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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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Getting Ready for Winter with My Favorite PJs + Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post for Richard Leeds International organized by Southern Mom Loves.
Every mommy deserves to have a pair of super soft and comfy pajamas to change into at the end of a full day of cooking, cleaning, kissing boo-boo’s and raising amazing little people.

There is nothing better at the end of the night, after all the kids are tucked into bed, than taking a shower and putting on your most comfy pj’s, grabbing a cup of tea and lounging around.


I recently received a pair of Richard Leeds International pajamas and they are my new go to jammies.
First and foremost they are SOFT, like softer than a babies blanket soft! When I am curled up on the couch this winter, this is the material I want on my skin.
The design is also great, they are long sleeved tops with pants sets. They come in cute prints, and have a hood on them, how cute is that!

I love my Donuts print, however they are also available in Leopard, Camo, Dots, Hearts, Skulls, Bears, & Dinosaurs.

These Richard Leeds International Pajamas are available at Walmart stores in the sleepwear section or online at Walmart.com

Best of all, these are extremely affordable at just $10.00 a pair. These are great holiday gifts, give a great comfy gift without breaking the bank.
Plus, like me, head over to Walmart and stock up for yourself! It’s going to be a long cold winter, and I am prepared for snow days with the kids snuggling on the couch watching movies all day while I wear my Favorite PJs!

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Now onto the fun part, the Giveaway!
It’s time for you to enter to win some fun pajamas of your own.


GIVEAWAY PRIZE INFO:
1-(One) 1st prize: 4 pair of Pajamas
2-(Two) 2nd prizes: 3 pair of Pajamas
3-(Three) 3rd prizes: 2 pair of Pajamas
13-(Thirteen) “Bonus” prizes: 1 pair of Pajamas
19 winners total
Designs are randomly chosen (from the styles above) and sent to the winners in the size they state in the giveaway widget.

Giveaway begins on 12/7/15 at 7:00 am CST and ends on 12/21/15 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Richard Leeds International will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform. The participating bloggers were compensated for this post.

Showing Off My NFL Fan Style!

Living in Boston my whole life means 2 things.  One, I can drive in the middle of a blizzard while holding my ice coffee, and two, I love our sports teams, and when it comes to Boston sports the Patriots are top.

Bostonians take their passion and loyalty of the Patriots very seriously, like when Gronk was carted off the field last weekend people had tears in their eyes.  
We are Patriots nation, and being that means us girls like to show off our fandom in stylish ways.  Gone are the days of having to buy over sized sweatshirts or jerseys and trying to make them look feminine.  Now NFLShop.com has a full line of women’s fashion, that is tailored to fit a woman’s body and designed to be cute and pretty.
When shopping NFLShop.com I decided on two tops, one v-neck t-shirt and a pull over sweatshirt.  I liked both these pieces because I can easily wear one with a pair of sweats or yoga pants while running around with the kids or watching the game at home with the hubby.  Then if we are going out to watch the game, I can easily pair them with jeans and boots or heels.
I also got a pair of earrings and a beautiful hat that is accented with sequence and glittered thread.  
While shopping I wanted over twenty items and finally narrowed my shopping cart down to these four items, however I have already passed my wish list on to my husband.  I figure with him wanting to make a move down south this summer, I’m going to need more pieces in my wardrobe so that I can make sure to represent, hehe!  These wedges are on the top of my Christmas wish list.
I will also be doing a lot of holiday shopping on NFLShop.com too.  They have some great accessories that will make perfect Teacher’s gifts.  Also my brother is in South Carolina and is always asking for me to send him Patriots stuff, now I can just have it shipped right to him.
Oh and if you have a certain holiday sweater party coming up, why not show off your team while rocking a holiday sweater!
Who’s the football fan on your shopping list this holiday season?
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Swimoutlet.com Your One Stop Shop for Fitness Apparel

Product samples were submitted for review, all opinions are my own.
The holidays will soon be over and everyone will be on their new year health kick.  I’ll be one of them, I can’t wait to get back into the swing of working out and eating better.
From last winter into summer, I was feeling amazing.  I had been following the 21 day fix meal plan, walking everyday, and doing the work out videos that came with the meal plan.  Weight was slowly falling off, but more importantly I felt my best.  My energy was high, by tummy was flat and never bloated, my skin was clearer.  I swore I would never go back to eating crap and being to busy to workout.  

