My May Recap and Favorite Links

I am excited to announce another feature post for Feisty Green Polka Dot. Every month I will be doing a monthly recap and share my favorite links for the month.

May Recap and Favorites

May Recap

This month I redesigned my blog and I started several new monthly blog features.  These new posts were some of my most popular for the month, so you'll want to check them out if you haven't seen them yet.

Life Lately | In this new feature, I share a bit more about myself and what is going on in my life.

May Shopping Guide | I shared some of my shopping cart wish list items, including some super cute summer items.

May Beauty Review |  I shared my personal experience with five beauty items, including the super hot Dior Sleep Jelly.

May Favorites 


Live In The Present


Thoughts On Being More Present from The Fresh Exchange |  This is a really great post that talks about being more present now. Being pulled so many ways everyday, can make it hard to be more present and aware of the now.

How To Deal With The Unknown from Heart of Chic |  This is another great post on living in the present and learning how to deal with the unknown future.

Steak Salad With Beansprouts and Watercress

Steak Salad With Beansprouts And Watercress by Foodness Gracious | If you are trying to eat healthier, but are tired of the same salad day after day, this salad would be a great way to mix things up.

California Omelet by Half Baked Harvest |  If you are looking to move beyond the basic egg breakfast, this omelet will not disappoint.  Eggs, cheese, avocado, and a tasty dressing on top. Yummy!

Want to see more favorites? Check out this link party!


7 Ways To Bring A Little Happiness To Your Day

Lately, life has been a tad on the stressful side. Between being pregnant, figuring out how to make our new family budget work, and dealing with some illness these past couple days has brought every emotion besides happiness. While life can sometimes derail your plans or cause you to focus on the less than stellar parts of life, we can choose to find happiness. We don't have to wait for it to find us. 

Finding happiness doesn't have to be difficult. Happiness brings more happiness so we owe it to ourselves to find it where ever we can. If you just look around, I guarantee you can find a bit of happiness right where you are. 










Meditation /Prayer / Quiet Time

It has been proven that spending 10-15 minutes a day in meditation has a beneficial effect. If you have a stressful life, this might be the thing for you. For those of you that are not particularly religious or spiritual, taking a few minutes of quiet time can have just as positive of an effect. Use this time to focus on deep breathing and letting the calmness takeover.

Meditation and Prayer

Coffee or Tea Time

Most mornings I have to rush to get my coffee down before my little one gets up. I love it when I can take some time out of my day to slowly enjoy a cup of coffee. Take your time to male your coffee or tea however you like it. Pick your favorite cup to drink from to make the experience a bit nicer.

Coffee or Tea

Take A Nap

I know that with long to-do lists, work, chores, and taking are of kids that there just isn't enough time to get everything done.  To make sure we fit it all in, we often end up sacrificing sleep. While we might get one or two items from our list finished, it isn't a good habit to start. Lack of sleep will catch up to you. Do yourself a favor and take a short little nap when you get the opportunity. 

Take a Nap


Pick Up Some Fresh Flowers 

I absolutely love fresh flowers. Even just looking at them at the store make me feel a little bit better inside. I know that fresh flowers can be a splurge, but if you have room in your budget, they are worth every penny. One way to save, is to pick up one type of flower or mix two instead of buying a pre-made bouquet in the floral section.

Fresh Flowers



Read

I really enjoy reading, but find that I don't have as much time for it as I would like. I try to find a few minutes to read an article or page through a magazine. I get to learn something new while taking a few moments for myself.

Books and Magazines


Listen To Music

I am actually not much for music. I didn't really listen to it growing up and only started really listening when I was in college. For some people, music is a real escape. It can help elevate your mood and if you dance a bit, that doesn't hurt either.

Listen to Music


Home Spa Day

I talked about my favorite home spa day products a little while ago. If you have bubble bath or aromatherapy products at home already, go ahead an use them.While bath salts and masks can be a nice addition to a spa day, you can have a relaxing time without buying anything. Take a nice hot bath and relax. Not tub? A shower can be just as relaxing.

