Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Snapshot Confessionals: Happy Mail Days & Other Stuff!

So...mat leave is kind of expensive, isn't it?  I guess if you're me!  
Here's what's been happening and what's been arriving the last week or so!  Here we go:

Ipsy | To continue with my Happy Mail Day after my March StrideBox came in, my Ipsy Glam Bag came in its fancy, shiny pink mailer envelope!  I'm not really going to do a review of the Ipsy bags just because I barely wear makeup at all and I will CLEARLY sound like I have no idea what I'm talking about!  However, I do think it's worth the $10/month for the subscription because the OPI nail polish alone is usually worth around $6 or so.  I've recently just discovered Jamberry nail shields, so I'm not sure when I'll actually be painting my nails any time soon, but I always love nailpolish, it'll go in my stash!  If you're looking to get something fun in the mail each month that won't set you back too much, definitely check into Ipsy.  You can subscribe HERE.
Seven days after The Little Miss was born, she had her very first official photoshoot as a newborn!  Melanie and Justin have been capturing my family's memories for so long I didn't even consider anyone else for Ava's newborn photos.  They had moved out of town a few years ago, so when I saw that they have reasons to come into town, I asked if it would be a possibility for them to stop by our place and YAY!  Melanie shot the beautiful stills and Justin gave us an AWESOME short film.  I was just expecting an envelope with a DVD disc of photos in it or something so when a larger mailer envelope came in, I couldn't think of anything that I had ordered recently that would fit this until I opened it and saw how my photos came!  I am a BIG fan of the packaging being just as important as the final product!  All the little details and touches are a big plus for me!

I still seriously can't get over how much I've fallen in love with Amazon.ca.  I LOOOOVE their free shipping and I love that it doesn't take a million years for my order to arrive just because I chose free shipping.  So far, all my orders have been arriving within about 2 - 3 days after I order!  Here's what's in the giant box:
Kiinde Twist Pouches - Breastmilk storage bags for use with the Kiinde Twist system
Canada | US

This is my second round of ordering these.  I guess pumping two pouches a day adds up.  On the bright side, The Little Miss has a steady supply of food for the next little while if I happen to fall into a ditch while running and can't get up!
PumpEase Hands-free pumping bra
Canada | US

As I mentioned, I've been stockpiling The Little Miss' food.  Sitting around at 4:30 every morning just waiting to finish so I can climb back into bed, I was thinking that there had to be an easier way.  When I came across this, I thought my prayers would be answered - and it came in a cute little pattern!  I'm not sure if I ordered the wrong size or if I was just expecting magical things to happen, I felt like it was more trouble than it was worth.  Perhaps, it's because I'm trying it at 4:30 in the morning but I suppose I will give it another shot later on down the road.
Twilight Ladybug
Canada | US

Now THIS I love so hard.  Basically, it's got these little hearts cut out of its ladybug shell and when you turn it on, it cycles through three different colours and it projects the starts throughout the whole room and mainly onto the ceiling.  It's meant as something pretty and calming for your kiddo to look at as they fall asleep so they won't notice that they're lying in their crib on their own and not being rocked to sleep like they would otherwise want to.  Except, The Little Miss hasn't had a problem getting to sleep on her own (so far *knock on wood*) and I had seen this and just wanted to try it out.  I actually turn it on more for me than for her as it is AWESOME.  True story.  She's already fallen asleep and the stars have automatically shut off and I'll get up out of bed and turn it on again.  
Advocare Spark and Rehydrate
Distributor: Emily from Fit and Free With Emily

