- Manufactured by: Mediderm® Laboratories
- Merchant SKU: 8209R
- Product is based on liposomal glycol acid, will give the results of 10% glycol acid with no irritation
- Helps remove the old skin cells as well as pigmented or wrinkled skin, replacing it with newer, brighter, smoother skin
- Can be effectively used for uneven skin tones, pigmentation, dull skin, and mature skin, to renew and smooth-out old wrinkled skin
- Good for all skin types
- Paraben-Free; 1.7 ounces
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Posted by Skinny Latte Mommy at 8:47 AM
I also recently used this as a weekender bag on a short getaway, and it was the perfect size! This is such a versatile item that I know I will enjoy using all summer. The following are specification for this beach bag:
- 22" L x 8" W x 12" H
- Inside Lining
- Zipper Closure
- Inside Zipper Pouch (7.5" x 5.5")
- Outside Zipper Pocket (12.5" x 10.5")
Posted by Skinny Latte Mommy at 8:35 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2014
While I am obviously a huge fan of skinny lattes, the scorching heat of Florida summers makes hot drinks a bit less appealing. Nevertheless, a mommy needs caffeine! This morning I came up with the following yummy concoction that satisfied my craving for coffee in a refreshing heat-friendly manner.
8 ounces of low-fat milk (I prefer Silk Almond Coconut Blend)
1 teaspoon of instant coffee
2 tablespoons of flavored coffee creamer (I used Coffee-Mate Sugar Free French Vanilla)
1-3 teaspoons of Splenda (depending on your taste)
10-12 large ice cubes
1. Add the ingredients in the order listed above to the blender.
2. Blend until smooth. This will be quite thick due to the amount of ice used. If you prefer a thinner smoothie, reduce the amount of ice or add more milk.
Posted by Skinny Latte Mommy at 5:52 AM
Friday, July 18, 2014
As a busy mom I simply do not have the time for complicated DIY projects. If it takes longer than a toddler's nap time to complete I am not interested. As with all my tutorials, this rope vase is incredibly simple and can be completed in 15 minutes or less!
Let's get started before the little ones wake up...
You will need:
Foam floral arranger
I picked up 3/16 inch rope in the home improvement section of Walmart (I noticed that it was cheaper than in the craft department). I began by singeing the end of the rope to avoid fraying.
Next, I gluing the end of the rope securely from the starting point near the base of the glass vase which I purchased form the Dollar Store. I wrapped the rope snuggly around the base glueing as I went.
After the first row was secure, I made a thick line of glue a fourth of the way up the vase and tightly wrapped the rope around. Once I reached the end of the line of glue, I placed another line of glue on another side of the vase. I continued this pattern until I reached the top making four lines of glue in different locations.
I singed the end of the rope at the top and glued it all the way around to ensure that it would stay secure. The hard part was over... now on to the flowers!
The stems of my flowers were ridiculously long, so I cut them to a more appropriate length. I then dropped the foam floral arranger into the vase and stuck the flowers in.
Enjoy your new rope vase!
Posted by Skinny Latte Mommy at 2:52 PM
The harsh ingredients in traditional bathroom cleansers irritates my eyes and skin. More importantly, I often worry that the chemicals are not completely removed by the time Miss Cupcake takes her bath. While I am not typically a huge fan of DIY cleaning products, I decided that I would give this one a try. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with how the following super simple DIY bathroom cleanser performed.
You will need:
-Dishwashing liquid (I used Dawn Simply Clean)
-Plastic spray bottle
-Bowl and spoon for mixing
Heat up the vinegar in a bowl. This will help to dissolve the dishwashing liquid and assist with mixing in the next step. The original recipe called for 12 oz. of vinegar. I opted to make a smaller batch since I have had several unsatisfactory attempts with DIY cleansers in the past. I decided to make half a batch using 6 oz.
Add the dishwashing liquid. This should be an equal amount to the vineger.
Pour the mixture into a plastic spray bottle and shake well. Now you are ready to spray the cleanser into your shower and bath. For serious scum (yuck) allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp cloth... no scrubbing required! I was beyond excited to see how sparkly and clean this left my bathtub. This is definitely something I will be making more of in the future. In fact, I intend to try this on my tile floors as well.
While this did have a vinegar scent which was not entirely pleasant, I will take that any day over the harsh chemicals in traditional cleansers.
NOTE: This DIY is recipe was not my bright idea. However, variations of it are found on so many different websites and blogs that it was impossible for me to give credit to the original source.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Six months ago, I posted A Day In TheLife Of A Stay At Home Mom. While this post accurately depicted life during that particular stage, I decided that it was time to create an updated toddler version.
6:45 am: I am awaken by Cupcake’s happy little chatter. After glancing at the time, I roll back over hoping to sneak in a few more minutes of precious sleep before beginning the day.
7:00 am: The happy chatter has turned to a desperate cry of “Mommy, Mommy!” I drag myself out of bed and trudge down the hallway to Cupcake’s room. She is standing in her crib eagerly awaiting my arrival. As I open the door, a huge, toothy grin spreads across her face. Those little arms fly up as she cries, “huggie!” I swoop her up for a short lived embrace. She immediately demands Cheerios.
