MainStays Kids Plastic 24 Piece Dish Set.

Having two toddlers means we go through a lot of dishes. Being the smart shopping momma that I am, I LOVE a good deal. Especially on things that my kids will out grow or not use for very long. When it comes to children’s dishes, yeah the sets with fun animals on them are cute, but are they really worth the price?

I was recently in Walmart browsing the back to school section. I know what you are thinking “But she has two toddlers, what does she need in that section?” I have a thing about office supplies. Anyway, as I am looking around at lunch pails I see this 24 piece plastic dish wear set for only $5!

I was so excited to buy this! I love the fun colors and obviously the price. What I love most is that these plates and bowls do to not have a plastic film to them that bubbles up or rips after too many uses. We have had several plates and bowls like that. Water would get underneath the plastic, it was hard to get out and would start to grow mold. So we instantly threw those out.

 

I love the idea of the lunch trays. They will be great when we travel. Toddlers are all about independence and like to carry their own plates. Paper plates are often flimsy and my son drops them. They trays are light enough, sturdy enough, and easy to distributed food across so the weight is even. This will make it easier for Emmett to carry his own plates. The size of the tray is also a win for me, I can fit more variety of things on his tray. And like most families, at our reunions there is always a huge variety of food to try.

The plates and bowls are amazing as well. They are light weight, easy for little hands to carry and great size. We have had a carrying issue in the past.

The best part about the forks and spoons are the length. This makes it easy for parents to help toddlers navigate food to their mouth. If you have ever tried to feed a kid with a short spoon or fork, you know what I am talking about. The forks and spoons are very durable so they wont break as easy as some other plastic wear. Plus, how fun are these colors?

As you can see, the cups are easy to use for little hands. They are super lightweight and small enough for both of my kiddos to hold comfortably. This makes learning to use a cup so much easier.

Con’s: They are not dishwasher or microwave safe. Which is not a big deal, I don’t mind hand washing. But it is not convenient when you are busy and just want to load the dishwasher and go.

I love the price Mainstays has set for this, that was a big factor in being buying this item. All around I will give the Mainstays Plastic 24 Piece Dish Set a 8 out of 10.

State Park Natives: Genesee Country Village & Museum.

On the 4th of July most people go to barbecues, family reunions, camping at the lake, but not our family. This year my family decided to take a trip back in time. Just 20 miles outside of Rochester NY sits the largest living history museum in New York state. The Genesee Country Village and Museum was founded to preserve 19th century New York. There you can find many buildings and houses from across New York state.

On this vast 600 acre site you have find many well preserved houses and other buildings filled with artifacts that date to the time period.  Actors are everywhere giving demonstrations, telling the history of the house’s and items inside.

This living history museum is not just for looking either. During the summer season they are always events, workshops, and reenactments going on that is fun for the whole family. During our visit we saw a parade full of music and even union soldiers! After the parade everyone met in the center of town for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Through out the day there were many events, a pie eating contest, black powder gun demonstration, and much more.

There were so many highlights to our trip and over all we had a lot of fun. If you are ever in Western New York and love history, I highly suggest stopping by the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford NY.

https://www.gcv.org/

Product Review: Make up.

Lets talk makeup. I recently acquired some really awesome products that I want to share with all of you! Like any girl, I occasionally love to wear make up, I would wear it more but trying to put makeup on with a two and a half year old and an almost one year old running around at my feet just isn’t practical.

Now, what you need to know about me before I dive into this is as a teenager I had horrible acne. I’m not talking a few pimples here and there, I am talking the whole shebang where I had to take medications to help clear it up. Now as a 25 year old adult, I have so many acne scars it isn’t even funny. So I am always looking for ways to try to sooth and mask the scaring I currently have.

#1 Indeed Labs Nanoblur– This is a white tube with a small orange arrow at the top. It comes in an white and orange box and can be found at most large drug stores such as Walgreens. Average cost is $19.99. But trust me, IT IS WORTH IT. The tube is quite small, but you only need a small amount. I wear mine almost every day and I have noticed it tends to keep my makeup lasting and looking fresh, it also makes my skin look firmer and smoother. I received mine free for testing purposes from Influenster.com, I have included a link for you to check out the site if you are unfamiliar. https://www.influenster.com/?view=login&next=%2Fdashboard%2Fcampaigns&next=/dashboard/campaigns.  

