Influenster Tasty Vox Box


I received my first Influenster Vox Box today, here is my review of the products

In the box that I received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes (lucky me.. om nom nom) I was given…

A voucher for a complimentary tub of Country Crock Spread, a voucher for a smart ones weight watchers item, a bottle of Frank’s Red Hot (and yes, I do put that sh*t on everything), a sample of Splenda naturals, some Kashi dark cocoa power (I’m not even ready.. so excited), Frenchs crispy fried onions (hello green bean casserole), and some recipes for tasty cookies!

Country Crock & Frank’s Red Hot

I already use Country Crock and Franks red hot, so I was pretty pumped to get some extra for my stash. Let’s be honest… I always have an extra bottle of Frank’s in the cabinet. Best part? You can combine the two to make some delicious wing sauce! I also love to cook some zucchini in a little Country Crock, pepper, and a dash of celery salt – YUM! If you haven’t had the Buffalo chicken dip recipe on the Frank’s bottle… you haven’t lived yet. I always add extra Frank’s to mine and use baked pita bread when I dip! Good stuff! The Country Crock is also the perfect touch for mashed potatoes!


So now for what I’ve never tried before…

Splenda Natural

I used this product in my coffee this morning and I actually enjoyed it. I don’t normally use any sweetener in my coffee but I swapped it for the extra bit of creamer I normally use and it was great! It doesn’t taste like a sugar substitute, sweetened just enough, wasn’t gritty, and didn’t ruin my coffee. I would certainly recommend this as an alternative to extra creamer or sugar.

Yogi Tea

In the Yogi Tea sample there were two varieties: Green Tea Kombucha and Cinnamon Berry Probiotic Balance. I enjoyed the Kombucha much more than the cinnamon berry. Not a huge fan of that combination together. I’m also not a big tea drinker so I probably wouldn’t but this again but I would certainly recommend this brand.


Kashi Dark Cocoa Power

I was pretty excited to try this one because I love dark chocolate! I was also nervous because I’m not big on protein shakes, but it turned out pretty good. I did not get a photo of the finished product but that just means it’s easy to fix on the go! This was breakfast and it certainly was quick and easy to fix. Right out the door we went! If you like protein shakes, then you should give this one a try!

The only thing I have not tried yet is the SmartOnes meal. Hopefully it’ll be as pleasing as the rest of this Vox Box was!

Please let me know what you thought of your Vox Box, what you liked and disliked and if you have tried any other variations of these items you enjoy!

If you haven’t checked out Influenster yet, do so today!

Until next time,

The Snugglemommygus πŸ’™

My favorite rebate app reviews!

So I think I have a problem… I LOVE REBATE APPS! Mainly because I like the challenge of seeing how much I can save on our everyday purchases. I also use coupons so that I can maximize my savings (not extreme couponing here though). 

 I have compiled a list of all the rebate apps I use so you can check them out! I have included how much I’ve earned! By far the easiest to use have been Walmart savings catcher, ebates, and snap by groupon. The ones who I have seen the biggest earnings come from is Ibotta and ebates.

I bought our new car seat using ebates. We have Amazon but I got it cheaper on Kohl’s after considering rebate money, plus I got $50 kohl’s cash! Whoop! Def. check that out if you’re in the market. Especially for big purchases!

So here is my super awesome list of rebate apps so you can start saving money!!!

**Ibotta: current total earnings $55.60 in 5 months.

Check out Ibotta & get cash back! Install using my referral code & you’ll get an extra $5: https://ibotta.com/r/vaeldfo

Payment by PayPal, Venmo, or gift card.

**Snap by Groupon: current total earnings $.75 just started using this one today!

https://snap.groupon.com/app?ref=70f6908c24544562

Payment by check at $20.

**Ebates: Current total earnings $28.77 in one month

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=QQvlCgT0xoN8ecJ9nz8wNQ%3D%3D&eeid=29773
Payment by check quarterly.