7:15 am: I place her in her highchair and give her some dry Cheerios to munch on while I decide what we will have for breakfast. She is not impressed and demands to have milk on her cereal “like Papa”. I put a small bit of cereal and milk in a bowl and hand her a spoon. She takes the tiniest bite before placing the spoon down dramatically and requesting oats instead. I decide that sounds like a reasonable breakfast and make her some oatmeal. However, that apparently does not hit the spot either because she presses her mouth tightly closed and refuses to even taste the oats. She throws a spoonful of oats onto the clean kitchen floor (welcome terrible twos, we have been expecting you).
7:30 am: I give up on the idea of breakfast for the moment. We go to the living room, and I offer to read to her. She seems to approve of this suggestion and runs off to her room to find a book. She returns and we snuggle up together. Two pages in she decides that she wants me to read a different book. One page into the new book she decides she wants to watch her Alphabet Song DVD. I tell her that we are not going to watch it right now. Cupcake finds this news to be quite tragic and bursts into tears. She falls onto the floor woefully.
8:00 am: We rush to the door to see a large truck outside. Cupcake waves happily at the man collecting the recycling bins.
9:00 am: Cupcake wants a snack. More precisely she demands “squares” (aka good ol’ crackers). I give her a few in a small plastic Tupperware bowl. Two minutes later she comes back with an empty bowl asking for more. I am certain she could not have eaten them that quickly so I decided to investigate. Sure enough, I find her cracker stash under the kitchen table. She seems quite surprised when I inform her that she can not have more.
10:00 am: I find Cupcake dragging an enormous basket of shoes. On a daily basis, she takes all the shoes off her shelf, brings them into the living room in a large basket (the purple basket used at her birthday luau), and sits admiring them. She lines them up perfectly before deciding which pair she wants to try on. This goes on for quite some time.
11:00 am: Naptime has arrived! I place her beloved elephant and a sippy cup in her crib and turn on her musical bear. Now time lure her into bed. I whisper, “Shhhhhhh… elephant is sleeping. We have to be quite.” She dramatically places her finger to her puckered lips and quietly whispers a string of unrecognizable words. Together we tiptoe off to her room.
11:15 am: I look around at the mess she has created and make a mental list of things I need to get accomplished while she is sleeping. The moment I am ready to begin, I hear a desperate scream of “Potty!!!!!!!” I take her to the bathroom and place her on the toilet. She protest adamantly until I have taken all her clothes off… even her socks. She also requests a book to read. I bring her a book and tell her to call me when she is finished. I stand right outside the bathroom and wait (if I stay she will immediately want up). Five minutes later she announces that she is finished, and we celebrate her victory. I redress her and send her back to bed.
1:00 pm: Cupcake has awaken from her nap. As she does daily, she requests macaroni and cheese for lunch. She is thrilled when I agree but more than a bit impatient during the preparation time.
2:00 pm: Cupcake is feeling particularly inquisitive. For the twentieth time, she points to a photo on the wall and asks, “What’s that?” I explain to her what it is and she appears convinced. Five minutes later, she notices a new candle on the counter and the interrogation begins again.
5:00 pm: I begin preparing for dinner. She notices me place a large pot on the stove and asks if she can see what is inside. I lift her and show her. She then asks if she can cook. I give her a large plastic spatula and allow her to gently stir the pasta. She beams with pride.
6:30 pm: After a bath, we curl up for our evening snuggle time. We read several books, sing a few songs (her current favorite is one she has entitled “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Spider”), and say a prayer. Teeth brushing happens with a bit of a struggle.
7:00 pm: Night-night kisses are given and a ginormous group hug (on evenings dear hubby is home) takes place before Cupcake begrudging agrees to join elephant in bed.
7:30-11: pm: Now that I am off school for the summer and my hubby is home most evenings, I have the pleasure of enjoying a few glorious hours with the man of my dreams. We chat about our day and relish this quiet time together.
11:00 pm: As I have every night since Cupcake was born, I peak in on her before drifting off to dreamland myself. My heart is still full of gratitude each and every time I see that little face. I cover her up with a small crochet blanket although I knew she will immediately push it off.
One thing I have learned in the past two years is that parenthood is exhausting, time-consuming, frustrating… and ultimately the most amazing blessing I could possibly imagine!
Posted by Skinny Latte Mommy at 10:31 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Photo Credit: Robert Eiserloch "She Turned Away"
Before giving birth to Miss Cupcake, I was an avid runner. My OB/GYN assured me that it was completely safe and healthy to continue my routine. However, I noticed that many people seem to be under the misguided impression that running while pregnant is a risky practice. Despite the disapproving glances and questions, I continued to run until the beginning of my third trimester. At that point, I discontinued running merely out of humiliation from the giggles that I received from the middle school students that hung out near my track. In their defense, I can only imagine how ridiculous my
waddling running must have appeared to
them in my pleasantly plump state.
