Greeting The Season- DIY Photo Wreath

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Decorating for the holidays has always been a family tradition, as a kid we loved doing it and now as a parent, I love seeing the excitement on my children’s faces when we decorate. There’s that sense of magic in the air, which is why I love placing my Glade® jar candles and PlugIns® air fresheners with the holiday scents around the house as soon as the holiday season hits. It fills our home with a sense of warmth and cheers it really sets our moods for all things holiday!

The pretty Glade® jar candle is designed to quickly fill the room with fragrance and leaves a lingering fragrance even once it’s snuffed out. Glade® PlugIns® air fresheners add lasting and continuous scented oil fragrance to your living room, bedroom, busy bathroom, kitchen and other rooms. They offer a variety of luxurious fragrances infused with essential oils. These are a big hit with guests, always admiring how good my home smells!

‘Tis the season for giving and receiving, those adorable family photos and holiday cards. Every year I find myself struggling to find the perfect place for these so I decided to create a pretty green holiday wreath photo/card holder.

With the holidays here this DIY is super easy because I know as a woman, things get busy!

The Supplies:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wreath, either handmade or store bought! There is a wide range of wreath styles, any will work on this project!
  • Clips, remember the bigger the wreath the more clips you will need.
  • Battery operated string lights. Remember to pay attention to what kind of light you want to project, I went with a soft white to compliment my holiday decor.

Directions:

  1. String the lights around the wreath and glue the battery box to the back of the wreath where it is not visible from the front. Remember to glue the battery and switch facing up so you can access it.

2. Plan out the best placement for your photos/cards and mark them

3. Place glue on each clip individually and place one at a time, making sure the glue is set before gluing down the next.

Voila! You are done creating your very own photo wreath!

The fun thing about wreaths is you can set your wreath on any surface or hang it up. I love setting this up near my entryway where it gets the most exposure, sharing photos of my little ones and loved ones bring me joy. I also make sure to place a Cozy Cider SippingGlade® jar candle close to my entryway as well to create that magical holiday vibe with delightful apple notes with comforting spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. A touch of berries notes, balanced with creamy musk. Come inside; feels like cozy!

Be on the lookout for Glade® Holiday Limited Edition Fragrances on display at your local Kroger store now!

Happy Holidays!!

 

A Yummy Way Of Smarter Snacking

Recently I was told by my trainer that I need to ‘Eat more’ not just big meals but 3 healthy meals with a couple nutritional snacks in between those meals. This got me thinking about ‘what are truly nutritional snacks other than fruit or vegetables?’

I love vegetables and fruits but snacking on them while out and about isn’t always the easiest thing to do! I came across Planetarians and I was amazed at what their label listed:

Key Ingredients: Sunflower meal, Potato Starch, Sunflower Oil, Seasoning. Never Fried / All Natural / Gluten Free / Soy Free / Lactose Free / Whole 30 approved. No artificial colors, flavors or ingredients. 

This was so much more than a chip or apple, with12 g PROTEIN per SERVING: more protein (28.7%) than in meat (26%)  and 11 g FIBER per SERVING! That’s 10x more than an apple for more crunch and guilt-free snacking!

I love their easy to go packaging, it’s easy to pack in my son’s lunches or in my purse or diaper bag while I am out so I don’t miss out on giving my body what it needs. I can’t use being ‘too busy’ as an excuse with Planetarians they make snacking smarter so easy.

With a variety of yummy flavors like BBQ, and Sour Cream and Onion I have no trouble getting my kids to eat Planetarians snacks!

Now I make sure I have a couple Planetarians snacks packed in my gym bag as my post work out snack and my kid’s lunches, I feel so relieved knowing I found something I don’t feel guilty eating or feeding my kids!

Join me and Planetarians snacks in making fiber a bigger part of our diets and snacks against obesity order yours today!

