Review: Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid

I have just recently become comfortable with exploring new lip colors. I had always been a simple gloss type of girl ever since I out grew my obsession with chocolate lips in the 90’s, however, I’ve started to play with color and I’m finding that I actually kinda like it! Enter in Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid.

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Review: Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a natural living go-to. You can eat it, put it on your skin, put it on your baby, and even paint with it. We use coconut oil as our primary baby skin care. We use it to prevent diaper rash and treat the few that pop up and it’s completely safe! We’ve never had build up issues. We also use it as Alex’s “lotion”.

You want to find an unrefined coconut oil for use on the skin. My favorite is Dr. Bronner’s.

Photo from drbronner.com

Not only is it unrefined, but it’s also organic and fair trade. It just doesn’t get better than that! Ok well, maybe it does. Dr. Bronner’s is generally available in most markets. (Here in little ol’ Abilene you can find it at Drug Emporium and Natural Grocers. It may be available elsewhere but that’s where I’ve seen it.) Dr. Bronner’s also doesn’t fetch as hefty a price as some of the comparable coconut oils. Off the Dr. Bronner’s website it’s about $11 for 14 ounces. That’s not a bad price!

Diaper Review: Chickapea Baby Extended Tab Prefolds


I am an avid pocket diaper lover. They comprise most of my stash, but don’t really work for us over night. Alex is just too heavy of a wetter. We’ve been using a couple of fitteds at night but were getting leaks. The diapers were soaked in the morning and so were his jammies. So, even though I was not particularly interested in prefolds, I jumped at the chance to try Chickapea Baby Extended Tab Perfolds.

Chickapea Baby Extended Tab Prefolds

Chickapea Baby is a mom-owned business run by Melony, mom to four here in Abilene. Current offerings include the homemade extended tab prefolds, cloth wipes, teething jewelry or “bling”, and boingos. You can read my review of the boingo here.

I prepped the diaper and booster on the stovetop to make it a bit quicker and hung both pieces on the line. Putting the diaper on seemed a little daunting, but I studied Melony’s instructions and practiced a few times diapering a stuffed animal first. I was able to get the diaper on and secured properly. I was pretty proud of this and may have done a little happy dance. (No judging.) I will say that when Alex is particularly squirmy, it can be a challenge. I think once I’ve gotten more used to it, I’ll be able to do it faster.

We had no leaks that night! Or any other night we’ve used this diaper. Some nights, the diaper doesn’t even feel soaked all the way through. I’m using a hemp diaper with a booster “insert” for added absorbency. Overall, it’s a great diaper and much less daunting than it seemed! I might just be a prefold convert!

We’re trying to find the cover that will work for us but have used a Flip and a Sweet Pea cover with success. After the diaper was prepped I just included it with our regular diaper laundry. It does take longer to dry then my pockets, but it’s so much thicker!

I’ve already picked up another medium (the size Alex fits now) and have ordered two larges for when he grows out of this size, which probably won’t be any time soon. You can get the diapers in hemp (what we used) or bamboo. There are a variety of prints. We have “All Crabby” (so cute!) and a striped one.

I received our All Crabby diaper at a discounted price as part of a small test group. I was not compensated for this review.