I would like to start this unfortunate statement with immense gratitude for nearly half a decade of wonderful partnerships, collaborations, and community that wouldn’t have been possible for Tatorthoughts without you.
I regret to inform you that my family was involved in a Motor vehicle accident in late January and needless to say it’s changed many of our plans.
I’m not at liberty to discuss this in much detail for obvious legal reasons but rest assured my family and I are blessed, in good spirits, and receiving the care we need.
We appreciate your thoughtfulness and compassion as we work diligently to get back to 100% and move forward with our lives to make 2023 a wonderful year.
I have several segments planned and I appreciate your grace and willingness to stick around for when they go live. They won’t disappoint!
However, it is currently very difficult for me to write and create graphics for content in my traditional fashion but as always I intend to give you all and Tatorthoughts my highest quality work & never anything less.
Again we are extremely grateful and look forward to everything the remainder of 2023 and our half-decade anniversary has in store for us.
Target has helped me amp up the magic of Christmas this year!
We recently did a Christmas necessity haul at our local Target and got EVERYTHING we needed to *Wrap up* this year right!
(Yes, y’all know me.. a sucker for a good pun.)
After hitting Starbucks for my venti hot white chocolate mocha with extra everything we headed over to the dollar spot and bullseye’s playground to pick up gift bags, tissue paper, and drawstring North Pole Santa sacks (not pictured for obvious reasons)
We headed to the back and the major Christmas display section to hunt for Wondershop wrapping paper I just had to have and got 2 rolls of the new ASL merry Christmas pattern release.
(I may go back for more!)
During the search, we found licensed Spider-Man wrapping paper that we absolutely couldn’t pass up with a major Spidey fan at home!
We found our magic scotch tape and bought 4 rolls because I absolutely refuse to run out and I wholeheartedly tape my presents to death.
And on the way to the checkout line, we also found a limited edition only available at target Christmas countdown book that we just absolutely had to have anyone who knows me or my family can tell you we do holidays in a very big way so a story to read every night was a must-have.
At checkout, my husband grabbed me a Starbucks mocha Frappuccino (the 2022 snowflake edition) because he knows that I need mom fuel to get through the undertaking that is wrapping copious amounts of gifts for everyone we love and stashing them under our tree and all over our house.
I’m absolutely floored by the quality of products and the availability of the things that I truly want and need at my local store I’ve never had an issue with customer service and unlike the majority of places that I have no choice but to shop when I go into target my anxiety lessons instead of flying through the roof.
I’m always grateful for the opportunity to write segments such as this one and to be able to slow down and enjoy little moments I always look forward so dearly every year to picking that year‘s wrapping papers and gift labels and making each year special down to the little minute details that some people would not appreciate or even notice but that’s what the season is about for us slowing down and spending time and effort towards the people that we love and appreciate most.
Merry Christmas. happy holidays and a fantastic new year from everyone at Tatorthoughts and from our house to yours!
We hope you guys have a wonderful safe holiday and we cannot wait to see you in 2023!
It’s no surprise that holidays are a big deal they are for many people and always have been for our family especially with the painful road we had to walk to get to our kids. We soak up and celebrate everything.
Especially the “little” things because they turn into the bigger more meaningful moments long term.
As I’ve mentioned in several past features here we’re huge fans of Unique Baby as a brand and company & the convenience of their availability on Amazon is top tier!
Keeping with tradition we’ve ordered our children’s Thanksgiving outfits for 2022 from unique baby.
Y’all I am absolutely loving my October 2022 ipsy bag!
I honestly didn’t think I was going to love ipsy as much as I do as I’m not super into subscription boxes however.. ipsy gets it right!
October makes my third bag as I received the August glam bag X curated by Alicia Keys.
Y’all know I love October and it’s not just because of my birthday it’s literally because of everything. The weather changes in Georgia and I feel like I’m at peace for three months out of the entire year… if you live in the south you know what I mean.
Hoodies, bonfires, pumpkins, going outside without a plague of mosquitoes or heat stroke, Halloween, hot chocolate, caramel apples y’all I could go on but it would be a shame not to mention that September and October are literally the only times throughout the whole year that I can buy home decor because I use Halloween decorations as 365-day decorations in my house! 😂
Anyways back to Ipsy…
The October bag is described as
“Spooky yet stylish, this month’s bag possesses everything you need for frightfully flawless skin and ghoulishly glam looks—all in a bewitching design you voted for. Happy Haul-oween!”
