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23.3.17

BOOMCHICKAPOP Tour - How do you plan to #CRUSHIT

Calling all fans of Popcorn...  Well, not just any popcorn.  Are you familiar with Angie's BoomChickaPop?  I first tried it (and fell in love) at a friends house.  They had it out for a birthday party and it was a hit with everyone there!

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So get this... We love the Kettle Corn.  It is just SO GOOD.  Come to find out, I need to start broadening out flavors, as they are rocking it with several flavors to choose from.  Guess I do need to take those blinders off when at the store!  
If you are in the Atlanta area, you are in luck!  Tomorrow (March 24th) they will be stopping at Perimeter Mall for a Tour.  From 3-7, they will have a LIFE SIZED BAG of BOOMCHICKAPOP for you to step inside and record a video. A video of what, you might ask.  They want you to record a video of what you will do a video for them to share of how you are going to "CRUSH IT" this year.  
More about the video's here: These videos are being compiled and will be shared across social media to help encourage and empower people all over the world. The new "Crush It" campaign is being debuted on this tour, as well as the Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP partnership with I AM THAT GIRL and the launch of the five new flavors.

They will also be in Conyers on the 25th and 26th (from 10-5) for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  (The life sized bag wont be there, because of weather, so don't get upset when you don't see it. You want to see it? Head to Perimeter Mall tomorrow!)

From Angie, on the BOOMCHICKAPOP website: 
Back when Dan and I first started popping kettle corn in our Mankato garage, we wanted to teach our kids the value of hard work—and have a little fun along the way. We also wanted a snack we felt good about feeding them (and, ah, the world). Flavorful snacks with real ingredients found in a kitchen, not in a lab (you know, ingredients you don’t have to scrunch up your face to say). Snacks packed with energy, not guilt. Snacks that keep the joy in snacking (and snacking and snacking…). With bright bags that radiate all the love and fun that went into them from the beginning.

Will you be there?  If not, how would you answer the question:
How will you #crushit this year????

21.3.17

Fourth Trimester Closet Concierge from @zulily

If you have had a child, you know that your body goes through a bit of changes during the time leading up to giving birth, but also afterwards as well.  Some people are able to bounce back to their pre-baby figure immediately, while others take a bit of time.  Let's be honest, not everyone goes back to what they once were, but it is a body earned through growing a baby!!!
Luckily for moms, Zulily is here to help with the changes facing moms and their post baby body!  I am so excited to share this with you!!!  Keep reading!


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Here is more information from Zulily for you to learn more:

That new baby smell, happy cuddles, and being a new parent brings so much joy after a new baby comes home. However, the first few months of motherhood, coined as the "fourth trimester," can also prove challenging since finding the right styles for a new mom's ever-changing figure can be difficult to navigate. Today, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day, launches a month-long limited-edition Fourth Trimester Closet Concierge to help new moms navigate their wardrobes during pregnancy and after they've welcomed their new baby.

The Fourth Trimester Closet Concierge provides a personalized service to help new moms navigate their biggest style hurdles to help them look and feel great during this time of transition. Throughout the month of March, new moms can connect with zulily's maternity team of experts aka Baby-Friendly Fashion Squad (BFFs) by messaging zulily directly in Facebook Messenger using the #BFFs hashtag or by visiting the zulily Facebook page for more details. zulily's BFFs will respond to moms through Facebook Messenger Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m. EST.

The zulily experts will answer some of the most popular fourth trimester questions and launch curated collections of clothing to help new moms solve a variety of style-related questions, ranging from what to wear during nursing to the most flattering silhouettes for any woman's body type. The team will also suggest maternity and fourth trimester apparel styles unique to each mom as well as offer advice to help moms discover new boutique and beloved brands and products. Based on the most common crowd-sourced questions, zulily will create a curated Pinterest board offering additional solutions for new moms at the end of each week. zulily always offers a fresh selection of maternity and fourth trimester fashions that can be shopped anytime on the maternity page.

"Our maternity team at zulily saw the need to provide a special service to new moms who can be overwhelmed and strapped for time. We wanted to provide a special service for these women to help them navigate those first several months and look and feel their best," said Robin Otto, zulily maternity expert and merchandising manager. "Our styles are as unique as the new mothers we dress and our maternity experts have a wealth of apparel expertise to help new moms achieve stylish ensembles that will make them all shine."

