February 2018 Boxycharm Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the February 2018 Boxycharm subscription box!

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Boxycharm is $21.00 a month and each month you get 5 full size beauty products!

I’m already excited just seeing a glimpse of the contents of this month’s box!

This month’s theme is Galaxy Glow! I expected a more Valentine’s Day-ish theme, but this is a nice change of pace.

Boxycharm always sends a very detailed information card, which I appreciate.

+ OFRA Cosmetics Pop-Up Palette Mini, $21.00.

Pop-Up Palette Mini provides a perfect home for any magnetic makeup godet. Items can be continually tailored and rearranged according to personal preference. The unique design is lightweight and travel-friendly, yet securely holds the godets in place.

This obviously reminds me a lot of Z-Palettes, which I always find useful in my collection, especially with the single pans that I tend to get in subscription boxes. This one is really unique because you can prop it up. I think it’s a really cool idea and it’s a really nice product to get in a subscription box!

+ OFRA Cosmetics Blush Godet Refill in Winter Rose Glow, $12.00.

The Blush Godet offers strong pigment with a long-lasting effect in a fabulous pressed powder blush.

I love that Boxycharm sent us a blush to put in our new palette! I have a couple of the OFRA Cosmetics blushes and the pigmentation is really nice. This color is really gorgeous and I’m pleased with their curation so far this month!

+ Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Amethyst, $28.00

These multi-use, shimmering creme colors are crease-proof enough for the boldest of eye looks and formulated with a weightless finish for a shimmering effect anywhere on the face. Suitable for all skin types.

I’m having some technical difficulties with the picture of this product, so I do apologize that I wasn’t able to include one. It’s been one of those days, guys. Either way, this is gorgeous! I’m a big fan of Cover FX products and this is so beautiful and preforms really well. I’m super impressed and this fits in with the monthly theme perfectly. I love getting to try these different and unique products.

+ Vintage Cosmetics Smokey Eye Pencil, $21.00.

Jessica’s richly pigmented smokey eye pencil delivers intense jet-black definition! Creating pencil-point precision or smudgy, saturated color, the creamy-soft formula glides on lids without tugging or pulling.

This is a really great pencil! I love black eyeliners and typically wear one every day. This is a great creamy pencil that really does glide on smoothly. It is an opaque black that is really pigmented. I believe I already have one of these, but this quality is worth having a back up!

+ PUR The Complexion Authority X-Faux Lips Plumping Lip Exfoliator, $17.00.

With an instant boost of shea butter, raw sugar and exfoliating beads, this 4-in-1 lip scrub pencil exfoliated, plumps, hydrates and soothes. Using the shea butter to soften lips, while the raw sugar and exfoliating beads are used to buff away dead surface cells, it moisturizes the lips for a softer, smoother, more plump lip!

This doesn’t have a scent that I can detect, but its got a really nice exfoliant! It’s not too harsh, but it definitely makes a difference. I like to use lip exfoliators a couple of time a week, and I’m much more likely to use on that I can apply like a regular lip stick or pencil.

+ Crown Pro Trio Brush Set, $29.99.

Use this 3 pc Pro Brush Trio to contour your face to perfection! The small brush can be used to conceal imperfections and highlight underneath the eyes. The medium size brush can be used to sculpt the cheekbones and perimeter of the face. Finally, the large powder brush can be used to set everything in place.

I love Crown Pro brushes! I have a few that I’ve purchased myself and a few that I have received in subscription boxes. They are super soft and work really well to blend everything in nicely. I love that they sent a trio instead of just a single brush!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really loved the box this month! I’ll use everything in it, and I’m really pleased with the curation of this box. Every month Boxycharm continues to impress me more and more. If you’re looking for a makeup subscription box, I definitely recommend this one!

I paid $21.00 for $128.99 worth of makeup!

What do you think of this month’s box? Are you a Boxycharm subscriber?

Let’s Talk Trash! Empties & Mini Reviews # 7

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be my mid January to mid February Empties! This is going to be in blog post form versus video form, simply because I haven’t had time to sit down and film/edit a video because I have a newborn and two toddlers. Let me know in the comments below which format you prefer!

