Author: Joelle

My Rainbow Baby

October 15th is a day to acknowledge the loss of a pregnancy, but near this time, I choose to instead celebrate my rainbow baby, who brought sunshine after those dark days. Here’s my little Luca. He’s already 5 months old! My husband was obsessed with the name Luca for a boy. When I found out the name means “bringer of light,” I knew there wasn’t a better name! Advertisements

“It” Toy of 2017: Fingerlings

Get them before they’re gone. Fingerlings, these adorable little monkeys that climb and make noises as you play with them, are poised to be the “it” toy of the 2017 holiday season. Retail prices are rising! If you’re lucky, you can find one in a store for $15. Otherwise, you’re going to spend at least $30 or $40 for one online right now. And at that point, you might as well splurge and get the limited Toys R Us unicorn edition! Is it acceptable if I get that for myself and walk around the office with it?

Disney’s Vampirina Toy Scare

Just in time for Halloween, Disney released a line of Vampirina plush toys to support the new television show. I was so excited to find these characters in Wal-Mart for only $7.99! I picked up Vampirina and planned on going back to get another the following week. Normally, I would buy them all at once but I knew my husband would yell at me for my “unneccessary” shopping. I decided to get one per week to surprise my daughter. In theory, it was a good plan. But now the dolls are sold out and retailing online for $18 each! What?!!! Lesson learned. Listen to your inner shopaholic. Especially as holiday shopping season nears.

Baby Bella and Fontina Crostini

We had some leftover bread from our Arturos takeout and could not let this woodfired, made from scratch, artisanal goodness go to waste. My husband, who I call Chef Frank, made delicious Crostini with baby portabella mushrooms, Fontina cheese and sage. I’ll get the recipe, but here are some pics to melt tour mouth.

Edoughable Edible Cookie Dough

I couldn’t pass up an offer from Edoughable to try the brand’s edible cookie dough. We all know the best part of baking cookies is scraping the mix out of the bowl. But, it’s also probably to the most dangerous since raw cookie dough contains uncooked eggs. Say goodbye to your risk of salmonella poisoning and scoop up some egg-free, all-natural and non-GMO ingredient cookie dough from Edoughable! Edoughable is just as fun as ice cream, but won’t leave you frigid after you enjoy it this fall. Sprinkle on your favorite topping or enjoy one of the gourmet flavors. The brand’s founder, Rana, is a pastry chef so you know you’re eating a quality treat. There’s vegan and gluten free options as well, which is awesome. The package arrived at my house in an adorable box (check out my Instagram post) filled with two flavors and a bunch of toppings. I was so excited to try it- until I couldn’t. Cue sad face. My one complaint is that there is no ingredient list included on the packaging or …

New Vaseline on the Block

I don’t drink, but I was attracted to Vaseline’s new Pink Bubbly Lip Therapy. I’m obsessed with trying all the brand’s new flavors. This one smells delightful but lacks in the actual care for dry lips. It’s not as gooey as regular Vaseline, so I find that it doesn’t penetrate the lips as well and comes off quickly. But don’t let this deter you from making a purchase– your man just might love kissing you with this seal on! If I ever get personal time with my husband again, I’ll let you know. (Wink) Verdict: Skip it for dry lip care, break it out for a smooch session.