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Stylish and Sustainable Clothing for Every Aspect of Life! #prAnaMom

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Stylish and Sustainable Clothing for Moms

As a mom, it is so easy to lose sight of our appearance and easily let out wardrobe become filled with sweatpants and oversized t-shirts.  We are constantly bending, lifting children, cleaning up messes, playing on the floor, and so on.  We need to be comfortable, I get it, but I often look in jealousy at the moms who can do it all in 4-inch heels and skinny jeans.  That’s not realistic in my life.

For example, yesterday, I rushed to get the kids off to school, came home to clean the house, worked online for a couple hours, hit the gym.  Then once the kids got home I was running around the yard all afternoon helping my youngest son practice his football moves and playing catch with my oldest.  I then sat at a sports field for 2 hours during football and cheer practice, before making dinner and painting my daughters’ nails before she had a melt down from me saying “later” again.  Then it was bath and bed.  During every one of these activities, the last thing I was thinking about was the high heels that line my closet shelves.

However, I still wished to find comfortable clothes that were stylish.  I wanted to be comfortable enough to get me through the day but also stylish enough to not worry about having to get out of the car at the school pick up line. 
I’ve also started visiting a local coffee shop to get some writing done, and it would make me squirm inside a little when I would be sitting there looking like a motherhood wreck drinking my latte, as women passed me with incredible style seeming to make it all work.

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*I received this complimentary outfit in exchange for this review*

Insert prAna!  A company whose mission is to inspire healthy, active, and free-spirited living.  That’s a mission I can get behind!

“When you reach into your closet, there should be something there that reflects who you are, how you feel, and what you value most. There should be something that you can put on in the morning and confidently wear all day long. Something you can throw in your bag and know will work for whatever your journey brings.”

prAna creates stylish clothing that is mindfully made to support fair trade and sustainable practices.  
This is clothing that you can wear comfortably during everyday activities!  The designers are yogis, climbers, and even world travelers, so they understand that the designs not only need to look great, they also need to play hard.  Which is perfect for us moms who are trying to not only get through the grit of this season of life, but also create amazing experiences along the way!

My outfit includes the:

Daria Sweater Hoodie in Muted Truffle
Retail: $89.00

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Mantra Pants in Black Herringbone
Retail: $75.00

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prAna has me obsessed with all the comfortable and stylish options they offer!  Plus, knowing they are working so hard to maintain an earth friendly business, makes me really want to stand behind this business and support them when choosing my wardrobe items.

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Gear Up at Sears to Make This the Best Year Ever!

I participated in this sponsored campaign for SEARS. All opinions stated are my own.

Gear Up at Sears to Make This the Best Year Ever!

Gear Up at Sears to Make This the Best Year Ever!

I can’t believe summer vacation is almost over.  It feels like I blinked and two months flew by, but I guess that’s how motherhood always feels. 

My kid’s first day of school is next week so the back to school mad dash is in full swing at my house.  Trying to get everyone back on a routine after a summer of late night swimming and sleeping in late, plus gathering all their school supplies, and finding some stylish back to school clothes, has my to do list busting off the paper.

Living in Florida means the seasons really don’t change, so back to school shopping is the one time of the year that my kids get their entire wardrobe freshened up.  We spend a full day going through everything in their closets and purging all the stuff that doesn’t fit or get worn anymore.  With 3 growing school aged kids that usually leaves a lot of empty drawers and bare hangers, and a long shopping list.

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Why Sears?

Shopping for my kids can easily get stressful because each of them have their own personal style.  Anthony is a jeans and sports shirt type of kid, while Aidan wants soft comfortable shorts and his favorite character shirts.  Lilly on the other hand wants fashion, unlike the boys, she passes right by the sports and leggings area and starts putting outfits together in her head.  Except when it comes to emoji’s, Shopkins, and anything cheer related for them she’ll grab the graphic tee.

Therefore we start our back to school shopping at Sears.  From activewear to denim to footwear and backpacks, Sears has everything I need to conquer my shopping list all in one store.  I have been back to school shopping at Sears since it was my own school clothes I was shopping for.  Sears is just one of those stores that has been around for generations, evolving to continually carry everything you need at reasonable prices and great quality. 

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What We Bought!

The first day of school is important, it’s a fresh start with new teachers and often new classmates.  It’s also a time to reconnect with best friends.  Plus, the first day of school photo is always a must, so, the first is the one day (besides picture day) that I really push Aidan a little out of his character t-shirt comfort zone.  This year I could find this adorable outfit at Sears and Aidan actually loved it!  He says, “It’s super comfy” Score!
The top is by Roebuck & Co and was on sale for $14.99.  It’s two pieces, with a really soft surf themed t-shirt under a lightweight plaid button up.  The shorts are by Simply Styled and were on sale for $8.99.  They have a dress look to them but feature a stretchy woven waist band that makes them extra comfy.

