04 February 2016

Be Mine ~ Giveaway!!

It's hard to believe we're already into February, isn't it?? February is the month of love, so I'm popping in to share some of that with you all today!

I am very excited to share with you an awesome "Be Mine" Valentine's Day Giveaway sponsored by Mommy Scene and filled with lots of amazing natural products and fun stuff for families! Hurry & go enter, and best luck!! These are some awesome prizes! :)

Valentine's Day Giveaway - Mommy Scene

Be Mine Gift Set

Bun Maternity Classic Black Cozy Nursing Hoodie + Cozy Nursing Tee
Wythe and Berry Organic Vegan Creams - Lavender & Chamomile + Lemon & Eucalyptus
La Magie Nail Polish - 1 peel off pink polish + 2 pink wash offs + 1 color lock top coat
Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap - 12 oz. fragrance of choice
Pure Hazelwood necklaces, 1 adult size and 1 child size
Jack N' Jill Bunny Gift Kit
Baby Bump Bundle - Lollacup Straw Sippy Cup
GroVia Hybrid Trial Kit - 1 Hybrid Shell with Hook & Loop Closure + 1 No-Prep Cloth Soaker Pad + 3 Disposable BioSoakers
Revelae Kids Discovery Box style of choice

This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on Feb. 14th, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

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28 January 2016

First Stitch Fix of Twenty Sixteen!

HI!! We just got back from vacation in California, and I am excited to share it with you!! (that's a post for next week). But for now, I have my January fix to show you!!

It has been a little bit since I've posted my Stitch Fix items! But I assure you, I am still very much in love with this service & have been getting fixes for the past few months. But you know how time gets away sometimes and before you know it, months have gone by! I'm doing my best to get back to some sort of blogging routine, but guys, I'm failing miserably.

BUT in the name of fashion, and because I really love some of the pieces I got in my latest fix, I thought I'd better get my butt in gear and share this fix with you! :-)

In case you've been living under a rock ;-) and have no idea about Stitch Fix,  let me enlighten you!

First thing, stitchfix.com and check it out! Next, create your style profile. Also, be sure to start a Stitch Fix Style pinboard and link it to your profile so that your stylists can get a feel for your clothing tastes and preferences. Then schedule your fix!! The stylists will hand pick 5 items for you to try on. They send the clothing pieces directly to your house, you try them on and decide what to keep (if anything) and then you send back what you don't want. Super easy and convenient!
  • There's a $20 styling fee, which you can use toward your order. (that's awesome!!)
  • If you keep all 5 items you receive 25% off your order.
  • You choose your price range.
  • The more feedback you give on the pieces sent to you, the better they get over time. So be sure to be very specific to your stylists so that they can send you things you'll love.
Not that I haven't said this a million times, but I love Stitch Fix! They keep my closet interesting and I still get excited every time I see one of those cute Stitch Fix boxes show up on my doorstep!

Okay onto this months fix! I told my stylist to give me some pretty blouses, and things that I could dress up or dress down. She did a great job!

Item #1 - Ensenada V-Neck Blouse
Well be still my heart. I was just literally telling a friend that I wanted to add more florals to my wardrobe! I even almost got a top similar to this at Target a few weeks ago and put it back on the rack. Thank goodness I did, because this beauty showed up at my doorstep! I love that it will transition me to Spring, and can be worn with shorts, too!

Item #2 - Melle Fringe Detail Pullover Poncho
Wellllll. I don't love it, don't hate it. If I'm being honest, I don't even know how to pull the whole "poncho" thing off. Don't think I do it very well. I mean, it's very pretty, but I will most likely be sending this back.

Item # 3 - Alfredo Crew Neck Blouse
Often times, I will pull something out of the box and write if off before I even try it on. And that was the case with this blouse. But I decided, heck ya never know! I tried it on and I definitely liked it more than I thought I would! Even so, it's still not really my style, but I do think it's very comfortable & flattering. So... I'm not saying "no" just yet. I'm going to sleep on it, and try it on a few more times. So the verdict is still up in the air with this one!

Item #4 - Charleston Triple Stone Cuff
You really can't go wrong with a pretty bracelet! I got a gold cuff from stitch fix before, and kept it. And this one is sorta similar, but enough different that I think I'm going to keep this as well!! I love the stone detail!

Item #5 - Violeta 3/4 Sleeve Blouse
I was very pleasantly surprised when I pulled this blouse out of the box! I was immediately intrigued by the scalloped edges of this. And once I put it on, I realized it had a super cool opening in the back! I think this is seriously right up my alley!! It's unique and a little bit edgy. Plus, it's the perfect mix of dressy -- but not too dressy! Now I just need some super cute heels :)

That's it for this months Stitch Fix!! What did you think?? What should I keep, and what should I send back??

And by all means, if you're intrigued, check out Stitch Fix and get started on your style profile!!

21 January 2016

Encouraging Growth & New Activities

All of last year, Easton took a gymnastics class, which he really loved. But when it came time to enroll him again, I decided to give him a few other options for extracurricular activities -- in case he wanted to try something different. I suggested soccer, basketball, t-ball,  swimming, and even dance. To my surprise, he told me he wanted to take a dance class! Of course, my long-time dancer heart immediately started jumping for joy. I searched around and found a ballet/tap combo class for his age group. I presented the idea, and he seemed very excited!

Fast forward to the start of class -- we walked in and he froze. You could see his nerves creeping up and he was hesitant to participate. Here's the thing, I think part of his hesitation came from the fact that when we walked into the dance room, he saw 12 little girls in cutesy tights & tutus. I really think he felt intimidated to be the only little boy in the class. We have been to class for several weeks now, and he doesn't really want to participate in the first half of class, but seemed to want to include himself in the last half. And I mean come on, how cute is he leading the choo choo train??

