Shu Uemura Thermo BB Cream Review


Hey gang,  I know I promised a review of the Shu Uemura Thermo BB Cream and I havent been timely on it but I finally gave it a shot!  I’m definitely impressed by the BB Cream.  I’m definitely the kind of person that tried not to use too many hair products.  My routine is usually like this:  wash hair at night, style the next morning (usually with a flat iron), and dry shampoo for the next two days.  That’s right, when it comes to products, I like to keep it minimal and easy to do which fits my lifestyle best since I am usually running to work or running after Little P.

Since I don’t have time to try a million different products to see why one works best for certain things like frizz and volume, I was super excited to try the Shu Uemura BB Cream because it was supposed to target frizz, protect from heat and make my hair soft, all while adding volume through blow drying. To use the product, you just squeeze a small amount into your hands and run it/comb it through your hair to make sure every strand is covered lightly.  I did this on damp hair and then I used a brush and low dryer to give myself the best blow out that I could, which, I have to admit, I’m not the best at.

I’ve always been reluctant to use a blow dryer because it leaves my hair super frizzy but the BB cream worked its magic!  What’s more, my hair still looked soft, clean and styled the next day which great;y minimized how much dry shampoo I had to load into my hair to look put together.  A mom’s dream!  I definitely recommend purchasing this if your style is low maintenance like mine and don’t want to pile the products in your hair.  It’s what keeps my hair from having so much damage.

Xo,

Karen

*This product was sent to me free through Influenster for testing purposes.  All reviews and comments and opinions are my own.

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Brooklyn Review: Mabel’s BBQ

When I was pregnant, I used to take the dog out for a walk to McCarren Park at night.  I used to walk down Berry and right around North 11th, I’d catch a whiff of barbecue.  The scent was amazing but I never cared to investigate where it was coming from.  Flash forward a few months, Petra is 6 months old and we’re on a family walk on a chilly weekend morning both Lukasz and I happened to have off together. We were about to head towards our usual to grab lunch, (Teddy’s on North 8th) but I remember the barbecue.

Walking into Mabel’s is like walking into a cozy barn right in the middle of Brooklyn. It was a Sunday morning and actually quite empty.  It’s also really big which is something I’ve come to appreciate more and more due to us traveling with a stroller more often than not.  Petra has only recently started to sit more comfortable in her high chair so I still like to keep her seated in the stroller which is more supportive than restaurant booster seats and high chairs. For the record though, they do have booster seats available. 

Lukasz and I both ordered hot mugs of mulled wine, the perfect drink for basically the entire winter. The menu is full of delicious southern classics! I’m not a big meat eater si ordered the crawfish etouffee with cheesy grits and Lukasz ordered the seeet and savory corn cake, both perfect brunch options. Petra, who is still trying new things little by little had some of my grits and she really loved them! How can she not, it’s corn and cheese.  For the most part, she kept herself busy playing with a menu or sitting on our laps and tasting some of our food.  It’s getting more and more fun to take her out knowing she can partake in whatever it is we’re doing or eating.

If you’re in the Williamsburg area and looking for some yummy southern comfort food, Mabel’s is a great choice.

Xo,

Karen

Review: Bugaboo Bee

You guys, I love our stroller. I wanted to write a post on my experience with my Bugaboo Bee hoping to help others when they are looking to purchase a stroller for their little one. I spent hours looking into this, so I know how stressful it can be.  In my personal opinion: look not further than this awesome stroller.

I came across the Bugaboo Bee in my first trimester in my pregnancy when Lukasz and I were taking a stroll around our neighborhood and we stepped into a baby store.  Out of the plethora of strollers in the store, the Bugaboo Bee looked like the smallest. Out of the bugaboo lineup, the Bee is definitely the lightest of the bunch, weighing in at around 18 pounds.

Here’s the thing about choosing a lightweight stroller.  It’s something I definitely knew we had to put a focus on.  Living in Brooklyn and living on the second floor of a walk up and given my tiny stature and muscle-less body, I knew I had to put weight as the number one priority.  But while comparing strollers you start to realize that you either get a super light weight stroller like the YoYo and give up space in the basket.  It’s always one thing or another.  But not with the bugaboo.

The bugaboo can switch sides so the baby is either facing you or facing away from you. The stroller can be used from newborn until around 4ish which is another thing I loved.  I didn’t want to get a newborn stroller now and get something lighter for her when she’s older, I wanted a 2 in 1. For newborns, you can purchase a cocoon for additional head support, which we did. We also bought a car seat compatible with the Bugaboo Bee system although we never used it together.  The stroller is tiny with a huge basket underneath. All of the fabric parts can be removed to be washed in case they get dirty (they will get dirty).  It also comes with a rain cover so baby stays dry in dreary weather. Plus, with bugaboo, you can buy all sorts of extras for it, if you choose! For me, a cup holder was a must.  Lukasz bought it for me so I can have coffee while taking the baby for a stroll. And of course for baby bottles when needed. 

Petra loves the stroller.  I know it’s probably not the best place, but she just loves napping in it! The buckles don’t bother her as much as I thought they would.  As we head into this fall season, I also love putting the cocoon in the stroller for added warmth.  Because she’s had it since she was a newborn, she’s growing out of it a little by now.  Bugaboo sells a muff that we’re looking to purchase to get us through the winter season, I can’t wait to try it out.  

This stroller definitely gets my seal of approval!  Of course, this is just my opinion and I would love to hear questions and concerns if you have any!

Xo,

Karen

Brooklyn Review: Cafe Mogador


I’ve been meaning to do this new thing on my blog where I review restaurants and more activities and areas based on how kid-friendly they are.  For the time being, it hasn’t been difficult getting out and about with Petra in tow.  She’s only three so it’s not like she can throw food (thank god) and she doesn’t need high chairs or anything but it’s still a little intimidating dining out with an infant.  We’re also not big on crowds and, with Petra having an early bedtime, we tend to stick to lunch hours, usually.  It’s on a rare occasion that we’ll head out for dinner.  So my criteria isn’t like crazy but we’re preparing ourselves.  For example, I’m starting to realize that there’s never any bathrooms with a changing table in them. So disappointing!


While Cafe Mogador is no exception in the bathroom area, I must admit that it is a cute restaurant to take your kids too.  The space is open and airy which is really unheard of in New York.  The open space allowed us to park the stroller right next to our table so it was perfect.  While they also lack a kids menu, they do have easy things for kids to eat like hummus and pita chips which I’m going to categorize as healthy. (Hummus is everything). For big kids and adults, they serve brunch here until 4 so that means you can enjoy their many egg dishes with a side of mimosa.  They also delicious sandwiches for lunchtime as an option.  And if eating indoors seems blah, they have an AMAZING patio in the back.  The natural light is perfection and great for photo ops of your food and your littles. The cafe does tend to get packed on the weekends for brunch and if you walk by, you can always see people waiting outside for a table.  We happened to go on a Monday for lunch and we actually had the place to ourselves for the most part.  

I’m really intrigued with how our neighborhood is changing.  Of course, while some people have a problem with that, I personally believe it’s getting more kid-friendly.  There isn’t a morning where I walk to work and don’t spot a stroller on my way. Because of this, I’m really excited to go out and explore more with my little family and it makes me excited for the future where Petra will be able to indulge in the thing I also get excited for: Food! Here’s to hoping she’s not a picky eater!

Xo,

Karen 

(Photo above from Yelp! The photo of me and Petra was taken by Lukasz 💕)