18 Months Toddler Update

Where has half a year gone?! It feels like last month we had Liam’s 1st Birthday party. This past few months have been a lot of new things and developments. Liam is growing into a toddler and less a baby. He has learned so much and his personality is showing more and more. These past six months accelerated his speech, abilities, and social skills! After the year mark life gets interesting, hard, fun, exciting, and challenging.

Developments

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Social

  • Liam started kissing on the mouth about a month ago. If Daddy or I pucker our lips and make the kissy noise after asking for a kiss Liam will kiss us on the lips.
  • He has started high fives recently.
  • He has officially starting to wave back properly or waves goodbye to his class.
  • Hugs and today he hugged me from behind as I was sitting on the ground.
  • Babbles while is reads a book with me as though he is reading it to me.
  • Hits quite often now but will be gentle after a few reminders.
  • Shows compassion when someone is hurt or sad.
  • Crying or showing signs of frustration when he doesn’t get his way.
  • Sharing with others even though he doesn’t quite understand that yet.
  • Takes turns throwing a ball with me.
  • He likes to pull us and tries to get us to stand up and has us follow him.
  • Holds hands while walking.

Communication

  • Can repeat almost clearly the words shoe, sock, tree, uh oh, no, dada, momma, and hat.
  • Sighs more, please, milk(this is new), all done without being asked! He can sometimes sign thank you when asked.
  • When he asks please he usually means for food. Today he did that and I got him a snack.
  • Says “uh oh” when he hits his head or drops something.
  • Can follow a few directions like “go build a tower”(gets blocks), “go get woody or Chaucer the Bear(gets those toys), “kisses”, “get a book”(gets a book), “clean up” (cleans) or “clean your face” after I hand him a wipe he will.
  • Sounds like he is “singing” The ABC Song.
  • Pretends to talk on the cellphone by holding is up to his ear and babbling.

Newer Intellectual or Cognitive Skills

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  • He can match colors, shapes, and pictures.
    • Examples:
      • we have a cute box of little books and they have matching pictures on the cardboard container that holds each little book and he can match them in the proper places.
      • Matches puzzle pieces.
      • He can match shapes on his shape car. He can almost match all of the shapes in the proper holes.
      • He can match the colors in his All Better book. The sticker bandaids can be placed back onto their colored spot in the book and he can match them by himself.
  • He can put away things back where he got them.
  • Remember familiar songs or parts of a book and react to them, in the same way, each time.

Newer Physical Developments

  • Has 4 new teeth(top pointy and bottom molars).

Fine Motor Skills

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  • Can use a spoon!
  • Can hold a pen almost correctly and pretends to write.
  • Grab small objects and place them into their proper places or containers.
  • Builds a tower with blocks or stacks toys.
  • Points at things.
  • Tries to blow air(watches me blow on his food).
  • Pushes anything that looks like an on button.
  • He tries to put on his socks and shoes. He also will bring over our shoes and knows who shoes are whose. He has tried putting my shoes on my feet or has tried putting on our shoes on his feet. It is just too cute.
  • He can put on hats.
  • Tries to put a key in our front door.

Play

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  • Liam likes to play ball.
  • LOVES to have Daddy or Uncle hold him up to the ceiling and tap it.
  • He has been obsessed with the lights and wants to have us turn it off and on. We even have him use the switch.
  • He loves anything that has a box or container so that he can take things out or put things in.
  • He likes to match things up like his puzzles or little books.
  • He likes to pretend he is talking on a phone.

Dislikes

  • Baths lately, but gets into it once he starts to splash around.
  • Being in the carseat.
  • Doesn’t care for cow’s milk.
  • Rice.
  • Getting his diaper changed; wiggles or screams.

Recent Behavior Developments

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Liam for the past month or two has been hitting at home more and at daycare. He does this when he gets something taken away or needs to be moved. Sometimes there isn’t a clear reason. At daycare he is doing this to the smaller ones. We have been working on this.

18 Month Old Ped Appointment

Height: 2′ 7.5″ (16%)

Weight: 22lbs 8 oz (24%)

BMI: 15.94 kg/m2

He is still a little guy and is great health. I thought he may have had a reaction to the Amoxicillin that he used, but when talking to his Ped, he did not. What I saw the day after using this medication back in February was a red mark shaped like a heart on his knee that went away after about a week. About a week after he was done with the meds, he has some light red spots on his chest and back, but went away fast. She is not convinced this was related and if so, was not to be concerned about it. *I am adding this for my own records.

