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Monday, June 29, 2015

Featured Friend | Young Living's Jennifer


If you've not heard of 'oils' being used in households you may be living under a rock, kidding. But really I feel as though a lot of people I know are experiencing the power of essential oils and personally I love the idea of more natural products being used in our home & for our sweet baby/ my family. We've used oils in our house for everything from a teething baby to joint pain and diffusing for joy! My sweet friend Jennifer is an oil genius and has a wealth of knowledge in regards to keeping your house and family healthy with all natural products. She's sharing a testimony AND a recipe with yall today, thank you Jennifer! "Quality sleep has been a struggle for me for many years and I have always taken something to help me rest. That is until I began using Young Living Essential Oils to help me relax and get some good ole ZZZ’s. My new evening routine begins by starting my diffuser about 15 minutes before I turn in. My favorites to diffuse are Cedarwood or Peace and Calming blend. Then I rub Cedarwood on my scalp and the back of my neck and Valerian on the bottoms of my feet. This has made a huge difference in my quality of rest. My new routine has helped me doze off and stay in a deep slumber through the night and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. For more information please visit my website and blog at www.JenniferEbinger.com . " -Jennifer Ebinger Bug Repellant Fill a 4oz botttle with half distilled water / half witch hazel Add 1/4 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional, good for absorption & moisture) Add: 10 drops of purification 5 drops of theives 5 drops of lavender 5 drops of peppermint Shake before each use. - Thank you Jennifer for sharing your story AND this bug spray recipe! Side note: Some people are not comfortable putting peppermint on children/ toddlers/ infants so this is please research for yourselves and do what you feel comfortable with. Jennifer has however made a bug spray without peppermint so check out her blog and maybe you can find alternatives from her!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guest Post by Bit-A-Honey


My mom (Honey) over at Bit-A-Honey
 (get it? Like the candy Bit-O-Honey)
 shared her delicious recipe for Raw Chocolate Cheesecake!

This recipe is especially good if you have fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries to add in every bite!



Here's the link to the original post:
Raw Chocolate Cheesecake
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 It is free of dairy, soy, gluten & processed sugars. And I think it tastes delicious. 

RAW CHOCOLATE CHEESE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE
by Bit-A-Honey's Tammy.

2 cups cashews, pieces
1/2 cup coconut oil, liquid
1 cup Agave
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
Directions:
Soak cashews for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse well. Place cashews into a blender with agave, vanilla & water. Blend for a little bit to get it creamy. Next add cocoa & coconut oil. Blend until creamy. You may need to scrap the sides, just keep blending until it is nice & smooth. Pour contents of blender into a pie pan (or glass container, something about the size of a pie).

CHOCOLATE SAUCE
1/3 cup coconut oil, liquid
1 tsp vanilla
8 tsp Agave
4 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)

Directions: Place all in a glass bowl or measuring cup, mix well and pour over the 'cake'.
Place in the fridge to cool.

As we cut a piece of the CAKE, we like to top the piece with fresh sliced strawberries or fresh fruit salad. This is how I have my 'chocolate covered strawberries' while on the cleanse.

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Thanks Bit-A-Honey for sharing your delicious recipe!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FitbitvsPolar

FitbitvsPolar


Have you seen those fitness watches? It seems like their is over a dozen different ones to chose from. I've had the Polar FT4, the Polar Loop and the Fitbit Charge HR. 

I picked out the FT4 originally because I saw a lot of fitness people on instagram posting pictures of their calories burned while working out. So of course just having had a baby and getting back into the gym I really wanted one. At the time I thought I was having good workouts, after all a 9 month hiatus does bad things to one's health! I remember my first workout I was extremely disappointed, my calorie burn was so low and my heart rate never stayed in fat burn zone. The FT4 has a heart rate monitor belt that you wear around your breastbone. Your watch beeps if you fall below fat burn heart rate. I eventually came to love this feature, so I'd keep a jump rope with me while I did weights and if started beeping I'd jump rope in between sets. I loved this watch. 

Pros: Pretty colors to chose from, beeping to help monitor heart rate levels and an easy to read watch.

Cons: There is no way to sync your watch, for instance our insurance gives us points for going to the gym or getting 10,000 steps a day but we need a watch that can sync to an app then to Humana.

Also I often would get to the gym and forget the HR belt, this may not be a problem for people who have all their stuff together but that wasn't me at the time.

After the Polar FT4 my husband bought me thr Polar Loop. A friend of mine had it and I loved how sleek it looked. This then became my favorite. 

Pros: Sleek, adjustable wristband and it was smooth so I didn't worry about it snagging on my baby or hurting him if he fell asleep on my arm. I also LOVED that this had a goal display and it would fill up as you were active then do fireworks and say GOAL complete. Silly but I loved when I would reach my 'goal'!
You can sync to the computer and Humana. Also you can swim in the watch, not the HR belt.

