Beauty, Favorite Things

Saranghae Skin Care

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Being in my [early] thirties I am always on the lookout for new and great skincare.  When Saranghae reached out to me to try their product I was really excited.

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Below is a quick video of the product and the routine.  Results don’t happen overnight so I will be sure to update y’all in a month or so.  I can say after just a few days I love how soft and bright my skin feels and looks!

Their process heals, regenerates and protects. It is a pretty simple 5 step process [and really only 4 because the make is as needed]!

Step 1: Nourishing + Moisturizing Cleanser

Step 2: Deep Radiance Serum

Step 3: Firm & Life Cellular Regeneration Cream

Step 4: Focus Renewal Eye Cream

Step 5: Elemental Essence Mask [as needed]

Fun fact: Saranghae is the #1 fastest growing Korean Beauty brand in the US.  Bonus points for all of these raves I have listed below.

  • They offer you a 30 Day Full Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee. If you’re not happy with Saranghae for any reason at all we will refund your purchase.
  • They offer FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING on ALL of our products regardless of dollar value
  • They promise you that we will always use the highest quality ingredients
  • They promise that they are always environmentally sustainable & responsible
  • They promise to always use suppliers that pay a fair wage to their employees
  • They promise you that you will always receive the BEST PRICE as our direct customer. Should you see Saranghae for less than what you’ve purchased, we will promptly refund you the difference.

I am loving this easy to use skin care routine. Click here if you want to try it out!

XOXO GabbingGinger

 

Family, Favorite Things

18 Month Update

I realize now I never posted Tripp’s One Year update #momlife! Here we are at a year and a half and just when I think Tripp won’t blow my mind again he says a new word or has a new skill.

Tripp loves talking, dancing, and running everywhere! He is such a ham and loves making people laugh!

He loved halloween and was the life of the party! Check out him dancing in the lion costume below.

Discipline is hitting hard right now and I am doing my best to be consistent and understanding all at the same time. Time outs are a thing these days and Tripp is NOT a fan… as seen below.

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Tantrums aside, I’m loving this phase SO much! He is learning and growing by leaps and bounds.  One of my favorite things to hear him say it “Tank Ew” for thank you… Talk about melting my heart. He is SO social and loves waving and talking to EVERYONE.

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I could go on and on but I’ll stop while I am ahead! But I would love to hear your tips and tricks for discipline?

 
 XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

This blog post is also part of a #mom linkup! If you would like to add your mom blog to the link up page let me know!
 
Family, Favorite Things, Uncategorized

Mom Hack

I was scrolling though Instagram the other day and came across a GENIUS mom hack that I wanted to share with you guys… all thanks to @aandar2014. I always feel like as moms we need to share the wealth of knowledge.

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I ventured to Dollar Tree and found these fruit infuser cups.  Even though the holes on the juice box punch area are smaller than the straw it came with it was easy to punch it through with the straw that came with the cup.  The straws have the thick ring that prevent it from being pulled out… #toddlerproof.  Check out the cup in action below.

This is so perfect for my non milk drinking kid.  So many places have juice boxes but they are a PAIN to deal with since he will squeeze them all over the place.

Seriously, thanks to AAndar2014 for the awesome tip!

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What is your favorite mom hack?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Entertainment

How to Beat Burn Out

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Lately, I have been dealing with major burnout.  I am not sure if it is summer ending or so much going on that now that the end is in sight I am feeling so over it.

Burnout is so hard to deal with whether it is at work, home or with your creative hobbies. Over time I have learned to recognize when I am starting to feel burned out and the following tips and tricks have really helped me overcome that feeling.

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Here are some tips and tricks I have dealing with burnout:

  1. Write down your goals
  2. Write down ideas
  3. Write down thoughts
  4. Make a plan… How do you want to execute the above goals and ideas.
  5. Take a break
    • Get off technology
    • Take a bath
    • Go for a run or walk
    • Breath
  6. Positive affirmations
  7. Write down what you have been proud to accomplish lately

I think these days we all put so much pressure on ourselves to be “doing” so much all the time.  We really have to regroup and to remember the successes and positives in the regular everyday [remember my post about #yayineveryday?]!

Oh yeah and one more bonus tip is to go shopping… but that can get dangerous 🙂

What are some of your tips to avoid/fight burnout?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family, Favorite Things, love, Maternity/ Pregnancy

How to Mom Date

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Can we just all agree that as an adult it is SO hard to meet friends.  Once you become a mom you have an even bigger layer of self consciousness about “mom shaming” to deal with which adds to the difficulty of making friends!

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Well after 16 months I can say how truly important it is to find mom friends that have kids close to your children’s ages.  You go through the ups and downs together and can lean on one another for advice. This is really important to me since my mom isn’t here to give me advice.

But how do you meet the mom friends?  Here are some tips that I have picked up since I have had Tripp!

Places to meet mom friends:

  1. Local mom groups [Facebook, Fit4mom, MOPS]
  2. Library
  3. Parks
  4. Local Play Areas [indoor playgrounds, bounce houses, gyms]
  5. Museums

Okay so you made it to some great places to meet moms but how do you talk to them?

