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5 Ways To Detox Holiday Meals Away

Sweets are my thing around the holidays. Chocolate covered everything, eggnog in my coffee and cans of whipped cream are basically inhaled. Combine that with the big, family meals and I’ve got myself into a new feeling of full. Not just the stuffed feeling, but the groggy, puffy, bloated for days feeling. It’s not fun, but luckily there are some ways you can detox those holiday meals away. When I say detox, I don’t mean fast. Many think of detoxing as not eating, but I think of it as providing nutrients and water, while eliminating unwanted sugars, chemicals and carb overload. First Step: Load up on “Negative Calorie” foods  These foods actually have calories, but they are so light in calories that the amount of energy your body spends digesting them is around the same or more as consuming them. And, these foods are super good for you. When detoxing,…

Why You Need A Kids Thanksgiving Table This year

I have lots of memories of Thanksgiving as a child, where we would cozy up on the floor, picnic style near the adults table. It was so fun and comfortable to have our own space, where my cousins and I could laugh and play/eat. The adults had their own space for all that adult talk we weren’t interested in. Because I have such fond memories of our Thanksgiving picnic, I am completely sold on the tradition for my children, and I put together my own kids table for them this year, complete with a full-on coloring table cloth. I NEED them to stay busy for as long as possible, and being that they are 4.5, 3 and 1, I might get 15 minutes out of the whole thing, but sometimes that 15 minutes feels like an hour. First off, a kids table for Thanksgiving is a great place the kids…

If Your Day Ended Like This, You’re Doing Everything Right As A Mother

Silence. Finally. I tip-toe around hot wheels, bits of plastic and various articles of clothing. It appears that everyone strips down and loses an article of clothing in every room. I look at the dishes stacked in the sink, sheet pan full of burnt food bits from a many uses, and so many crumbs from the toast we had at dinner. I’m never doing toast again. Way too many crumbs. I had a list of things to accomplish now that it’s 9pm and no one is awake to bother me. It will last about an hour before the baby stirs and looks for me to put him back to sleep. I can’t find my list, so I just sit down and stare. I’m staring off into space because my brain is fried from the constant discipline and monitoring. I have a extremely smart, defiant child that pushes the envelope. I’m…

4 Steps To A Beautiful, Natural Beauty Routine with Tom’s of Maine

Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post! Before I was a mom of three boys and surrounded by all things testosterone, I was a makeup artist. I loved doing makeup, playing with product and helping customers feel their best. Fast forward to living a life that is super busy, I don’t have time for a full-face of makeup, and I’ve always believed that a natural look is your best bet. A look that amplifies your beauty, rather than making you look like someone you aren’t. I’ve found a great, natural routine that allows my skin to breathe, makes my smile brighter than ever with Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Toothpaste, and is quick and easy. Here are my 4 steps to a beautiful, natural beauty routine: One: Focus on Glowing Skin and White Teeth One of the fastest ways to look flawless is to give your skin some…

Tips To Throwing an Unforgettable Sprinkle Shower

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #RegisteringForBaby #CollectiveBias Sprinkle showers are so much fun. I love them because it’s more of a chance to get together with friends, celebrate more blessings and babies, and  eat yummy treats. My sister is due with her third baby girl any day now. She has twin two-year-olds, so I can tell her from experience, she’s in for a real treat with toddlers and a baby. Her life will be no-joke hectic in the next coming months, so we planned a simple, unforgettable sprinkle shower to help lift her spirits as she weights patiently for her new angel to arrives soon! Let’s get to the details on how to make the sprinkle shower unforgettable. First, go simple and pretty on decor. This doesn’t need to be an all-out bash like a first-baby shower. A…

10 Halloween Treats You Can Whip Up In A Jiff

Anyone else run to the store last minute to attempt to throw together some Halloween treats that are festive and creative? I found a list of 10 quick and easy Halloween treats you can whip up in a jiff! Here you go! Halloween Graveyard Brownies:  Halloween Oreo Pops:  Ghost Pretzels Strawberry Ghosts Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops Halloween Muddy Buddies Mummy Brownies Mummy Donut Holes Donut Spiders 5-Ingredient Oreo Balls

10 Non-Toy Gifts For Toddlers That Make Them Smarter

I can’t tell you all the toys I’ve purchased that sit un-played with just hours after they’ve been opened. Or, the toys I surprised my boys with, only to find that I was totally wrong, and they aren’t fun. I don’t buy many toys now, and this year for Christmas, I don’t plan to either. This is what’s on the list because they are toys that will challenge their minds, keep them quiet, help us engage as a family and more. These aren’t toys at all, yet offer so much entertainment! This post contains affiliate links.  Guess Who: We’ve been playing this ever since I found it at the Goodwill. A super simple game that we can play together. The 4.5 year old plays one side, and the three-year-old helps me on my side.I can literally see my 4.5 year-old’s mind working as he tries to guess my card and…

7 Ways To Be A Legit Mom When You’re Tired AF

Lets face it, just being a mom is exhausting. Being a present, engaged and enthusiastic mom is something more than exhausting. It can put you in a mental daze of pure brain overload. Combine that with sleepless nights from sick kids, sleep training, or the black hole of social media, and its a recipe for our bodies to short circuit. You can still be a good mom, even when life throws you to the wind and leaves you with black bags under your eyes and hair slicked back with baby powder. These ways involve no television or electronics. Just pure, tired, creativity. Story of my life. The baby lost his shoe, and no one is looking.  Here’s 7 Ways to Be A Legit Mom When You’re Tired AF 1. Play Them An Audible Story: This has been a life-saver for me when bed time rolls in, and I am way…

New Mama Postpartum Gift Basket Guide

My sister just became a mom of three. She has three girls, and I have three boys, so I couldn’t help but make her the girliest, prettiest gift basket ever. Obviously I’m craving anything other than blue, dirt and trucks. I put together a super simple gift basket for her, and it has some super important items that every new mama would love and need when first getting home with a new baby. Here’s what I bundled up in a basket for her, to help her transition at home. This post contains affiliate links.  New Mama Gift Basket Guide: A beautiful gift for baby: Nothing is better than a gorgeous outfit, hat or keepsake item for the new baby. I got an angel outfit because I’m secretly wanting to photograph the little bundle all dressed up. You can grab one like it from Amazon here, or check out Marshalls where…

Amazing Tips To Save Money When Baby Arrives

Since having kids, money just flies out the window. Literally sometimes if my toddlers find cash in my purse. There’s always a need for more diapers, more wipes, bigger pants, new shoes and that amazing new toy they have to have. I am the frugal one in our household. I can’t stand spending money, and I like to see it grow as much as possible, but with the addition of now three kids, it’s been even harder. Here are my best frugal tips that will help you save money as new parents. First, get a subscription service via Amazon FREE 30 Day Trial. It took me a while to do this, because we travel frequently, so I didn’t think I could remember to change the shipping addresses around in time. One more thing on my list means one more thing to forget, usually. But I finally did it, and I…