One of a Kind with Nena & Co

Everyone has seen “the mom bag.” The hideous, filthy, cheerios stuck to the bottom, dried milk on the straps, if you touch it you’ll wake up with a cold the next day, MOM BAG. Yuck. I promised myself I would never carry around one of “those germ infested things.”

And that’s when I found Nena & Co.

Nena & Co has beautiful, high quality, purposeful bags and I had to have one. I loved the One of a Kind collection because I will be honest, I hate showing up places and seeing people with the same exact thing as me. For instance my Apple Phone, can’t people just buy the Samsung Galaxy? Kidding!! But really, I like to have unique things. So I went with Nena & Co One of a Kind convertible bag. The bag is curated from vintage fabrics woven from memory by a Guatemalan artisan up to 10 years ago. Each pattern on the bag is distinctive to the reign when the artisan lives. As if it doesn’t get any cooler than this? Nena & Co then adds hand cut leather to the bags to make them durable, sturdy, and mom approved.

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California Baby Giveaway

California Baby just launched a new 100% Plant-based lotion and it is AMAZING!! And guess what? It’s the first and ONLY 100% USDA certified biobased lotion! It’s free of petroleum contaminants, synthetics! The calendula scent is my absolute favorite! The combination of clary sage and lavender is light and refreshing and the scent stays! It not only helps my dry skin and isn’t over greasy but it made Charlie’s eczema behind his knees completely go away!

Find out more here:

www.californiababy.com/collections/100-biobased-products

And we’re giving away two lotions to one lucky follower! To enter, subscribe to the blog and leave a comment!! Ends on thanksgiving!

Annie Bruno and Hellobabybums

I had the pleasure of meeting Aesthetics Nurse Injector, Annie Bruno  at Dr Todd Hobgood’s Facial Plastic Surgery Office.

Voluma

What is it? Voluma is a gel and is used for deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss and can also be used in the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds).

If your anything like me, the first place I loose weight is in my face and the first place I gain weight is in my abdomen. I’ve been working out a lot recently and my face was looking rather gaunt. I started noticing smile lines and the area under my eyes seemed so sunken in.

Annie recommended 2 cc (1 cc= 1/5 teaspoon) of Voluma and 1cc of volbella to nasolabial folds. A little bit goes a long way.

Prior to the injection, Annie placed “numbing cream” on my face and the pain was so minimal.

My favorite part about the Voluma? The immediate results of it. You can see a difference right away. The following pictures are before and after (within minutes of each other).

People that say “they look overdone” typically have been treated with way too much filler or had a bad placement by an injector. Which is why I would choose and highly recommend Annie Bruno over any other Botox injector.

Thank you Annie for making this first time experience, the BEST!

Botox

I’ll admit, before I ever received botox I was nervous to even do it. Firstly, because of the stigma surrounding it, but mostly because I was uneducated about what it really IS and what it really does. I didn’t want to walk out having an obvious change. So after doing some research on botox, I realized just exactly what it was. Botox is derived form a protein and temporarily relaxes targeted muscle areas by blocking nerve impulses that trigger contactions (like a frown). Local injection reduce wrinkles from anywhere between 3-6 months.

I started to notice some wrinkle lines in my forehead and also a frown line between my eyes above my nose. I am blaming it on being nearsighted and squinting more frequently than not.

And for those of you who are worried or timid of the pain from an injection….If any of you have toddlers and have ever had a hot wheel to the forehead than trust me, you’ve experienced more pain than a botox injection. It’s like being pinched and very tolerable.

Results:

I would do it over and over again. My favorite thing about botox is not only the results but also the prevention. Since doing botox for the first time I have noticed such a significant improvement in my skin and my fine lines. My fine lines in my forehead have completely disappeared and my “frown line” is now my casper line. GONE.

You can contact Annie at:

480.214.9955 // 8415 NORTH PIMA ROAD #120 SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85258

Boo Baskets for Sunshine Acres

Every Halloween I have made Charlie a “Boo Basket”. Similarly themed to an Easter Basket, but Halloween themed. This year for Halloween, we decided to spread some love to some foster children. We carried on our Boo Basket tradition to Sunshine Acres. Sunshine Acres provides a loving, wholesome, Christian home for children who are separated from their parents.

Sunshine Acres is a 501 (c) 3 Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization. This Halloween I have teamed with GoodPop to help raise money for Sunshine Acres foster care children. For every donation, we have some YUMMY incentives. Visit the page here for more information.

A huge thank you to all the companies listed below who made our Boo Baskets such a success this year! We love you!

