Monday, December 10, 2018

Vlogmas Day 10: Movie Night

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Childhood Favorites: The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

I have a fond memory from when I was younger of a Thanksgiving, where after the Macy's parade, the TV played The Nutcracker Prince. I remember being totally enamored with this movie, and totally falling in love with Clara and the Nutcracker. For the longest time I didn't know which version of the Nutcracker this was, but today I was lucky enough to find it on Youtube. I wanted to share this with you all, since it is the time of year for The Nutcracker. So, for your viewing pleasure:

Vlogmas Day 8: Shopping for a Holiday Outfit

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Vlogmas Day 7: Making PB Fudge

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Vlogmas Day 6: Going to see Santa!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Vlogmas Day 5: Vegan Nog vs. Eggnog

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Vlogmas Day 4: Gothic Nail Tutorials for the Holidays

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Vlogmas Day 3: International Lolita Day

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Vlogmas Day 2: Christkindlmarkt and Storms!

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Vlogmas Day 1: Decorating for the Holidays

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Winter 2018 Fashion Lookbook

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Late Thanksgiving Post

Hello everyone! Part of catching up is posting the videos from our Thanksgiving week. Hope you will enjoy!

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Vlog-o-ween Catch Up!

Hello everyone! I got really behind on posting the videos from the Youtube channel! If you want to stay the most up to date on videos and what my family is up to, definitely follow the link at the bottom of this post and subscribe to the Youtube channel.

Without Further ado, here is the remainder of the Vlog-o-ween videos:

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

One Product Only Challenge | Witchy Makeup Look

This makeup challenge was prompted by a video posted by Manic Moth on her Youtube Channel (Link in the video description)! I hope it gives you guys some ideas, especially with Halloween coming up!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting for Fall Haul: Mini Vlog

Look forward to Friday's video which is my first ever lookbook for Fall 2018!! :)

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Gothic Mommy Spotlight: Kitty Jitters

Interview with Kitty Jitters

GM: How old are your children and what are their names?

            Kitty Jitters: My son Josef Gallifrey is 6 and my daughter Lydia Enid is 4.

GM: How did you decide on names for your kiddos?

            Kitty Jitters: Josef comes from my husband’s family and Gallifrey is a Dr. Who reference. My daughter us named after Lydia Deetz and Enid Coleslaw (Ghost World).

GM: How was your experience with pregnancy? And what was your experience with labor and delivery?

            Kitty Jitters: I had pretty easy pregnancies luckily. My son's birth was difficult though. We had planned a home birth, but he ended up being breech. He basically turned back around and sat down on my cervix.  I had to go in for a C-section in the end. My daughter was a scheduled C-section, which some people can be judgmental about, but my anxiety was really bad with my 2nd pregnancy and I honestly couldn't have done it mentally another way, I don't think. Oh, and trying to find maternity clothes I didn't hate in stores in Kentucky... good luck! I basically wore pajamas.

GM: How has it been for your children growing up with a "gothically inclined" mommy?

            Kitty Jitters: My kids are still pretty little so they're still not quite sure what they think.

GM: Are they ever embarrassed or do they love your style?

            Kitty Jitters: Now that Josef is in school he's noticed his parents aren't quite like most kids'. Lydia still thinks mommy is the prettiest (for now) but she's obsessed with pink somehow and really wants me to wear baby pink everything.

GM: What is your favorite thing to do with each of your children?

            Kitty Jitters: I love to paint with my son, its one of his favorite things too. Right now my favorite thing to do with Lydia is just to talk. She's going through I hilarious story-telling phase and I want to encourage that imagination.

GM: Do you have any tips for new or expecting mothers?

            Kitty Jitters: Trust yourself, but don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Don't let someone tell you that you can't be yourself because you’re a parent.

GM: Is there anything else you would like to share about your motherhood experience thus far?

            Kitty Jitters: I'm sure my kids will be embarrassed by mommy’s "gothness" eventually, but it’s not as though parents visiting embarrassment upon their children is anything new or shocking.

Besides raising her two children, Kitty Jitters maintains a Youtube Channel and Instagram full of great posts! If you would like to learn more about her, check out the links below!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Homeschooling Lilith: August Update

Hello everyone, the past week I have put out two new videos showcasing what Lilith and I are doing for her preschool at home. Please check out the videos and tell me what you think of our daily learning practice!

