Empties

Hey everyone! One thing I am trying to get better about is using up the products I have before buying new things.  So I thought I would start compiling my empty products and then give feedback on what I like and didn’t like!

Nothing is off limits so these posts will cover makeup, beauty, baby, food…. and so on! Let’s get started!

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Physicians formula powder:  Great product.  I still lean toward lose powder because I break my pressed powders EVERYTIME.  I would still recommend this product.  It has good coverage and is great on sensitive skin.

Elf Eyeliner: LOVE LOVE LOVE this product and the price point.  And even though the container is small it lasted quite awhile! Thumbs up!

Huggies wipes: I love these wipes.  Are good at getting everything clean (both baby wise and baby mess wise) and I like that they are a little thicker. Thumbs up!

Up & Up wipes: This wipes did the job but I HATED the scent.  I would recommend unscented.

Hand Creme: Love having this on the go in my diaper bag.  They don’t have this scent [I linked a similar one] but I love how this creme feels and it seems to keep my hands soft! Thumbs up!

Bath & Body Works Soap: I LOVE their soap and I love trying different scents.  The foaming soap is my favorite but not for any particular reason.  Both of the scents were great [I also LOVE the lemon scents for the kitchen]. These soaps were one of the reasons I decided I needed to start using up product. When we moved I found about 10 half used soaps under our sinks… what can I say I like to change them with the seasons.  Thumbs up on these!

Pantene: I LOVE this shampoo [& conditioner].  Everyone always compliments how shiny and pretty my hair is when I use this.  AND IT SMELLS SO GOOD.  Thumbs up!

Babyganics Bubble Bath: This stuff smells amazing and Tripp LOVES it! Bath time was major with sleep training and playing in the bubble bath is a favorite of Tripp’s.  I think the scent also helps him relax.  Thumbs up!

Vitafusion Prenatal: Since I am still breastfeeding I take prenatal.  I love the gummies but I have had a few brands and these aren’t my favorite in taste but they still taste good.  However, for someone else they may be their favorite flavor.   Would recommend.

What are you favorite products you consistently use up?

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

 

Tripp- 9 month update

I am not sure where time has gone but here we are and Tripp is 9 months old!

He is crawling like a champ, pulling up and walking along furniture.  He will even take his hands off and stand solo for a few seconds.

He babbles like crazy and is quite the ham.  He LOVES food and we are still breastfeeding. I am so proud to say we have made it to 9 months! It hasn’t been the easiest journey but we have hit our stride (knock on wood).

We finally sleep trained and he is sleeping SO much better.  So this is one HAPPY mama.  Thanks to preciouslittlesleep, where I got my tips and tricks to take the plunge! And the training was so simple and went very smoothly.  He loves his straw cups now so the Doctor gave us the go ahead to say bye bye to bottles when we do feed him frozen milk.   You would think he would be a chunk with how much he loves food and milk but he is still just 18.5 lbs.  He is 28inches long and his head is in the 99th percentile (for all the brains!!!).

Tripp’s favorite toys are cars and he loves to tear up magazines. He loves bath time and anything that involves him getting to play outside.  Thank goodness we have had awesome winter weather here in Texas.

I cannot believe the next update will be at a year old.  Time flies but I love getting to see him learn and grow!

The photo below is from a fun little Valentine’s Day shoot we did. It took several goldfish and yogurt puffs to get this kid to sit still and cooperate for a few good shots. Love him so much!

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Giveaway- Share the LuLaLove

I have chit chatted on here before how much I love my LuLaRoe! Well my girl Jenna hooked  me up with a free pair of Tall & Curvy Valentine’s Day Leggings to giveaway.  Below is how I styled them! Check out my Instagram on how to enter!

I love supporting my friends and local businesses! #GirlBoss

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

OKC Weekend:BFF Wedding Planning

This weekend I was lucky enough to head to Oklahoma for “wedding planning weekend” with my best friend.  We had a full schedule of dress shopping and bridal show walking on to do! So keep everyone prepared for shopping I decided it would be fun to make some “dress shopping survival kits”.

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This was so easy to do [thanks AMAZON] and was much appreciated by everyone in attendance.

I only put alcohol in the brides bag but if you had a “wilder” crowd some mini champagne would be perfect to add to this.

