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Micuna Ovo

Micuna Ovo Max Le High Chair

The OVO chair has become one of my favorite pieces in our home. The chair is beautifully designed and built to last. It is practical and makes eating together as a family more enjoyable by providing safety for our child and style for our home. It is very easy to assemble: it took us less than 20 minutes.

I have made a short Youtube video with a couple of important pointers that I hopes will help you assemble even faster than we did (wink wink).

This beautiful chair was packaged in a cute protective drum, that I am going to re-use for toy storage. (see picture)

I had originally planned to use the OVO chair for my newborn, but after we assembled it my toddler wanted to sit in it and “Have it” as he dictates to us! I have to admit it is a bit small for my two and half year old who is off the growth charts.

There is a lot I admire about the OVO chair but one thing I love most is that it is an everlasting piece. As the kids grow, I can effortlessly convert this piece from a high chair to an elegant desk chair for their study corner by removing the bottom part of the feet. This feature is priceless.

The OVO chair is recommended for use from 6 months up to 3 years or 40 pounds. Made of solid beech wood, ABS plastic and PE plastic. Removable and washable round tray. It also has a machine washable and removable padded seat cover available in 5 different colors (sold separately). There is a safety harness to avoid risk of falling. 

Dimensions: 33.46″ H x 20.86″ D 

A little background on Micuna:

Valencia, Spain-based Micuna is a global leader in the manufacturing of furniture and accessories for babies and children.  Recognized for their commitment to  design, quality and safety of its products, Micuna was one of the first Spanish companies to comply with the high standards of European quality and safety.  Micuna products are crafted with eco-friendly practices and materials including wood obtained from sustainable forests.  The Micuna U.S. collection includes the OVO high chair, SMART bassinet, LIFE crib collection and HARMONY evolutive crib.    For more information visit www.micunausa.com.


Lifestyle Motherhood

Smilo

Finding a perfect baby lounger for a newborn can be easy or outright frustrating. I have three or four different loungers around the house and I love them; each for their unique way of soothing my baby. What I love about the Smilo Lounger is the comfort and the sense of security it brings to my baby.

Hudson is wearing Kyte Baby Layette in Cocoa.

My baby was in the NICU for the first week of his life, he was used to confined and a snuggly place to fall asleep easily. Smilo lounger came handy with providing the two wings on each side to keep him snuggled up and safe from falling. The mattress is sturdy and yet soft and comfortable, made of high quality material with exceptional workmanship.

It is portable and light to move around the house. I can set it on the floor next to me while I am working or on the bed while we are both trying to get some Zzzz’s. I love the size of the lounger, my baby can definitely grow with it until he is at least 6 months old. Even my two year old tries to lie down in it after he sees his little brother sleeping in it.

The lounger has two pockets on one side. I used them to hold the bottles, diapers, my phone and the TV remote if I am on the bed. (I lose my phone and the remote all the time, so this makes it easy for me to know where they are at all times)

Hudson is wearing Asher and Olivia Footie

As for cleaning the cover, all I have to do is unzip from the bottom of the lounger, and throw it in the washer.

Smilo Bottles

Smilo Baby Bottles are another baby product I highly recommend. There is minimal parts to them and very easy to assemble and wash, they also have anti-colic mom like nipples. I appreciate not needing to wash so many parts compared to some other “anti-colic” bottle brands. My hands thank you Smilo.

Smilo bottles have helped with my newborns spit up and reflux since I started using them and burps right away after he has finished his feed. The nipples come in different sizes for different age group. I am currently using size 1, but when he turns three months I think I need to change it up to size two.

At the end of the day we all want to help our little ones with their reflux and colic. I am so happy I have found the perfect bottles for my little guy, as I hope you do too.

Hudson is not ready for the pacifiers yet but once he is ready, these are great quality pacifiers for babies.

Smilo Lounger, Baby lounger
Lifestyle Motherhood

Mom’s The Word

I always put a lot of time and effort into packing my bags when I go away on a trip. Packing my hospital bag for the birth of my second baby was no exception. I had a checklist and checked items off as I packed them.

After much research I came across “The Ultimate Labor & Delivery Kit.” The cutest bag filled with all the necessary goodies from beauty, nutrition, sleep wear and even a handheld massager. They have thought of everything. There is even a phone battery backup in the bag! I am in love. If you’re expecting, you are definitely going to need this bag.

During my search I also came across the cutes matching outfit for mommy and baby “Take Me 2 the Hospital Set- Grey Stripe” The material is soooo soft and and comfortable it has become one of my favorite sets. It also looks so cute on both mommy and baby.

Another set that I decided to include in my bag but ended up using it at home is the most beautiful and delicate “Lace Back Nursing PJ- Black” I love the lace detail in the back and the delicately designed bow and most importantly the material that make this pajama feel so luxurious.