Creating A Cozy Space With Table Lamps

Light Details: Possini Euro Spacely 3-Light Globe Table Lamp

In all things pretty, good lighting is a must. I keep my blinds drawn up and curtains pulled back just to capture that outdoor light that is constantly changing.

You know that feeling when you walk into a room and the lighting is so perfect it makes you want to kick up your feet and cozy up with a good book?

A room with accent lighting, such as table lamps, can project an intimate, and flattering space. By creating diffused light in areas that don’t naturally get light, welcomes the warmth and creates a cozy vibe.

Light details: Drome Brushed Brass Space-Age Industrial Accent Table Lamp

There are a couple tips to remember when finding those perfect table lamp, Here are a few of my top tips:

  • Focus on those spots in your room farthest from windows to bring in light to areas that need it most
  • Keep in mind, when the sun goes down where you can use a lamp
  • Be sure the table lamp you choose provides the lightening you are looking for in your space
  • Don’t be afraid to add character with a uniquely shaped or looking lamp!

Light Details: Elijah Brass and White 11 1/2″ High Accent Table Lamp

Table lamps don’t have to be a stand-alone decor piece, I love checking spaces that incorporate lighting and their unique decor pieces to highlight their sense of style.

If you are looking for a wide selection of lightening LampsPlus is a great choice! They offer a variety of high quality, unique and affordable lighting for many different styles.

Sephora Inside JCPenney- Must Have Gift Sets This Holiday Season

Thanks to Sephora Inside JCPenney for sponsoring this post! Please know all opinions are my own and I only share with you what I truly believe in and love! #SephoraInJCP #SoWorthIt

Ok ladies, who else looks for that perfect gift for those beauty loving Sisters, BFFs or even your self! I have compiled a gift guide to the best gift sets sold at Sephora inside JCPenney!

Gifts sets are awesome for many reasons but mainly because who doesn’t love a lot of things from your favorite brands for a good price? Sephora Inside JCPenney is my go-to store for new, exclusive products from brands I love, and Its so easy to find gifts for anyone on your gift list.

Tarte Treasure Box Collector Set

This is by far my favorite pick! This Exclusive limited edition tarte Treasure Box Collector’s Set is any beauty babe’s dream! This set is retailed at $59.00 but is valued at $433.00. This set offered the best price with such an incredible value!

What you will get:

– 24 x 0.024 oz/ 0.7 g Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows
– 2 x 0.1 oz/ 3 g Amazonian Clay Blushes in Perk (carnation pink), Wish (watermelon pink)
– 2 x 0.1 oz/ 3 g Amazonian Clay Bronzers in Navigate (matte bronze), Excursion (bronze luster)
– 0.21 oz/ 6 g Amazonian Clay Highlighter in Wanderlust (light champagne)
– 0.007 oz/ 0.2 g Full-Size Sex Kitten Eyeliner
– 0.13 oz/ 4 mL Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-In-1 Mascara
– 0.034 oz/ 1 mL Deluxe Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Grand (deep rose)

 

Sephora Collection-Paint The Town Nude

With nudes being one of the biggest beauty trends this season, you can’t go wrong with this amazing exclusive limited edition Sephora Collection set of nude lip pencils. This set is priced at $29.00 with a value of $50! These colors are beautiful and offer a creamy satin finish and are perfectly sized to tote around in even the smallest evening clutch.

What you will get:

– 10 x 0.05 oz/ 1.4 g Lipsticks in Sand, Peach, Mauve, Brown Sugar, Blush, Coral, Rose, Khaki, Plum, and Chocolate.

Sephora Favorites Kit- Skin Wonderland

With all the stress and weather changes, this set makes the perfect gift this holiday season! Sephora Favorites Kit Skin Wonderland offers a wide range of skin care products for all types of skin. What’s great about this set beside offering the best skin care products out there, is that Sephora Inside JCPenney offers this exclusive rose gold clutch with this set! This set retails for $42.00 with a value of $106.00!

