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Top Style Essentials for Busy Moms!

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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Style Essentials for Moms

Looking for those style essentials to have I your wardrobe? I am going to share some staple pieces that are great to have on hand that you can make look stylish in a hurry! I love fashion but I also like comfort in a sense. So all these staple pieces below are a great way to look stylish and feel good!

Having staple pieces on hand will help you be able to maximize your wardrobe without spending tons of money. Then each item can mix and match with other pieces to allow you a variety of options for your daily life.

Must-Have Stylish Essentials

Tailored Coat
Having a tailored coat can give your outfit an instant upgrade as soon as you slip it on! I really love the nude look but any solid color would work.

Basic Shirts
Find solid colored shirts that will work well with your colors of the closet. Then when you wear these shirts do a side tuck. A side tuck is where you tuck the shirt in slightly on one side. This instantly elevated the look. You can even do this with a T-shirt. I was shocked to see how much a plain shirt can look styled once it is tucked in one side.

Reebox Sneakers for Moms

Shoes
I always buy a good sneaker that helps keep my feet feeling relaxed as I am out shuffling kids and running errands. Now if you want a more stylish sneaker to reach for, these Women’s Classic Reebok Harman Run Retro Sneaker In rose gold! Now they do have a bunch of different colors to choose from, and I won’t be ashamed to admit I have a few pairs! They add style to your outfit and give you that classic look but also feel amazing on your feet! This is a total classic show that truly will transform your daytime look.  Get your own Reebok shoes online from Shoe Carnival!

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Sunglasses
Have a sleek and fashionable pair of sunglasses always up’s the look. I also like glasses when I want to look put together when dropping the kids off, but maybe I don’t have makeup on. Throw my coat on, jeans and sneakers and put the door we go! The glasses hide my no-make eye and I look great!

Vest
Vests are becoming really popular. The army green vest paired with a white and blue striped shirt is everywhere! Vests are also great for taking a simple shirt and really transforming the look. When you buy a vest make sure it flatters your body type and that you have multiple outfits it can work for, so you get more bang for your buck.

Cardigans
Cardigans are great for adding a pop of color, or layer to a look. I love the big knitted cardigans that help warm you up on chilly days and add some fun elements to the look. Deep reds, yellows, oranges are always pretty. If you enjoy layering this is a great staple to stock up on when you find deals on cardigans.

Scarves
Scarves are really great for adding a pop of color to an outfit. You can take a solid shirt or sweater add an infinity or blanket scarf for a new look. It allows you to have even more versatility with the basics you have stuffed in your closet.

Military Jacket
Another piece that can be used for layering as a look is a military jacket. Great for fall and warmer days in winter to toss on with a few layered shirts, and then add a scarf. The form fit of a military jacket can be very flattering.

Black Leggings Or Yoga Pants
If you are taking the kids to school or making a quick run to the grocery store, sometimes leggings are a great item. Pair with an over-sized sweater or even longer shirt, slip-on sneakers and head out the door. You will feel comfy and have a fun look.

Versatile Dress
Finding a dress that would work for a variety of occasions is always nice. You need to figure out what length of the dress fits your body best. Some might want a maxi dress that goes to the ground, and others might like above or knee length. Finding a solid color dress can be great to have or a simple design that you can use for a variety of events.

Reeboks in Rose Gold for Moms

As you can see my recommendation is always to buy solids so you can pair and mix-and-match items. It allows you to have fewer items in your closet but still have a variety of options when it comes to bringing an outfit together.

Why I Love Movemints Clear Aligner Mints and an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

This post is brought to you by Movemints and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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My smile has always been a subject of insecurity for me.  I always wanted a perfectly straight smile, but the thought of walking around with a mouth full of metal braces in my thirties horrified me.  So when my dentist suggested clear aligners and mentioned I’d be a perfect candidate for them I was thrilled!  However, there were several things I had no idea about until I was leaving the Orthodontist with my clear teeth aligners.  While Invisible braces is still the only way to go for me, I realize now that I wish I had known about some of the important aspects of wearing clear aligners.  

Getting Clear Aligners

The recommended daily wear time of Clear Aligners is 22 hours!  This includes while your sleeping and as much of your awake time as possible.  Which meant no more meaningless snacking throughout the day or eating while I cooked, because each time I decide to eat, I have to remove my aligners, and then brush my teeth and clean the aligners.  The piece of candy my child left on the counter no longer seems worth it as I walk by the kitchen.  

You can drink with the aligners in, but stick with clear liquids!  My dentist told me I was fine to drink with my aligners in, so I continued my iced tea habit for the first couple weeks, then when I went to my next appointment it was easy to see that my clear aligners weren’t so clear anymore.  Now, I try to stick with water or clear juices in between meals, while my aligners are in.

Having plastic trays on your teeth for 22 hours a day can cause you to have dry mouth which doesn’t feel great or help your breath smell fresh.

You can’t chew gum.  This probably sounds like a no-brainer, but I honestly never thought about it until the dentist listed it out in my “rules”.

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Luckily I just learned about an amazing product called Movemints™ and they are making life with clear braces so much easier!

Movemints Clear Alignment Mints

  • Movemints™ are a discrete, convenient way to comfortably seat clear aligners when you’re on the go while freshening breath and fighting dry mouth.
  • The Mint that Fits™ was designed by an orthodontist specializing in Invisalign therapy and has patented grooves that fit between the top and bottom trays. These grooves can help you guide your aligners in place without having to chew on those plastic chewies that patients often receive when beginning treatment.
  • Chewies (a small cylinder made of a soft spongy plastic-like material) are reusable and unsanitary. They require placing your fingers in your mouth more, which isn’t recommended, especially during flu season. Movemints are a great tasting, sanitary alternative.
  • Movemints are sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan, and are specifically formulated to be eaten with your clear aligners. They taste great and unlike other mints, they leave no residue or granularity that may irritate teeth and gums.
  • Movemints are sweetened with xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar substitute that can help prevent dry mouth and is thought to prevent tooth decay. It is low calorie and diabetic friendly.
    (Xylitol is a key ingredient in many orthodontic mouthwashes and other sugar-free mints and gums.)
  • Movemints clear aligner mints provide a substitute to gum chewing (which is not recommended while wearing your trays), making it easier for patients to reach the recommended daily wear time of 22 hours.

How amazing are these clear aligner mints?  I have a pack in my gym bag, my car, my pcketbook, and pretty much at arms reach all the time.

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Movemints are a great accessory to have in your on-the-go bag, along with extra retainer cases, an aligner removal tool like the OrthoKey, and EverSmile WhiteFoam which cleans your trays while it whitens your teeth!

Clear Alignments Mints Giveaway

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Mints for Clear Aligners

Movemints have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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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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

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