Friday, August 2, 2013

Waiting Patiently For Our Vacation.

Be happy

  Hey Friends! Today at 5pm the Hardy-Hairston family will officially be on vacation! I can not wait to be together, as a family for 9 days straight! I look forward to being with my honey and I know B, will just love on him the entire time. Monday is my 28th birthday, Woo Hoo, so we'll be staying in the Poconos for the weekend. We'll spend time with my mom and dad, then come back Monday and leave for the shore on Wednesday. 

So today I'm going to push through the day and try to be "as happy as possible"! Because I can't wait for our vacation to begin. I hope you guys have a great weekend too! 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bobby's Toddler Room Tour

       Hi Friends! We moved B to his toddler bed back in December and tried  update his room to incorporate things that he's grown love. I want to start off by saying that we rent a 2 bedroom apartment, our home isn't as big as I want, but I try to make my entire house feel as cozy and home-y as possible. I totally believe, that regardless if you rent or own you should decorate your house! 

If you didn't know by now, B loves Sesame Street. I knew I had to add touches of Sesame Street in his big boy room. 

I painted the closet doors with a chalkboard paint I brought at Lowe's, the area rug is also from Lowe's. The area rug was $20 and is great for my toddlers room, because dirt doesn't easily show up. The picture frames are covered in mustache duct tape, then have letters glued inside. 

We've used the same changing pad since Bobby came home from the hospital, and we're working on getting him potty trained so we don't have to use it anymore! The light is from Ikea and the little bucket is his Easter Basket from this year.

I love the board that we had everyone sign at the baby shower and plan to keep it up until I dye he wants to take it down. The bear to the right was a super sweet gift from his "Queenie", it has his name and birth date.  The bear to the left, was one of the very first gifts I gave to his daddy back when we first started dating 9 years ago (Yikes!).

The car bed is made by KidKraft, it was a gift from my mother-in-law. I found a link to the exact same one here. It was the perfect transition from crib to bed, but I plan on switching him to twin bed in a year or two. The quality is great, my hubby had no problem putting it together even though it had ba-jillion little pieces.

Bedding is from

Letters are painted from Michael's Craft Store

The toy chest was a gift from my mom, his "Queenie". The brand is Harmony Kids, I found the same one on Amazon (here) if you want more details. For the most part we keep all his toys in the closet or play area, so only a small amount of toys are kept in his bedroom. Whatever toys are kept in his room are kept tucked away, this helps his room look less cluttered.

I did a previous blog post showing how I added all his important newborn items into this shadow box. I like to keep it by the door in his room, it really reminds me how quickly time has passed and to enjoy the present moments.

That's it! I hope this gives you a teeny bit of inspiration or encouragements to go ahead and decorate your rented space. I love to blend new and old with sentimental pieces, that's what we did in our little guys room! Most of the things in his room are inexpensive so if your working on a tighter budget like us do like we did and PAINT! It will change the entire look of a room and really make it feel like home!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Toddler: Outfit Of The Day

Hi Friends! Today I'm sharing Bobbys outfit of the day, summer addition. Right now summer in Philly is hot and humid. I try to keep B as cool as possible, so he wears a ton of casual and light clothing. I incorporate a bit of a surfer/beach style into the outfits I pick for him. Today I decided to reinvent an old tee he had (that's a bit too small) and made a cute muscle tank. It was so easy and he loved seeing his clothes get cut up! I love the idea of doing this style tank, not just for him but for me too!

Outfit Detail:
Shirt: Children's Place (old and cut into tank)
Shorts: h&m
Shoes: Nike Air Max
Belt: Walmart
Hat: Lids

Monday, July 22, 2013

I Mustache You A Question...


How was your weekend??? 

I hope everyone is doing well and had a relaxing weekend. We spent the entire weekend at the pool, playing and teaching B how to swim. He's getting used to the water but still won't go completely underwater. He just hates getting water in his face! Sunday we went to pick up dinner and they had a little toy vending machine with mustaches! Of course we had to get one and let Bobby give it a try. My little boy looks like Luigi from Mario Brothers! It's so funny, now when I try to take his picture he squints his eyes shut. This little boy is getting bigger and smarter everyday, it literally blows my mind!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

10 Ways to Use Baking Soda On Your Body and Home

Lets talk about an amazing do-all product that cost less than a buck, yes $1! What is this magical product that cost $1... Baking Soda! I know we all have probably seen it used in the fridge, but It does way more than you'd ever expect. I've been using it in some many different ways that I just had to share. 

Cleaning Tips

  •  Cleaning your bling- Create a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water to an old toothbrush and brush your rings clean, rinse with warm water and pat dry. The amount of shine that I have after cleaning my rings is insane. I also have the standard diamond cleaner but I swear this is just as good!

  •  Cleaning your dishes- You can apply water and baking soda mixture to any dish with stuck on food, let stand for 15 minutes then wipe clean. Also you can sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge to hand wash your dishes.

             - For the dishwasher, add baking soda to your wash to give an added boost. You can also run the dishwasher with only baking soda to clean it and remove any odor. 

  • Cleaning your stove: I've always used those harsh oven cleaners that burn the heck out of your hands, but not anymore. What I do now is spray the stove with my kitchen cleaner, then sprinkle the baking soda on top of the cleaner, let that sit for 15 mins then scrub clean with a sponge. I swear this works just as well as the harsh oven cleaners!