Home Spa Day











I am already thinking about how I might try to do a couple of these things today, while my little one naps. How do you find little bits of happiness during your day?


May Beauty Review

I am so excited to bring you the first post of my new monthly feature! Every month, I will be posting reviews of beauty and makeup products I have tried. I know I always look for reviews on products before I decide to buy. Now I want to be a resource for you!



Root Cover Up

I found this when I was looking for a way to color my hair less since I am pregnant. I know that technically coloring your hair while pregnant is safe. I, however, do not have the ability to sit in a salon chair for hours getting my hair cut and colored. For those of you non pregos, a root cover up can help you go a bit longer before needing to color.

I found that I had a hard time washing it off of my hands, so it is important not to try to apply this product as your company walks into your house. I also have a bit of gray hair that needs covering. I know, sad face. This product will help blend them, but I couldn't get it to hide them completely. Once applied, it lasted until I showered in the morning.

Pros: Blends easily, lasts a long time, comes in several colors
Cons: Hard to wash off hands, doesn't provide complete coverage of gray hair

Perfect Hair Day Overnight Perfector

I have been wearing my signature messy bun everyday for for the last six months. Sometimes the hair goes straight up after the shower without being dried. This paired with the fact that it has been too long since I went for a hair cut, has made my hair very damaged.  If you are like me and abuse your hair often, you might want to try this product.

The sample I received said I could put the product in dry or damp hair.  The first night I tried applying the cream to dry hair. When I woke up, I had some very obvious product buildup. The second time I used the product, I decided to slightly dampen but not soak my hair before applying. I applied the product and then combed my hair. Much better results. 

Pros: Smells great, softens hair without weighing it down
Cons: Doesn't work as well on dry hair

BareSkin Pure Brightening Foundation

I decided to try this foundation after I fell in love with the serum concealer.  Typically, I don't wear a lot of makeup. If I do, I typically turn to my Clinique BB or CC cream. I don't actually have a foundation in my collection that provides more coverage. If you want more coverage but want your foundation to be lightweight, then a serum foundation is your answer.

I have pretty light skin and found the Bare Linen to be the perfect shade for me. There are tons of shades, so you shouldn't have trouble finding a match. I found that I didn't have to use very much to get good coverage. I would recommend this product for people with dry to normal skin.

Pros: Comes in many shades, easy to apply
Cons: Might be too oily for some people


Full Potential Shampoo and Conditioner

I received a sample of both the shampoo and conditioner in the mail some time ago. I was getting down to the bottom of my favorite shampoo for brunettes, when I decided to give Full Potential a try. This shampoo is meant to give full body to your hair, remove buildup, and reduce hair loss.

I only received a big enough sample to use the shampoo and conditioner once. I was immediately hit by the very strong smell. It has a very strong herbal scent. I would not say it is unpleasant, but if you are sensitive to strong scents, you might want to avoid this product. My hair typically doesn't retain the scent of the products I use for very long. However, with this product, there was still a subtle smell by the end of the day. I didn't see any improved fullness in my hair with one use.

Pros: Cleaned hair well
Cons: Strong scent, no difference in fullness with one use


Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask

I received a small one sample of this sleep mask with another beauty purchase. This lightweight product is meant to be put on at night before bed. It uses mallow to calm and hydrate all skin types.

I was a bit apprehensive about putting a jelly on my face. I was worried that the product would be thick or somewhat sticky, like an actual jelly. However, this product is just as it says, lightweight. It had a soft and pleasant scent when applied. After applying,  the product felt great right away. In the morning, my skin looked and felt even better after just one use. 

