Genevieve’s Smile: Support my small business

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Hello friends!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have been hard at work updating my Etsy shop and posting lots of new items for you to browse and enjoy!  I want to encourage everyone to stop by, look around, and (hopefully) decide to buy something.  Is my shop not really your style?  Well, consider sharing our shop link with a friend!  If you choose to shop a small business, you are helping a family.  I do my best to offer the lowest prices I can and I work hard to make each item special and unique.  Don’t see something you like?  Request a custom order and I will make something special just for you!

What is Genevieve’s Smile?

Genevieve’s Smile is a small business I started in honor of my daughter. I take pride in designing and creating hair bows, barrettes, bow holders, and jewelry!  Right now I am even sending out a free gift with your first purchase!

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GenevievesSmile/

Shop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GenevievesSmile/

Instagram: #Genevievessmile (we don’t have a dedicated account for Genevieve’s Smile yet, but feel free to share your pictures using our hashtag)

 

 

 

 

Wrapping Christmas Gifts – Ashley’s Method

I am not sure how long I have done this, but every year I buy multiple rolls of coordinating wrapping paper for the purpose of wrapping the gifts I have purchased in a very distinct way. Im not a fancy wrapper – I rarely even attempt to even add bows.  Every year the gifts wrapped and placed under my tree are according to that year’s distribution chart.

Let me explain. Some people wrap gifts indiscriminately, not caring which gift is wrapped in which paper. Some people purchase multiple wrapping papers with the goal of using a different pattern for each child or family member.  The gifts under my tree are wrapped in patterns according to the household they will be delivered too.

Thats right, I color code the gifts under my tree based on their final destination. See, my parents are divorced and my dad’s parent’s host their own holiday celebration, and since meeting my husband, we also celebrate a separate event with his family. You read correctly – my family celebrates 4 Christmases – and they are spread all over the map (ok, Just Arkansas and Texas).

When I am making quick jaunts for a holiday, its too much work to sort through gifts for everyone and its so embarrassing to show up missing a gift!  Loading the car is so much easier when all I have to do is grab the “dot” paper or the “santa” paper!

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Weight loss update w/ Exciting News!

This past weekend I had the joy of buying new blue jeans.  Now, normally this is the worst torture imaginable, especially for someone who has yet to come to terms with her weight gain (see my posts on Hashimoto’s) and for whom proper blue jean fit has always been hard to find.

Much to my immense excitement, I was able to purchase a pair of size 12 jeans!  Now this may not seem like a big deal to most people.  In fact, I never thought I would be excited to buy a pair of size 12 jeans, especially when I was still a size 6 (Ha!).  However, since I went up 3 dress sizes between my diagnosis with Hashimoto’s in March of 2012 and my wedding in October of 2012 and an additional 3 dress sizes between my wedding and the start of my pregnancy in December of 2013, my perspectives have changed!

When I bought my wedding dress in January 2012 I weighed aprox. 145 lbs and wore a size 6, when I got pregnant I weighed aprox. 183 lbs, and when I delivered my daughter in August of 2014 I weighed 225 lbs.  Today I weigh 168.6 lbs!  I have dropped from a pant size 16 to a size 12, a shirt size XL to a size L (medium if its man sized or unisex), and size L dress (as long as it give a little – hazards of a busty girl).

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Left is me today wearing my new jeans. Right is me trying them on at Old Navy.

In other news….

I can finally wear my wedding and engagement rings again!!!!  

During my pregnancy, I swelled up really dramatically (I couldnt wear any shoes other than wide flip flops after 12 weeks) and as a result I had to take my rings off (and I barely got them off) at 10 weeks!  Today was the first day that I have been able to wear them again!  I guess its just another example of how pregnancy and giving birth change your body, since I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight within a couple of months of delivering.

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My wedding and engagement rings fit!

And of course my husband had a silly response to my excitement…

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Diapers: My choice

When I was pregnant I did a ton of research and read lots of mommy blogs and reviews about diapers.  After all this reading I knew that I was 100% going to use Pamper’s Swaddlers, but consider other options when my daughter outgrew Swaddlers because I wanted to avoid Pamper’s Dry Max product.

