Honest Company Bubble Bath Review

Two months ago I started subscribing to the Honest Company Essential bundle (it’s $35.95 a month plus shipping, free shipping at $50).  You can put 5 items in your bundle (cleaning or bath and body) and it’s the set price.  (Make sure you put in items that equal or surpass the $35 price, otherwise you’re better off just placing an order).  The first month I chose mostly cleaning products (including the awesome floor cleaner I wrote about here).

Image courtesy of honest.com

Image courtesy of honest.com

Because Ella has had eczema, I decided the second month to add a lot of the bath and body products to my bundle.  One of the items I added was the bubble bath.  Because of their sensitive skin, the girls have never taken a bubble bath before.

The bubble bath is $11.95 for 12 oz.  According to the bottle, you should use 2-4 capfulls.  But, we found that 2 was always more than enough.  The Honest Co. hand soaps do not really foam/bubble like a regular soap, but I’ve found that the bubble bath does.

This has a slight citrus scent, nothing that is overpowering and I barely notice it on the girls after their bath.  It rinses off cleanly and now that we’ve been using it, the eczema is gone from Ella’s skin.

I know $11.95 sounds like a lot for a bubble bath when I could go to the store and get a bottle twice as large for $2.99.  But, the girls love this, it has improved their skin (no more itchy dry patches that they are scratching) and the bottle lasted us just over a month.  With the other bubble baths, the fragrances and dyes are just too harsh for Ella’s skin and they don’t rinse off as cleanly.  Plus, as part of the bundle, the average price per item is $7.

Have you bought any items from Honest Company?  What are your favorites?

~Elizabeth

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Friday iPhone Dump

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I’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her weekly iPhone Dump. Not a ton of photos this week. I really need to trade in my iPhone because I’m running out of memory.

The family room organizer

The family room organizer

Ella with the organzier for our family room in my Dad’s workshop.  You can see how it’s already making life more organized here.

Recital

Recital

Dress up at my parents required them to put on a recital.

Reading together

Reading together

How sweet is this?  They were reading The Wheels on the Bus together :)

Picture Day #2

Picture Day #2

We have two picture days at school.  One in the Fall and one in the Spring.  I’m not sure if that’s standard everywhere or just around here.  But, it gave Ella an excuse to wear her new dress.

So Sleepy

So Sleepy

It seems like every week I post a picture like this.  Ava thinks she doesn’t need to nap.  Until about 3:30-4:00 and she just can’t keep her eyes open any longer.  She and “baby” fell asleep mid-snack.

Frozen

Frozen

Big Olaf and Little Olaf needed a ride in the wagon before bed.  You can see some of the clutter behind them – the family room doesn’t always look as bad as it did here.  But now there is a place for everything (almost).

~Elizabeth

Mission: Organization Family Room Progress

I’ve been posting for a while about the mess that’s everywhere in our home.  Some people may think I’m crazy and say it’s not messy.  But I like when the house is uncluttered and everything is put away at the end of the night.  We moved into our house 9 years ago.  Since then, we’ve remodeled some areas and added two children to our family.  What worked 9 years ago is not working now.  (Be prepared for a long post with lots of pictures)

We have a very large toy closet which we’ve organized with Elfa shelving and shoe and accessory boxes – all from the Container Store.  I love the organization that we have.  We use the Elfa in all of our closets and the boxes are so versatile.  But, the family room really became a mess when Santa brought two large gifts this Christmas.

Fisher Price Loving Family Dollhouse

Fisher Price Loving Family Dollhouse

KidKraft Green Corner Kitchen

KidKraft Green Corner Kitchen

These two items are very large (the kitchen is 3′x3′!) but Santa was looking for something the girls could share.  They take up a large amount of floor space.  We ended up moving a desk – that has sat to the side for four months – when we brought the kitchen downstairs.