**Checkout 51: Cutrent total earnings $6 in one month (no referral code)

Payment by check.

**Shopkick: 325 kicks in one week, you don’t even have to buy anything to reap these rewards!

http://get.shopkick.com/broadway12626

Payment by Giftcard.

**Shrink: Current total earnings $3.70 and over 1,000 points

http://shk.io/m/g8TPR7WKI
Payment by Paypal, Venmo, or brand rewards.

**Walmart savings catcher: Current total earnings $16.88 in 6+ months (no referral code)

Payment by Walmart gift card.

Just for fun & my absolute favorite thing currently: Ipsy! $10 make up bag each month just for mom! LOVE!
https://www.ipsy.com/new?refer=1i9l
I am happy to answer any questions or help you figure out how you can save money! 

Is anyone else addicted like me?? 😳😳😳😳
With Love,

The Snugglemommygus 

Mommy’s Monthly Present!

As a mom you are constantly choosing your children or significant other over yourself, so it’s nice when you find something simple that you can indulge in all for yourself!

I joined Ipsy last year and I get a glam bag every month! It’s only $10 and it comes with 5 beauty products. Some are full size products and some are sample size. Here are some of the products I’ve received.

  
The first bag I received had over $30 worth of products in it, so this bag is a steal at $10!

All of your products come packed in a new bag that’s part of their theme for the month! Here are some of my bags.

 

You can repurpose your bags for a ton of different uses. I like to use mine as a clutch on date night. I’ll also never need to buy a pencil case for my kids. πŸ‘πŸΌ

You can get your glam bag by using the link below! I would love to hear about your experience with the Ipsy Glam Bag!

Ipsy Glam Bag Link!

With Love,

The Snugglemommygus 

Shea Moisture Review

 

This Shea moisture baby wash has become my new favorite baby bath product! 

Since abandoning the typical Johnson & Johnson baby products due to their use of harsh chemicals, we opted for this brand. It came highly recommended from my mommy friends and it’s wonderful. It was difficult to find at first but recently our local CVS started stocking it and it’s matching lotion.

So the EWG give this product a rating of 1. Which eases my mommy mind. I can feel good about using this product on my son.

   

This product is made with certified organic ingredients. They also do not contain mineral oil, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, gluten, animal ingredients, paraffin, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrance, and DEA. They also do not test on animals. 

I also like the scent that it comes in. They also make a fragarance free version for baby’s with sensitive skin.

This product lathers well and a little bit goes a long way. I use about a quarter size drop in a wash cloth and I am able to clean my 7 month old from head to toe without losing the lather.

I recommend this product to anyone who is trying to use more natural products on their children. They also make great adult products too. 😊

With love,

The Snugglemommygus 

#knowbetterdobetter

 

My birth story…

I’m Ashley… I have a beautiful bouncy 7 month old ball of joy! This is the story of his birth!

Backtrack to my delivery day…

I realized I was in labor at 7:00 AM on 2/6. I had been expecting to experience the worst pain I’ve ever felt but instead I was quite comfortable. I got up and showered and felt lightheaded so I had my husband call the doctor. He let her know that I thought I was having contracting but I wasn’t sure. We were off and on the phone with them until about 4:00 PM when they told me to head that way (we were about an hour from where I delivered).

Upon arriving we were told that I was 4cm dilated and that we could head to the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, my nurse informed me that my OB wanted to start me on pitocin. I didn’t feel this was justified and neither did my nurse, so we didn’t. I knew that pitocin wasn’t good and in retrospect I would have pushed not to have any at all. I received antibiotics for strep b and I progressed to 6 cm. I still wasn’t in a ton of pain but I opted for an epidural because I wanted to avoid getting to a point of hurting so bad that I couldn’t sit still. I was terrified of getting it but the anesthesiologist was amazing and my nurse was so supportive. My husband stood behind my nurse cheering me on, giving me thumbs up, and I was a champ afterward.

