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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oreo Fluff Brownies!

These are by far the fastest, easiest, most delicious brownies ever!


Here's what you need:
-2 Boxes of Brownie Mix
(use any kind you prefer... I used the Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate: You will be mixing it exactly how it says on the back of the box)
-A jar of marshmallow fluff
-A package of Oreos 
(again, any kind you prefer)

First, preheat your oven to 350*.
Then, line a cupcake pan with cupcake paper cups.
Then, take one oreo cookie and smear some fluff on top and then place another oreo cookie on top of it, creating a mini sandwich.
Place the oreo sandwiches into the cupcake tin.
Pour the brownie batter directly on top of the cookie, smearing it so that it covers the sides.
Bake for 20 minutes and

DONE!
You've got an awesome, yummy, and quick treat!

VIDEO:


Hope You Enjoy!



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Isaiah and Isaac's 4 Month Update!

Today, the boys had their 4 month pediatrician appointment. I was totally dreading it as they were going to be having 4 more vaccinations (DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, Rota) and I hate seeing and hearing the boys cry. Anyway, we discussed several things with our (awesome) pediatrician:

- Starting Solids:
Our doctor said we can start incorporating pureed foods and introduce a new one every few days. She suggested starting with veggies and then doing fruits. As far as how often, she said to feed them up to 3 times a day and offer a bottle in between.
-Development:
They are currently starting to turn from back to belly and visa versa, they are starting to sit up on their own, babble and make cooing sounds, smile and other facial expressions. 
-Stats:
Isaac is weighing in at 15 lbs 3 oz and measuring 27"
Isaiah is weighing in at 16 lbs 3 oz and measuring 27"



They are doing super great and i'm excited to have happy growing babies!

DIY: Lipstick Holder

I was sick and tired of owning so many lipsticks and only using a few because it was such a hassle to go through my piles of unorganized lipsticks! So, after searching online for lipstick holders (which by the way, are UBER expensive and don't hold very many lipsticks), I decided to make my own.

I swore I was recording this process but, when I finished, I realized I never pressed record :-( So i'll do a basic step by step explanation here on how to create your own lipstick holder! 

This cost me $5.00 to make and I simply used stuff around the house to decorate it!

The first thing you will need are these containers:

These can be found at your local Dollar Tree store. I purchased 5 for a 'set'.

I dumped out all of the products inside (I now have enough cotton swabs and balls for the rest of my life) and cut the lid off; cutting as closely to the base as possible. 
(this is made of very thin plastic so just using regular scissors will work perfectly).

Next, taking a hot glue gun, glue the 5 plastic containers together length wise.
(you can take the labels off the containers but I didn't bother). 

After you've hot glued the containers, line the outsides and bottom with card stock and glue on the outer edges of the plastic containers.
(you could even use poster board but I had card stock handy so I used that)

Then, I simply decorated it with ribbon and made a bow out of things I had laying around and TA-DA!










I was able to store, not only lipsticks, but lipglosses as well!
Each container has 4 compartments and each compartment holds 4 standard sized lipsticks.. so you can tailor this to how ever many you need.

I hope you enjoyed this super easy and fun DIY!
If you decide to make one of these, please send me a picture!

Peace and Love,
Edith

Monday, January 28, 2013

Our First Baby Food!

Today, the boys are 4 months old and we started on pureed baby food! I've done TONS of research on it and went with my gut as to whether they were ready or not. So, after lots of thought, we decided to start with sweet potatoes! I got a Baby Bullet for my baby shower and have been so excited to try it. We knew we wanted to make our own homemade baby food simply because we didn't like how much sugar and other ingredients jarred baby food had and, how expensive it could get. A jar of organic baby food runs around .76 cents each.

Baby Bullet System:
Available at Wal-Mart, Target, Kohls, and Amazon
(click on the store name to be taken to the link)
I bought 4 semi-large sweet potatoes for $2.80 at Wal-Mart. 
Placed them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and baked them for 30 minutes at 400*, then rotated them and baked for another 30 minutes.
Let them sit for 30 minutes and then peel. They are super easy to peel and it comes right off!

Next, I cut up 2 of the sweet potatoes into small chunks and placed them in my Baby Bullet.

I added 8 oz. of formula to the sweet potatoes; however, you can add water or breastmilk. This helps make the sweet potatoes creamy and smooth.

Blend away...
It doesn't take long at all for the baby bullet to make the sweet potatoes puree!

I used the first batch of sweet potatoes (the two smaller ones) to fill my freezer stash. The baby bullet came with 2 freezer bins with pre-measured portions.

Let them sit for a little while until they've cooled and then they are ready for the freezer!
When they are frozen solid, take them out and the portions pop right out of the plastic containers. Put the frozen sections into a ziplock back (with the date written on the outside) and then, you can use the freezer tray for your next food. 

(when you're ready to use your freezer stash, simply take one portion out and microwave in a bowl)

 The next batch of sweet potatoes filled my refrigerator cups and 4 other cups!

22 Servings of baby food cost me $2.80! Not only is it an inexpensive project but it's fun! I had such a blast making the food and it was SUPER easy.

Final Verdict:


SUCCESS!


Top 10 Must Have Mommy Makeup Products!

