Little Acts Of Love

You may all know February as the month for love, and for me, there isn’t anything more important than showing the ones around me how much I love them! Although we should carry this loving attitude throughout the year, it’s fun that February dedicates days especially for this! Along with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, Did you know February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day? This month I want to share with my kids how impactful it can be when we show others kindness and love.

As a mother, I like to provide for my family and show them how much they mean to us by making sure they are always well taken care of and their needs are met. Showing them little acts of love like making sure Eli always has his favorite diapers and wipes by Pampers is important to me. Providing him with a high-quality brand like Pampers is my little way of showing him his mama always looks out for his best interests!

We often shop at our local Sam’s Club, it’s so easy to stock up on our favorites! In fact, the main reason for our Sam’s Club membership was that they offered our favorite baby brand, Pampers! Right now, you can get an instant savings of $8 off the purchase of 2 Pampers products at Sam’s Club. Plus, you can get a $10 Sam’s Club eGift Card when you purchase $50 worth of Pampers.

This deal is available at the perfect time, since we were able to donate a couple boxes of diapers and wipes to our local diaper bank! I had Jude, my seven-year-old, help me with loading the donations and with the drop-off. He was really touched when he was able to understand how we’re helping those other families who needed diapers for their little babies.

It brought a smile to my face knowing that I can help other parents provide the best for their families and bringing them even just a little bit of comfort knowing that their babies will have diapers and wipes. It’s little acts of love like these that are priceless.

Be sure to visit your local Sam Club and always remember choose kindness! #ShowLoveWithPampers

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Taking Care Of Our Loved Ones

Every Year we set resolutions for ourselves and we usually tend to lose the drive to achieve them after a couple of weeks. Last year I made fitness and making healthier choices a goal, and I realized I couldn’t achieve that alone after the first couple of months into 2017. So I decided to invest in trainers to achieve my goals and its been a slow process but going into 2018 I am super happy to be 15lbs lighter with less fat and more muscle, having cut back on poor diet choices that are now easy for me to keep up on a daily basis.

This year I want to take my goals from last year further and not only focus on my health but those of my parents and grandparents. A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting OptumCare® clinic and finding out more about their philosophy for providing great care and services to their patients. What I found most impressive was OptumCare offers a free community center for patients and non-patients for the 55+ community.

The community center offers a wide range of physical and mental activities like dance class and pilates, art, stretching, computers, board games, and social activities. I love the fact that the environment feels much more like a home than any traditional community center, they offer waters, snacks, and coffee to anyone who visits.

Each community center offers a full calendar of events Monday–Friday. You’ll find:

  • Fitness classes like yoga and line dance
  • Presentations on diabetes, hearing loss, healthy minds, Medicare and more
  • Fun activities like art classes, movie afternoons and parties

During my tour of the community center in Goodyear, AZ I got to peek into their gym and state of the art equipment. I was so impressed by how well thought out the center was and how focused they are on keeping their members safe, healthy and happy! Each machine was digital and members had a personalized chip they insert before using a machine which would indicate the appropriate weight/resistance to each members needs. They also offer onsite care with a nurse and exam rooms.

I was lucky enough to catch the end of their Brain Savers’ class and I really loved how they focus on keeping the mind active along with the body, After discussing exercises of reducing stress the instructor prompted the members to get up and line dance! I would have to say one of the first things I noticed was a positive energy and how happy all the members were and how friendly the staff was from the moment you walked in.

It was really awesome how welcoming everyone at the community center was on my visit. I heard so many amazing stories about how becoming a member helped with either grieving a loss or staying healthy. I had a woman tell me after losing her husband she lost herself and became really introverted. She also went on to say that when she first came to the center she was really hesitant and wasn’t even sure she would enjoy it and since then has been coming back and has found herself again!

This really hit close to home for me as I have a grandmother who is single and often home alone and we struggle with how this can affect her health and well being. I was so excited to discover OptumCare® Primary Care and OptumCare Community Centers and getting to see how well off their members were really got me hopeful and excited for my loved ones!

I decided to join the members of their Pilates class and although I knew it would be targeted for the member’s needs and have age appropriate modifications, I felt the burn and the stretching!

The instructor did a great job explaining the positioning and creating a fun environment for everyone.