Chalkboard signs

Crackers

Gum

Kleenex 

Clappers

Gift Bags

Ring pops

Water

Also, the image on the bag is from google search here is the link. I just printed it on card stock, cut them out and hot glued them on the bag!

While in OKC my bestie always takes me for some good eats and drinks! Here are just a few of the places we ventured this weekend.  I would recommend them ALL!

Oak & Ore

Empire Slice

The Sidecar

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Such a good weekend and my first time away from baby Tripp [BIG shout out to Daddy and Grandparents for watching him]! I hate that the BFF is a state away but we make the best of our time together and I am SO excited for this new chapter in her life.

As MOH what other special things should I do for the bride to be?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Fantastic Philanthropy: Speedway Children’s Charities

Hey y’all! It has been awhile since I spotlighted a charity that I love.  This specific charity holds a spot near and dear to my heart.  I worked for them several years ago and I can tell you the people (volunteers and employees) are some of the most fantastic people you will EVER meet.

If you remember, one of my new years resolutions is to volunteer more and I am excited to say that I am going to help spearhead a Young Professionals group for the local Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

Why do I love SCC? Here is a little about the organization straight from their website.

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.

Since 1997, Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has distributed more than $10.2  million in funding to non-profit organizations in North Texas supporting children in need. The funds distributed by Speedway Children’s Charities are raised through special events held throughout the year. Most of Speedway Children’s Charities events are geared around the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.

Speedway Children’s Charities could fill the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times with the number of children we have helped since 1997.  Our reach is far, and the dollars we raise go to directly helping children in our community.

Children’s organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties are eligible to apply for the Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual Founders and Partner Grants. Qualified applicants must directly fulfill needs of children in our area and be a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

 

This group has raised money that TREMENDOUSLY helps the local Texas community and specifically KIDS! I love the cause and I love the people!

Want to get involved? Check out the sign up HERE!

Just a couple fun memories below of times with SCC!

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You might recognize one of my favorite bloggers CASEY on the far right in Victory Lane with me.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Fort Worth Favorites- Part Deux

It is been awhile since I have posted about my favorite Fort Worth things.  Here is my previous post.  Everything I have listed are a mix of local and nation or region wide.  Just places I love to give my business to! I am hoping to start posting more regularly about my favorite places so this list is NOT all inclusive and I plan to continue to add to it.

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Activities:

The Zoo– Fun family activity with friendly staff!

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo– When in cowtown you have to go to the rodeo!

Food/Beverage:

Steel City Pops– Unique popsicles!

Sweet Sammies– Ice cream cookies.  Cookies are homemade and ice cream is the beloved Blue Bell.

Taco Diner– I like this family friendly restaurant because there are always kids, margaritas a yummy and their menu has fun twists on Mexican food!

Tech:

The Fixi Shop– Broken iPhone? No problem, they will fix it while your wait OR you can do curbside drop off!

Beauty:

Fancy Nails: Great staff and CLEAN establishment!

What are your cowtown favorites?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Baby Products

Hey Y’all! I wanted to write a recap post of my favorite products from Newborn through 6months.  I am hoping through the stages of Tripp’s childhood I can recap my favorite items. Some of these items we still use regularly!

Hope you can find some of these items useful!

Probiotics-We liked Gerber Soothe. Really helped with regulating Tripp’s gut system especially since I was Group B Strep positive so I had to have antibiotics during birth.

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Gripe Water– Helps with the fussiness!

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Rock N Play– This was a dream come true to help get Tripp (and ME) some sleep!

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Nose Frida– So gross but can get the boogers out of the nose SO much better then the bulbs!

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Magic Merlin Sleep Suit– Tripp HATED being swaddled but loves this suit to sleep in.  It kept him cool enough in the Texas heat (with just a diaper underneath) but warm enough in the winter months when we put pj’s underneath).

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Swing– A great way to calm the fussy baby!

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Gas drops– Tripp had LOTS of tummy issues so these were a life saver!

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Adan and Anis Swaddle blankets– We didn’t swaddle but these make the easiest covers for breastfeeding and were the perfect lightweight blanket in the summer for baby!screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-11-17-31-am

Activity Mat– Great for entertaining the little one during Tummy Time!

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Sit me up– Such a great toy that gave me a few minutes of free hands!

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Baby Bjorn– LOVED this affordable and multiuser baby carrier.  Another item that gave me some free hands!

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What were/are your favorite baby products?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger