Wednesday, April 27

yummi pouch review + anotha giveaway

not a big lover of reviews you guys, but i honestly had to share these with you. these snack bags from revelae kids are so so good! they have been everything that i've needed when i'm on the go. convenient, reusable and cute!

i always have an argument with myself when i'm packing up my diaper bag to leave the house. i want to just throw in my big container of snack puffs for baby girl in my bag, but the container always takes up too much room! so i lazily grab a ziploc and pour some in there and toss it in my bag. that works, right? yea it does.

so what do these cloth snack bags have that ziploc's don't?

says so right on the tag, imagine that! not saying ziploc can't be reused when you've had dry snacks in them, but most people don't. it's easier to toss them, especially after they have wet snacks in them. but yummi pouches are machine washable! after having pretty much everything from dried snacks to mushy fruit, i've washed mine numerous times and they come out on the other side clean, fresh and ready to use again. 

i mean, listen. i'm not a hippie or an eco-friendly advocate. i use disposable diapers, i drink from water bottles and i don't always recycle. i guess you could say i'm human. but whenever there is an opportunity to be eco-friendly, i would like to be! so for those of you looking for alternatives to plastic bags, these are it. they're affordable and worth it.

yea. they are SO cute. they come in sets and they have a few different sets and patterns for boys, girls and unisex. they come in different sizes, so you can have snack size or you can have sandwich size! hello. school lunches. or the everything bag. so you can have everything. i'll tell you what, they've thought of everything.

so because i love these little baggies so much, i wanted to do a mini giveaway and share the love! a set of 2 yummi pouches can be yours. you lucky ducks you. 

open worldwide, enter using the rafflecopter below, entries will be verified and good luck! if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. email me at lovemelikeyoudoblog{at}gmail{dot}com

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Tuesday, April 26

mother's day gift guide + giveaway!

Mother's Day is coming up! We're celebrating moms everywhere with these Mother's Day gift ideas from Mommy Scene. The recipe box is by far my favorite.. ahem.. Tyler. These awesome brands offer a wide variety of gifts perfect to pamper the wonderful mom in your life. Plus enter to win one of these featured gifts!

Mothers Day Gift Guide - Mommy Scene

1. Back Buddy Support Pillow
The original award-winning Back Buddy Support Pillow - designed by a Chiropractor and a nursing mother. Alleviates common back pain during and after pregnancy, and encourages proper position for breastfeeding. Made in the USA from high-quality structural foam that is certified to be made without harmful PBDE's, phthalates, CFC's, formaldehyde, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals. The perfect gift for any new or expectant mom!

2. Us+Four Tees or Tanks
Perfect gift for the special mom in your life. Us+Four offers style and comfort with graphic tees, tanks, sweatshirts, and mugs. Created by Lauren Anderson, a mom of 4, the "Happy Mama" collection has been her most fun and popular design.

3. Pure Hazelwood Necklace with Gold European Charm and Bracelet
World leader on the market for more than 18 years, Pure Hazelwood products are inspired by a First Nations tradition, handcrafted with 100 % natural hazel wood and meant for the whole family. Rich in anti-inflammatory molecules, hazel wood helps relieve several symptoms related to inflammation such as: skin problems (eczema, psoriasis), digestive disorders, joint pain, and more!

4. Yummi Pouch Modern Cloth Bags
These adorable cloth bags are ideal for holding cosmetics, small accessories, and even snacks! They feature modern prints, a moisture resistant interior, and easy-open zipper. Each bag measures 4" x 7". Receive 20% off with promo code: Revelae20

5. DeVita Hyaluronic SeruGel
DeVita is the most advanced, certified organic aloe vera based, 100% vegan, paraben free, all natural skin care available. DeVita's oil-free Hyaluronic SeruGel will quench your thirsty skin cells by helping to deliver maximum amounts of Hyaluronic Acid to the skin using our unique Organic Aloe Vera delivery system. Hyaluronic acid contributes to the skin's elasticity and suppleness, minimizes lines and wrinkles, and prevents premature signs of aging. It is also fast-absorbing and ideal for all skin types.

