Pop Sugar Must Have June Review

I have to say, I love my Pop Sugar Must Have box! I think I enjoy it so much because it is filled with stuff I would never buy myself, BUT I would love to try, so its nice to be able to spoil yourself sometimes! For 37.00 a month you receive items chosen from the editors, that are that months favorite. The June Box is filled with Summer finds!
 “Whether you’re on a boat or simply ready to add a nautical pop to your wardrobe. we have the scarf you need this June. We all have whats bound to be the hottest new Summer reading release to keep you entertained an a workout to get your ready to hit the beach or pool. Keep your skin feeling fresh with this moisturizer, and breath fresh to help an amazing cause. Happy June!”
(Please excuse the lighting, in these Photos!)
Here are all the items in the box! Full this month! 
The snack this month was Fit Popcorn(5.00): With 40 calories or fewer per cup, this is an additive snack you don’t have to feel guilty about. 
Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf (62.00): LOVE this! I am still not too sure how to put it on, because it would be used as a sarong also, but i absolutely love the color! “Pair it with a t-shirt and jeans for daytime, or at least add some personality to your go-to sundress for the season.”
Along with this scarf they included a 25.00 coupon code for Gorjana & Griffin. Can’t wait to check it out!
Juice Beauty Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer (65.00): This is a Moisturizer which is infused with vitamin C and grape seed. It is proven to reduce fine lines and fights skin of aging (score!) There are also two CC cream samples, which I am so excited to try!

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns  (16.00) : This will be an awesome Beach read for Cape Cod next month! Can’t wait! 
Hard Candy Fitness DVD, Addicted to Sweat 4 (19.99): I can always use a good workout DVD! I’ll keep you updated on how good this one is! It is one of Madonna’s go-to workouts! 
Not pictured: Because I took it with me to the ZOO yesterday, and forgot to snap a picture were the Project 7 Quench The Thirsty Wintergreen Mints (2.00). They were awesome tasting, and I love that this is helping to provide clean water to people in need!
This box was worth approximately 165.00 (not including the Coupon code!) Well worth the 37 dollars spent! I love this box, if you are interested in checking Pop Sugar Must have out, Click HERE
**This post contains affiliate links! All opinions are my own.

Its time for some Weekend Shenanigans!

This weekend went ridiculously fast! I mean they usually are pretty quick, but this was bonkers! Saturday we did not do much-Food shopping and cleaning were on my list. Dinner was so good! Steaks on the grill and rice, what’s better then that!

Sunday was great. We went to the Bronx Zoo. Living so close to the city, you would think I would have at least gone there once in my life. NOPE. This was my first time, and I absolutely loved it. It was hot, but not too scorching and in the shade it was perfect. We saw some adorable animals and Molly walked and had minimal meltdowns (only one actually!) Here’s some fun pictures!

Molly & Daddy

Polar Bear playing with his ball, Adorable!

Some more Polar Bear!

Molly, amazed by the crocodiles! 

Feeding the goats

These Peacocks were ALL over roaming free!

Molly & her Aunt Rissa

Telling us where to go

This poor tortoise couldn’t help itself! So sad!

Blurry, but how funny is that Gorilla in the back!

Having fun in the butterfly exhibit.

Love her.

Beautiful butterfly exhibit.

How was your weekend? What does your week look like?

May Cara Box Reveal

Cara Box is an awesome monthly swap! Each month you sign up, you receive a blogger (or non blogger, only if you do not have a blog) to send a box to, and a blogger sends you a box. So you are actually meeting two people. This was my first month and overall it was a great experience, and i can not wait to do another month! If you are interested in more information or want to sign up head on over to Wifessionals to find out more information.

This month I was paired with two awesome bloggers. I sent a box to Rebecca over at XOXORebeccaMae, and I received a box from Deana over at Tesori Belle. This months theme was regional, and she is from Boston, so I got a pretty great box!

First of all, she has the cutest stickers! I love them!!!
Here is my first look, which of course was so exciting because I had no clue what I was receiving! 

Here’s one of the gifts packaged! Adorable! 

This is her letter to me. I loved this because it reminded me of the information cards in subscription boxes (which I think she may have been trying to get at, possibly? Did i get this right Deana?) But how adorable! She wrote a little something about everything in the box!!

This is what I got! Everything was extremely thoughtful, and she really payed attention to what I like!

  First, which I thought was awesome was a bag (an Ikea bag-holy crap, I love Ikea) full of samples. She said she enclosed some extra goodies because she knows how much I love subscription boxes. She said I could share them with friends If I’d like! Love this!! So thoughtful.

I’m obsessed with Dunkin Donuts, which I have said probably one million times already (okay, I’m totally over exaggerating.) I actually had no idea, but Dunkin Donuts was founded right outside of Boston in MA. I love this, I love Iced coffee. PERFECT!
I know what your thinking “Oh my gosh, she sent you something Red Sox, and you are from NY!?” Honestly, I don’t really watch baseball, so this hand sanitizer is amazing! I will carry this in my purse and I will be shunned from other New Yorkers. 

