Thursday, November 20, 2014

BIG NYX Cosmetics Giveaway!


NYX Cosmetics is helping me celebrate my birthday with this fabulous giveaway!!!

Click the video to see everything the winner will receive!!


To Enter:
Follow @nyxcosmetics and @alittleaboutalot on Instagram. Repost and #alittleabout 
Or
leave a comment below the video ON YouTube

Winner will be announced on November 29th, 2014 ON INSTAGRAM
winner will be given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen, thank you and good luck!

Milani Cosmetics Giveaway!!!


GIVEAWAY!!!
I am so excited that Milani Cosmetics is celebrating with me. They sent a package of my all time favorite products to share with you!!

Click the video to watch everything that the winner will receive:



To enter:
On Instagram: Follow @milanicosmetics and @alittleaboutalot repost the above picture with #alittleaboutalot (click here)

OR

you can leave a comment below the video ON YouTube (click here)

Winner will be announced on Instagram on November 29th, 2014 
winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

LeapTv Gaming System Review


Thank you Leap Frog for sponsoring our LeapTV party!!


We got to play with the new LeapTv gaming system (retail $149.00)
and 2 of the new games: Dance & Learn, Sports!


We had so much fun dancing and moving with our friends!


break time! 



What I thought was great was even when it was someone else's turn, the other kids still danced along!

Click the video below to watch the full review!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Homeschooling

When I mentioned homeschooling in my "daily life as a mom" video I had a lot of questions about homeschooling. Of course every homeschool curriculum is different, every mom/dad/teacher is different and every family is different. So, I thought I would share our homeschooling experience and how we do it. I know there are a lot of people who have thought about it or wondered what it was like so I hope you find this informative and helpful!


This is the video I did last year for the  411 Mommas about different kinds of schools we have sent our kids to and how we decided on what was best for our family.
We often get asked if we will homeschool forever, and that is honestly a question I don't know the answer to. We have 2 in school now and 2 not, so we don't really know what will happen in the upcoming years, but said we would decide each year what is best for our family as the time comes.
Hope this helps in your schooling decisions!! Remember that you can always decide to change what kind of school they are in and what is best for them and your lifestyle. Being a parent is hard and making these decisions is hard, I hear you!!!

SAHM of Four!

Sorry there is a glitch in the video in the beginning! (real life mom of four trying to edit a video right?!)

I get a lot of questions and requests to do a "day in the life" with my kids. I'm still not comfortable filming my kids in my home, but I thought I could share with you what a normal day is like and what our schedule is like, hope it is helpful!

Favorite Fall & Winter Lip Colors!

Nuby Tear Free Rinse Pail


ok, I don't know what it is… but I feel like there are certain baby/kid products that I have been stubborn about "not needing". This would be one of them: The Tear Free Rinse Pail. I think I have looked at it from a distance a bajillion times, and even though my kids FREAK OUT when water gets in their eyes when I rinse their hair, I always thought "how different can it be than me just holding my hand over their forehead… right?? … wrong.
The silicone lip creates a seal that doesn't allow water to trickle down, unlike my hand that allows water to go off the sides into a V right into their eyes. And because I have my other hand free I can tilt their heads back while rinsing. 

I gave my 2 year old a bath today after she decided to give herself a yogurt hair mask. I thought… well here goes nothing little pail, and voila!! hair rinsed, no freak out. 
amazing. 


Such a simple little thing, to make an every day task that much easier. Now there won't be any more screaming, and bath time will just be fun!! 
($6.99 on Amazon)



Monday, October 13, 2014

Weaning Baby #4


So we did it. Successfully weaned baby #4. I have to say it was an emotional week for me, thankful for these Tommee Tippee bottles because they were the only ones he would take!! 


I knew the day was coming when I would wean, but no matter how mentally and emotionally prepared you think you are… you're not, or maybe you are.. but I wasn't!!!

I wanted to share with you my weaning of baby #4 and how I dealt with not only my last feeding with him, but my last feeding EVER! waaahhhhh!!!!


Fell off the Fitness Wagon!

Gonna be honest. 
I fell of the fitness wagon. 
Yep. The brownies got the best of me. The past month or slow I've been working out less and eating worse. Honestly I didn't even care because it felt good to indulge. 
BUT the last few days I've been feeling gross. You know when you eat too much candy and  you have that icky taste in the back of your mouth? yep. That's how I feel. I feel like I need to eat a bag of spinach and cleanse. I felt like I wasn't seeing much of a difference, but now that I have been  'indulging' I definitely do. My face has totally broken out and I look like a pre-teen acne face and my pants are getting tight and my muffin top has magically expanded. I decided I'm not going to feel bad about it though, I'm just going to change. AGAIN. 
No excuses, no pity party. Just plain old, I'm back on it. So today I decided I'm gonna cut down (and when I say cut down, I mean I'm going to try to not drink soda anymore…but when I put a restriction I want it so I'm just gonna say cut down and try not to!haha!) on soda and drink only water. It is amazing how much sugar and non-nutritional ingredients are in drinks.. and I love my flavored teas and Coca Cola. So mama is going to make a change. Today. Right now. So this morning my husband and I started our day with a good HIIT work out and I told him we are doing it every day… and we will.
We did it before so we can do it again.
I have to remind myself that i didn't "undo" all my hard work from before. I am at a totally different starting point and that my body WANTS to be healthy. 
So I feel motivated again to resume my healthy lifestyle.
My goal is to be at my very best at 35… and that is coming up in a month!!

October Wantable Box: Accessories!


4-5 boutique style, hand picked accessories for $36 a month!

I love getting my Wantable box every month!! It is seriously like Christmas to me. What girl doesn't like getting accessories?! Click the link above to get your wantable box (you can choose from accessories, beauty, intimates and now fitness too!)

Click the video below to see what I got this month, I love everything!


Friday, October 10, 2014

September Favorites! (a little late, but still awesome!)


Wanted to share some of my favorites. Beauty, electronics and drinks!!
Click to watch, hope you enjoy!
(ps. the Neuro Sleep worked amazing, I drink only half and I'm off to sleepy land!)


YouTube Mom Tag!

I was tagged by Mommytipsbycole to do the "YouTube Mom Tag"
Hope this helps you get to know me better!
Click to watch

Memebox Global #14

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

$1-$5 Fashion Haul?! MOTD & OOTD


Eyes: Milani Cosmetics Bella Eyeshadow in Bella Emerald
Jordana Eyeliner in Jade
Earrings: Forever 21
Necklace: Wantable


Shirt: Chaser Brand
Leggings: Fabletics

When we were on vacation in Oceanside I discovered a little random store that was going out of business, and everything was $1-$5… EVERYTHING!
click to see what I got!

Vacation Hacks!


We were on vacation the other week and I posted this picture on instagram and thought I would share!
If you have kids, the beach is a scary place. Sand everywhere, means sand…. everywhere. Fingers, toes, buttcracks… everywhere!!
Some kids don't mind, while other kids freak out. My solution, baby powder. You can get the huge tub at Walmart for under $2 and it seriously is a life saver. Just dump a generous amount on whatever body part you are trying to get the sand off, and it brushes off like a dream. Also, it's easier the drier the sand is… but it works on damp sand too.

I also realized that I had left my face wash at home, and I am one of those people that can NOT go to bed with out washing my face. Discovered another little vacation hack so I thought I would share!
Click the video to watch!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Fabletics Picks & Fit Journey Update!


click the link above to get your fabletics outfit!


Oula Tank in Black: Size M
Capri in Black Ombre: Size L

http://strk.enlnks.com/aff_c?offer_id=1648&aff_id=17198







Jacket: Size M
Capri Camo: Size L



September Ipsy Bag & OOTD


Got these sunglasses in the L.A. Fashion District for $5 and love them… unfortunately, one of the kids stepped on them the day after… *sigh. 



Dress: Ross
Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Boots: Ross

Click the link above to get your Ipsy Bag for $10/month

Click below to see what I got this month!

September Boxy Charm Unboxing! Best beauty box out there?!


People often ask me if I could choose just one beauty box, what would it be? I would have to say Boxy Charm might be the one! It just gives amazing, full sized products that I would actually use! 
Click to see what I go this month, click the link above to get your boxy charm!


Vlog: Disneyland!

Why and how does time go by so fast?! I need to do more "home videos" of my kids. I realize that they are growing so fast and I can't stop it. I need to be more intentional about capturing them at different stages in life. So… I'm going to try to vlog on the go more. I just don't ever want it to interrupt my time and me miss moments, trying to capture moments. You know what I mean?
We took a little trip to disneyland the other day, here's a little snippet!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

September Wantable Box


Wantable is a monthly subscription box where you can choose from intimate, beauty and accessories!
I chose the accessories box since I am (overloaded) in beauty stuff!
You get 4-5 Boutique pieces for $36/month
Click here to get your Wantable Box:

Want to see what I got this month? click the video below! enjoy!


MORE Kids?!?