OptumCare® Community Centers also offers support for caregivers. As rewarding as it is to care for our loved ones it can often be challenging and that’s where OptumCare®comes in, they offer classes for both caregivers and patients:

  • Alzheimer’s support group
  • Long-term care planning
  • Stroke prevention
  • Nutrition 101
  • Healthy living with diabetes
  • Healthy cooking made easy

 

Nothing aids in healthier lifestyle than having a full calendar of both physical and social enrichment. That’s why I am making it a goal to not only further my own health goals but those of my older grandparents and parents. Healthcare is so much more than just a visit with your physician, and OptumCare® gets that!

I want to thank the staff and members of OptumCare Community Center Goodyear for making my visit so welcoming and memorable!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of OptumCare. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Elevating Myself In 2018

Happy New Year!

 

Even though I slept right into the New Year, I woke up more ready than ever to take on 2018. I am making this year all about my business, blog, and friendships.  Alongside with keeping up my fitness and health goals from last years resolution I have added two more this year that I feel have deserved some attention.

Resolution 1:

Elevate My Blog

My Blog, Neon Be is my business and an extension of myself. I want to focus more on this baby more than my first year in. I’ve only been blogging a year and a half and I’ve met some incredible people especially woman within this community. I want my work to reflect more of my passions outside of motherhood because there is a lot to me as a woman and a wife.

The first week into 2018 and I have already kicked off the year by creating a home workspace that I can be inspired in and work with all my heart in without many distractions.-Stay tuned for that new office tour post!

I’ve also decided to share more moments and my life on a more personal level with all of you regarding motherhood and straight up life as a woman. Along with sharing, I want to inspire other women to follow their passions and don’t stop reaching those goals!

This year I will invest more time and money into creating content and marketing to help grow my blog and social media! Yes, it’s true, You have to spend money to make money! Maybe not all the time but if I want to create and grow, I want to give it my all and not set any limits on what I can do!

Resolution 2:

More than ever I have felt the need to be more intentional with my relationship with others and put an effort to maintain my friendships and create memories with those I love. There are so many times I regret not having captured a photo of a moment with someone just because I was either insecure with how the shot looked or the lack of that ideal lighting. Note to self: Take the picture!

There is one relationship I want to focus on first, My relationship with my husband. I want him to know how I feel about him, How I adore certain things about him, how often I yearn for a hug. This year we will plan a trip for ourselves and I will do my best not to feel guilty about it because my husband deserves it, I deserve it.

I wanted to write this all down, not only to keep my self-accountable to my goals this year but to inspire some of you to go for yours. Anything is possible with hard work and dedication!

Benefits Of Amazon Prime- Early Screening of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

This post has been sponsored by Amazon Prime.

We use our Amazon Prime membership for everything from batteries to diapers for our little baby. When Amazon announced an exclusive early screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle” to all Prime members we were so thrilled! We had been cracking up at the previews for weeks and we love the original so much we were just dying to see this one!

Amazon did the greatest job setting theme just right for this much-anticipated movie screening. They had the cutest jungle themed seating lounges and bags of popcorn for all the Amazon Prime members attending. They also offered a lounge area with TV showing Amazon Video originals as we waited for the movie to start!

I was loving all the jungle theme accents and greenery props, it really got us in the mood for the upcoming movie! We were so amazed how many other Amazon Prime members attended, the environment was exciting and fun, that’s for sure! Amazon did a really good job at making us feel special for being Prime members.

Jude had fun with Amazon Prime’s snapchat filter before the movie started. It was so neat to see other people’s cool Jungle safari themed shots on social media using their dedicated hashtags and filters! The movie had us cracking up the whole time and my seven-year-old loved the new plot twist this Jumanji had compared to the original. We were so happy we got to attend this event at our AMC theater!

Everyone who attended was gifted swag bags courtesy of Amazon Prime which included, a safari hat, Whole Foods gift card, AMC perks card and a coupon for a free small popcorn on our next visit! My favorite thing about Amazon Prime is so much more than the awesome free Two-Day Shipping, but the fact that they offer these amazing benefits that create memories with families and friends and that makes Prime so worth it!

