Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Is your table ready for guests?

The holiday season is upon us-are you ready to #LoveOutLoud? Christmas and New Year's are my favorite time of year because we make a point to see all of our family. This year we are starting a new tradition and bringing our family to our home. Everyone received an invitation and gas card as a surprise in the mail to join us for four days of family. Of course with family coming I knew I needed the perfect decorations! @Telefora is my go to when it come to centerpieces and this year was no exception. Look at the amazing holiday line up-so many options for every decorating style:

I especially love the theme this year of “Love Out Loud”. My grandma was the true spirit of the season and did so many special things for so many always felt she was listening and you were her main focus. I try to remember this lesson with my own children and really focus on them and look them in the eye so they know that I am listening. While my grandma never had a chance to meet my family I like to bring her traditions and pieces of my childhood alive especially during the holiday season. This year I was very excited to see this particular option for centerpieces:

We lost my husband's grandmother this year and I think the two candles will be a perfect representation of their love during this time when our family gathers. The centerpiece is stunning in person and the roses smell amazing as always. I cannot wait to go around the room and share our special memories of those we have lost before lighting the candles.

Haven't got your decorations yet? It's not late! Telefora works with 10,000 local florists who design your arrangement by hand and deliver to your day-often on the same day! I love that I will be able to use the vase year and after year! What is your favorite holiday tradition? Also you can follow Teleflora on Facebook and tag your own #LoveOutLoud moment.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Flashback post-stay tuned for a 5 year review!

Five years ago we attended the first wow summit and here is how it changed my life:

Going Organic-Is it for you?

Four years ago I began a downward spiral of medical disorders. It started with limbs going numb then on to slurred speech and constant pain and stomach problems. The short list of my recent diagnosis of the last six months includes Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and on and on. Of course my first thought was how I had horrible genetics and how could I feel this bad everyday still being in my 20's. After visiting a genetic specialist I really thought being on 6-7 medications was going to be my life...I mean these were specialist how could they be wrong? Then this past weekend my life changed for the better-I attended the amazing WOW Summit by Mom's Meet-Just look at all these great bloggers trying to do the WOW sign:
So at this amazing conference I heard the most amazing feedback in a break out session. There was another person just like me-countless diagnosis and at the end of the line. I came home full of hope-could you really "heal" your body with food? So I began to search the web and guess what-I found story after story of people that went organic and started to feel better. Now I am not saying that every health condition can be healed by changing your diet but I do think that it can help with many of my symptoms. Follow me on my journey of finding great tasting organic products and healing my body. Also I will be posting various articles about the truth of GMO's (genetically modified plants/organisms) and how we may be poisoning ourselves without even realizing the cost. Join me as I travel down the organic path and train myself to eat healthy and clean!

*Stay tuned for an amazing review of all the growth and amazing knowledge I learned this year at the 5 year anniversary! *

Almost time for Halloween!

That's right my favorite time of year is right around the corner! This week I am in charge of my daughter's school snack and I am going to go with an old friend-the teeth monster donuts!
I have tried this twice in the past and mine never look quite this excellent. I usually just buy donuts at the bakery and find teeth at the dollar store-we use the color vampire teeth. For eyes we have tried mm's and sixlets. The sixlets or any round ball candy seem to work much better. Overall they are a hit for each class! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"Cool Mee" Car Seat/Stroller liner

Fall is quickly turning to winter but the weather is so crazy! We start the day at 40 and by the afternoon I am sweating from my now over dressed wardrobe. Unfortunately my daughter feels the heat way more than I do-she gets so sweaty it is out of control! Because she is still in her stroller most of the time she gets a really sweaty back from the stroller and car seat because there is no ventilation! Lucky me I found a great solution-the "Cool Mee" Seat Liner by Meeno Babies. The seat liner is universal which means I can take it from the my car seat and use it in both cars (although once you use the product I would buy one for each!) and is available for infant and toddler cars eats and strollers. The liner is also a great solution for proper padding and to reduce stains on the seat. Since we have but the seat on I feel that my daughter is cooler and when she falls asleep in the car in the sun her back is no longer drenched with sweat! Want to know where to buy your very own? The website has a great link of retailers here based on state!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Is your pet a messy eater? Introducing the Neater Feeder!

