Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beco Gemini Baby Carrier Review

The many wonderful features of the Gemini
My recent family trip to Jamaica was great however, it did have one unfortunate moment: We left our beloved Beco Gemini baby carrier at the Montego Bay airport. During the week, I use this carrier at least twice a day while I walk the dog (he's puller who likes to wander off the sidewalk, walking him with a stroller would be challenging). I also use it whenever I have to take Baby solo on public transit. In other words, our Gemini is a key member of our family. We lost it on a Saturday. By Monday evening, I had a new Gemini in my hands.

Baby carriers are a passionate topic in the parenting community and I am firmly on team Beco Gemini baby carrier. We purchased our first Gemini last spring. We'd used a wrap when Baby was first born and then transitioned to a Baby Bjorn when she was a little over a month old. While I liked the Bjorn at first, as Baby grew it started to become uncomfortable. And then the side buckle broke (the Bjorn was second-hand). It was time for a new carrier.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My Marca College Hair Cut Experience

Yeah, those layers didn't turn out
I've been lucky when it comes to hair cuts. I've never had a truly bad cut and the ones I have had that I didn't love were the result of me either requesting something that turned out not to be flattering on me or because I didn't speak up and say, "Hey, let's not do that." Unfortunately that streak ended on Saturday.

Husband and I had to run some errands Saturday morning at Dufferin Mall and while we were there I figured that I'd get a long overdue hair cut. I decided to try my luck at Marca College, a hair and esthetics school located right there in the mall.

I know, I know, what I did sounds crazy but I've had my hair cut before by students at the Aveda Institute and I've always been happy with the results. Yeah, it took twice as long as a regular hair cut but it also cost way less. Marca turned out to be even cheaper: A woman's cut was a mere $12 plus tax.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

My February 2017 Topbox

I received this box this morning, just a few hours after I read my sneak peek email and now, several more hours later, I'm still not sure what I think of this month's box. I know I don't love it but I don't hate it either. I'll use almost all of the items I was sent and I'm looking forward to trying them out but still, I'm not exactly excited about this month's contents. Here's what they are:
  • LARITZY Cosmetics Pro Blender (full size)
  • Bella Aura Skincare Daily Repair Moisturizer (10 ml)
  • Smashbox Cover Shot Palette in Golden Hour (Paper sample)
  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Dream Huge (4 ml)
  • Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211 (full size)

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort Review: Part 2

A Bob Marley & a margarita
Last week, I wrote about the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort in general, our room at this Jamaican all-inclusive and its wonderful beach. I also did a quick write-up on Sunwing, which was our vacation provider, and on the Club Mobay, a lounge at Montego Bay's international airport. Now let's finish this mega-review up with my thoughts on the resort's kids' club, its activities and of course, the food.

Food & Drinks
I believe that the Jewel is the first all-inclusive I've been to in which all of the bars, even the swim-up one, have an cocktail menu. That was a great resource to have and it let us try out all kinds of drinks. I also quite liked that the Jewel had a different drink or "Jewel" of the day. That's a little detail but it's a fun one that will go a long way to making the resort stick out in my mind.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort Review: Part 1

My thoughts on Jamaica's  Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, which Husband, Baby and I stayed at from January 28 until February 4, are many. So many that this review is going to be split in two. So let's start with the TL:DR version: While it's not the fanciest, the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort is a great resort for families and offers a wonderful beach, tasty food and a water park. Now on to the details.
The main pool