Taking Care Of Me

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of OptumCare. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s been so easy for me to set aside my own healthcare needs especially the last couple of months with how busy my life has been with the holidays and my kids. I have always been so on top of taking my kids to their own doctor appointments and unless I am pregnant I am awful at seeing a primary health care provider myself.

I’ve always felt like it was a hassle to find someone I trust or an office environment that makes me feel comfortable enough to keep going back.

Recently, I visited my local OptumCare® Primary Care and was pleasantly surprised with how easy going and friendly the staff was! OptumCare® Primary Care Clinics in the Phoenix area provide a care setting where the patient is at the center of care. It’s “Health Care built around you”. Their care teams know to keep patients at the center of care making sure they get the right care at the right time in the right setting.

What I felt was a brilliant concept was how, OptumCare® believes in the “Lean” method which cuts out anything that isn’t necessary. The first thing I noticed when I walked towards the exam room was how clean and organized the rooms and hallways looked. It gave me a sense of peace knowing I didn’t have to walk past a bunch of unnecessary rooms or equipment which can often be a little unsettling especially with my toddler in tow!

OptumCare® also offers on-site lab, x-rays, and a bone density scanner which makes getting the results you need a lot more efficient than your traditional primary care office.  With a wide range of services including:

Primary Care

  • Preventive services
  • Care for chronic conditions
  • Health care screenings
  • Care for common illness

Special and Surgical Care

Depending on your location, they offer a wide selection of specialty services so it’s always convenient and cuts out having to travel between different locations. If surgery is needed, OptumCare® partners with many surgical centers and hospitals near you to ensure you get the care you need without any hassle.

  • Allergy
  • Cardiology
  • Audiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Podiatry
  • Radiology

and much more which can be found here!

It is reassuring to know the staff and doctors work together to provide the best care and stand by three objectives: Integrity, Compassion and Relationships. With such great variety of healthcare services I really feel confident and comfortable about coming here and bringing my family.

OptumCare® not only focuses on creating the best environment for their patients but they also take it a step further by creating an environment where physicians and staff aren’t distracted with anything other than the patients and dedicate all their time and efforts into their passions which are taking care of us!

Choosing a primary healthcare provider is a really big decision and you want to make sure the staff and physicians not only see you, but care about you and your family. OptumCare® really helped with the processing and made our visit stress-free and welcoming not intimidating. We left feeling cared about and eager to recommend this office and thier physicians to our families!

Curated Candy Box At My Doorstep

If it’s one thing I am the biggest sucker for, it’s candy! I am sure my kids and husband would agree with me that this is one of our favorite curated boxes to receive at our doorstep!

Growing up I always looked forward to visiting the candy shop at the malls and always left with a bag full of my favorite candies hoping they would last me until our next visit. When I was asked to review and experience Candy Club I was so thrilled because there was NOW a company that offered premium, curated candy that I can choose from and enjoy every month without stepping into a mall or retail shop!

With everything being delivered nowadays straight to your door, its no surprise that we are now able to get delicious premium candies every month! I love how they offered my childhood favorites like Strawberry Belts, and Gummi Bears, but they also offer a wide selection of seasonal favorites like these Peppermint Salt Water Taffys!

Candy Club offers many different types of candies:

  • Chocolate
  • Sours
  • Hersheys Headquarters
  • Nostalgic
  • Gummy/Chewy

With such a big variety, I’ve found it so easy to find candies for people I know which makes for a great gift!

I was so excited to try these Cupcake Bites! They are easily my favorite right now and their portions are awesome, there is plenty to enjoy and to share.

The great thing about Candy Club is that you have the freedom to choose your own candies or if you like surprises they can curate a box according to your likes and dislikes survey.

These peppermint salt water taffy’s were a nice surprise! I love when companies go further and give you extra goodies on top of what you ordered, it’s always so unexpected!

With your subscription, you automatically take part in their ‘Sweet Rewards’ program which allows you to earn points on every box to earn free candy! You can also rate candies, and share Candy Club on Facebook to earn more points! With so many different types of candies, you can really indulge in whatever you’re craving, which for me was obviously sour and sweet this month. But I have a feeling my next Candy Club box will be things smothered in chocolate!

Get $15 off your order today by ordering here!

Greeting The Season- DIY Photo Wreath

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeHolidayCheer #CollectiveBias

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!

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