This is a black bag donned with a raised spiderweb, A silver spider zipper, and dark purple trim absolutely my aesthetic but then again I have not yet received a bag that I didn’t absolutely love.
in this month’s bag I received:
Clean beauty brand CHELLA’s Blushing Rose Eyeshadow Palette
E.L.F. COSMETICS Big Mood Mascara in Black
IT COSMETICS Confidence In Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream
SEPHORA COLLECTION Smooth + Blur Primer
Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum with Niacinamide
I love that when you rate products they listen and it helps improve your future bags.
I also really enjoyed the opportunity to give away five free bags to friends this month.
I love eyeshadows but I’m very particular about which ones I use. The same goes for mascara.
And I am working diligently currently to find a good skincare routine supplement that works well for me as I’m still really enjoying my Seint beauty skin care said that I’ve featured on the website before. (if you haven’t already seen that review go check it out!)
As all of you probably know I’m not a girl who enjoys being limited so the more options I have available to me the better and with my combination of skin care needs My ipsy subscription has been a huge help.
I’m loving toners and primers at the moment
And I found these to work really well for my skin.
I fully support self-care and #TreatYourself even if I haven’t always been the best at holding space for that in my own life.
I look forward to my ipsy subscription every month now and I can’t wait to see what the November 2022 ipsy glam bag X box curated by Becky G has in store for me.
Will I continue to receive ipsy bags long-term? I’m not sure. But I do know that some of these products I will be using in preparation for my wedding next year.
And I haven’t yet decided if I will continue receiving glam bag X or if I will drop my subscription down to the classic glam bags only. I have not had any experience so far with glam bag plus so I may try that in the future just to shake things up some.
Overall I feel like the traditional glam bags are well worth the subscription price and I’m currently happy with my choice.
These costumes are some of the most well-made ones we’ve ever bought!
I’m sure as many people know costumes are usually poor quality constructed, they don’t wash or wear well and they attract EVERYTHING from fuzz to mystery glitter and end up looking like you’ve rolled around in a dog bed by the end of the night.
These however were quite the opposite!
I was pleasantly surprised and extremely pleased by the end product.
I loved the Mittens on my sons costume and their ease of use and removal. The interchangeable numbers on both costumes were extremely helpful as this prevents you from having to buy specific costumes just because of the number. Both costumes came with a one and a two for use.
The tights on my daughters costume were very well-made and not see-through at all,
And I liked the fact that the back of her dress was a zipper closure in theory if she wanted to she could wear this dress without the sticker thing number emblem on the front as a very pretty dress, same with the tights!
I need my son‘s number Velcro to his outfit however my daughters was held on by a sticky 3M backing. This was the only drawback I found I wish hers were more reusable as his was.
My husband and I are no stranger to matching as we’ve done it many times however these shirts were extremely cute well-made and easy to purchase directly from Amazon.
Overall this year‘s costume choice was a great one! I’m very happy with the way things turned out and the durability of it all.
my daughter loved the headband that came with her costume however my son wanted anyone other than him to wear the hat that came with his for that I blame sensory issues but he still looked absolutely adorable as thing one and I wouldn’t change a thing!
So far my children have lived up to their character inspirations and been ABSOLUTELY WILD In their costumes but they won’t be this little for long so we are soaking it up for as long as we can. I’d say our first family costume experience was a win!
This year we purchased a size 4T in the shirt and a size 2T in the outfit and they fit perfectly. They wear and wash well, and are the perfect attire for any pumpkin patch visit and other fall family fun.
I’m always very pleased with my purchases from unique baby and it will be a very sad day when my children inevitably outgrow the sizes that they offer. Although I’m sure that will be quite some time beings as they offer matching parent sets as well.
It’s always a joy to create these special memories with my family. They don’t stay little for long!
I just received my second ipsy subscription bag and I’m loving it.
The holographic bag is giving me all the nostalgic vibes from being a kid in the early 2000s! this months bag is packed full of goodies and described as: “Whenever you lose sight of how strong and capable you are, this month’s bag design is a loud and proud reminder that no matter what comes your way—you got this!”
in this bag I received:
CIATÉ LONDON Definer Liner in Starburst
This is a brand that I haven’t previously heard of maybe I live under a rock I don’t know but this is one of the best metallic liners I’ve ever owned and I love it!