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Once the first day is behind us, Aidan will likely be living in the Five Nights at Freddy’s Character T-shirt he got which was on sale for $7.99.  He is already begging to wear it, and I may head back to Sears to get some back-ups for when he wears this one out.  With his t-shirts, he likes to wear soft basketball style shorts, so I grabbed him a basic pair of black Everlast shorts which were on sale for $7.99.

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Once we left the boys section, Lilly went running to put a couple outfits together.  She was in awe at the table full of emoji t-shirts, but ended up finding a Shopkins one that had “the best Shopkins on it”.  The girl’s t-shirts were also just $7.99!  To go with it, I was able to find a pair of Bermuda length shorts by Roebuck & Co that were marked down to $11.99.  I love Bermuda length shorts for school, because I think they look more appropriate, however Lilly is a slim child so Bermuda styles often don’t fit right on her thighs.  These fit amazing, so I ended up getting a few of the same style.

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Next, she found a pair of overalls that she “needed to have because they are way prettier than the plain ones from before”.  These were also from Roebuck & Co and a splurge at just $18.  We grabbed a basic white tee to go under them by Simply Style for just $3.99!

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With two outfits each to get started, we head over to the shoe section for new sneakers.  Sears is great place to gear up on affordable shoes, with all kids’ shoes on sale starting at just $9.99.  The twins both love Sketchers, the have been picking them out since pre-k, and Sears always has us covered!  Aidan wanted black and red because those are his football team’s colors, and Lilly wanted the brightest pair she could find that lit up.  Both pairs were on sale for $31.99.

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Lilly is a true girly girl, wanted a wall of shoes in her closet, so leaving the store with only one pair of shoes when she wanted to try on the entire isle was breaking her little fashionista heart.  However, as we turned the isle I saw these gorgeous sandals on sale for just $5.99!  They were an instant YES!

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The last thing I wanted to get done was backpacks, and Sears has every type of backpack I could imagine.  Character backpacks, stylish backpacks, sporty backpacks, backpack kits, literally around every corner I found more backpacks.  I thought for sure Lilly would have went for a fun character one, especially considering they had her favorite princess designs.  But, nope, she got all grown up on me and decided she wanted one with a cool pattern.
When she picked up the JanSport one I had seen her eyeing all day, I instantly prepared to have to talk her out of it.  I had seen these backs before for over $80 and I wasn’t about to buy an 8-year-old an $80 backpack! but as always Sears didn’t let me down, it was on sale marked down to around $50.  Which still seems like a lot, but the quality is great and she uses one backpack all year.

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After 3 hours in Sears, I left with 2 very happy kids, 4 outfits, 2 pairs of sneakers, a pair of sandals, and a backpack for under $200!  Plus, Sears is part of Shop Your Way, a free social shopping destination and rewards program so I earned points towards future purchases!

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Upcoming Sales for Back to School in August!

Week1 & 2: Get an extra 20% off when you spend $50 or more thru 8/12 to gear up on all the back to school necessities to make this year amazing.

Week 3: Get an extra 20% off when you use your Sears card or 15% off with any other payment.

Week 4: Get an extra 25% off a purchase of $40 or more.

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Have you started back to school shopping yet?  What are you waiting for?  Sears provides shopping convenience with a seamless connection between the in-store, mobile and online shopping.
The first day of school will be here soon, so make sure you take advantage of the awesome sales at Sears and gear up for a great year!

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Sneakers that Keep You Stylish and Comfortable through Everything Motherhood Throws at You!

This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Reebok Club MEMT sneakers at DSW

As a busy mom of 3, you can frequently find me at DSW.  Between keeping my husband and 3 kids happy with styling shoes, and shopping for my own shoe obsession, I can always find all the shoes I need and more at DSW!  They have all the styles I love from summer wedges to fall boots, plus a wide selection of bags and accessories.

A style that is always a must have in my closet is white sneakers. I love how clean and preppy they look, and how versatile they can be.  So, when I saw the new Reebok Club MEMT sneakers at DSW my heart flutters!  They are so pretty with rose gold accents on the laces and within the Reebok logo.
I love how they look great paired with yoga pants, jeans, shorts or a flowy dress.

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I am a work at home mom in the middle of the summer school break.  To say my days are crazy, is an understatement, and each day is different.  Some days I’m at a coffee shop writing or at a blog event, Other days I’m at sports practice or doctor’s appointments with the kids, and then there is always days that take us to the zoo or on a surprise date with the hubby.  Life as a mom is unpredictable, add working from home to that and it becomes a beautiful crazy mess.  Choosing a shoe that can comfortably bring you from your morning walk to a night cap with your hubby without causing you to skip a step is important.

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For me my new Reebok Club MEMT sneakers have become my go-to shoe every day because they keep me comfortable and stylish all day! 

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Head in to your local DSW store and try on both Reebok Club MEMT options today!

Do you love classic white sneakers?  What’s your favorite outfit to style them with?

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10 Beach Bag Must Haves For Busy Moms

Disclosure:  LOLL sent us a Beach Poncho to help facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% my own

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10 Beach Bag Must Haves For Busy Moms

Schools are letting out and that means summer break! Most parents take their kids to the pool or beach to let them play in the warm water and burn off some energy! If you are needing some help in knowing what to but in your beach bag then let me help!