What you will get:

– 0.23fl oz/ 7mL Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
– 0.338 fl oz/ 10 mL boscia® Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer
-1fl oz/ 30mL Origins Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash
-0.33 fl oz/ 10mL belief The True Cream- Moisturizing Bomb
– 1.7 fl oz/ 50 mL First Aid Beauty® Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
-0.25 fl oz/ 7.5mL Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
– 0.5 fl oz/ 1.5mL Fresh Rose Face Mask
-0/17 fl oz/ 5 mL Glam Glow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer
– 0.1 fl oz Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm
– 0.5 fl oz/ 15 mL Kate Somerville® ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
– 0.25 fl oz/ 7 mL OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum®
– 1 fl oz/ 30mL Philosophy Purity 3-1 Cleanser For Face And Eyes
– 1 Pair Of Tarte Pack Your Bags Eye Treatment

Plus the rose gold zip up clutch!

Don’t get anything basic for your loved ones, Sephora Inside JCPenney offers amazing, exclusive gift sets for anyone on your list. With these great prices and high valued sets your sure to save money and without sacrificing giving the best gifts around!

The Best Way To Stock Up On Essentials This Holiday Season

Now that November is here, that holiday mode kicks in and that super Mom power comes into play. From school events, sports, work and holiday gatherings there is so much going on in our lives and let’s be honest keeping up with things like groceries can be a daunting task.

You can imagine the excitement on my face when I heard about Boxed and how I can have our essentials in bulk shipped straight to our front door!

Boxed is an easy way to stay on top of keeping your everyday essentials stocked. Boxed offers wholesale prices, fast, free delivery, free samples, and with no membership fee, you’re looking at significant savings!

In comparison to Boxed competitors, I was saving an average of $3-$5 dollars per item ordering from Boxed. Here are a few examples of the savings: Bounty 12 Mega Rolls is $21.99 at Boxed compared to $35.80 at other big online retailers. This 3-pack of Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing is $9.99 at Boxed compared to $14.87, and Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid 75 oz. is $7.99 versus $17.15. What cost me around $100 would have cost more if I shopped locally or ordered the same quantity elsewhere, and the fact that shopping Boxed saved me a trip to the store sealed the deal for this busy Mom!

To top it off each order includes a handwritten thank you note and a really cool creativity kit for my kids to enjoy, I really love how Boxed doesn’t just see me as an order number but as a human being!

Be sure to save yourself some time and money this holiday season and shop Boxed!

Thanks to Boxed for sponsoring this post! Please know all opinions are my own and I only share with you what I truly believe in and love!

Our Family Trip To Florida

Let me start by saying Orlando, FL in October is perfect! We got a fresh breeze with the warmth of the sunshine and a little rain, It was perfect.

We had planned our trip to Orlando, FL to visit the Walt Disney parks, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. We were invited to stay at Encore Resort, which is unlike any other accommodation we have experienced. We got to stay in a gorgeous home with a private pool!

When we first arrived we were all greeted by Encore Resort’s super friendly staff at their really cool clubhouse not too far from our rental home. Even with my Mom and Nephew joining us, we had so much extra space in this house! Encore offers luxury homes that range from 4-13 bedrooms with a private pool.

Our home was decorated beautifully and there was plenty of space for the kids to be kids. We had a full kitchen which made it really nice and easy to store snacks and things for meals. If you didn’t feel like cooking, which admittedly we didn’t on this vacation. Encore offers food delivery service which comes right to your front door.

Our rooms were 1000 times better than any hotel room. We had the comfort of a king size bed and gorgeous furnishings. Each bathroom is stocked with towels and your basic toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. What I also loved about this home is that it came with a laundry room! It came in handy during our 5 days stay here with Encore at Reunion.

We had the opportunity to experience our own in-home private chefs! It was our first private chef experience, and the food was incredible. Our chefs were really friendly and catered well to our little picky eaters. We were treated to a yummy dish, Chicken Parm with a slice of pumpkin cheesecake for dessert!