Friday, August 3, 2018

saalt Menstrual Cup Review

I purchased the saalt menstrual cup from Amazon after watching several videos on Youtube about how amazing menstrual cups are. They reduce your waste from feminine hygiene products, reduce your risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome, and make your period less painful, horrible, and constricting. It all sounded really great to me! I love anything that reduces waste, and one of my late-in-the-year goals has been to reduce our household waste from products we use frequently around the house. After having my daughter I was (most of the time) unable to use tampons, which led me to having to use pads instead. After a while the normal pads started to cause horrible skin irritation and in turn, switch to pads with "flex foam" which were a bit more expensive, but caused less irritation. However, this didn't solve the issue of wanting to swim but not being able to use tampons without feeling like the painful Sahara desert. Thus my decision to give the menstrual cup a go!

I searched around Amazon looking for the cup with the best reviews. There were several with high reviews, but not every cup works best for every person. After a lot of research, I finally came to the conclusion that I just needed to give one of the cups a try. Finally I decided to give the saalt cup a chance! I liked the description of the type of silicone used in this cup, loved the design of the packaging, the fact that it comes with a discrete bag, and the fact that it can be used up to 12 hours in a row.

When I received the package, I was delighted to see that it wasn't crushed, and everything looked exactly as described. The kit came with the cup, storage bag, instructions, and a little set of information about menstrual cups and what makes saalt's cup unique. I was super excited to try the cup, but had just finished with my cycle. I waited till the next time it started, and inserted the cup when I just began spotting. I had heard this was the best way to insure that there were no leaks at the beginning of your period, as some blood prior to insertion could cause spotting.

Insertion was a bit difficult at first, definitely not as straight forward as a tampon. I decided on the "taco fold" and a slight squat position to insert, this seemed the easiest for me. Once you insert the cup you have to wiggle it a little bit to ensure that it unfolds, then a slight tug will tell if the cup is sealed or needs to be repositioned. It took me a couple of tries the first time, and also an uncomfortable first ten minutes before I realized that it wasn't high enough (it has to be close to the cervix).

It really didn't feel like I was using a product, which was crazy.. I had to keep running to the bathroom to check, but sure enough, no spotting at all. After that it became rather intuitive, rinse the cup when it felt like it might be getting full, or every 12 hours as stated on the packaging. I found that rinsing with cold water got the blood off without staining, and then rinsing in scolding hot water sanitized the cup for reinsertion. There was no odor when using the cup, I hardly felt it, and my cramps (which were definitely not as bad as some people's) were less intense. I used the cup through my whole period, and didn't need any other products the entire time, not even at the end when it was a low flow day. After I was done (my period is short, only around 3 days total), the cup is washed and boiled to sanitize. Then just pop it in the bag to store it for next time.

Overall I would say that the purchase was well worth the money! We ordered it along with a few other products on Amazon, and I would say that total the product was close to $30 with shipping and everything. When you spend $7-12 per month on feminine hygeine products that totals $84-144/year. The menstrual cup lasts for up to ten years, so I would say that the money is definitely well spent. I believe if you are a virgin, or someone who has never used tampons before (I didn't use them until I lost my virginity), this would probably not be something that you could use easily. However, I would recommend that everyone give it a try at some point!

saalt Menstrual Cup on Amazon

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lilith's 3rd Birthday: An Interview

For Lilith's 3rd Birthday, I wanted to start a new tradition. She is starting to become very articulate and I thought, what better than an interview to keep track of her progress through the years. So, without further ado, here is my interview with Ms. Lilith Sue-Ann:

1. What is something mommy always says to you?
     L: Huh? *mumbles* Lightning McQueen
2. What makes you happy?
     L: Lightning McQueen
3. What makes you sad?
     L: Monsters
4. What makes you laugh?
     L: The Pool
5. How old are you?
     L: Lily [explained not who, but how old] Big!
6. How old is mommy?
     L: Big ["Bigger than you?"] Yes!
7. How old is daddy?
     L: Big!! ["Bigger than mommy?"] Yes!
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
     L: Lightning McQueen
9. What are you really good at?
     L: Monsters
10. What are you not very good at?
     L: Not the monsters
11. What did you do today?
     L: Crowns at the supermarket [we tried on play crowns at the dollar store]
12. What is your favorite kind of food?
     L: "Kakitos" [Taquitos]
13. What is your favorite song?
     L: Lightning McQueen song
14. What do you want for your birthday?
     L: An Elevator!!!
15. What is your favorite animal?
     L: Moose!! I like mooses!!
16. What is love?
     L: In my birthday party.
17. What does daddy do for work?
     L: Outside, when it's dark
18. Where do you live?
     L: Animals at the zoo. For my birthday party too.
19. Where is your favorite place to go?
     L: Supermarket, at the toys too!

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These interview questions were found here: Toddler 21 Questions