Liam has grown so much lately into a toddler and less like the little baby we took home in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motherhood and Guilt

I have been working on a few things within myself to better my relationships, marriage, and become more of a patient, gentle mother/wife.

I am…

  • very impatient
  • worry too much
  • rush things
  • complain
  • and irritable; especially when hungry or stressed.

I try to work these things everyday, however fall short quite often.

After I mess up, I feel like a horrible mom or wife. For example when I yelled at our 1 year old who is just tired and doesn’t mean to stress me out. I still feel so guilty for yelling and I am trying hard to make sure the situation is better next time. This time I forgot it was nap time and tried driving to a park. It was my fault.

Motherhood. Parenthood. It is hard! I am faced with my worse side more often than I wish to and the fact is that I am molding this little human which is quite terrifying and wonderful at the same time. Some days I have things all figured out. Some days I have things out of control. Change is hard, but the best things in life are worth working hard for. We have only been parents for a little over a year, however it is still extremely hard to think of someone else more often than myself. A small person needs so much attention, time, and love.

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When feeling an overwhelming amount guilt, it can be depressing. I remind myself to do better next time and plan accordingly. Dwelling only makes things worse and I will never be perfect. I can only brush myself off and move on.

There’s always a new day to try again!

Share your experiences and what you learned from it! What have you worked hard on within yourself?

 

Ipsy Subscription Review

I have been subscribed to Ipsy a few times now since they first started in 2011. If you like beauty subscriptions such as Birchbox, Glossy Box, Little Black bag, or many others then you will LOVE Ipsy. You receive many great products and brands, even companies many people haven’t tried or heard of. They have a variety of high end or drugstore products so if you fall in love with something, you don’t have to buy an expensive product. I believe Ispy has grown so much as a company and they truly strive for excellent customer service.

The History of Ipsy:

Ipsy was formally called MyGlam founded by Michelle Phan in 2011. I remember watching on Michelle’s Youtube when she announced the opening of the site and it was also when I received my first Myglam bag! Many other beauty gurus on Youtube joined as beauty advocates or stylists and showcase the website and the bags they get for each month. Beauty gurus such as Promise, Andrea, Jessica, and Bethany. Since then, there has been many faces of Ipsy.
There was a lot hype before it opened as well as a huge waiting list after the first subscribers signed up. I was apart of the first group! After some mishaps, they became one of the most popular beauty subscription service. You can read their about here.

The Benefits of Subscribing:

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  • It is only $10.00 a month with free shipping for deluxe or full size products!
  • You take a quiz on their site to determine the types of products they will send you.
  • You can earn points by sharing your unique link. You are able to redeem a set amount of points for FREE products.
  • You try new products you have never tried before ranging from low end products to high end products that way you can discover brands or products you would want to purchase in the future.
  • Every month Ipsy has coupon codes or offers from the brands that were featured during that month, even if you were not sent that particular product!
  • Every month your products are in an adorable bag. Get ready to have a plethora of bags!
    • You can use them for storage, gifts, or your purse!
  • This is a great way to bring fun content to your readers by reviewing the bags each month.

The Website

The website has changed a few times and I feel this current setup is the easiest and simplest version to use. There are four tabs on the top labeled:
  1. Glam Bag
    • This tab is for inquiring about your glam bag of the month. It tells you the story behind that bag and its contents. You also have an option to review the items you received in exchange for points. Lastly, this will give you more details about the products you got.
  2. Offers
    • Ipsy Offers
      • “Score early access and sweet deals every week day @ 9 AM PT”

    • Brand Offers
      •  You get amazing deals from the brands that where in the bag that month. You get coupons codes to use on the brand’s site
  3. Points
    • You get to turn your points into bonus items in your glam bag for the month.
  4. Giveaways
    • I cannot explain how amazing Ipsy Giveaways are! So many in a month with AMAZING brands like Pixie by Petra, Eva NYC, IT Cosmetics, BeFine, and MORE. It is a huge loot!

Your Account

This is very easy to navigate and you can adjust your subscription and billing info. This is also where you can update your beauty preferences and take the test again. You can also edit your username, email, or password on this page.