I get asked a lot about my go-to products now that i'm a Mommy, so I thought i'd make a video and tell you about them!


Products mentioned:
Products Mentioned:
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation:
http://www.sephora.com/lock-it-tattoo-foundation-P311138

Bare Minerals Well Rested:
http://www.sephora.com/bareminerals-broad-spectrum-multi-tasking-face-P61006?skuId=1221621

MAC Paintpots:
http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/154/1573/Paint-Pot/index.tmpl

Maybelline Color Tattoo:
http://www.target.com/p/maybelline-color-tattoo-24hr-eyeshadow/-/A-13896462

Makeup Forever Aqua Cremes:
http://www.sephora.com/aqua-cream-P262109

Revlon Brow Fantasy:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Revlon-Brow-Fantasy-Pencil-and-Gel-106-Dark-Brown-.011-oz/11980540

NYX Cream Blushes:
http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?skuId=2242408&productId=xlsImpprod4141583&navAction=push&navCount=1

MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powder:
http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/159/15753/Magically-Cool-Liquid-Powder/index.tmpl

Benefit High Beam:
http://www.sephora.com/high-beam-P1281

Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz:
http://www.sephora.com/kajal-eye-liner-P114407?skuId=864876

L'Oreal Infallible 16 Hour Liquid Liner:
http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4960073&skuId=2254119

MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara:
http://www.maccosmetics.com/whats_new/10394/New-Collections/In-Extreme-Dimension-Lash/index.tmpl

MAC Peach Blossom Lipstick:
http://www.maccosmetics.com/products/spp/shaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT168&PRODUCT_ID=PROD310&SKU_ID=SKU42566

What are your go-to products?

Let me know!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Peek A Boo




When playing Peek A Boo with twins, it's vary likely one will love it and the other... not so much!


She Bangs...


I spent the majority of my day yesterday (a snow day so no work for this girl) working on this blog, organizing my videos (notice how they all have thumbnails? It took me forever), filming videos and even worked! But, on days like that, I always have a little too much time on my hands and do things I probably shouldn't! So, I got a little scissor happy and cut my bangs (I also cut layers into it). 

As most of you know, i'm a licensed hairstylist (and makeup artist) and have always had different looks! I've been tons of different colors, all different styles and every length in between. I mean, come on, wouldn't you expect a stylist to be crazy like that? 

This was in 2008... the first time I had blunt bangs!


Extensions!


Too bad it's black in white because I was almost blonde in this picture!


SHORT!


Highlighted...


Dark and curly


lighter and straight


short and spunky


my "go to" style...


LOOOOONG


Black


side swept bangs


Shorter


I love doing different things to my hair! I get tons of questions on my videos as to what my favorite hair products are.

Shampoo & Conditioner- Redken Color Extend
Moroccan Oil Treatment
Kenra 25 Volume Hair Spray
KQC Straightner
Conair Curling Wand

When I color my hair, I usually use Redken Shades EQ :-)

Currently, i'm a 3RV.... my husband likes when my hair has a red tinge to it.

Okay, enough about my hair!

See you all soon!



Friday, January 25, 2013

Babies' Favorites (0-3 Months)



While I was pregnant, I LOVED watching these videos. They are so helpful, especially as a first time Mommy!

Here are the things we've absolutely loved so far:

Snug a Monkey Swing:
http://www.target.com/p/fisher-price-my-little-snugamonkey-cradle-n-swing/-/A-14069815

Rock N Play Sleepers:
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Newborn-Rock-Sleeper-Yellow/dp/B002M77N22

Nursing Pillow:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/10972966?adid=22222222227000039027&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13223078950&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem&adid=22222222227000039027&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13223078950&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

Bumbo:
http://www.amazon.com/Bumbo-Floor-Seat-Lime-Green/dp/B009CSNVAM

PlayMat:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bright-Starts-Jammin-Jungle-Activity-Gym/20656827

Sleep Sheep:
http://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Sound-Machine-Soother-Sleep/dp/B000GKWA66

Fisher Price Seahorse:
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Ocean-Wonders-Soothe-Seahorse/dp/B0083IXKYY

Boppy Tummy Time Pillow:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/15384710?adid=22222222227000619861&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13690723150&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem&adid=22222222227000619861&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=13690723150&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

Swaddle Me:
http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Infant-72840-SwaddleMe/dp/B005I4B3OK

Blooming Bath:
http://www.bloomingbath.com/blooming-bath-baby-bath-yellow.html

Graco Monitor:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Graco-Simple-Sounds-Analog-Baby-Monitor/19490691


What are some of your MUST HAVE baby products?
Anything that you think I need to get for the boys soon?

Let me know! 

Check out our favorite products so far!

Wow...

Where has the time gone?

I honestly can not believe it's been so long since I posted on here. The last time I posted was in January...the cycle I got pregnant! As most of you may know... I'm now a Mommy of beautiful twin boys (Isaac and Isaiah) and have loved every minute of being a mom. It's the most rewarding and beautiful thing ever! 

I recently decided to bring the blog back and start writing in edition to my videos. Writing is such an awesome release! I look forward to keeping you all in the loop of our crazy lives and hope you're ready to join us for the ride!

Love,
Edith, Isaiah & Isaac