Cutest Toddler Plate On The Block

When your infant or baby eats, things can definitely get messy.
Am I right?
Even for the ones that become pros quickly, a mess will eventually happen, okay?

It's nice to have a plate that is meant to stay in place like this super cute one below

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And it's a bear!!!!! 
Other great things about this particular product?
Well, it's BPA free, lead free, PVC free, and made from food grade silicone. It is both dishwasher and microwave safe.

I love how easy it is to be cleaned because my daughter has been using this plate over and over and over.

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You can use the big area for the main meal and then the tiny little ears for sauces, snacks, etc.
If not for food, you can use it for finger painting!!! Use it for educational activities, counting, sorting objects in it, etc.
Any way that you decide to use it is up to you. 
Also, if they do actually end up dropping this plate, it's not going to break or tear. It should last a very long time. 

This product is definitely mommy and toddler approved at my house for sure!

Where can you get this product? Right here.

Here's my video review on it:

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. 


Ghost in My Maroon 5 Cover Song

Alright, yes, if you know me, I am a bit of a paranormal magnet...I have been seeing, hearing, and just sensing spirits and whatnot since an early age. A lot of people didn't believe in this sort of thing until they started hanging around with me. 
It was the inspiration for the book my husband and I both wrote a while back

A Dance of Light and Darkness by [Traynor, Ryan, Traynor, Niki]

Well, anyway, I have never been able to catch any of it on camera before yesterday. I was singing a Maroon 5 song on the Smule Sing app that I'm constantly on.
I was watching the playback when I noticed it in the background. It literally gave me chills because I was the only one standing in that kitchen. My kids were in the living room, in front of me, watching tv and dancing.
Yes the video is dark, but I only had one kitchen light on, and the foggy effect in front was a video filter. I use that filter often, but that had nothing to do with what you see come up on my left side, behind me...

Now, I was  little embarrassed to post it at first because I messed up on the lyrics, but I couldn't believe what I saw. I had to share. 
Check it out for yourself below and let me know that you think in the comment section below. 

You'll see it at around the 1:49 mark.

E-Z Seal Reusable Storage Bags

As you all know, I cook a ton of food every single day. There are almost always leftovers, not because we don't enjoy the food, but more because I just make a lot. I do have tupperware containers but I only have so many. These new bags that I just received are a nice addition, as well as a money saver.

These are E-Z Seal Reusable Storage Bags. Five come in the pack and they are in different sizes. 

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As I said above, they are reusable, which is nice when compared to those plastic zipper close bags that you have to toss after you use them. 
As you can see in the bottom right image, they are made from food grade material, they are BPA free, freezer safe, and travel friendly. 
They are also  lead fee, PVC free, leak proof, and dishwasher safe. You can use them for food like I am doing with most of mine. I am leaving one of the bigger ones for when I travel. I like that they are see through, so I can store my makeup inside and be able to take it on the plane, I hope. 
You can also use them to store toiletries, baby products, small toys, for home organization, as a pencil/pen pouch, etc. 
So many uses. 


 Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review. 


LG Appliances Twin Wash

I know. Most of us hear the word laundry and cringe. 
I have a small family of four- two parents, two children, but we go through a lot  of laundry. Sometimes it seems neverending. I'll finally fold several loads of clean laundry only to turn around and be greeted by a new dirty pile. Seriously, how does that even happen??
If you have kids, you know what I'm talking about, I'm sure.

I've recently heard about the Twin Wash and SideKick LG appliances. Let me tell you what I've learned!

 What is your favorite feature?  How would you use in your household?

I'd have to say that my favorite feature about this product is that you can wash two loads at once!! With my family, this would be perfect. I already wash several loads every week, so why not make it just a bit less time consuming, right? I could see myself doing a big load of everyone else's stuff and then doing my toddler's clothing and delicates in the other part. 
There is also a magnetic remote control that comes along with it and steam cleaning technology. I'm literally blown away with all of that. 

By the way, The LG SideKick is TWIN Wash compatible so if you already have a LG front load washer, it might work perfectly with it. (There's actually a list of compatible washers at the link below, in case you want to make sure yours is.)

With LG’s TwinWash system you get the best of both worlds. For small loads that can’t wait (The sweatpants after hot yoga, the red shirt in a pile of whites, the dirty school uniform on a Sunday night) there is the LG SideKick pedestal washer. You can even use it simultaneously while you do a bigger load up top on your LG Front load washer.
Not only do these washers have mega capacity to tackle any size load, they are energy efficient while giving you the best cleaning performance. No wonder more households have chosen LG laundry over any other brand!
 From 1/11-4/25 receive up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home.