The amenities at Encore Resort go beyond your average resort. They not only offer a big pool but an amazing water park for kids and adults!

You can spend the whole day enjoying all the neat aspects of the water park like these super awesome slides that we couldn’t get enough of!

They even have these really neat water features that the little ones can enjoy. The clubhouse also offers a cool arcade and kids club so the possibilities for fun are endless!

We relaxed poolside in a really neat cabana that offered mini fridge, TV and comfortable seating. Being able to enjoy their delicious menu poolside was a huge plus and one of our favorite aspects because the food was so good!

Our stay with Encore Resort at Reunion was memorable and the resort is only a few minutes from Walt Disney parks! They offer a shuttle service to the parks which makes the trip so much easier!

If you are ever planning a trip to Orlando for any of their parks and you want to stay in a somewhere with the comforts of home, Encore Resort at Reunion is the perfect place for you!

Motherhood Is What Moves Me

Thanks to Lee and JCPenney for sponsoring this post! Please know all opinions are my own and I only share with you what I truly believe in and love!

With everything going on in the world, it’s motherhood that moves me and inspires me to do what I do best! My everyday life is often full of school drop offs and pick up, feeding my family, Homework duty, My son Jude’s sports and activities as well as keeping up with my creative projects. I have always been the type of person to keep her hands full, I like staying busy and productive.

Most of what I do is based from home, because of that my day to day looks usually include either work out clothes or jeans and an oversized tee. If I do go out I dress as stylish as possible since it’s rare I can actually wear my cute clothes since I am almost always around the house. I was so excited to try Dream Jean by Lee Jeans available at JCPenney as they are the softest pair of jeans I own!

Usually, I have to change before laying down and putting my little one down for a nap since I don’t like to lay down in my stiffer jeans so I am always looking for pieces that can move with me and my lifestyle.  JCPenney is a one-stop shopping destination offering a variety of stylish and affordable styles by Lee.

The Lee Dream Harmony Skinny Legging is the perfect mix of comfort and style. It has a knit lining that leaves me feeling comfortable all day long no matter what day brings. From running errands to getting my son down for a nap, I can wear these any time of the day without changing. #MoveYourLee

What I really love about these is how they flatter my shape and they can be effortlessly styled for many different occasions. Lee offers a variety of high-quality, stylish pieces for mothers and woman at great value at JCPenney. Shop Lee Jeans and get the Dream Harmony skinny leggings for $48.00 Its always a good idea to shop affordable, stylish flattering looks at JCPenney that won’t break the bank! #SoWorthIt

Be sure to shop your local JCPenney and JCPenney.com for all the latest Lee Jeans with styles that are flattering and stylish, priced to buy and guaranteed to love.

Staying Organized While Hosting Dinner Parties

Thanks to Calphalon for sponsoring this post! Please know all opinions are my own and I only share with you what I truly believe in and love!

Now that it’s October I’ve started to think about all the dinner parties and holiday gatherings we will be planning. These can be exciting times and also very stressful!

While my list of recipes is long, what’s longer is the list of how to keep my kitchen organized during all of this. I find it easier to cook up my best recipes in a clean and functional kitchen. It decreases my stress, makes things easier to find and helps shorten clean-up times. A lot of the time we tend to get so distracted from the actual meal we are preparing because we are too busy cleaning up after ourselves and that can be a disaster waiting to happen.

I’d love to share some helpful tips on how to make hosting a dinner party easier for you and enjoyable!

  • Always read your recipe fully before starting to cook, this will decrease the “what now” and rushing to read it while the garlic is burning in the pan.
  • Prep your veggies and meats before heating anything to avoid burning oil or pans.
  • Listen to something that relaxes you.
  • Always have appetizers ready before the party arrives so people are content and you feel less rushed/stressed to finish your meal if you haven’t already.
  • Keep the kids distracted if there are kids around.
  • Clean as you go, That means wipe down constantly, and load the dishwasher as you finish meal prepping and cooking. This will keep your space clean, so moving on to enjoying your meal is that much faster.