  1. Say hello!
  2. Give a compliment! [Like I love your shoes or earrings] Be sincere!
  3. If conversation gets to flowing ask her name!
  4. Put yourself out there, say hey we should grab coffee, wine or meet up at a park sometime!
  5. Exchange numbers [and then send a text to plan a mom date]

Don’t be afraid of rejection. It happens and you wouldn’t want to be friends with someone like that anyway! The majority of moms are looking to meet other mom friends to socialize with.  Just keep trying and you will find that perfect mom group!

How do you make mom friends?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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BABY GIRL’S PERFECT NURSERY

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Hi everyone! I would like to introduce you to a new series I am starting called Gabbing Girls.  These are some of my favorite bloggers that will be writing special pieces just for this blog space! I love participating in guest blogs and I am so excited to be featuring these women on here!

I want to welcome Shawna from MishMash Mommy.  Shawna is a true Southern girl with a love for writing, photography, and Sweet Tea.  She is married to the love of her life, Stepmom to the sweetest 9 year old boy, Mom to an adorable 2 year girl, and Fur Mommy to 2 little Shih-tzu pups.  In addition to blogging at MISHMASH MOMMY, she is a part-time photographer and photo editor, and loves traveling and camping in what very little spare time she gets.

Her post will bring something new to the table because she is introducing her baby girls nursery! Which reminded me that I never posted about Baby Tripp’s nursery….

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When I found out I was pregnant, I began scouring Pinterest and dreaming of what my sweet baby’s nursery would look like.  I couldn’t wait to find out the gender, so I could really go crazy!  I was so anxious that I scheduled an appointment with Peek A Boo Baby for the day I hit 16 weeks.  You can’t imagine my excitement when they told me it was a GIRL!  I would have been thrilled either way, but I’d secretly always wanted a little girl.

I’d never been much of a pink girl, so I wanted to do the nursery in purple…and loved the combination of purple and teal.  If you’ve ever tried looking for that in nursery bedding, you know it’s practically impossible without spending a million bucks on custom made.  Heck, I had a hard enough time just finding purple.  Lavender was a little easier, but I wanted a true, vibrant purple.  I swear I searched for months, until I finally found one I liked.  Ironically, it had quite a bit of pink in it too.  The great part is I could get it at my favorite store, Target, online (Thank you, Red Card)!  The Target option came in a bundle, which included a few things I wouldn’t use, but it was still cheaper than buying certain pieces separately.  Now that I had decided on bedding, the rest was much easier (and so much fun) to shop for!

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I wanted to keep things bright and fun, so I opted for a white crib from Graco. I also chose a white dresser and white cube storage unit (both from Target).  I loved the idea of using the dresser top as my changing table, so I got a changing pad and wrapped it in a super soft light purple cover.  I will say it did slide around a bit., so we eventually used the buckle and just looped it through the drawer and out the back.  I wanted to bring out a little bit of the green from the bedding so I got storage bins and drawer knobs to match.

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After searching forever and reading a million reviews, I settled on this glider, and I love it!  It is so comfy, and I think the gray works great with everything else.  I picked up the table and lamp on clearance at Target. Double score!  I had a really hard time finding curtains.  There wasn’t anything that would work in the stores, so I went online.  Shockingly, I got these blackout curtains at Walmart online!  I knew it was meant to be, when I noticed that the style name was Kendall.  🙂

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Speaking of my daughter’s name, I got big white letters at Michaels and painted polka dots to match the crib skirt.

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One of my favorite accents was the paper lanterns!  I was going to order separately, but I found this pack on Amazon that had the exact colors I needed!  I initially wanted (and ordered) some giant tissue paper pom poms, but when I got them, it was just too confusing for my prego brain to figure out how to assemble them!  Thankfully, I absolutely love how the lanterns turned out!

I had been stockpiling books pretty much since I found out I was pregnant, and definitely needed a place to put them.  I saw this super cute book shelf idea on Pinterest, and it turned out great.  The bookshelves are actually IKEA spice racks that I painted white.  The only problem is that they don’t hold very many books, so I quickly ran out of room.

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I had a hard time narrowing down which decor I was going to put on the walls…there is so much cute stuff out there!  I got some adorable decorative signs and shelves, and this amazing shag rug (again, from Target).

Once the nursery was complete, I’d just go and sit in there imagining what it would be like when she arrived.  It’s like it didn’t really hit home until this room was finished.  I felt like NOW I was ready for her to be here.  NOW I was ready to be a Mom.

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What was your favorite part of decorating your nursery?  How did you feel when it was finally complete?

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Beauty, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, Things I Love

Fashion on the 4th

How is it possible that July is almost here!?! I LOVE fireworks [not setting them off myself though #whimpforlife]! I am ready for the holiday “weekend” and to enjoy a few brews and watch Tripp hopefully enjoy some fireworks! These are some of my favorite items for the holiday and guess what… all from Amazon because #momlife. Another plus?! Every piece is UNDER $25!!!