Cons: You can only adjust the wristband once. You cut the band to fit your arm and that's that. Also the HR belt again, I couldn't remember it every trip. 

The very last watch my husband bought me is the Fitbit Charge HR. My husband bought this because he needed a step tracker, he easily hits over 15k steps on days he works and 10k a day gets us points on insurance. Anyhow he has Garmin and it is great for his long bike rides but it doesn't track steps.When my husband got thr fitbit charge HR he really liked it and surprised me with one for my birthday this year! 

This watch does it all!
It tracks steps, stairs, calories, heart rate and miles. It has a button you push to start a stopwatch and while it is running it tracks all the things I just mentioned. So if you just want to know how many calories you're burning while doing an activity,  turn it on and see! It tracks miles, again turn on the stop watch, run and then watch your distance add up. 

Another great feature is the Fitbit app. The app gives you 'badges' for certain accomplishments such as so many lifetime miles,  climbing a certain amount of stairs etc.

On the app you can also add your friends and do a 'work week' step challenge,  a weekend challenge or a daily showdown challenge. Invite your friends and try to take the most steps! You can also track sleep and set a silent alarm so the watch vibrates on your arm to wake you up. Incase you can't tell this is my new favorite. My husband likes his also!

Pros: All of the above AND NO HR BELT. The watch itself monitors your heart rate on your wrist. You can sync it Bluetooth.

Cons: Not a fashion piece for some but for me I don't mind it! 

I hope this helps anyone trying to decide on a watch!!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pregnancy & Nursing

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Before I get started let me just throw this out there...I'm not a doctor , nurse or anything like that. All of this post is my opinion with a few facts about select products and all of the products were okay'd by my personal doctor. 



When I became pregnant with my son I was a runner.
Ran races, ran for fun and ran a lot.
I stopped running while pregnant for a few reasons ... scared because it was my first pregnancy,  my doctor said not to get my heart rate over 130/140,
 my feet were swollen and I was so tired.
 


While I was pregnant I used some Advocare products,
Advocare Rehydrate,
Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes,
Advocare Omegaplex
 and Advocare Core plex with iron .
 I loved these products.
 


Rehydrate to stay hydrated which also helps the baby grow healthy.


Omegaplex helps with brain and eye development for the baby and my son has been a baby genius since day 1, I credit this to these vitamins.


Core plex with Iron because I was anemic.


Meal Replacement Shakes because sometimes I was hungry but needed safe, healthy protein.


Once my son was born he latched for 30mins each side, yall I know Rehydrate had a helping hand in these. I continued to take rehydrate daily sometimes several times a day while nursing for 15 months and Praise God I was able to exclusively nurse. I've had other friends swear by this for nursing and again because I knew it was SAFE I gave it a shot and stuck with it.


While I was nursing I took Rehydrate as mentioned above. 


Advocare Catalyst to help protect lean muscle mass during weight loss and for an extra , safe boost in my workouts.


Advocare Spark, half a serving for energy and right after I nursed, once daily so he wouldn't get it. Plus Spark has over 28 vitamins and minerals.


Advocare Shakes , yummy and extra protein for baby and me.


Advocare Omegaplex to continue helping with development for my son. 


These products have been game changers for myself and my son during my pregnancy and while nursing. If you'd like more information and details about the products listed let me know! If you're expecting or a new mom, congratulations and enjoy every minute!! 

Find all products here:
www.advocareimpact.us

Blessings!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Featured Friend | So Chick! Melissa


Today I want to introduce yall to my sweet friend, Melissa!
Melissa is the owner and extremely talented lady behind
So Chick! Handbags and Embroidery..
I met Melissa while we lived in North Carolina, she's a doll. I received a sewing machine from my Mom as a gift and Melissa came over, taught me how to use it and shared two patterns with me.. all while running her own shop, So Chick!.

Here's a little more information on Melissa's shop:

I started SoChick! Handbags & Embroidery in 2009 as a part-time venture, from my dining room table!  What started as a part-time handmade handbag & embroidery business has grown into a full-time personalized gift business.  At SoChick! you will find personalized gifts and accessories for "Everyday Chicks" and their little ones, from bridal and wedding gifts, to monogrammed bags, accessories and ladies apparel, to one-of-a-kind personalized items for baby and kids.  I strive to only carry quality products, offer a personal approach to customer service, and make custom ordering a fun and friendly experience.  I love being able to add personal touches to items that will be gifted with love and provide lasting memories, as much as I love monogramming accessories which are on trend and live up to the "monogram everything" mantra!  At SoChick! I like to say we're "Everyday chic for everyday chicks!", because monograms are timeless and you can wear a monogram for any occasion!