That was until life hit me in the face.  I ran a 5k in the morning then went to breakfast with all my friends, the beginning of the end.  I indulged with everyone, from there jumped on a bus to NYC for a conference which meant more crappy food in a hotel room.  I came back from the conference with 2 weeks to get ready for a 3 week trip to Brazil, then there was vacation and then another vacation, and then a road trip.  Once we were home and settled, the kids were getting ready for school and bam the holidays started.  Life got crazy really fast and with that one over indulgence at just the right time that had me on a spiral slide right back to where I began.
So now I’m making new goals and am ready to accomplish them.  While I have been trying to watch what I eat, life has been packed with parties, events, and work making it impossible to stick to a ridged diet.  Plus I have been having kidney problems since summer and now a chest infection that has been going on three weeks, so exercise has been the last thing I have wanted to try to make time for.
However once the holiday rush is over and I really want to get back to focusing on getting me healthy and happy.  However the worse thing for me is planning to start a new workout routine and eating plan, and then waking up to nothing to eat or nothing to wear.  Give me an excuse, especially during those first two weeks and I’m done.  So I will be out grocery shopping for everything I need the day before my meal plan starts.  
As for what to wear, swimoutlet.com has me covered.  Don’t be fooled by their name, yes they have everything you could imagine for time by the water, but they also have so much more.
Their workout clothes are adorable and very high quality.  I recently bought an under armour outfit that I am in love with and a bag that matches perfectly and will be ideal for lugging water, headphones, and all the rest of my gym accessories back and forth.
My new workout Outfit:

Under Armour Women’s HeatGear Perfect Pace T

Under Armour Women’s HeatGear Armour Legging

Seafolly Lei Tote

This is my new favorite work-out outfit and I have a wish list in my shopping cart of other adorable sets available at Swimoutlet.com
Make sure you check them out when looking for a great workout wardrobe. 
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How to Pack the Perfect Bridal Survival Bag! #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias
Last month one of my very best friends got married in a breathtaking ceremony overlooking Newfound Lake in New Hampshire.  We all packed up on Friday and headed up to a charming inn for the weekend.  It was a fun weekend away and everything went off without a hitch.  
However a lot of time and planning had gone into this perfect day.  From the venue and flowers all the way down to what the bride kept in her purse, you could tell she worked on this perfect day for months.  
As bridesmaids we were in charge of doing whatever the bride asked of us.  If she needed to pee we held the dress, when she needed to chat till she could fall asleep we stayed up late doing puzzles.  Whatever she needed was what we did because this is a girl who deserves the world, and her wonderful fiance was going to give her just that.
Speaking as a former bride, a maid of honer, and many times over bridesmaid, I can tell you there are some essentials that every bride should have close by on her wedding day.  Whether a bridesmaid makes up a little bag for the bridal suite or the bride places a bag in the corner of a private restroom, having these things close by “just in case” can make a wedding day go smoothly if a mishap happens.
What to keep in a Bridal Survival Bag:
Mini Sewing Kit; Just in case a bustle wont stay put, a button pops, or a small tear happens.  This could be a life saver on the brides big day!
Stain Remover Pen; If someone hugs the bride with dirty hands and gets a stain on her beautiful gown or she accidentally rubs against the pen someone was using to sign the guest book, a stain remover pen can fix this problem fast.
Deodorant; Hopefully the bride will be dancing the night away having a blast with her new hubby.  This undoubtedly will cause some sweat, especially when your in a gown.  Keep a mini stick of deodorant tucked away.
Band-aids; Everyone may have practiced walking in their shoes and breaking them in, but blisters can still happen.  Keep some band-aids on hand so that the bridal party can quickly put them over any uncomfortable spots on their feet and head back out onto the dance floor.
Tissue; For makeup smudges, runny noses, or tears.  Tissues are always a must.
Mini tooth brushes and travel flossers; The bride will be kissing her new hubby a lot, she will also be nervous, sweating, taking countless pictures, and trying to get some food and drink in while thanking everyone for coming.  It will feel great to be able to freshen up her smile when she takes a bathroom break.
Travel Size Perfume; Her perfume will likely wear off through out the ceremony and reception.  Pack a sample size for refreshers.
Double Sided Tape; We used this a lot during the wedding last month.  We were able to tape our bra straps down so they couldn’t be seen, and when a hem came a little undone this saved the day.
Manicure Rescue Set; Pack away a nail file, lotion and coordinating nail polish in case a nail breaks.  Everyone will be looking at the brides hands to see her new bling, so if her nail breaks or chips it’s likely she’ll want to fix it.
Comb and Mini Hair Spray; If a curl pops our or bangs are falling into the brides face while dancing, these will come in handy.
Powder Compact; The bride will likely have her makeup professionally done but 4 hours later after tearing up at the ceremony, smiling for photographers, hugging a hundred people, and dancing, she may need a touch up.
ChapStick Total Hydration; The bride will be kissing her hubby all night plus the stress of putting on a perfect event can dry out her lips.  Keep this ChapStick with advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rosehip oils, close by because it instantly smooths and moisturizes.
Advil Tablet Vial; The bride has to be on top of her game from start to finish on her big day.  She has no time for a headache or aches and pains.  Keep this tough long lasting pain reliever on hand and Use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold.
Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables; Destination weddings are all the rage right now and it’s easy to start to feel under the weather when your traveling and stressed.  So keeping these immune support chewables around to give you a boost is a great idea.  
Weddings are a lot of work and everyone if busy running around, luckily everything you need to keep in your Bridal Survival Bag is available with one stop at Walmart.  

Bright and Cozy with FabKids!

*This Post is Sponsored by FabKids*
It is starting to get chilly outside and that means putting sundresses away for cozy sweaters and trading the flip flops in for sneakers.  Luckily FabKids has Lilly covered this month.  Our September outfit pick represents her style completely.  She keeps telling me “this sweater is the comfiest shirt I’ve ever worn, and its pretty too!”

The sneakers are also a huge hit!  When she opened the package and saw the bright gold and pink popping out of the plastic, she immediately started jumping up and down.  There bright, sparkly, and over the top, which happens to be my 6 year old’s style of choice.
This outfit name is “Denim Party Animal” which include the “Leopard Fuzzy Sweater” along with a pair of Jeggings.
The sneakers are the “Fab Star Trainers.
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!

A Havaianas Addiction ~ This Summer’s Wish List

A Havaianas Addiction ~ This Summer's Wish List

I am completely addicted to Havaianas!  I have dozens in every color and several different designs, when in Brazil I pretty much maxed out one of my cards in the Havaiana Store alone.  They are just amazing, the most comfy flip flops I’ve ever tried on, they feel like I’m walking on a pillow.  Plus I think they are pretty.

These designs are on this summer’s wish list for sure!

Flip flop sandals
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Havaianas white shoes
$41 – jades24.com

Havaianas strappy sandals
$41 – jades24.com

Havaianas thong sandals
$34 – net-a-porter.com

Alexa’s Angels Posi+ivi+y Bracelet Set Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I am so excited I got the opportunity to review these amazing bracelets for you!  I had never heard of Alexa’s Angels before receiving their Black Posi+ivi+y Bracelet Set, and now I am obsessed.
This is such an inspirational company and the products are meant to be uplifting and used to spread messages of hope and positivity.