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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


My Very First Official Cover Song Recording

Many of you already know that I've been working on a music project with my husband and our friend. Well, we finally were able to get our first official recording done. My husband and friend worked on the instrumentals while I did the vocals. I'm so excited!

This is an old song. It used to be one of my favorites. It's Silhouettes by the band, Smile Empty Soul.
We will be uploading a video version of it soon too.
There will be many more recordings to come. Let me know if you have any song requests that we can try and play.


Imilitus Earphones

I sing pretty much everyday. I've been doing it for years, secretly, but ever since I joined this karaoke singing app by Smule, I've been doing it way more often than before. 
The one thing you really need in order to use that app correctly and really enjoy yourself, is a good pair of earphones. I was using some really nice iPhone ones before this, but I had them for years and well, they finally stopped working right.
No matter.

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These Imilitus headphones surprised me with how well they work in comparison. The sound quality, both input and output, surpasses my expectations. You don't expect that sort of thing with too many headphones that aren't super expensive. At least, that's been my experience. 
These have a very strong, durable cord, that is long enough for me to put my phone or tablet quite a distance away from me. I can sit comfortably at a distance and I like that very much.
As for the strength that I mentioned--it can withstand some tugging. Trust me, it has happened to me with my mommy brain more than a few times! I will be listening to something and turn my head to one of the kids, yanking my cord, but the cord is still working fine. 

The ear bud part is interesting because it doesn't need removable ear cushions. Instead, they are a single piece, each labeled, and they just sit lightly inside your ears. I like that. 
They have a control button area on the wire with play/pause, skip song, and volume. You can use them for all your audio needs, be that music, movies, audio books, hands free calls, or like I mentioned in the beginning, for some good ol' karaoke singing. 
These are currently my preferred ones for everyday use. 
They come with a cute little storage pouch, as well as wrap around velcro cord for when storing them. 
I love them. 

Here is a short video review I made:

This product is available on amazon.

Disclaimer: I received these in exchange for my unbiased review.


New Book By Ryan Traynor Disclosure 7 (Chapter 3)

Welcome back! Ready for another chapter of my husband's book? We are finally starting Chapter 3! I like what I'm reading so far. How about you guys? Feel free to comment below with any questions or anything else you'd like to say about the story. 

As for you new readers, welcome! If you would like to catch up on the last post, click here. To read all of the previous posts, click here.

Chapter 3

Jack didn’t know where to start. He hadn’t the first clue as to how to handle a situation like this. What was the protocol? 
Everything was out of place. This was his older brother they were talking about here, the guy who protected him when he was young and seemed invincible against his precocious tendency toward bad decision making.
Despite all of the insanity surrounding the situation, Jack managed to make tickets to fly out to Chicago. There he planned to go to his brothers house. Helen had urged him to come as soon as he had the chance. Still unsure of what to expect, he agreed hoping to at least be able to spend some quality time with his nephew Rigsby. 
So Jack put his life on hold and flew out there. With any luck, he thought he might come across a clue the police missed when they searched the house. Maybe there was an explanation as to how his brother had gone missing buried deep in the recesses of the house. Or there could be something hidden in plain sight indicating exactly where Charlie might be. All of these thoughts seemed plausible one minute and downright delusional the next.
He stayed in check until he arrived at the airport not wanting to get too far ahead of himself. But when he walked outside, the crisp northern air hit him like a ton of bricks. As he waited for Helen on the second level dedicated to arrivals, tears began to stream down his face.
What if I never see him again, he thought sullenly. It was the first time he’d actually allowed his mind to go there. The first time he ever entertained it as a possibility. Four excruciatingly long days had passed by since he got word his brother had disappeared.