Do you have pets? We have both cats and dogs which means my day goes something like this-

1. feed pets
2. clean up little bits of corners that cats decided not to eat
3. wipe up water cat spilled putting foot in bowl
4. feed dog again since he spilled his whole bowl while digging for certain pieces
5. get wet socks from more spilled water and stuck on bits of half chewed food
6. Finally give up  on the mess and prepare to leave in a wet/pet food covered laundry floor!

If you can relate I have the world's best product for you-the Neater Feeder! At first I was a little skeptical and thought it would be just another bowl that we tried and failed BUT if has been two months and I confess I do not know how I lived without the bowl. We have one for our large dog and it has been amazing!

He can eat his food and dig for pieces without making a giant mess. Here is better photo of the design:
All of the spills go underneath the feeder for a quick clean. There is this amazing filter that keeps the food from the water so no more having to waste tons of dog food that falls onto the floor or worry about the food getting wet. There are also great extensions that come with the bowl so you decide how tall or short the bowl should be at any given time. We absolutely love our Neater Feeder!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back to school are you ready?

Ah back to school time-what a great time to redo the closet! Now my daughter is young so we are always buying new clothes but I like to use back to school time to update my closet as well. One of my new favorite online sites is Oasap which is a great online site that offers worldwide free shipping! You know how I feel about online shopping and free shipping-it is a must! Oasap offers such a wide variety of styles it is incredible. There is something for every fashionista and I have found several pieces that will allow me to update my wardrobe and style with a few simple pieces. Here is my new love:

I tend to wear a ton of black and white so I am really looking to update my shoe collection. I need shoes that are both practical and trendy which seems to be hard to find. I was so pleased with the shoe collection at Oasap and the speed of shipping. I cannot wait to continue to expand my shoe collection and boots during winter!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day is just days away!

I cannot believe it is already June and we are just days away from Father's Day.  We usually do something crafty for my husband that includes a photo of little miss and maybe a hand print. I really wanted to shake it up this year and get something that would be different and unexpected. Since I had such a wonderful Mother's Day week I wanted to do something equally as special for the important guy in  little misses life.....what better way then a scavenger/clue hunt leading up to the big gift reveal.  This year we decided we were going to spend Father's Day at the drive in seeing the new Cars 3 movie! So the first clue my husband will receive is a movie bucket filled with candy:

We found everything we needed at the dollar store! I decided to go with miniature candy to make it more like a bouquet and fill up the bucket. Everything is simply glued on popsicle sticks and stuck into foam that we had on hand. If you do not have that on hand I would try the previously posted candy poem for dad!

After we present him with the bucket we will seal the deal that it is indeed the drive in and Cars 3 movie with this festive little number from Teleflora:
How amazing is the collectible keepsake! It is a '65 poppy red Ford Mustang perfect for the theme and any car loving dad in your life! My favorite part is that it is a succulent plant which means my husband will be able to take it to work and keep it on his desk and easily keep it alive!  Another version offered is the Teleflora’s ’65 Ford Mustang Bouquet:

Teleflora never disappoints and always has such quick delivery and great products. The best part is you can have the present delivered directly to that special someones door even if you live far away. I am a huge fan of shopping online and being able to order things on the go so this was the perfect solution that was made for this years gift theme!  If your dad is more into trucks the '48 Ford F-1 Pickup is a great choice:

 Another great ideas from their Father's Day collection include the teleflora's Anchors Aweigh Bouquet.  How adorable to plan a trip to the beach or a boat ride for Father's Day!

 Or you can plan a day at a baseball game or playing baseball in the backyard as a family with the Take me Out to the Ballgame Basket-perfect to share with the whole family!

Be sure to check my pinterest page for other great ideas no matter your budget!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Have you begun thinking about Father's Day?

