Saturday's with Stef: Healing

1:00 AM

Healing isn't a straight line and it doesn't happen in a blink of an eye. Its a squiggly line that takes time. Just like a plant. First you have the seed buried into the dirt. You water it, make sure it has sunlight. Some days you will feel defeated because your flower isn't blooming as fast as the rest and other days you will appreciate the fact that it's blooming within time and taking the time out to grow at its speed. Not others.

I have been a mom for two years and if you aren't a mom, becoming a mom or simply want to know what it's like, well...it gets harder as days pass. Some days my energy is drained from the moment I wake up. Some days I just want to show my son adventures all day long. Some days I cry because I am unsure if I am doing anything right. Some days I swear I am raising a rock star.

But 99.9% of the time, I am still healing. I am still dealing with issues from my childhood that haunt me and I am still trying to forgive others and myself for the sake of my son. Healing as a mom is difficult. I remember trying to heal before motherhood and I had all the time in the world to meditate and focus solely on myself. Now, I can't meditate on MY time. I can't just focus on myself, because lets me honest, if I did...My son would get himself into a pickle.

I haven't spoke of this but being a step mom is harder than being a mom and challenges my growth and healing. My stepson, well...he has issues like most of us. He deals with a lot of abandonment issues and on weekends we pay for the mistakes his other parental unit makes. As much as I respect her as mom and shes been kind to my face (behind my back is another issue) When I hear him say, "My mom told me to treat you bad" I break. I cry. I get angry and I often wonder what I did to deserve this. My son will never know that life and I am grateful but unfortunately, this is my life NOW and healing is hard in that aspect of my life when I am constantly challenged. The most unloved children will ask for love in the most unloving ways and I will just keep on loving the crap outta him because that's what he wants and needs from me.

So healing is hard when there's a drawback as a mom, step mom and soon-to-be wife. 

Even if you aren't in my shoes, there's a lot of setbacks in life.

So I beg of you, be gentle with yourself during this process. Take the time out to pat yourself on the back and remember the line of healing isn't straight.

Review and Giveaway:Laser X Micro Blaster

12:00 AM


I don't know if you guys are aware, but I have a 15-year old stepson who is addicted to games! Like most parents, I just don't want him sitting down all day. Because he is 12 years older than our son, Noah learns from him and what does he learn? To play games on our phones. It kills me you guys! So when I was sent the Laser X Micro Blaster, I was thrilled!

The Micro Blasters are the newest addition to a line of products that include: original Laser X, which blasts 200 feet; a Long-Range Blaster, which blasts 400 feet; and a Gaming Tower with 10-built-in games. 




All you have to do is strap the receiver to your upper arm (But because my stepson's upper arm is full of muscle, he did the wrist) and you can shoot from 100 feet away! You can play with as little as two players or you can get a group together and play with the whole neighborhood. It's so small (five inches) and compact that us moms can easily put it in our purse or diaper bag. The kids will never get bored!

In this case, My fiance played with my stepson and even Noah got in on it too. He actually picked up the game fast for being just two years old. The sensors let you know when you are being hit, when you need to reload and when you are simply out of the game (dead lol )


The best part is, if you have more than one set, you can pair it!

Micro Blasters are recommended for ages 6+ (However, my two yer did catch onto it rather quickly lol) and retail for $29.99 for a double set and $14.99 to equip a single player. The game is available at GetLaserX.com and is coming soon to: Walmart, Costco and Target.

You can catch more of what the Laser Micro Blaster can do HERE on Youtube. 

My overall opinion: THIS GAME WAS AMAZING! It's keeping our sons off the couch and active! I even got in on the fun! It's a great game for fun, activity and to burn some energy off.

Wait! Do you want to win a Laser Micro X Blaster? Well here's your chance! Enter the Rafflecoppter for a chance to win!



Disclosure: I received this product free to review and be compensated.All opinions expressed are my own.

Review & Giveaway!: ZITS (EWWW!)

2:14 PM


This house is BUILT on pranks! We love seeing reactions to the pranks but most of all, we love pulling pranks on one another. So when ZITS (Ewww!) arrived, I was stoked! 





It was no surprise the next big prank would be zits, with shows like "Dr.Pimple Popper" Zits were in. So when NSI was looking for a new product, zits were it! The "whitehead" slime filled pouch will make anyone want to gag! 

The backs come with adhesive, so it can stick to any part of your skin and all skin types!

 Comes with three different sizes for all the fun!

And is filled with white slime to give the prank the REAL affect OF A real PIMPLE!

So I decided to prank my mom and Daniel caught it all!

So applied the "Zit" and went in for the laugh...


 
She actually thought it was a pimple and went in for the kill! I wanted to laugh so hard!

                                                    I even had to tell her "Gee that's hurting!"






She was confused and saw so much white stuff, which was the slime lol 




Dude! We got her!! And it even hurt me lol

This was a great prank! We could stop laughing!

Zits pop n play pimples are safe and non-toxic. They come in several sizes and are being sold in a massive pack of 100 for $19.99 at IGotZits.com. They will be coming this March to Walmart and other major retailers and will be sold in packages of 25, with an MSRP of $4.99.

