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Month: October 2015

Fall Fashion with FabKids!

*As a FabKids Ambassador, I received this outfit free of charge, all opinions are 100% my own*
It is starting to get chilly outside and that means putting the sandals away for fun fashionable boots to go with our stylish dresses!  Luckily FabKids has Lilly covered again this month.  Our October outfit pick is a new favorite.  She loves dressed and the way this one flows has her spinning all over the place, plus the fringe on the boots is adorable and totally fashion forward this fall.

The pattern on the dress is a fun colorful tribal pattern, which looks great with colored tights.  Lilly’s worn it with pink, purple, and green tights and each color gives the dress a new stylish twist.  The studded fringed boots are soft and comfy but totally fashionable.  They match the style of the dress perfectly.  
This dresses name is the “Tribal Drop Waist Dress” and the boots are the “Studded Moccasin Fuzzies”.
If you haven’t read my previous FabKids outfit features, this is how FabKids works:
FabKids is a stylish children’s clothing brand that creates monthly ready-to-play outfits and shoes for both boys and girls.
This simplifies shopping for parents and helps kids stay on-trend while looking fashionable and age appropriate.
VIP Membership:
Once you make your first purchase, you will be enrolled in the free VIP membership program.  As a VIP, you’ll receive members only pricing as well as other private perks!  New VIP members can take advantage of the buy 1 outfit get one free perk! 
My kids know when that bright pink or blue package arrives that they have a cool new outfit and cant wait to open their mail.  FabKids make mom’s life simpler by helping her avoid crowded stores, and helps kids feel independent by giving them a great selection of age appropriate outfits to choose from.  Then there is the excitement of a fashionable new outfit!  We are hooked on FabKids!

10 Quick Ways to Pamper and Refresh Yourself During a Mommy Potty Break! #ConfidenceUDeserve

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ConfidenceUDeserve #CollectiveBias
As a mom I know some days I can’t even get an uninterrupted trip to the bathroom.  Everyone in my house seems to always need something, whether it’s a cup of water, homework help, a toy fixed, or just some snuggles.
However during that “time of the month” it becomes extra important for me to get that me time.  Some months I get to spoil myself with spa nights or vegging time on the couch.  Then there are the months, like now with the holidays approaching, that my days seem to be jam packed from the time I open my eyes till the time my head hits the pillow.  During month’s like these, I try to get the most out of my bathroom trips.
Thinking of a potty trip as a luxurious moment in the day, may be something only a mommy really understands, but during hectic months when my period hits my 5 minute bathroom trips become a destresser and confidence booster.
I keep the basket that hangs next to my sink packed with quick fixes that help me feel more like me even when I’m tired and feeling the effects of my period.
In my basket I include:

1. Exfoliating Hand Scrub, you have to wash you hands anyways right?  Why not take an extra moment and make it a more relaxing experience.
2.  Lip Scrub, my lips are always dry and while my chap stick always seems to be in my back pocket, I often forget to give them a little extra treatment.  When I need a little pick me upper, I’ll put a yummy sugar based scrub on my lips and massage it in.  Then once I’m done with my bathroom business I rinse the excess scrub and dry skin away.
3. Deep Moisturizing Hand Lotion, on my way out the door I love being able to smell the relaxing scent of my favorite lotions.  Plus with the colder months upon us, its something that I often forget but truly feels like a spa treatment.
4. Facial Wipes, my skin can feel extra oily during my period.  Wiping down my face with a facial cleansing wipe helps me feel clean, refreshed, and only takes a minute.
 5. Lip gloss, on a day to day basis I don’t usually look very put together.  I work from home, so most days the only people who see me are the kids and my hubby.  However I have been making more of a conscious effort to get dressed to my shoes everyday because it motivates me get things done.  With that throwing on some lip gloss as I exit the bathroom, helps me feel pretty and more ahead of the game.
6. Menstrual Relief Medication, in case I start to feel some period side effects.  I can nip them in the bud quickly without a second thought.
7. Mini Manicure Kit, I also keep a bottle of nail polish, nail file, and a nail polish remover wipe available.  Granted I don’t often get to push my bathroom trips out long enough for a full manicure.  However during that time when my husband has come home from work and this mommy really needs a moment alone, I hide out in the bathroom and repaint my nails as nice little break
8. Stick On Heating Pads, I don’t often have time to lay down with a heating pad on my tummy or back.  So the stick on ones available at CVS are perfect to sooth away any cramps.
9.  Personal Cleansing Cloths, these handy wipes keep you feeling fresh and clean when you don’t have the extra 15 minutes to jump in the shower.
10.  U by Kotex® supplies, I love the fun and colorful packaging of all the U by Kotex® tampons and pads.  The bright colors help make that time of the month feel less like a womanly chore.  Plus I like how they eliminate any stress about protection mishaps because they always keep me leak free.
Check out the Daily Break to learn more tips to help you feel confident during your period and help you Save The Undies.
Thankfully CVS carries everything I need for my bathroom basket.  So while I’m running my monthly errand of picking up my families prescriptions, I am also able to restock my period supplies without a second thought.
Currently CVS is offering a great coupon deal on U by Kotex®, So check that out and save on your next period supply stock up.

Earn Extra Money from Home and Set Your Own Schedule as a Dog Sitter for Rover!