Pros: Nice scent, absorbs well, no residue, visibly improved skin in one day
Cons: Might not hydrate enough if skin is very dry

May Beauty Review Conclusion
Of all the products that I tried, the Dior Jelly Sleeping Mask was my absolute favorite. I know that it is a very hot product right now as it has been featured in several magazines lately. Due to it's popularity, it is selling fast.

My least favorite product was the Full Potential Shampoo. I really love the Aveda shampoo that I currently use. It would take a very awesome shampoo at a comparable price to get me to change.

Are there any beauty products that you really want to try? Or do you stick to your tried and true favorites? Want to shop my May Beauty Review picks? Just click on the picture bellow.





My May Shopping Guide

With a baby on the way I am buying a lot of new things like clothes and decor items for the boys' room. I am also needing a few things for myself, including clothes and shoes.I am trying to hold off on buying too much since the baby will be here in a few weeks.  But the clothing situation is so bad that I've been known to wear the same shirt more than once in a week. I even wore a shirt with a coffee spot on it to take Carter to Gymboree. Not intentionally, but I didn't notice until we were halfway there!

In my quest of not looking like a complete slob, I've rounded up a few things that I am really loving this month.




It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that reads this blog that I have a love of expensive handbags and accessories. This gold wristlet (1) has just the right amount of sparkle to not look over the top. The same goes with these simple metallic sandals (2). While not exactly necessary, I would love to add some more sophisticated jewelry to my collection. I think these round stud earrings (3) would do just the trick. I'm doing a review of this sleeping mask (4) for this month's Beauty Review. Gingham is having a major moment right now. This cute green gingham top is available in sizes XS to 4X, making it a shirt that anyone can add to their closet!

Click on the above links to purchase my picks for yourself!


Why I Returned My Double Stroller

When I think of middle class suburban mothers, I get some very specific images in my mind. In my neighborhood, I often see women pushing their strollers while walking around the art loop in town. I see the fancy strollers, the perfectly behaved kids, and mother that looks like she couldn't have just had a baby. Needless to say, I dream of being that kind of mother.

Why I Returned My Double Stroller


On my quest to be the perfect mother of two, I decided I needed to get a double stroller. I did my research. I talked to other moms. I went to the store and tested endless strollers. I ended up purchasing a very nice, but rather expensive double stroller. Purchasing it made me feel like I was one step closer to being able to join the cool mom club.

I ended up purchasing the Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller. If you are in the market for a double stroller and have the money to spend, this is the stroller I would recommend without reservation. It isn't too heavy, fits through most doors, and is easier to fold than other double strollers. 

 
Now you are probably wondering why I returned this wonderful stroller.  Honestly, I had several reasons for decided not to own a double stroller.

Frequency of Use


First, I thought about how often I use the stroller we have now.  Last summer, I used it a bit to walk around the neighborhood. Then it got really unusually hot here. That was the end of the walks. Then the next thing I knew it was rainy season. Besides going on walks,  I would use the stroller at the mall a couple times a year.

Oldest Growing Up Fast


Second, I thought about the likelihood that my oldest would need to be in a stroller. My first baby starting walking when he was 9 months old! At 18 months old now, he is pretty much a pro at the whole walking thing. He isn't mature enough to stay by me and sometimes he decides just to sit down. It is moments like those that make me think I need to use the stroller. But my strong-willed boy likes being contained even less. From the second you put him in the stroller, he is trying to figure a way out!

Baby Wearing Goals


Third, I thought about the little one that will be arriving. I am really wanting to try baby wearing more. I had a terrible baby carrier that was like rocket science trying to figure out. It was too much trouble getting the carrier on and the baby in. This time, I want to invest in a better carrier. If I use the baby carrier, then I will only need the single stroller that we already have. I have my eye on a the baby carrier brand, but haven't decided on which model or pattern I want.



While I do feel a little less like the perfect suburban mom for returning my double stroller, I really think it was the best decision for our family. For families with twins, siblings closer in age, or children that are better about being in the stroller than mine, a double stroller might be perfect for you.