A Bennett First :: The Houston Zoo

B & I just got back from a week long trip to Houston.  My mom & grandma were there to get some things organized at my childhood home and Husband was out of town on a guys trip, so I decided to go help where I could.  While we were there we met up with my sweet friend, Jess, and her daughter at the zoo for a day of fun!  Bennett had a blast, the Houston Zoo is the bomb.com! The weather was so perfect, pretty much every animal was out and about.  Our favorite animal was by far the giraffe.  They were all congregating around their food area, even the new baby giraffe, Gigi!  I spent a small fortune on three pieces of romaine lettuce so that Bennett could feed the big giraffe- I’m a sucker for things like that… but it was awesome!  We loved the Houston Zoo!  Here’s a short video of Baby Gigi:


Bennett Wesley :: 9 Months Old

Today as we were leaving our 9 month appointment the doctor says, “Bye Bennett!  See you after your first birthday!”

Ummmm… excuse me?!?  First birthday?? That’s like… light years away, right?!?  I guess not {insert head thrown back, crying emoji face here}.  I don’t even want to think about that.

This nine month old baby of mine is seriously a handful.  I knew he would be the day he was born, but every day is a new adventure with him.  He is full of emotions, loves trying any and all foods, loves opening and closing every drawer and cabinet in the house {we recently baby proofed}, and tries to climb on/ off everything.  This boy does not sit still. Ever.  He is always curious about what is around the corner, behind the door, down the stairs, up the stairs, in his room, in Husband & my room, our bathroom, etc… He loves tormenting the dogs, chasing after them in his walker, it’s probably one of the funniest things to watch.  Sasha likes the chase but Layla steers clear.

Bennett got sick for the first time 2 weeks ago.  It was not fun.  Poor little dude was miserable, I’m so glad it’s finally gone.  I’m actually quite shocked he didn’t get sick sooner.  I keep him active in a lot of social baby outings such as music class, Gymboree, and playdates, so I guess I should count myself lucky since it just recently happened.  I’m definitely not looking forward to the next cold… they really linger :(

Other than that, Husband & I are having so much fun taking this sweet boy for bike rides around the hood, going to the parks to swing on all the swings and slide down all the slides, shopping for cute little boy clothes ;)… He still LOVES bath time & “Brown Bear Brown Bear”.  At his appointment this morning, he weighed in at almost twenty pounds and was over 31 inches long.  Doc says he is very healthy and so happy!  This boy is the very best thing to ever happen to Husband & I!  I still cannot believe he is ours!  He amazes me every single day! We love you so much, Bennett!

Bennett’s Bathtub Diaries

a preview of my nine month old… i promise he does not fuss the whole vid… and yes, that is drool all over him…

New Year, New Skin Routine

It’s no secret that I have always struggled with skin issues.  I have acne, blackheads, big pores, oily skin, moles from sun damage, dark spots, and now the newest issue- under eye circles (which I’m blaming on lack of sleep from baby).  I’m basically a dermatologist’s dream.  Three weeks ago I was sweating bullets as I walked into the derm’s office for the first time in YEARS!!  I should be going at least every six months!  Recently, my skin has been the worst it’s been a long time.  It was time to take control and seek professional help (and remove some suspicious moles at the same time).  Everything went great!  My Dr. eased my mind letting me know I do NOT have skin cancer yet ;).  It was that day that I threw out almost all of my old products that were no longer working for me, and invested in my aging adult skin.  Here are some products that are changing the game for me:

La Mer Cleansing Gel


So I start every morning washing my face with the La Mer Cleansing Gel.  It’s very gentle on my over sensitive skin, you don’t have to use too much per use (one pump is enough for me), and it lathers up real nice while cleaning thoroughly.

La Mer Oil Absorbing Tonic


Next, I use the La Mer Oil Absorning Tonic which has been one of the best products I have ever used.  My skin doesn’t even feel like my own!  This tonic has cut down on the oiliness of my skin dramatically while not stripping my skin of hydration.  I don’t know how it does it, but it works!

Finacea Gel


My dermatologist prescribed this for my adult acne problem and it has changed the whole texture of my skin.  My skin is visibly more healthy, the acne is completely under control (it’s almost gone!!), and it’s safe for breastfeeding mama’s like myself.  I use this after the tonic has dried completely, once in my morning routine, and again before I go to bed.

La Mer The Reparative Skin Tint


This product got mixed reviews on the website, but I am loving it!  My skin looks and feels like it’s glowing as soon as I put this on.  I don’t have a lot of time for makeup these days, so being able to use this as my go to for spf 30 and a tint so I don’t look like a ghost, well… that’s a win/win for me!  I put this on over my Finacea Gel, add a little mascara, and miraculously look put together enough to run errands and go to my mommy groups.

I do this routine once in the morning and again at night (minus the skin tint).  At night I usually use the La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream or the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (much less expensive).  They are both consistently in rotation because they are thick in texture and seem to always help me wake up looking refreshed.  I still use the Coconut Oil as well, but only when the temperatures drop and my skin looks dull and dry.  I kind of blame some of my skin issues recently on the Coconut Oil… it may have been a little too greasy for my already oily skin.

I’m currently trying out two of the La Mer eye creams since the crows feet around my eyes are getting deeper every day.  Once I commit to one, I will update and let you all know what my thoughts are.  If you are like me and have similar issues, I would strongly suggest trying these products.  They are not the cheapest products on the market, but so far, my investment has been well worth the high price since my skin is finally balancing out and my acne is almost non existent.  As we age, our skin changes dramatically and has different needs from products.  Let’s not get in a rut of using the same products we were using when were younger and fresher!  This has been the best change I’ve made for myself in a long while.  And go to the dermatologist!  I sleep (a little bit) better at night knowing that my sun damage is not that bad and that my moles are being monitored.

Click links above pictures to see more product information. Have a great weekend!

Our weekend in pictures…

Gasparilla Childrens Extravaganza

Florida Aquarium

 and of course… lots of Brown Bear!