GOLDFADEN MD Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Concentrate
I’ve had dark circles my entire life so I’m genuinely hoping this lessens them quite a bit, and it’s for that reason that I am so glad I get things like this specifically curated for my needs and the things that I enjoy.
HEMPZ Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon Herbal Body Butter
this is again a brand I’ve never heard of and a product I wouldn’t ordinarily buy for myself but I will try anything at least once.
Life is all about broadening your horizons!
MEG COSMETICS Marine Serum Cleanser
this item I chose and I’m extremely glad I did it feels so refreshing on my skin!
TWEEN.TY Tightening Cream
This brand is also new to me however I’m a mom enough said. 😂
LARUCE BEAUTY LR007 Tapered Blending Brush
This month I got a bonus item and that happened to be a brush
i’m really excited to be able to continue to use these products and see how they work long-term and possibly change my purchasing habits based on something new I find that I prefer over my current products.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but summer is rapidly drawing to an end and the 2022 – 2023 school year is right around the corner that means like millions of other students my baby will be going to school..
FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 3 YEARS OLD!
Of course, we had to do back to school right, and thanks to the great people over at Mibasies we did just that!
We’ve decked these kids out in adorable, extremely well made very functional back-to-school items everyone needs from backpacks fit for the smallest of students to lunchboxes pencil cases, and elementary school-sized backpacks for everyone.
Entire MATCHING SETS of fabulous back-to-school staples!
I love how well-constructed these items are as well as their beautiful print options.
Yes, some things are made to match but there are so many different options that you could comfortably mix and match to suit your child’s likes and desires.
You can tell that there is a lot of attention to detail and durability as well as ease of use and parent-child peace of mind.
We know kids will sit things down and lose them and this detail-oriented company has thought about that. Their items have name labels on or inside them preventing total loss should something be dropped, misplaced, or left behind which I LOVE!
The lunchboxes even have buckle handles, exterior water bottle pocket access, and sturdy zippers even the smallest children can use with ease without worrying they’ll break or won’t be able to access their lunch without a struggle. Made from strong and water-resistant polyester fabric with an insulated interior and reinforced stitching these are top-tier lunch bags to fit ANY STYLE! They come in different liter sizes to suit the age of your child and even have interior mesh zipper pockets with three-layer insulation!
(Seriously, as an adult I’m living for some of these products myself and my kids are just as excited!)
The sparkling unicorn lunchbox suits my Girl SO WELL & the adorable positive affirmations listed on the back of the lunchbox are a bonus. it even has a carrying strap she can use to carry it like a purse!
The pencil cases are crush-proof and made of The same sturdy durable material and stitching we’ve come to expect from mibasies as it Carries nicely across all of their products, with an interior removable divider and mesh pocket there is more than enough room! Trust me parents skip those bulky plastic pencil boxes this year we all know they fall and break every chance they get!
I love that you can even label the exterior with your children’s names these were made with PRACTICAL use in mind and I as an educator and parent am totally here for it all!
I love these backpacks and I’m super pleased with the quality and versatility, you don’t find many kid’s backpacks that are both entertaining and aesthetically pleasing while simultaneously being sturdy and functional.
There are several pockets even with the backpack geared towards preschool & kindergarten age and all are well embroidered with the mibasies brand that doesn’t detract from the quality or cute factor.
During my youngest son‘s recent surgery we even took his new Mibasies dinosaur print preschool backpack to the hospital with us! We got so many compliments and it served us so well even on such a chaotic day. Holding everything we needed for him including snacks in the front insulated lunchbox pocket that is attached as one piece to the backpack itself. Which is something we thoroughly enjoy. our Dino lover was not disappointed!
Really words or product photos don’t do this much justice! Even the glitter products are made with STAY PUT GLITTER so your child gets all the glam and personality with none of the fallout mess!
You’ve got to see these products for yourself I could talk all day about the aspects that I love but nothing compares to seeing them in person or seeing your children regardless of age light up with excitement for the upcoming school year.
We are so grateful for our continued partnership with such great companies and so thankful to add the amazing people at mibasies to that list.
Thank you again for the opportunity to post this with permission and share my experience with your products with all who will benefit. These products are worth EVERY PENNEY. We will be long-term customers of Mibasies in every avenue!
If you weren’t already convinced One of my new favorite retailers for all things school can be found on Amazon and even hosted impeccable deals as part of this year‘s prime days.
These products are stylish, functional and giftable we will definitely be purchasing more products from them as the need and desire arises.
