My 12 Week Women’s ROGAINE Experience #gotitfree #rogainetruevolume

rogaine in bathroom

So, about 3 months ago I told you about my use of Women’s ROGAINE® Foam to work on my hereditary hair loss. It’s been about 12 weeks now so I’m writing with an update….

My hair has been thinning for about a year now, totally unrelated to the past pregnancies, just because…I’m unlucky lol. I noticed the thinning out when my hair was soaking wet because it lays flatter. When dry my hair is so curly that the volume makes the thin areas unnoticeable to others…

Current hair

But I still knew what was going on under there. It did not feel good. Made me feel super old and oddly masculine. So, I started using Women’s ROGAINE® Foam daily back in September. OK, so to be really real, and in total honesty, I may have skipped a day or two here and there… Like…maybe one day a week or so?

Sadly, I don’t have a million inches of new growth to report in … wouldn’t that be nice?

BUT!!!

After about a month…to 6 weeks of using ROGAINE® consistently, I started noticing no additional thinning in my major trouble area (the front middle). It just … didn’t look any worse… I was geeked, but I wasn’t sure if it was real or if I just wanted to see that result so bad that I was tricking myself….

thin area september

But no, it truly seemed to slow my shedding. And around 8 weeks I let myself really believe it was working and not my eyes playing tricks on me! :)

That is my major win, along with a general less shedding overall.

Next win is noticeably less thinning in the crown and top area of my scalp!!

**happy dance time**

dancing gif

My hair is still growing at its usual rate. I haven’t yet noticed an increase in new growth in the front middle, but I am sure it’s soon to come. The info on the ROGAINE® box says that within 12 weeks you should start to regrow hair and around 24 weeks you will have noticeable results. I can’t wait to see what 24 weeks has in store for my head.

I’m just gunna go ahead and say it… I was skeptical. Really skeptical. I kinda had low hopes, but it really works! You have to keep using it to maintain your results, and I intend to. Daily ongoing use is a super small price to pay to have your hair looking awesome and full and not looking a hot patchy mess!

Rogaine Box

Using Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is easy like I mentioned in my first post. I use it whether I’ve washed my hair or not. You guys already know I’m lazy, so this being easy to use no matter the hairstyle is crucial. I also used it on straightened hair and it didn’t make it curl back up. Not sure if it’s because it’s not a very wet/liquidy foam, or if it’s because it dissolves into your scalp so quickly. Either reason is fine by me, just as long as it continues to work well for me.

I am using the appropriate amount, and I honestly think that this can is going to last longer than expected.

I will give another update in 3 more months. I’m hoping by then I’ll see the front middle bit filled fully in again! I’m excited.

Have you tried Women’s ROGAINE® Foam?

What do you use on your hair/scalp?

Products were provided by the Women’s ROGAINE® Foam. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

#WaterWipes For The Win (+Target Gift Card Giveaway!) #IC #ad

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

chemical free wipes

I tend to buy things and leave them in my car for a while. Either because I got frazzled getting the kids out of the car and into the house, or, was just lazy and only brought in the items that would spoil…and forgot to tell John to get the rest. This happened with some wipes I bought for Kaya a while ago.

They stayed in my car unopened in the Target bag on my passenger seat for a hot minute. Then I started using them in the car instead of bringing them in to wipe her butt. I used them to clean off my hands, wipe up a coffee spill (I stopped short cuz I thought I saw a cop car but it wasn’t), and I wiped down the dashboard and cup holders that were getting dusty.

I finally brought the WaterWipes into the house to use in its intended way and immediately loved them. I like using the least scented, chemical-free, most natural and clean wipes. (Fun fact: I went through stints of making my own wipes for a while. For both babies the trend lasted only a few months because: lazy.) It feels better using something simple and clean on their lil tender bits, ya know? The standard wipes smell so perfumey it turns me off.

cute kai waterwipes

The Wipes Bandit!

Sidebar: Kaya and I are in a long standing battle over wipes. If I forget to put them out of her reach, I am certain to return to a room blanketed in balled up wipes. I think she likes the pop up action or something. (I never had this problem with Rohan, he prefers to roll out toilet paper and paper towel rolls.)  Anyway, I feel like it’s gross to put the wipes back into the package, so I will wipe down the entire house with wipes to use them up before throwing them away.

WaterWipes are my new fave now though. I love that they only contain water and grapeseed oil. That’s it! No other chemicals or fragrances, and still very strong and effective and leave no residue on my baby girl’s buttbutt. (That was my major gripe about standard wipes, the film they leave behind, and in my mind it contributes to diaper rashes…I don’t know if that’s true or not…but I FEEL like it is.) 