I seem to get this question a lot. From those who know us, its usually asked and followed with a "you'll have more". From those who don't know us its with a bit of… how shall I say, judgmental skeptic tone? haha!! and then there are those you genuinely are just curious of "when do you feel done?"
I feel like it's been a process, and before baby #4 we did not feel complete…and I always had that longing for more. Is that feeling gone? not completely. 
I am sad, definitely going through the process of mourning the thought of not having any more kids, eventually not having a baby in the house and no longer needing to go down the baby aisle. I think I am sad that-that phase of my life is over. That as a woman, I was able to carry, deliver and nourish a baby from my body and understanding that it won't happen again is sad to me. Babies are miracles. Absolute miracles. Our bodies are miracles. I still can't wrap my head around the whole thing, BUT back to my point. Knowing that-that part of my life and body is over is kind of sad. Sad, but also exciting. We get to go into the next phase of life. We can go camping, We won't need diapers, we will sleep better at night…and we get to watch our little ones develop and grow. Which in itself is exciting, freeing and scary all in one too.
So my answer is, we are complete.
Our family has each perfect component it needs. and we are happy. 
God has blessed us and we are thankful. 
(did I mention I was told I couldn't have kids?!) 

Memebox Superbox #43 Fall/Winter Colors


My first super box! love that it was all makeup and love all the colors!

click to watch my unboxing:

July/August Favorites!

I know… I am so behind in posting these!! trying to catch up today!
Here are some of my favorite things from July/August



Product Links:
Join Adore Me's Monthly VIP Membership and get your first set for $24.95
http://adore.me/jeannie
Phone Charger: Danboard (off amazon)
Gold Bar Necklace: http://www.mynamenecklace.com 
use code "aboutalot14" for 10% off

All Time Favorite Beauty Products

These are some products that have been tried and true. I have not found any products that live up to these, maybe some of them will become some of your favorites too!

August Boxy Charm

I'm gonna make a crazy statement here and say that Boxy Charm is my favorite beauty box. Yup. I said it. It far outdoes any other box. for $21/month you get 5 full sized products. did ya hear that FULL SIZED products, not some dinky samples you can get walking through the mall…and they are products that I would actually want, but maybe not want to spend the full retail for. 

Get your boxy charm here!

Click the video to see what I got!


This box was graciously sent to me by boxy charm. All opinions are honest and my own.

Memebox #13 Unboxing


memebox is a beauty box full of korean products, unlike other beauty boxes it is not a monthly subscription box. You get to choose the one you want!! they vary is size, price and contents so if you see an unboxing you like, you can go and get that specific box!

Get your memebox here:



Memebox has graciously sent me this box for review, all opinions are honest and my own

Friday, September 5, 2014

Aquarium of the Pacific



We took a little family trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific and had so much fun! Watch the video below to see our trip (vlogging on the go is much harder than it looks, but I need to capture these moments so I can remember the kids this little… why are they growing so fast?!?! oh and yes, the battery died too. I'm taking notes for next time!)







Thank you so much to the Aquarium of the Pacific for having us come visit, our kids had such a great time. Love that ocean breeze too!


Click to watch, enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lover's Tempo Giveaway WINNER!


The Winner is Ana Calderon!!!
Congratulations, I have emailed you at your hotmail account.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond, if I don't hear from you a new winner will be chosen. 
Thank you to all who entered, I will have another giveaway soon!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August Wantable Box Unboxing!


Click the image to get your Wantable Accessories box full of 4-5 boutique accessories for $36/month
And if accessories aren't your thing, they also have an intimates box and a beauty box!


I love opening my mailbox and seeing my Wantable box every month. I love accessories but don't always have the time or luxury to go look for some, so this way I get a treat and have some new fashionable accessories to vamp up my wardrobe every month!


Box was provided for review by Wantable. All opinions are honest and my own.

August Ipsy Bag!


Get your Ipsy bag for $10/month

I usually love my Ipsy bag, this month was  little bit of a let down. Watch my video below to see what I got!

August Fabkids Picks!



Get your first 2 outfits for $29.95 (buy one get one free! click above to get started)

Here are my August FabKids picks! My 2 year old has been wearing the purple galaxy dress every day and I literally have to hide it from her so I can wash it!! Definitely a favorite! 
Watch my FabKids unboxing below






Product Empties!

Here are some products I've used up and my opinion on them, enjoy!

Secrets of a YouTuber Tag

Questions:
1. How long have you been on YouTube?
2. At what point will you stop?
3. The best thing about YouTube?
4. The worst thing about YouTube? How do you make it okay?
5. How many thumbnail options do you take?
6. Youtuber crush?
7. Who's on your collab wish list?
8. What are you wearing on your bottom half?
9 How long until you press record?
10. How do you feel about the YouTube community/culture?
11. What's your secret to a successful YouTube channel?
12. Who do you tag?

