Animal Alphabet Nursery Art Cards Plus A Giveaway

ABC art cards

 

At our house we love flashcards, not just me but my kids really love them when they are little especially. I am always on the look out for fun and whimsical flashcards that not only teach but inspire imagination. When Bee Happy Art contacted me about  there Animal Alphabet Nursery Art Cards I fell in love. I mean how adorable are all of these prints? en better they can be used for all kinds of fun projects from nursery decor ( hang from twine with mini clips) spell your kids name or just play with them as  learning tool.

 

ABC wall art cards

 

These cards are vibrant and just plain adorable. My 19 month old has been taking them everywhere with her and refusing to share with her big sisters. It is the cutest thing ever! If you need a unique baby gift or shower gift I can not recommend these enough and yes they are sturdy for little hands printed on 350gsm card in a gloss finish. The Etsy shop even offers adorable gift options that include a box with ribbon and tag and yes you can also order the twine with clips for instant nursery decor. In case you missed my fun unboxing video you can check it out here to see all the extras they offer! And yes those are my daughters little hands grabbing the cards at the end LOL!

 

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Bee Happy Art also offers custom name designs, I mean how cute is this Dino with the names Daisy? Also how about a name meaning and origin print? What a great way to commemorate  a babies birth!

 

personalized name art

 

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WIN IT: Great news one of you will be winning a set of alphabet cards and gift box set in your choice of color (red, blue or pink). Enter in the form below.

 

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Dear Soon-to-Be Mom, You’ve Got It All Wrong…. And That’s Ok #ColiefMOMents

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Today as I stood in a pool trying to watch 3 kids at once, as 2 shouted watch me mom and one attempted to drink the whole pool and drown herself while laughing, I had a moment of clarity. It is a beautiful July day, the sun is shining and I am in a pool. Yep in a pool exactly where 99% of the people indoors sitting at desks wish they were. Yes it can be stressful and no it is never easy being a mom but my life is good. Just as I had this realization a mom I know (who has 5 kids too all boys no less) came over chasing her kids who were pushing a raft. The raft gently bumped us and I jokingly said “Hey get control of your kids”. She of course laughed knowing it was a joke and quipped “not today, any day but today”. I then shared with her my revelation and she agreed but we also shared a laugh acknowledging some days we wished we were at that desk  all alone!

All this to say before our first child is born we moms have no idea what we are in for. No matter how badly we want a child there will still be days we are pushed beyond our limits, stretched beyond reason and ready to give up. And in that moment everything you thought you knew about being a mom will seem untrue and farfetched. In that moment you will feel unprepared and inadequate and you know what? That is ok!

 

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Keep a journal both photos, thoughts and quotes to remember these precious years!

 

Motherhood is not the same for any of us, heck it’s not the same with each child we have. I have 5 daughters, they all came from the same mom and dad and each and every one of them has brought me to my knees. Each of them has challenged me and made me feel like I had no idea what I was doing, nothing like a baby to keep you humble. They have also made my lie richer, better and more amazing than I could ever imagine.

Here’s the good news, you will get through it and some day you will look back and laugh or reminisce without cringing. One of the biggest struggles that really brings moms to their knees is colic. A crying and inconsolable baby is so hard to bear, it just breaks your heart. If you have a colicky baby try Colief Infant Digestive Aid a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. My kids all have varying degrees of lactose intolerance and so I drastically adjust my diet while nursing, Colief would have been much easier to try had I known about it. Unlike other colic solutions, Colief Infant Digestive Aid is not given directly to the baby, but added to the formula or breast milk before each feeding, making it easier for them to digest the milk by breaking down most of the lactose. Available online and at Walgreens stores nationwide, or more information about Colief Infant Digestive Aid and tips for new moms or to order online, visit http://us.colief.com and join the online community at www.facebook.com/ColiefInfantDrops.

 

Enter the Share Your #ColiefMOMent Giveaway now for a chance to win a $500 Walgreens gift card, a Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag of your choice, or be one of five weekly winners to receive a package of Colief Infant Digestive Aid! Enter before 8/14 here.

Colief® Infant Digestive Aid is a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Colief Infant Digestive Aid may help reduce the crying time associated with colic by breaking down the lactose in breast milk or infant formula, making it easier for infants to digest. To learn more, visit http://us.colief.com or LIKE the brand on Facebook.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. Colief Infant Digestive Aid is a dietary supplement to provide relief due to colic-associated crying from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI). These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Colief® Infant Digestive Aid is a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Colief Infant Digestive Aid may help reduce the crying time associated with colic by breaking down the lactose in breast milk or infant formula, making it easier for infants to digest. To learn more, visit http://us.colief.com or LIKE the brand on Facebook.