However, I believe that my exercise routine was extremely beneficial to me physically and emotionally during my pregnancy. I highly recommend running to women who are seeking to stay fit and avoid excess weight gain.
The following recommendations are only applicable to healthy and reasonably fit pregnant women. Obviously, it is vital to discuss your exercise routine with your doctor. Every pregnancy is unique!
Myth vs Fact
Myth: Running while pregnant will deprive your baby of necessary nutrients.
Fact: Baby will ultimately take the necessary nutrients from your body. As long as you are eating enough to cover your usual calorie needs plus 300 extra calories for baby you have nothing to worry about!
Myth: It is necessary to keep your heart rate under 140 beats per minute.
Fact: While this was once the recommendation, it is quite outdated. Doctors now recommend that pregnant women stop running when they reach the point that it would be difficult to carry on a conversation. This varies from person to person and is a much more accurate measure of what is safe for your current fitness level.
Myth: Running is not safe in the third trimester.
Fact: As long as you are healthy and fit, it is perfectly safe and beneficial to run up to the day you deliver!
Myth: If you never ran before, it is unsafe to begin while pregnant.
Fact: As long as you keep you exertion at a moderate level and eat properly, it is perfectly healthy to begin running while pregnant.
A hormone called relaxin is produced in your body while pregnant. Relaxin lubricates your joins and makes labor easier. However, it also causes your joins to become more flexible. You may feel that you can push yourself while stretching because it is less difficult than before. This is a bad idea and can lead to injury.
Always listen to your body. Pregnancy is no time to push your limits. If you feel exhausted, lightheaded, or short of breath you should stop running immediately.
Stay hydrated! Be sure to sip water periodically while running and rehydrate when you are complete.
May you have a healthy, happy pregnancy!
Posted by Skinny Latte Mommy at 5:17 PM
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Time flies when you're having fun! I can hardly believe that my sweet baby Cupcake is now a two year old. I am incredibly proud of her budding little personality. She is such a little smarty-pants and has truly brought oodles of joy into our little family.
In honor of her journey into toddlerhood, we hosted her a luau at Nana and Papa's house. My goal was to keep the party relatively low-budget. Thus, most of the items were DIY projects, thrift, or Dollar Store finds. This framed chalkboard was a DIY project created with a Goodwill photo frame and chalkboard paint (if you follow me on Facebook you already know I am obsessed with chalkboard paint). It greeted the guests and was surrounded by gifts...and a random pineapple! I purchased tropical background music from Amazon.
Outside the front door hung a large basket filled with leis for the guests to wear at the party. The basket was one that I picked up at a yard sale and painted last Easter. The chalkboard sign was purchased in the craft department at Walmart. I hung the basked from a plant hanger that my parents already had in their front yard.
As the guests arrived, I took a quick photo of them holding a large decorated picture frame or a surf board. I created the frame photo prop by removing the glass from an old panting I purchased at Goodwill, painting it Seafoam Green, and attaching a large tulle puff (this was made using the method demonstrated in the tulle puff headband post). The surf board was borrowed from my brother.
The yard was decorated with a variety of Hawaiian themed items that I had been collecting for several months. Most of these items were found while thrifting or at the Dollar Store. I wanted the atmosphere to be as beachy as possible!
No party is complete without a fantastic cake! This gorgeous and positively delicious cake was created by Yum! Cakes. I could not have been more pleased with how it turned out.
The menu included these fun little "crab-wiches" which were made out of croissants, black olives, and vegetarian bologna. I snipped the ends to create the claws.
The yummy and refreshing citrus punch made by my lovely mother. We froze lemon, lime, and grapefruit slices and floated them in the punch.
We also served a vegetable and dip tray, fresh fruit in a carved watermelon bowl, assorted crackers, and cheese balls. In the living room, a large wooden bowl of kettle corn was enjoyed by all.
All guests were given a number when they arrived and the chosen number received a fresh pineapple as a door prize. The hula hooping competition was a favorite, and the winner received an inflatable parrot.
I am so thankful for the many guests who made the event such a pleasure! We had such a lovely afternoon celebrating the first two years of life for my beautiful baby girl.
Happy Birthday, Cupcake!
Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon and back.
The final product
Original red, white, and blue outfit choice.
Like any true fashion icon, Bennett had a few outfit selections for this particular occasion. What I have really loved about dressing a baby boy are the simple separates that can be mixed and matched with just about anything in the wardrobe. We layered a Mud Pie Chambray Shirt (which was a part of a three-piece summer set) over a custom onesie from Littlest Prince Couture and paired with some plaid Carter’s shorts. We also had a navy anchor romper on deck just in case….pun intended.
It is a good thing we ha a second outfit, because in the five minutes it took for us to get to our playdate, he had another surprise waiting for mommy. I just chalk it up to him wanting to flex his fashion muscles.
Mommy’s little sailor
Posted by Skinny Latte Mommy at 3:36 AM