Friday, January 30, 2015

Realistic Resolution Challenge

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It's the time of the year where we are all motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. Eat better. Workout more. Drink more water. The list goes on and on. Totally honestly here...I'm a mom of a baby and yes, while I do want to live a healthier lifestyle a part of me thinks, ain't nobody got time for that. ;)

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are You Prepared for Cold and Flu Season? #ReliefisHere

I don't know about you guys but as the mother of a seven month old in pre-school I HATE this time of year. It seems everywhere I turn someone is coughing or sneezing and the most dreaded word, "flu," is passed around almost as a bragging right. "Yes my daughter has the flu." "We were out of school last week with the flu." AHHHH! 


So what measures am I taking to help keep my family safe from the cold and flu and ready if disaster strikes?  First of all we wash hands. ALL THE TIME. Yes, even my 7 month old has his hands washed every time I think of it. Those cute little babies are germ sucker uppers so by washing our hands we are helping kill as many germs as possible. We also drink a lot of water. Well my husband and I do. The more we can flush everything out of our systems the better. Last but not least we all three got the flu shot. My son couldn't have it until 6 months but you better bet with him being in preschool I made sure he could get it when he was old enough. 



On my recent Walmart trip, I grabbed a package of DayQuil & NyQuil Severe just to be prepared in case disaster strikes! After all, I know what it’s like to be down for days at a time because of the flu…believe me when I say it’s totally miserable! As I mentioned, the preschool my son is in has had several flu outbreaks and it seems like everyone is passing the virus back and forth between each other. Folks, I can’t get the flu! You better believe I will be taking DayQuil & Nyquil Severe at the first sign of a cold or flu. See the benefits of using DanQuill & NyQuil below…

Vicks NyQuil Severe Cold & Flu
      • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
      • Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
      • The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
      • Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:
      • Nasal congestion
      • Sinus congestion and pressure
      • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
      • Cough to help you sleep
      • Minor aches and pains
      • Headache
      • Fever
      • Sore throat
      • Runny nose and sneezing
      • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
      • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
      • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
Vicks DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu
      • Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
      • Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
      • Available in caplets or liquid.
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms:
    • Nasal congestion
    • Sinus congestion and pressure
    • Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
    • Minor aches and pains
    • Headache
    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • Reduces swelling of nasal passages
    • Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
    • Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
    • Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive
What I love about DayQuil & NyQuil Max Strength is that you begin to feel the affects almost immediately. NyQuil Severe has saved my life on more than one occasion, allowing me to finally get that night of sleep, I had been longing for. Well as long as little man sleeps through the night but that's another problem entirely...
What are your secrets to surviving flu and cold season this winter? 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Perfect Pair

Secret fact about me...I am blind as a bat! I have worn contacts since I was a kid up until about a year and half ago when I was diagnosed with chronic dry eye. Which much to my initial disappointment has forced me to wear glasses. However, I must say 1.5 years into exclusively glasses wearing (minus an hour or two here or there for special occasions) wearing glasses is not as bad as I originally thought it might be. Thanks to companies such as Firmoo there are plenty of cute, affordable glasses on the market that are in style! 

I found a great pair that I've enjoyed wearing almost 24/7. 




I'm so happy that I finally have a great set of frames that look and feel great. If you're looking for a new pair of frames I would highly encourage you to check out Firmoo. They currently have a First Pair Free Program where you can get your frames for free if you are a first time costumer!  You can click on the link below to view the free frames and order. Happy shopping!




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nursery Tour: My Favorite Room in our Home Decorated for Practically Free


I realized the other day that I never gave you guys a full nursery tour of little man's room. I have shown you bits and pieces but not the full room which is really sad considering it is my favorite room in our home. By the way please pardon the Christmas decor that was still up when I took these photos a few weeks ago. Above is a complete view of our nursery minus the awesome pendant light. 

We love our "E" letter door hanger on his door created by the wonderful Sally from Silly Sally Girl. You can see my post all about it here

This was an idea I had for my gender reveal party which you can read about here. I bought a solid white shirt and used monogram iron on letters to spell out his now. I then had all the guests at our gender revel party sign it with fabric markers. I then bought a cheap frame at Target, painted it, and framed it on his wall.

