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Thursday, October 3, 2019

pediped Shoes, Next Best Thing to Bare Feet & GIVEAWAY



I received a sample from pediped for the sole purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

We have been huge fans of pediped for years and years! We first discovered them when my daughter was just a toddler (she's now 12.5!!) and my boys  have worn pediped since they were just baby's in the Original styles. 

We had the chance to try out a Big Boy pair for back to school this year. My youngest headed off to Kindergarten this year and he was looking so stylish in his FLEX Dani Blue/Lime style (They still have the Dani style, but no longer have this color available).




Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Henry Ford Breast Cancer Risk Assessment



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Henry Ford Cancer Institute. All opinions are 100% mine.

1 in 8 women get breast cancer in their lifetime. Your risk is much greater if a close relative has a history of breast or ovarian cancer. But breast cancer can, of course, still hit anyone at any time. It is a very scary thought, but the Henry Ford Cancer Institute is here to make it a little easier on you, by offering a free Breast Cancer Risk Assessment to help you determine if you're at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Visit: Breast Cancer Risk Assessment to take the assessment and get results immediately.
I did the assessment, it was super simple. Asked me questions about my age, fitness level, diet and health habits. Then asked me about my family cancer history. Now because I'm only 29, it didn't give me a 5 year or lifetime risk result, but for women between ages 35 and 85 it can give you the 5 year risk result. But based on my lifestyle and family history (none) it came back as being at an average risk of breast cancer. The assessment can be downloaded so you can share with your doctor.





Tuesday, September 24, 2019

We Went Back to School with Zoey's Attic & GIVEAWAY!



I received samples from Zoey's Attic in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% my own! 

We have worked with Zoey's Attic multiple times in the past, from big sibling announcements, to back to school. We are always amazed at the designs and the quality. The shirts last them all year and they are ADORABLY designed. 

Erin, the owner, is incredible with her designs and her FAST shipping. Even though I receive these for review, I always have them within 3-4 business days. It's incredible. 

All 3 of my kids went to school this year. A very sentimental moment in my life. My oldest went into 7th grade so no shirt for her this year. My boys are in 2nd and Kindergarten and they both received shirts from Zoey's Attic. 

We got the Preschool Rocks shirt with Kindergarten on it in Grey, and also the Kindergarten Like a Boss shirt with 2nd Grade.



Here's the boys, in their shirts, on the first day of school!

My kiddos are growing up, but like always, we love our Zoey's Attic shirts. They wear them once a week, at least and are so happy to show them off.

We like Zoey's Attic, because almost no other students will have these shirts. It's not something everyone has and they don't match all of their peers. The pricing and quality is amazing too.

Zoey's Attic used to be run out of Erin's Basement in St. Louis, MO. Now they finally have a workshop because the business bloomed and expanded!

Zoey's Attic has MANY other shirts and designs besides Back to School:





As you can see, it's not all shirts. She has treat bags for Halloween, Decorative Pillows, Ornaments, Bibs, Blankets, Drinkware, Dog Shirts. SO many items to choose from.

Price: Liam's Kindergarten shirt is $16.50 and Emerson's Like a Boss is $19.50 because it's a dark color. Great pricing and excellent service and shipping times. 

Overall: ***** as always! I'll never rate Zoey's Attic lower.

*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from Zoey's Attic in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Zoey's Attic for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway


Saturday, September 21, 2019

How to Set Space and Time Aside for Yourself While Raising Children




The value of alone time is big and should not be ignored. It is also important to value the way that we utilize that alone time. When you have a child in your life, alone time can be difficult to come by. Even if you are able to find or create it, that time can quickly be interrupted by your child’s desire to have you in their life.

We understand. When kids enter the mix it can feel impossible to find any kind of routine that allows us to make space for ourselves. Children make their way into our lives when they deem it necessary.

Any boundaries we set with your children can often become either completely ignored or only maintained with serious work at best. Plus, you may be working hard enough to find quality time to spend with your partner. Manufacturing more time for yourself can feel like a bigger task than it is worth.

But, it is worth it. Not only is it worth your effort, but this requires much less effort than you might think.

Here are the top tips on setting aside space and time for yourself as a mother while raising children:

Decide How Much Time Is Enough

Honestly, any time is enough. Even if you only have a minute alone in the parking lot before you walk into work, it can pay dividends to capture this time for mindfulness and breathing. You don’t need to be a mediation junkie.

By taking small moments within the transitions of your life, you can improve your mental state tremendously. You may not be able to find an hour for yourself, but you don’t have to. Finding the spaces in your life and using them can yield huge benefits for your personal well-being.

Decide What’s Really Important

If you don’t want to be convinced of something, there is no chance of changing your mind. But, the fact that you’re reading this means your mind is open to the importance of finding time for yourself.

This is not only important for you. By doing this for yourself you improve the way you show up in life for your partner, your child, and the rest of the people in your life.

The science is in. Taking time for personal mindfulness improves patience, social skills, and attitude. These are only a few of the many benefits, but experiencing the results is far more powerful than hearing about them.

Research mindful breathing, meditation, and self-awareness. When you have a little bit of time to work on it, do it. See the results for yourself.


Decide What You Can Ignore…And What You Shouldn’t

You shouldn’t be ignoring important things in your life. Don’t neglect your job in order to go spend 15 minutes breathing in a closet. But, let’s be honest. You don’t need to.

Hopefully, you can build up to longer, more sustained time alone where you can exercise your mindfulness even further. But to start, it is a big step to be able to find the small spaces in life that you can take for yourself.

At first, this might even look like no time at all. What if you hear your kid fall in the other room and start to cry? Sure, get there as soon as possible to be certain everything is okay. But, think about it clearly.

Take a deep breath and compose yourself before going into that room. The small difference will allow you to handle it in the best way possible.

Don’t Be Fearful of Judgment From Others

Some parents who want to focus on setting aside time for themselves are worried about talking about the subject to other people, such as friends, for fear of being judged. 

But does it matter if you are judged? Do you need to be? If you are not comfortable with letting people know about your attempts to take care of yourself, then don’t.

Some people tend to judge others who prioritize self-care as being selfish. First of all, they are wrong. Self-care to a point of pampering could be selfish, but self-care is a way to put yourself in a better position to show up in your life for others. It is selfless.

Setting Aside Time and Space For Yourself

If you don’t think other people will understand your efforts and intentions, don’t let them know about it. That does not interfere with your ability to take care of yourself and improve your position.

Even the smallest steps towards making space for yourself can help you tremendously. It would be a mistake to let anything get in the way of your trying.



Thursday, August 29, 2019

3 Things to Consider when Setting up the Perfect Yard Sale




It’s inevitable that our houses eventually get full of clutter that we don’t want or need. And, hosting a yard sale is a great way to clear out the house to make some space as well as a little money.
Vintage, Garage Sale, Old, Used, Things, Stuff, Trash
If you have a look through your home’s clutter zones, you will likely find all sorts of things you have probably forgotten you own. They may only be worth a few dollars here and there, but it will soon start to add up to a decent amount of money that you could invest in a family vacation or that would simply take the edge off a few household bills for a month or two.
In this quick guide, we are going to look at three things that everyone should consider when they are setting up a yard sale and hoping to turn their household clutter into cash.