The Before

The Before

So, last night when I started sorting, our family room looked something like this picture above!  It doesn’t always look this bad – I had started emptying out bins and the bookshelf before I realized I need before pictures.  The mess was constantly making me anxious.  I want a space that works for the girls during the day, but that works for us at night too. This is supposed to be our family room and not just a playroom but it was looking more and more like a playroom.  The room is quite large (about 25′ long) so we decided the best plan was to divide off the area with their kitchen and make that a play space.  A divider with storage would be even better.  How do you tell your kids to put their toys away when there isn’t a place for each toy?

The toy closet

The toy closet

The toy closet holds a lot, but things were starting to get jammed in there.  You couldn’t see what we had or where anything belonged anymore.  Bins were labeled with pictures so what was in the bins was organized but where anything belonged wasn’t.

Sorting Books and Toys

Sorting Books and Toys

I began empyting the girls bookshelf and kitchen.  We built an organzier to fit our space rather than buy and try to make something work.  (I wanted something 42″ tall and that wasn’t going to happen without custom building).  We buildt the organizer to hold 15 Closetmaid Cube Drawers.  They are 12″x12″x12″ and hold A LOT.  Normally, I would go for baskets, but with the girls taking bins on and off the shelves I wanted something that wouldn’t easily break.

Sorting everything

Sorting everything

As part of the sorting, we emptied out the toy closet.  I couldn’t believe how much there was!  As we put sorted we asked:

1. Do they use it? (They actually use about 95% of what was in there)

2. Is this an every day toy? – If it is, then we wanted it where they could access it.

3. Is this something they’d play with near the kitchen (and their table which you can see in the mess above)?  Their table will be moving to where the dining table and computer are in the picture of their kitchen.  Things like baking toys and crayons and coloring books moved to the new organzizer.

Toy closet - after

Toy closet – after

In a couple of hours or sorting and putting pieces back where they belong, we got most toys put away.  The toy closet is neater (one of these days we will put down a different floor and repaint).

Kitchen Area - After

Kitchen Area – After

The kitchen area does not look like a disaster.  It can actually be played with again!

The organizer - In process

The organizer – In process

And here is a (very poor) picture of the organzier in progress.  It still needs a beadboard back and the top.  What looks like the top shelf will actually be a long display shelf about 5.5″ high.  It is high enough that when you come downstairs you can’t see the kitchen, but it’s not so big that we can’t see what they are doing.

Update: Here’s a better picture of the organizer that my husband sent me.

Organizer

Organizer

This is a major work in progress for us.  After working so long last night, I realized we should probably be moving the American Girl doll clothes and most of the accessories into some of the bins.  The girls like to play with their dolls at the table and have tea parties.  So tonight I will probably be moving things around (again).  I also need to find a way to label these bins so that you can tell what’s inside without pulling 15 bins off the shelf.

Thanks for looking at our mess and our in progress storage!

~Elizabeth

Friday’s Letters

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Dear Target and Container Store, we have  a date this weekend!

Dear Ava, I know you think the Easter Bunny is scary, but could you maybe sit with him…..please?

Dear Ella, you will get your piture taken with the Easter Bunny even if Ava won’t.  I promise!

Dear Brian, thank you for helping me tackle the mess that is the family room.  I wish we were almost done, but you have a long weekend of organizing ahead of you.  Get ready!

Dear Facebook, I can’t keep up with the picture posting.  Sibling day.  TBT.  I want to post for everything but I am just not organized enough (yet!)

Dear Me, Seriously!  Go to bed earlier.  Stop thinking you can stay up to wantch one more show.  You can’t.

~Elizabeth

Thursday Thoughts

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Do any other bloggers think it’s crazy when people in other countries view your blog?  I know it’s out there for everyone to see, but it  still blows my mind that someone in Thailand got to my blog.

~Totally random, but did you know some protein powders have high cholesterol and others have none?  That’s something I’ve never looked at on the container before.