  • Cleaning kitchen cabinets: for the cabinets that have that gunk and grease on them all you have to do is create a paste of 3 parts baking soda 1 part water. Apply the paste to the surface and let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub cabinet with a damp sponge. This will also work for any area that has tough stains.

  • Clean your clothes: apply the baking soda paste to any stain to pretreat you clothes. You can also add it to your load of wash to help get whites whiter.

Health and beauty
  • Exfoliate: For a daily light exfolient sprinkle bit of baking soda on top of your face wash, then wash your face as normal.
                 For a deeper exfoliation apply the baking soda paste (3 parts baking soda 1 part water) to the entire face. Use circular motions for about 1- 2 mins, then wipe clean with a warm towel. 
                Body Exfoliating: while in the shower use your hand to apply the baking to soda to your arms, legs,  tummy and back in circular motions, then rinse. Doing this to your legs before shaving will give you a great shave.

  • Clean your mouth: Baking soda can be used to clean your teeth, but can naturally whiten your teeth. Simply use baking soda and your toothbrush. I will say that this can be quite harsh and taste GROSS, so I'm not a huge fan of this.
  • Antacid- Mix baking soda with about 4-5oz of water and drink. I can't stand to do this, but my hubby has and says it works wonders!
  • Bathtub soak: add 1/2 cup to your bath water for a nice soak. It will leave your skin super soft.

Oooh, please lets not even get started on all the fun science experiments we've done using baking soda. I'll leave that for another post.
If you have any other uses for baking soda I'd love to hear them! Please share them with me and I'll give 'em a try! 

Baking soda cleans like a dream and I highly recommend you give at least on of these a try! Cleaning my ring and adding it to my face wash, are my very favorite!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kid's Fashion Looks from Target

 We recently went shopping for some Spring/Summer clothes for B. I was so surprised by the clothes I found at Target and how reasonably priced they were. I've always liked Target clothes but never was in-love with the boy selection. They were having a great sale and I highly recommend going into the store rather than online shopping. They didn't have all of the same great deals when I looked online. I'll show you some of the items I brought and how we styled a few of the pieces. I'm sure you'll be seeing the rest of the clothes in future posts.

The sweater is old from H&M
Shirt and Shorts are Target 
Shoes are Carters

This jacket is a wind breaker material and totally worth the $15.00. We love it for those colder Spring days or when its raining.

Shirt is Target and I love the purple color!
Jeans are Children's Place
Shoes are Old Navy

The weather this day wasn't quite warm enough to wear just shorts and tee shirt, so we wore the sweater. I wish it matched a little better, but oh well. 

I can't wait for him to wear some of the other pieces I brought. Now get your booty over to Target and check out there cute clothes!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Easy At-Home Gel Manicure- Using Gelous Nail Gel Coat

Hi Friends! I've found an amazing product that can give you the appearance of a DIY at-home gel manicure. You need 2 products you probably already have plus the Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat. In a few simple steps you can have thick, shiny nails that will last longer then just painting you nails. The best part is, it only cost a few bucks!

Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat is avail at Sally's Beauty Supply or Amazon
 I kinda have a small obsession for painting my nails. This obsession comes from the issue I have with chipped polish. The minute my polish chips, I'm either peeling it off or I'll just remove it all together. I've tried different top coats, but nothing can stand up to the life of a Stay at Home Mom. I wash my hands daily, clean every day, and tend to be a little rough on my hands. 

 I found this tutorial on Pinterest and knew I had to give it a try. 

What you need:
  • Nail File and buffer 
  • Any nail color you want
  • A Shiny Top Coat (I used Seche Vite which worked amazing because it dries hella fast) 
  • Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat ($5.99 at Sally's Beauty Supply)

Prep Your Nails:
  •   First Buff and File your clean non-painted nails, be sure to remove any ridges or rough edges.
  •  Then take a cotton ball with nail polish remover and remove ALL dust and dirt left from buffing 

Step by Step Instructions:
1) Apply two thin layers of the Gelous Nail Gel to your nails, allowing a couple minutes in between to dry a little bit. After applying your second coat, allow the gel to set. I waited about 3 minutes.

2) Next, apply a layer of your nail color and allow to dry (about 5 minutes)

3) Apply another layer of Gelous Nail Gel on top of your nail color and allow it to set for about 2 minutes so that it's semi-dry. Make sure that the ends of your nails are sealed by swiping the brush over top. This will ensure you won't see a single chip for the entire duration of your gel manicure.

4) Apply a second layer of nail color.

5) Finish it off with your choice of top coat. Stick with a fast drying top coat with high shine for the best results.

Tips and Tricks
  • If you need more then 2 coats of nail polish, then after step 4, repeat step 3 and 4 before moving on to step 5 (applying top coat)
  •  If you apply a thicker coat of Gelous Nail Gel then the end result will be a thicker manicure. A thinner layer will give you a thinner manicure.
Ummm Yeah... Please excuse my gross cuticles, there a hot mess!

The Gelous Nail Gel is a great option if you need a heavy duty manicure, that doesn't chip the next day. I love how thick and shiny my nails look, and even after a full day of caring for kids my nails still look great! I hope to get a weeks wear from it, which I think is ideal. I'm just not sure how annoying it will be to remove, I'm sure nothing a little Acetone cant handle

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