Monday, May 30, 2016

Second Trimester Maternity Style with LeTote

After hearing a ton of good things about Le Tote's clothing subscription service, and getting an offer for 50% off my first month, I decided to take the leap. (P.S. Until Tuesday, 5/31, you can get your first month of Le Tote for 50% off too! Just follow this link and use code SUNSHINE50! As an FYI: These are my affiliate links, so I do get a bonus if you sign up, but it doesn't cost you anything extra!)

Le Tote maternity subscription box

It's totally different from Stitch Fix in so many ways, a few of which include: 
  • Where Stitch Fix: sends you 5 mystery items they think you'd like, Le Tote: sends you 5 items that are specifically chosen by you - so you know you'll like whatever you get. 
  • Stitch Fix: charges a $20 styling fee (that's credited back to you if you purchase anything) per box, Le Tote: charges you a monthly styling fee for unlimited boxes per month. 
  • Stitch Fix: you either buy or return the items, Le Tote: you wear all of the items for as long or as little as you want. 
Signing up with Le Tote is really easy. You go through, like other clothing subscription services, and fill out a style profile with your likes and dislikes. After that's done, you can "shop" Le Tote's closet, and start adding clothing and accessories to your closet that appeal to your taste - these are the items that you'll be sent in your boxes! Two days after I set up my account, my first Le Tote box was on my doorstep waiting for me to try on. Once you get your items, you can wear them for as little or as long as you'd like, since you're charged by the month, and send them back when you're ready. As soon as Le Tote is notified that you've shipped your box, they start your next one! That means they don't wait until the clothes arrive at their facility - it's as soon as the return barcode is scanned, so the turnaround is super quick! Once they get notified that you've returned your items, they ask you to go through and rate everything - the fit, colors, fabrics, etc, so they can recommend new items and the perfect sizes for your next pieces. You can cancel at any time and there are no commitments or contracts, and you don't even have to worry about washing anything - Le Tote handles all the cleaning and everything as well. 

My first Le Tote box was a total flub, since somehow I wasn't given the opportunity to customize my tote. The items I received were not my taste at all, so I sent an email to Customer Service and they were amazing - apologized right away for the mishap and made it right with me very quickly. 

My second Le Tote box was great, and I was able to add exactly what I wanted for the warm weather and I loved most everything in my box. I received: Octavia & Co. Fringe Feather Necklace, Octavia & Co. Rustic Saddle Bag, Urban Ma Scoop Neck Overlay Dress, RD Style Duster Length Cardigan, Tart Maternity Shirt Tail Dress, and the Leota Maternity Abstract Print Dress.

le tote maternity
le tote maternity
le tote maternity

I'm a big fan of statement necklaces that aren't too over the top (which I know is an ironic thing to say), and I love that the Octavia & Co. Fringe Feather Necklace is exactly that. The 32" length is perfect for laying with my B.Stamped Jewelry personalized necklaces that I wear daily, or on its own. I love the bright pop of turquoise blue that is the suede-like fringe that surrounds the textured leaf pendant and light pink beads. 

The Urban Ma Scoop Neck Overlay Dress is so ridiculously comfortable, it feels like I'm wearing a nightgown. It's a rayon / spandex blend, so it stretches along with your body as your belly grows, which makes it an awesome maternity dress, but the Urban Ma dress has a hidden gem - it also doubles as a discreet nursing dress once little one arrives. This dress is also available at Nordstrom in both black and a gorgeous Teal blue, but it's only available in the black right now at Le Tote. 

One of the things I really like about the Urban Ma dress is that it is pretty easy to dress up or dress down. In this case, the Hubs and I were going on a dinner date with our favorite 3rd wheel, so I threw on some Tory Burch T Strap Sandals that I found on sale last year (they're sold out now, but you can find similar T strap sandal styles here), and had my favorite hair and makeup artist doll me up and I called it good. 

le tote maternity
le tote maternity

A HUGE thank you to Mariah for making me look so glam! If you're in the Boise Idaho area and are in need of a hair and / or makeup artist, please check MariahJoyHair out! She is not only the sweetest new mama, but she is incredible talented as well! Find her on Instagram here at @MariahJoyHair!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One Big Happy: Red, White + Cute with Gymboree

Disclosure: I did receive one or more of the below items for free in exchange for this post.