This post is brought to you by Rover and Mom It Forward. All opinions are my own. #RoverDotCom #RoverSitterPic
As a stay at home mom with a household living on one steady pay check, I often look into ways to make money from home.  I am excited to share with you everything I recently learned about a dog sitting company called Rover.  I honestly never thought of pet sitting to make extra money and now that I’ve learned about Rover, I feel silly for not thinking of this sooner.  Rover is a web based service that connects dog owners with dog sitters.  As a pet owner I think this is an amazing service, we travel a lot and Rover makes it incredibly easy for me to find dog loving sitters that I am able to meet with prior to booking.  As an animal lover that is interested in making some extra cash, Rover is a great opportunity.

Benefits of becoming a Rover Sitter:
  • You can earn a substantial income.  Sitters average between $1000-$3000 a month.
  • You set your own rates.
  • You decide how much or how little you work.  As an independent contractor you get to set your own schedule.  This is great as a supplement to a full time job or like myself, you need to work around your families needs.
  • Rover has a support team that is available to help you 24/7.
  • Every stay booked through Rover is covered by premium pet insurance at no additional cost to you.
Ways to offer pet sitting with Rover:
As a Rover dog sitter, you are able to choose what services you want to offer.  If you can’t have pets in your home you can opt to offer services in the owners home.  Don’t want to have to leave your home?  You can board them in your own home.  If your not interested in over night boarding, there is options for that too!
Sitter options include;
Dog Boarding, watching a client’s dog in your own home overnight.
House Sitting, watch a client’s dog while taking care of their house.
Drop-in Service, you stop by a client’s house while they’re away for 30 minutes at a time to play with the dog and feed it,
Doggy Day Care, clients drop their dogs off in the morning and pick them up in the evening.
Dog Walking, pick up the dog and provide 30 minute walks.
You also get to choose what size dogs you are willing to care for and how far you are willing to travel.
How to become a Rover dog sitter:
Create an account by registering you address and confirming your phone number.
You then get to choose the the services you want to offer and which types of dogs you are willing to care for.
Next you create a sitter profile where you can talk about yourself and go into more detail about what dogs you want to take care of.
Next you set your schedule and launch your new dog sitting business!
Book clients, access insurance and support, and receive online payments easily through Rover’s site.  Rover really makes this whole process seamless for both its sitters and pet owners.
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Eating Brookside Chocolate in the Dark ~ A Fruit & Nut Bars Tasting Experience!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Over the weekend I took Anthony into Boston to see some of the Head of the Charles River Regatta festivities.  While walking through all the excitement we had the opportunity to visit Brookside Chocolate’s “mini dark room” to taste test some yummy Fruit & Nut Bars while wearing a blindfold.

As we walked up to the pop up dark room I was impressed with how elegantly the experience was set up.  From the roped off red carpet waiting area, to the candle top tablescape.  This made for a very unique experience.
Once inside we were given our blindfolds and asked to try the new Brookside chocolate Fruit & Nut snack Bars.
Our server was energetic and kept the event fun while asking us to try to guess what flavors of fruit and nuts were inside each bar.
There are three unique flavored bars.
Cranberry with Blackberry Flavor, Cherry with Pomegranate Flavor and Blueberry with Acai Flavor.  All three flavors have the perfect mixture of crunchy, chewy, sweetness.  I love how the sweetness of the fruit flavored centers and the chocolate bottom layer are mixed perfectly with the rolled oats and roasted almonds.
Besides the flavor, what makes Brookside’s newest product so great?  It’s a snack that I can grab while maintaining my healthy diet.  Each bar is made with whole ingredients including almonds, fruit, rolled oats, pumpkin seeds and of course dark chocolate! The snack bars are also cholesterol free, low in sodium, have no artificial ingredients.  As well as being a great source of fiber and vitamins.  This makes them a perfect go to snack in a busy mom’s life.
4 count packs can be found in the snack bar isle at select retailers and the retail price is just $4.99.

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Get Ready for The Holidays with the New KitchenAid Line at Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
The holidays are quickly approaching and that means lots of time in the kitchen!  I love that Thanksgiving and Christmas is at my house now that I’m the one with young children and no one wants to make them leave their presents on a holiday.  However while I love cooking, I could really use a kitchen upgrade.

It can be stressful looking at all the kitchen appliances available, luckily Best Buy has everything I could possibly want with their new KitchenAid line.
The new slide in ranges and wall ovens have amazing features that include Even-Heat™ Technology, steam rack and baking rack cooking options, and my favorite, baking drawers.  We bake a lot during the holidays, it makes my house smell like my Nana’s always did so we would get a ton of use out of a specific drawer to bake in or keep dishes warm in.
The new line of refrigerators are beautiful and would bring a whole new luxury feel to any dull kitchen.  They have plenty of options and features like french doors, more soft close drawers, crispers, and under-shelf lighting.  These refrigerators are the perfect way to add organized storage to your kitchen with easier access to your food.
Are you considering updating your kitchen for the holidays?  Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the great offers from Best Buy’s:
  •    Free 10-pc Painted Stainless-Steel KitchenAid Cookware Set with the Purchase of Any KitchenAid Range/OTR Pair. (Runs through 10/31)
  • Save an additional 5% with the purchase of 3 or more Kitchen Aid Major Kitchen Appliances (Runs through 10/31)
  • 18 month financing on Major Appliance purchases $599 and up or 10% Back in Rewards
  • Free delivery, haul-away & recycling on Major Appliance purchases $399 and up

      

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