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I used up quite a bit this month!

+ Yorba Organics Nourishing Shampoo, $12.95.
I received this in a subscription box and I really didn’t like it. I’ve talked about the conditioner before, which I didn’t like either. This just had a funky texture and smell to it. My husband wasn’t the biggest fan of this either, so we wouldn’t repurchase.

+ Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray, $2.99.
My husband was the one who used this up. He says he liked it, but he’s not super picky about his hairsprays. It does have a nice scent though, and it’s at a really great price point so we would repurchase!

+ OGX Nourishing + Coconut Milk Conditioner (3 FL OZ), $2.99.
I liked this conditioner, but this packaging on this travel size is terrible. I can’t get the last half of the conditioner out of the bottle. It was nice, and I haven’t tried this in the full size so I don’t know how the packaging differs so I’d be hesitant to repurchase.

+ Fortune Cookie Soap Strip Teased Sea Salt Spritz, $9.99.
This worked really well for me. I loved the volume and waves it gave my hair. It held up nicely throughout the day and it kept my hair looking great! This is a keeper for me, and way cheaper then my holy grail. It’s a definite repurchase!

+ The One by Frederic Fekkai One To Believe In Leave-In Conditioner (1 FL OZ), $5.20.
I never really got to use this. My spritzer is way clogged and I cannot fix it for the life of me. It kind of bums me out because I was really interested in trying this out, and it also leaves me with several concerns of the full size. I’m probably over-thinking it, but I probably won’t purchase the full size.

+ Suave Professionals Honey Infusion Strengthening Conditioner, $2.89.
I used up two of these! Go me! I really love this conditioner. It’s crazy cheap, which is a huge plus, but it makes my hair feel amazing! This makes it feel soft and luxurious and I get more compliments when I use this when I use high end hair care. The scent is so soft and nice. I have seceral more of these stashed away and I will continue to repurchase.

+ Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Nourishing Conditioner, $3.79.
This is another one of my favorites. It smells amazing and gives my hair a nice shine boost. It also leaves it smelling great and almost as soft as the Suave conditioner. I have a few bottles of this stashed as well, and I will always repurchase.

+ Broo Moisturizing Conditioner, $7.49.
This conditioner is made with craft beer, so my husband was alll over that. I actually won the shampoo and conditioner set from a Twitter party, so I didn’t pay for these. This was really nice though. I personally thought the scent was a little odd, but it worked well and I’d repurchase it.

+ Clearasil 5 in 1 Exfoliating Wash, $6.69.
I’ve used a couple of these now and I really like this face wash. It has a nice exfoliant to it, not too harsh but not too weak. It makes my skin feel refreshed and clean after using and I would absolutely repurchase.

+ Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter (0.5 OZ), $5.33.
I was really impressed by this. It worked really well and removed the majority of my makeup, including my eye makeup. I did have to remove the bit that was leftover after I used this, but it removed way more then I expected. I would repurchase this.

+ It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm, $38.00.
This I absolutely loved. It left over a little bit more of my eye makeup then the Boscia product did, but this just made my skin feel cleaner after using. I didn’t even feel the need for a face wash after this. It was silky smooth and the packaging is a nice size to get a good amount of product out. I would 100% repurchase this. I loved it.

+ MD Solar Sciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 (0.25 OZ), $12.50.
This was okay. I didn’t love it, but it wasn’t bad by any means. It just didn’t wow me. It didn’t feel like anything special. I do love that there is SPF in this, that’s always nice to have on a day to day basis but I probably wouldn’t repurchase this when there are moisturizers that I like a lot more.

+ SOO AE Snail Brightening & Moisture Mask, $4.09.
This was really nice mask. I’m a huge fan of sheet masks. This one intrigued me because of the snail references, but it worked really well and really helped to rehydrate my skin. I can’t say I noticed a difference in brightness, but I’m pleased with the results and would repurchase.

