Monday, July 6, 2015

My First Stitch Fix

I am sure many of you have heard of Stitch Fix, and maybe some of you have tried it and others have not. I have seen a lot of people try it but was a little unsure still. Finally, when a fellow mommy from the girls schools said she tried it I thought I would give it a shot.

After reading some reviews of not great first fixes, I was just hoping to get 1 items I liked to not lose my styling fee. I updated my Pinterest Board with some Stitch Fix items I found. Then it was time to wait.....

The wait was the most fun and nervous part for me, I did not want to peek so I waited until my  Stitch Fix arrived on my door to open it. I was going to wait until after dinner to open it, but then I looked over and Little B had the tape off the box so I looked in!


 I loved the colors I was seeing and could not wait to open the paper, I did wait until after the girls went to bed to open all my items and my stylist nailed it. I was so impressed with Sarah! I loved that she mentioned my  Pinterest Board  and the notes I made to her.

Here is what I got:



Hem and Thread Aldwick Swing Knit Tank - I LOVE this top I wore it the day after I got it. It is super soft and flowy, I will be getting a ton of use out of this top (sorry no picture I forgot).

Skies are Blue Mazal Split Neck Blouse - The fit and shape of this top are awesome. The print is a little out of my comfort zone but I am keeping it to help change things up a bit.


Brixon Ivy Steph Dress - This is a tie for my favorite piece it is super cost and great for the summer. I will be taking this to the beach for sure. Also the print is super fun too.




Dear John Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Shorts - I wanted to love these short, but they just did not fit well and the color was really not something I could see my self wearing, but the style was totally me so I do not count this as a fail and all. Here is a close up


Octavia Emily Lightweight Chevron Infinity Scarf - So this was so much my style I have a scarf EXACTLY like this one. So why this was a great pick by Sarah it went back for obvious reason.


Over all my first Stitch Fix I am keeping 3 pieces and my stylist nailed what I like, so I will be getting one again that is for sure!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Balancing work and life.....

Work/Life Balance how often do we hear this concept? I think every professional development session I have ever attended for work talks about this, especially in the time of cell phones and everyone being connected.  So what can we do to make this balance a reality? I will not EVER say I am an expert, but as a full time working mom with two very active little girls I have found some tips that work for me and might work for other as well. Also this is always a work in progress so I would LOVE to hear anyone’s suggestions.  Here are my tips to help you create some balance
whether you are just starting your career or find yourself entering your second decade. 

1-      Take a social media break (Yes I know this is hard, but this is the most recent one I have done and oh my gosh, I have so much more time). Now I will not say you have to give it up (I know that is not going to happen) however, I have taken Facebook off my home screen of my phone and try to not check any social media before I get to work or before the girls go to bed during the week. I will tell you I am more relaxed and have more time when I am not seeing what other people are up to. (Notice I did not say I do not look at all…baby steps here….)

2-      Meal Plan This is huge in our house. Here is the menu board for the week. We make a plan, shop over the weekend and have our meals for the week. Now sometimes things come up and we have to move things around but to have this plan in place is a great way to not stress about meals.


3-      Make lunches the night before For those of you that can wake up in the morning and get lunches made before leaving the house, YOU ARE SUPERSTARS. I cannot get up, get everyone ready, feed, and out the door AND make lunches. So I make them all the night before, in the lunch boxes and in the fridge. That is just easier for me.

4-      Use your lunch hour This does mean if you get one. I never use to do this, but my current supervisor told me to use it the best I can. Some days that means running errands, sometimes getting a quick pedicure, others just closing my door and reading a magazine in my office.  I have found that using this time helps me work better and leaves less to do later at home.
*** I will say without #3 and #4 eating well would be really hard for me. I think having the plan and knowing what you are going to eat makes it easier to stay healthy.

