Influenster Vox – Ivory 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash

I joined Influenster a few months ago, not really knowing what to expect but it came highly recommended by a good friend so I figured I’d give it a try!  It’s a pretty interesting site where you can review a bunch of different things in different categories, ask/answer questions, and, sometimes, get some items to try and review for free!

A couple weeks ago I qualified for the Ivory 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash and waited in anticipation for it to arrive.  I was of two minds.  On the one hand…I’m not big on shampoo/conditioner in 1 to begin with and this added body wash too…hmmmmm.  I have Very thick hair and it’s been giving me some issues with dryness lately so this doubled my hesitation.  But…on the other…it’s Ivory.  I don’t think I’ve been disappointed with an Ivory product yet so I was certainly wiling to give it an open-minded try!

The first thing I noticed was the bottle, obviously!  It’s not all flashy and fancy like some…but understated.  I like that.  The color is one of my favorites and I was happy to get the “Refreshing” scent.  Also, it’s a BIG bottle.  Really big.  I was pretty surprised by the size!!  Not in a bad way!

I then flipped the lid to check for the smell.  I don’t like things to smell too strongly or to have that medicinal scent…I’m actually pretty picky with the way I like things to smell, lol.  But, I needn’t have worried.  Like other Ivory products, it smells very nice.  No smell that I can pinpoint…just…good.  “Refreshing”, as it says on the bottle!

When I took my shower that night I brought it in to give it a go.  I popped it into my hair and left it while I then used it to shave in place of my regular body wash that I use.  It was lovely.  Worked great!!  When I was done, I washed it out and immediately thought “Hmmmm…I think my hair actually feels better…” …but I wasn’t sure yet.

Once my hair was dry later that night…I was sure.  It felt clean and SOFT, something it hasn’t felt in a while.  Bliss!!!  Plus, the light scent was just right.  If I brought my hair to my nose I could smell it but it wasn’t surrounding my head!

Now, I don’t wash my hair every day.  Mine needs the extra day or so or else it gets even dryer.  So, I washed it on Tuesday and today, Thursday, it still smells, and feels, Really nice.  I’m sold.

I also figured I’d try it on my son.  Ivory is supposed to be nice for all types of skin, not harsh like other shampoos and such, so I wasn’t worried about hurting his skin or eyes.  It worked great on him, too!  I kept sniffing his hair today, lol.

Bottom line, I think this is a great product.  While I probably won’t use it Exclusively (I’m too fickle for that!), I will absolutely use it and will buy it in the future.  AND, I will recommend it to anyone and everyone.  Ivory has made a quality product, as always!!

As an added bonus, our house has tiny bathrooms with virtually no storage space.  Right now we keep what we’re using on the tiny window sill.  Bye-bye shampoo, conditioner, and body wash!!  This bad boy takes up way less room!ImageImageImageImage

Ivory also created this video, which I think is hilarious and can soooo relate to!!

And, if you’d like to visit Ivory on Facebook, their page is


*Disclaimer – I was not paid for any part of this review and received my bottle free from Influenster.



Hard Days

No photos today…

The past 2 days have been hard.  I’m sure everyone knows why today was hard so I’ll get to that in a min.

A few weeks ago my husband, son, and I moved to a new house.  We’re right on a canal and it’s beautiful and serene and…just really really nice.  Truly.  But…we’re RIGHT on the water.  There’s no fence between us and it and this is a constant source of stress for me.  Our son is 14.5 months old.  He’s brave.  Very brave.  And he’s fascinated with the water.  I can not, not even for a second, sit down when I bring him out there.  Not unless I put him in his walker (which he can’t move through the grass with) or his highchair.  He’ll last a few min in those, but not long because he wants to RUN!  So…no rest for me!  We’ll go onto the dock and he tries to step into the water.  We’ll be on the lawn and he tries to climb down the wall into the water.  Never ending.  My husband…I don’t know if he really *gets* it.  He’s always asking if we’re going to come out and sometimes we do.  Sometimes we don’t.  But I don’t enjoy the stress of constantly worrying that Sebastian is going to fall in.

