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Take Back Your Shower Time


Once upon a time, I had no children and I used to take long, very much needed showers. Boy, did I take that for granted. After I had my daughter, I went back to work full time. Overtime-full time if I am being honest. About 60-70 hours a week. My routine of showering was kept to a minimum of five minutes. I either got up in the morning and took a quick five minute shower or I took the same allotted 5 minute shower before I went to bed. No matter when I showered I swore I always heard crying. I was more paranoid than the lady in Psycho while in the shower. 

My daughter was only six months old when I was blessed with being pregnant again with my son. When my son was two weeks old tragedy struck. We had a house fire and we made the decision to move in to my parents home for six months. 

As tragic as a fire in our home was, having two children under two and one being a new born, plus being out of the stability of our home, its shocking to say that I was lucky. I had my parents to help me out with my kids, and this is where the love of taking a long exhilarating shower started all over again. 

No longer do I just “shower.” I become absorbed in the ten plus minutes of alone time. If one could not tell from our blog, we like a lot of things all natural. (Some… not so much.) But I am now soap obsessed. Even my husband is soap enchanted, and while doing everything we can to save money, we always have the means to purchase our favorite items. 

I am a tad Lush infatuated. I have good reason, though. Their products are made with all natural ingredients and safe synthetics. They care about the planet, charity, and they recycle. You can read about Lush’s Charity Pot, Charitable giving here. 

(Look for a future blog about me being recycling crazy.)

So here is the list!

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Fall Favorites & Must Haves for Women (& Mommies) 2016

As women, and as busy moms, Kaytee and I like a wide variety of items in our everyday mix of clothing, shoes, household goods, hygiene products, and more.  There is a balance between trying to dress for a day of taking your kids to the park and cleaning the entire house (not to mention 7 loads of laundry, cleaning up thrown food and drink particles, blow-outs, tempter tantrums… you get it), and actually maintaining your sense of self, and style.  Something my husband constantly tells me is, although I’m a mom, I can still be a ‘hot’ mom.  Seems nearly impossible most days, but as a 28 year-old, I do still like to dress up and do my makeup and try to act like I have my life together, even if we all really know that most days I’m walking around with my hair in a half wet messy bun, no makeup, workout clothes, and likely no bra.

1. ILY Couture Modera Watch in Grey | 2. BP. Fringe Trim Plaid Oblong Scarf | 3. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cromwell’ Western Cutout Boot | 4. MAC ‘Warm Neutral Times 15’ Eyeshadow Palette | 5. TopShop Moto ‘Leigh’ Ripped Skinny Jeans | 6. Molton Brown Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine Fine Liquid Hand Wash | 7. Stuart Weitzman Highland Suede Over-the-Knee Boot | 8. Cristabelle Long Wrap Choker Necklace | 9. Ramy Brook Issa Cold Shoulder Sweater | 10. Quay Australia Cherry Bomb Sunglasses | 11. Madewell ‘The Transporter’ Weekender | 12. Banana Republic Belted Shawl Collar Blazer | 13. Free People Turnout Tie Capris | 14. Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in 162 Pensive | 15. Nike ‘Juvenate’ Mesh Sneaker in Grey | 16. Athleta Criss Cross Sweater   
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Fall Must Haves for Babies & Toddlers

Lately, I have found myself swooning over so many baby and toddler items for the autumn season that I couldn’t keep from sharing them with you all.  I actually find that most of them are actually more essentials (with the exception of one or two – and a cute fox) for the cooler weather – not to mention, the flu season.  So if you’re looking for any must have items for this fall or even winter, look to my Fall Favorites list for a beginner’s guide to surviving the season, while also making your babes look super cute ;).

1. Nordstrom Baby Footie | 2. Crane Air ‘Drop’ Humidifier | 3. Hudson Jeans Twill Pant | 4. Sperry Kids ‘Cruz Jr.’ Slip-On Boat Shoe | 5. Gap Baby Cozy Star Zip Hoodie (Sold Out ūüôĀ See jacket below!)| 6. Janie & Jack Quilted Herringbone Vest | 7. Star Cotton Sweater | 8. Earth Mama Angel Baby Calming Lavender Lotion | 9. Petit Bateau Embroidered Beanie | 10. Aden + Anais Flannel Muslin Blanket | 11. The Honest Company Mountain Deer Diapers (Get $20 off your first bundle HERE!) | 12. Tucker + Tate Tiered Ruffle Dress | 13. Heart Graphic Body Suit Set (Sold out ūüôĀ See similar style below!)| 14. Forest Flair Fox Stuffed Animal | 15. The Honest Company Breathe Easy Rub | 16. Classic Dot Moccasins in Cobblestone

If you’re curious why these are not only my favorite items at the moment, but why I also see them as Autumn staples, then feel free to read on… 

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DIY Ugly (Cute) Christmas Sweater – for Kids!

When did festive, ‘ugly’, Christmas sweaters become a tradition in the otherwise innocent and cheery holiday that is Christmas? ¬†I didn’t attend my first Ugly Christmas Sweater party until I was 25 years old, but apparently, I’ve missed out on several years of weird and unusual Christmas sweater-wearing each passing holiday season prior. ¬†Despite never attending one prior to my 25th year of life, I took the DIY Christmas sweater agenda on for both myself and my husband (boyfriend at the time) pretty intensely when we were invited to our first. ¬†I think I made our matching sweaters in one day, working hard into the night, stressing over every detail. ¬†Our sweaters came out more cute than ugly, but the glued on string of lights made it all worth while, and every detail of each character was something I felt especially proud of.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Whether you are shopping for your husband, boyfriend, brother or friend, there is something on this list that any which one of the men in your life are sure to love.  We’ve included some of our favorite items for our own favorite guys – those that will make your man smell sexy, golf sexy, or even feel sexy (is there too much sex appeal here?… we promise these can be given to family and friends, too).

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide for HER

If you are like me, you sometimes struggle with what to buy certain people in your group for the Christmas holiday gift-swap. ¬†Over the next week, I will be sharing my holiday gift guides for all the people in your life, from the littlest baby to your “man’s man” of a father. ¬†Today, I thought I would begin by giving you all my “Holiday Gift Guide For Her”. ¬†Let’s just start here, because we all know that when you go out shopping for others, you often times find yourself marveling over things you yourself would like to receive… and this is exactly where I have found myself. ¬†These items are some of my favorite items in the market right now. ¬†The prices of these items does in fact range, while all being a guaranteed hit with any of the special ladies in your life – wife, sister, best friend, or mother… there is something on this list that everyone would appreciate!

  1. ‘New Q – Percy’ Leather Crossbody Bag¬†– $198 – MARC by MARC JACOBS
  2. Essential Makeup Brush Kit Р$125.30 РSigma On Sale Today!
  3. NARSissist Matte/Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette Р$65 РNARS Cosmetics
  4. Modera Watch in White Р$36 РILY Couture
  5. Classic Nylon Lyla Weekender Р$298 РKate Spade New York
  6. Love You a Latte Mug Р$18 РILY Couture
  7. Various Stone Bracelets Р$28-$56/each РBourbon & Boweties A Mommy Promotion Favorite!
  8. Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle Р$28 РCapri Blue at Anthropologie
  9. ella + mila Elite Nail Polish in Holiday Fling Р$10.50 Рella + mila at Anthropologie
  10. Leather Trapeze Bow Wash Bag Р$85 РTed Baker
  11. 2017 Large Agenda РGold Dots Р$36 РKate Spade New York
  12. ‘Loren’ Fringe Bootie¬†– $385 – Joie¬†On Sale Today!