When G was born we used Pamper’s Swaddlers in the Newborn size for about a month and we LOVED them!  I knew my choice had been correct!  Then came the time to switch to size 1s and boy were we in trouble!  The Pampers Swaddlers size 1s were huge on G!  You could see straight through the leg holes!  Its almost like they were 1 1/2s…lol.  Pampers just weren’t going to work for us anymore.

We used Huggies Little Snugglers for awhile and during the time we were using them, they had a product change.  I noticed the inside of the newer huggies seemed kind of quilted.  I like the newer version of the Huggies much better than the old ones.

Diaper Sizing

(I meant to take a picture comparing diaper sizes by brand, but in the craziness that is new motherhood, I never made the time.  I look a bit around the web and couldn’t really find a picture that really showed the size differences in the diaper brands.)

At one point I had Pamper’s Swaddlers, Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Up and Up (Target), Huggies Little Snugglers, and Honest Company diapers in Size one.  This would have made a great photo, so I am sorry I didnt take the time to make one.

Since I dont have a photo, I will do my best with a description.

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive are slightly larger than regular Pamper’s Swaddlers.  Up and Up, Huggies, and Honest Company are similar in size, but are different in shape.  The Up and Up brand are more rounded in the bottom area, almost U shapped, while Huggies and Honest Company diapers are more rectangular.  Up and Up are fluffier feeling, Huggies are the softest, and Honest Company seem kind of stiff.

(**Oh look I did find a picture.  This picture is from the miny-moe.com website.  I am not endorsing the site, because I have never used them, but I want to give them credit for the picture.)

Honest Company, Pampers Swaddlers, Huggies Little Snugglers, Up and Up,  Parent’s Choice, and Luvs

Choosing a new diaper:

During our Size 1 days I received an email from Honest Company offering me 50% off of up to 3 subscriptions.  I believe I received this email because I had signed up for the trial to get samples and then immediately canceled because we had a ton of diapers in the closest.  I redeemed the coupon for 1 month of Size 1s and 1 month of Size 2s and then canceled the subscriptions again. 
When we ran out of the Huggies we started using the Honest Company and it was love at first diapering!  The prints are so cute, they fit G great (she is tall and skinny), and they after figuring up the cost utilizing a subscription, they weren’t any more costly than Pampers or Huggies.
We used Honest Company with no complaint until we went up a size to the Size 2s and then ran out of our Honest Company stockpile.  We had some Huggies in the closet so my husband wanted to use them up before we reordered our Honest Company subscription.  After 1 day of using the Huggies my husband was adamant we find a store and go by more Honest Company diapers right then!  He hated the Huggies!  I dont know why they worked so well for us when G was wearing Size 1s, but not that she is wearing Size 2s she keeps exploding out of and peeing through the Huggies diapers.  Some days twice!!!  We have now used Huggies for a week and I am so glad our new subscription of Honest Company has arrived!
The Cost: Do Pretty and Awesome diapers cost more than the others? (*based on Sz 2)

Target
Pampers Swaddlers 92 pack – $24.99 – 27 cents each
Huggies Little Snugglers 92 Pack – $24.99 – 27 cents each
Honest Company 34 pack – 35 cents each
Honest Company Subscription
240 diapers, 4 packs of wipes – $79.95 (delivered to your door – Free shipping)
  • If you subtract the cost of the wipes $4.99 each (same price as target) then you are looking at a base price of $59.99 which is 25 cents per diaper.
Its  clear!  Honest Company diapers are cheaper!!!! Plus you get to pick your designs and you dont have to go to the store!  I also really like that they are Chlorine free, plant based, and fragrance free!  Its a bonus that Honest Company wipes were already our favorite (our second favorites are Water Wipes).  You can also earn rewards at towards your Honest Company account (click here to order yours and help me earn rewards!), you can cancel your subscription at any time, and you can decide how often you want your order shipped!