Binxy Baby: A Target Mom’s BFF

Yesterday Lawson and I ventured out for his first real shopping trip. I say his first real one because the first time we attempted a Target run we had to leave almost immediately because he was hungry and I wasn’t wearing nursing-friendly clothes. Definitely a rookie mistake. I had a couple of gift cards and haven’t bought new clothes for myself in forever, so I grabbed Lawson, his diaper bag, and our Binxy Baby. Binxy Baby is a Target mom’s bff- and you’re about to find out why!

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

I haven’t ventured out with Lawson by myself to go shopping, but we have gone out and done other things around town. Usually I babywear because he loves being close to me and I love that I don’t need to lug a big car seat or stroller. However, since I needed new clothes I knew babywearing wouldn’t be an option. I could’ve done the car seat, but it’s unsafe to put on top of a shopping cart and I am pretty short so if I put him in the basket, I would’ve had a hard time reaching him. I also thought, “Where would I put him while I tried on clothes?” The Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock just made the most sense.

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

Since I’d never used it before, I parked next to the shopping cart corral in the Target parking lot and grabbed a basket. Putting the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock on the cart was incredibly easy. I opened it up, put the plastic clips on the cart, strapped it on with the velcro straps, grabbed Lawson out of his car seat, and clipped him into the harness. Literally took me seconds!

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

We had a blast going all over Target, but being the Wacoans we are, we couldn’t help but enjoy ourselves in the Magnolia: Hearth & Hand section before heading to find some clothes.  While all around the store I had several people comment on how cool the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock was and everyone asked where I got it because it was so handy. It rolls up and fits easily in a diaper bag, which makes the Binxy Baby all the more awesome.

Binxy Baby is a Target Mom's Bff! Check out how this awesome product will change how you shop with a baby!

I think next time we take Lawson out and Mathew comes, we’ll try the Binxy Baby with Lawson’s car seat because you can totally do that too! Mathew is a bit taller than me so it’ll be the perfect height for him. For now, Binxy Baby is definitely this Target mom’s bff.

Get 10% off your Binxy Baby! There are so many cute patterns!

A Greener, Cleaner Home with Marley’s Monsters (plus 4 easy essential oil DIYs!)

This post on A Greener, Cleaner Home with Marley’s Monsters is sponsored. I received products in exchange for my review.

Turn your home into a greener, cleaner home with sustainable products from Marley's Monsters and Young Living essential oils. These DIYs are easy to make and cost pennies!

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m searching for unique gifts to give my friends and family. I love supporting small or local businesses and I happened to stumble upon one this summer on Instagram called Marley’s Monsters. Marley’s Monsters has friendly living essentials for the crunchy family, and boy, does that check off a lot of people on my Christmas list!

I immediately was drawn to their Unpaper Towels, their Cloth Wipes with the ReCap lid, the most adorable Glass Spray Bottle and Cover, and the prettiest facial rounds I’ve ever seen. We use so many paper products in our home and we spend so much money constantly buying them all! I am all about saving money and not only are these great for our family, but all my Young Living friends who are trying to make the switch to a greener, cleaner home. Once I got my hands on these products from Marley’s Monsters, I couldn’t help but make some easy essential oil DIYs for our house!

Turn your home into a greener, cleaner home with sustainable products from Marley's Monsters and Young Living essential oils. These DIYs are easy to make and cost pennies!

Marley’s Monsters Glass Spray Bottle and Cover and Thieves Household Cleaner Multipurpose Spray:

This glass spray bottle from Marley’s Monsters is so cute and I love that it has a cover so it doesn’t slip out of my clumsy hands. I use my Thieves Household Cleaner and pour 1/2 a cap full into my spray bottle and then fill it to the top with distilled water. I also added an additional 3 drops of Lemon essential oil for getting out tough messes easily. Because Thieves Household Cleaner uses Lemon essential oil, it’s necessary to use glass to store it in. Citrus essential oils are known to eat petrochemicals (the chemicals made to use plastics) so having a glass spray bottle is essential. I use this multipurpose spray EVERYWHERE in my entire home. Literally. If you look under my kitchen cabinet it’s the only spray bottle of cleaner I have.

Thieves Household Cleaner has replaced our glass spray, furniture spray, tub and tile cleaner, sink scrub, floor cleaner, carpet cleaner, stain remover for clothes, ring cleaner, and so so much more. If it needs to be cleaned, we grab our Thieves Household Cleaner and that’s it! One bottle lasts me an entire year (and I use it constantly!) so I saved a ton of money when I grabbed the Thieves Premium Starter Kit because it has TWO bottles!