Father's Day is right around the corner which means we have to begin thinking of our annual craft! I also want to incorporate a family day this year not sure what we will do but first the card. So far this is in the lead:

The only issue is that my husband is not a huge candy fan. Has anyone every done this with something else? Maybe tickets to favorite events or things that you have done as a family? Looking forward to hearing all your great ideas!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mother's Day 2017-Create your own adventure

This year will all of the other parties and events Mother's Day was going to be lost in the shuffle and we were going to "float" it until July or so when we had a free weekend. As I watched my husband and daughter scan over the calendar painstakingly trying to find the perfect weekend I watched on and just thought how this little moments are the ones that will last a lifetime.

So instead of choosing one day to celebrate and make it "perfect" we decided to do three days of surprised and adventures that would not only release some of the stress from the party planning but build memories.

Day 1:

The first day I woke up to a table full of ice cream. Yes that is correct on a Monday morning before we all went to work and school we had an ice cream party! Ice cream is my one weakness that I usually do not eat because I either forget to buy it at the store/the cooler is to far once I have all my other groceries or we get home so late that its the last thing on my mind. This was one of the sweetest simplest surprises and one of the best breakfast bonding moments we have had in a long time.

Day 2:

Clean house. I know this sounds like not really a present but when you have pets, kids, full time activity and a full time work schedule-cleaning is a nightmare. Usually I wait until my husband takes little miss to her piano class Thursday evenings and run around the house getting it all clean for the weekend. Today I came home after a long day and grocery shopping to a perfectly clean house. This is something that doesn't cost anything but is priceless.

Day 3:

It wouldn't be Mother's Day without flowers! Did you know that flowers remain among the top gifts for Mother's Day?  This year Teleflora really outdid themselves! The theme this Mother's Day is "Just Like Here" #ImJustLikeHer this moving video they created to honor mothers everywhere:

I love the message that our mother's form our lives each day with every little experience even if you see things differently. Use the hashtag #ImJustLikeHer leading up to Mother's Day to share your personal reflection of your mom and how she has shaped your life.  

As you think of all the wonderful things your mom had done for you teleflora is offering some amazing choices of bouquets that will carry beyond when the flowers are gone (which is well over two weeks in our house...the  quality is amazing!). The bouquet I received this year is the teleflora artisanal beauty bouquet:

 The white roses are stunning and so fragrant! As always the flowers arrived quickly because Teleflora partners with over 11,000 member florists in North America so you are receiving the freshest flowers from your community.  My favorite part was the packet of lemonade my daughter attached to the handle with a wooden spoon. She included a note about making lemonade and memories in the summer....I think my heart melted into a million tiny pieces!  I am so excited to use the pitcher all summer long! They really do deliver on their slogan "Flowers in a gift!"
Here is a full description of the Teleflora Artisanal Beauty Bouquet:
"Sweet and lovely, just like mom. Send her this pretty 2-in-1 gift that arrives as a fanciful mixed bouquet filled with crème roses, lavender alstroemeria, and chrysanthemums nestled within a hand-painted, floral embossed stoneware pitcher; FDA-approved to safely serve and store food, microwave and dishwasher-safe."

There are so many great things you can do with this collection! My other favorite is the Teleflora's Splendid Garden Bouquet:

What an adorable gift and you can include seeds or other gardening tools for a present that can be used all year long! Full description of the Splendid Garden Bouquet:
"Just like mom, this delightful garden-inspired Mother’s Day floral arrangement will deliver a heartfelt smile across the miles. As a long-lasting keepsake, mom will enjoy its sweet watering can that features a hand-painted, vintage botanical print." 

Of course Teleflora also has your traditional stunning vases that never dissapoint...a few great choices for Mother's Day include: 

Teleflora's Dancing Violets Bouquet: 
"Just like mom, handmade bouquets light up a make her heart dance with this fun and pleasing purple and white bouquet filled with lavender and white daisy spray chrysanthemums, purple carnations, and a medley of other floral accents. This beautiful floral arrangement is displayed within a purple glass cube vase with a pretty pressed violet. design."
Teleflora's Bold Elegance Bouquet:
"Bold and beautiful, just like mom. Pamper the ‘best mom in the world’ with this decadent bouquet brimming with hot pink roses, vibrant pink stargazer lilies, snapdragons, and lavender cushion spray chrysanthemums artistically- arranged in an elegant, fuchsia blown glass vase".
Teleflora's Sparkle and Shine Bouquet:
"Chic and modern, just like mom. This show-stopping bouquet is a perfect reflection of her effervescent beauty; inside and out. Gorgeous pink roses, fragrant white Asiatic lilies and lavender look oh-so-lovely in this one-of-a-kind purple metallic glazed vase with sparkling rhinestones that is sure to dazzle her."
No matter what you decide to do this year make sure you let your mom know how much she means to you!  


