Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Our 'Perfect' Morning Routine + My #1 Tip for Stay At Home + Work From Home Moms

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Mornings. Ugh. Even just hearing the word makes me cringe. Mornings have never been my favorite thing, as I'm much more of a night owl, but after having a kid, you kind of can't be a loaf all day. Turns out, kids need to eat real food and be entertained - crazy right?! It's taken us a little while, but we've finally figured out a few helpful hints for how to have a more productive day with a toddler. It's about time, because pretty soon we're going to have another tiny human added into the mix and I'm sure our schedules will change again!

Finding and nailing down our perfect morning routine with a toddler has been mostly through trial and error, and of course fluctuates with doctors appointments, etc, that we may have. However, implementing a good daily routine has changed our days around for the better, and usually means less chaos!

Monday, July 11, 2016

10 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

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With temperatures in the 90s almost every single day this last month (and some over 100!), we're doing our best to just keep from melting the second we step outside! The heat is no joke, and has seriously been messing with our normal 'outside-all-day' toddler entertainment strategy, but this very pregnant mama and tornado toddler just can't last in the sweltering temperatures. As H gets older and his days as an only child are dwindling, I'm trying to spend more quality time together with him one on one. Once the Hubs gets home from work, we try to do as much together as a family as we can to create fun summer memories and wear H out before bed. Thanks to a lot of trial and error and suggestions from other outdoor loving toddler moms, we have come up with a few easy and inexpensive ways to beat the summer heat while spending time better together, so you can cool off without emptying your wallet!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Mini Taco Bites

I've talked before about the fact that we are all about easy weeknight family dinners around here, and the easier the better. I'm a big fan of simple dishes that pack big flavor, even more so if they are kid friendly recipes that allow our whole family to cook and enjoy a meal together. H is all of a sudden very into salsa, and seems to really love spicy foods, so when we found LA VICTORIA®'s Mango habanero salsa I knew I had to come up with a quick and easy toddler approved meal that would be fun for us to all make. 

The first thing that popped into my head were tacos, because, come on, who doesn't love a good taco?, but the logistics of a toddler trying to handle those big taco shells had me a little wary. Then I remembered how my family used to use wonton wrappers in muffin shells and lightbulb! A delicious vision of sweet and spicy mini taco bites using the mango habanero salsa popped into my head.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Affordable Bohemian Summer Style with INC at Macy's

I've really been trying to get dressed this pregnancy, you know, in something other than yoga shorts and maternity tank tops. The hardest part of staying stylish while pregnant has been riding both maternity and non maternity clothing that will accommodate not only my growing belly, but my growing hips as well, because let's be honest, my hips officially have their own area code. I haven't been very successful in finding cute summer maternity outfits that are based around shorts or pants, so I'm living in maxis, and loving how easy breezy they are! 

The other problem with maternity clothes shopping? The price tags! It's hard for me to justify buying clothing that I'll only wear for a few months before they go back into a tub that sits in the garage until I get pregnant and start showing again. I'm all about finding affordable fashion that works for pregnancy, postpartum and beyond that looks and feels like it's made to last!

Friday, July 1, 2016

June 2016 PopSugar Must Have Subscription Box Unboxing and Review!

Earlier this month, POPSUGAR contacted me to see if I'd be interested in reviewing their June 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription Box (affiliate links), and I jumped at the chance. I am a total subscription box addict, and love that unlike many other subscription services, POPSUGAR includes all full sized items, not just little travel or tester sized products!

POPSUGAR's Must Have Box is full of specially chosen products and arrives on your doorstep (or in your mailbox) every month, like a surprise box of happiness and rainbows amidst bills and junk mail. Inside you'll find full-sized beauty, fashion and home goods from innovative brands for either $18.95 per month for the MINI, or $39.95 per month for the Must Have. With the Must Have, your subscription box is guaranteed to have at least a $100 value, so you know you're going to get your moneys worth! The MINI subscription box still comes with full-sized goods, just a fewer amount, and the items inside will be different than those that are included in the Must Have box.

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