Around this time my doctor popped in and started pitocin. She kept saying how I needed to progress more. I continued to dilate until 8 cm and then I “stopped” according to my OB. She said that if I didn’t progress to a 10 within the hour that a c-section was possible. I felt like I was being rushed. Even my mom was in labor for 36 hours with me, where was my 36? The pitocin also started to take it’s toll on my baby’s heart rate and my oxygen levels. She yet again brought up the c-section. So they turned the pitocin down and his heart rate evened out. I also remember my OB coming in a pressing the button to give me more pain killer via my epidural. Didn’t ask, just did it. I knew before that moment that I did not want anymore so that by the time I was ready to push, the pain was more present to help.

I finally dilated to 10 cm. I began pushing and I felt like I was doing a great job but my little man didn’t want to come out. I pushed for 15 minutes before she suggested a c-section again. I was frustrated by this and insisted I keep pushing. My husband was such a champ during this, he was so encouraging, he wiped my head, fixed my oxygen, and smiled at me the whole time. He had my back and we pushed for another hour. I have to be real with y’all… at one point my OB had her hand WAY too far up inside of me. This is something no one told me about and it was the most painful part of my labor. It was AWFUL. So after the additional hour she gave me the option to continue or have a c-section. Let me just say that after pushing and being told repeatedly that a c-section was the best option it was hard to decline, I felt like I had no other choice. I did have a choice though, it just didn’t seem like it. I wish I had advocated for a different position or something, anything.

I remember crying to my mom and my husband earlier when she had told me a c-section was likely that I didn’t want one. I kept repeating that. It was terrifying to me.

But… we made Β the decision to have the operation.

After I agreed and signed on the dotted line, I lost my sh*t. I couldn’t stop crying. I was so scared. I had a wonderful staff surrounding me though and that really helped. I was wheeled back and my husband had to stay outside while they prepped, causing me to cry more. Once he came back to me I was able to control the tears and he talked me through it. My husband is a pretty funny guy, he knows how to make me laugh, even in the middle of an operating room. One of the first things he told me was that he smelled Fritos… Gross. It cracked me up though, which is one of the reasons I married him.

Finally the moment came and she warned me that he may not cry because c-section babies don’t get the gunk pushed out of them like in a vaginal delivery. He knew I needed it though and he cried for his mama. Instant tears, that’s my baby, he is here! My husband got all the photos of him being pulled out. I’m so thankful for them. The look on my husband’s face was priceless, he was so in love. I was so in love. It was amazing. He was 9 lbs 9 oz and 21.5 in long, born at 1:58 AM.

After I got to see my baby they took him to the nursery and my husband went with him while they closed me up. I was so scared, it’s really scary to think that something could go wrong and you’d know it was happening. Luckily nothing did. I was rejoined with my baby soon after. My husband wheeled him in with the biggest grin on his face. That’s a moment I will never forget. Meeting my child and watching my husband become a dad was the most incredible experience. I was so in love with both of them. It was amazing.

We stayed at the hospital as long as the insurance would allow because I was scared to go home after major surgery. The pain was unbearable and my after care was great but I also felt like some of the night nurses felt like it was their personal mission to ensure I didn’t leave addicted to pain killers. I repeatedly had to ask for them and maybe this is a thing that I don’t know about to ensure that women don’t, but I am a new mom, I’m exhausted and I do not want to wake up in pain so bad that I am in tears after picking up my child.

I was very happy to go home, but I spent four days there before ending up back in the hospital with an infection. My OB casually admitting to me at that point that staples do tend to have a higher infection rate than sutures. Not once telling me so when she told me that’s what she closed me with. It was incredibly frustrating. Needless to say, I will never go back to the OBGYN.

I only wish I had advocated better for myself and my child. My experience wasn’t incredibly terrible but for me it was extremely traumatic. It’s so important to be firm when you don’t think something is right for you and your child. I’m alive and my child is alive and for that I am incredibly thankful. The marks left on my heart from where my labor did not go as planned probably will probably never heal. I will always yearn for those moments I never got to have.