I opened the box to find this beautiful pink wrapping that instantly made me feel happy and girly! 
Inside the pretty Pink paper was this cute box with more inspirational messages and these three beautifully simple bracelets.
The bracelets are made of rhodium and nylon.  They stretch to fit and are very comfortable on. 
Inside the box a card explains the pass-it-on concept: “Keep one bracelet for yourself and share the others with loved ones, friends, or even strangers. Be positive! Pass it on and have fun!”  I cant wait to start sharing mine, I also want to order some pink ones for spring.  They remind me of a grown up version of  a friendship bracelet with the addition of uplifting our girl friends.
 
Here’s more information about Alexa’s Angels:
Product History This product was developed after a devastating tornado hit the community of Windsor, CO, where Alexa’s Angels headquarters is. The bracelet sets were an immediate hit, serving as a way to keep a positive attitude and to share hope with others in the midst of tragedy. Their popularity has grown as customers find inspiration in the product and use it as a way to connect with others during times of tragedy and also for joyful occasions like weddings and family reunions. They make perfect gifts for friends, family and colleagues of all ages, bringing people together around a mutual desire to stay positive.

About Alexa’s Angels
Women have connected with Alexa’s Angels designs since 1995 when founder Beth Lang first began selling her jewelry creations at art shows across the country. Since then, Beth and “her Angels” have grown Alexa’s Angels into a fashion-forward accessory company well known for its innovative and stylish designs. Each piece is thoughtfully designed to inspire heartfelt emotions. Wearable, giftable and meaningful, designs by Alexa’s Angels create connections and nurture a sense of well being. Proud to be a company with a social conscience, the team at Alexa’s Angels is dedicated to creating, finding and supporting programs that benefit women.
 
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Giveaway Ends March 18, 2014 


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Majestic Jewelry Review and Discount Code

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Majestical Jewelry sent me this stunning necklace and earring set to review.  This necklace I received is the Mint Teardrop Necklace which comes with a coordinating pair of gold drop ball earrings. 

 I was blown away as I opened the box this jewelry came in, not only was it packaged beautifully but I was in love with the quality and look of these pieces.  The necklace is very sturdy but not to heavy considering it is a larger statement piece.  The colors are also very bright and fun, these will surely be frequently used pieces in my spring wardrobe this year!  Just looking at them is giving me spring fever, I hope this New England winter weather subsides soon so I can head out in some cute sundress and tanks to rock this pretty set!

Majestical Jewelry is an online store that specializes in handmade pieces.  I am always in favor of purchasing handmade, knowing my purchase was made with purpose and will likely be flawless.  However what made me fall in love with Magestical Jewelry even more was the fact the business is operated out of Charleston, South Carolina which happens to be my favorite city in all of the United States.  I love the style and feeling of Charleston and now wearing this beautiful set, makes me feel like I’m back in South Carolina feeling those southern vibes!
Majestical Jewelry is currently offering a promotional code for $15 off orders of $55 or more, so now is a great opportunity to spoil yourself a little with a great piece of jewelry for your spring wardrobe!  Coupon Code: 15DOLALRSOFF
Magestical Jewelry adds new pieces to there website frequently so be sure to connect with them:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Leather Charm Bracelet from Penny Auctions Canada Review and Discount Code

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


I received this White Leather stacked Charm Bracelet from Penny Auctions Canada.  The bracelet is a stacked design, the top has an infinity charm, the middle is a leather braid design, and the bottom has a love charm.  The bracelets are connected in the back and have a lobster clasp and chain closure to ensure it will fit wrists of all sizes.
I love how simple and cute the bracelet stack is, it is perfect to match up with bangles and watches I already own to create that Arm Candy style that’s all the rage right now.
 
Penny Auctions Canada is a pay per bid auction website where you can find some great deals, there are also Buy it Now fixed listing priced items if you don’t want to participate in the bidding fun.  You can sign up for a free account and receive 5 free bids to get you started or you can sign up for a 25 bid pack and receive an additional 25 free bids by entering the coupon code: Tomoson25 during checkout.


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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