+ Philosophy Raspberries & Cream Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $4.50.
I got this in a set on Black Friday if I recall correctly. I can’t locate this scent online currently. Either way, I love this product itself and this scent was really nice. My husband even used this a few times because he enjoyed the way it smelled. These are some of my favorite shower gels and this one didn’t disappoint.

+ Philosophy Apricots & Cream Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $4.50.
This scent is another amazing one. I think out of the two, my husband and I both agree this one was the best. It’s such a nice, crisp scent and the product itself is really good and works really nicely. Another repurchase for me.

+ Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Recharge Body Wash, $13.50.
This is another product that my husband used. Since I tend to take showers at night and him in the morning, it just made more sense for him to use this one. He said he really enjoyed it and he liked the scent and how much more awake he felt after using it. We both really like the formula of Bath and Body Works body washes, so this was a nice one, regardless of who got to use it.

+ Ulta Beauty Red Velvet Cupcake 3-in-1 Smoothie, $16.00.
This is no longer available for purchase online. I’ve tried a couple of these in the past, and I’ve always like the formula. The scent of this was really nice though. I definitely got the baked goods vibe and this always put me in a more cheerful mood. I would repurchase, but alas – the good die young.

+ Holika Holika Aloe 92% Shower Gel, ?.
This is not the full size, but the label does not list a size, so I have no way of calculating value for this, unfortunately. I have gone through a full size of this before and I absolutely love this shower gel. It’s so crisp and refreshing and it makes my skin feel so much healthier and soft. It is nice and cooling, so it’s especially nice to use in the summer. I’d definitely repurchase.

+ Bath and Body Works Bright Autumn Blooms Body Scrub, $16.50.
This is another product that I’m not able to find for sale online, so I’m assuming it’s discontinued. This was a really nice scrub, it worked really well and the scent was beautiful. I’m discovering Bath and Body Works does decent scrubs, so I’m excited to try out more from them!

+ Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer (1.69 FL OZ), $2.50.
This was a really nice moisturizer. It was thick and hydrating. Perfect for the winter months and definitely for my last couple of months of pregnancy. I went through this little tub like crazy because it was so moisturizing and rich that it really soaks into the skin and hydrates even the driest patches. I’d repurchase.

+ Fortune Cookie Soap Sorcery and Seduction Walnut Body Scrub, $8.99.
This had a very floral scent to it, which was a bit over powering at times. I didn’t love this. It wasn’t harsh enough of an exfoliant for me personally. This was more of a body polish to me. I wouldn’t repurchase based on my own personal expectations of body scrubs.

+ Spongelle Bourbon Vanilla Buffer, $9.00.
This was really great. I enjoy these little Spongelle buffers. This one lasts for 5+ washes, and the scent is gorgeous. I like these for in between exfoliating, because it’s so light and since the body wash is built in, I can turn two steps into one. I would repurchase.

+ Gillette Daisy Razor 2 Pack, $3.19.
I can’t find these online, and from the looks of it they don’t make them in this packaging/count anymore. These seriously sucked though. They’re disposable razors, which I’m not a huge fan of to begin with but these didn’t remove much hair. I have a couple packs left that I will probably end up donating.

+ Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive 6 Cartridges, $24.99.
These razors I adore. These are so nice to use, they don’t rust as easily as other razors I’ve tried and they cause much less irritation. These are one of my favorite kinds and I would absolutely repurchase.

+ Skintimate Skin Therapy Lotionized Vitamin E Shave Gel, $3.82.
I have so many bottle of this type, it’s ridiculous. Borderline Hoarders status. I freaking love this stuff though. It’s so great for sensitive skin and it really cuts down on irritation from even the cheapest razors. I don’t need to repurchase this because I’m pretty sure I have a lifetime supply.

+ Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (0.12 OZ), $7.35.
This is my holy grail primer. It can be used with any foundation and it makes everything look beautiful. It’s super pricey though, which is the only downside. I would consider repurchasing if I ever ran out of primers or got a killer deal on it. I definitely recommend it though!

+ Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 101 Classic Ivory, $4.97.
This foundation is still about 3/4 of the way full. I really liked the formula of this, but the packaging drives me up the wall. It doesn’t have a pump and the formula is a bit thicker, so it’s ridiculously hard to get much product out. I eventually just too frustrated. It’s good, but not worth the effort to me. I wouldn’t repurchase unless they changed the packaging.

+ Laura Geller Balance N Brighten Foundation in Porcelain, $33.00.
This is a beautiful powder that provides really nice coverage. I really liked this and have used several of these in the past. They’re good for people who want full coverage. I would obviously repurchase.

+ Elate Clean Cosmetics Universal Creme for Cheeks and Lips in Love, $25.77.
This was a really pretty shade and it blended into my skin beautifully. It provided a nice flushed color and lasted all day. I would repurchase!

+ It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ in Fair (0.135 FL OZ), $4.75.
I have a couple of these in the full size and I really like it. I’m not normally a big fan of CC creams, but this one provides a nice amount of coverage and feels really lightweight on the skin, so I’m a big fan.

+ Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer (0.03 FL OZ), $1.08.
This was just a little foil sample, so I was only able to use it once, but it worked well. I was pleased with how smooth it felt on my skin, so I would be open to trying it again.

+ Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (0.84 FL OZ), $2.20.
I really liked this. I believe I got it in a Sephora Play box. It worked really well and removed the majority of my eye makeup without leaving that weird film that I find I normally get with eye makeup removers. I am a fan of micellar waters, but I would use this again.

+ AHAVA Deadsea Salt Mineral Bath Salt – Relaxing, $22.00.
This is one of the things I got from my last order of FabFitFun add-ons and I used it during my pregnancy when I would take baths. I really liked it. My husband used it at one point and he agreed with me on the benefits. It does create a relaxing environment and I would repurchase.

+ Degree Motion Sense Antiperspirant & Deodorant in Sexy Intrigue, $3.89.
I really like the Degree deodorants. This scent was really nice and this worked for me even on the hottest days of the Arizona summer! I have several of these in my stash and I will continue to repurchase.

+ B-Lab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing Water (100 ML), ?
I was unable to find this online with the exception of reviews. I received this is a Bomibox mystery box. I really liked this. It removed my makeup like a dream. I would absolutely repurchase if I could find it again!

+ Yuni Shower Sheets, $1.25.
When I originally reviewed this, I had said I wanted to use it at the hospital after I gave birth. With how everything went down, I ended up never touching this and just using the regular shower shortly after the delivery. I used this after I got home, and while it’s good and I could see its place at the gym or camping, I don’t feel like it replaced a regular shower so I don’t see myself repurchasing.

+ AHAVA Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream in Sea-Kissed (1.3 FL OZ), $9.17.
This has a really fresh scent to it, which I enjoy. It’s very thick and creamy and gave my skin some much needed hydration. This was great to have in the hospital since the air is so cold and drying. I would repurchase this.

+ Ulta Beauty Premium Quilted Round Cotton Pads, $2.99.
I seriously loved these. They were so soft and the quilting was a great texture that really attached to my makeup to remove it. I’m using a pack from Up + Up at the moment, but I would absolutely repurchase these.

I used up $340.81 worth of products this month!

What did you use up this month? Have you ever tried any of these products?

February 2018 Bookcase.Club Kids Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review of the February 2018 Bookcaseclub.Kids box! My kids love this box and I love getting new books for storytime every month!

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Bookcase.Club Kids box is a monthly subscription box that costs $9.99. Every month you’ll receive 3-4 children’s books, from a variety of genres.

I love the variety of books they send every month as it really makes us expand our horizons on the type of books my kids read, and they always send beautiful picture books which are Monroe’s favorites.

The Adventures of TinTin: The Seven Crystal Balls by Herge, $9.00.

This book is listed as $9.00 on the book itself, but is listed on Amazon for $11.99, on sale for $5.21. I’ll be using the $9.00 price on the book itself for the value during this review.

