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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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Save:
Use Promo Code TMF17TO to get 15% off your entire order with prAna!
Expires: October 19
(not valid on sale items)

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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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 are 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 nightcap 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 into 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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Love Your Hair!

This post is sponsored by Dove. All opinions are my own.
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A girl and her hair, her hair can be a source of joy or her worst enemy.

I have straight to wavy fine hair so when my daughter came out with thick curly hair, I was at a loss about how to care for it.
My biggest fear though was her not realizing how incredibly beautiful her hair was because I couldn’t figure out what to do with it.  I remember having her on my lap screaming as I tried to brush through her dry curls, at the end we were both in tears.  From that day on, I realized how important it was for me to learn how to care for her beautiful curls so that her confidence never wavered because of her at times unmanageable tresses.  
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As she’s grown, we have both learned how and when to brush her hair, what styles she likes, and what to use on her thick strong hair to keep it looking and feeling amazing.  Now at 7, she loves her hair.  When she combs it herself she is not shy about telling everybody she has beautiful hair and that makes me proud.
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I am excited to team up with Dove to share about their “Love Your Hair” campaign because there is a narrow depiction of what “beautiful hair” is believed to look like and earlier this year, Dove Hair found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way.  For many, these pressures begin at an early age.  In my culture long and straight hair is thought to be beautiful.  While I have at times fallen into the trap of thinking my hair needed to be straightened every day, I never wanted my daughter to feel like she needed to flatten out her full and bouncy curls.
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Dove Hair believes a positive role model can greatly impact a girl’s confidence. In fact, a recent Dove study found that 82% of girls learn to care about themselves from their mother.

These findings don’t surprise me.  My daughter has watched me style my hair, put on makeup, and has been trying on my high heels since she started to walk.  Our daughters are always watching us and as mothers, we can make a difference and help ensure our daughters grow up feeling confident.

Celebrate the beauty of your daughter’s hair today–so she loves her hair tomorrow!

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Do you tell your daughter how beautiful her hair is?  Tell her why you love her hair by creating and sharing a custom #LoveYourHair animated message with @Dove: LoveYourHair.Dove.com

Beauty without Compromise’ with Sensodyne® True White®

This post was sponsored by Sensodyne® as part of an influencer activation for Influence Central. Sensodyne® compensated me in connection with statements made in this post.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own

Have you ever stopped to think about how much us women put ourselves through to look beautiful?  I mean seriously, I had hot wax slathered on my face today just to rip out my upper lip hairs along with the top layer of skin. 

Then there’s the hair appointments, granted this routine I love, sitting in a salon chair without a care in the world for 6 hours.  While the hair dresser layers enough tinfoil on my head to get TV reception and then dryes it straight.
Although if I could buz it out like my husband hair, I would have an extra 6 hours by the pool with the kids.  Oh and we wont get started on the stilleto’s that look gorgeous on, but cause my sciatica to act up and my feet to feel sore for 48 hours after wearing them.  But lets face it, as women we like to look beautiful and we put up with the pain to get the look we want.
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In a study by the makers of Sensodyne® True White®87% of women said that having a white, shiny smile is important to them.  Luckily the one thing that can pull any look together, a killer smile, can be obtained PAIN FREE with Sensodyne® True White®.  

Sensodyne® has been on my bathroom sink since I had my twins.  Not only did my two little bundles of joy stretch out my belly and create a road map of stretch marks, they also left my teeth very sensitive.
I remember the sensitivity in my teeth like it was yesterday, I was constantly using straws so that nothing cold would touch my teeth.  Finally a close friend turned me on to Sensodyne® and I’ve been using it ever since.
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A bright white smile shows confidence and
aludes beauty, so when I would walk down the toothpaste aisle I alway wanted to try some sort of whitening routine.  Unfortunetly I knew they would just lead me to more sensitivity.
That was until now, I am so excited to share that now, you can turn to Sensodyne® True White® for a whiter smile and sensitivity relief, without the compromise.

 Sensodyne® True White® is 10x less abrasive than many leading whitening toothpastes*, providing gentle stain removal and active stain protection.

This means we no longer need to compromise for beauty.  With twice daily brushing, Sensodyne® True White® provides sensitivity relief and helps whiten your teeth.  Now if only every aspect of our beauty routine could be this easy!

* Based on Relative Dentin Abrasivity testing against 15 products in the top 80% of the whitening toothpaste marke

 

Healthy Timeless Hair with Living Proof! #AgeWisely

This post was sponsored by Ulta as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
As a busy mom, it is hard to schedule a large slot of time to dedicate to my hair.  Every time I visit the salon to get a color and cut, my mind starts making lists of all the things I could be doing with those hours lost sitting in my hairdresser’s chair.

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