Lifestyle Sales

Sales and Steals guide of 2018

Hi lovelies,

Black Friday is HERE…. there are so many sales out there and I want to share them all with you. I have a list here to make your shopping easier. Happy shopping.

Abercrombie – 50% off your entire order + free shipping on all orders.

One of my favorite trench coats under $110 now!

AMAZON  Lots of deals, the biggest one for me is the InstaPot also great deal on Amazon Echo

American Eagle + Arie – 40% off the Aerie Collection + Free Shipping. If you like comfy pajamas you’d love their sale. All Pajama pants $20

Ann Taylor – 50% off everything use code “blackfriday”

Anthropologie – 30% off of everything! 

Banana Republic – 50% off regular priced items. 

And, Cardmember Exclusive:
EXTRA 10% OFF  Everyday When You Use Your Gap Inc. Credit Card. Code: BRCARD

BaubleBar – 30% off everything. 

Express – 50% off everything + Free Shipping

Gap – 50% off everything + an extra 10% off with code “TREAT”

Goodnight Macaroon – Buy more, save more. 30% off of order of $150 with code THANKS30 and they increase the more you spend (up to 50% off).

H&M – Extra 30% off with code “3238”


J.Crew – 50% off your purchase using the code “TGIF”. 

Seriously when was the last time we saw J.Crew have a 50% off sale? ummm NEVER!

Kate Spade – Up to 75% off and free shipping to the US and Canada. 

Loft – 50% off your purchase with code “FRIYAY”.

MACYSUp to 75% off

Madewell– 25% off your purchase using the code “DEALWITHIT”.

Neiman Marcus Las Call – 80% off everything including clearance ! Free Shipping with code “LCSHIP”

 

Nordstrom – Up to 60% off select items + up to 40% off Designer Sale

Old Navy – 50% off your entire purchase!

One Kings Lane – 20% Off Sitewide PLUS an extra 10% with code OKLCYBER18.

Orlando Pita50% Off Entire Site

Sephora – Select items on sale.

Serena & Lily – 20% off everything using code “GATHER”.

Shopbop – Buy more, save more. Up to 25% off full-price items. Up to 75% Sales items. 15% off orders of $200+. 20% off orders of $500+. 25% off orders of $800+ Using the code “MORE18”.

Tory Burch – Up to 60% off with code “thanks”

ULTA – Free shipping on any $35+ purchase. $3.50 off your qualifying $15 purchase with code: 672343. 

Walmart – Select Black Friday deals.

Wayfair – Up to 80% off + Free shipping 

West Elm – Buy More, Save More + Free Shipping! 30% off $3,000 or more. 25% off $1,000 or more. 20% off $500 or more. 15% off $100 or more – Using the code “SAVEMORE”

Williams Sonoma – Up to 50% off electronics, up to 65% off cookware, up to 50% off tabletop, plus free shipping with code “FREESHIP”

Baby items on sale

Baby Toys on sale


Beauty items

I have used and still using the following products and they happen to be one of my favorites. Especially the “Eight Inch Sensor Mirror with Brightness Control” I absolutely love it. And guess what? They are all on SALE!

 

Electronics items


Home items

 

 

Beauty Lifestyle

FIONA

Shine Responsibly with Lab Grown Diamonds

With the holidays around the corner we are all looking for the perfect gift for those we love. I have found a perfect gift that is beautiful, shines brightly and represents love, purity and eternity. If you are like any other friend I have, you will love these beautiful diamonds. I had heard about lab grown diamonds but had not actually seen one in person until I received my Fiona Diamonds stud earrings with 14kt white gold. It is absolutely  stunning girls. It actually shines brighter than the natural diamonds I have. I am wearing both the Fiona Diamonds and the natural diamond stud earrings in this picture; take a look for yourself.

I feel so lucky to have found “Fiona Diamonds“. Fiona Diamonds are lab grown diamonds and cultured in a controlled environment. They are purer than mined diamonds and possess the same cut, color, carat and clarity without harming nature or humanity. They make a perfect gift. The beautiful earrings come in a very cute box and a light shining on them when you open the box. It’s stunning.

Fiona only sells lab grown diamonds and moissanites which is why their stones are conflict free and have no adverse environmental effects. The best part is @fiona.diamonds donates 5% of its profit to charities that help rescue children from mining and other environmental causes.

I urge you to join Fiona’s cause and #ShineResponsibly by supporting it. Everyone knows the old adage that “A Diamond is Forever” but I truly believe that @fiona.diamonds is #TheNewForever….

Use code SHILA10 for 10% off your order.