So anyways, yesterday it was nice and hot out.  And we took a long walk and came home and the water felt so great!!  So I changed into my suit and put Seb in a full body sun suit thing.  I was dipping him into the water, which he Loves, and he got bored so John came onto the dock and sat so I could get totally in.  I was maybe 2 feet from the dock, in the water and John was on the back of the dock (maybe 2 feet from the front of it.  And it happened.  Sebastian walked over to the edge, leaned over to grab something, and fell in.

My. Heart. Stopped.  I know I let out a little scream.  It all only lasted a few seconds, at most.  But it felt like an eternity.  I can see every split second in my mind.  He falls in and immediately sinks.  The canal is Clean.  And the first foot is clear.  But after that?  Nope, you can’t see anything.  Sebastian sunk far enough so that I could barely see him as I throw my body forward at the same time John does.  We grab him at the same time, me, just barely grabbing the back of his outfit and John grabbing his leg, and we pull him up.  And he’s fine.  Totally fine.  I don’t even think he sucked any water in.  No sputtering.  No chocking.  He cried, of course.  It scared him.  It scared me, too.  And John.  Finally.  Maybe he gets it now??  

But since then…it’s been in my head every second.  I see his body in the water, so close to being far enough where I could no longer see him.  I am an awesome swimmer.  I can open my eyes in the water and see.  But NONE OF THAT WOULD MATTER because you can’t see in the water.  I’m petrified now.  Thankfully, John is too.  He wants to bolt a box to the dock with an high powered underwater light, and goggles, etc…just in case.  I said that from now on I seriously think he’ll only be allowed to run around out there with a life jacket on, or at the very least, arm floaties.  He agreed.  He even researched swim lessons, but, and I already knew this, it’s hard to find any sort of “lesson” for babies his age.  It’s all “getting used to the water” which does NOTHING if you fall in. 

I can’t believe…as vigilant as I’ve been…and trust me, I’m always Right at his side, usually with my hand around his arm, when we’re anywhere near that water…but even with all that…he still fell in.  I could have lost him.  I tried for 6 YEARS to get pregnant and in an instant that Most Wanted Baby…he could have been gone.  I feel guilty.  I feel scared.  But, I also feel thankful.  Thankful that we were both right there.  Thankful that he’s okay.  Thankful that maybe John gets it a little more now.  

I’m not sure when, if ever, this will not crowd my brain every waking (and sleeping) hour.  It haunts me now.  Since then…I’ve hugged him a little more, kissed his little lips a little more, and held him a little more…well, as much as Mr. Independent will allow.  And now, even though I knew…I Really Know…it can happen in a second.  When you least expect it.  Watch your children by the water.  Watch them like a hawk.  

So if yesterday wasn’t bad enough…today.  Boston.  I grew up in Connecticut so Boston was right in our backyard.  Only a few hours away from where I lived.  It’s one of my very favorite cities…  Sebastian and I were upstairs and John was down, working, when he called up the stairs asking if the news was still one.  “No, of course not!” I replied…I hate the news…it’s depressing!!!  He told me to turn it on and I heard him coming up.  “Why???”  “What’s wrong!?”  Nothing.  He just stood there, staring at the tv while I got it onto the news channel.  And then I saw.  Why???!!  

My first thought was with my older sister.  She and her family had gone into Boston today, to go to a museum.  But still…you never know.  So I texted both her and my brother-in-law.  Thankfully, they were fine.  Safe and sound in the museum…though only about a mile and a half away!  Then, my thoughts turned to a friend of mine who had a friend running.  But he was fine too.  I talked to my family.  I wanted to cry.  Such evil.  

Why do we do this to each other?? Whether the person, or people, who did this was American or from other country…doesn’t really matters.  WHY can’t we live in peace?  Why do people try to force their beliefs on others?  And when you don’t agree…cause such pain?  Why does it matter if I agree with you, or you agree with me, so long as we can be kind and respectful of each other??  

I’m sad at the world.  I’m scared that my son will grow up with this a normal thing.  I wish I could shelter him…shield him.  But we all know that nowhere is safe.  We could buy some property at the top of the mountain and order everything we need sent to us.  But what kind of life would that be??  No travel?  No experiences??  I’d go crazy!!!  Lol.  Seriously!!  But who doesn’t want to run away from all this???

So…that was my last day and a half.  Full of fear. 

A night on the town

Before we had Sebastian I always said that I wouldn’t let having a child stop us from being US and doing the things we enjoy.  This was, and is, really important to me, and I think we’ve done pretty well!  It may not be exactly the same as before…we can’t stay out as late, we have to be on our toes when the munchkin no longer wants to sit at the table, but it’s doable and we have fun!

Case in point.  We love live music.  I’m not such a fan of *concerts* per say…but a nice band where we can sit and eat?  I’m in.  In Kemah there’s a place called T-Bone Toms and they’ve started a monthly thing called “Pirates and Poets” where they bring in some music!  The very first one was Matt Hoggatt, who we’ve been fans of for awhile, so we were really excited and knew we Had to go.  

Thankfully…Sebastian loves being out and he loves music so we knew bringing him shouldn’t be an issue.   I packed his jammies and we made sure to stay past bedtime so I could change him, pop him in his car seat, and then transfer him to bed when we got home.  Worked like a charm!Image

Armadillo Egg.  Yum.  T-Bone Toms was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” and these were one of the items they showed.  Fried jallepeno with BBQ beef and some other yummy things!!!  I would really like to go back and get these again!!ImageImage

Sebastian had a corn dog and fries for his dinner…super healthy…lol.  He ate the entire corn dog, a bunch of fries, and demanded some meat from our platter!!!Image

There’s Matt on the right and Jerry Diaz on the left (a local singer – he’s hosting the show)!  They were awesome!  And Sebastian and I while I was chasing him around.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Happy boy!  I simply love his cheesy smile!  I can tell him to “Cheese Mummy” and more often than not, I get this smile!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThe show was awesome.  The guys took turns singing and it was LONG!!  We actually ended up leaving before they were done because it was just getting too late!  Sebastian did awesome.  He lasted at the table for a good long while until he needed to get down and burn off some energy.  He ran around to the different tables (we were outside…not in a nice quiet restaurant or I wouldn’t allow this!!) smiling at people and everyone loved it.  We even got a compliment from an older gentleman about what a charming, good, boy he was!


Happy Easter 2013



Happy Easter!  Last year, my little bunny was only a couple months old and he was passed out cold in the Easter Bunny’s arms.  So Cute.  This year…he wasn’t so sure about the Easter Bunny’s Wife!  He managed a half smile and sat on her lap…although he was sitting as far forward as he could get!!



Since he was such a good boy this year, and was nice to his wife, the Easter Bunny left Sebastian some goodies along with a card from Mom & Dad.


We headed outside to feed our friends the ducks!


And then we headed to a friends house for dinner and an egg hunt.  I wasn’t too sure what Sebastian would do…he’s only 1!  But he did amazing!  I had to point the first two out to him and then take them and put them in the basket while telling him what I was doing…but after that, he was off!  He completely filled his basket and so then we had him stop and he ran around!  It was muddy since it had rained that morning and he ended up slipping and falling on his tush…so he ran around in a diaper for the rest of the day!


BzzCampaign – Garnier B.B. Cream




Alright…another admission.  I so rarely wear makeup that my foundation is from our wedding in 2006.  It still seems to work fine and the color is right so on the rare chance that I use it, I still like it.  But..still.  I think after 7 years it’s about time for something new!  

In steps Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream.  It “is a new multi-faceted solution for a multitude of skin concerns.  If you have oily skin, then you probably have a product to treat shine, and to minimize pores, and to cover blemishes.  And maybe a few more products, too.  Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free B.B. Cream can address all those oily-skin needs with just one application.  Your skin will have a flawless, lightweight matte finish, and you’ll only need one product to get it.”  And even better?  It contains a Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen!  

My skin is definitely a combination.  My eyebrows (so weird) and upper nose area are very dry, my lower noise oily, and the rest of my face seems fine.  To get the only negative I’ve seen with this product out of the way off the bat, when I applied to the areas where I have dry skin…it looked flaky/dy.  I was able to remove it, lather the small area with some lotion, wait for it to dry, and reapply and it was fine.  I’m sure that’s more *my* issue than a problem with it, though!  

Otherwise, I love this stuff!!  I’ve actually worn it a few times now!  I love the way it makes my face look and it feels very light.  It’s great stuff and I think I’ve replaced my 7-year-old concealer!!  

This weekend my husband, son, and I walked down to a Chili Festival in our town.  The day started off a little chilly and it didn’t even occur to me to apply sunscreen to our son or to have my husband and I put any on!!  We were out there for hours and when we returned home I noticed that they both had pink faces.  I washed my face and…no pink face for me!  My B.B. Cream had protected my face from the sun as it stated it would!  Very pleased!!  AND, while the eyeshadow from CVS I’d put on to try ran a bit, my B.B. Cream stayed put…no melting!

Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this and a big Thank You to BzzAgent for sending it to me!ImageA bad cell phone picture of me!  Lol  Here I’ve got my free Neutrogena Cosmetics and Garnier B.B. Cream on!  



And a family picture!  This was Easter…it was a bit warm but my face isn’t shiny!  Woohoo!Image

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BzzCampaign – Neutrogena Cosmetics

Now, I’ll be the first to admit…I don’t wear a lot of makeup.  I blame it on school.  Where most girls learn from their friends in school, I didn’t.  When I was young, girls didn’t really wear it until High School…but I started High School by going to a military school where some girls did wear it, but I had other things to worry about!  As I grew older, I just never really learned.  This doesn’t mean I don’t love makeup and playing with it and can’t make myself look presentable when I need to…it just means that all the fancy blending and such I don’t know how to do!

When I got the invite for this Neutrogena Campaign I was super excited!  Makeup!  To play with!  For Free!!  Woohoo!!!  As you can see from the below picture, the box I received was all but stuffed full of goodies!!

I received:

*Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick (Sweet Watermelon) – For sheer, shiny color that continuously conditions lips

*Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara (Black) – For 100% longer looking lashes

*Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadows (Constant Copper & Lasting Taupe) – For 12-hour wear that instantly revives and brightens eyes.

First – the mascara.  Mascara is one of those things that I’m really just not very good with.  I’ve never been able to get my lashes to look anywhere close to the lashes of anyone in the pictures, lol.  …This was no different.  However, while following the directions that where on the package, I was able to not have any clumps on my lashes; something that has always really really bugged me!  I think with practice, I could get better with this!

Next, the Color Stick.  The first thing I noticed was the smell.  It’s Yummy!!!  Smells much more like a yummy lip gloss than a lipstick…but it is colored!  The Sweet Watermelon is a light pink and is nice and shiny as they say!  I’m not positive the color really works for me, but I do like it.

Lastly, the Eye Shadows.  I love both the colors and the ease of applying!  As with most makeup…I’m not sure I’m applying it right and don’t know how to get my eyes looking like the models, but I was happy with the result!!  One thing I noticed is if they are cold, they won’t work!!  I blew some hot air onto one and held it for a minute and then it worked fine!

Overall, I’m really happy with everything that was sent!  I like that I’ve been wearing makeup a little more since I felt like I “had” to for this campaign and I plan on continuing!Image

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