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. Colief Infant Digestive Aid is a dietary supplement to provide relief due to colic-associated crying from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI). These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Bug Smarties Insect Shield Children’s Apparel from OneStepAhead

bug repellant clothes

 

That’s right insect shield children’s apparel as in bug repelling kid’s clothing. Yep clothing that repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums). One Step Ahead is now carrying a line of children’s playwear that repels bugs. Bonded into the fabric is an invisible and odor-less repellant that lasts up to 7o washes, plenty for a summer of outdoor fun. Before you panic this has been tested, proven and EPA registered.

So what exactly is this collection? Bug Smarties Insect Shield Children’s Playwear is adorable kid’s clothing that looks cute and keeps your little ones bug free. I try to avoid DEET, especially with my little ones, but we go camping and I worry about my kids being eaten alive. And then there are ticks, we had our first tick encounter this spring and it was awful ticks terrify me. So knowing there is another way to protect my kids from bugs and the diseases they carry has me thrilled.

 

insect shield bug repellant clothing

 

You can see my two youngest dressed in the Bug Smarties Insect Shield line from One Step Ahead, they even have a headband to protect their faces!  When we go camping we always wear long sleeve and pants in the evening for our campfire and later activities and these clothes will be perfect. And for my older girl’s who can’t wear this line I am grabbing them headbands so I don’t have to bug spray their faces!

As you do more and more outdoor activities consider grabbing some items from the Bug Smarties Insect Shield Children’s Playwear collection at One Step Ahead, I know it has been a wet summer here and the bugs are super bad! Available in size 2T-7-8 for both boys and girls.

 

Samples were provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

3 Ways to Wear a Maxi Skirt for Summer

I love maxi skirts in the summer, they are an effortless way to look put together and yet stay comfortable and cool. Today I am sharing 3 ways to wear a maxi skirt that I love beyond your basic tee and basic tank top (both of which are great options).

 

maxi skirt with flowy top

 

Maxi Skirt Outfit 1: Wear your maxi skirt with a flowy top, crepe tops work really well, and do a  front tuck. Absolutely love this look and have done it myself several times this summer. The flowy material is cool in the summer heat and very forgiving, perfect for everyone.

 

 

maxi skirt with flowy tank

 

 

Maxi Skirt Outfit 2: Wear your maxi skirt with a dressy tank, you can choose whatever silhouette fits you best, I like banded tank tops with a bit of character for a dressier look ( the band gives your shape definition so you aren’t a blob).

 

 

graphic tee with maxi skirt

 

 

Maxi Skirt Outfit 3: Wear your maxi skirt with a  graphic tee, of course I would say this I am graphic tee obsessed to the point that I design and sell my own line of graphic tees! But seriously I love a great graphic tee with a maxi skirt, just be sure to tuck it in or you could even belt it!

5 Steps to Getting Your Pre-Tween Ready for the Day: Navigating Pre-Tweens and Hygiene

johnson tween products

 

My oldest is getting older and like most kids her first priority is not personal hygiene. In an effort to ease her into being self-sufficient in the hygiene area I have slowly been having her take over each task. First of course it was brushing her teeth, I still oversee now and again but for the most part she is in charge of her daily brushing. Next we added being in charge of her own hair, everything from brushing to washing it herself. JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® detangling spray makes it so there are truly no more tears or battles between the two of us. She is beginning to take ownership of styling her hair and is finding great pride in that.

In an effort to make taking all these new tasks on herself less stressful I am turning to brands and products we both know and trust.  From the time my daughter was a baby we used JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® wash so it seemed like the perfect product to introduce for her daily face washing. The product is ideal since it doesn’t cause tears if she accidentally gets it in her eyes and it is not overly drying, perfect for her young skin. We spent a morning in front of the mirror discussing how to properly wash her face. Having children has reminded me of how many things we do each day without thinking yet we had to be taught them at some point. Here is our 5 step process to getting ready for the day that my daughter follows (keep in mind she showers at night so this may reverse for you if your kids shower in the morning).

5 Steps to Getting Your Pre-Tween Ready for the Day

 

  • Brush teeth: We implement the sing “Happy Birthday” in your head rule to ensure she brushes long enough. To ensure no cavities and extra clean teeth we also floss and rinse with mouth wash.

