Giveaway Winner!!!

This will be short and sweet so you can focus on your WEEKEND but it's time to award some swag! First I want to thank everyone who entered last week's giveaway for TheKeenBean. I was seriously only expecting like three people to enter but there was a great turn out! So without further gilding the lily {name that movie} I'm excited to announce the winner of HER CHOICE of Ready to Ship item on TheKeenBean's Facebook is...


CONGRATULATIONS MAMA! I can't wait to see C modeling her new swag!  Message me on FB and I'll get you squared away!

I really appreciate the love and plan on having many more giveaways in the future! WOOT!

Until next time...

TheKeenBean Giveaway!

Hidey-Ho and Happy Friday everyone! I figured since I've been so MIA here on the blog I'd finally let you know why. First of all... I'm still studying for my Bradley Method Certification, and great news, my application was accepted! I'll be soaking up as much info as possible before the October workshop then I'm just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from being a certified Bradley Method teacher! So excited for this new adventure.

Second... you may remember my child, The Bean. I talk about her from time to time on here. Well she's at a super fun age and I am taking advantage of the chance to play... all day! Plus now that the weather is actually acting appropriately, we're trying to soak it all in!

Third... my hubby is pretty awesome. So he gets some attention too. ;)

Forth... my brother, sister-in-law, and sweet nephew are about exactly 9 days away from moving from LA LA Land to the East Coast. More specifically... our house. WAHOOOO! We are in prep mode to make sure their arrival is smooth and welcoming. I. Am. SOOOO. Excited.

Fifth and final... I've been bitten by the creativity bug LIKE WOAH and have been on hair accessory overload! Nap times for K equal creative time for me and I'm loving every minute of it. My kitchen table may beg to differ as it's become my go-to spot for crafting. Along with just enjoying the creative process I've been trying to promote my business and link up with fellow small business owners to learn the ins and outs of how to be successful. I still have little to no idea what I'm doing, but I'm having fun... and that's all that matters in the end. Right? BUT I have had a little success because I just realized that my shop's Facebook page and I just  reached 100 likes! It's not a lot, but it's a milestone for me and well worth celebrating. SO, I've decided to say THANK YOU by offering a ONE OF A KIND design from TheKeenBean. YOUR CHOICE! Yes, it's Giveaway time!

I've hosted giveaways here before so you know the drill. Use the Rafflecopter link below and enter to win! You have until Thursday, May 16 at Midnight to enter and the winner (chosen at random using Rafflecopter) will be announced next Friday. The winner will get to choose one item from my Ready To Ship album! WAHOOO!

Good luck to all and THANK YOU for making me feel 100 likes worth of love! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time...

Baby Blush Boutique Giveaway Winner!!!

Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap you guys... The hubs and I saw Cirque du Soleil's Totem last night and were BLOWN AWAY! Such an amazing show... AND we didn't realize until they sat us in the big tent that we were in the FRONT ROW! Totally amazing, I'm still reliving the night! Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap you guys... Christmas is a week away. Getting my final shopping and shipping done today {I hope} so we can relax and focus on fun Christmas baking and just enjoy the holiday. Who still has Christmas shopping left to do?

Well I now know ONE person who has one less gift to buy.. because they's just won an adorable pair of ballerina baby booties! Congratulations to...


These beauties are all yours!

Baby Blush Boutique Baby Shoes

Please contact Baby Blush Boutique via Facebook or Etsy to claim your prize and CONGRATULATIONS!

*I absolutely love being able to host these giveaways but I can't do it without YOU! If you {or someone you know} are interested in promoting your blog or small business by hosting a giveaway on Life in these times...  please contact me! I'm all about spreading the love and giving shout outs to deserving and hard-working business owners!

Until next time...

Giveaway Monday: Baby Blush Boutique

I couldn't be more excited to tell you about this week's giveaway but first, I need to announce LAST week's winner! Congratulations to...  TERESA YOUNG! You won a BEAUTIFUL guitar string bracelet from The Meraki Menagerie! Go ahead and contact Hilari on Etsy so you can pick your bracelet!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated.

And now on to another fantastic giveaway! This week I'm giving LOTS OF LOVE to Baby Blush Boutique . I discovered this adorable shop through another giveaway on another blog! Of course, having a little girl I was all over it and spent about an hour ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the precious pieces in the shop! Baby Blush Boutique was generous enough to offer up this sweet pair of Soft Soled Ballerina Slipper Baby Booties for this week's giveaway!

Baby Blush Boutique Baby ShoesHOW CUTE ARE THEY!?!?!