The zulily team of experts share fourth trimester fashion tips below and the full list can be found here:

Streamlined silhouettes - It's common to want to hide behind bulky clothing when a body is changing after a baby is born. Avoid chunky fabric, big prints, and super shiny styles as these can give the illusion of a bulkier frame. Instead, stick to solids and dark colored tops and dresses.
Functional nursing apparel (if needed) – Make sure to select products that are easy to care for and comfortable to wear. For moms who chose to nurse or pump, aim to have a few staple bra options during this time, as your bust size will most-likely fluctuate. Surplice tops, nursing tanks and tops are great options since these garments make it easier to breastfeed in public or pump while you're back in your busy routine.
Shapewear – Consider investing in compression garments such as tank tops, seamless camisoles and leggings since these streamline your figure. For example, the Belly Bandit (a top selling item on zulily) helps support a post-baby belly, waist and hips, allowing moms to feel confident as they work at their own pace to get back into their pre-pregnancy clothing.
Adjustable apparel styles – Look for styles such as wrap dresses and tops, which are closet essentials, and flattering for most body types. As a new mom's body continues to change, these garments can easily be adjusted.
For the month of March, head to Facebook.com/zulily to take advantage of the Fourth Trimester Closet Concierge and discover great fashion finds by visiting zulily.com.

14.3.17

The February @LootCrate was #BUILD - perfect for an 8 year old birthday gift!

The month of February brought much fun here.  We had a 21st birthday, an 8th birthday, Valentines and even a trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  The 8 year old is into building things (still, thank goodness) so when I opened up the February Loot Crate, I knew it was going to be a great gift!  Oh, lets not forget that you can turn this months box into a Robot!!!  Score, yet again!


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Who would think that plain box would open up to be turned into something super cool and that it would hold so many awesome things????

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the shirt was immediately worn. He loved it and had to wear it that night for part of his pajamas!  While I know I said this box was for him, I totally took the Tetris magnet and claimed them for me!  Hey, he probably has no clue about Tetris, so fair game!!!
The BUILD themed Loot Crate contained one of the shirts that we come to get most excited about. This one? Power Rangers!!!!  A big score for the cool mom points?  The Lego Dimensions set in there.  He is still Lego crazed, so this was awesome!
We have a bag that we pin all the Loot Pins on.  This one looks pretty cool to me, so we hurridly placed it on the bag for display for all to see.  I love that they are quality pins and not just some cheap "filler" item to put in each month. 

Besides the monthly magazine that comes in, the final item in our crate was this.  How about it is a BATMAN food container.  Perfect to carry your soup or salad or goldfish crackers or whatever you want.  I had planned to send it to school with Broxton, but he has enough distractions at lunch. (He talks a bit too much, just like his mama!)  Instead, Savannah has sort of claimed it as her buddy.  I was going to let it hold her snacks, but she seems to like feeding Batman right now, so that works for us!   
A subscription to Loot Crate would make an amazing Easter gift for the older ones this year.  They always seem to have such cool products.  Just head over to Loot Crate to see what plan works best for you!!!  

Isabella - Girl on the Go #RaisingAReader

In keeping with wanting to share books for Reading Awareness Month, I thought it would be great to share another of the Isabella books that I have fallen in love with.  If you have a little girl in your life, this is an amazing book that I think all little girls should have!



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The "Isabella" series of books is one I fell in love with when I read Isabella - Girl In Charge.  I was not really sure what to expect, but I fell in love at first read!  I am thrilled to get to share with you today, Isabella - Girl On The Go.  Savannah loves these books and will grab them and bring them for me to read to her.  (Broxton even sits down and listens when I read these.  They are really great!)
As a mom to an 8 year old boy, I know all parents are familiar with hearing " I am NOT a LITTLE boy / girl." come out of the mouth of their sweet angels at some point. Am I right?  As soon as you read this, you might be thinking, well, here we go with the sass...but it is far from it.  Isabella IS a girl on a mission.  A girl in charge and a very smart one at that!!!  As you can tell by dads response, he is all to familiar with the imagination of his little one.  He says, " Then who is going to help me today? " and just like that ... we are off on an adventure!!! 
In Girl on the Go, we get to see her be an archaeologist, a warrior and even a Queen!!!!   

I don't want to ruin the book for you, so you have to get a copy to see how it ends.  It really is a cute book and I love the spin she puts on every day life being an adventure (and one you learn on as well!) A great thing about these books, besides the book in general?  The ending.  The author ends the book with key facts that are hinted on in the book.  With Girl on the Go, the end of the book has "places that changed the world" and "structures that amaze and inspire."  Each has a small paragraph and a photo to show the reader.

Are you familiar with the Isabella books?  The author is Jennifer Fosberry and the illustrator is Mike Litwin.  They are perfect additions in our library.  I am excited that we have them and I hope that years from now, Savannah can share them with her daughters!!!

13.3.17

6 Unexpected Infused Water Ideas for Gorgeous Skin

I know most people enjoy drinking water, but I do know for some it is a struggle.  I thought I would share a few water ideas for you to enjoy.  Do you drink plain water or do you like to infuse it as well?
This is a guest post.



While most dermatologists and doctors preach the benefits of drinking more water, water gets boring. Perhaps you’ve done just about everything to make your plain glass of water more enjoyable. If you’re running out of ideas and are tempted to reach for a caffeinated beverage you’re not alone. We talked to the experts who gave us six fresh infused water recipes that’ll pack a punch of flavor and add health and beauty benefits to your H2O! If you’re new to infused water it’s easy. Chop up the ingredients, let them sit over night in your water pitcher and sip your way to healthy hydration inside and out. 