I’m not typically someone who indulges in subscription boxes or in this case bags but when I was offered a free one from one of my make-up-loving friends I couldn’t resist. I simply had to see what all the fuss was about and I must say I am more impressed than I thought I would be!
I’m happy with how cute the bag itself was, how well everything was packaged, and the simplicity of everything. I’m also glad I got to pick one of my items because that’s always nice and made it have a more personal feel for me. The only thing I wasn’t thrilled about was knowing everything that I was getting in the bag. I guess it’s nice if you want to know but it should be an option to reveal it or keep it a surprise. It also takes a while to arrive so I wasn’t necessarily expecting that but I guess it’s Okay when you get used to it.
(Does this mean Amazon has me spoiled with their two-day delivery?)
I also got a free trial of their refreshments subscription which was nice to be able to try and see what kind of products they offer however because I’m so particular about specific things like razors and aftercare I don’t think I will continue that portion of my ipsy subscription.
I will say personal preference aside that I think that’s a nice option to have since ipsy bags are delivered once a month depending on your subscription and you wouldn’t have to make any impromptu store runs for shaving supplies or really any of the other things that they offer through the refreshments tab in the app as it would be essentially sent straight to you with your bag. (*glam bag X happens quarterly and if you are a refreshments subscriber you will still receive your refreshments shipment with your glam bag X, even though during those months you will not receive a traditional bag.*)
About the bag: July
“Get whisked away to tranquil waters, sea breezes, and sandy toes. July’s beach-inspired bag invites you to soak in the beauty of the summer.”
Although each bag is different due to product availability and different responses to the Ipsy personal style quiz this is what I received in the July 2022 bag.
ACE BEAUTÉ – Blushed Up Blush in Rosy
BASIC BEAUTY- Lengthy Lashes
PRESTIGE COSMETICS – Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in Smoke
SMASHBOX COSMETICS – Original Smooth & Blur Primer
(This is the item I chose)
THE NUE CO. – Barrier Culture Cleanser
Overall it’s been a positive experience!
I’m pleasantly surprised & I would probably rate this whole thing ..maybe a seven out of ten? Sounds pretty solid to me. it’s not overwhelming but the process was easy, the products I received were quality and I like it overall.
I’ll be back when I get my August glam X order with updates.
2022 has been one of our family’s best years yet, it’s obviously not without hard work though so when we have a reason to celebrate anything we do it and we do it right. You’ll know I’m a mom that is extra AF when it comes to celebrating literally anything – my family doesn’t call me Beverly Goldberg for nothing!
From day one of my children’s lives I’ve always been THAT mom…
•The mom that customizes everything I possibly can.
•The mom that coordinates holiday & themed outfits every time.
•The mom that has been coined the queen of personalization.
And I don’t regret a second! Of course, I know one day all of this will come to an end with my kids no longer wanting to do that and it’s fine, but right now they love it and I love being festive and even when it’s over I know I’ll at least have these countless holiday memories and precious family photo shoots to look back on and smile.. it’s really just my thing and I love that they love it too!
So for the Fourth of July 2022 nothing has changed! We went with an adorable unisex shirt from unique baby on Amazon for my son & a FEDPOP American flag dress for my daughter both of which I love! Remember you don’t have to dress your children of either gender the exact same way for them to match.
I love this shirt for my son and I love that he can also wear this to school and represent the values that we’ve tried so hard to instill in our children by doing so yes I’m fully aware that he’s only three, however, good values start young.
The links to purchase these items from Amazon are below:
FEDPOP Toddler Girls American Flag Dresses Independence Day Outfits Kids Patriotic Clothes 4th of July Stripe Dress 2-8 Years https://a.co/d/dzbrNh8
Unisex liberty shirt:
Unique Baby Unisex Kids Patriotic American 4th of July T-Shirts https://a.co/d/bOveciT
Remember it doesn’t matter your title to a child whether you are a parent, an aunt, a grandparent, A foster family, Or anything that makes you family by love or by blood you can make a difference in their lives. You have the power to make every day special, you only have 18 summers, only so many holidays., Make them count.
I’m fully aware holidays can be hard, so celebrate to your heart’s content or don’t.
Do what best suits your needs but please remember while you’re out there living your best life it’s always better to ask for a ride or call a ride service rather than drink and drive. it takes a split second to change your life forever and end someone else’s. Please don’t be the reason someone doesn’t come home this weekend. Don’t drink and drive.