Don’t Let Family Bully You

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(Image Credit: Olly)

Imagine this: you and a longtime friend are hanging out, getting coffee at Starbucks because that’s what you do. You are talking, having a great time, when all of a sudden you say something that wasn’t entirely the smartest thing you’ve ever said. It happens; it’s what you do. But your friend? They lash out. They look at you with disgust, they tell you that this is why America is going to hell in a hand basket and put you down. Then, in an instant, they laugh it off as they see your face contort in confusion and hurt. “I’m just joking; gosh can’t you take a joke?” They smirk and move on, as if nothing even happened. Continue reading “Don’t Let Family Bully You”

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Life in the Linz Lane: Lessons Learned from Goodbye

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(Image Credit: Kasto)

It was only a couple of days ago; I sat on the tarmac waiting for my plane to take off, clutching desperately to a one-way ticket. I looked out the window and searched for a sign, a revelation, if you will. I needed to know I was doing the right thing. Yet desperately as I searched, I was only comforted and briefly saddened by the hazy New York City skyline and the familiar noises of a plane gearing up for flight. While the flight attendants prepared for departure, I scrolled through my text messages one last time. Just then, a message lit up across my screen. I don’t understand why you’re moving so far. Do you really need to leave? Continue reading “Life in the Linz Lane: Lessons Learned from Goodbye”

Why Your Mom Will Always Be Your Best Friend

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(Image Credit: Eva_Eva79)

For most girls, there comes a point somewhere on the timeline consisting of loose teeth, training bras, first crushes, high school drama, going away to college, finding our first jobs and everything else in between, where we realize our moms aren’t just our moms, but our friends as well. For me, that came one particular fall afternoon when I was 11 and my mom was driving me to piano practice. We were laughing and singing along to the radio and it struck me how insanely cool it was this lady who I got to call “Mom.” It was like a switch went off knowing that while she was my mom first, she was also my friend. Moms are pretty selfless people with a lot of give and very little take. We should all be appreciative of all the big and little things they do for us (let’s face it, a lot of us would be malfunctioning hot messes if it weren’t for our moms), but we also shouldn’t forget to recognize our moms not just for that title alone, but for the incredible people they are – the types of people we would be lucky to call our friends. In honor of moms everywhere, here are ten reasons why you’ll always be able to call your mom one of your best friends. Continue reading “Why Your Mom Will Always Be Your Best Friend”

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An Ode to Little Brothers

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(Image Credit: Ulkas)

When you were young, it’s likely you couldn’t stand them—they were gross, dirty, annoying, and didn’t understand the importance of privacy. If you had a diary, chances are they read it. When you were in 6th grade and met the “love of your life,” you know they listened in on your phone calls, reporting a detailed account of the conversations back to your parents, maybe even fabricating some details. Continue reading “An Ode to Little Brothers”

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Why Being Too Nice is Hurting You

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(Image Credit: LoloStock)

“Being nice is a good thing.” – Captain Obvious Continue reading “Why Being Too Nice is Hurting You”

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: The Inevitable Pressures of the Baby Carriage

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(Image Credit: Monkey Business)

We’ve all heard this nursery rhyme: “Johnny and Amy sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage.” Of course, like most things we said as children, it didn’t really resonate how truthful those words were until we got older and began experiencing the tree sitting, kissing and love. Continue reading “First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage: The Inevitable Pressures of the Baby Carriage”

What to do when you don’t get along with your significant other’s family

What to do when you don't get along with your significant other's family

Your relationship with your significant other may be leaving you feeling as though you are on cloud nine. However, there is one major caveat that may hinder or obstruct your relationship from flourishing and moving forward. How do you cope if you do not get along with your significant other’s family? Despite the reason for it – for example, differences in religious beliefs or dissimilarities in personalities  – it is not your responsibility or obligation to “make” someone like you. It is your duty to exercise respect no matter what you may be experiencing. If your bond with your partner is strong enough, nothing should be able to penetrate or break your union. After all, you two are together for a reason. Never lose sight of that. Always reflect upon what brought you together, what you love about one another and any future planning the two of you may look forward to. Continue reading “What to do when you don’t get along with your significant other’s family”