Outfit details: Americana Plaid Button Up // Baseball Flag Tee (underneath) // Gym Navy Flag Shorts // Patriot Red Flag Socks // Patriot Red Flag Sneakers // Flag Sunglasses

When I was younger, my parents and I used to do the same thing every year for Memorial Day: camping at a favorite tree house camp site if the weather allowed for it, or a car show and picnic before watching the fireworks. Living right outside of our nations capitol in Washington, D.C., Memorial Day was just as huge as July 4th for our town.

Now that I'm a parent, my husband and I have started our own traditions for our growing family. H is still super young, at just over 2, and baby Bear hasn't even been born yet, so right now our Memorial Day plans are still pretty simple, with one big goal - spending time together, enjoying the beginning of the summer season. 

Last year we spent the long holiday weekend at our family's cabin with perfect weather. We walked around the town all morning, enjoying breakfast at our favorite place, spending the morning on the beach, letting H roam around and play in the sand. After a quick afternoon nap, we headed to the grocery store to pick up some steak and veggies to make dinner, and fired up the grill when we got home. Memorial Day is synonymous with barbecues, and its one of my favorite things about the holiday - the warm weather, the smell of the grill, and gathering around the table to eat family style, and that's just what we did!

Monday, May 23, 2016

How We Do Family Movie Night with Walmart Family Mobile Plus

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias

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Like most families today, we are insanely busy. Even when our day's aren't fully scheduled, it feels like we're always running around, trying to get everything on our to-do lists done. With how often we travel, the Hubs for work, and H and I for fun and family visits, we don't always have the opportunity to spend quality time together. In today's digital age, one of the only ways we're able to stay connected through it all is by our cell phones. Whether it's phone calls, text / picture messaging, or video chatting, we rely on quality phone service and a reliable cell phone in order to keep in touch. 

Every other TV commercial today is cell phone companies claiming to have the most reliable coverage for the best price, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll see that's just not true. Recently, when our family was looking to change providers, we could not find any family plan that was less than $200 for unlimited data, text and phone - tell me again how these companies are "affordable"? With a single budget household, we weren't willing to compromise our budget for service that wasn't even guaranteed in the areas we live in and visit most. 

That's when we discovered Walmart Family Mobile. While browsing around our local Walmart, I saw the Family Mobile display, and it instantly caught my attention. It's simple, you choose a phone, add a starter kit, and then choose your plan. That's it! And definitely affordable thanks to Walmart's low prices and roll backs! I chose the LG G Stylo based on the reviews I read online, and was happy to see that it was down to $179 (from $199). I love the large screen, long battery life, and 13 MP camera, and how easy it's been to use. The affordable pricing and roll backs didn't stop at the phone - I was pleasantly surprised to see that since their Family Mobile plan bills you later, I only had to pay $19.88 when I signed up (down from $25)!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

2nd Trimester Favorites

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, but does contain affiliate links

Not sure when it happened, but it feels like I blinked and all of a sudden I'm more than halfway through this pregnancy. There have been a few things  I've been wearing and using on heavy rotation, and rather than keep the glorious pieces to myself, I decided to be super sweet and share some of my favorite must haves for the uncomfortable second trimester (although, really, are any of the trimesters comfortable?). 

I have totally given up on jeans or pants as of late. My hips have gotten so wide so fast, and it's been basically impossible to find anything to fit my bottom half. I asked on my Instagram a few weeks ago about favorite maternity pants, and a ton of you shouted out Belly Bandit. Being the good little researcher that I am, I decided to try out the Belly Bandit B.D.A.™ Leggings that they tout can be worn Before, During and After pregnancy (hence the B.D.A.™), and wow - just wow.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Essential Vitamins + Nutrients You Need When Pregnant

5 key vitamins and nutrients you need during pregnancy, and why!

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation on behalf of Viactiv that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

As a pregnant woman, I am constantly inundated with ways to care for my baby, and baby "must haves", both online and from friends and family. Taking care of our children is important, yes, but what about me? As mothers, we need to make sure to treat ourselves well and make sure we are getting all of our daily nutritional needs in order to be the in the best health possible. Because if mama has an off day, everyone has an off day!

When you're expecting, the first thing everyone tells you to do is take is a Prenatal vitamin. Many of us assume that these vitamins are all inclusive and have all of our daily recommended needs, but unfortunately, that's just not the case.
important vitamins for pregnancy

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