Ugh, this is a hard day for me. Our son begins his first day of middle school today. Forget boohoo breakfast…I need a FREE happy hour, stat! I need somewhere to go and cry it out with other sixth grade moms because our babies are no longer babies. Middle School is rough, y’all. It’s that weird transition between a kid and a teenager. Middle schoolers are awkward, going through hormonal changes, and learning about topics that, well, parents aren’t ready for their kids to learn about…..keep reading for free middle school signs printables too.
Do you make time for yourself? To be the best mom, wife, and friend, it’s vital that you take a few minutes out of your day to focus on your needs. And trust me, I get mom guilt. It’s a beast, but how can you accomplish anything with that foggy, sleepy brain and energy-deprived body? There’s 24 hours in a day, and some of those minutes are meant just for you. That’s where the BodyBoss Ultimate Body Fitness Guide comes in!
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With the kids back in school, and fall weather on the way, it’s time to focus on you! There’s nothing like a new wardrobe to kickstart your workout routine, right?! The best part is, these new fall pieces at Target and Target.com are completely affordable and super stylish too! Check out some of my favorite workout clothing for women, available now.
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What are you favorite weekend activities? Living in Florida, we have perfect weather practically year-round, which provides us with the unique opportunity to do just about anything outdoors. I love spending an afternoon sampling local eats at the farmer’s market, heading to a sporting event, or visiting one of the wonderful theme parks in our area.
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Why is my child grumpy after school? You’re not alone. There are many parents out there wondering the same thing. The truth is, your child needs a break. They’ve been at school all day, learning new rules, adjusting from unscheduled summer fun to being in a classroom setting. Behavior changes are bound to happen, but with these simple after school activity ideas, you can turn their frown upside down.
This post is sponsored by Spin Master. All opinions are my own.
After School Activity Ideas
Becoming a parent is cause for celebration! What better way to announce to friends and family that your new bundle of joy has arrived, than with custom birth announcements. Your adorable newborn is picture- perfect and ready to make their big premiere, and Basic Invite is the place to do just that!
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Did we just blink and July was over and done with? Now that it’s August, the attention has changed from long summer days to prepping for back to school. If you’re little ones are heading off to school soon, this handy list of back to school tips for mom is perfect for you!
Today’s post is sponsored by Premier Protein. All opinions are my own.
Back to School Tips for Mom
Raise your hand if you despise swallowing pills! *Raises hand* I know there’s many others that feel the same way. Thankfully, Instavit has come to our rescue with the easiest solution ever: oral spray vitamins and supplements. These pocket-sized nutritional sprays are great for the whole family – kids included! Need help with better focus and concentration? Instavit Clearer Thinking is for you. Trouble sleeping? Two sprays of Sweet Dreams oral spray helps you get your beauty rest. It couldn’t get any easier, right? Read on for more details!
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Do you struggle with mom guilt? You’re not alone. In fact, babycenter.com reports that in a recent survey 94% of moms feel shame over a range of issues. I, too, wrestled with mom guilt, which is why I’m going to share how I took charge of my mom guilt struggles, and how you can too!
Today’s post is sponsored by Duncan Hines and The Motherhood.
Mom Guilt Struggles
What are you passionate about? A few things come to mind when I think about my passions. First, and foremost, it’s my family. I also love writing and photography. And I really enjoy giving back to others. There’s something fulfilling about making someone else smile, don’t you agree? Giving doesn’t have to cost a thing either. Sometimes just donating your time can make someone’s day. Today, I’m sharing 5 easy ways to volunteer, plus how being a Premier Protein Ambassador helped me fuel my community!
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Fueling my community
If you’re struggling to fit in a full workout on busy days, try these 10 minute ab exercises. No supplies are needed, unless you have a yoga mat handy. Just find a comfortable spot on the floor and work through two rounds of these 5 exercises. Complete your day with an evening walk to get the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. Now onto this quick ab workout!
10 Minute Ab Exercises
Over a year ago I made a big change in my life. I decided I was tired of being tired. Although I looked like I was in shape, inside I didn’t feel that way. Can you relate? You are not alone, trust me! I had no idea that when I asked a friend to join me for fit camp – something I’ve never tried before – that it would ignite a flame in me to live a healthier lifestyle. I am SO excited to share that I’m partnering with Premier Protein as a 2017 Ambassador!
What does this mean for you? Lots of healthy recipes, fitness tips, samples and giveaways!
Read on to hear more about Premier Protein & how it’s making a difference in my life.
It may sound like an impossible task, I know. But I’m going to change that thinking of yours by the end of this Me Time Ideas post! Everyone needs a break from the demands of life, and today I’m going to share 5 easy ways to take ME time. Giving yourself permission to slow down and take a few minutes for yourself isn’t selfish.
Just think of your smart phone….the battery drains after all of that texting and use of social media apps, right? So what do you do? You charge it! The same goes for your body and mind. You need a recharge so that you can be a better wife, mom, and friend.
Here’s 5 Me Time Ideas to implement in the New Year
It’s that time of year for giving. Hasbro is on a mission to spread the joy through their BE FEARLESS BE KIND initiative with the Joy Maker Challenge. As someone who has a passion for helping others, I was very excited to partner for this opportunity!
From now through Dec 23rd kids and teens can sign-up to volunteer. Once they’ve shared their volunteer initiative with Hasbro, the company will donate toys and games to Toys for Tots – up to 1 million dollar’s worth! That’s right, Hasbro is paying it forward – when you do good, they do too!