I keep them up high so Kaya can’t go crazy with them, but I honestly don’t think she would. They are not interfolded so there’s no pop-up action on them for her to enjoy. I found out it’s because WaterWipes wants to keep the environment in the package as sterile as possible. Smart. These bad boys have a long shelf life if unopened (15 months) but once you open them, they must be used within a month. I’ve never seen that note on any other brand, so it makes me feel like WaterWipes are fresher and better for Kai’s skin.

Full disclosure: I now keep a pack in the car for me, as well as the stash in the house for Kaya’s diaper changes and wiping down Ro when needed.

Have you used WaterWipes before? I only discovered them looking all the way up at the top shelf in Target because I couldn’t find my normal brand. So glad I did. Now you can too:

Enter below for your chance to win a $100 gift card to Target. You can buy a ton of WaterWipes with that! LOL

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Do you use WaterWipes?

New Subway Homestyle Carver Melts – Tastes Like Home #SubwayTasteandTell #Spon

This post was sponsored by Subway, but you already know everything below is #realtalk from Dani.

okdani and subway guy

When I was pregnant with Rohan I was obsessed with the place. At 8 and 9 months pregnant I’d walk…well waddle…to it from our Jersey City apartment and order my standard tuna sandwich on wheat, with all the spicy peppers, olives and yellow banana peppers that would fit! I would make them pile it on and rub my belly a lilbit to guilt them into piling on more. LOL  (Full disclosure: I still try to get them to pile on more even though my youngest is 1.)

Even before that when I was working in midtown Manhattan I would go grab my $5 foot-long turkey or chicken and pile on the veggies. There was a period of a few months that I remember saving for a trip, I would get a footlong each day, and eat half at lunch, then half at home for dinner. With breakfast free at the office, I was literally living on $5 a day.  Can’t do that now!

But I still go to Subway and get my quick sammich fix. I either get a Veggie D-Lite or Italian on wheat. (I did try a pastrami melt a little while ago that reminded me of NYC! I like that they are everywhere down here in Florida just like in New York. I was concerned about having my favorite food spots nearby when we moved. There’s one right outside the spot I do our weekly grocery shopping.

subway

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Last week I was invited to Subways Taste and Tell Event. It was a cute party and tasting event at a Subway location near me to debut the new Homestyle Carver Melts offerings. This selection has carved turkey and rotisserie chicken pieces with no artificial colors or flavors! (I have an issue when restaurants say “home style” and give you something that looks nothing like real food. SO not the case here, thankfully!)

subway carver melts

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I tried two different varieties. The first was the delicious roasted chicken with melted provalone, peppers, and a creamy ceasar dressing. And they give a nice 6 ounce portion of meat too, so you’ll feel full after finishing this bad boy. (I only ate about half lol)

The second (my fave) was carved turkey (not deli slice turkey), with cranberry sauce, peppers, and lettuce. (I had a lot of options to add in, and new choices of bread like olive oil-infused ciabatta bread, but I tried to keep it simple)

subway menu

Lemme tell you what this reminded me of….

You know how after thanksgiving you eat those big ol’ sandwiches made with thick cut pieces of turkey, and left over cranberry sauce, dressing and whatnot? That’s what this was! It was giving me all kinds of nostalgic feels.

Plus, in our house (meaning my parents house when I was growing up) we had roasted chicken for dinner most Sunday nights, and throughout the week I would pick chicken off that bird and build a sandwich with whatever cheese we had in the fridge.

subway chicken

So Subway is really winning for me with this new Carver Melts option. It really tastes like good family memories of home for me. I’m glad I was able to attend and learn about this brand, as well as learn more about Subway in general. Whenever I go I am on autopilot. I order the same two things so I never look up at the menu. I had no idea there was a whole range of vegan options there! #subwayforthewin

subway vegan menu

I’m psyched to try more varieties of the chicken carver melt sandwiches, but I can totally see myself buying the “Thanksgiving” Turkey with cranberry every single time I go. They’re only available for a limited time so I’ve got to get em a few times before they’re gone.

What’s your fave Subway Sandwich?
Will you be trying out the new Carver Melts line?

3 Reasons I love KiwiCrate (KoalaCrate)

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Roey, do you want to read: NO!

Do you want to eat a snack: NO!

Do you want the ipad? NO!

How bout some chocolate milk? NOOO!!!