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Your First Time… Planning a Picnic

Picnic (Image Credit: Jeremy Noble)
Picnic (Image Credit: Jeremy Noble)

As the days grow warmer and the trees start to bud, our thoughts are beginning to stray more and more from our everyday responsibilities to daydreams of the endless possibilities spring and summer bring with them. Some people long for outdoor concerts beneath the stars, others are itching to get their bikes out on unknown trails. The beaches wait to be walked upon and everywhere summer market stands and ice cream shops are eager to be packed with happy customers. Stashed away in closets and cupboards are coolers and baskets just waiting to be filled and taken out for a spin. We’re not just approaching the season of beach going, bike riding and ice cream, we’re approaching the season of the picnic. Picnicking has been a favorite warm weather activity for centuries now, with three simple factors making it the cherished pastime that it is: Location, food and company. Whether you’re a seasoned picnicker or are yet to pack your first basket, a picnic is the perfect item to add to your seasonal bucket list. Continue reading “Your First Time… Planning a Picnic”

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What We’re Loving Right Now: Mustela Daily Baby Care

 

Mustela Products (Image Credit: Mustela)
Mustela Products (Image Credit: Mustela)

Mustela has been the skincare expert for babies and mommies-to-be since 1950 and it’s their natural, high quality approach that keeps them on top. Mustela Bébé products contain 92% ingredients of natural origin on average and all Mustela products are hypoallergenic and free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, phtalates or alcohol (how awesome is that?). I had the pleasure of trying out three products from their Daily Baby Care line, Hydra Bébé Body Lotion,  PhysiObébé No-Rinse Cleansing Fluid and Facial Cleansing Cloths (courtesy of the lovely people at Mustela), for a review here on The Daily Quirk. Here’s my take on all three of these products which are not only awesome for baby, but for mommy too!

Hydra BébéBody Lotion

This daily moisturizing lotion is specially formulated for the delicate skin of babies and newborns and provides immediate and lasting hydration while reinforcing the skin barrier.”

My expectations were far exceeded with this lotion. On baby, it is gentle and keeps skin soft, as a baby should be. I decided to try it on myself to see what effect it would have on my winter weathered skin and was very surprised. The results were immediate. As soon as applying to my body, especially my hands, they no longer felt cracked or looked dry and it seemed to last all day long. The lotion is very light and non-greasy so my skin can breathe. Another thing that makes me happy about this lotion is that a little bit goes a long way, no need to use a huge amount and no need to reapply several times a day. The whole family uses it! This product comes in a 10.14 oz. bottle, the suggested retail price is $15.00 and 88% of the ingredients are of natural origin.

PhysiObébé No-Rinse Cleansing Fluid

Ideal for quick clean ups, this no-rinse cleansing fluid for face and diaper area effectively cleans and softens the skin. Just apply to the skin using a soft cloth, diaper wipe or cotton pad and pat dry — no rinsing needed.”

I didn’t use this one on myself but I did use it for just about everything else relating to baby. It cleaned and kept my baby’s skin soft so I knew I could use it often. It’s great for those first few days when  the baby is home from the hospital but can’t take a bath yet. After that, I used it for spit ups, formula spills and during diaper changes. Not once was my child’s skin irritated. This product comes in a 10.14 oz. bottle, the suggested retail price is $14.50 and 98% of the ingredients are of natural origin.

Facial Cleansing Cloths

Gentle one-step cleansing of baby’s face leaving it soft and moisturized.”

A must have for all diaper bags and/or purses. I know these are facial cleansing cloths, and I did use them for that, but I must confess that I also used them for my pup. In between baths, they were great to wipe her down a little and keep her fresh. My 8 year old used them in the mornings before school and I used them before bed. The texture of the wipe is super soft; I have found some other facial wipes to be a little rough. For me, these cleansing cloths were a nice shortcut for times when I was just too tired to wash my face before bed. My face felt so soft and refreshed after using. An added bonus is that they do a great job at removing makeup too. My 8 year old loved them because they cleared up a breakout she had on her head in literally one day. It’s great knowing that this product, too, has multiple uses. This product comes in a 0.43 oz pack, with 25 wipes per pack, the suggested retail price is $9.00 and 98% of the ingredients are of natural origin.