6. Pearhead My First Holiday Belly Stickers
Pearhead My First Holiday Belly Stickers are a fun, unique way to capture your baby's first celebrations. Snap and record their first holidays for memories that will last for years to come. From first birthday to first Thanksgiving, these stickers say it all. Includes 14 stickers that can be peeled and placed on your baby's clothing. Stickers feature cute designs and colorful prints for every holiday. These belly stickers are an adorable gift for new parents.

7. Bumblewood Lavender Gift Bag
Give mom the gift of pampering this year with Bumblewood's Lavender-scented gift set. All natural and lightly scented with Lavender essential oil, mom will be relaxed from head-to-toe with a handcrafted soap, lotion stick and lip balm, all put together in a cute little cotton bag ready to give.

8. Rifle Paper Co. Herb Garden Recipe Box
The perfect addition to your kitchen, Rifle Paper Co.'s new Herb Garden Recipe Box features a gold metallic interior and gold label frame on the front. It comes with 12 letterpress dividers and 24 charcoal spoon recipe cards to help organize your favorite dishes.

9. Fancy Pantz Designs Flower Necklace
This stunning vintage inspired metal flower necklace is hand painted with a chippy distressed look and embellished with a crystal flower surrounded by sparkling aged rhinestones. No two are alike. Handmade by designer Barb Lowson, this beautiful necklace comes with a gunmetal etched chain with lobster clasp closure, available in various lengths. Flower measures approximately 2" in diameter.

10. Girly Girl One-Size Leggings
These one-size high quality leggings come in more than 100 modern prints. The one size leggings stretch from a XS to a XL size, featuring a soft elastic waist band and thick, non-transparent, material. Girly Girl Leggings is owned and operated by a mother and daughter.

11. Willamy Collection Leather Wrap Bracelets
Classy & sophisticated, our Crystal Pearl 5x Leather Wrap Bracelet is the perfect combination of crystals and glass beads on brown leather. Recieve 20% off with promocode: springfever
What will you get your mom for Mother's Day? We hope you got some great ideas! These would be great to pass along to your hubby too! Every mom deserves to be pampered on her special day.

Enter to win one of these fabulous gifts!

Mommy Scene will be selecting one winner for each of these featured prizes
8 prizes = 8 winners!

Mothers Day Gift Guide Giveaway prizes - Mommy Scene

Featured Prizes

Back Buddy Support Pillow
Us+Four Tee or Tank Top
Pure Hazelwood Necklace with Gold European Charm
Yummi Pouch Modern Cloth Bags - set of 3
Girly Girl One-Size Leggings style "Lace Me Up - Blue"
DeVita Skincare Hyaluronic SeruGel
Pearhead My First Holiday Belly Stickers
Bumblewood Lavender Gift Bag
Willamy Collection Crystal Pearl Leather Wrap Bracelet

This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on May 7th, 2016. Mommy Scene and the participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.
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Thursday, April 21

why are we mom jerks to each other?

why are moms always trying to make other moms feel bad about how they are as people?
how often do we see articles and posts circulating around facebook and blogs and pinterest written by moms who have a thing or two to say? too often. pretty much you come across a new one every week. but they circulate so fast because moms can relate! i see a lot of "needed THIS today!!" or "she said exactly what i was thinking!!" shares with popular blog posts about moms basically judging other moms in defense of their post that was, also, a judgement on mothers.
like you've got a lady that's over here telling you to put your iphone down because basically your kid and the whole world is judging you about how bad you suck. and then here comes a super mom saying if you want to be on an iphone it's fine because you're probably working, right?! clearly she's the mom on the iphone "working"... haha i kid i kid. i work on my iphone, too. it's called snapchat.

