Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Little Journey by Aldi Review

My review of Little Journey by Aldi

So as an influenster I was sent a box of different products from Aldi's line for babies called Little Journey in exchange for my honest review.

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(Jimmy using the baby wash) 

Here's a list of the products they sent me:

1. Diapers (unfortunately they sent me diapers 2 sizes too small. But I went ahead and purchased the right size in store for this review)
2. Baby Wash
3. Apple Pear Spinach Baby Food Puree
4.Thick quilted baby wipes
5. Two packages of puffs. Strawberry Apple flavored and Banana flavored
6. A coupon for $3 off their formula. (However I never used it because my son is on whole milk already. So if you would like it please message me and I will mail it to you)

Review:


1. Diapers

The diapers are very absorbent and I was thoroughly impressed. They fit nicely and the tabs held up to my crazy moving son. Cute designs too. However I noticed that every time I went to change my son's diaper he had white fuzz all over his bottom from the diaper. I've never had this problem with the other diapers I usually use. But I can't complain because these diapers are half the price of pampers, huggies, and etc.  

2. Baby Wash

Scent was a light baby scent but nothing will ever smell better than Shea moisture's baby eczema bar soap to me. But it did leave his skin feeling so soft. Definitely will buy in the future.


3. Apple Pear Spinach Baby Food Puree

I'm not going to lie when I first saw this flavor I was thinking this ain't going to fly with little man. My son hates eating his greens. He hates baby food purees now too. But for some odd reason he kept crawling back to me for some after I gave it to him. So naturally being the nosy parent I am, I tried some too and let me tell you it was delicious. Y'all know you try your kid's food. I need to stock up on these because first of all we are always on the go and second of all I need to get Jimmy eating more green.

 4. Thick Quilted Baby Wipes

So I'm a huge of Seventh Generation baby wipes because they are thick and just don't compare to any of the other brands. But let me tell you I was really impressed with Little Journey's wipes. They are almost neck and neck. The price is more desirable than Seventh Generation but the same as any other baby wipe on the market. 

5. Puffs (Strawberry Apple Flavor and Banana Flavor)

I've got to say these have been a life savor for me. Especially since, like I said before, I'm always out and about. My son loves the strawberry apple flavor the best. The banana flavor scent is a little too banana-y for me when I open the can. But I will definitely be investing in the Strawberry Apple flavor puffs. By the way they're also heart shape which i find adorable. 

*To able to receive free products to review from influenster Click here

Friday, May 6, 2016

Just a Rant



Recently I found  out my husband and I are expecting our second child. For us this was exactly what we wanted. We wanted Jimmy to have a sibling close in age so he can have his life long best friend; like I did growing up. This was an exciting moment for the both of us and we were thrilled to share it with everyone. But there is one question that I did not expect to get asked by several people. "What does your husband think about you being pregnant again?/ How does your husband feel about you being pregnant again?"

I would like to answer it with the question, "Why don't you ask my husband how I feel about him getting me pregnant again?" Would you dare ask him that? The answer is no; because you didn't ask him. You assumed the fact that I got pregnant again was all my doing because I can create a child on my own of course. You also assumed another child would be a burden to my husband. Let me just set the record straight. 

Before James and I got married we often talked about wanting several children close in age. I told him I wanted 7 children and he agreed to it. When I asked what would he think if we happened to have 8 or 9; he simply replied then we have 8 or 9 children. That is one reason I absolutely love my husband. For those who know me, you know I come from a family of 11 children and have always wanted a big family myself. 

Back to my husband; right after I had given birth to our son Jimmy (still in the hospital bed), James turned to me and said "We have to do this again." It was at that moment I saw that my husband meant every word he said about our future family. I didn't know I could love him more than I did before but I did. 

So in the future when I'm pregnant with my third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or whatever child it may be, don't ask me a silly question. How about you ask yourself why you care so much about my husband's opinion more than anything else in this world? Because that's my job as his wife not yours.

Rant Over.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Since I learned to bake I've been searching for the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and the other day I stumbled across it. Thanks to Averie Cooks! Who knew cream cheese would be the miracle? The best part is that you can't even taste the cream cheese but it provides a moist and soft cookie like no other. Enough of me rambling here's her recipe:


SOFTBATCH CREAM CHEESE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

YIELD: about 28 medium-small cookies
 
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
 
COOK TIME: 8 minutes
 
TOTAL TIME: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don't use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 28). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or spray with cooking spray and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.


Friday, March 18, 2016

When Nothing Goes as Planned

The best piece of advice I got when I was pregnant came from my parents; "You'll never be fully prepared so don't worry." In my head I totally ignored them and believed that I was fully prepared because I had a plan. I also had tons of diapers, clothes, pacifiers, baby Johnson's wash, and the list goes on and on. I stocked up months beforehand and I can thank my couponing for not breaking my budget. Now looking back, I realize that God was probably laughing at me.


My beautiful baby boy, Jimmy, was born on December 19th, 2015; landing exactly on his due date. I told myself I would deliver naturally and the very last minute I got an epidural. Something I would later regret due to the fact that I could not walk right without collapsing for three weeks straight. It took me well over a month just for the feeling to return back to my knees. Doctor's couldn't explain what was wrong with me. They weren't sure if a nerve was hit during labor or if they hit it when they gave me the epidural. They weren't sure if I was going to regain feeling either but thankfully I did. All I know was never again will I ever consider an epidural. A few hours of pain is worth being able to walk right after delivery. I never felt so restrained. I wanted to be able to hold my baby and walk around without the fear of falling. Thankfully I had my wonderful husband who helped me up and down the steps of my apartment everyday. He did everything for me.

Things didn't stop there; I had planned to breastfeed my son. I thought it was going to be easy since my milk supply had come in way before Jimmy was born. However Jimmy had other plans. He refused my breast completely. Doctor's had to teach him how to suck since he was licking everything instead. I was so worried because he was losing way too much weight so I began squirting breast milk in his mouth. Then one of the nurses gave him formula because he said we wouldn't be released from the hospital if he lost any more weight. I cried everyday for month because I thought I had failed. We had to return to the hospital 3 times to make sure little Jimmy was gaining weight properly. I began supplementing and after a week of that Jimmy completely refused breast milk. Today he is completely formula feed and I am astonished on how many people react in disgusted ways when they hear this. No one knows how many times I tried to breastfeed and how often I contacted a lactation consult in a day except me. The fact that I chose an option for my son so he would be healthy and so many people have made snotty remarks about it annoys me. You are no better parent than I because you breastfeed. We're all equally great because we chose whats best for our children. 

Another thing i thought would not be a problem was the Johnson's and Johnson's products for babies. Jimmy's skin began breaking out in rashes so we switched soaps. His skin is so sensitive that his cradle cap comes back every single day. His doctor told me that i can no longer take it off with baby oil and a baby brush because he thinks that parts of his scalp may be coming off. I received snotty messages about that too.

These are just a couple of the 100 things I wasn't' prepared for. Thanks Mom and Dad; I should've listen.
But I've learned to ignore the remarks because as a mother I am not here to please you but to love and care for my child the best I can. I should never have to give anyone an explanation for that.