Very recently Melissa added racerback tank tops to her shop, I fell in love as soon as I saw her in hers & before I know it I received one in the mail along with a COUPON code for my readers!

But before I share that code let me tell yall about this tank...
first off I couldn't decide on a color,
I wanted them all so I asked my husband to pick!
He picked Kelly Green and I chose the white thread.

I had no idea how SOFT this tank was going to be.. it's the softest shirt//tank top that I own and I'm obsessed already.

I love that purchasing from So Chick! not only helps a Momma work from home, but it goes to a small family owned business (& a sweet lady!).

Last but not least,
every girl needs something or several things monogrammed! 
 



Stop by Melissa's shop,
SO CHICK! HANDBAGS & EMBROIDERY
order a tank top
and use this code she's sharing with my readers:

TEXASTIME20 
to enjoy 20% off your order.

Thank you Melissa for this awesome tank top and coupon code!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What I Wore | Hot Pink

Summer is HERE and this outfit
feels like sunshine and backyard parties to me!





I love these pants,
they're modest,
they're shorts,
they're pants
AND
they're adorable!

Top: Ross
Pants: AFB Exchange
Shoes:Marshalls
Jewelry: Premier Designs

Linking up!



pleated poppy

Saturday, May 30, 2015

What I Wore | Little Black Dress & Premier Designs


Should this post have been up earlier this week? Why of course it should have.
However we had some beautiful weather and my husband was of so... family first,
 even now as I type there's a toddler on my lap and a storm coming down!

As May comes to a close I want to thank Crystal with Premier Designs again for sharing all of her beautiful jewelry with me. I had so much fun wearing the pieces I've shared and I look forward to doing more business with you and featuring more jewelry as I purchase pieces here and there!
Thank you Crystal!


Onto this week's 'What I wore' ...
Everyone should own a little black dress and this one was gifted to me by my Mom.
I love that it's light, flowy, came with a belt (not pictured) and has an 'aztec' cut out print on the whole thing over a silky material.

For the jewelry part of this outfit I kept it super simple,sometimes less is more..so enjoy this layered, turquoise necklace from Premier, It's such a bold, beautiful,versatile piece.






Dress: Walmart
Necklace: Premier Designs
Shoes: Marshalls



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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gillespie Dancing | Book Review

A few months ago I was offered the opportunity to receive a children's book in the mail to share on my blog and review.

Gillespie Dancing by Tina Streeter


This is the colorful and creative story of Mr. and Mrs. Dancing, who were so tickled to find out they were going to have a baby boy that they almost forgot they would have to name him! Kids will love to find out their unconventional method for choosing a name and families will come together around the great cast of characters. Energized by Daphne Williams' bright and vibrant illustrations, the story captures a strong sense of what family means, which will be reaffirming and inspiring to children whether they come from a large family or are the only child. The way this family celebrates together is a good way of conveying to children the value in sharing joy with those closest to you. Tina Streeter, Gillespie's author, based the story on the birth of her nephew Avery- the first boy born into the family in 23 years. She is the proud mother of adult twin daughters, two sons-in-law and two beautiful grandsons. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas and knows a thing or two about family and dancing for joy.

My son and I enjoyed this book, I read the book before sitting down with him and thought it was adorable.
Tina did a wonderful job on her first Children's book and was so kind to share it with us.

My son is only a year old so it was a little long for him but if you're child is older with a little more attention span this book would be a fun read,  as mentioned in the description it was fun to read the way they decided on the name Gillespie. I also love how family oriented the book is, as we also used family names for our first son.  The entire book had such a fun, upbeat and happy theme.



Find Tina's book on Amazon and if you don't have a child, might I recommend buying it and donating it to your local School or Public library?

Let us know if you read it! 


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Marshmallow Fruit salad



Recently we acquired a large amount of strawberries. 

Our grocery store had them marked WAY down so I bought a large container ... followed by my mother in law giving us TWO more containers only a few days later. We had to act fast on these so they wouldn't go bad. So I got to thinking a delicious and healthy snack. This snack does have a lot of fruit so maybe eat it in the morning or right after a work out.


Marshmallow fruit salad
I know what you're thinking...healthy marshmallows?



We recently discovered a company called Walden Farms. Walden Farms puts out products that are calorie free, fat free, gluten free & sugar free. They have a large variety of dressings,  barbecue sauces dips and syrups. So far we've tried quite a few of their products and liked them. 



One of the dips is called Marshmallow Dip. Sugar, gluten, calorie and fat free.
(Go ahead, read it again)



Here's the details:



3 strawberries
1 cutie ( small orange)
1 apple (small)
1 tbs of marshmallow dip



Mix together gently in bowl and enjoy.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What I Wore | Spring Maxi


Who doesn't love a maxi? This one is silky, open back and even in the summer feels cool.
A maxi paired with my favorite Premier Designs earrings and a necklace kept this look simple, but added color and completed the outfit. You'll notice a different necklace towards the bottom, I couldn't decide on just one!