Your Profile

This will showcase your photos you may have uploaded and your profile picture.

  • On the right will show any reviews you have posted.
  • On the left is your profile picture- your hair, skin, and eye color, and lastly how long you have been apart of Ipsy.

 

Customer Service

Everyone will have their own experiences and ALL brands have problems. That being said, throughout the years Ipsy has worked well with me if I ever had any problems. They are fairly quick to respond and even when it was my mistake, I was going to get sent another bag.

Past Bags from 2011-2017

Last Thoughts

I always come back to this subscription service! It is like that one mascara you always go back to after you ventured off to try something new.

Let Ipsy be your mascara!

If you want to sign up with my invite link either click the IPSY links or CLICK HERE.

-Kristina

 

Foraged Fields Review

Welcome to another Small Business Review. I love to try out natural and homemade products as you may notice. This brand appealed to me because of the logo and products offered. This kit was paid for on a discounted price, however this is my honest opinion of this shop.

Customer Service

My interaction with April was pleasant and she created this review kit. I love how quick she is to respond and her patience with me with getting this review up and running.

What is  Foraged Fields All About?

I started my shop because I love decadence. I have some amazing things in my life and I want to share them with everyone. Now I can!

I love everything natural and love learning about homesteading and going back to our roots. I want to help people slow down and appreciate the little things in life; like soft pants and doing things for yourself.

I started this shop to share natural and organic products that were hand made and not pumped out in a factory. I get my ingredients from local sources where possible and make sure that there is nothing fake in each product. It’s amazing how sensitive we all are but we just don’t know it. Going back to natural whole products and fibers can help change your life!

Products:

Blush

Her blush is plant-based and Organic. I like how smooth and soft this is. It is VERY subtle on the skin, but gives a nice little glow. If you are looking for more of a natural look then this is for you.

  • Materials: beets, arrowroot starch for lighter shades, french red clay for lighter shades
  • Ships worldwide

 

Powder Foundation

I am not a huge fan of powder foundation because it tends to cling onto dry patches or my little hairs. However, this is very soft and I like to use it over my under eye concealer to add more staying power and coverage. This softens the area up nicely.

  • Materials: Organic Arrowroot starch, Organic Bentonite Clay, Organic Rhassoul Clay

 

Natural ChapStick

This really hydrates my lips and smells nice. I love that it does not take long to warm up and glides on smoothly.

 

Natural Face Cream

I LOVE this product. It is amazing for the winter and although feels a little thick, it soaks in the skin nicely and your face is smooth and plump. I love to use this at night to have nice skin in the morning. It smells very nice as well.

  • Great for all skin types, including sensitive skin. SUPER hydrating and great to apply after a shower, before bed or throughout the day. Great for people who work outside and have painfully dry skin or people who just want to not have wrinkles in the future. Can be an excellent intensive night treatment. Testers have seen results after only one use!
  • Materials: coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower infused with calendula, shea butter, beeswax, maca, kelp, reishi mushrooms
Overall Experience

If I had to say which product to get out of these few I have tried grab the Face Cream! It also works well on my lips while I am also hydrating my face. A little goes a long way and it has amazing benefits. Check out April’s shop and let her know I sent you.

Places you find Foraged Fields:

Her Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ForagedFields?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ForagedFields/?hc_ref=SEARCH

-Kristina

Kloverbox Subscription Review

Today I will bring you Kloverbox, a green living subscription box. Their products range from skincare to People Towels. This box is perfect for anyone interested in green living and testing out brands/ products you may have never heard of.

Disclaimer: I was sent boxes for reviewing purposes for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

About Kloverbox

Kloverbox is an expertly curated monthly subscription box. We help you incorporate safe and effective products into every aspect of your life. Discover organic, natural and cruelty-free beauty, lifestyle, nutrition and healthy home brands. Choose a Monthly Subscription, a Three Month Subscription or a Six Month one-time purchase.

My Customer Service Experience

My interaction with Lora from Kloverbox has been very pleasant and she has been extremely patience with the timeframe of this review. She replies in a timely manner and very professional. I feel very comfortable contacting Kloverbox.

The Website

The website is very clean and easy to navigate. The logo is a cute clover which obviously goes with their clever name. The tabs are straight forward which eliminates any confusion. The website is very appealing and gives the natural feel you want in green living.