It’s also very helpful if you are cooking with high-quality pots and pans that double as a serving platter. With the Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Cookware you’re getting the highest quality tools, expertly crafted and designed to bring the best out of every meal! I love having the best cookware in my kitchen. It’s the best thing ever that this set won’t clutter your cupboard space!

This September Calphalon released the NEW Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Cookware. This set is unlike any other, stacking neatly and securely saving 30%* more space in the kitchen. Thanks to the unique handle design the pots, pans and lids stack and nest in any order** Other great benefits to this set is:

  • A 3 layer of a nonstick cooking surface that is durable enough to withstand metal whisks, spoons, and spatulas.
  • The cookware allows cooking without hot spots, allowing for even heating while cooking
  • Stainless steel handles stay cool while cooking
  • Dishwasher safe construction so clean up is easy
  • *Average space saved vs. like non-stacking Caphalon cookware items
  • **Cookware must have the same diameter

Priced at $449.99 this Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Cookware includes:

  1. 8″ Fry Pan
  2. 10″ Fry Pan
  3. 2.5 Qt Sauce Pan with cover
  4. 3.5 Qt Sauce Pan with cover
  5. 3 Qt Saute Pan with cover
  6. 6 Qt Stockpot with cover

Did you know that Calphalon also partnered with Michael Chernow, co-­‐owner of The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s in NYC?

Here are two of my favorite tips he provided Calphalon on how to save space in the kitchen!

  1. Take the time to organize -­‐ Take one hour to pull out all of your cookware and assess what you actually use and what may be awkwardly taking up space in your cabinets.The new Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware Sets provide you with all the cookware essentials you’ll need. All the pots and pans stacked in any order*, saving valuable cabinet space.
  2. Use Your Cabinet Doors – After you’ve saved 30%* more space with Calphalon Premier Space Saving Cookware, you’ll have more space in your cabinets. Attach hooks to the cabinets to hold cooking utensils to free up drawer or counter space.

The Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set is available for purchase at many fine retailers including, Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s, Crate and Barrel, and Williams-Sonoma. You can also learn more on Calphalon by visiting www.calphalon.com or by following @Calphalon on Instagram and Facebook!

 

I’m excited to share that I will be giving away one Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set, so you can have one of your own! So be sure to check back next week for your chance to win!

*Average space saved vs. like non-stacking Calphalon® cookware items

**Cookware must have same diameter

 

Keeping Up With My Hydrated Skin

I’m sharing #Curél in my life as part of a Curél sponsored series for Socialstars™

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about How To Hydrate My Seasonal Dry Skin, I talked about my new favorite way of keeping my skin hydrated with Curél® Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer.

I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin, what used to be dry ashy itchy and even at times cracked skin, is smooth and radiant!  I can now confidently show off and touch my skin without feeling embarrassed. I’m one of those who shower daily, which never helped my dry skin issues and now that I’ve discovered Curél®Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer my skin feels 3x more hydrated instantly!

Psst… It also works wonders on those rough feet and dry cuticles!

Curél®Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is activated by water and on freshly-showered skin. It penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface to heal dryness for soft healthy skin, you can only imagine. By keeping a bottle in the shower or near my bath I have avoided forgetting this crucial step in my bathing routine and it makes it easy to keep up with my skin’s hydration.

This new way of hydrating my skin has been one that I’ve seen lasting results and has been better than the traditional lotion. Applying lotion to wet skin is more beneficial because, water activated lotion work’s deep into your skin’s surface, immediately absorbs and helps repair your skin’s moisture barrier.

This is a super simple two-step application process:

  1. Apply Curél®Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer to just showered, wet skin
  2. Towel dry as usual and done! Use daily for best results

This is an inexpensive and simple two-step way of having long lasting hydrated skin so there isn’t much to lose!

