The Essentials to a Perfect Wedding

By 1:17 PM ,
Today I am excited to share with you a guest post around wedding planning and renting some of your wedding essentials.
Your wedding day is the one day that no matter what, you want to be perfect. You want everyone there, everything set in place, and to make a memory that you will be able to treasure for the rest of your life. Part of getting the perfect wedding is to make sure you have all of the essentials covered. You need decorations, centerpieces, chairs and tables, and more. This part of the process can be daunting if you are not experienced with planning out the perfect wedding.
Simplify the Wedding Planning Process By Renting Some of What You Need
By renting some of the furniture you are going to need, you put someone else in charge of a portion of the process. This makes life easier on you, and keeps your costs down at the same time. Wedding furniture rentals can be found all over the place, but not every place is going to offer you the same quality of furniture. You want to find a place that not only offers wedding chair rentals, for example, but also allows you to pick from a few different styles. You should be able to pick from modern and vintage wedding rentals, multiple colors of each piece of furniture, and a few different styles to complement the d├ęcor you have already picked for your wedding.
When your goal is to find a company with a wide selection of wedding furniture rentals, you should turn to Archive Rentals at They have many styles of wedding furniture to choose from, each of which will add a specific style and flare to your magical day. Once you have the furniture rented, you can then go on to focus on the minute details that are going to make your day one that you will never forget.

You Might Also Like

Be the Best Possible Version of You

By 8:45 PM , , , , , ,
This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

As a busy working mom with a lot on my plate I want to make sure I stay as healthy as I can. Today (as the weather is starting to chill and actually begin to feel a bit like fall outside) I wanted to share with you a few of my tips and tricks to staying healthy as possible during this busy season of my life where I feel like I am always on the move. Below are a few of th way I go about maintaining a healthy mind/body balance. 

1. I drink a LOT of water. All day. Everyday. When I get sick of water I "trick" myself into thinking I am drinking water by drinking sparkling or flavored water. 

2. I strive to get 10,000 steps in a day. I don't accomplish this fact if I do it four times a week it's a good week. I don't beat myself up if I don't make it but I do strive for it as a goal everyday. My Fitbit helps motivate me to get my steps competitive nature loves trying to match the steps my friends get in.

3. I take Nature Made vitamins. Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories* Specifically I take their vitamin C supplements to help support my immune system and often take the probiotics available at Walmart Supercenters. I even took their prenatals when I was expecting our son. Walmart is a great place to purchase these products because their everyday low prices don't make you feel like you need to wait for a sale. 

Nature Made® has a variety of vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) to help support nutritional gaps with your health goals in mind ranging from Digestive Support, Heart Health & Function, Energy Metabolism, Women’s Health and much more!†

Nature Made® Probiotics: Nature Made® Advanced Dual Action Probiotic has been clinically studied and provides dual support to both your small and large intestine for comprehensive coverage to help support digestive balance and healthy gut flora.†

Nature Made® vitamins and supplements: An easy, convenient way to help your body get the nutritional support it needs every day, whether it be to support bone health, immune health or energy metabolism (helping convert food into energy).

4. I stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle by joining several Facebook accountability groups. These are free and their are hundreds out there. Another great tool available is where you can join the Nature Made®Healthy Habit Builder program where you can get motivation and tips around your specific health goals.

5. I start and end my day in quiet time. This gives me time to pray, reflect on the day ahead (or the day I just had) and gives me a few focus minutes. This is crucial to my day and the days I miss this I find myself going a totally different way the days I make time to do this.

Be sure to visit  to enter to win one of 60 Walmart gift cards (each worth $50) by taking part in the sweepstakes on the site! (No Purchase Necessary)
*Based on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.

You Might Also Like

It's that time of year again...

By 9:11 PM , , , , , , ,
This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Aw, fall has arrived. I love October for so many reasons, in fact it is my favorite month of the year. The gorgeous colors in the sky, pumpkin everything, and the cool weather makes me so happy. However, the one thing I do not like about this time of year is the illness the cooler weather brings. This week marked my first notices of strep, bronchitis, and the dreaded RSV from my son's school. 

RSV is a common, seasonal virus that typically occurs between the months of November-March in the United States and, scary as it sounds, is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life since the disease infects the lungs. It's no wonder National RSV Awareness Month is October. 

RSV Awareness Month exists to educate parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV disease as well as preventative measures you can take to reduce exposure. It is so important as parents to be armed not to be fearful but to know how to protect our precious babies from the season's biggest threat. Knowing the important facts about RSV can help us prepare to keep our babies safe and warm throughout the colder season. 

My little guy contracted RSV as newborn and it was awful. Little to no sleep for all of us and just watching him have trouble breathing was a very scary experience and one that I am extremely thankful we are past. Thankfully, there is a huge difference between contracting RSV and becoming seriously ill from RSV and we had the lesser of the two evils. Nearly all babies by the age of two in the US will contract RSV, however, severity varies. 

Did you know?

RSV spreads rapidly among children. Most children will recover in 1-2 weeks but can spread the virus for 1-3 weeks even after they recover. 

RSV, or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages.

In babies, RSV generally causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. But in certain high-risk infants it can cause serious lung infections and hospitalization.

Signs of RSV include: wheezing or coughing that does not stop, gasping for breath,
a blueish color around the mouth or fingernails, trouble breathing, and fever.
 1 to 2 weeks, but are able to continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks,
Remember, although there is no cure for RSV disease, there are measures you can take to help prevent it.!

For more details and information visit to learn more about RSV disease adn how to keep your child healthy this RSV season! #LittleLungs #RSVAwarenessMonth

You Might Also Like

Checklist of Baby Clothes Essentials + Giveaway

By 6:52 PM , , , , ,
This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
One of my favorite parts of being a mom is getting to dress your little one in adorable baby clothes. It is honestly like having a live baby doll. Every since our little guy was born we have made Carter's our go-to shopping location for baby and now toddler essentials. Not only does Carter's have adorable, fashionable baby clothes (and a baby boy section that is just as big as the baby girl clothes which I so appreciate) but Carter's offers high quality and very affordable and durable items. 

Want proof? One of the main reasons Carter's is our go to clothing store for baby clothes is because they are some of the only clothes that last after the day in the life of a two year old little boy. Trust me if they can last after a little boy had a full day of school and then cheered on his local football team (and may or may not have played in the dirt) they are durable and deserve to be praised! All the clothes on our little guy below were purchased at Carter's. 

Carter's is hands down my favorite baby store to shop at whether you shop online or go to a store near you.  Carter's also makes shopping in store very baby and toddler friendly by having toys for your little one to play with while you shop. Thanks, Carter's! Here are some photos of my little shopping buddy and I during our most recent Carter's shopping trip.

"I think we should buy this shirt, Mom!"

The great news is that Carter's almost always has a coupon to save you even more money. Be sure to use the below current coupon when shopping to save some extra money.

Upon my most recent trip to Carter's I was able to pick up all of the pictured items below for only $50. I made sure to snag some Halloween and Thanksgiving Bodysuits while there because I mean, come on "Gobble 'Til you Wobble." ;) 


If you are a soon to be Mommy or Daddy and are wondering what you really need for your bundle of joy I have put together a checklist of some of the baby clothes essentials for new parents below.

Checklist for Baby Clothes

1. Several Original Bodysuits; Carter's is the creator of the Original Bodysuit - this is the one staple item that you can't have enough of during the first phase of life - in fact we still have several that my toddler wears. They are great because they are so incredibly versatile! I'm serious if you only buy one thing make it the Original Bodysuit. 