 The Bottom Line

All in all, these products are great for anyone to use and the scent is mild and reminiscent of being at a spa. All three products are dermatologically tested under pediatric supervision so I felt confident about using them on my baby on an everyday basis and they all appeared to be very gentle. The best thing, to me, is that not only can they be used for your baby, but for yourself as well..and even daddies too! I highly recommend all three for moms on the go and I look forward to trying out more Mustela products in the very near future.

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Your First Time… Taking a Pregnancy Test

Pregnancy Test (Image Credit: Esparta Palma)
Pregnancy Test (Image Credit: Esparta Palma)

Are you experiencing any “symptoms” of pregnancy? You might turn to a pregnancy test to confirm your suspicions. For some, the thought of taking a pregnancy test is frightening! For others, it is considered to be one of the best moments of their lives. Whether you are trying to conceive or not, the time “not knowing” can be anxiety-provoking! Emotions could range from being fearful, panicky, worried or concerned, to feelings of elation, euphoria or excitement. Regardless, one thing is certain…within the few minutes it takes for the result to manifest, your life literally flashes before your eyes! Trust me, I know… Continue reading “Your First Time… Taking a Pregnancy Test”

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15 Emotions there are no English words for (And how you could be using them…)

Speak (Image Credit: Alexis Nyal)
Speak (Image Credit: Alexis Nyal)

Ever sign onto Twitter ready to passive aggressively release the floodgate on your emotions… but can’t quite express them within that daunting limit of 140 characters?

One word might be enough. The catch?… It might not be in English. Continue reading “15 Emotions there are no English words for (And how you could be using them…)”

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Just Say No: Why those two letters shouldn’t make you feel guilty

Say No (Image Credit: Ashley Webb)
Say No (Image Credit: Ashley Webb)

One word. Two letters. No.

Although the word “no” may be one short and easy word to articulate, it seems to be one of the hardest words to roll off the tongue when needed. Saying no to a request or plead is a form of rejection, and let’s face it, no one loves rejection. But while it hurts to be on the receiving end, as a doer you mustn’t feel guilty. After all, you need to remember the reasons for saying it in the first place.

Here are some of the major reasons why you say no. Continue reading “Just Say No: Why those two letters shouldn’t make you feel guilty”

Why It’s Okay Not To Want Kids

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Happy Couple (Image Credit: John Hope)

Over the past few years, some major changes have been happening on my Facebook news feed. Babies. Children. Pregnant ladies. More babies. It’s endless, and it has all led me to the inevitable conclusion that everyone I know is having children.

Why is that a problem? Do I not appreciate the miracle of life? I’m not actually a terrible, baby-hating person. I (sort of) understand why people choose to have children. And I definitely understand why once they do, that’s pretty much all they talk about. Having children is a huge commitment, and it changes how you live your life. And I won’t hold that against you – as long as you don’t hold it against me that I don’t want to have children. Continue reading “Why It’s Okay Not To Want Kids”

Diary of a mommy with a sick kid…

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(Image Credit: Flickr User JWJUSAF)

So, for the 2nd time, our daughter Olivia caught a horrible cold for the holidays. Last year she was sick the day after Christmas, this year we started the New Year off pretty crummy. 2 days prior she sounded slightly nasally, but while sitting down for breakfast New Years Day, everything changed and our cozy breakfast went down the tubes. In a time span of about 25 minutes, my husband and I actually watched her enter the throes of her full-blown cold. Her nose started running profusely, eyes watered. Her congestion to the point she had a wet cough. In her short 2 years and 2 months, this kid has never had a cough. She was cranky and clingy and just a mess, and there were a few things (beyond all of the tissues, booger suctioning and lysol-ing ’til the cows came home) that made the following 7 days of icky-ness a bit more bearable for all of us. Continue reading “Diary of a mommy with a sick kid…”