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The Balance of Back To School for mom

My kids both headed back to school one week ago. I love my kids so much, we had an amazing summer going on a lot of adventures. By the end of the summer, I was exhausted. You would of thought that having an empty house during the day would have me jumping for joy, right?  I was that mom crying when I walked into the house after seeing them get on the bus. The feeling is strange and hard to put into words. I am now in a new chapter trying to find my place and getting into a regular routine.

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In order to find a happy balance for myself while they are in school, I realized I need to plan out my week every Sunday. This will help me more productive on a daily basis.  Starting with a workout is key especially for my own sanity when it gets cold outside.  I am trying to do this 3 days a week. back to school 2015

I  have also realized that I am much more productive getting work done when I am not in my house. I like to work from my local Starbucks or library. My travel companion is my ASUS Intel 2 in 1. I love that it is small, can easily fit into most of my handbags. Two things that I love most about my Intel 2 in 1, is it's light weight and the battery life is better than my laptop. I have been able to set up the OneDrive and can share/access documents  and photos that are on my laptop from my Intel 2 in 1. How cool is that?

work from anywhere #intel2in1

I personally love using the keyboard but in a quick second I can detach it and use my ASUS has a tablet. Which comes in handy when I am doing research on pinterest or just want to get on facebook.

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The next few weeks I hope to find the perfect balance and happiness for me with a regular schedule.

How do you handle having a quiet house during the day?

 

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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The ultimate multitasker companion for busy moms. #intel2in1

My summer consists of running the kids to swim practice, swim lessons early in the morning. It seems we are running around all day long.  We are at the pool most of the day or on a fun adventure with friends. That means healthy eating isn't easy. I find myself eating what is convenient and we know that isn't good.

My favorite thing about pinterest is that I have healthy and easy recipes at my finger tips! Lunch meals are the hardest for me. Planning what I will eat for lunch ahead of time has been very helpful.  I like finding recipes that I can use left over chicken or what is already in my fridge and that doesn't take a lot of time. This easy and yummy avocado chicken salad that is now my go to for lunches because I usually have the ingredients in my fridge. Bonus, right?

My ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi has made looking for and  making new recipes simple. I like that I don't have to use a stand for the tablet when the keyboard is atttached. Its small and doesn't take up much room on my counter tops. It's home is now the kitchen counter. This summer I have been using  it in the morning to catch up on social media, while I drink my coffee and make the kids breakfast. It is a windows device and I love that it runs just like my laptop but just smaller. I can even access document and photos that are on my laptop using the OneDrive. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 Chi the best multi- tasker companion a social media mom could ask for!

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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Crazy for SoCozy hair products!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

Mia has VERY thick hair and a ton of it!  It can be hard to manage and tame. She is nine years old and at the age where she needs to put hair product in her hair to tame and style it. I don't want her using products that will damage her hair. When I was spotted the cool  SoCozy prodcuts at Target, I was happy to find out that all of their products are non toxic and made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, gluten, wheat or nuts.

I had no idea how excited my kids would get about hair products! Seriously, they spent about 20 minutes checking out the entire SoCozy  product line and oohing ahhing over the wonderful smells. Mia needs a good conditioner and it seems to be hard to find one made for kids hair. The SoCozy product line is perfect for Mia, her personal favorites are the 2 in 1 shampoo + body wash,  super hydrating conditioner, Detangler + leave in conditioner and  styling mouse. Her hair has never looked or smelled better. She has a lot of fun trying out new hair styles. She can even braid her own hair better than I can!

Dylan enjoys spiking up his hair or trying to make a faux hawk when possible.

He loved testing out both the styling gel and cream. Of course he had to check out the smell and he approved of the Trop-O-Lish and Pear fection scents.

The styling gel gave him the right amount of hold but wasn't crusty and hard. His hair stayed crazy spiky just like he wanted it all day.

Want to tryout SoCozy products for your kids? You can save $3 on all SoCozy products at Target until 6/13 with this coupon.

Disclosure:  I received products to review and compensation from SoCozy for this post. My opinion is my own and not edited by SoCozy.

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Fill Your Top Two Drawers with Peach!

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Fill Your Top Two Drawers with Peach!

One of the most frustrating things to do as a woman is to go bra shopping. We each have our own style, size and preferences, and any of those factors can change in an instant. Add in the fact that we usually have kids tagging along during this necessary yet complicated excursion, and it is a recipe for disaster. If millions of women wear these things...heck, billions, and why is the process so incredibly confusing and filled with misinformation? Did you know that 80% of women are in the wrong bra size and 95% of women hate the shopping experience? Time for a change. I recently attended the Peach Perfect Fit Tour on their stop in Chicago, and received a "Perfect Luxe Bra Fitting" with a Personal Stylist. My Stylist, Katey, was so incredibly knowledgeable about how a bra should fit. She took a look at my current bra and could immediately tell that it wasn't working for me. After taking a 10 point set of calculated measurements (and no, it wasn't just a quick whip of a measuring tape twice around), she found a size that was truly me. She asked questions about the clothes that I wear and how I prefer to have my bras fit.

Want to know the best part about Peach? The stylist actually comes to your house. No more getting shoved alone into a fitting room, armed with an arsenal of assorted garments, only to rush out of the store with something passable because your kids are driving you crazy. Your information and sizes are then stored in the Peach system, and you have access to your Stylist moving forward. They are currently in 25 states and expanding- you can see if they are in your area with this link. Appointments are made at the convenience of the client (you) for dates and times that work within your schedule.

In addition to bras, they aim to "fill your top two drawers." This means everything from panties to shapewear to hosiery to chemises to t-shirts and camis, even loungewear and cardigans (which are all the absolutely softest clothing items I have ever worn). Here is one of their Spaghetti Strap Camis peeking out from under my favorite wrap dress. This gorgeous item stayed put all day- it didn't ride up, and held shape after washing.

I also tested out their insanely soft Infinity Scarf- perfect for those deceptively chilly days right now where the sun is out but it is still in the 60s. It also doubles as a nursing cover! One item that I have my eye on, which happens to be a best seller, is their Simply Soft Flyaway Cardigan.

The whole goal of Peach is to inspire women to be their most "beyoutiful" through their one of a kind shopping experience. Take a look at what they have to offer you!

 

PS- They are actively looking for stylists to add to their team, so if you are entrepreneurial in nature and looking to get in on the ground floor of a new company, check them out here!

Disclosure: I was provided with select Peach apparel for review purposes, and even purchased some with my own funds because I simply loved it. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

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Mom Style Monday: 3 Summer Hair Styles

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Mom Style Monday: 3 Summer Hair Styles

In the summer, my hair styles differ quite drastically from my winter 'dos. In the winter, my hair is dry, full of static, and I usually shove it into a ponytail or keep it over my ears to stay warm. In the summer, there are so many more options and places to go that motive me to actually style my hair. Here's the thing with moms, though- many of us have chopped our lovely long locks in exchange for an easier-to-manage style. If the length of my hair is going to necessitate a 45 minute session with my blow drier, I would rather pull a Charlize Theron a la Mad Max buzz than waste my precious morning minutes in a stuffy bathroom. There are ways to fake length, whether it be permanent extensions, clip ins or flat iron styling. I loved my long hair for all of the versatility it provided- braids, complicated top knots, long beachy waves, prom girl curls (ok...maybe I don't miss those). Here are a few of my favorite looks for Summer 2015, inspired by both the runways and my personal preferences.

Long Beachy Waves

The perfect beachy wave is such an enigma- you want it to look tousled and undone, but to get it to that point, you have to put a heck of a lot of product in and have some serious skills with styling tools. Since my hair isn't long enough to really get that wind-swept look, I used clip in extensions from Irresistible Me. Since they are real hair, you can style them, wash them, even color or cut them like you would real hair. If you go the extension route, I highly recommend spending the extra money to get ones of this caliber. The set I used comes in 10 pieces in varying widths, so you can make your hair as thick as you wish. They have 12 different colors, come in lengths from 14-24 inches, and varying thickness. For this style, I clipped 3 pieces in and used a bubble curling wand, specifically the Bed Head TIGI Rock N' Roller. The trick to beachy waves is leaving out the very end of your hair- leave it straight for a relaxed look.

Braided Topknot

First of all, the topknot is the best hairstyle for second day hair, hands down. Some of my favorite style icons such as Nicole Ritchie and Rashida Jones have raised the bar with a braided topknot. Unfortunately, my hair hits just below my collarbone, so I can't get the volume they do (FYI- a wimpy topknot just looks like something growing out of your head). I grabbed my extensions again and this time clipped them in upside down to go with the flow. To make a topknot, flip your head upside down and secure a HIGH ponytail just above the crown of your head. Celeb stylist Kylee Heath recommends pulling hair up in sections, lightly teasing some and braiding the others, wrapping all around the base of the ponytail. The goal of this isn't sleek perfection- more of controlled chaos.

Crown Braid

I am still on the fence with this one- it is very appropriate for festival season, but I am not sure if I can pull it off for the carpool. Let's give it a shot! I am not about to get into the crazy french braided crown- that is too much effort. To cheat, make regular braids and pull them across. Again, I used the Irresistible Me extensions to give myself more hair to work with. I used four clip-ins and pulled my hair into two low ponytails secured tightly right behind my ears. If you don't have any texture to your hair (like me) try to build some on top with a curling wand or dry shampoo. I then pulled the braids across the front of my head and secured just above my hairline behind my ears with bobby pins. Done!

What are your thoughts? Do these look like styles you might try, or are they better suited for the glossy pages?

Disclosure: I was provided with Irresistible Me product for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

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