and then you have a mom writing a post about how, in a nutshell, she's lazy and hates cleaning. but twists it into you can't have a clean house and happy kids because that's just impossible. like, impossible. how do you make memories when you're vacuuming?! the answer is simple, you don't. but here comes another super mom defending all the clean freaks out there with her own post about how just because her house is spotless doesn't mean her kids aren't unhappy. she's only happy knowing that her toilet is clean, what's so bad about that? and btw, sometimes she lets her kids go crazy. like letting them sit on the couch. or letting them help make cookies and not cleaning up drizzle until after the cookies are in the oven instead of following them around with a rag. memories.

and then posts about formula vs breastfeeding. or vaginal birthing vs cesarean. or public schooling vs home school. or organic vs non-organic. or helicopter parenting. or raising your kid vegan. or stay at home parenting vs working parents. cloth diapers vs disposable diapers. co-sleeping vs not co-sleeping. or god forbid the dreaded vaccination vs anti-vaccination. 

moms (dads i'm not forgetting you, your time is coming) are always going to assume that whatever is best for their child, is best for yours too. they will always throw in their 2 cents, whether it's to your face while at the grocery store or online behind their computers. sometimes with honest and good intentions. but most times they're just being assholes because obviously they think your parenting is less than acceptable. and not just your parenting, but who you are as a person. like tattoo moms (holler). how are we going to teach our children morals when we have none? or moms with piercings (holler!). is that the kind of example we want to set for our sweet, beautiful, innocent babies? we have no respect for our bodies, so they won't either. or moms that occasionally let their kids have cake for breakfast (hollerrr) cause you're not in the mood to argue about why they freakin' can't have cake for breakfast. like, wow. you should be educated about diabetes because that's so unhealthy.

|| side note: i hate when someone tells you to "educate yourself" and "do some research". you know what trashy and classless phrase comes to mind when i hear that? ... fuck you... which wouldn't go well with the internet know-it-alls but that's what i'm thinking. end side note ||

you know those articles. i know you've at least come across one or two of them. and i know you've related and/or shared them somewhere on social media. 

but you know what? we don't need this. none of us need this. the one thing we all have in common is we are all MOTHERS. we are mom, mama, mum, mommy. we all started off with a baby that we had absolutely no clue what to do with. but eventually we all found our own special way to care for it. we're a team! we shouldn't criticize because of our sub-categories, we should be praising them.

my friends know i'm not the nicest person.. i'm a bit of an asshole sometimes. or all the time i don't know. so what i'm saying is, is i can be better at what i'm preaching. and if i can do it, so can you.
i have a hard time going into a spotless house and saying something positive tho.. i usually spat out what do you do with your life besides clean? is this why your kids hate you? because that's not nice and i doubt all of their kids hate them. 

so. moral of this post.. be nice to each other. please shut up with all the "dear mom on the iphone" bullshit. it's degrading and mean and you're being an asshole. be on your iphone, don't be on your iphone. vax, don't vax. let your kid eat off the floor or don't. it's nobody else's business and you damn well don't need clarification from a stranger.

disclaimer: i know i sound like one, but i am not a therapist. this advice is free. actually it's not advice, it's just ramble because i'm not a hypocrite.

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Monday, April 11

Saturday, April 9

life lately.

laker games. jazz games. easter. pizza picnics in this warm spring weather. baby girl is mobile and starting to make messes. date nights. dinosaur museum 6346 times a week. high school bestie get together. by the way, anyone feel like hs was like last year? shit time flies.

what has your life been like lately?

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Sunday, March 13

what's making my life good right now.

one. presidential primaries. if you know me at all then you know how much i love my reality tv. campaign speeches, republican & democratic debates, interviews.. it's all my level of reality. and i get a sick thrill when grown men (and women) who want george washington's job, leader of the free world, are up on a stage bickering back and forth at each other like an episode of real housewives. that is my shit, people.

two.  homemade baby puree. i've been doing carrots, avacado, banana, sweet potato, and peas. and for some weird reason i actually enjoy it. i mean i had every intention of pureeing my own baby food when drey was born, but then buying it was just like wayyyy easier. but this second time around, it's fun for me! not my style at all tho... mom if you're reading this send help.