Turn your home into a greener, cleaner home with sustainable products from Marley's Monsters and Young Living essential oils. These DIYs are easy to make and cost pennies!

Marley’s Monster’s Unpaper Towels and Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Can I just tell you how much these Marley’s Monsters Unpaper Towels are saving us?! In our home, we’ve been using paper towels for everyone to dry their hands since Addie came home- because germs. Many people don’t wash their hands as long as they should to get the germs off their hands and when you use a hand towel, it’s likely filling with germs each time someone uses it. Yuck! In order to keep Addie healthy we made the switch to paper towels when she came home. We have spent SO much money on paper towels that it’s ridiculous. When I saw these insanely cute Unpaper Towels from Marley’s Monsters I knew I needed to get my hands on them. Not only would the Unpaper Towels save us money, but they would still help us keep germs at bay because guests would use them one time and toss them in a little laundry basket! Then, all we have to do is wash them (I put them in a little lingerie bag so they all stay together) and put them back on the roll! Super easy!

I always keep homemade foaming hand soap in all of our bathrooms, but especially in Addie’s bathroom. It’s easy to make, costs me pennies, and I don’t have to run to the store every time I need some. In a foaming soap bottle, add 2 tbsp baby castile soap, 1 tsp vegetable glycerin, and 8 drops of Thieves essential oil and 2 drops of Lemon essential oil (both found in the Premium Starter Kit!) You’ll find that when you make this soap, it’ll take you a minute or less and you can really use 10 drops of any Young Living essential oil to scent your soap!

Turn your home into a greener, cleaner home with sustainable products from Marley's Monsters and Young Living essential oils. These DIYs are easy to make and cost pennies!

Marley’s Monsters Cloth Wipes with the ReCap lid and Thieves

If you watch my Instagram stories, I make a lot of Thieves wipes. I usually buy Water Wipes and make my Thieves cleaner that way, but the wipes themselves can get costly month after month. I absolutely adore the Marley’s Monsters Cloth Wipes with the ReCap lid and decided to try making Thieves wipes with them. I wasn’t sure what it’d be like since they were fabric, but I love them so much! Not only are the cloth wipes adorable but they are sturdy enough for tough messes (my stove looks awful after I cook).

In a measuring cup I poured 1 cap full of Thieves Household Cleaner and then poured enough distilled water to total 1 cup. Then I just poured the mixture into my recap lid container with the cloth wipes and BOOM- I was done! I love using the cloth Thieves wipes on my tables, counters, stove, and yes- even to clean up dog accidents. The recap lid on this is AWESOME and makes it easy to pull out one wipe at a time. If you want to gift this for Christmas like I will be, make sure to tell your recipient that Thieves is non-toxic. The combo of the Marley’s Monsters Cloth Wipes with the ReCap lid and the Thieves cleaner are perfect for little ones to help around the house safely and easily!

Turn your home into a greener, cleaner home with sustainable products from Marley's Monsters and Young Living essential oils. These DIYs are easy to make and cost pennies!

Marley’s Monsters Facial Rounds and DIY toner

Although this isn’t cleaning related, I couldn’t help but try these facial rounds from Marley’s Monsters. I go through lots of facial rounds as part of my skincare routine and these were so cute that I couldn’t help myself! These rounds are made of 2 layers 100% cotton flannel in mixed prints and the flannel becomes more absorbent after the first few washes. I like to keep them on a cute little mini plate in my bathroom so I can just grab as I need. If you have a friend that enjoys pampering herself at the end of a long day, definitely grab these facial rounds! I have a whole Young Living beauty routine- wash my face with Orange Blossom Face Wash, scrub my face with the Satin Mint Facial Scrub, tone with my homemade toner, add my favorite essential oil beauty serum, and then top off with some Sheerlume moisturizer. These facial rounds work perfectly with my homemade toner and feel so soft against the face. They’re easy to wash too. I just throw them in a lingerie bag, wash and dry, and put back onto my little mini plate in my bathroom!

To make the toner you’ll need a 2 oz plastic spray bottle, unscented witch hazel, Lavender essential oil, Frankincense essential oil, and Copaiba essential oil (all found in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit!) With the plastic spray bottle I add 10 drops of Young Living Lavender, 5 drops of Frankincense, and 5 drops of Copaiba. Then, I pour to the top with witch hazel. Lightly shake and then spray onto your face. Wipe your face with the Marley’s Monsters facial rounds and you’re on your way to glowing skin!

