Friday Favorites: Skincare

I am starting a new Friday Favorites series! Each Friday I will choose a topic and share my favorite things that I use and love. I am starting the series off by talking about my skincare routine.

Origins Charcoal Mask | I have been using this face mask for a long time now. I apply this product about once a week and it leaves my skin feeling super soft and refreshed.

Burts Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads | I very much dislike the process of removing eye makeup and these make it so much easier. I will use these whether I am home or traveling, they are very convenient. I use make up remover wipes when I travel but when I am home I prefer using a face wash rather than the cloths, I feel like it leaves my face feeling cleaner.

Dr. Brandt Exfoliating Scrub | This microdermabrasion age defying exfoliator is so good. I only use it occasionally or when I feel my skin really needs it so the one bottle has lasted me quite some time. This especially comes in handy during the dry winter months by removing dead, dry skin cells. My face is extremely soft and smooth after using, I highly recommend.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream | I have been using this moisturizer for a couple years now. It’s hydrating but not oily at all. It’s also inexpensive so a win all around.

Tula Eye Balm | My good friend got this for me shortly after I had Everett and I can not imagine life without it now. It’s been one of my favorite skincare items and I use it daily, sometimes even twice a day. I apply this right after my moisturizer. I just ordered the Rose Glow and I’m super excited to try that one as well.

Aveeno Face Wash | This is the daily face wash I’ve been using. To be honest it’s nothing special but I have no complaints, been working just fine for me.

Burts Bees Lip Balm | I am obsessed with this stuff. I keep one everywhere including my purse, vehicle, coffee table, jackets, nightstand, etc. My husband also loves this chapstick and we go through a lot of them each year.

Tula Overnight Repair Treatment | I just ordered this and I can not wait to get it! I’ve heard a lot of really great things and I am looking forward to trying it out for myself. I will report back with my review once I’ve been able to use it for a week or two.

Baby Talk: Feeding Essentials at 9 Months

Everett is just starting to eat more solids. We started with the typical baby food purees and had a tough time progressing, mostly due to Everett being sick with one thing after another. When he wasn’t feeling well he wasn’t interested in eating much outside of his bottles. He still didn’t seem too crazy interested in baby food so we’ve started to feed him more of what we are eating and he’s been enjoying that. We usually grab a pouch of pureed fruits or vegetables for him while we are on the go and he will do a good job eating about 1/3 or 1/2 of it at a time. Some of Everett’s favorite pouches are the following:

4moms High Chair | Currently on sale (almost $60 off!!) This high chair has been great for us. The tray is super easy to put on and take off with just one hand. It’s magnetic allowing it snap into place super easily. It was important to me that I found a high chair without fabric to make clean up a breeze and I accomplished that with this one.

Boon Snack Cup | I haven’t used these too much yet but I did test it out by filling one with puffs and shaking it, nothing came out so that is a win. Everett isn’t quite to the point where we would hand him a container like this for him to snack out of but I’m sure it won’t be too much longer and I have a feeling these snack cups will end up being perfect.

Bibs | Silicone bibs are easy to clean and practical when it comes to feeding. Another bonus is Everett enjoys chewing on the bib itself so it’s perfect for a teething baby.

Boon Sippy Cup | I am loving these so far! We recently started setting this sippy cup with a small amount of water on Everett’s high chair during meals and he got the hang of it right away. Also loves chewing on the silicone lids. These lids can actually be added to almost any cup and they are spill proof.

Comotomo bottles | I’ve talked about these before but still my absolute hands down favorite bottle! I am seeing now how beneficial the soft bottle is since Everett can hold the bottle on his own, makes it so much easier for him.

Bowls | This bowl is perfect for feeding and storing leftovers with the lid it comes with. Also has a bottom that suctions to the tray to help keep it in place.

Utensils | Loving these bamboo and silicone utensils. They are the perfect size for Everett to hold himself. Another product where the silicone tip is perfect for a teething baby.

ezpz Mat Plate | I don’t actually own this yet but it’s in my cart and I’ve heard good things about it. Everett just started eating more solid food other than pureed baby foods so I think this will be perfect for portioning his meals. Also love that the tray is designed to stay in place and easily portable for traveling.

New Years Getaway

We started what I hope will become a yearly tradition by going to Grand View Lodge in Brainerd, MN over the New Year’s holiday. I absolutely love this place, it’s about a 3 hour drive for us and oh so worth it. There is so much to do on the property, we had 4 nights there this time around and it was great. I could have easily stayed a few more days tho 😉

Everett ended up getting sick (again – this winter has been brutal on little E man) while we were there so we really didn’t partake in as many activities as I envisioned but it was still a really great time with family. We did manage to make it to the pool to bring Everett swimming for the first time and that was a lot of fun + adorable. The kid pool was a little too cold for him but they had a “warm tub” (similar to a hot tub but the water is warm making it kid-friendly) and he really loved floating around in there.

I wish I would have taken a million more pictures than I did but I felt like I hardly had my phone on me the whole time we were there, which isn’t a bad thing at all, just made it hard to capture some of the everyday moments.

Carriage rides, ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, golf simulator, beer and wine tastings, outdoor hot tubs and the spa are some of the winter activities available on property. Next time we will do more and if I’m lucky I’ll be able to talk Wes into making another trip there before the winter is over!