I'm absolutely in love with everything about these. The color, the pattern, and since my little one is a walking machine, these would be a great FASHIONABLE and protective addition to her on-the-move mentality! The same old same old applies for entering this giveaway: Use the rafflecopter link below, enter as many times as possible {more entries = more chances to win!}, share the love about the giveaway, and cross your fingers that you're the winner! Enter through Sunday and the winner will be announced Monday morning! Best of luck to everyone and a HUGE thank you to Baby Blush Boutique for hosting this week's giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time...

A Bit O' Belli: Product Review Part 1

There is something about doing a legit product review that makes me feel like a "professional blogger". And then I decide to start a blog by declaring said feeling and any bit of professionalism goes right down the hole like Plucky's blue ball. Anyway... today I'm going to talk about a fantastic company with some really top-notch products. Belli Skin Care.

Belli specializes in creating products for expectant mothers, moms, and babies, and is the #1 recommended Pregnancy Skin Care brand by OB-GYNs. All of their products are tested to be safe for mom and baby, through all stages of life. As fate would have it I only found out about this company AFTER having Keelin, but I'm glad I know about it now so I can take advantage the next time the hubs knocks me up. So romantic, right? :)

Keelin and I have both been using a number of Belli products over the last few months and I wanted to call out some of my favorites!

FOR ME: Like I said, I discovered Belli after Keelin was about 4-5 months old but I still managed to benefit from a number of products from their Pregnancy Line. First is the All Day Moisture Body Lotion:

LOVE this lotion. I am notorious for having OOBER Dry skin during the winter, so I'm definitely putting it to the test in the next months but so far it's been great! It has a light, crisp fragrance that isn't too overwhelming {perfect for preggos and their super sensitive Spidey-senses} and it lasts throughout the day without feeling thick or greasy. I'm definitely keeping it on my list of "must haves" whenever baby #2 starts cooking.

Next is a combo of sorts so I'll brag on them together. I have been in LOVE with them both from the first top-pop: The Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub and Anti-Blemish Facial Wash:

First of all, let it be known that I'm a sucker for facial scrubs. After living with a very unhappy pizza face through middle and high school {and yes the pizza face will return from time to time even now... thanks hormones} I discovered the pure bliss that can come from scrub scrub scrubbing my face with those mean little pieces of grit until even the nastiest craters and zits felt like smooth skin. Euphoric I tell you. At least the end result. Less so on the mean little pieces of grit tearing your face apart. But let me tell you folks, the Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is the most relaxing and comfortable facial scrub I have ever used. And it's not one of those "my label says I'm a scrub but I really don't know the first thing about exfoliation" type products, this stuff is amazing. The teeniest tiniest little microbeads go to work on my face every time I use it and I have to resist the urge to splash water up out of the sink like the girls in the face wash commercials always do. Yeah... that's how great it feels. Follow that up with the Anti-Blemish Facial wash and you've got a duo made in mommy {or preggo} heaven. It doesn't dry out my skin like so many other washes do, and I feel like my complexion has been steadily clear {knock on wood} ever since I started using it. It's tough for me to really stand behind a face wash after trying SO MANY during my most intense acne-battling years but these two are top of the line.

Finally for me is a product I never really thought about using daily until I became a mom... and witnessed the train-wreck that is TAN MOM: Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen

Also from the Pregnancy Line {oops} this is in no way like the thick white goop you slap on at the beach. It's a tinted cream that gives you daily SPF protection without feeling caked on. I use a pea-sized amount every morning in conjunction with my moisturizer and even though I can't actually TELL that my face is utilizing the UV butt-kicking powers, I feel better about myself knowing that I'm keeping my skin protected during walks with Keelin or those agonizing trips to and from the grocery store parking lot. Again, in keeping with the theme... love this stuff.

Since I had zero intention of rambling on and on about these products I'll save the BABY review for another post. Get excited. Even if you aren't interested in any of these products, definitely take a look around their website at some of the others. They have Stretchmark Minimizing Cream and Elasticity Belly Oil to basic body wash and Kelo-cote scar treatment, I really mean it when I say they have great, safe, products for just about any stage of life.

Seriously moms, moms-to-be, and basically any lady who is looking for some great, safe skin care... you've got to check out Belli. Some of their products are a little on the pricey side, but I'm super stingy and even I'd splurge from time to time. BUT... lucky for you, splurging may not be necessary because they are currently hosting a 12 Days of Belli Giveaway!  Every day through 12.12.12 {yes, I'm a little late sharing the news} Belli is giving away one special product. All you have to do is enter! You can enter everyday for a chance to with the featured item! Who knows, maybe Santa knows you've been extra good this year and you'll find one in your mailbox stocking on Christmas morning!  Hey, there's nothing to lose, so may as well give it a shot!

Keelin's 49 week update is tomorrow but stay tuned for my review of their baby products on Thursday!

Until next time...