The Boxes

I have received three boxes thus far and every single one of them have been packaged perfectly. I love how each time I checked my mailbox they were a surprise.

  • The boxes have themes that curate products related to the theme.
  • Natural and biodegradable products
  • American made
  • A well balanced product selection
  • Product description and prices are included

Here is an example of what came in the recent boxes: Kloverbox Monthly

September 2016 Box


October 2016 Box


November 2016 Box

My Overall Thoughts on Kloverbox

I love what they pick in each box and how they have themes. This makes sure you have something different each month. I feel they have done a great job with the selection and is a great deal for the quality of products they send.

I love how this is a great way to get started in green living in not only in a beauty standpoint, but lifestyle. You can get introduced to so many things you may not have thought of.

I love how they went Green with their boxes.

Kloverbox has proudly teamed up with ECOENCLOSE  for our boxes!

Your Kloverbox will now be packed using eco-friendly materials in our ongoing effort to support sustainability. The box you are receiving every month is Recyclable, Recycled, Biodegradable, Renewable, Reuseable and Upcycled. Saving our forests has never been easier! EcoEnclose boxes are made from a mix of 95% post-consumer waste and 5% post-industrial waste. Absolutely NO new materials are used in the manufacturing of these ridiculously green shipping cartons. The crinkle paper (filler) is also made out of 100% recycled material.

For only $25 a month you can be sent amazing high quality green products to create a healthier and eco-friendly life. You also have other payment options.

I highly recommend this subscription for anyone who loves green living!

-Kristina

The Grieving Stages of a Former Stay at Home Mom

The transition from being home with your child all day, everyday, to working full time without seeing them is not only hard and tiring, but sad. Separation anxiety and missing your child is so strong! The routine goes from always tending to your child to giving them to other people for the whole day without knowing everything that goes on. And that is scary and heartbreaking to an anxious person.

These are the mental stages a mother can go through when transitioning into a working mom:

1: The First Day

This is surprisingly not the hardest day. However, your child will be on your mind all day and when they cry when you pick them up makes you sad. You do get somewhat distracted by the new job.

2: The First Night

You dread having to go back and cry because you will miss them so much.

3: The Second Day

This is hardest day because you know how the day will feel and your child is still confused why they are being left even if though they are distracted by the toys when you drop them off.

4: The First Full Week

The last day of the week your child is done being there. You may see more crying than the first day. It will make you cry in the bathroom before you start work.

5: The Second Week

You feel a lot better this week and can focus on your job. Your child has adapted fairly well to the routine. There are little tears now and then, but a lot of progress has been made for both parties.

6: The Constant Reminder That You Don’t See Everything Anymore

You have to accept that you no longer get to see everything your child learns or does for the first time or see their development first hand. This makes you sad.

7: Acceptance

You are confident in his caregivers and know that at this time you are doing what is best for your family. You know your child is learning a lot, gaining social skills, and having fun. Someday you will be able to be home with your child/children again and in the meantime enjoy life.

 

A Mother’s Pumpkin Patch Reflections

This year during our family time at the Thomasson Family Farm I was thrown into a whirl wind of emotions and memories of the past year. We came to this very same farm last year when Liam was almost 2 months old. I remember seeing all of the activities he would be able to do once he got older. This year I experienced joy as our little boy enjoyed himself on the farm. As cliche as it sounds, this past year has gone by way too fast!

Pumpkin Patch Fun a Year Later

Pumpkin Patch 2015 and 2016

Before/Now

Reflecting over the year I think of all of the challenging and amazing moments as a mother.

  • I remember the long, tiresome nights with tears and hair pulling.
  • I remember the snuggles in bed.
  • I remember the first time Liam crawled.
  • I remember the first time he said momma.
  • I remember the insecurities and the guilt for dreading the nights or the feedings.
  • I remember all of the family moments going on adventures and creating memories.

This time last year I carried Liam around in his carrier. I breastfeed in the Corn Maze. He did so well! This year he is a big boy and walking around exploring with family, riding in his new stroller, and loving his little tiny pumpkin that daddy found for him. Life goes on and you better keep up!

Going to the same place around the same time a year later brought all of these emotions and memories. I am excited to see more pictures like this in the future. He grows and learns so fast! Please slow down.

-Kristina