February Favorites!


Can you believe that February is already over and that we are into March?  It is seriously mind-boggling how quickly time passes these days.

Anyways, I wanted to share a few items that I have been LOVING in the month of February.  I am forever watching monthly favorite videos on YouTube, so finally I am sharing my own faves.

Here we go—

  1. Baby Magic Hair & Body Wash
    Where has this been all of my daughter’s life, and why have I never tried it until now?  This baby shampoo smells SO good, and literally, my daughter smells heavenly ALL day.  I was pretty adamant about using hypoallergenic soaps only for my daughter, but when we ran out one night and cracked this bottle open, I knew there was no going back.
  2. Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray
    I recently just started using the thermal protection spray as part of my hair routine, and I am hooked.  Not only does this spray protect your hair from your blow dryer’s heat, it speeds up the dry time. WHAT? I have the thickest hair and it truly does cut down a few minutes of time I’m spending drying my hair.  Plus it smells like coconuts and pineapple.
  3. Ball Sip & Straw Lids
    Does any one else can in the summer time and have a million and one extra mason jars around the house?  Or is that just me?  I found these awesome lids that fit on top of any size mason jar with a regular canning ring.  The straws are big and perfect for smoothie drinking.
  4. Thieves Oil
    I am definitely an essential oil newbie and novice, but I am totally loving Thieves Oil.  This oil helps protect your immune system, is awesome to use for cleaning, and can help other ailments.  It also smells deliciously like clove.
  5. Suspicion Board Game
    My husband and I are always on the lookout for new games to play with our friends.  We got this game for Christmas and have played it so many times in the past few months.  I would compare the game to Clue, but it is updated and more in depth.  There is a lot more thought that goes into playing Suspicion, and it is SO fun.
  6. Bombshell LipSense and Pearl Gloss
    Have any of you tried LipSense yet?  The lipstick that stays on for up to 18 hours and is gluten free, wax free, lead free, not tested on animals and is 98% natural? Um, it is a GAME CHANGER.  I only have to put lipstick on in the morning and it lasts all day through multiple cups of coffee and meals.  Bombshell is one of my favorite colors because it can be layered with bright colors to tone them down or worn alone for a pretty natural look.  I am also loving the Pearl Gloss that LipSense offers.  It makes the lip colors iridescent and beautiful.
  7. Wacky Cake
    I have a whole blog post dedicated to this cake, but I made it multiple times in February for events because of how simple and delicious it really is.


What are you loving right now?  Leave a comment so I can check out your favorite products.

First Birthday Party Planning

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Everly almost 1.
I can’t believe I am already starting to think about my baby’s first birthday!  Whew, time flies.  I might still have a month and a half to finish birthday party plans, but it seems that I am behind according to most of my friends, family and online resources.

Whenever I am in party planning mode, I think about my grandma. In her hay day, my grandma was the master party planner.  In fact she still has the notebook documenting all of the parties she planned.  This well-loved book is stuffed full of  lists upon lists with neat little check marks noting completion of each to-do entry.  I can remember some of those lists from the major holiday dinners she hosted at her house each year.  She planned out each and every minute of the days leading up to the event.  I laughed at the the fact that she would write 10:53AM, turn on oven.  10:57AM, put ham in oven.  She was so precise and so intentional about every minute of her preparation that during the party she was able to be present and enjoy everyone’s company and what was happening around her.

But the best part of my grandma’s planning was that she was not fussy about the overall state of her home.  She definitely followed a strict cleaning schedule each week, and her floors were immaculate, but she didn’t get upset if something was too out of order.  When I spent my spring breaks with my dearest cousin with my grandparents at their Florida condo, she was always insistent on celebrating our birthdays with a party with their friends.  She would invite them over for cake and coffee and we would always be talked into showing off our recent shopping trip purchases.  In the 15 minutes before everyone arrived, my grandma shuffled around the condo fluffing a few pillows and happened to notice a few miscellaneous papers and items on the counter top.  She looked at my cousin and me and said, “Girls, watch how to pick up quickly.”  She scooped up all of the items and shoved them in the washing machine.  I loved her stress-free attitude about life’s daily clutter.

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Grandma’s decluttering
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A birthday celebration in Florida with my grandma in the background.

As I plan out my daughter’s party, I see myself looking back to my grandma’s expertise. I hope to be organized enough that I can watch my baby light up when she sees her first candle on her first cake and watch those who love her light up when they see her smash her little hands into the icing.  But, I hope to be relaxed enough to not worry about small details and willingly shove them in the washing machine out of sight.

As a Christian, aren’t we called to open our homes and tables and fellowship with others? I want to presently participate in those times of deep conversation and joy.  I don’t want to miss those life-changing moments by worrying about the perfect linens or centerpieces or that there are toys all over my floor.

Will you join me in shoving life’s distractions and clutter in the washing machine?
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