i’m starting to scrap when i have time and one of the designers’ work that i really really really love is paislee press!
i’m working on jaelynn’s photobook and i am using her blurb templates. it’s looking great so far – very to the point with the main focus on the photos as oppose to a lot of elements and clutter (although i love those too!)
i’m a skin care products freak…like i try different things a lot. my staple products so far is zia. i’ll try whatever and then when it doesn’t work or i get bored, i go back to zia. i have multiples of their little papaya enzyme mask and citrus night reversal. i love those things! they always seem to make my skin feel nice afterward. i don’t like everything but i liked MOST of what i have tried. you ladies know how it is, you just want to try something else once in a while.
the noah’s naturals didn’t seem to work so well for my skin. after using the cream cleanser for a week straight, my skin got really tight and i started to get dry, itchy patches. whenever my skin gets that way with new products, it takes another week of using a really moisturizing cream to repair. you’ll think i have learn my lesson by now right? nope!
now, the thing with zia products is that they are way too expensive!!! just totally out of my price range. i cannot justify spending $37 for a 1 ounce face creme, no matter how much i love that stuff. the pro here is that it lasts a long time. that’s still not going to make me spend that much $$.
my zia cleanser has lasted me months now and it never never never dries me out, even if i use it every day, morning and night.
i sorted gave up hope on finding any of their stuff at reasonable prices, even with scouring ebay here and there. the last two days though, i scored BIG! a seller have the bamboo exfoliant (6.7 oz) for $7.95 and the nourishing creme (1 oz) for $8.95 with free shipping if you buy 3 of each. what did i do? i purchased three of each of course! this will be the first time i try the bamboo exfoliant. i’m actually very very tempted to buy all that’s left! i keep asking myself if i can use them all before they expired and that’s the only thing that’s stopping me. i’ll sleep on this thought for a few more nights and see. i’m just very psyched!!
if you want just try a few of their products, they have small kits (for oily, combination or dry skin) with 5 sample pieces for $20 at natural stores.
i want to share some of my absolute favorite zia products of ALL time (keep in mind that i have normal to dry skin), and not in any order:
james is letting me buy more diapers and a few wool soaker / cover for alex to use at night time. i’ve read so many awesome things about wool so now i get to try them.
wool are expensive. without diving right in, i bought a wool cover from sustainable babyish. i have read a lot of raves about how awesome they (sbish) are. one great thing about sbish is their “1 diaper 1 tree” philosophy. for every diaper you buy, a tree will be planted. the day after placing an order for that cover, i promptly placed another order for 2 organic bamboo fleece fitted in teal and sprout. these are supposed to be “magic” night time diapers. then i stumbled upon some sbish flats and doublers for what looked like a great price and bought those too. geesh, so much for trying not to spend so much…
now onto pockets – in the last few days, i bought a dozen various brands of one size pockets. since the days are getting warmer, i want to hang-dry the covers instead of tossing them in the dryer. we have 31 pockets in our stash and we wash about every 3 days. with the additional pockets, we can afford an extra day for the covers to dry. at least, that is my plan. i bought some cute cute swaddlebees econappis, rumparoos, knickernappis, and blueberry pockets (all used and said to be in great condition) off the FSOT.
i will take photos after everything arrives. here’s to many many days of fluffy mail!!
i gained a lot of weight during all three of my pregnancies. i’m one of those who have a yo-yo diet. my weight fluctuates all the time and it drives me crazy. when i work out, i feel great and have more energy. i was working out right before i got pregnant with alex and was 126 lbs.
when alex turned 5 months, i was 149 and it was depressing. nothing fit me. i saw some of the photos of us at my little sister’s birthday and i said to myself, that’s it! i need to start losing some weight. on january 8th, i eased slowly back into in exercising. i started with a 30 minutes work out each day, alternating between cardio and strength training. after 1 week, i up my workout to 1 hour. my two staple workouts are slim-n-six by debbie siebers and shape bikini body camp transforming workout. i workout to the “burn it up” phase 3 which is 59 minutes long and the cardio and strength in shape’s which is 60 minutes. i have own these two dvds forever and love them!
i also cut back on rice – i’m only eating rice on special family occasions and minimize my meat intake. so far it’s working little by little.
in 3 months, i lost 10 lbs – i weight in at 139.2 as of this entry. i can fit into some of my old pants, and no longer wears my work clothes that i bought when i went back to work. my tummy and sides doesn’t bulge so much and that has really encourage me to keep going.
i still have a ways to go. i really really hope to lose another 10 lbs by june but i’m optimistic and will take whatever i get. i also love varieties and like to incorporate different workouts to challenge myself. along those lines, i ordered 2 new workout videos that i saw in fitness magazine from amazon. they are here today and i can’t wait to test them out. i love a good sweating workout.