Potty Training a Stubborn Boy

Let me just say potty training is the worst! And those of you who had perfectly easy children with 0 accidents I envy you. I have been attempting potty training on and off for over a year. Yes you read that right. And when it comes down to it the main thing I learned was that your child has to be ready and you have to be ready.

So Monday morning I decided I was ready and I felt my son was too. But most importantly I was ready. We have been living in a hotel that is very similar to an apartment over the past, almost, 2 months. This place has cement floors so I decided to use this to my advantage. Monday morning I took all his diapers away. I hid them and told him NO MORE! Keep in mind over the past year I have tried every potty training method there is. Naked, bribes, potty chairs, big celebrations. . The list goes on.

My mother got a pack of his favorite character underwear. In our case my little one is Obsessed with superhero’s and loves Spider-Man most of all. I told him that superhero’s use the potty and do not pee in their pants. I also told him not to pee on Spider-Man because that’s not nice!

I drink a ton of water myself so I simply took him to the potty each time I went and had him pee. He will usually go every time for me. I still always ask him a million times a day if he needs to go. Sometimes he says yes, sometimes no, and sometimes he just pulls his underwear off and heads towards the bathroom. A few random times he’s told me he had to go. When he does I make the most insanely huge deal. I clap, I high five, I hoop and holler and I let him pick out a sticker to put on a big poster board so he can see all the good jobs he has done! And when he poops on the potty I have a bucket of hot wheels that I let him pick one.

100% do not give in to diapers. Unless you or your little one is just not ready. I quit many times because I wasn’t ready. During nap time and at night I do use a pull up but I have explained he can’t pee in them and that they are sleeping underwear. They also have a character on them so again I tell him not to pee on chase or Marshall (paw patrol). He goes all night with out peeing. So we have had great success but it’s not perfect. The main thing is he is learning and I am not spending tons of money on diapers! Stickers are so much cheaper lol!

I hope some of these ideas work for you! Let me know in the comments and any questions you may have. And yes I still leave the house whenever I want. I’ve read methods where they don’t leave for days. I left day 1, twice! I took him to pee before we left and if I’m gone longer than an hour I take him in the store and then when we get home.

Xoxo erin

Boxycharm..

Hey everyone! How is your week treating you? Today I wanted to take a little time to talk about boxycharm. As you know if you’ve been a reader for a while I am obsessed with getting my boxycharm box each month, but lately I’ve been a little underwhelmed.

I usually do a monthly post sharing what goodies I received and what an amazing deal it is. While it still is the best deal out there and it’s fun to get new products to try out I have not been in love with what I’ve been getting. I haven’t made the post the last month or two because we have been moving and traveling and so I currently do not have an address.

So let’s take this months box. We all received a face oil primer type of product that I will literally never open. I also received a face serum of which I also will probably never touch. I am excited about the Becca setting powder and the lip liner and that alone pays for the box and more but I just don’t know. I don’t expect to love every product but this and upcoming boxes just don’t feel exciting anymore. I really feel like they have grown almost too big and can’t give everyone products that they would really want? Also I find it extremely frustrating that youtubers, influencers, and people like the kardashians are receiving the box… These people already get every makeup item out there for free and are more than able to pay for the box if they choose. But them getting the box early and with the very best variations of the box is not right.

I know I’m venting a bit but they really need to focus on those of us who pay and not on people who are getting all the products directly from brands already!!

What are your thoughts? Let me know!

Xoxo erin

Today is the day!

Hey friends! Listen up because I am about to spill some truth. How many times have you watched someone do something amazing and think wow they are incredible! I wish I could be like that. Or of course they did that, they are amazing. ??? Why!? You are amazing too! I’ve done some reflecting in my time off and I watch all these amazing people do incredible things and I finally woke up.

I am incredible too!

We sell ourselves short because our subconscious mind tells us we can’t do things or that it’s too hard. Let’s get real, achieving the things we truly want in life takes hard work! And not giving up during the hard times is even harder!!