Necklace (both):  Premier Designs
Earrings: Premier Designs
Jacket: JCpenney
Dress: Thrift but Old Navy
Shoes: Marshalls


pleated poppy

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Summer Bucket List


This year I feel like our sweet boy is old enough to actually enjoy Summertime,
after all he LOVES to be outside like Mommy and Daddy!

To me, Summer has already started..so we can start checking things off this list ASAP.

On my list:
Zoo- Any type, petting, drive through.. doesn't matter!
Hiking- Preferably not too high, and not too hot! (haha)
Splash Pad- How fun would this be?!
Camping - I have a few spots picked out, we'll see which one we pick!
Baseball game - Houston, San Antonio, Round Rock, Arlington, doesn't matter to me.
Library - Let's get to reading this summer, on a blanket outside..how perfect?!
Playground - Can't ever go wrong here!
Picnic with friends - Who knows if the kids would sit and eat but it could be fun!
Swim Party - We'll blow up the pool, bring your suits!
Charity Event- There are always opportunities to go show support in South Texas.
Race - I'd love to run a race with my guys and/or friends, no paint or glow though.. one is too messy and one is past my bedtime!
Beach - Nothing more to say!
Ice Cream- Tuesday nights Baskin Robins has family night, cheap family date.
Popsicles on the Patio - with Mom and Dad or friends, we'll make 'em just show up!

What is on your bucket list this summer?!
I'm sure mine will get longer!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Featured Friend | Premier Designs Crystal

This month I've mentioned a FEW times and will mention a FEW more about a sweet lady I met, Crystal.

Crystal has a passion for people and is so sweet.
I was looking for sponsors and Crystal was that answer.

She showed up with a HUGE trunk of jewelry, Premier Designs jewelry.
She opened the trunk and said "Have fun!".. not only did I have fun going through it but so did my toddler. This jewelry is DURABLE, gorgeous and so versatile. While my son scooped it up with his toy shovel, put on a few bracelets (too smart!) and played with it, Crystal helped me pair pieces and show me all the ways the  necklaces could be worn.
From clip on pieces, to necklaces being braided the options are endless.

I was able to put together 5 outfits with this jewelry and have a necklace on the way that I can't wait to share.
Thank you Crystal for being such a blessing, sharing your passion and sharing your jewelry. It was a pleasure working with and meeting you,
here's to a new friendship!

Check out Crystal's online catalog & her facebook .

"I started selling Premier Designs jewelry about three years ago as a way to make a little extra pocket money for my family. I've stayed because I found a community of women who build each other up and support each other for the glory of God. I am proud to be YOUR Cibolo jewelry lady!"
- Crystal with Premier Designs 



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What I wore | Casual 'Mom' outfit

As I mentioned last week,
I recently made a new friend named Crystal & she was generous enough to share her collection of Premier Designs jewelry with me.

This week I'm sharing my casual // mommy // playdate outfit.
When you're chasing a toddler in this Texas heat staying cool, modest and in cute clothes can be a challenge!

Hope you like it!










Necklace: Premier Designs
Bracelets: Premier Designs
Top: Yardsale
Shorts: Walmart
Shoes: Walmart


I absolutely loved the pieces I picked out this week. The watch was my favorite!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Trendy Toddler | Neon

I am your typical mom,
obsessed with my son,
taking pictures of him all day, everyday
and love shopping for him!
With that said I am hoping to start a new link up on Thursday's where we share our Trendy Toddlers!

This week I'm sharing my new favorite outfit that my son has..






Top: Carter's (Burlington)
Shorts: Carter's (Burlington)
Shoes: Carter's (Burlington)
Sunglasses: Target

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What I Wore | Casual Date Night


Hey Yall!
This week I am really excited to get in on an outfit post. I love my summer wardrobe and have waited all winter to be able to share some 'what I wore' posts. We also have a sponsor this month. 

Crystal with Premier Designs was so kind to share her TRUNK of jewelry with me, a girl's dream right? So for the month of May I will  posting to share how I paired her jewelry with my 
clothes/style.  Crystal was so sweet.

Now onto my outfit! It was hard to chose which piece because there were soooo many beautiful pieces (& so little time). I love the watch and necklaces especially, the pendant necklace is actually labeled 'Avery'..what a coincidence. 

This is what I would wear on a casual date night, a nice restaurant with a patio and my sweet husband would be so ideal!







Earrings: Premier Designs
Necklaces: Premier Designs

Bracelets: Premier Designs
Blazer:Walmart
Top: Walmart
Shorts: Academy
Shoes: Marshalls

Which piece is your favorite?!