#2 Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation– Another product I received for testing purposes from Influenster, but can be found at any store where covergirl is sold, average price is $9.47. Normally I never wear liquid foundation, I never found one that complimented my skin well, until this fell into my hands (or I should say on my face…I’m not funny) Another product where a little goes a long way. I tried this out the day I got it, I loved how well it covered my skin and even my acne scars. Most liquid foundations I tried just seeped into the pox marks, not covered them. My husband even noticed the difference!

#3 Almay Smart Shade Bronzer–  This sun kissed powder leaves your face looking sun kissed as well. I like it in the winter time so I don’t look so deathly pale all year round. I have natural copper-red hair and this bronzer compliments my hair color and green eyes perfectly. It is found where ever Almay cosmetics are sold and averages around $11.99. A little pricey, but you can always find Almay coupons to help with that!

#4 Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash– It comes in a clear bottle with a green wash in it. I have found it to be a great face wash to use when I have an acne break out. It calms and soothes the break outs and leaves my skin, which is often oily by mid day, feeling fresh and relaxed. I personally buy it at Walmart at an average of $6.39. But it is sold in most stores.

 #5 SmashBox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer- Wow oh wow was that a mouth full to say. I actually got this as a sample on a trip to Sephora. I have used color correcting primers before, but I feel like this one was worked the best for me. My skin type seems to be a “on any given day” type, which means on any given day it is doing something different; but I generally have oily skin. This primer didn’t make my skin feel tacky and sticky like most other primers I have used. It is on the pricey side, averaging around $39 dollars, as I don’t always go full face, so it has lasted me a while. So I will be picking up more of this soon.

#6 NeedCrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals- This has to deal with my acne scars. I happen to come across Need Crystals when looking for a charcoal face mask on Amazon. I have had microdermabrasion done before, but by a professional. It was expensive and when I couldn’t afford the treatments anymore I started looking into doing stuff at home to help with the scars. I bought this in 120 grit for $12.99 on Amazon and could not be happier with them. I have been using them since January and my skin has improved so much that people I have know my whole life are doing double takes when they see me.  My start and progress photos are included below.

#7 E.L.F Expert Liquid Eyeliner- I am going to be honest with you, my make up game is weak. Last time I use liquid eye liner was in high school during my “scene kid” days… Yes, I was one of those kids. Moving on. I have recently started to re-learn the art of liquid eyeliner. I saw the E.L.F Expert Liquid Eyeliner was selling for $2 dollars and thought “well, at least I won’t waste much money when I mess up.” So I bought it, and will be buying it again. The wand is super light and easy to maneuver and gives great coverage. If you are still learning like I am, I highly suggest this product.

#8 Perfectly Posh Best Face Forever- If you haven’t heard of Perfectly Posh, it is company that was founded in 2011. They make everything from faces masks to a men’s line of products that is made with natural ingredients. This face is a grape fruit and peppermint scruby that gives your face a deep clean. Not only did I feel like my pores were getting a good deep clean, but my skin started to look brighter and healthier. It is a little expensive, around $21 dollars, but Posh gives you perk points and often has sales.

#9 Perfectly Posh Cackle Spackle- I received this in both sample size and as a birthday gift from my darling grandmother-in-law. The first time I used it my face burnt a little bit due to both the spearmint essential oil that is in it and me having sensitive skin. I am SUPER acne and black head pron, I have had to have several professionals help with my acne problem. What I loved most about this face mask is that it pulled out so much dirt and left my face with less black heads. I still had a few stubborn ones that refused to budge. This mask is mad with charcoal, volcanic ash, kaolin, and has natural astringents in it (spearmint) and eucalyptus. This little number costs around $19 dollars, but as I stated above, Posh has perk points and does sales.

#10 YesTo Cucumbers Soothing Eye Make up Remover- Because of my acne, I am very particular about my make up removers. I need something that makes me feel like my face is free and clean before I wash my face, but also gentle on my break outs. I love that this product has remover pads and wipes as I always tend to use too much when using a liquid form of remover. The cucumber and aloe are great for sensitive skin, it has natural products, and bonus that it is certified cruelty-free! These make up remover pads can rage from $5 dollars to $7 dollars depending where you buy.

My Before and progress Photo: The top photo is me in January just before using NeedCrystals. The bottom photo is me in the first week of March. As you see, there was a lot of improvement in the appearance of my skin. I do intend to post my progress as I use the crystals.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed testing products and writing about them! I also hope this help you with your next product purchase. Stay tuned because there are more to come, good and bad!

If you have any products you want to see me test out, feel free to comment or message me with the names!