Review: Nuby natural toothpaste and brush

I’m in the process of going through old blog post drafts that I never finished writing, and I found this one that I meant to post almost 3 years ago!

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From 2014:

Well, this post is a looooong time in coming. This summer (and now fall) has been crammed full for us with Hubby coming home, our move, and my new job, and I have just been too busy to blog! Little J has actually been using the toothpaste for months.

This is probably going to be my last Nuby post, as well. :/ We’ve loved the products we’ve received and that we’ve bought ourselves in store (love, love, love all their teethers), but Little J is getting too big for most of their products.

This year Nuby rolled out their all-natural Toddler Training Toothpaste and toothbrush. The toothpaste is fluoride-free and non-toxic; it’s safe if your little one accidentally swallows a bit. It took Little J a while to understand he’s supposed to spit the paste out completely, so it’s good that it’s safe!

I’m probably not taking Little J to the dentist until he’s at least 3, but in the meantime I want him to develop good dental habits. As part of his bedtime routine, we always brush his teeth. It definitely helps reduce plaque, and it freshens his breath. It has a Tutti Frutti flavor that he really likes; I have to monitor him VERY carefully, or he will use too much!

I think this is a great starter toothpaste, and you can buy this training toothpaste with the included toothbrush at stores like Toys”R”Us, CVS Pharmacy, and Kmart.

Have you tried Nuby’s Toddler Training Toothpaste and brush? What did you think of it?

Note: The products in this post were provided to me free of charge, but the opinions are my own.

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Review of LuLaRoe’s Julia Dress (unsponsored)

Note: I don’t sell LuLaRoe, and I paid for the dresses that I show in this post. This post does contain an affiliate link to Amazon.

I love, love, love the Julia dress from LuLaRoe. Now I typically like to spend no more than $30 on a dress, so I’ll wait for the department store sales before I go dress shopping. But the Julia –priced at $45– is worth the money, in my opinion.

Since it’s a form fitting dress, I was originally skeptical that I would like it. But the fit is so, so flattering! I did size up larger than the recommended size. In the Loft or Ann Taylor, I wear an 8 or a 10 in dresses (usually an 8). The Julia size chart recommends that I order a medium, but I already have an Ana dress in medium, and I don’t like how tight it is in the rib cage and the arms, so I ordered the Julia in a large, which is supposed to fit sizes 12-14.

What is also great about the Julia dress is that my friend who is built completely opposite than I am also loves it. Nicole is much shorter than I am, and has a very curvy but athletic figure (think hourglass), where my figure is more straight up and down (rectangle). The fact that two very differently built people both love this dress really shows how great this dress is.

The Julia is a midi-length dress, but I have two of them, and the geometric print dress is shorter than the other as you can see in the photos. At 5’10”, I prefer the longer length. My knees are not exactly my favorite part of my legs.
Julia collage

This dress is so comfortable! I’ve been wearing it to work, and I basically feel like I’m wearing a pajama t-shirt all day. Throw a complementary blazer on, and Julia looks completely professional. I’ve been unexpectedly called into a meeting with high-profile “customers” while wearing a Julia (I work for a DOD school that’s for service members, so basically our “customers” are the career field managers from all military service branches). I felt completely confident that I was dressed appropriately, and I believe I presented myself professionally. And I was so comfy doing it!

Julia
Wearing Julia at work with a teal cardigan, brown tights and brown chukka boots.

By the way, if you like my cardigan sweater in the photo above, it’s the BIADANI Women’s Crewneck Button Down Sweater on Amazon. The teal cost me $14.99, and I’m very impressed with the quality. The fabric is thick, and it’s difficult for me to find tops with long enough sleeves for me.

I love how many colors and patterns are constantly available. I’m planning on buying a couple more Julias in more casual prints or fabrics as go-to dresses for this summer. I think this dress will be perfect for the playground or walking around outdoor shops, etc.

Do you own a Julia? What do you think about it?

 

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(updated) LuLaRoe’s Ana dress – A tall woman’s unsponsored review!

First, I am not a LuLaRoe consultant; I am not being compensated for this post. Next, if you’re unfamiliar with the LuLaRoe brand, I recommend you read my earlier LuLaRoe post.

I like maxi dresses, but I hemmed and hawed for a few months before buying an Ana dress. This was partly because at $60, it’s a little pricier than I want to pay for a dress. Second, I knew it wasn’t going to be floor length on me because I saw from photos online that it’s floor length on women who are shorter than I am. But when a friend threw a Facebook LLR party, I found an Ana dress in a pattern I liked, and I finally bought one. I’m 5’10,” and my weight is usually around 160 pounds, so I generally wear a size 8 or 10 in clothes, depending on the brand. I bought the Ana in a Medium, which is supposed to fit dress sizes 8-10.

I love the pattern, and the dress fabric is very soft and comfortable. I also like the style, but I do have two concerns about the dress:

1. You may or may not be able to tell in the photo below, but it’s really tight around my ribcage and my arms. I do have a large ribcage, and my waist is not very defined compared to my ribs and hips, so if you’re a similar weight and dress size, you may not have this problem depending on your build. However, because of the tightness, I later purchased the LLR Julia dress (my favorite!!!!) in a Large.

2.   I’m not thrilled about the awkward length of the dress on me. Again, I knew that was going to happen, so even before I ordered the dress, I knew it was going to have to be all about the booties. In these photos I’m wearing the dress with some casual flat booties, but I’ve worn the dress to work with black, high-heeled, ankle-length boots. The dress really shows off the boots, and I’ve received several compliments on them. I’ve tried wearing the dress with sandals and flats (shoes not boots), and it looks sooooo awkward, like I couldn’t find a dress long enough. I snapped a quick photo at work, so you can see a dressier look with this Ana:

So the bottom line is that I probably won’t buy another Ana again because they are expensive for a dress that really isn’t long enough (or short enough!) for me. I think it would fit someone around 5′ 7″ a lot better.

UPDATE: Thanks to Stacy’s comment below, I did try sizing up with a Large Ana. I still found the sleeves and ribcage a little tight, especially considering I’ve lost weight since I originally posted, but the length on the Large is just about right for me. I will post photos soon!

Have you tried the Ana? How did you like the fit?

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