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tsum Tsum party time!

I cannot believe little miss is going to be 8 in a few short weeks! This year our family party is Tsum Tsum which is not an easy task. My first goal is to create birthday favors on a budget! I really wanted to capture the essence of a giant tsum tsum without the cost of buying a favor box so I began to think and found the perfect solution-toilet paper rolls!

For this project you will need:

Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
Construction Paper and Glue or Paint
card stock for end of roll
 Printer for the faces
small prizes

Step one:

We decided it was easier to use toilet paper  to keep all characters consistent. Once you have the tsum tsum faces printed you hot glue to one end of the toilet paper roll.

Step two:

We then covered the tube in glue from a glue stick and rolled it in normal colored printer paper:

Some of the paper was a little lumpy so we trimmed close to size on the others and made sure the seam of the paper was on the bottom of the roll. We also tucked the paper in the end for a more finished look.

Step three:

Fill with prizes. We used erasers, small plastic animals, a foam key chain, and necklace. Be sure not to over stuff of the head will be pushed off.

Step Four.

Glue the end with the face down and place card stock or thicker paper on the end. Do not flip the tube until it is completely dry or everything will fall out.

Step five:
Once dry flip over and trim off the excess paper. Enjoy your tsum tsum its a great favor and a craft everyone can help with!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Almost time for Easter!

Spring is here and Easter is right around the corner-is your home ready? My favorite time of the holiday is our backyard Easter egg hunt and our family coming over for lunch. Of course with visitors comes cleaning and getting our house ready and decorated....and you cannot have a complete table without fresh flowers! Of course our go to company is Telflora's flowers that provide the freshest floral designs. My favorite from the Easter bouquets is Teleflora's Songs Of Spring Bouquet:

The bouquet includes pink tulips, pink matsumoto asters, green button spray chrysanthemums, white daisy spray chrysanthemums, pink heather, sword fern, bupleurum, and variegated pittosporum. I am in love with anything with daisy's and this compliments our table perfectly. The wonderful spring lantern is perfect for spring and summer and can be used for outdoor candles and flowers.  I love the way the flower aroma fills the entire house and brightens up the table!

Other fantastic Spring/Easter floral arrangements include Teleflora's Blooming Spring Bouquet: "Say hello to blooming spring style! Organic-inspired, this eye-catching ceramic vase is hand-painted in soft shades of cream and teal. Its embossed flowers and whimsical pearlized glaze give it a charming, handmade quality - a most delightful accompaniment for this fresh spring burst of lavender roses, white lilies and pink stock!"

And the Teleflora's Country Spring Bouquet: "Like a quiet walk in the country, this heartwarming bouquet of peach, white and yellow blooms invigorates the spirit and delights the senses! Carefully arranged and hand-delivered in a delightful yellow metal pail with a wooden and metal handle and charming distressed details, this springtime gift is one they'll long remember!"
Both are perfect for any spring decor and can easily carry into summer.  As always ordering is very easy and convenient for any schedule! You can order online here and check for any promotions or deals of the day!  Your local florist will then deliver the flowers when it is convenient for you-one less errand to run getting ready for the holiday! We are never disappointed with the colorful quality flowers that last for many weeks!

Not having an Easter lunch or dinner? Teleflora is perfect for any occasion and easy to shop by collection or event. With constant changing designs and styles there is something for everyone!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Relax and enjoy Kneipp

As we get closer and closer to my daughter's birthday and Easter I begin to get more and more stressed. We also have her First Communion this year so it will be 4 parties back to back for half of March and April! With that being said I am always trying to find ways to relax and recharge before taking on the day. My new go to product is Kneipp lavender bath oil.