How we are helping others
Doing good makes you feel good. You don’t have to be wealthy to give back. I’m sharing 5 simple and inspiring ways you can help your local community today. Who knows, you may even start a pay it forward movement! Wouldn’t that be incredible?
5 Easy Ways to Give Back
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Schreiber Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own.
Tips for Raising Healthy Children
As parents, it’s important for us to teach our children. And I’m not just talking about education, but expanding upon that topic to include manners, respect, and healthy habits. We are their first teachers, and it’s important that they not only hear, but see how it can benefit their lives. That’s why I’m sharing these tips for raising healthy children.
Are you going car shopping soon? Car buying can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve found an easy way to find the perfect car and take care of the financing, all on one website from the comfort of my own home or even a mobile device. I’m on vehicle #6 – and I’ve truly found the perfect car for me! Read on for car buying tips + how to find the right car payment for you.
Finding the right car payment
You often hear it – women put everyone else first. And it’s true. We tend to be the homemaker, mother, wife, and friend – leaving little for ourselves in terms of time and health. Today, I’m reminding all women that it is okay, and important, to take time for you. How can you be the best mom or wife when you are not taking the necessary steps to refuel your own energy tank? Women’s health not only means her genetic makeup, but her physical, mental and social well-being. Read on for 5 easy ways to be the best you without feeling guilty!
The Importance of Women’s Health
Who’s ready for fall? I love summer, but when fall rolls around it creates a different mood in the air, don’t you agree? The changing leaves and fall festivities are some of my favorite things about the season. Something else I enjoy during the cooler time of year is snuggling up to a wood burning fire with hot cocoa in my pj’s. Speaking of pj’s – have you seen the adorable character “Ski with Me” thermals by Richard Leeds International?
Get ready for fall with these character pj’s!
Saving money is tough. Whenever you have a few extra dollars to spend, you most likely want to splurge on a date night, new tech product, or purchase a new toy for your child. But did you know most financial experts recommend that every person has a (minimum) $1,000 savings fund? It’s true! So, how’s your savings account looking? If you need help kick-starting that savings fund, you’ve come to the right place! Today I’m sharing a simple guide on how to save $500 in 7 days. Read on for details!
How to save $500 in 7 days
What if I told you that you could run, jump, dance, and even sneeze without the occasional oops moment. Yes girls – we are talking about that topic today. If you struggle with bladder leakage (yep I said it) there is no reason to be ashamed! Whether it’s due to pregnancy or another reason, sometimes those oops moments happen. And today, I’m sharing how you can take your confidence back with Poise Impressa®.
How can Poise Impressa help you?
Are you struggling to find your writing groove? Or looking for tips to start a blog? With over 5 years of experience in the ever-growing influencer space, I’m sharing my easy tips for creating content worth reading. Continue reading for details!
5 Tips for Creating Content for Blogs
It’s never to late to begin a new habit. I saw this quote and thought it was fitting for today’s post: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Positive habits, like exercise, can have beneficial results. Are you ready to create your own path?
5 Reasons to Exercise
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Did the summer months fly by for you as well? It certainly feels that way for us. Although I’m lucky to have the opportunity to not only work from home, but homeschool my children, we still need back to school essentials like paper, pencils, craft supplies, etc. We also have two growing boys, which means new clothes and shoes too! So we headed back to school shopping over the weekend. Make sure to read on for helpful tips to help children in need!
Back to School with Crocs
Some of our favorite shoes to wear are Crocs. They have cool styles for kids and moms and dads too! The boys picked up a new pair of character Crocs featuring Batman and Captain America. They seemed perfectly fitting for my two mini superheroes! Some of our favorite features in the kids Crocs line include the Croslite™ foam construction which gives kids plenty of cushion and comfort, and the heel strap gives them a more secure fit, too. They are lightweight and easy to clean, which makes them great for all the wear and tear the school year brings.
Our 5 year old was the most excited for a new pair of Crocs. He yells “my feet are on fire” anytime he has to wear socks. LOL! I mean Florida is hot, but I don’t think that’s the issue. He just has a fascination with Crocs and their breathable material. [Read more…]
Every so often it’s important to reconnect with family offline. Today’s tech world makes it so easy to follow your family’s life from afar, and essentially see them grow up online. However, do you really get to know those cousins that live across the country, or nieces and nephews before they go off to college? Family reunions should be mandatory for every family – yes even the crazy ones!
For the last 9 days we’ve visited with Nate’s family in Chicago. My mother and law and her husband hosted a huge family bash for all 6 siblings and their family members. The long week gave everyone time to catch up on life, and really get to know one another. Kids grow up so quickly and the last time we had a family reunion our boys were far too young to remember. The kids quickly became bff’s and loved playing together. It was so fun to watch their little personalities grow and bond. [Read more…]
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Family is forever. While you don’t always get to pick your family, you can rest assure that they’ll always be around, even the crazy ones! 😉
Strong family values like working hard, being gracious, and standing up for what you believe in were instilled in me from the day I was born. Those are still words I live by today. Once I married my husband, he brought different family values, like a strong faith that we now incorporate into our family life.
Do you have family mottos or words you live by?
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How do you unlock healthy, beautiful skin? Today, I’m sharing some of my beauty arsenal with all of you.
As you all know I’m located in Central Florida and the weather stays pretty warm here. Winter can dip into the 30’s and 40’s, but those are (thankfully) just a few weeks out of the year. Aveeno products are some of my favorites because they’re a trusted brand with quality ingredients that provide noticeable results year-round.
Recently Aveeno sent me this cool keepsake box with two of their products: AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Body Wash. Because I use their products daily, taking the #AveenoDailyChallenge was a breeze!