5-      Schedule time to exercise I had a big problem with this after Miss E was born. I was worried that I should not spend the time away from her. After Little B, I realized to keep up with these two I need to be sure I keep myself in shape. Now I do not workout anywhere as much as I use to, but I still get it in. After they are both in bed I spend about 30 minutes 2-3 times during the week and once on the weekend (often at naps) getting in a good workout. It makes me happy and able to keep up with them.

6-      Ask for help This might have been the biggest one for me, but asking my hubby to help around the house has made all the difference. If you are a working mom with a spouse you do not have to do it all. Once I asked hubby to take over a few jobs around the house I was happier and so was he (mainly because I was less stressed). Just remember you have to ASK!


7-      Set boundaries with work I work in education, no one is going to die if I do not answer my phone or an email at 10 PM, so I stopped. I realized that I am not that important any my kids are! Simple as that, if you are not delivering babies or putting out real fires, most likely it can wait. 


Monday, June 15, 2015

Seventh Generation Healthy Baby

The wonderful people at Seventh Generation, Bobble, and Zarbees sent me some wonderful products to try in there efforts to make the world safer for our babies.

We received some of the new Zarbees baby immune support.

While we have not used this too much yet, after a rough winter and a little one with some known allergies, I am sure to save this for the winter! I think it will just give Little B the edge she needs. 

I was so excited to get my Bobble in the package as well. I have wanted one of these for awhile and both girls love using it, always a plus in the summer months. 

Finally, from Seventh Generation we received laundry detergent sample (love the free and clear), dish soap, diaper, and wipes

When having little ones that react to a number of fragrances and colors in products, the Seventh Generation products are a staple in our home. 

Thanks Seventh Generation for letting me be part of your fight to end toxins for our kids



** I was not compensated for this post, but was sent products and sample to use and share with friends. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Battle Frog's A Race for the Family: Being “Fit for the Future”

Although Little Miss is not old enough for this race, I would love to do this with her next year!




Let your kids get muddy! At BattleFrog we have races for any age.

TadPole Dash: The TadPole dash  is for 4-8 year olds. The course has 8+ obstacles, through 400 meters, and is guaranteed to deliver a new experience of self-discovery. Children will learn they can take on these new and exciting challenges, while becoming “Fit for the Future”, getting totally muddy and having the time of their lives.

Navy SEALs run the race with the kids, motivating them, entertaining them, and helping them over the tough spots and inspire them with the spirit of never quitting, teamwork and always trying your best. Start a lifetime love of fitness and competition at the Tadpole Dash. http://battlefrogseries.com/tadpole-dash/

BullFrog Mile: For your slightly older kids there is the BullFrog Mile. Your children can test themselves on at least ten of the full-size obstacles the top competitors tackle, but with a more manageable distance of one mile. Designed for kids ages 8 to 13, your kids can sample the mud crawls, climbing walls, slip and slides and our “boot camp” military fitness exercise. All with Navy SEAL motivation throughout the course as your kids work with other racers as an individual or on a team. The BullFrog Mile combines the right amount of challenge with the right amount of fun. http://battlefrogseries.com/bullfrog-mile/

BattleFrog 8K: The BattleFrog course is a total test for people of all fitness levels from ages 13 and up. Each step is inspired by the training that forges SEAL operators and prepares them to do anything, anytime, anywhere. The approximate 8K course will take you through 22+ SEAL-inspired obstacles that use air, land and water to test your body, mind and spirit. http://battlefrogseries.com/

After run details....
  • Cross the line and receive a banana, water, protein bar and beer (if 21 and older)
  • Full festival after with free wine tasting, beer for purchase, and music.
  • Portrait Station: Take advantage of our professional portrait station and grab a free photo you’ll want to use for your next #ThrowbackThursday photo! These portrait photos will be posted in an album on our Facebook page within a week of your race.

Location:  Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Inc, 230 Pension Rd., Englishtown, NJ 07726

*But they have races throughout the country at different dates.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Relax, Unwind, and Enter the Outrigger Resorts Hawaii Insider Sweepstakes

  


 
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