~ It’s finally getting nice and I am getting major Spring fever.  I just want to be outside.  I wonder if I could find a job where I get paid to sit outside and relax…

~ The nice weather also makes me want to change everyone’s clothes over to warm weather stuff and pack all the winter clothes away.  But, next Wednesday is supposed to be 40 (after a high on Monday of 78).  Guess I can’t do that yet.

~ Why do I stay up so late every night?  It’s not like I’m being productive.  I’ll sit down to watch tv, fall asleep, wake up and put on another show and fall asleep again.  Then around 11:30 I finally head upstairs to bed.  Why can’t I just go to bed?

~ It was another slow box week for me.  I didn’t ever get my Julep review up (I’ll get some swatches up this weekend), but I did get up a review of my April Fabletics box.

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Fabletics April 2014 Review

Fabletics, a collaboration between Kate Hudson and the people at JustFab work to bring stylish and affordable workout clothes to your door each month.  This is a subscription program, at the first of the month you have 10 days to choose your outfit (from $50-$80) or skip.  If you don’t do either, they will charge you the $50 and you have a credit in your account.

For April, I chose Column:

Image courtesy of Fabletics.com

Image courtesy of Fabletics.com

The first look is never too exciting.  Since I chose my outfit, I knew what I was receiving.  Fabletics ships via Fed Ex Smartpost and usually takes 6 days to get to me.  Each piece is packaged individually and I’ve never had a problem with the way my order has arrived.

First Look

First Look

I really needed a new sports bra, so that’s one of the reasons I chose this outfit.  Plus, I liked that the shirt was yellow (which it isn’t).   But, the shirt is very similar to the colors from my February Fabletics order, so I can wear this shirt with those shorts.

Oula Tank

Oula Tank

Oula Tank: $24.95 full price, $19.95 VIP price

The tank is nice and lightweight and fits true to size.  I like that it’s not straight, it flares out a little bit on the bottom so it sits nicely on my hips.  There are areas of the shirt that I thought were going to be more of a mesh, but those areas are a lighter weight fabric and not see through at all.

Doon Sports Bra

Doon Sports Bra

Doon Sports Bra: $19.95 full price, $15.95 VIP price

I really wanted to try a Fabletics sports bra.  I’ve read mixed reviews and I needed another bra so I figured I should try theirs.  I like the fit and the quality is good, but I wish it were a little thicker.  According to Fabletics, this is a medium support bra, and with the wide straps and racer back, it will work well for me.  But, for anyone with a larger chest, this wouldn’t be enough for running.

Rio Run Capri

Rio Run Capri

Rio Run Capri: $44.95 full price, $35.95 VIP price

I really like these pants.  I love that the trim is gray so I can mix these up with other pants I own.  The detail on the bottom of the legs is nice and I like the larger waistband.  These are shorter than other capris I have from Fabletics, which is great since I’m 5’3″.

Close up pant legs - Rio Run Capri

Close up pant legs – Rio Run Capri

 

Waist Band - Rio Run Capri

Waist Band – Rio Run Capri

I like the weight of these pants, they are lighter than the other pants I’ve gotten from Fabletics.  They will be great for Spring.  There’s a different fabric on the sides of the pants, similar to the shirt.  It’s the same color, but it’s even lighter weight than the main body of the capris.

This was another great outfit from Fabletics.  Some day I will get brave and post pictures of myself wearing them.  So far, I’ve loved everything from them, my only complaint is that the shirt they called Ultra Lemon, I say is Lime Green.  But, I still love the shirt and the  color (even if it’s not yellow), so I won’t be returning it.

To learn more about Fabletics, or to sign up, click here.

~Elizabeth

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Friday iPhone Dump

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I’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her weekly iPhone Dump. Not a ton of photos this week. I really need to trade in my iPhone because I’m running out of memory.

Climbing the ladder

Climbing the ladder

It finally got warm enough to play outside!  It’s amazing what a difference a winter makes.  Ava is climbing up to the slide all by herself!

Ball!

Ball!