Seven explorers return from an expedition in the Andes, where they unearthed the tomb of an important Inca. One by one, the explorers are found in deep comas surrounded by mysterious pieces of broken crystal balls. Can Tintin find the meaning behind these crystal fragments? Will he uncover the cause of the mysterious illness? Join Tintin, Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus on this gripping adventure woven from thrilling detective work and spooky sorcery!

This book is set up like a comic book, with a lot of small print. I think that this is going to be a bit old for my kids, and way out of their realm of reading abilities. It’s also going to be a bit difficult to read as a bedtime story, so I think I might hold on to this one for a while until they get a little bit older.

Big Bad Baby by Bruce Hale, $16.99.

This book has a price listed of $16.99. It’s available on Amazon for $17.99, on sale for $15.60. I’ll be using the price of $16.99 for this review.

How to keep a baby happy:

  1. Never delay naptime.
  2. Keep favorite blankies clean and soft.
  3. Serve only the finest baby food.

What to do if baby becomes unhappy:

  1. LOOK OUT!

Because when babies get cranky – really, really, cranky – you never know what could happen. . .

This is a really cute book with beautiful illustrations. The story line is cute, and my kids really liked looking at the pictures of the “big baby”. It’s a great book for a bedtime story, which is how I tend to use these book so I’m pleased with the selection of this one.

Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman, $16.99.

Amanda is afraid of the dark, but her dad loves the night and shows her all the wonderful things that there are to see. The stars, especially, intrigue them both. When Amanda’s dad has to go away, he tells her how looking at the same stars can help them feel close. So even though Amanda misses her dad terribly, she has a special way of keeping him in her heart.

The pictures in this book are beautiful! My kids love looking at the stars with their dad. We even had to get light machines for their rooms that display the moon and stars on their ceiling at night to help them sleep since it provides them so much comfort. This is a really beautiful story that makes a great addition to our book collection for storytime before bed.

World of Wonder: The Awesome Book of The Universe, $7.99.

This book is full of amazing illustrations and information about the Universe, from stars to galaxies, black holes and more. Did you know that sometimes galaxies crash into each other? Or that the Universe began with a Big Bang? Look for: In-depth information, quizzes, question and answer boxes and awesome facts panels.

This is a great educational book that I think Gibson will absolutely adore. Especially because it all revolves around stars! Well, a good portion of it :). This book has a lot of great information for young children that is presented in a fun, colorful way. It keeps their attention well and I love books that teach as you read. This is a definite win for Gibson!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really love this box. It’s a hit month after month and I think for $9.99, getting 3-4 kids books (mostly hardcover) is an amazing value. I am always pleased, even on the rare occasion like this month that we receive a book that is a bit out of my kids age range. They actually just updated their subscription system, so now you can choose an age range. I selected age 2-4 for now, so hopefully the issue of older-aged books will resolve itself.

I paid $9.99 for $50.97 worth of books.

What do you think of this box? Have you or your kids ever read any of these books?

February 2018 Rag Tag Box Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be a review on the January 2018 Rag Tag Box!

Rag Tag Box is a monthly subscription box by Spot Colors that provides a new cross stitch pattern and all the supplies needed to make it every month for $16.00 a month.

This month’s theme is Angry Gnome. The pattern is really cute. I think it’s a great choice for a Spring time pattern!

This kit came with a pattern, a photo, and a link to the pattern and instructions.

It also came with a 14 Count White Aida Fabric, DMC Threads and a wood hoop.

And every box comes with some extras. This month included a needle, angry gnome stickers, an angry gnome bookmark and a little red baggie.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is one of those subscriptions that is hard to value properly because this kit is exclusively curated every month and not everything can be purchased separately. I find a lot of value in that exclusive curation and the fact that everything is pre-sorted for the project every month. I love the theme this month and I think this pattern will be super cute in my office or as a Spring decoration.

What do you think of this box? Do you like the pattern?

Organize My Life: Laundry Room

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is going to be another organization post! Today I’ll be tackling my laundry room! You can see my original Home Tour post of my laundry room here, if you’re interested. Today, I’m just trying to make it a bit more efficient.

