:
L: 28", W: 19", H: 40"
Folded Dimensions:
Folded Length: 37", Folded Width: 22", Folded Height: 15"

Infant Car Seat:
With SnugRide Classic Connect 30 Infant Car Seat: Weight without base: 7.5 lbs
Weight with base: 15 lbs
Dimensions:
Depth: 27", Width: 16.5", Height: 24" With SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat: SnugRide Classic Connect 35: Weight without base: 9.7 lbs
Weight with base: 16.7 lbs
Dimensions:
Depth: 30.7", Width: 18.7", Height: 15.6" 




Friday, July 12, 2013

Graco Vance Pack 'n Play Playard with Newborn Napper Elite Review

When it came to picking out the essential big ticket items for my baby I decided that I wanted to find something neutral, in case you know baby number two turned out to be the opposite sex. Well that was actually more difficult than I thought it would be. I felt most of the neutral items were still too masculine. But I was excited to find the Graco Vance Collection because it is mostly blacks and grays with a touch of cream, perfect for either a boy or girl. The items we purchased were the Pack 'n Play® Playard with Newborn Napper® Elite and UrbanLite™ Classic Connect™ Travel System.

I’m a big fan of Graco as growing up our family and friends all seemed to lean towards this brand. It is both efficient and economically priced.

First Item: Pack 'n Play® Playard with Newborn Napper® Elite.

I used this item the most in the first 5 months of baby’s arrival. The napper was perfect since our baby was on the small side and this made for the perfect sleeping space while she grew. It does have a vibrating and music feature; however we did not use those extra functions very much. All babies are different and ours just preferred to lay still and quiet. The price is very comparable to other similar items on the market, but I felt that this still gave me more of my money’s worth. Although the napper/bassinet portion is removable, we didn’t find it necessary to move it so I can’t comment on if it is or not easy to put back on, etc. Once we took it off it was because we were ready to transition from newborn to infant level.

We decided not to purchase a changing table, so the attached changing pad was heaven sent. It was a great height for me to change my baby’s diaper and it didn’t hurt my back. I didn’t have to do much bending. I’m about 5’2. It does mention on the website that it can hold up to 30 lbs, but then it contradicts itself and says 15 lbs. We only used it till baby was a little over 15 lbs as she started to move too much.

Now that Madeline is one and is all over the place we finally use the playard for her to play in. She loves the roomy space and can have all her toys in there with her and still have room to nap.

The only thing I didn’t like about this item was the “deluxe storage hamper”. I felt it was just too limp. Most items where just too heavy for it to hold and it just sagged, not a pretty site. We mostly used it to hold diapers, creams, wipes, and some teething toys.

Overall Height: 33.3" Width: 28.5 Depth: 40"