1. Mango Ginger
This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. an anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai. 

2. Grapefruit Rosemary
Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver. 

3. Melon Mix
Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”

 4. Citrus Mint
Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds. 

5. Cucumber Lavender
“The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.    

6. Pineapple Coconut Water
This one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate over night with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piƱa colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”  

Clearly there are benefits to keeping hydrated. Water does not have to be boring, it can be delicious. Drink up!

Animal Colors and more #RaisingAReader #EasterBasket Ideas

It's been a bit since I posted.  Wow.  These temperature changes are bringing the funk over here.  I feel like I have been ran over by a bus, but I am bound to get back on track, right??  I wanted to share a couple more books with you, remember...  March is READING AWARENESS MONTH!!!
I love reading to Broxton and Savannah.  Luckily, they still enjoy me reading to them!

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Savannah is one and a half, so we are all about learning books. Counting, alphabet, shapes and colors. When the latest book arrived on our doorstep, we were thrilled.  Just so you know, Animal Colors and more is far from your average color book.  Most books have "red, orange, blue" basic colors.  Well, this covers the basic colors, but if you look at the picture I have shared, you see that they show there is a difference in shades of the color.  I loved that!!!!!
I enjoyed that the book was more than just basic colors and animals.  As you see here, we also got to see the "spotted" animals and even had a bit of interaction with the reader.  "Spot the difference."
The above page had us on a hide and seek adventure as we learned about green animals and had to look for the green snake and the green grasshopper! 
 Like I said, we have really enjoyed this book and I can not wait for us to continue reading and looking at the animals while we work on our colors!  This is the third book from the author, Katie Viggers and I think we will be adding the other books to our personal library.
This would be a great book to add to an Easter basket this year!

8.3.17

Smarter Spring Cleaning Strategies

I know its hard to get Broxton to clean up these days. When he does, his definition of "clean" versus mine is a bit off, so I was looking for fun ways for us to work together and get into "SPRING CLEANING."  I was happy to have a guest post  to share with you a few ideas!


Smarter Spring Cleaning Strategies Start with Having the Kids Help
By: BusyKid CEO Gregg Murset

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to clean. From organizing closets to washing windows, dusting baseboards, cleaning inside, behind and under appliances, vacuuming air vents, and freshening up the yard, the list of chores that need to be done around the house is exhausting and endless. According to the Center For Parenting Education, children who regularly do chores are better able to deal with frustration; delay gratification; have higher self-esteem and are more responsible compared to children who don't help out with chores. Instead of parents trying to tackle all of the Spring Cleaning tasks themselves, or hiring an expensive service for help, getting the kids involved with age-appropriate tasks might be the best idea. 

Here is a how-to guide on tackling your Spring Cleaning tasks getting the kids motivated to lend a hand:

  • Plan It Out - Sit down as a family and discuss the projects, the deadlines and who is tackling what.

  • Team Up - Instead of having each person take on individual projects, team up to make the jobs go faster. Put on matching colored outfits and race to see who can finish their cleaning project the fastest, while delivering the best results.

  • Make It Fun - No one said chores had to be boring, make a game and trigger the competitive side of your kids. Since younger children cannot help as much with cleaning, put them in charge of quality control with a pair of white gloves and a magnifying glass!

  • Call in the Reserves – Ask friends from your neighborhood to do a cleaning swap. Take turns doing jobs at each other’s homes with your kids and set up an assembly line process. For example, if you are washing outside windows one person can scrub while another follows and rinses. Then go to the neighbor’s house and do the same. You’ll cut your job time half if not more!

  • Put Value On It - This is a great time to begin teaching your kids some valuable life lessons, including work ethic, responsibility, time management, and earning an allowance. If two kids want the same job, have them write down bids on scraps of paper and turn them in to you. The lowest bidder wins the job and the reward!

  • Share Your Time & Talents - Make sure to carve out a few hours to take on a community project as a family - clean your park, paint a neighbors fence, etc.  

  • Throw a Party at the End – Thank everyone for their hard work, and get yourself out of having to make dinner, by ordering take-out. Then pick up some ice cream for dessert and recyclable paper dishes and silverware so you don’t have to wash one more thing.

About BusyKid
BusyKid is the first online chore chart where children can earn, save, share, spend and invest real money wisely. Formerly known as My Job Chart, BusyKid is easy to use, revolutionary and allows kids to receive a real allowance from their parents each Friday. No more points or trying to convert imaginary money.

BusyKid is committed to helping children learn the important basic financial principles they don’t get anywhere else. Designed as a platform that is easy for parents to implement, BusyKid features pre-loaded chores based on children’s ages and making chore payment approvals is as simple as answering a text message. BusyKid is the only online chore/allowance platform that allows children to earn real allowance and use it immediately to buy gift cards, make a donation or invest in real stock. For more information, go to www.busykid.com.
 
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