The letters over the bed my husband made.  You can read more about them here. The bed skirt came from etsy. The mobile was from Target as was the bed sheet and mesh bumper. The throw my wonderful Mother made us as a present. The toy basket in the corner I found at TJ Maxx.

The chevron baskets were from TJ Maxx. The nightstand and bookshelf I found at local antique stores and painted. The "E" letter on the shelf was a TJ Maxx $1.99 clearance find. The chevron yellow curtain was from Leigh Design Etsy store. The frame was a cheap frame I bought at Hobby Lobby and painted yellow. The lamp was from Perrelle Designs Etsy store. The security camera in the corner is a Summer Infant Monitoring system that I would highly recommend. It allows you to view your baby from your iphone, check the temperature of his room, and even talk to him/her! The glider and chair are from Walmart believe it or not! The custom pillow is from Ted and Lucy etsy store.  You get a small glimpse of the hanging pendant light we made for our son's room in this photo. You can read more about it here and get a better glimpse of the "before." 


Most of these items I have already covered. The rock and play in the background collapsed I HIGHLY recommend! We have used and used and used this thing! He is just now outgrowing it at seven months! The pillow on the floor is from Sew Simply Blessed etsy store

The blanket was handmade as a baby gift from a friend. The hamper is from Walmart. The star on the wall was a $1.

The dresser made changing table was an antique store find I love! The chevron basket was a TJ Maxx find. The gray shelf was also a TJ Maxx find. The chevron changing cover was from The Pink Polka Dot Boutique on Etsy. The lamp I found at Lowe's. The yellow shelf was a crate I bought at Michael's and painted yellow. The diaper pail is a Diaper Genie I got for $1 at a yard sale. I love it but the bags are expensive ya'll! The canvas was from Yellow Sunshine Art etsy store. The star on teh shelf was $1 at a yard sale. 
The only thing new in this photo is the canvas which was also from Yellow Sunshine Art etsy store
I truly hope you enjoyed my nursery tour! As I said this is my favorite room in our house and I might cry when I have to make it a "big boy room." 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Better late than Never? A Christmas Tour of Our Home

Four simple words: Better. late. than. never. Right? Ok, so maybe you are totally over Christmas and the last thing you want to see is pictures of Christmas at our home and, if that is the case, I am sorry. BUT to cut myself some slack I have a 6.5 month old baby, work, and thoroughly enjoyed taking some time off for the holidays to enjoy being a mommy, wife, friend, cousin, daughter, you get the idea...



So before I am an entire month late here is the Christmas tour of our home. If you are over Christmas I apologize but I do enjoy documenting how I decorate each year. I wish I would have remembered to take a photo of our exterior decor but I forgot and decorations have long since been put away....oh well! Enjoy and hope everyone had a VERY Merry Christmas! 

Beginning with the view of my mantle from the couch...I love my antique ornaments in my lantern. Also love the "our greatest gift is you" frame with a picture of the 3D ultrasound of our baby from last Christmas. And at night it's pure magic in here.




Then I got bored of the silver and red ball trees and found these adorable glass trees at TJ Maxx so I switched it up mid way through the season:


I love my nativity...My grandmother gave it to me a few years ago!




I loved my table arrangement this year full of greenery and hand picked pine cones from the north GA mountains. 


Totally and fully took advantage that this is the last year that our elf on the shelf can stay put all year. And I think he enjoyed his location. ;)






 My hands down favorite Christmas "decor" is our hanging Christmas cards on the kitchen cabinets. Every year we hang striped Christmas ribbons on these cabinets and as cards come in we put them up with a clothes pin. I love looking at our family and friends throughout the season! 


I love the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree in little bit's room. 
And of course I had to put a tree with lights on it in his room.
Next comes the guest room with furniture I have been dying to re-do and update.


And like a big dummy I forgot to take pictures of our bedroom and bathroom. Dang it! 
Hope you enjoyed the tour!