Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Five Favorite Things: Vol. II

It has been a few minutes (or months, who is counting?) since I shared with you some of my favorite things. I love learning about new products from real life people because there is a ton of stuff out there, and sometimes I just don't know what to choose. These are the things that I love so much it would be mean not to share them with you. I use these products almost daily, so take it from a real life person and check them out. 

*Some of the links below may be affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and purchase.

1. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Lotion

This has been our go-to sunscreen for Henry from the start. Early on he had some skin issues, so we started using the Aveeno wash and shampoo as well as the lotion that was gifted to us. It had a milder scent, and it helped with the little bumps he was getting. It was no question which brand I was going to turn to when I was buying sunscreen last Summer. Henry has really fair skin, and I want to protect him from burns. It isn't too thick, and it spreads nicely without being runny. It doesn't have a strong scent, and most importantly, it has protected his sweet, baby skin. We have sat at t-ball games, played in the yard, been to the pool, and spent hours at the zoo with no problems at all. I have no reason to try anything else! Aveeno has won me over.

2. Gold Task Lamp - Pillowfort

We recently upgraded to a king sized bed (you can see the full reveal here), and this resulted in a master bedroom makeover. I knew from the start that I wanted gold task lighting for our nightstands, but I didn't want to spend a fortune. Most of the lamps I liked started at $50 each, but then I found this one in the children's room decor at Target. I love that it is a touch lamp so I am not feeling around for a switch to turn it on. They are simple and sleek, perfectly functional, and they didn't break the bank at only $24.99 each. That is a win in my book!

3. Bosphorus Faded Star Petal Emblem Rug from rugsusa.com

Y'all, it is shameful how many hours I spent looking for the right rug for our master bedroom. Sure, there are lots of gorgeous options out there, but I was trying not to spend a fortune on this piece. Rugs can get really expensive really fast. It seems like such a huge commitment to a girl who changes her mind every other week, but I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. Not only that, but there were tons of size options, it was an easy transaction, and shipping was fast and easy to track. I love the rug in our space, and Henry loves to squish his toes in it (we have no carpet in our house, so it is a treat for his little feet). The navy with pink and mustard accents goes perfectly with my navy accent wall, but they have a more neutral option as well. Not only that, but they have a million other rugs to choose from and great discounts. I got mine on sale, and they are having a great sale now as well. If you are in the market for a new rug for any space, I would recommend giving rugsusa.com a try.

4. Small letter board

These are obviously nothing new, but I can't stop loving them. I have a larger board that I used for Henry's monthly photos during his first year, and I am so glad I did. I have this small one on my living room shelf, but it will soon be moving to my kitchen. I used it for Henry's birthday party as a small welcome sign, and I have already envisioned (with teary eyes) first day of school pictures with tiny hands holding this board. There are just no limits to the witty sayings or ways you can use letter boards!

5. DSLR ( Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera

I have had a dslr for a long time now. I am actually on my third one, and I cannot recommend them enough. I am only on my third one because I have upgraded, and my others are still in working condition...even the very basic one I bought over ten years ago! There are several different price points and different brands, but even with minimal knowledge you can really improve your photos. The biggest advantage I find with a DSLR is you have way more control and will miss fewer shots due to the speed alone. I will admit I have the Canon 5D Mark ii with the 24-70mm lens, but even with a basic dslr and kit lens you can get more dynamic shots. I plan to put together a post with basic info, some comparisons, and recommendations based on my experience sometime soon. Until then I have linked a good basic kit here. I would recommend you determine your needs and do some research before purchasing, but this camera should do the trick for those who are only able to point and shoot but also want to learn a little more control over camera settings. Then be sure and sign up for my email list to get my ten best photo tips e-book sent right to your inbox. They are basic tips that anyone can use whether using a point and shoot, phone camera, or a fancy dslr.

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This is not a sponsored post, but these are just things that I use and love. If you have any questions, please sent them my way. I would love to hear if you try any of these products!


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