Turn your home into a greener, cleaner home with sustainable products from Marley's Monsters and Young Living essential oils. These DIYs are easy to make and cost pennies!

If you’re looking to find a unique and sustainable gift for yourself or a friend or family member this holiday season, grab these goodies from Marley’s Monsters and a Young Living Premium Starter Kit. You absolutely won’t regret saving so much money and having less trash.

Which DIY with Marley’s Monsters and Young Living are you going to try? Which Marley’s Monsters product is your favorite?

Braised Balsamic Short Ribs and Creamy Polenta

This post on Braised Balsamic Short Ribs and Creamy Polenta was sponsored on behalf of H-E-B. All opinions stated are my own.

Looking for a stick-to-your-ribs winter dinner recipe? These Braised Balsamic Short Ribs and Creamy Polenta are SO good, you'll want to make it over and over again! So grab your Cocinaware Dutch Oven, and get cooking!

It’s finally starting to feel somewhat like winter here in Texas and I couldn’t be happier. Winter brings so much nostalgia to me. I recall the first time I came to Waco and met Mathew’s family one special New Years day, I think of our wedding and how we just celebrated 5 years last week, I think of numerous skiing trips to New Mexico with my family, and baking cookies with my cousin Monica and my Aunt Gloria. Winter not only brings nostalgia for fond memories, but excitement for stick-to-your-ribs kinds of foods. Sometimes though, as much as I love them, I get sick of chili or soup. I’m not alone in this, right? I stumbled upon a recipe for Braised Balsamic Short Ribs from H-E-B with creamy polenta and was so excited for a change in our usual recipe rotation.

Looking for a stick-to-your-ribs winter dinner recipe? These Braised Balsamic Short Ribs and Creamy Polenta are SO good, you'll want to make it over and over again! So grab your Cocinaware Dutch Oven, and get cooking!

In order to make my Braised Balsamic Short Ribs, I went to H-E-B and grabbed all my groceries. Guys, I go to H-E-B so much that the cashiers jokingly give me grief (especially when I get the tiny basket and play Tetris to see if I can make all my groceries fit.) This recipe calls for:

Grapeseed oil
All purpose flour
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Bone‑in beef short ribs
Shallot, minced
Fresh garlic, minced
Fennel, medium dice
Organic beef stock
Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon
H‑E‑B Pepper Toppers Jalapeno Sweet Balsamic Reduction
Fresh thyme
Bay leaves
Lamb’s Stone Ground Yellow Corn Meal, Original Coarse Grind
Looking for a stick-to-your-ribs winter dinner recipe? These Braised Balsamic Short Ribs and Creamy Polenta are SO good, you'll want to make it over and over again! So grab your Cocinaware Dutch Oven, and get cooking!
…and to cook it all in? a Cocinaware 5.2 quart Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven from H-E-B. This dutch oven is magical. I absolutely love it and it’s the perfect pot for this meal. If you don’t have a dutch oven, it’s time to invest in one- particularly this one from Cocinaware. I got mine in a gorgeous Aqua and it matches my Kitchenaid mixer! The Cocinaware Dutch Oven is great for any recipe that requires braising, soups, stews, casseroles, beans, or your favorite Texas chili recipe. I say that it’s “magical” because it can cook on the stovetop, on a grill, and even in the oven. Plus, it’s so pretty from the enamel coloring, that you can put it straight to the table for a beautiful serving piece.
Looking for a stick-to-your-ribs winter dinner recipe? These Braised Balsamic Short Ribs and Creamy Polenta are SO good, you'll want to make it over and over again! So grab your Cocinaware Dutch Oven, and get cooking!
After making the Braised Balsamic Short Ribs from H-E-B, Mathew proclaimed it was the “best meal ever” and licked his plate clean. I’ve never had braised short ribs before, and I will never try another recipe for one because this one is tried and true! The H‑E‑B Pepper Toppers Jalapeno Sweet Balsamic Reduction give these short ribs an unexpected spicy kick, while the wine brings sweetness to it. Although the recipe called for transferring to a slow cooker, I actually just kept my short ribs in my Cocinaware Dutch Oven the entire time (from searing all the way til they were done.) Less mess is best, right? If you keep your Braised Balsamic Short Ribs in the dutch oven, just put it on low/medium-low for 6-8 hours so those deliciously sticky, spicy, and sweet ribs can fall off the bones.

I bet you’re dying for the recipe now, right? You can get the recipe for the Braised Balsamic Short Ribs right here!

If you try it, come back and tell us how much you loved it! Now go grab yourself a Cocinaware 5.2 quart Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven and get to cooking. You won’t regret it!