This is what I started with.

My first step was to dust the washer and the dryer. . .

And then I cleaned the washing machine with some Kroger brand Washing Machine cleaner.

While that ran through a wash cycle, I went ahead and got started on my 3-tier cart (purchased from Target).

First, I took everything off the cart and put it all on the floor, a la the Konmari method.

I cleaned the entire cart using Clorox wipes.

I reorganized the cart, focusing on what I use on a regular basis. I put all of those products on the top tier. On the second tier, I put my cleaning samples and some back ups and then on the third tier, I placed my laundry/bra bags and some clothing sharpies.

Then, I moved on to my storage cabinet.

I took everything out. Le sigh.

I cleaned all of the shelves with Clorox wipes.

And then I restocked the shelves-

The first shelf is excess laundry detergents.
The second shelf is back up in-wash scent boosters and fabric softeners.
The third shelf is cleaning rags and back-up cleaning products that we use primarily upstairs.
And the fourth shelf is the current cleaning products I’m using and extra lightbulbs.

Next, I wiped down my countertop.

I use that for functional purposes, but for now it’s also where I’m storing extra laundry detergents that won’t fit on the top shelf of the cabinet.

This is what I’m getting rid of, minus the trash that I already threw out. Even a small declutter can make a world of difference in a room.

And taaaaa-daaaa!

I’m so pleased with how organized this room looks now and how much easier it is to get our massive amounts of laundry done in a timely manner.

Have you done any organization or decluttering projects recently? Let me know about them in the comments down below!

January 2018 Target Arts & Crafts For Kids Review!

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute is the last January subscription box review. Today I’ll be reviewing the Target Arts & Crafts For Kids subscription box for January 2018!

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The Target Arts & Crafts For Kids subscription box is $14.99 a month and each month you’ll receive a new craft kids from Target.

It comes packaged like a regular online order from Target would come, so there’s not much unboxing excitement that comes along with this box, sadly.

Creativity For Kids Light-Up Heart Marquee Craft Kit, $13.99.

This kit comes with everything you need to create a colored light-up heart. It’s a really cute craft idea and is relatively simple to do. I am a bit irritated by the value this month, the subscription cost more then this kit. However, I’m willing to overlook one month of bad value and it is a nice craft kit that I don’t think I would have purchased myself just because it’s not something that would have normally caught my eye.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I am a bit bummed by the value this month. I haven’t had any issues with the price of the craft kit being lower then the cost of the subscription before this, so I’ll have to keep my eye out to see if this is a recurring issue going forward. But, I do like the craft this month and I think it’s unique, so I’m okay with it for now.

I paid $14.99 for $13.99 worth of products.

What do you think of this subscription? Have you ever made a craft like this before?

Welcome To My Home! Home Tour: Ramsey’s Nursery

Hey everyone! Today’s Mommy Minute will be a much needed break from subscription box unboxing. Today I’ll be showing you a tour of Ramsey’s Nursery!

The theme of her nursery is woodland animals. We got all of the artwork and pictures that are on her walls from Homegoods. Her closet is the only one of our kids rooms that is not a walk-in closet so her clothes are a bit more squished then the other kids clothes. They are organized the same way though, and she has the same basic furniture as you’ll see in the other kids rooms.

To the left of her crib is a toy organizer filled with smaller infant toys. Her crib itself is Monroe’s old sleigh crib that I absolutely adore. To the right of her crib is a cube organizer that we use to store extra and larger toys in. It’s quite bare right now as she is only a newborn.

She has a bookshelf filled with book and a few knick knacks on top. The infant bathtub is being stored temporarily in her room as its a bit too large for the kids bathroom. We put a glider that has been used for each of our kids in the corner of her room, under a couple sets of shelves.

Her dresser consists of the same layout as the other kids dressers, but she has a lot more odds and ends and smaller pieces then they do at the moment because, well let’s face it, newborns are needy. She also has a decent collection of headbands that are stored on the top of her dresser already, something I am weirdly proud of.

What do you think of her nursery? What was your nursery theme?