But I always told him that if he didn't want to continue with the dance class, that it was OK. I won't force him to do something he's not enjoying. With that said, though, I do think it's really important to at least try new things sometimes and gain exposure! It's so vital to our growth as human beings.

However, sadly, this week, he informed me that he did not want to come back to dance class. I'll admit that I'm a little sad that he didn't want to stick it out a little longer (especially since he was really excited about it before he started), but I am glad that he felt like he could tell me how he was feeling.

The point is, as our kids grow up & discover who they are, I think it's really important to expose them to different, and sometimes unconventional activities. I mean, it's not super common for a little boy to want to take a dance class. And though I'm a little bummed he didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped, I'm happy he at least tried it!

I will continue to encourage him to try new things, and push himself a little bit out of his comfort zone. Along the way, I'm sure he'll find something he absolutely loves. And I'll be right there to help nourish his talents! But I want him to know that anything is possible!

Speaking of nourishing, it's important to not only keep our kids healthy with experiences and activities -- but also make sure we are providing nutritious options for them throughout the day. Easton is the pickier eater of my boys, and it's so so hard to get him to eat a single thing in the morning. But one thing he will do? Drink chocolate milk!! So, it's a good thing there is a lot of nutrition slammed into Nesquik!

  • It has iron, which helps with growth & development.
  • Vitamin C for a healthy immune system.
  • 3 essential B vitamins to assist the body make and use energy.
  • Manganese, which helps support healthy bones.
  • And lastly, Copper. Copper is an essential mineral that helps iron absorption in the body and the formation of red blood cells.
So if nothing else, if he starts the day with a big glass of Nesquik chocolate milk, least I know he's getting these important vitamins and minerals! 

What do you do to keep your kids well-rounded & encourage possibilities? And how do you encourage nutrition in their daily lives?

13 January 2016

8 Ways To Manage Stress

It seems that no matter how hard I try, there is always something weighing on my mind. There is always another problem that comes up, or decision that needs to be made. Honestly, adulting is hard work, right? Thankfully we have a vacation coming up soon, so that should help me to decompress a little. But when we're stressed and need an outlet, vacations aren't realistic most of the time. Least not for me. ;-)

But over the years, I have learned some of the ways to combat the stress I feel. It's not always possible to do all of these things all of the time, but even if I can manage some of them, it helps a lot. Most of these these ideas are fairly obvious, but at the same time, most are also easy to forget & let fall by the wayside. And then stress and anxiety can creep in and take over, then no one is happy. I just have to keep reminding myself of this list, and when I'm making an effort to manage my stress, I'm a much more positive person to be around.

Exercise regularly
I know this is a tough one for a lot of people, because exercising can be so tiring & so daunting. But the benefits far outweigh the hassle. It's amazing how good I feel when I leave the gym after a good work out, I feel like an immediate weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Get enough sleep
Yah yah, I know, this is nearly impossible when you have kids & a never-ending to-do list. Not to mention that when I finally get some time to myself at the end of the day, I don't want to go to sleep. I wanna curl up on the couch with Netflix and some snacks. ;-)

Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve
This is a new one for me, and I just recently learned about this supplement. You're probably wondering what it is? Natrol 5-HTP is a drug-free, plant-derived mood enhancement supplement, which promotes calmness throughout the body by naturally increasing your bodies Serotonin levels. And this one? It's easy to do! Finally, something easy. ;-) (more info on this below, so keep reading!)

Make time for your hobbies & interests 
This one is one of the most important ones, at least in my opinion. I think too often we get so caught up in all of the things we are doing for other people, that we forget to pursue our own passions. We can literally lose ourselves, I believe, if we don't have our own hobbies. Indulging in the things we are interested in helps us stay fresh, accomplished, and progress as people.

Keep a positive attitude 
Easier said than done, I know. I've been working hard over the past few years to always try and find the bright side to any negative situation. A positive attitude can easily help to keep stress away.

Manage your time wisely
A huge cause of stress? Not managing my time well (re: sitting and watching Netflix instead of finishing the projects I started). Time management isn't something that comes easily to me, but when I nail it, I'm much happier.

Relaxation techniques
This looks different for everyone, and you need to find what works for you. Whether it's some sort of meditation, a long soak in a warm bath, reading a good book, or maybe getting your nails done? Whatever works to help you relax, DO IT.

Find someone that you trust that you can talk to
After a long and stressful day, sometimes all I need to do to feel better is vent a little. Talking it out really does help, a lot. It's beneficial to me to be able to unload my mind, and bounce ideas off of someone else. Don't be afraid to reach out to someone you love & trust, I'm sure they will be happy to offer a friendly ear!

Before I go, I want to switch back and chat about Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve supplements again really quickly!! I didn't really understand what Serotonin was, and how much it can effect mood and stress levels. But after learning about it, I realize how important it is. Serotonin is the chemical messenger that affects sleep, appetite, mood, emotions & behavior. Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve can actually help provide a more positive attitude in your daily life by participating in the body's synthesis of Serotonin. And in my busy life, I think it's a great addition to my list of ways to de-stress!

If you're interested in learning more, check out their website! And while you're there, grab a $5 off coupon and try it yourself! It's also sold at most retailers, online retailers, and natural food & supplement stores. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as well!
*If you are taking any other prescription drugs, please consult with your health care professional before taking Natrol 5-HTP. 

Okay now go and try out some of these techniques to de-stress your life! You won't regret it! :)