Click to watch my answers!


What Kind of Facebooker Are You?


If you are like me, Facebook is part of your daily life. In observing people on Facebook, I've realized that most people fall into one of these categories. What kind of Facebooker are you?

Like Threateners
These are the people who love posting pictures that have a ridiculous caption that threatens you if you don't  like it. For instance, a picture of a baby with the caption "like if you think this baby is cute, ignore if you want the baby to die" or a picture of Jesus with the caption "like if you love Jesus, ignore if you want to go the hell" haha!!

Trackers
These people find it imperative  to share their day with you step by step. Every place they go, they check in. Everything they eat, they share a picture. They let you know about every single interaction they had and how they felt about it. 

Ghosts
You never see that they are online, but they are there. looking, watching…but never leaving a trace of their existence.

Crusaders
Always on a crusade about something. Informing, Online Picketing, Ranting, Shaming, Pushing, Informing…passionately about something and everything. Usually there is a long thread of comments of people who either totally agree, or totally disagree. Crusaders like controversy and love a Facebook fight!

Dear Diary Writiers
These people seem to think that Facebook is their personal diary. Disclosing anything and everything. Usually in a "woe is me" sort of tone, hoping for some sort of comfort, concern or pity from anyone who might give it to them.

Taggers
They tag you in everything. Whether or not you were there, in the picture or have to do with what they are doing. You're tagged.

Bumper Sticker Collectors
These Facebookers love sharing EVERY single picture, quote, ecard that they find online. I mean, E V E R Y single one!

Vague Venters
These people love to complain…vague enough to deny they were talking about you, specific enough to know they were talking about you. c'mon people. If you have a problem, don't post it on Facebook! grow up and talk to the person… and as entertaining it is for us to watch, it also gets annoying.

News Reporters
Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Yahoo news. Any article they read… they gotta share it. They just gotta!

Negative Nancy
Negative about their job, kids, husband, wife, mom, neighbor, shirt, coffee, weather. Whatever they post about, rest assured…it's going to be negative. 

Investigators
I'm guilty. I Facebook snoop and investigate all the time. c'mon, you do it too…admit it! You snoop through peoples pictures, friends, click click click and click some more…you know the low down about everything and everyone. Who's dating who, who is doing what. You know way more than you should…and you like it. You just have to be careful not to disclose information that you know they didn't tell you! haha!

I wrote these in fun, but I heard something once that really stuck with me. Facebook is a highlight reel of your life. You share what you want to share, and show what you want to show about yourself. If someone who doesn't know you were to scroll through your Facebook, what would it say about you?
I hope people would see that I love God, my family and don't get caught up in nonsense. 
None of the above are "bad", just remember…that YOU get to choose what you show to people, choose wisely!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Memebox #12 Unboxing




Memebox is a beauty box full of korean beauty products. Unlike other beauty boxes that are a monthly subscription, you get to pick the box you want…whenever you want!

Get your Memebox
www.us.memebox.com
use code EREPL for $5 off any purchase until the end of August

Memebox sent this box for review. All opinions are honest and my own

Cute Swimsuits For Mom!


Swimsuit scare me. Whether you're a mom or not, we all have issues with our bodies. I thought I would share some of my options when I go to the beach or the pool. I don't want to spend time feeling self conscious or 'adjusting' when I could be having fun! 

Click the video to see my swimsuit options for mom!



Bikini Top: Target
Swim Shorts: Target
Long Tunic Tankini: alloy.com
Swim Suit Insterts: Target
Miracle Suit: Swimnsport.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lover's Tempo Haul & Giveaway!

I have to say, one of my love languages is definitely gift giving. I love giving gifts, so any chance to do a giveaway is more exciting than receiving items myself!
A friend of mine from high school contacted me about her sister's jewelry line and after looking at the gorgeous pieces I was more than happy to do a giveaway. You all deserve a little treat too right?!
here are some of the pieces I chose from her shop, really though… they are all so gorgeous. feminine, delicate and classy.


Glitter Oval Post in Opal

Feather Posts in Silver

Shell Leaf Earrings in Abalone

Sunrise Drop Earring in Chalcedony

Bambi Necklace


One winner will receive this gorgeous set of earrings and the necklace!



you can visit her website by clicking any of the images above or:




Giveaway will end on 8/28/14 at 12:00pm PST
Good luck!
Thank you for this giveaway Elaine!


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