Yankee Candle is also produced in MA. I actually did not know this! I love candles, any kind of candles, so this is my favorite! Summer scents, what’s not to love?

Last in the box was a magnet, which of course I will put on my fridge! Love this. It a historical landmark, but now is used as a subway station. I love history!! Attached is is Boston Harbor Tea, I love this!! 
Thank you SO much Deana. I loved everything, and appreciate the thought and effort you put into this box. 
**There were also Necco wafers, not listed or pictured (we totally ate those before I even got the picture!)

Mama Memoirs

I’m linking up today, with A Sorta Fairytale for Mama Memoirs. Every other Thursday, she will be having a link up, of anything to do with motherhood. I had to think long and hard before i wrote this, because there are a lot of things I would love to write or read about in parenting. I decided this is going to be today’s topic. Why did I choose to be a Stay at Home Mom.

This is a very hard question for some people. A ton of mothers go to work every day, have a social life, and spend a lot of time with their children (and they love it.) I tried this, and i decided it wasn’t for me. I will start from the beginning.

I got pregnant with Molly is May of 2010. It was a surprise (we were not planning it) but were so, totally excited. I experienced a miscarriage in December of 2008, and at that time we definitely were not ready to be parents. As horrible as this was, and I may be criticized for saying this, but it was a blessing in disguise. So at this point in our lives (2010) we were absolutely ready. I worked full time as a pre-school teacher, literally 2 minutes up the road from where we lived. In October of 2010, I started experiencing some complications (spotting, etc) and they put me on bed rest, so I had to go out of work on disability in November. I honestly hated being out of work. I did nothing all day and it was really tough. I decided that after I had Molly, I would take three months off and go back to work in April of 2011. I originally planned to take Molly with me three days a week (I worked in a daycare) and my sister would watch her two days a week. Of course when I had her everything changed.

How could I leave this little face in a Daycare. So i decided my sister would watch her full time, and when she got a little older i would bring her with me. I remember the day before I went back to work. I cried all day long. I called my mom sobbing that I couldn’t leave her, it was awful, but i went back and my sister watched her. 
When i went back i started experiencing a lot of depression and my doctor diagnosed me with post pardom. I did not want to fully tell anyone this because people get this really bad, and I did not want to make it look like I was just playing it up because I really wasn’t. I had some signs of it when she was first born, but it really hit when I returned to work. It was under control, but very difficult. At first I cut my hours back daily, so i wasn’t working 10 hours a day. Then I cut my days back (to three) and finally in June of 2011, I left completely, and this was the best decision of my life. 
I can not tell you how much I just love staying home with her. It took me and honestly is still taking me time to balance life. Cooking, cleaning, spending alone time, is really not easy sometimes, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am so glad I got to see her first step, her first smile, her first everything. I worked in daycare for so long, and got to see so many firsts of other kids (and feeling so horrible that their parents missed that) so it was worth it for me. 

I have nothing bad to say about working moms. I think they have a lot more strength then I have. I think that they are probably better at time management, and I’d like to go back to work some day for sure. For right now I am happy doing arts and crafts with Molly, going to the park with Molly, and getting to experience everything with her on a daily basis (and I am extremely lucky to be able to do this thanks to my wonderful husband.) 
Thanks for reading my Mama Memoirs, and I cant wait to write the next one ( and read everyone Else’s!)

A few of my favorite things April: Kids edition!

This morning I posted a favorite things Mommy edition, so i figured I would do a Kids one too! I think this may really be a Molly edition, but I’m hoping maybe some of you will try a new product or two! This is stuff we love, and its totally okay if you don’t love it too, I just know I love to read these types of posts!!

1) Packin’SMART Keepaa from Innobaby:We got this in our April Citrus Lane box! I love this thing! When we do have juice boxes, it usually ends up on the floor because she squeezes too hard! This really helps!!
2) GoGoSqueeze: We have always been a huge fan, but for some reason this month, Molly has loved these more than ever!! So easy for on the go!!
3) Popchips: I just love popchips!! 

4) This was just a fun collage I wanted to put in, because this is my favorite things kids edition. Of course my favorite thing this month is our new play set! This baby is going to get tons of use!!

5) Skip hop backpack: Molly Loves this thing! Its our new go to bag when we are out for the day. I think she just enjoys it because its hers!!
6) Skip hop drink bottle: I got this in my Citrus Lane box this month also. I love that it matches Molly’s backpack!!

7) Honest Company conditioning mist: My child hates, hates putting her hair up. So of course, it gets in her face and her hands are touching it and it gets tangled. A little squirt of this seriously helps!!! 
8) The Honest Company lip balm: I haven’t received this in my bundle yet, but I got a sample in a box i got this month (Glossy??) Love it! I cant wait to order the three set!
9) Old navy outfit: I had to add this! I have started working out and i can not wait to put molly in this so she can “work out” with me (or watch me or play!!)
Hope you enjoyed! I hope to do this every month for now on! Have a wonderful night!