2. Several pairs of pants - I would recommend some jeans and cargo pants and some sweat pants or "comfy" pants as my toddler likes to call them

3. A couple jackets and/or sweatshirts 

4. A couple t-shirts

5. Several button down shirts or Bodysuits for special occasions 

6. Lots of bibs - perfect for spit up, food, and drool I always made sure to keep a couple bibs on hand on at all time

7. At least seven pairs of PJs - because trust me - they will be dirty and you will need at least a week's worth so you aren't forced to do laundry more than once a week (here is a picture of the newest PJ set we picked up for E at Carter's).

8. Shoes, thankfully Carter's also has adorable shoes (my toddler found some he was so excited to buy)

9. A pair of sunglasses; we purchased the one's at the top of this post at Carter's during our shopping trip 

10. Several pair of socks from Carter's 

Be sure to participate in the Pin Baby Pin contest which runs until 9/26. After the 26th 75 people will be randomly selected to each win a $50 Carter's gift card. To enter, participants must upload their favorite Carter's baby's first look look at this link
Happy Shopping and Good Luck! 

You Might Also Like

This weekend the most exciting thing happened...

By 7:00 AM , , , , , , , ,
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Pottytraintogether #CollectiveBias

This weekend the most exciting thing little just turned two year old (in June) told me he needed to go potty and went pee-pee in the potty! Just like that it was that easy thanks to Pull-Ups with Mickey's on them. If you aren't a mom yet or haven't yet gotten to this stage in parenthood I totally understand why you are rolling your eyes and clicking the 'x' to stop reading this post. But if you have been there or want to soon be there you totally understand my excitement. 

Honestly I only did three simple things. So today I want to share my two simple secrets with you. I realize I may be very fortunate and that not every child may be as easy as mine (and trust me we aren't fully potty trained yet but we are getting closer every day as he has now gone potty over 10 times in last couple of days) but I truly think these few tips will help any child. I do want to encourage you guys and tell you that my son is a squirrel in that he is always on the go and could care less about sitting down. He loves games and doesn't care a lot about details. All that being said thanks to Pull-Ups and creating a fun potty spot he loves to go potty. 

1. I found these Pull-Ups that looked pretty neat at Walmart called Pull-Ups® Cool & Learn® Training Pants. I really liked them because this new Pull-Up design has a cooling sensation when your little one goes to the bathroom and thus gives your little one a reason to want to be changed. I also loved that it had easy open and re-seal sides. I purchased some last week and decided to give them on a try Saturday morning. Not even 15 minutes after putting one on my little guy told me he needed to go potty and went and sat on his potty and actually went. Note: he had already gone (maybe just a little?) in his Pull-Ups because I could feel it was cold. 

2.  I created an organized, fun potty spot for my toddler. It was easy and cost effective. Really all I purchased (in addition to the Pull-Ups Cool & Learn) was this neat potty I found at Walmart. My little guy helped pick it out in his favorite color (blue). We put it right next to the big potty to help him understand the concept. I hung a few pieces of his favorite art work above the potty which he LOVED. I also put a basket nearby that houses an extra Pull-Up and a few of his favorite books. Thanks to the Pull-Up he will go in to his special "potty spot" take off his own Pull-Up, sit down, and look at his books. We make a really big deal of it and are sure to tell him what a big boy he is.

3. This brings me to my last tip. We ask him a lot if he needs to go to the potty a lot and if he says yes we ask him if he wants to sit on the big boy potty but we never make him. If he says "no" that is totally fine with us. But when he does choose to we make it special (which honestly ever sense we created the special potty spot he has never said no) and if he goes we reward with lots of praise and a special sticker. We also let him flush the toilet when we put his "potty" in the toilet. 

I am seriously SO excited. You guys I never thought it could be this easy. But don't take it from me. Use this $2 off 1 package of Pull-Ups (or GoodNites) at Walmart 8/28-10/8 to find out for yourself how simple this process can be and learn more about Pull-Ups Cool & Learn available at Walmart. 

You Might Also Like