Lately I would keep telling myself that I don’t have time to do things for myself because I have two babies to take care of and a house to keep in order and 3 meals to make a day and then keep these kids clean, change 15 diapers a day and in between it all try and sneak a shower. Most days I found myself lucky if I was able to take a nap if the lord blessed me with both kids napping at the same time. But I woke up and realized that that napping during that blessing was only selling myself short. That is a free hour that I could read, write, or workout, or do any number of things to work on my self development as a person.

We are in control of our happiness so take a more conscious look at how you spend your time and how you use your words. Stop talking yourself down. Tell yourself that you are worthy of your dreams and you are just as awesome as the people you watch on social media!

I have always had a dream of writing a book and I let it go. But I’m taking more conscious action to work hard on my business and work on my book!

Get healthy! Click here and leave your email below and I would be ecstatic to help you on this journey!

Xoxo

Erin Renae

Summer favorites!

Hello friends. I took some time and tried to address myself and who I wanted to be and consistent is a downfall area in my life since I had kids. I realized why am I not writing since I take a chunk of time to pump while the kids are still asleep in the morning. So instead of playing games on my phone I will be more dedicated to myself and my goals! 💚

We are currently packing up some things in the house to prepare to be “homeless” (going to live with my parents) while we find a new house. A lot of big changes are going on in our family with my husband getting out of the military and moving into the civilian world. And basically that has left us not knowing where in The world we are moving! All this travel has left me with a perfected skin and makeup routine of my favorite and essential products and here they are!!

Must have skincare

  • Prep work cleansing polish. This gently scrubs and exfoliates my skin leaving it super clean and smooth. It’s a must have, especially for makeup days! Find it here!
  • Prep work overnight face jelly. This over night moisturizer has been a game changer. My skin is soo dry since having kids and after just one night of using this product my skin is left baby soft. I love that these product are natural, clean, and vegan formulated. I can feel good about what goes on my skin. Find it here!
  • Prep work micellar water. This is my favorite cleanser for no makeup days and lazy days! It’s so quick and easy and leaves my skin super cleaner and I love that it is a no rinse formula. Find it here!
  • RE9 advanced corrective eye cream. Sometimes I literally forget I am almost 30! Like what?! I still feel I am 22… yea. This eye cream is my favorite. Keeps me looking what I am feeling lol Find it here!

There are so many more skincare products I could add but I will do a separate post on my skincare routine!

Makeup must haves

  • I have recently been doing my makeup a little different which I will do an in-depth post on. I have been loving the PUR love your selfie foundation. It gives a full but natural coverage and the applicator is great! Also with 100 shades, there is a color for everyone. Grab it here
  • Cover fx perfector face palette. This palette gives you 2 highlighters, contour, blush, brightened, and a finishing powder and they are all awesome! Perfect for traveling and the formula is super creamy and blendable. I am obsessed. Grab it here!
  • Arbonne speak volumes mascara. Omg look no further for your new favorite and best mascara you will ever use! Find it here!
  • Urban decay naked reloaded palette. This is a great neutral palette and allows you to make soft or bold looks. It’s a perfect everyday palette. Grab it here!

I will be doing a post on my go to makeup look and breaking down each product very soon!

You can save money on all the “find it here” links by signing up as a preferred client. I hope you enjoy all my favorite items. There are so many more but I don’t wanna overwhelm y’all!

Xoxo erin

Make Waves Boxycharm May 2018

Friends! It’s the best time of the month, I just got my boxycharm box delivered and I’ve immediately ripped it open so I could see what I got and share it with you!

I am beyond obsessed with this box. I will literally use everything! It may be my favorite box I’ve ever gotten. So let’s dive in!

  1. Glamglow – gentlebubble cleanser MSRP 28$. Everyone loves a good cleanser and my husband is excited for this one. I’m dedicated to my Arbonne but it smells really good and will definitely get used!
  2. Alamar – colorete blush trio MSRP 22$. I’m so excited with this blush palette. It is gorgeous and so pigmented!
  3. Ciate London – eye lustre creme eyeshadow MSRP 22$. This metallic, glittery, full coverage eyeshadow is stunning and looks amazing.
  4. Dose of Colors – liquid matte lipstick MSRP 18$. Long wear, matte lippie is stunning! I got the shade coral crush and it is totally my style! I’m so obsessed and this item makes me love my box the most!
  5. Last but not least I received a Mellow – Brow Definer MSRP 18$. Non greasy and long wearing. I’m always game for a new brow product!