Beauty Lifestyle

New to Guerlain

I thought I was new to Guerlain until I found out that they are the creator OF Champs-Elysees Guerlain Perfume. I was given the perfume as a gift a long time ago, but I never used it because I found it to be a little too mature for my age. And now I am faced with all the beauty that it has to offer. So I guess you can say that I am new to using their beauty products. Here are some of my favorites by Guerlain, I can’t wait to tell you about all of the ones I tried…

Guerlan

(Some of my favorite products from Guerlain)

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Guerlain Blanc de Perle Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Whitening Essence

This Advanced P.E.R.L. drop essence claims that it will effectively reduce the number, intensity, and size of dark spots and deactivate the process leading to future spots. At least that’s what I was told by the Guerlain representative. For the last six weeks I have been using the P.E.R.L. drop after cleansing and toning, and before moisturizer. I use a couple of drops in the evening to my face and neck, the key is not to rub it in and just to tap into your skin and I noticed that after each use my skin became smoother, more translucent and more radiant. Safe to say that it was money well spent. This magical potion made my skin look more luminous and fresh looking. I love that it feels so lightweight and absorbs quickly, making it easier. One thing to point out is that it didn’t help with reducing my sunspots. If you have read my other blogs you know that I am all about removing sunspots and I would try just about everything. As much as I love this P.E.R.L. drop I would not recommend it to help remove or lighten sunspots.

I will give this beauty a four star out of five

Will I repurchase? YES!

Guerlan-4

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Light – Diffusing Perfecting Primer

This beautiful primer should be the essential first step you take before you put any make up on. I have used many primers before, and I have a lot of favorites…. and this one is about to get added to the rest. This velvety liquid smells great and prepares the skin for make up with no crease line! When I heard that, I was all over it, and the packaging is just perfection. Yes I couldn’t control myself, I had to say something about the packaging. If you are ready to invest in a luxury brand primer I would start here.

I give it a five star

Would I repurchase? YES!

Guerlan-3

GUERLAIN Terracotta Joli Teint & Foundation

The Teint should not be confused with a foundation. It’s a bronzer. I read a couple of reviews before using mine and there was a lot of confusion as to why it doesn’t have much coverage? It is being sold as a foundation but I would only use it as a foundation if I am going for the total natural look, sheer and breathable coverage. But if you are looking to get that sun kissed look with enough coverage you should mix it with the foundation. Mixed together and it’s a perfection.

I will give this beauty a four star out of five

Will I repurchase? YES! As a Bronzer or a Teint

Guerlan-5

I am personally not a fan of this color, and if it wasn’t a gift I would not have purchased it. But I thought I give it a review anyway…. If you are into purple or metallic look, this is a good one to choose, it goes on easily and I think it has a quick dry formula because it dried up pretty fast when I put it on.

Hope you enjoyed the reviews. Please feel free to comment.

XOXO

Beauty Lifestyle

Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends

Having tried all types of leave on mask and Split Ends ointments after an unfortunate accident doing Ombré, I have finally found the holy grail for Split Ends. Yes ladies, prepare yourself, this product works and it only costs $24.00! What? As I had mentioned in previous blogs, I have started using Grow Gorgeous brand over a year ago (OMG time flies) I started with their Grow Gorgeous Hair Serum. (read it here) and evolved by using the rest of the products from this amazing and affordable brand.

I have become and avid user of this product along with the serum and leave in conditioner. But let me tell you about this End Split Ends a little before I get distracted with other products they offer.

How to apply: Towel dry hair after shower and apply it to your hair specially to the ends where the split ends are.

You can also apply it to your dry hair but I personally think that it is more effective if you use it after you wash your hair before you put on any products in the hair, and massage it through the split ends for a minute or two. I have been using the famous Arago Oil for my dry hair with split ends, and I still do but in combination with Grow Gorgeous End Split Ends. And let me tell you that since I have started doing that I have seen much better results.

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The solution is a bit creamy. Imagine a thick conditioner that dissolves right into the air leaving it soft with a fresh smell. It doesn’t leave my hair frizzy or dry. Once you blow dry it you won’t be able to even tell that you put on such a thick solution to your hair.

My favorite part is reading about all the exotic oils that are mixed into this amazing concoction. It has Amazonian oils such as;

  • Açaí palm: which is a potent antioxidant that helps moisturize the hair, repair split ends and add shine to your locks.
  • Sacha inchi: packed with omegas, vitamin A & E

Overall it’s a great solution for split ends leaving your hair with less breakage. After using it for six weeks I can tell you that my hair is looking healthier and I see much less split ends in my brush.

I will be doing a video on this and other Grow Gorgeous products soon. Stay tuned…

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XOXO

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Lifestyle Motherhood

Childproofing Stair Gate

Stair Gate

I was looking for safe stair gates as well as one that actually looked good. From what I had seen so far there were bulky ones and some that totally changed the house decor. There is nothing wrong with trying to find something that does what it meant to do in this case, keep my child safe from falling down the stairs, but also look good! After many nights browsing the net and reading endless reviews I found Retract-A-Gate safety gate. At the first glance, it does not look like a conventional stair gate. The design is very clean and it looked like it actually works. NOW YOU GOT MY ATTENTION.