three. zucchini. i've been craving and eating it like crazy! and no i'm pregnant.. my taste buds have just caught up with my age and i'm starting to enjoy grown-up food. like onions. ewwww i say i hate them but when i'm cooking i throw them in with everything. so weird. again, mom if you're reading this send help

four. how to get away with murder. i wish i was a show writer and could write badass shows that people go crazy about and want more and more and more and you have control over the minds of prob hundreds of thousands of people and one character death or one unexplained twist will make all those people lose their freakin shit. and then there is an online apocalypse about WTF JUST HAPPENED. cause that's me with this show and i don't like that i'm being controlled right now. did any of that make sense?

five. my blue-eyed baby. she is perfect in every sense of the word. i mean yea, she's got her days that make me want to pull my hair out.. but let's be honest, if i was going to pull all of my hair for anyone, it would be her.

six. being a 'social media manager' for my brothers' photography sites. it was just handed to me so i haven't been doing a very good job yet, but i have some good ideas rollin' through me and i can't wait to apply them. but the title makes me feel important. like i was given a promotion in life haha. 

seven. my hippie chapstick handmade by my sister. it's so so good. and i'm not just saying that because she's my sister.. i could not give AF, kay? i'm saying it cause i seriously love it. if you're a chapstick lover, maybe some samples and a review could be in order.... eh eh.

eight. garlands. fabric, tassel, banner, sticks.. i don't care. i'm obsessed with garlands. i have them everywhere. like every room in the house at least has one. 

nine. hearing my babies laugh together. ahhh it's too good. drey is the best big brother i'm sure any little girl could ask for. and he's also the best helper any mom could wish for! sooo if anyone is wondering.. yes a 5 year gap is GREAT. 

what's making your life good right now?
do you keep up with the primaries and such? 
raise your hand if you need a traveling photographer...

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Friday, February 26

it's never too late to post about our christmas party at dugway

awhile back.. like way back in december, my mom invited us to her work christmas party out in dugway. if you non-utahns don't know where or what that is, it's basically the area 51 utah style. you know like where they keep the aliens and stuff. or where they "don't" keep the aliens...... shh.

anyways so yea it was a blast. they had lots of games, activities for kids, rock climbing, food, dessert, santa showed up on a firetruck, tyler and i both won prizes! he won a raffle, but i won the 'best santa hat' contest. sooo take that boyfriend. then we played the whip cream game where you turned the little thingy and it might flip up at your face and it might not. that had my anxiety on lockdown, shiz. if you follow me on snapchat || eemilyosbornee || then you probably remember that day cause my story never stopped haha. 

so there you have it. christmas in february. 
anyone have any fun adventures and never blogged about? do tell.

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Monday, February 15

parabo press prints are the shiz

are you like me and take a million plus one pictures pretty much everyday? my husband always jokes with me when i pull out my camera and says oooh better document and post to ig! but if he knew how many pictures i actually took compared to what i post on social media he would take away my camera probably haha. wayyy too many pictures over here. 

but pictures only mean so much to me until i can hold them in my hands. and then they are priceless. photo albums are so old school but that's exactly why i love them. i've been trying to catch up lately with pictures that i've hoarded on my computer. they aren't guaranteed to be there forever you know? i want them physically. i want to have them and be able to tuck them away safely somewhere or place them on my walls inside my home so i can admire my lovies in print everyday.

so i received an order of prints in the mail from parabo press and it made me so happy. random favorites from my instagram feed printed out on square hard quality paper. i can put them into one of my full page albums or sprinkle my home with them. i seriously love it though. i'm going to be my grandma when i grow up and have just photo album upon photo album with thousands of pictures scattered throughout in a very non-chronological order. and i can't wait.

check out their site HERE because they have more than just square prints. they have greeting cards, calendars, news prints.. and so much more. also, you can print pictures from anywhere! not just instagram. in case that was a game changer for anyone ha.

speaking of instagram, follow them for promo codes and deals @parabopress

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