Below I have compiled a list of items that are perfect to toss in your beach bag for busy moms! Getting out of the house is great for the kids but sometimes stressful for the mom. You have to make sure everything is packed and ready, and nothing gets left behind!

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 Top Items to Have in Your Beach Bag

Sunscreen: Make sure you have packed up some sunscreen for the whole family. It should be applied around 30 minutes before heading out, and then re-apply after being in the water. I aim for doing this around every hour or so. Protecting your child’s skin as well as yours is important! You can also include bug spray, just in case you run into a swarm of mosquitoes.

Drinks and Snacks: Playing in the water and sun can really wear you out. Not to mention dehydrate you if you don’t stay up on fluids. Make sure to pack cold waters and a few snacks that won’t melt in the sun. Or pack a cooler to keep your snacks and drinks cold.

Baby Powder: Rub baby powder on your feet and legs when you go to leave the beach, it will remove the sand easily from our skin! You can buy a travel size, that won’t take up much room in the bag!

Wet Wipes: Make sure to have some Wet Ones hand wipes. They are a great way to clean your child’s hands if they get them dirty!

SPF Lip Balm: Aim for a lip balm that has an SPF of 15 or higher. Lips need to be protected as well, and having a lip balm with SPF will save the day.

Towels and A Cover-up for Mom: Make sure to pack towels for the whole family, so they can dry off and have a place to sit when they aren’t in the water. Let’s be honest, most moms want a cover up of some kind on! This LOLL poncho towel, is like a two in one. You can wear it to and from the beach, and while you are there, and use it to dry off after taking a dip in the water! The unique design is very flattering and helps hide those areas you don’t want to be seen! Allows you to change under it without flashing anyone, and is comfy! It is a great item for any mom looking for a cover up!

Beach Hat: If you are not planning on going in the water much, you might want to pack a beach hat. It is a great way to add a little shade, and add some fashion to your look! Floppy hats help keep the sun off your face, and look adorable on the beach.

Reading Material: If you are wanting to just relax, maybe pack a good book or a electronic reading device like a Nook or Kindle. It is a great way for you to enjoy some peaceful time for yourself while you watch over your kids playing.

Brush: Nothing is worse than getting out of the water and having your hair in knots. Remember to toss in a brush to comb through everyone’s hair.

First Aid Kit: You can buy smaller sized first aid kits, and these are great to have on hand, even if you leave in the car. You never know when the next cut or scrape will happen!

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Five Ways to Make Dental Hygiene Fun! #TheraBreathKids

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood,  All opinions are my own.

WAYS TO MAKE BRUSHING FUN!

Taking care of our teeth from a young age is very important.  Cavities are painful, dentist bills can be very expensive, poor hygiene causes bad breath, and uncared for teeth can result in some scary health issues.  So, starting our children off young, with good oral hygiene skills is imperative.  However, it’s not always the easiest parenting task.

Teaching kids to follow a dental hygiene routine can be hard, getting them to enjoy taking care of their teeth without any fuss, can seem nearly impossible at times.  Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of some easy things you can do that will have kids asking to brush their teeth.

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Five Tips to Make a Dental Hygiene Routine Fun

Sing Songs and Make the Bathroom a Fun Area

I would bring my children to the bathroom sink singing some of their favorite songs, and danced as we put on the tooth paste and flossed.  Showing the kids that we could have fun as they brushed their teeth helped tremendously.

Use a Timer

Letting the kids see exactly how much time they have left to brush or swish mouthwash helps them know they only must do it for a short time and they can watch how quick the time is passing.  We use a sand timer our dentist gave us; however, I have seen some fun musical and light up ones.

Get Kids Fun Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are available in practically every color and feature countless character options.  Let your child pick out a fun toothbrush that they love and they will likely want to use it all the time.  I know whenever we buy new toothbrushes, I don’t have to remind even my oldest son to brush.

Give Rewards

Remember as a child being able to go in the treasure chest after a good dentist appointment?  It sure did make me want to keep my teeth clean for next time.  Rewards work, try using stickers as a reward for each day they do a great job taking care of their teeth.

Choose a Great Tasting Mouthwash

Mouthwash helps prevent cavities and keeps kid’s teeth healthier.  But in order get children to successfully swish for the time needed, the mouthwash must taste great.  We started using TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse and the kids can’t get enough of it.  The yummy grape flavor keeps them swishing for the full minute as directed.  TheraBreath Kids is a healthy mouth wash option for children 6 and older.

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A Healthier Kids Rinse

The kids love TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse because of the great taste, as a mom, I love it for the oral health benefits and Organic ingredients.

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Made with Organic Grapes
Made with Natural Non-Sugar Sweetener
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Providing the benefits of Fluoride and Xylitol without any questionable additives!

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For my family TheraBreath for Kids! Oral Rinse is now the best way to end the kid’s oral hygiene routine each morning and night, by freshening their breath and preventing cavities.

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