Here’s what each basket included:

All baskets by Fluf Textile Goods 

Books by Candlewick Press

Children’s Tableware by Re-Play 

Midnight Pajamas by KickeePants

Blankie friends by iPlay Baby

Sun Hats by iPlay Baby

Swim Toys by SwimWays

Chocolate by NibMor

Aveeno Baby Products

Stuffed animal friends by NubyUSA

Shaved ice coupons by Bahama Bucks

Jakes Unlimited Passes

Snacks by Mamma Chia 

Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa

My family and I recently visited Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa over the weekend. The resort is located in the heart of Paradise Valley and is the picture-perfect getaway. The resort is styled to resemble Spain, and walking onto the property made me feel although I had left Arizona completely. Walking through the resort is literally breathtaking, quite possibly the most beautiful resort in Arizona. With its essence combining Spain and luxury, the resort also holds one of the most amazing views of the Camelback Mountains.

Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa features three pools, 23 cabanas, poolside dining service, and a view of the Camelback Mountains that will leave you staring. The Kasbah pool was my favorite, as its kid friendly. It features poolside cabanas with full service as well. We invited some of our friends to join us in the cabana. The cabana was misted, provided seating for up to six people, had full towel service, our own personal cabana attendant, and included poolside chips & Salsa and a fruit platter. I wish I had known about the cabanas at Omni as they would make for the perfect bridal/bachelorette get together. The poolside dining was also amazing. I would recommend the Buffalo Painkiller (a frozen goddess filled with RumHaven coconut rum, coconut milk, banana puree and nutmeg).

The resort also features several on site restaurants that make it so you never have to (or want to) leave the resort. My personal recommendation would be Taqueria Centro and their Baja Shrimp Tacos. Click here for menu. Oh and if you have kiddos, the kids meals are HUGE! I also loved the Crave Cafe. At the Crave Cafe they make full sized pizzas that you can take down to the pool, and they are only $10! Make sure to check them out!

While at the resort, I had the chance to visit the Joya Spa (the #1 spa in Arizona!). The spa features spa suites as well. The Grand Palace Suite is over 850 sq. feet of space including a king sized bed, treatment tables, a fireplace, flat screen television, private restroom and an infinity bath. The suite doors open to Joya Terrace that includes a rooftop pool with stunning views of Camelback Mountain. If you need a romantic getaway this is the most amazing set up I have ever seen! You can check out the luxury spa suites here.

Another fun things about the resort are their “X trees.” Back in the day, explorers used an X to mark where treasure was, indicating a place where true fantasies are realized. When you arrive at the Omni, make sure you look for the X,  because they really do,  mark the spot.

Overal, this resort was one of the most beautiful resorts I have ever been to. There was nothing I would not recommend here. If you need a romantic getaway away, a girls weekend, or even a family trip, I would hands down recommend Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa.

Janie and Jack

Janie and Jack is a clothing line centered on family and special traditions. The brand is known for their classic, timeless, head to toe outfitting that is perfect for children 0-6 old in stores and 0-12 online. From dressy to casual, Jack and Janie  is known for being a leader in children’s fashion. What do we love most about their line? The quality. The clothing upholds, the fabric is sturdy (for all of you that have boys know how important that is), and the style always makes Charlie look his best. Check out Janie and Jack and comment on this blog with your favorite piece!

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Mother’s Day with Maggie’s Place (and also a great Mother’s Day Gift Guide)

For all you needing Mother’s Day Gifts, you may use this blog post as a gift guide, you’re welcome!

This year for Mother’s Day we decided to give a little love to some mommies in need. We donated Mother’s Day gifts to Maggie’s Place. Maggie’s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality for parenting mothers and pregnant mothers here in Arizona.

Here’s what they included:

Vapour Organic Beauty, Natural Luxury Makeup and Skincare. Safe, Non toxic, and Cruelty free! // Knotty Cards: Probably the funniest, most perfect cards you’ll ever lay eyes on. You’ll never shop Hallmark again.

Best Effin Mom Mug by Loftipop // Knotty Cards: Probably the funniest, most perfect cards you’ll ever lay eyes on. You’ll never shop Hallmark again.

Necklace by Joesph Nogucci // Knotty Cards: Probably the funniest, most perfect cards you’ll ever lay eyes on. You’ll never shop Hallmark again.

Baby Laundry Detergent (which literally smells amazing) by Laundress

Instant Coffee by Alpine Start Food 

Instant Coffee by Alpine Start Food 

Zyliss Kitchen Tools & Gadget