I placed an order for a pair, and a month later I ordered the third one. I have to admit it is a bit pricier than your regular stair gates but it’s a money well spent.

It is easy to install, it comes with all the parts you need. It is easily moveable to either the top of the stairs or to the bottom of the stairs depending on where you are. What does that mean you ask? Once you have installed the mounts on the wall you can easily move the gate to either upstairs or downstairs to lock it down.

Lifestyle Motherhood Parenting

Baby teething MUST have

As most of you know I have an 18 months old son whom I adore endlessly. He has been teething since he was six months old. By now I have developed a pretty good idea of how to ease his teething pain and get him more comfortable during those painful times.

I would like to share some of the products I have been using and continue to use since the start of his teething journey. Here are some of the teething products that have worked for us so far. If you have any questions or recommendations feel free to comment below.

I want to send a big thank you to my friend Jemma who has been guiding me through my motherhood journey from the start. Jemma, you are a true gem and I am so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for always being there for me even though we are hundreds of miles away.

xoxo

Hyland’s Baby Tiny Cold Tablets

Please consult with your pediatrician first.

I give two pills before nap and two before night sleep when he is teething. Hyland’s Baby Tiny Cold Tablets are very small and dissolve on baby’s tongue quickly so there’s no need to worry about them choking your little one. One more tip, don’t hold it in your hand for too long or it will melt.


Camilia teething drops

This is a MUST have in a teething baby home. Camilia is a great alternative to all the other over-the-counter medicine. Camila has helped with my son’s sleeping in general.

Camilia is odorless and flavorless unless you have a very sophisticated pallet. I used to give him one to two vials every three hours during his teething time. It works wonders and has helped my son’s teething pain during the worse times. As you know the acid that is developed in the baby’s mouth during teething can be swallowed and cause diarrhea. Interestingly enough I think that Camilia may have indirectly helped my son when he had diarrhea during his teething. Coincidence? Not sure.


Amber Teething Necklace

I didn’t know much about amber necklace or bracelet for teething. I did a lot of research before I ordered my first one. Here is a great read by Crunchy Mom Life that breaks down the difference between the raw and polished, the light and the darker amber colors.

Here is a takeaway for those who don’t feel like reading yet another article just yet.

The brighter amber colors are more powerful than the darker ones. Also, the raw colors are stronger than polished.

I have a milky color which I ordered on Amazon and also a raw cherry color which I fell in love with made by Tribal Dreaming.


Chamomile Best Essential Oil

I LOVE chamomile oil. Chamomile can calm the mind, relieve digestive issues, treat skin conditions, reduce inflammation and more. You can either diffuse it or rub it on to relax any bellyache, toothache, and in this case help my little one with his teething pain. I put a few drops in the palm of my hand and mix it with a little bit of Aquaphor and massage it into his jawline. It helps with the pain and reduces the inflammation of the gums.

Bellyache or Colik: During those sleepless nights I mix a couple of drops of chamomile oil with either Aquaphor or any other lotion and I massage his stomach gently to calm him down. It helps him with a gassy belly or any other belly ache. I use the Chamomile Oil by Sun Organics because I get a lot more for my money and also it has worked so far, so why change it? But I am sure any other chamomile oil would work as well.



Teething Toys

I have many many teething toys. The baby banana and the RazBaby are the most favored ones in our house. I have learned to leave some in the freezer and some in the fridge. A cold teething toy helps a lot with the swollen gums and teething pain.


Health Lifestyle

Sugar Smart Box

A smart and balanced snack life. Yep, that’s what I am going to start with.

I don’t have a pallet for sweet things but when I do I want the good stuff, yummy but guilt-free. Right?

Well, I just realized after having my little one who is now 18 months old, my pantry game has changed a bit. It used to be clear of oreo’s, cookies, caramel everything, and all things dark chocolate that all probably not going to help lose that stubborn post-belly fat that I have been working so hard to lose.

So it was time to do something about it. Did some research and came across ‘Smart Sugar Box’. A healthy way of snacking.

Smart Sugar Box is a monthly subscription that will deliver a box full of treats that will last me a month. I like it because they make it pretty clear to me what I am putting in my body. Low carb, sugar free, and gluten free yumyums.

The monthly box will cntain:

  • 7+ premium snacks
  • Low sugar (<5g per serving)
  • Low carb (<9g net per serving)

Get it for yourself or give it as a gift. It’s a perfect treat either way.

Use code: SHI15 to get a 15% discount on your next order.

xoxo

 

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