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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte + Cozy Coffee Bar For Simple Entertaining

It’s the glorious time of year when the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte makes its return. Each year I long for the simple, sweet and spicy treat. It’s actually a very simple recipe, which I’ve made numerous times as an ex-barista. I actually love making coffee, and if I wasn’t a mom, I would probably still be a barista living off of tips because I love the job. Anyways, I have a heavenly pumpkin spice latte recipe that will seriously have your friends knocking at your door at 7 am. This post contains affiliate links.  I’ve also got a cute little coffee bar set up, which is easy to put together with items from the Target dollar spot, and great for hosting those cozy coffee mornings with friends. Why meet up at the local coffee shop and wait in line, when you can have your friends over for homemade treat at…

How To Get Your Kids To Leave You Alone

I am probably way behind on finally getting my kids to leave me alone, after almost 5 years of being a mother, but for some reason, I am just now figuring out some tricks to get my kids to leave me alone. Keeping up on cleaning, blogging, organizing, grocery shopping, paying bills…just life in general is IMPOSSIBLE when your kids won’t leave you alone to think. I still am struggling to get enough time alone, but I’ve now figured out a way to get them to leave me alone for a decent enough time to clean the kitchen, check some emails or brush my teeth and put some makeup on. This post contains affiliate links. In reality, it’s not much time. Maybe 30 minutes on a good day, so I don’t want you to think this will have your kids busy all day. Some days they are in a bad…

What I Love and Hate About Co-Sleeping + The Softest Nursing Bra

This post is sponsored by Bravado, but all opinions and thoughts are completely my own. I only accept sponsorship from products I know I love, and hope that you will too! #upliftingineveryway I wasn’t prepared for the tremendous sleep deprivation a newborn baby brings. There’s not really words to describe it. I remember it being worst with my first baby because I wasn’t used to it. I would try to sleep, then be jerked awake at the smallest sound of the baby making a noise. I also didn’t know how to get a baby on a sleeping schedule, without having him cry his lungs out, so it was a big mess of dark circles and zombie hair for the first few months. I was literally trying everything to get my new little bundle to sleep. A swing, crib, swaddling and bouncy chair. Nothing was working, and in pure desperation I…

Mom Survival Must-Haves for Traveling Alone With Kids

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc.. All opinions are mine alone. #ShineWithClearEyes #MyShiningMoment #CollectiveBias I’m feeling like a rock star today because I survived a red eye flight across country by myself. The trick is packing strategically. Moms on the go need to pack for survival both for themselves and their kids. Here’s what I brought with me that helped me fly solo with three kids under 5 and live to tell the tale! My first advice is to pack your own mom survival pack. The better mood you are in, the more fun and entertaining you’ll be able to do for your kids. They will feed off of your energy. Packing things to keep you comfortable and in a good mood is one of your biggest essentials. It will transform your experience, put everyone in a better mood, and you won’t spend a lot of money buying…

4 Super Simple & Giggly After-School Snacks To Make With Your Kids

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #AFreshIdeaForAfterSchool #CollectiveBias I am so excited I get to venture into the after-school snack territory this year. Its new territory, and I am finding that the more fun the snacks are, the more likely my boys are to eat them. Eating in general is not their strong point, unless it’s pure sugar. I am not super strict on sugar, because I want them to learn how to eat sugar in moderation. My boys love Coca-Cola™, and they get so excited to have a little bit with their after school snack. The Coca-Cola Mini Cans are great because the don’t drink that much. Boy do they feel special, and my husband loves a Coca-Cola, so they think they are big boys when I hand them their after-school treat. They get about half-way through, then I save the…

6 Awesome Apps For A Staycation That Will End The Summer Right

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM4 Boohoo, the summer is almost over. It’s the last few long days, hot nights and lazy mornings, that I love so much. Summer is my all-time favorite season. I can get behind a good Halloween costume, eat my fair share of pumpkin pie and sing carol of the bells for weeks, but there’s nothing like the long, warm and lazy months of summer vacation. I believe in ending the summer right with some fun right in your home town. That saves time and money, but still gets you some adventure in. As you can tell, I’m holding onto summer as long as possible, and still enjoying some savings and fun with my my Walmart Family Mobile, powered by T-Mobile $49.88 TRULY Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data◊ ! The TRULY…

Items I Brought To The Hospital For All Three Births

Deciding what to bring to the hospital is actually really fun, in my opinion. I always save packing until the last month or so because my babies come at the very last second on the due date, or late. I always envied the mamas that got to deliver a healthy baby early. this post contains affiliate links.  The last few months of pregnancy, I’m totally over it. Like, don’t want to be pregnant and looking for any sign of early labor. I try to leave packing the hospital bag for this time period. To help me through the long, last few weeks. I think packing the hospital bag is super fun, and there are some items I’ve brought with me every single time because they are important, and you don’t want to be without them! Here’s my hospital bag list of items I’ve brought all three times! A Brand New…

How I Lost The Baby Weight By Six Weeks

Six weeks post baby flies by. The nights are long and slow, but before you know it, you are headed in to make sure everything is back how it should be. I was able to lose all of my baby weight by six weeks after all three of my pregnancies, not because I’m special or naturally super skinny in any way. I have to eat healthy and stay active, just like anyone else who wants to stay fit. It takes some effort and changing your lifestyle, but you can do it! Here’s exactly what I do, to lose the baby weight by my six week check up, and I know you can do it too!! Get Walking: Whether you are breastfeeding or not, you need to burn calories. The easiest way to do this is to walk. Depending on how you feel, walk as much as you can. With my…

3 Unique Ways To Pamper Yourself Without Leaving Home

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PeopleRewardsClub #CollectiveBias As a mom, the idea of taking “me” time can be stressful. Just planning a time to go somewhere, making sure the kids are watched, then leaving and worrying…is it really “me” time? Sometimes a better way to go is to take a few minutes at home, where you can spend some time rejuvenating, rather than packing up to go somewhere. Especially with kids headed back to school this time of year, there’s just a bit of extra time while they are gone to allow yourself to take a small break. Here are 3 Ways You Can Pamper Yourself Without Leaving Home First, Kick Back with a Magazine: People Magazine has an amazing PEOPLE® Rewards Club that is simple, and special treat. The rewards system gives you a free copy of PEOPLE®…

My Experience With IBS and Finally Finding Healing

My experience with IBS is just like many others. I was uncomfortable, bloated, gassy, constipated and more on a daily basis. I tried all the tricks both natural and over-the-counter to ease the symptoms, and I read stacks of books on nutrition. You can read my full story, or scroll down to see the digestive enzymes that completely helped my IBS symptoms! this post contains affiliate links.  I basically got myself a master’s degree in nutrition with the amount of research and full-scale experiments with various diets. I tried paleo for a while, I eliminated sugar, I ate clean, I eliminated all wheat and gluten for a while…nothing seemed to really solve the problem. What was really frustrating is the healthier I ate, the worse it seemed to get. Sometimes I thought I just had to live off of crackers. The symptoms for me were a lot of gas and…