Earrings:

 

Hat:

Shorts:

Shirt:

Sandals:

SO many of these must haves are versatile for the entire summer! And of course you could wear the blouse on any patriotic day! What are your 4th must haves?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family

Being a mom when your mom has passed

“Death ends a life but it doesn’t end a relationship that lives on in the mind of the survivor.”

I don’t like to write “sad” posts because it really isn’t my personality to dwell on things that are not positive.  However, being a mom when your mom has passed is something that has really challenged me over the last 10+ months.  Let’s be honest, living life without your mom is hard and as new life chapters start not having your mom there to help guide you through the challenges and the triumphs is something you are constantly re-learning how to deal with. I often times have found this article helpful. It reaffirms that it is ok to mourn and that with new life events that sorrow may hit you like a brick wall.

For those of you who do not know me personally my mom passed away not even a month after my wedding, it was somewhat sudden and unexpected… she had had health issues but had been seemly doing very well. It was quite a heartache to deal with.  My husband was and is wonderfully supportive, as well as, my friends and family. Honestly, without them I am not sure I would be where I am today.

It is hard to not be able to pick up the phone and call my mom whenever I have a question or wonder “was I like this as a baby?!” I couldn’t ask my mom how her pregnancy was or what I was like as a newborn.  Those are things I NEVER processed five years ago when she passed away… and when these new situations creep up, the emotions can come on full force.  Sometimes honestly a simple comment someone makes one Facebook about their mom will bring up though feelings, because honestly life can be very bitter sweet without when you hit those life milestones and wish your mom was there to share it with you.

So what have I done?  I reach out to friends and family.  I have a loving mother in law and mom friends that are there to give me advice and support.  I talk about my mom to others with less fear these days…. you know you don’t want people to “feel sorry for you”.  I allow myself to feel sad and know that it is okay to still grieve and be upset.  I read a blog post of an acquaintance from college who lost her mom and it has resonated with me [PS you should follow her journey about being BRCA1 +].  In the post it talks about how you are allowed to have a poor baby day. Everyone has days to feel sorry for themselves but her mom’s rule was that that you only got one day, after that, you had to pick yourself up and keep on keeping on.

I absolutely love that advice and have kept with it.  It is OKAY to have a bad day but know that tomorrow you will be better! Another affirmation that I like to live by is “not every day is joyful but there are bits of joy in everyday.”

If you every need to talk please don’t hesitate to send me a message.  Grief and sorrow are always changing and new challenges present themselves [especially with motherhood and other defining life moments].

MOM

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Beauty, Cosmetics, Empties, Favorite, Favorite Things, Makeup, Maternity/ Pregnancy, Shameless Plugs, Things I Love

Empties- 2.0

I am back at it with this month’s update on my empties! And what do you know… EVERYTHING can be found at my favorite store Target!

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Up & Up Diapers– LOVE these diapers.  I would say that at night I do like to go up a size though for extra protection!

Aveeno Clear Completion: Sometimes about foamy soap makes me happy.  This cleanser is gentle on skin but works! I love how it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.  Definitely recommend.

Nature Made D3: These are vitamin D pills.  After having Tripp during my yearly lab work I was found to have a vitamin D deficiency [thanks sun-screen] so because of that I started taking these.  I have noticed that my energy and mood have improved and there is LOTS of research to show support in taking vitamin D because of the health benefits! Recommend these vitamin D pills.  Of course talk to your doctor before taking any medication!

Bio-Oil: I used this after pregnancy because after I had Tripp all of a sudden I had stretch marks. This has really helped keep my skin moisturized and the stretch marks are mostly gone and what are left are really faded.  Definitely recommend.

Crest Prohealth Advanced Toothpaste: I felt this toothpaste cleaned well.  It was not my favorite taste and the cap WOULD NOT STAY SHUT.  It drove me bananas. I would recommend a twist top Crest instead.

What products are you loving right now?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Dates, Entertainment, Family, Favorite Things, Shameless Plugs, Things I Love

Fort Worth Favorites

I am back from a quick trip from the sunshine state and I am ready to talk about some of my favorites in Fort Worth again!

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Food/Beverage

Press Cafe: This place is YUMMO and right on the Trinity with lots of grass for the kiddos to run around.  It is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Great drinks too! 

Mama’s Pizza: The best to grab pizza and beer. It isn’t a fancy place but the crust is the BEST. Love that I can go in a ball cap!

McKinley’s: A great lunch spot with the ladies and kids and they have SO many fun desserts!

Club’s

Ridglea Country Club: LOVE how family oriented they are and the kids club is great!

Fort Worth Club: I love their lounge to go grab drinks and have good conversation.

Activities

Z Boaz Park: This is a small quaint park that we love to pop in and swing at. It is clean and surrounded by trees!

Shop

Initially Yours Monogramming: The best place to go when you need to find a gift!

 

What are you favorite Fort Worth spots?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger