Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream

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This is my new MUST HAVE for my make-up bag.

There are two problem areas I have for dry skin: my face and my hands.

Let’s start with my face. For as long as I’ve been wearing make-up, my face has had dry skin. I have very sensitive skin to begin with, so this only makes finding a moisturizer harder.

I’ve tried 10+ products that promise hydration, soft, smooth skin, but none have worked for me.

Then, when my daughter was born last year, I was RELIGIOUS about washing hands before touching her, making food, etc.

My hands became dry and cracked and no amount of lotion I used kept them moisturized.

That’s why I was so excited when I was asked to join the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream campaign on www.bzzagent.com

First of all, who can say NO to FREE PRODUCTS!!??

NOT ME :)

Plus, I knew that this product was something I could try and hopefully it’d be the answer I’d been looking for.

Okay, so my box comes in the mail and I’m tearing it open, ready for the stuff on the inside!

I pull out my FULL SIZED bottle of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream.

When I look in the box again, there are 6 MINI sized bottle that I get to share with friends!

Thanks Bzzagent!!

Now, I’m reading the front and see it says hand cream, which I already knew.

But the best part is when I look on the back of the bottle and it tells me I can use it ANYWHERE!

Now I’m thinking not only my hands can be hydrated, but my face too!!

By this time, I’ve done enough reading and I’m ready to  take a test drive.

Their formula is so concentrated, you only need a DAB. And this isn’t one of those that say that and you end up using the whole bottle.
YOU ONLY NEED A DAB.

You’ll notice, while rubbing it in, it is very thick and creamy. This is a good thing!

As soon as I had rubbed the cream in, my hands were SUPER SOFT.

I just kept staring at them like ‘this really worked? and it worked this quickly’?

So, I went on my way and the that night my hands were STILL smooth.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream worked on my hands…

Now for the real test: my face.

After the shower, I gently patted my face dry and added a DAB of the cream to face.

I then proceeded to apply my make-up as normal.

(for me the determining factor is after my powders are applied)

After powder, blush, and eye shadow …..

MY FACE WAS STILL SOFT, SMOOTH, AND NO SIGNS OF DRY SKIN.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream gets and A++ on my scale!

Everyone head over and become a bzzagent and go pick up some Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream for yourself!

Happy New Year! (6 days late)

Yes, I am a week late with the Happy New Year wishes. It’s been super hectic around my household, as I’m sure it has been with all you moms out there!

Christmas was a success! We hosted Christmas Day night here at our house ……. it went well, but I was overwhelmed and beyond stressed trying to throw everything together! This was my first (technically) Christmas as a mom and I enjoyed every second of it!

We also did our family pictures right before Christmas, so this post will have TONS of photos. My sweet little Abigail was sick the day we went for pictures, but she was a champ! :)

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Christmas Present from my fabulous husband — NEW Vera Bradley Purse, Wallet, and Tablet Case (for my NEW Kindle Fire, from the in-laws)!

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Christmas present to each other (this is my personal favorite!) <3

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Cousins: (from left to right) – Abigail (mine), Chloe (my niece), and Donald Ray Howerton IV (my cousins’ son)

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This is Abigail and Daddy <3 My two loves.

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Austin, Abigail, and I (2012 family picture)

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Five Generations – (bottom right: My great grandma, bottom left: my grandma, top right: my mom, top left: Abigail and I)

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My brother, Mother, and I.

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My sister in law, my brother, mother, niece, husband, daughter, and I.

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Here’s the whole gang.

That’s all for right now. I have lots of things to catch up on around the house.

But I do plan on writing more later tonight!

It’a a party!

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Oh, Abigail is growing up so fast! Her daily vocabulary includes: Mama, Dada, Bye bye, and hey. She can wave hey and bye bye, is pulling up on EVERYTHING, and can stand for 10-20 seconds, all by herself. It amazes me everyday how quickly she is learning.

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Unfortunately, she still has 0 teeth, but there is one about to poke through her gums!

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Bath time is, by far, Abigail’s favorite time of the day. She loves to play and splash and of course stand up. The worst part, is when I get her out. She gets So mad! haha

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Although she IS a Mommy’s girl, she sure does love her Daddy, too.

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And that is the ‘messy cookie’ face

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She looks JUST like her Daddy in this one.

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WOAH!

56 days until my BABY is ONE YEAR OLD.

Where did the time go? Well, with a first birthday, comes a first birthday party. And, Moms, let’s face it; our children don’t know what they want (and can’t tell us) as a theme, so basically, this year is for us.

Coincidence or not, I recently received a catalog in the mail from Birthday Express (www.birthdayexpress.com). They sell party packs of the theme you choose. Here are a few of the themes they have available:

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Check them out! They have TONS of products and something for everyone.

Birthday Party Theme Ideas (for those of you who are looking for QUICK inspiration)

1. Mickey Mouse

2. Minnie Mouse

3. Dinosaurs

4. Princess

5. One color theme (use different shades of one color)

6. Animals (one or the whole farm!)

And let the COLDS begin.

Here in North Carolina, we went from summer to winter to fall, in the past few months.

Last week it was really cold, this past weekend was warm in the low 70’s, and today it’s rainy and chilly again.

So, of course that means …. it’s COLD season!

And my sweet little Abigail has her first cold. It’s so sad to hear to cough and sneeze and know that we just have to wait it out.

Here’s my monkey at the doctor yesterday. At least they said her chest, ears, and throat were all sounding/looking good.

Plus she’s not running a fever, so I’m hoping it’ll move out pretty quickly.

Since Abigail is only 9 months old and can’t take cold/flu medicine (except Tylenol) I’ve been researching home remedies. Here’s some of what I found:

1. Little Colds Baby Rub — this is by the makers of Gripe Water, Little Tummies. It’s a vapor type rub that you apply to the chest, I also put it on her feet) at bedtime.

2. Humidifier — I also use one of the in Abigail’s room at night. Make sure you use a COLD MIST one, because it adds moisture in the air for winter stuffiness.

3. Steamy Bathroom — if you don’t want to go out and buy a humidifier, then turn on the shower (HOT water) and close the bathroom door. Take your child, along with some book/activities and sit in the steam for about 15 minutes.

4. SOUP! Of course this is the comfort food of choice for most people when they’re feeling under the weather.

5. REST, REST, REST. I know when I don’t feel good, all I want to is lay in the bed and cuddle up under my covers. Chances are, that’s what your kid wants too. My daughter just took a 2.5 hour nap and REFUSED to wake her up. Obviously that’s what her body needed.

(yes, that’s my little skeleton)

I’m sure that everyone has their own remedies that they use when their children (or themselves) are sick. Feel free to share your ideas in a comment!

In her leopard print ;)

9 months, 4 years, and a little more domestic.

People always tell you, when you have children, to enjoy it while it lasts because time flies. Of course every time I’ve ever heard that, I just said ‘yeah’ and shrugged it off. NOW I know how true that statement is.

Abigail is NINE months old! It’s crazy to think in January she’ll be ONE! Where did the time go? Abigail is officially crawling (has been for a few weeks now) and she talks alllll the time :) I love to sit and listen to her sweet little voice, even when she’s squealing, haha. She is also pulling up on EVERYTHING. I think we have a cruiser/walker in the making :)

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That’s my little crawler, with this onesie on, I called her my little ‘jail bird’.

FOUR YEARS. Speaking of how time flies, my husband and I will be celebrating our 4 year anniversary tomorrow, November 8th. Sometimes it seems like we’ve been together for twenty years and at other times it seems like we just met. We have our ups and downs, but we love each other and even though we married young, we still want to spend forever together.

Here’s a few pictures from our wedding:

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I love these, where you capture the groom’s facial expression as the bride walks in.

hahaha, I couldn’t get my candle to blow out.

Now that I’ve shared the wedding pictures, let me add a little of our history.

I met Austin when I was in high school (we didn’t attend the same one), when I was 16 years old (he was 17). He had moved out, into an apartment, with one our mutual friends and they invited me over. I ended up spending the week there. This was in November 2006, in February 2007 I moved into the apartment and Austin and I started dating March 15, 2007. A short time later, in May 2007, Austin asked me to marry him. We had taken a trip to the beach for Memorial Day weekend and game back engaged. Seeing that we had only been dating for two months, we took this time to get to know each other better. Then in October 2008 we decided to go get our marriage license and just say ‘I do’.  We set the date, it was very special to me because my anchor in life, my grandfather, died a year to the day that we were married… I had a picture of him sitting on a pedestal opposite of our unity candle. And so, I became Mrs. Hiott on November 8th, 2008, I was 18 and Austin was 19. He was and is the love of my life, my soulmate. He’s everything I’m not, which makes it even more perfect. Austin balances me and I do the same for him. I look forward to growing old with him and raising Abigail together <3

Now, the first couple of years we were married, I was VERY UN-domestic. I hated cooking, cleaning, or anything like it. Austin was the dinner cook in our house and it took me a while to want to do those things. But, now that’s what I do. I’m a mother. We cook, clean, do the laundry, dishes, vacuum, etc. I’ve actually grown to like cooking and trying new recipes or making something that I know my husband will like. It feels good to start from scratch and prepare a meal and it actually turn out like I intended, haha. Now, I’m domestic. And I’m sure my husband is thanking the Good Lord above that I finally gave in to the ‘womanly duties’.

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone is having a spooktacular Halloween so far. It’s really cold here in NC, thanks to Hurricane Sandy (thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this storm), so I’ve been debating on whether or not to take Abigail out. I know it’s her FIRST Halloween and that considered, she’s not going to remember or even understand, BUT I want to show her off :) So, I think we just might venture downtown (a small downtown, I might add) and get Mommy and Daddy some candy! I’m not dressing Abigail up in a costume, I bought her an orange and black onesie that says ‘My First Halloween’ and I’m pairing it with black pants, annnnnd I made her an orange and black tutu! :) This was my first tutu project and after we trick or treat tonight, I will upload photos of her, looking adorable, and of how I made the tutu.

You know, being a parent is not piece of cake, but it’s nice that you get to ‘relive’ your childhood, haha.

I can’t wait to see everyone eles little cuties dressed up!

To Tattoo or to not tattoo?

I’m sure, from the title, you’ve already guessed what this post will be about. I’m here to tell you MY opinion, everyone else has their own too.

I got my one and only tattoo in June 2010, I was 20 years old. It is a gun and a rose, on my foot.

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Of course, I do want more tattoos. My husband, on the other hand, doesn’t really even like them. He has none and plans to keep it that way. Seeing as most people who don’t have any tattoos have negative things to say about them, I was curious on what all the moms out there think.

My thoughts are this: Having/getting tattoos doesn’t make you any less of a parent (unless you’re spending money on them that you don’t really have). Just because someone has a tattoo, or wants one, doesn’t mean that they’re ‘wild’ or ‘rebellious’. Everyone comes from different places, backgrounds, and home lives. Don’t judge someone on their choices or the number of tattoos they have, judge them by their heart.

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As I’m looking around on the internet about tattoos, I found some insane looking ones and I must share!

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