Rounding up the last of my Happy Mail Day this week: Advocare order!  Ever since I started my journey into fitness and healthy lifestyle and running, I've been seeing chitter chatter about Advocare's Spark.  Everyone that I seem to be following on blogs and IG are all Spark this and Spark that.  I knew it was going to be a matter of time before I broke down and tried it out.  My bloggy friend Emily over at Fit and Free With Emily offered to send me some sample packets and long story short about shipping costs, I ended up just placing an actual order for the Spark and of course the Rehydrate because I'm a BIG fan of electrolyte drinks.  And while I like my Gu Brew, if there was a chance that there's something better tasting out there for my long runs (that will eventually happen soon, I swear) I was going to try it out!  I haven't had a chance to try the Spark yet (actually trying it out tonight for frisbee!) but OMG, the Rehydrate in Mango Pineapple is amazeballs.  I also tried the sample packet of the red raspberry which was also really good!  The only thing that I noticed about the rehydrate is that the directions tell you to drink it dissolved in 8 oz of water and holy crap balls, it's WAY too sweet with that small amount of water.  I actually drink it with slightly double that amount of water because that's what my water bottle holds and it still tastes really good!  Is that just me? Tell me it's not just me!

What is it about having no time that makes you feel like you want to do a TON of things?  I was recently at Home Sense during one of my one hour 'me-time-free-time' moments and I saw these sweet owl bookends which The Little Miss does need as I've been going cray-cray trying to build up her library.  I wanted them and then put them back as there was no way I was going to pay $16 for ONE end.  Can someone PLEASE tell me why you would sell bookends NOT in a set?  Would someone really only buy just ONE end?  I feel like they should be in pairs.  Nobody sells just one shoe!
Next, I turned to my new BFF Amazon and they failed me too.  It was either too expensive or it was being sold not through Amazon and therefore not free shipping and this mommy don't play that.  My next brilliant idea is that I would MAKE my own!   I got all of the materials at Michael's and even without a 40% off coupon, they came in under $20.  I got paint and brushes from the dollar store and I'm all set to make my little girl her very own owl bookends made by her MAMA!
CONFESSION: So yeah, that was like, a week and a half ago and they're still kind of sitting there in a pile.  I will get to them.  I swear.  Hopefully by the time The Little Miss learns how to read!
Easy French: Canada | US
E-Z French: Canada | US
Complete French Smart: Canada

Now this one isn't new.  I've been trying to learn French for about six years now and I always get started or get into it and then leave it by the wayside.  The farthest I'd gotten was on Duolingo (web version) and then forgot about it and then found out recently that they had an app, so it's started the desire for me to learn again and I've stepped it up a notch by actually picking up some activity/work books.  I can't remember ANY of the verbs and rules that we learned in elementary school so yes, those are totally kiddo work books you're seeing.  Costco has a bunch of them so I thought why not?  Plus, I can color pictures!  When I'll find the time to color, I'm not entirely sure, but I will get to them!

And last in my Happy Mail Day & Other Stuff edition: Doodle Your Day
Another one of those things that for some reason, I feel like I have time to actually do this, but the idea of it sounds cool.
I feel like I'm having some kind of mid-life crisis or something.  Or maybe with the arrival of The Little Miss, I have this weird need to get myself down, document myself somehow to prove to her that I exist.  I mean, of COURSE I exist, otherwise, how'd she get here, but I don't know.  It's like, all of a sudden it's occurring to me that I won't always be around or be the me today that I will be when she's older and I want The Little Miss to KNOW me.  She's here and she's with me all the time but of course she's too young to know anything about me besides the fact that I'm her milk cow, so I'm frantically trying to get myself down on paper.  A while ago, I posted two books that I picked up at Chapers: the one about writing my own memoir and then the other one about 642 things to write about and I had meant to get started on those and have only filled out one or two pages. 
I feel like if I get these things done, she can look through them later on when she's older and she can get a glimpse of what her mom was like when she was a baby (and totally use it against me, I'm sure).  I picked this Doodle Your Day book from the kids section so it asks kiddo questions, but I think it's still cool.  I drew Monday's page which was a submarine - either the sandwich or the actual vessel and I realized that I know how to draw neither of them.
Q: So what about you? Do you have any weird/random hobbies or activities you want to pick up but haven't gotten around to it yet?!

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