Just a tiny cap full can turn your entire bathroom into a relaxing oasis. My husband loves how the oil is light yet carries over  our home to create a light fragrance.  My daughter's favorite product is the lavender bubble bath. 
I like that the smell is not overwhelming and she can relax without me worrying about hurting her body with a fake product. The bubble bath is blue and does need to be applied under running water-my daughter once applied directly to the skin which can leave a slight tint....lesson learned always read the label!

Kneipp products are vegan and sustainable.  I always like to support a company that creates healthy products for the environment and your body.  There are so many choices including products for men, women, and children. We also love the bath salts and lotions for a grease free finish.  Have you ever tried Kneipp? It is available on Amazon and on the Kneipp Official Store!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hello Spring Hop

Spring is right around the corner and that means it is time for spring cleaning! I am always concerned about what is in a cleaning product and try to be as natural as possible. I finally found an amazing company that is green and actually works-Charlie's Soap! My favorite product is the laundry soap:
It is a powder that is made for all machines and leaves your clothes feeling soft and smelling neutral and clean. I was a bit hesitant about using a powder in our high efficiency washer but it has been amazing. After a few washes your clothes come our softer than ever and really are odorless which is a big deal around our house filled with athletes!  Charlie's Soap offers a ton of products including liquid laundry soap, laundry pre-spray, laundry booster, kitchen and bath cleaner, and indoor/outdoor surface cleaner.
With pets and children is is so great to find a product that contains both natural and biodegradable ingredients! I have also tried the surface cleaner and it makes the surface feel fresh with no residue. I also love that I can clean my home and not have to worry about an overpowering smell.

Want to try Charlie's Soap? They have graciously decided to give away 3 prize packs! One large and two small for our second and third name drawn. Enter using rafflecopter below and hop to other great giveaways! #rvm #hellospring

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Healthy snacks delivered to your door!

Since going back to work full time I have been trying to find a way to make our weekly errands easier on everyone. I used to have to go to three stores or more looking for snacks that my daughter would eat and were portable. She likes to change up snacks so often it is hard to keep up and buy in bulk so it made for a very time consuming shopping experience. While at my mom group a few weeks ago one of them suggested a great solution to my problem-Graze. It is an awesome service to get snacks by mail that has over 100 options!  My favorite part of the snack box is that you have a say in what you would like to have in your box. You simply tell Graze what you like and they send a customized snack box. Here is the box that we received:

My favorite in the entire box was the pretzels with dip and the mix of freeze dried fruit. My daughter actually tried rhubarb and loved the way it tasted! I like that the containers are all sealed and I can throw it in the book bag or my purse for a healthy afternoon snack pick me up. The snacks are the perfect portion to be satisfying and perfect portion control.

Other highlights of Graze boxes are that they contain no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Another great way to eat your Graze box is using as a mix in for a fuller meal. We often mix our seeds and freeze dried fruit into some homemade yogurt for a great breakfast! 

Order your Graze box here with zero commitment as they do not require you to get a minimum subscription. This is a great way to introduce your family to new foods without buying large portions.   What is your favorite Graze box snack?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We have a new pet!

So after months little miss has convinced me to get a new pet. Introducing Mr. Dragon Tongue. I will be updating soon on all things lizard!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great healthy snack without all the chemicals and dye-Yes please...we love Nick's Sticks!

We are always on the lookout for easy snacks that are also healthy. I became very ill a year ago and found it necessary to switch to all non gmo/organic/and grass fed products. We found out that I was allergic to all yeast and sugar products. I had no idea at that time it would be such a struggle finding delicious food that was also free of nitrates, antibiotics, hormones, and sugar!

As a family on the go I found it super frustrating to have anything portable that my kids would actually eat and that was healthy. When I heard about Nick's Sticks I knew we would have to try it since my daughter and husband love beef sticks and jerky!