The box value is 108$! That is such an awesome deal! I will be diving into these products immediately! Are you a charmer? What did you receive?

Peace, Love, and Boxy!

It’s that time of the month again! April 2019 boxycharm box. So yesterday was my birthday, so it feels like a gift to get my box! Also I know I’ve been gone a while but I just had a baby and life with a newborn and a 2 year old is exhausting. I will be uploading my birth story soon and much more.

Here we go!

First up we received the Pur festival palette. This palette is so gorgeous and perfect for creating fun looks for nights out or festival season! MSRP 36$

We also received the summer daze brush set from luxie. It includes a contour brush and two eyeshadow brushes. 28$

Next up I got an artist couture diamond glow powder. These highlighters are soooo bomb! If you’ve never tried them do yourself a favor and go get one ASAP! MSRP 27$

In my box I received the Appeal cosmetics holographic lip gloss. This will be a great lip topper because I own so many matte lippies that I could use a little shine! MSRP 21$

Lastly I got a bodyography eye pencil. It feels a bit stiff but further testing will confirm whether or not that is the case. MSRP 14$

Over all this box is so bomb! I can’t wait to play with the palette and glow to heaven with the highlighter!!

Till next time my loves!!!

Xoxo erin

La Vie en Rose Boxyluxe, March 2019

OMG friends I have never been so excited for a box before! I literally got everything I wanted in this box with the exception of one hiccup I can forgive because everything else was so bomb! I have a lot to get through so I am gonna jump on in!

  • First look at this super adorable train case! It is the perfect size for travel and will be perfect for all my toiletries in my hospital bag! Giving birth in 2 weeks and this will be so cute!msrp: 20$
  • Up next we got a pair of limited edition faux mink Lilly Lashes! These will definitely be a favorite of mine and the band is so thin and light weight! MSRP: 24.99$
  • Next we received two face brushes from MODA. They are cruelty free and super soft! Perfect for dusting and blending powders! MSRP: 30$
  • Up next I got the Deborah Lippmann nail polish duo!! I already painted my nails with them. The colors are stunning and moody. So happy to have received these! MSRP: 20$
  • Then I received the Iconic London sculpt and boost eyebrow cushion. This eyebrow product does not budge or feather from testing on my hand. I can’t wait to try it on my brows. Hopefully it’s not too dark! MSRP: 40$
  • Next up is the Ultimate Lipstick Love by Becca in the shade Scarlet. I finally received a lipstick I will wear!!!! I hate getting nudes because they just don’t look great on me. But this bold red is right up my ally!! MSRP: 24$
  • We all received the Cover FX Perfector Face Palette. This looks absolutely amazing, my only hiccup is I got the medium-deep shade and it is so dark for me. Hopefully my mom or best friend got the light and can trade. Otherwise it’ll make a pretty eyeshadow palette. I’m staying positive lol MSRP: 45$
  • Next is the Morphe eyeshadow palette in the shades brunch babe!! I may be most excited for this because this is the exact palette I wanted. It is soooo stunning!! I love it!!MSRP: 16$
  • We got the It Cosmetics confidence in a cream moisturizer. This product will be going to my mom. I only use Arbonne skincare and feel it can’t be beat but this is a great value! MSRP: 48$
  • Last but not least we received a Wander Beauty Lift Off mask. MSRP: 34$ Again this will be going to my mom because I only use Arbonne skincare. If you are interested in Arbonne please email me and a link will be left below 💚

That’s it friends! Isn’t this an amazing haul! I seriously cannot believe how good it is!

Xoxo Erin

erintrevathan.arbonne.com

Makemommyup@gmail.com 💚