Do you want to prank someone?

You can enter my giveaway for your chance to win! Yes, you can actually gross someone out! 









Disclosure: I received this product free to review and be compensated.All opinions expressed are my own.



Modibodi

4:51 PM

A woman can never own "too many" panties! But do you have magical panties?

Yes, I am calling these "Magical Panties" but they are really are from Modibodi.

This Australian brand is for EVERY woman, no matter your shape, size, sexuality and color! Modibodi is about mentioning the "unmentionable." Isn't it weird how we only talk about period leakage when it comes to Kotex and Tampons? What if I told you there is a panty that eliminates the hassle of feminine hygiene products during your period or just flat out pee leakage! Come on mamas. You know that's a plus!

Yes, you read that right!

Modibodi underwear uses technology in the lining that provides period protection, eliminating tampon and pad use but also protects against those sneaky pee-leaks that many mama’s experience from pelvic issues.

Modibodi has a three-layer component; a top layer that quickly wicks away moisture, fights bacteria and stops odors, a middle layer that quickly absorbs fluid and locks it away (up to 20mls absorbency) and a third bottom layer allowing for extra waterproof protection, ensuring that a woman is at her most secure and confident and is reassured that she will not leak through any of her clothing!


Okay girls! I was skeptical at first and was very intrigued yet hesitant. But when I felt the lining in these panties, I felt so assured. It's not thick or bulgy and its rather soft and comfortable.

I'm a mom, so my bladder sometimes leaks when I run, jump or just plain out laugh. No shame!

This protected me 100%! I told Daniel, "I peed!" in the middle of a laughing matter and he couldn't even tell looking at my light blue jeans!

AMAZING!

Modibodi has nine collections and all collections have sizes XS to 6XL. Their collections go from active, maternity to pre-teen!

Talk about variety!

Modibodi is now available online in the U.S. and available on Amazon USA!

I got the sensual high-waist bikini


but you can find Modibodi at:


and on Amazon (HERE)



REVIEW: Pura Stainless

11:08 AM


Happy New Year! It's taken me a while to post but I wanted to come into the new year with a fresh mindset and more mommy related. No better way to do my first blog post of the year with Pura Stainless! I have had these for a little over three weeks and in that time in SoCal, we had cool weather and extremely hot weather (Gotta love California!) I truly wanted to put these babies to the test.

Noah is almost two and is super picky about what sippy cup he drinks from now (Rolls eyes) and me with my runs, I thought, this was a perfect product to be testing.

Pura is 100% plastic-free and their bottles grow with your family and their needs. They range from 5 oz to 28 oz and are silicone free. You can grab any bottle, any color for any occasion.

Let's start of with my pride and joy's favorite new sippy bottle: 




Noah got the 90z  vacuum insulated Toddler Sippy Bottle Pura Kiki in Aqua , found HERE.

What's so cool about this sippy bottle is that it can grow with him and all I have to do is purchase the different sprouts. Yes! You can purchase different sprouts! 





The sprout Noah has simply is free flowing, doesn't spill and allows him to be more independent. He truly felt like a big boy! (Cries because my baby is growing up)


Now on to me! You know I gotta let my baby shine first. 

I was sent the Pura Sport 28 oz found HERE.



I am super picky when it comes to my workouts. Every water bottle has melted my ice within seconds no matter what ind of weather we had. Which is frustration when you are in the heat. During the three weeks I put this baby to the test, we had cold weather, warm weather and hot weather. 

Each weather condition didn't affect my water and ice! My ice stayed frozen and my water cold! Which was a super plus for me!

The sleeve made it so easy to grip and I even hooked it on to my stroller. The big mouth sport top allowed water to flow and was soft. The was no water dripping from the water bottle like most, which meant it kept me dry and my hands dry. 


SCORE!
 



OVERALL:

You will not be disappointed with Pura Stainless products. I have never been so in love with a water bottle and a toddler sippy bottle in all my years I have ran and the almost two years I have been a mother. It doesnt matter if you are looking for a water bottle for yourself, your kid, kids or even your whole family, thier water bottles fit every ones needs in any environment.

Check out Pura Stainless HERE and get yours today!

Maple Holistics : Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

1:58 PM


Hi guys! Welcome back! lol Well as you all know I am a HUGE fan of Maple Holistics. They sent me a bottle of their Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and I am in LOVE!

The smell is amazing and so therapeutic. As a mom, I always need that "Me time" to relax. Especially in the shower! lol So this fragrance really made me relaxed. 

The Tea Tree Oil Shampoo helps your hair , scalp health, can help with dandruff and flaking, soothes an irritated scalp, helps slow down hair  and promotes hair growth! Talk about benefits galore!

Now you're probably wondering, "That's cool Stef, but what is in it? what makes it different from all the other shampoos?"

Great question! The Tea Tree Oil Shampoo is made up of : Aqua, Jojoba Oil, Botanical Keratin, Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil.

I can pronounce ALL those! Which is a huge plus!

This shampoo was everything! It made my hair feel clean, smell amazing and soothed my scalp.

It totally lived up to its potential and I high recommend it!

You can find it HERE

Pssttt....Its on sale right now (winks)