Keeping up with my hydrated skin has never been so easy. No more hiding behind long sleeves or the temporary fix with other lotions that only give me that temporary relief I don’t need. I have a new sense of confidence, I can show off my skin and take on anything. I’ve taken it further from just having my skin appear hydrated or radiant to getting down to the source of my skins dryness issues and having skin that is hydrated and radiant all the time. Using Curél®Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer has been a game changer for me!

 

Our Summer Family Getaway

As summer break was coming to an end we decided to take a little four-day trip to California for my birthday last month it was so fun! We stopped in San Diego for a couple days than spent the remander of the trip hanging out in Palm Springs.

Our Ride

For this trip we had the chance to review the 2017 Mazda CX-5! It was goreous inside and out! It was a nice change to drive around in such a luxurious vehicle that offered great cargo space and was a comfortable ride for the whole family.

I was most impressed with all the saftey feature this SUV had to offer, I’ll name a few:

  • Windshield projection- which shows current speed, and traffic sign recognition
  •   Mazda connect- 7-inch touchscreen with full color display
  • Lane depature warning system
  • Smart City break support
  • Mazda radar cruz control- With roadtrips, this is AMZAZING!

We really loved the sleek look this car had and how smooth the drive was! It was really easy to drive around San Diego and Plam Springs, with how hot it was this car did great keeping us cool! The Bose sound system was awesome, music and GPS sounded so clear! If your looking fo functional, sleek, luxury and saftey, this is a great option for you! This was the perfect mid size SUV and I would take it on any trip anytime!

Day 1

Our first day in town we spent visiting our families who live in North County San Diego. It was great enjoying food and music with our friends and family! Like a classic California summer day, it was hot and humid, very little breeze. We couldn’t complain though becuase the food and catching up made up for all of it!

I was so excited to see my little niece Veyda! Not living near my husbands side of the family is tough, but luckily CA is only a 4-5hr drive away from us. Side note: Seriously how awesome are my Mother in laws plants and wicker rocking chairs!

Day 2

Since we were staying near downtown SD we decided to explore Old town San Diego for the day. Being that my husband and I grew up in Southern California, the area wasn’t new to us, but it never get less exciting. Its infused with so much culture, history and good food!

Of course, we had to take a tour of the famous haunted Whaley House! Jude was pretty bummed when he didn’t see any ghost although I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t be prepared for that kind of experiance yet ha!

We took alot of photos of our self guided tour through the house, It was pretty neat and looked pretty creepy too! I’ve share a few of our favorites!

 

Day 3

The drive to San Diego to Palm Springs isn’t to bad, we left in the morning after having breakfast and stopping by Escondido to say good bye to my In laws. We made it to Palm Springs just in time for lunch and checked into our hotel, V Palm Springs. (Room tour below)

Once we settled into our room we headed straight for the pool! It was nice, since it was a monday we practically had the whole place to our selves. This hotel doesn’t mess around, the pool vibes were definitely on point with the music and pool floaties.

I will admit thier Elixir restraunt/bar was my favorite part. Who doesn’t like to enjoy a nice cocktail poolside right? Thier menu is great too, offering a good selection of snacks like tacos, to enjoy near the pool.

Thier pool was fantastic, and the staff was really friendly and helpful! I really appreciated the laid back feel I got from this Hotel!

Hotel Tour

Our room faced the pool and had its own private patio area which was nice! The kids loved play out there and with it being a secluded patio I was all for it!

I really loved the V Palm Springs asthetic, and style! The beds and pillows were comfortable which made us happy. The bathroom and sink area were so pretty, I loved how on trend they were with the fixtures and little details like the bathroom tiles!

Over all this trip was a one for the books! We enjoyed spending time with our loved ones and having spent those relaxing pool days in Palm Springs!

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