Monday, September 29, 2014

It's the time of the year to save money #PurexCoupons

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    Well it is officially fall and that means its time for back to school savings, pumpkins, changing leaves, corn mazes and pumpkin spice lattes! I don't know about you all but fall always inspires me to clean my house, light the fall candles, and pull out my fall decor. Fall is also the perfect time to restock our homes with great Henkel products. All of the #APlusValues items are well-known, trusted brands with products that work at an exceptional value. 
     
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

NEW Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies & Target. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”



The hug you give your baby is the first thing he feels. Make sure the second hug feels just as good. With NEW Huggies Little Snugglers diapers available in grocery stores and retailers nationwide you can do just that. Isn't it simply amazing how quickly you can run out of diapers? I visited my local Target store to purchase these diapers and was pleased to find they were very easy to find and available in the size I needed (we are currently in a size one). You can read all about these diapers here. My little angel has extremely sensitive skin so I choose NEW Huggies Little Snugglers diapers as our go to diapers because they offer unbeatable skin care with the new GentleAbsorp liner for a cushiony layer of protection with hundreds of tiny absorbent pillows to help draw the mess away from your baby's delicate newborn skin. I also really like the wetness indicator that helps you keep track of wet diapers by changing color to blue when wet. For newborns there is an umbilical cord cut-out, perfectly shaped to gently protect your little one's belly button as it heals. At the stage we are in the pocked back waistband is perfect to help keep in runny messes which happen daily in our household. These diapers are available in sizes newborn- size 3 (up to 28 lbs). As you can see we keep our diaper basket stocked with these diapers. 



For anyone expecting Target.com offers a baby registry that is wonderful! I created my registry at Target for my little guy and was very pleased. If you are interested you can check out my registry here. Interested in what I have enjoyed most off my registry as far as products? The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go EX Universal Infant Car Seat Carrier has been a God send! It makes shopping so easy! Who wants to carry around a super heavy baby seat with a baby in it? Here is a picture of our little love in his Huggies Little Snugglers:



I also wanted to share with you all an opportunity to win diapers for a year from www.huggies.com/yourwish. What special wish would you all wish for? In hindsight I would have wished for an easy delivery! What about you?

Happy Diapering!



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Mommy Club

Let me start off by apologizing for my lack of blog posts lately. Being a mommy is hard work and I have been fully enjoying soaking up every single little second with my sweet little guy before I head back to work in two weeks. Let me tell you...ten weeks of maternity leave has FLOWN by! It has not been what I expected it to be in the least bit but I am very thankful to have had time off to bond with my son and learn how to be a mommy. 

Speaking of being a mommy...it is simply not a job you can understand until you are a mommy. So many others tried to prepare me but it just not that simple. It is not something you can prepare yourself for. When people tell you that it is the single most rewarding thing you will ever do they are totally right. When they tell you it is the hardest thing you will ever do they are right. When they tell you it totally changes your life, guess what, they are right



So to the mommy that was a complete stranger when I walked into CVS today and by the time we left (five minutes later) felt as if we had been BFFs for life this post is for you.

Having a baby changes your life.
  • You will never again EVER, EVER be able to go out and have fun by yourself, with your girlfriends, or with your husband (another wards without your baby) in the same way you once did before. This is something I heard time and time again before I had "E" that I insisted would not be true for me. But guess what? It is...yes you do go out (eventually) and yes you do have fun but you can't leave without knowing that you are responsible for another human being's life and that you could be called home at any minute for any emergency situation or simply because you somehow miss that sweet little baby so much the event that used to be a ton of fun just honestly is not as much fun as it once used to be. 
  • The things you talk and think about will change. Things that you said you would never do you find yourself doing. And wanna know what is even weirder? You don't care. I always said I would never be that annoying mom who posted lots of pictures of their little one to social media. Well turns out I am that women and I don't even care what other people think of it. 
  • You will have a TOTALLY new appreciation/instant bond with other mommies. This brings me to my above statement about the mom I saw in CVS with a new baby and a toddler. The new baby was screaming in unison with my baby while she tried to put back the items her toddler had unknowingly "shopped for" and stuck in her pocket while walking around the store. We simply looked at each other and smiled and it was as if we had been best friends all our life and it was simply because we understood what each other were experiencing. I never knew seeing another mom I don't know nurse in a car could make me feel a love and respect for her as again....we get each other. Being a member of a sorority is the closest analogy I can give to you non mommies. I am an Alpha Gam and what I feel for other mommies is similar to the feeling you have for your sisters. You have a special bond that instant connects you and makes you appreciation each other. 
  • You will find yourself bouncing in your sleep. Bouncing a baby all the time takes a toll. My husband laughed at himself as he caught himself bouncing while presenting in a meeting a few weeks ago. Hey, when you have a baby with reflux you master the bounce! 
  • Most importantly when you join the mommy club your capacity to love will grow beyond what you thought could ever be possible. You will love your spouse even more than you did before (I also swore this was impossible and have been proved wrong) and the love you have for your child will be a love unlike that you have ever known.  There is no depth of pain you wouldn't take just to save your child from shedding a tear. This is no length you wouldn't go just to bring a smile to their face. 

Being a mommy....does it totally change your life, YES. Is is the hardest thing you will ever do, ABSOLUTELY. But is it the single most rewarding job in the world, 100%!!! Thank you, God, for blessing me with the gift of my precious son and for choosing me to be his mommy!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies + Giveaway



With a new baby at home I am slowly beginning to realize how coveted yet also important "me" time is for my well being so I can be the best mommy and wife to my boys. This past month I have used my "me" time to read the first book in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy called Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies. 



Dark Hope written by Monica McGurk tells the story of Hope Carmichael who is the survivor of a child abduction. Hope has lived a sheltered life under what seems to be the over protection of her very religious father. When Hope is given the chance by a court to live with her mother due to her father going overboard on what he feels is trying to protect her while on a date with a boy at the movies she jumps at the opportunity to expand her horizons and get out of her father's watchful eye. Hope is excited to begin what she hopes to be "normal life" as a teen in high school in Atlanta, GA (my hometown which made the read even more fun). However, Hope quickly finds out that her life is not normal at all when she realizes that her unique friendship with Michael is a bit out of the ordinary to say the least. Soon Hope finds her life filled with questions not just of her past but of who she is, why she is important, and of what is to become of her future. DARK HOPE introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga consisting of many topics that will get you thinking including angels, demons and human trafficking. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to all my friends. However, I must warn you. This book is one that will get you thinking. It is not only a thought provoking book but truly has a great plot and build up. You will find this book hard to put down! 

Be sure to check out Monica McGurk (the author) on social media. She is an advocate for women and truly has a voice against human trafficking:
I am giving away to one lucky US reader a hard copy of Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies (ARV $13.99). Enter via Rafflecopter below to be eligible to win. Winner will be selected Tuesday, September 9th! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bathroom Update is Coming Stay Tuned

So the hubby and I have been planning our next DIY project and we are thinking it is going to be to tackle the bathroom.  My Bathrooms has come up with a video with some really easy summer bathroom décor tips which you can use to update your bathrooms in no time (see the fun video below). 

My life long bff, Holly, just updated her bathroom at her apartment. Check out her blog post here to see some of her suggestions. She totally inspired me to update my bathrooms as well. I would really like to start by framing the boring bathrooms mirrors in our bathrooms with a wood frame. Next up would be to paint the bathroom and add some fun prints. I really like "splish splash I was taking a bath" for my son's bathroom. Here are some photos I got off of Pinterest for inspiration. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on our progress!












Summer Bathroom Décor Tips from My-Bathrooms UK