::drops to floor and begins rolling::

Do you want to go back outside? NO!!!

How about some arts and crafts box?

::Up like a bullet from the floor::

“YESS!!! Arts And Craps Box! Arts and Craps Box!”

Out comes the handy KoalaCrate Box…

Hands-on Activities from Kiwi Crate

KoalaCrate is the 3-4 year old age version of KiwiCrate (pictured above for ages 4-8), a monthly subscription box for kids. There’s another box for older kids too. Each box comes with instructions for “the adult assistant” as well as a mini magazine based on the monthly theme, and all the tools needed to complete a few really great theme-based activities. (Themes we’ve done are: Transportation, Music, Garden, Colors, Bugs.)

This is my favorite activity set for Ro by far and here’s why:

  1. Rohan LOVES it

Really, that could be the end of my list, because if something makes your kid this happy, you kinda automatically love it, dont you? The “Arts and Craps Box” is Roey’s favorite. I bought it for a rainy day distraction, and it really is something that lasts all month long.

Ro

  1. It’s Educational Fun

I’m all about kids learning through play. Roey learned all his numbers, colors, letters, animals, etc.. through playing and reading.  The Koala Crate teaches him so much just through stories, songs/poems, games, and art.  (If he reminds me that yellow and blue makes green one more time…I may lose it)

  1. It’s Everlasting.

The quality of the projects we make are really high. They last, and because of how it’s made, I can re-use and re-purpose some of the parts in age-appropriate ways to use with Kaya. We try to put the booklet and pieces back in each box, but that doesn’t always happen. Every now and then I’ll see Ro “reading” one of the old booklets on his own.

Creativity kits for kids!

Bonus Reasons why I love it:

  • It’s a behavior modification tool on the low
  • It’s gender neutral
  • It’s science and art skewed
  • It’s an easy, no brainer for me, with everything included #noguesswork #easybutton
  • It’s well made, no random cheap, sharp plastic bits
  • It helps me to be more creative with the games I play w/ the kids

I was not sure about what subscription box to get for Roey, but we are Highlights fans and I just knew this would be a good fit for him. As he gets older we’ll transition to KiwiCrate and then to Tinker. He’ll grow with the brand and Kaya will follow right behind him.

Do your kids have any subscription boxes?

Have you tried Kiwi Crate?

(This is NOT a sponsored post, I just am a fan….and if you buy through my links I may get some pennies.)

 

Estee Lauder Double Wear For the Win

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Remember when I had that bra fitting and they told me to always try bras on in store before I buy…..and then in the next breath told me they don’t carry my bra size in the store….?
LOL.
Well….
I told you many moons ago that I’m not that girl. I dont wear a full face of makeup…hardly ever really. I do however, love a tinted moisturizer sometimes. I ran out of my old standard that I’ve mentioned here before, and have been going barefaced to work, or sometimes just a lil powder. It was easy and I’m lazy so I didn’t look for an alternative…. but I didn’t feel as polished/professional at work without it on. I jumped at the opportunity to try out Estee Lauder’s Double Wear line at Macy’s.
Gotta be honest, I was nervous when I saw only a few darker shades. I was like “oh lawd I’m gunna look like I’m doin kabuki theater” but it wasn’t bad at all.
My makeup artist, Lana, used the full coverage foundation on me, and matched me up pretty well, which is my issue with foundations. I never feel like it really matches me 100% and I feel like I’m in a mask.
Luckily that didn’t happen with this. It was applied with a gentle hand (thanks Lana) and it matched pretty well. What I also liked is that it felt kinda….satiny to the touch. I didn’t want to buy right away, so I kept it on while I walked around the mall and ran errands.
About 6 hours later, I go back and my face is looking good, and no where near as greasy as it usually is. (Apparently this stuff stays put for up to 15 hours.)
I’m like “Lana I love this stuff. I’ll take a bottle.”
She’s like… “oh….about that…..”
“We actually don’t have that shade available for purchase.”
Are you kidding me?!
BUT, they had the light foundation, which was likened to a tinted moisturizer and was available in my color. #win
I didn’t want to take of my makeup to try it out so I waited until the next day to test it out.
Sooooo happy the full coverage foundation wasn’t available cuz the light foundation is absolutely perfect for me.
I’m comfortable applying it, and though it doesn’t feel as satiny as the full coverage, my skin looks and feels nice :) #wholepoint. Have you tried Double Wear from Estee Lauder yet? You can
Are you a full coverage or a tinted moisturizer kinda girl?