After much searching I stumbled upon Nick's Sticks. As the slogan says it is "All of the goodness and none of the garbage".
There are four flavors of sticks- beef sticks, spicy beef sticks, turkey sticks, and spicy turkey sticks. My favorite are the turkey sticks- I love the texture and great taste of the turkey. My daughter loves the spicy beef sticks-she says they are just the right about of hot! 

Nick's Sticks has also just released jerky! I am so excited to try all of the flavors and find the perfect midday portable snack!

You can order Nick's Sticks here and choose if you would like it by the pack or a monthly delivery. Have you tried Nick's Sticks? I would love to hear what you think! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cute spring fingerprint craft

As my daughter continues to grow I realize how big she is getting and wonder if I will remember her tiny little hands, feet, and fingers. I have decided to make some great crafts that will last and can be used to decorate all year long. Here is our newest creation:

I used her fingerprints and  a yellow stamper. We then mounted on yellow paper and outlined a few fingerprints in black to make the bees.

I will be including a cute poem about spring and laminate for the mantle. We also had my daughter write "Will you bee mine" in the center and send to her grandparents.

Overall its a very easy craft that can make for a great spring decoration.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Two weeks away from Valentine's Day-order your Teleflora flowers now!

Can you believe we are only two weeks away from Valentine's Day? My favorite part of the day is when a bouquet of flowers arrives from my husband to my daughter. She absolutely adores her special flowers and it really is a special memory that will last a lifetime. My husband has always ordered her flowers from Telefora and we have always been amazed at the quality of the flowers. This year the bouquet of choice is the Telflora's True Lovelies Bouquet:

The flowers arrived exactly as pictured in an amazing vase. I love that it is high quality and something that we can use for years to come.  Each year in spring my daughter plants seeds in each of her vases and recalls what the flowers looked like and which one was her favorite. This specific bouquet features a delightful mix of red roses, pink alstroemeria, red miniature carnations, huckleberry, seeded eucalyptus, and lemon leaf. It is a perfect combination that smells incredible.   My husband's favorite part is  the ordering process. It is incredibly easy to order online and they will call to set up a drop off time based on your schedule. There are so many great options this year for Valentine's day and all year long! My favorite is the Love's Passion Bouquet by Teleflora.

Each bouquet is hand made and professionally designed by a florist in your very own neighborhood which means freshly cut flowers! There are so many options for every budget-you will be sure to find something wonderful for Valentine's Day and all special occasions in your life. #HandmadeByTF #Teleflora

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

First Valentine's Craft of the season!

We have so much more space to decorate in the new house and I am seriously lacking in any Valentine's decor. I decided to start with something to put over the mantle and this amazing craft was born:

The four pieces of paper are printer paper and  the background is a large sheet of construction paper.
We dipped the feet and hands in ink and painted the letters with black paint. It was a very quick and easy craft that will be sure to last for years. We may even take in to laminate to be sure that it will stand the test of time. What is your favorite Valentine's Day craft?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Our last stop was Universal Studios for our Harry Potter fan. She was so excited to find her special wand and do all things magical. Our first stop was Diagon Alley.

I was so impressed with how realistic the entire thing was-the shops, the people, even the brick. My daughter was on cloud nine and couldn't believe she was in Diagon Alley!

We had so much fun purchasing a new wand and trying out all the spells. The best part was that each magical spot had a witch or wizard ready to help to make sure your interactive wand would complete the trick.

Then it was time to board the Hogwararts express to go over to the school. I would say if you can only visit one park choose do Diagon Alley. It had so much more to offer and really was amazing. I cannot wait to go back with more time and explore the remainder of the park!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Legoland for New Years Eve

My daugher was so excited to Legoland Florida! We had been to California so we were looking forward to seeing the difference. My daughter is really into Lego friends but it was a bit disappointing. The area was small and the lego friend girls were not out and about or available for meet and greets. My daughter did like the fountain you turn on my walking on certain squares. Here are a few of her favorite exhibits and ride:

Although Florida Legoland is larger we still enjoyed California more. I felt like it was more spread our and easier to navigate. They did have a great New Years firework display with glasses that made it look like bricks. A new area of the park will be open shortly and it really is a great time for any lego fan.