In anticipation of Helen and Rigsby, Jack dried his eyes with his shirt feeling determined to put on a brave front. Now wasn’t the time for grieving, he had to be strong for his brother’s family. It wasn’t until they got back to the house that Helen felt comfortable talking about anything of substance. As soon as they got there, she put a movie on to distract Rigsby and dove right in.
“I hate talking about this stuff in front of Rigsby,” Helen said, putting on a pot of coffee.
“I completely understand I can’t imagine what must be going through that kid’s head right now,” Jack retorted.
It had been over five years since Jack had been back to Illinois. He had been thrilled to leave whilst in his mid twenties and never really missed the place once he was gone. His brother’s house had been located in the city of Elgin, one of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Jack and Charlie had grown up not more than fifteen minutes away.
“So the police were here?”
“Yeah, but nothing was accomplished,” Helen sounded angry and paused trying to compose herself. “They just kept asking me the same questions over and over as if I knew where he was.” 
Jack looked around the kitchen helplessly, wondering if he could be of any more assistance than the police had been. 
“They kept asking me when was the last time I spoke with him. Where was he? What he was doing? Who was he with? After they asked me the same question three times I began to get upset. When it was all said and done they told me they would keep me posted and left.” Helen sobbed as her eyes welled up.
Jack cringed at the thought of having to ask Helen these exact same questions the police had asked in order to fill in the gaps in his own sketchy understanding of what had happened. As luck would have it, Jack knew exactly where to start. 
“Where’s Mikey?”
“I told him you were coming into town today. He wanted to meet up right now, but I just told him to stop by later tonight after we got a chance to talk. He should be here in a couple hours.”
“Was he still working out of that dungeon in the basement?”
Helen smiled, “He called it his ‘war room’ and joked about making his battle plans in there.”
Jack walked down the old wooden stairs into the basement. Charlie’s office resided in the back corner past the water heater, furnace, washer and dryer. He opened the door and walked into the room astounded by what he saw. The room was a coordinated mess that covered every square inch of the floor and walls. It truly was strategically ordered madness telling a hundred different stories all at once. There was all sorts of stuff crammed in bookshelves and file cabinets, on and under tables and piled high on his desk around the computer. It was reminiscent of the movie, A Beautiful Mind, which was actually a fraudulent Hollywood portrayal of John Nash, who was indeed a crude psychopath that communed with powerfully dark forces. Conversely, Charlie was more of a white knight.

Maps and Bulletin boards were covered in an elaborate mix of information piled thick with typed notes, pictures, book pages and labeled cards written in black marker connected by push pins and bits of string. He couldn’t believe that this was the same room he had been in five years prior remembering it being relatively orderly and far less cluttered. Back then it had been used as much for hanging out and listening to music as it had been used for actual work. Hell, he couldn’t believe the menagerie of shit he was staring at. Wasn’t this what things looked like right before they carted you off to the looney bin?
It wasn’t until then that Jack began to feel despair. Without thinking about it, he walked in the room and sat at Charlie’s desk. He thought about when he was young growing up with Charlie and began to realize things weren’t right. Everyone desperately wants to believe that they had a normal childhood, but in retrospect this just wasn’t the case. There had been weird disturbances, monsters lurking in the dark. This is where evil lurks and looms in the night.
As the past and present began to sweep his mind, he looked up and saw Rigsby standing in the doorway with a forlorn look on his face. Clearly, he knew something was wrong, but it hadn’t quite become earth shattering as of yet. Jack stood up, went to his nephew and hugged him tight.

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And I'll be stopping the story here. Believe it or not, Ryan actually lived in Chicago for several years before we met. He still has family there too. I'm truly curious as to where he will be going next with this story. 
 Above is a picture of our little family. 


Nora's Brushes Makeup Brush Set

Makeup lover here! I have a lot of brushes, but they are pretty old. I keep telling myself to go out and buy some more or order some online, but I hadn't gotten around to it. 
The opportunity presented itself recently and I said yes. I'm so happy with my new set of beautiful brushes.
The box says "Nora's Brushes" and "It's Easy To Be Beautiful" on it.
It is the Smooth Collection.

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The box is so big!
Look at all the brushes inside!!!!

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Just wow, right?
I was literally grinning like a dummy for about an hour after I opened this box.
Don't laugh at me, ok?
I get really excited about this sort of stuff.

I love that there is a brush for every single different step in my makeup routine.

From biggest to smallest, this is what I use mine for: Powder, setting powder, foundation, blush/contour powder, highlight, contour cream, highlight cream, eye liner powder or cream, eyeshadow crease/corner, eyeshadow inner corner and lid. 

I love the way it applies everything smoothly and is soft on my face. No shedding yet, and no stiffness.

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Also included was a nice little silicone applicator. I have used that for my foundation as well. 
I love these brushes because they are easier to hold in my hand and apply, than a regular brush. These are super flat, not fluffy. 
They can be cleaned the same way as regular brushes.
I like the silicone applicator because it makes liquid and cream makeup go on more flawlessly, and it is way easier to clean than a sponge. 

Here's an unboxing video I made:

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review.