Their weekly trip to Target while I’m at work.  Ava has been really wanting one of those balls, so my Mom finally broke down and got her one :)

 

Sisters

Sisters

We had to go to Lowe’s over the weekend and the girls loved walking around together.  So BIG!

Afternoon at American Girl

Afternoon at American Girl

On one of the days I took off we headed to the American Girl store.  Ava doesn’t have any of her own, but I think she’d like too :)

Channel 5 Tour

Channel 5 Tour

Channel 5 Tour

Channel 5 Tour

We also went to one of the local news stations for a tour.  We got to walk on the set and take pictures with a couple of the newscasters.

Hanging out with Daddy

Hanging out with Daddy

Swinging like her sister

Swinging like her sister

More fun playing outside.  Ava has to do whatever Ella does, so she tried out swinging on her belly.  And Ella and my husband got in a little rest in the sun :)

~Elizabeth

Friday’s Letters

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Dear organizing, why can’t I get you figured out?  Every time I think I’ve found a system that works, it all falls apart.

Dear me, it’s really time to start eating better.  If I look back, I’ve probably written that for the last three months.  It’s also time to stick with the Clean Home Challenge.

Dear Ella, you’ve had a very good week this week.  It probably helped that I was home Tuesday and Wednesday, but we had a lot of fun. :)

Dear Ava, please keep using those new words.  They are so cute.  There’s nothing like hearing you call out to me at 6:30 am.

Dear Brian, hope you feel better.

~Elizabeth

Thursday Thoughts

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ It’s been a long week.  I took Tuesday and Wednesday off to get some stuff done and spend time together as a family.  It feels so good to wake up and know that all their clothes are put away and everything is where it should be.

~ So, I did not complete the Clean Home Challenge, but I am going to attempt it again.  I didn’t incorporate everything this month (which is why my house still isn’t clean) but we did pick up some new habits and are starting this month more organized than March.  I’m going to hold myself more accountable and post here weekly to show how I’m doing.

~ I’m hoping we get charged for the 21 Day Fix soon.  It’s been backordered, but was supposed to be filled Monday.  It’s Thursday and we haven’t been charged yet.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m in the mood to eat healthier and get fit.  And once I get it, you can stop reading about how annoyed I am that it’s backordered. :)  Update:  According to my live chat with Beachbody today, it won’t be shipped until “late April”.  ARGH!  Amazon Prime has totally spoiled me.

~I went shopping yesterday and filled the house with healthy food.  It’s not more expensive, it doesn’t take that much more time.  So why do I avoid it?

~ Anyone watch Hell’s Kitchen?  It’s all yelling and the same every year but for some reason I still get suckered into watching it.

~ Survivor last night?!?  Oh.  My……  This is why I suffer through boring seasons.  To see people who come ready to play the game.

~ I posted a review of our Birchbox Man box and a Julep Helen Swatch earlier this week.  We did Ella’s Kiwi Crate and I completely forgot to take pictures, so I guess no review of the March box.  I received my April Julep Maven box but the pictures are on my camera so I’ll probably be posting that review tomorrow.

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Julep Helen Swatch and Review

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Image courtesy of julep.com

Last night I was again looking for a Spring color even though it was cold and raining outside.  I chose Julep’s Helen.  This is not a color I think I’ve worn before, but it seemed good for March/April.  I think I got this color in my intro. box from Julep.

Julep Helen

Julep Helen

 

Julep describes Helen as a “smoky pastel lavender creme”.  Using this polish, I was again reminded how much I dislike using creme colors.  This is just my opinion, but I think they show a lot of imperfections.

Again, I think this color is very close to the swatch on Julep‘s site.  I did not use a base coat or a top coat.  Two coats are absolutely needed for full coverage and I probably could have used a third coat, but my April Julep box is supposed to be delivered today, so I’ll probably be switching up my polish tonight.

Interested in learning more about the Maven program or Julep’s polishes?  Click here.

~Elizabeth

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