 

johnsons wash

 

  • Wash Face: Squirt a dime size amount of JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® wash on a wash cloth then scrub in gentle circles. Rinse the wash cloth thoroughly and squeeze the water out, then wipe the soap of your face moving from left to right and top to bottom to ensure you get all the soap off.

 

johnson no more tangles

 

  • Brush Hair: Brush hair starting in one section and slowly moving through the whole head, if tangles are encountered use JOHNSON’S® NO MORE TANGLES® detangling spray  to rid of unwanted knots.

 

  • Fix hair: Either place in a headband or fix hair using  a rubber band, whatever is best for the day.

 

johnson baby powder

 

 

  • Deodorant: Most kids in the pre-tween space don’t quite need deodorant yet but to help transition them into the idea of being aware of body odor, I like the idea of using JOHNSON’S® pure cornstarch baby powder with calming lavender in lieu of deodorant. Dab a bit in the armpits (and even stinky shoes) to keep them dry and smelling fresh in this summer heat.

 

  • Bonus Travel Tip: Grab a pack of JOHNSON’S® hand & face wipes for easy on the go face washing.

 

These simple steps have given my daughter the confidence she needs in being independent and taking over her personal hygiene routine and having brands I know and trust have made the transition easy for both of us!

GIVEAWAY: I want to help you have less stress and drama with your tween in the morning so we are giving away a prize pack of Johnson’s products, all those mentioned in this post, enter in the form below.

 

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5 Must Haves for a Summer Swim Team Mom

5 must haves for a summer swim team mom

 

My kids participate in summer swim team and while swim moms have a lot in common, no matter when their child swims, there is a unique set of needs for summer swim team. The fact that you are outdoors poolside for long hours in the heat means that you need to be prepared to deal with the elements and care for both you and your kids. Here are the things that I deem must haves for summer swim team moms to get you through long meets and practices in the sun and heat.

 

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Hydration is so important during the summer heat and even though they are in the pool those kids are still sweating and need to drink lots of water. We love the Camelbak Eddy Insulated Water Bottle it keeps water cool, doesn’t leak and they last forever.

Sun Protection is needed not only for your skin but your eyes. You are staring at the water with a sunny glare as you watch your child race so make sure to have a great pair of sunglasses, I love my Under Armour Women’s Sunglasses in Shiny Tortoise for great sun protection for my eyes.

Skin Protection of course. Obviously you need sunscreen and you need to reapply. Then once you are out of the sun protect and rehydrate your skin with Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer. This super easy to use spray on moisturizer contains pure aloe, perfect for sun exposed skin, and it dries really fast so just spray and get on with the day. $7.99 available at mass retailers nationwide.

Comfy Sandals that are water proof and won’t leave you hurting after lots of standing are highly recommended. I live in my black crocs Women’s Sanrah Sandal when I am on the pool deck.

Dechlor Hair Treatment. My kids hair starts to feel like gross straw but the  miracle of Malibu Swimmers Wellness treatment kit returns my kids hair to a soft and manageable state. The kit comes with shampoo, conditioner and a special treatment you do about once a week or so.

 

vaseline with aloe

 

 

With these products aiding me I can effectively run the Bull Pen for our summer swim team meets while cheering on my little swimmers.

 

spray vaseline aloe

 

WIN IT: I love this new Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer so I am going to give away a bottle to one of you lovely readers!

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

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

Nominate Someone to Make Life Better for Baby Thanks to Pampers #betterforbaby

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Have you seen the newest commercial from Pampers all about making life better for baby? Have a tissue ready….

 

 

 

Now that we are all feeling emotional and longing to hold a sweet baby in our arms let’s talk about this whole idea of making life better for baby. Parents make all kinds of changes and sacrifices for their children all in an effort to provide the best life possible for them. Reality is though sometimes we need a little help especially when we have a new baby coming, all the stuff adds up quickly and it can easily overwhelm.

That is where I come in with the help of Pampers and you. I am looking for moms in the Columbus, Ohio area who need a little help to make life better for baby. With the help of Pampers I am on the hunt for 4-5 deserving moms who are either pregnant or have a baby 6 months or younger who could use some baby items to ease the financial burden and adjustment to a new little one.

How can you help? Nominate a mom who fits our criteria and help us make life better for baby!

RULES:

To nominate a mom email thriftyandchic @ gmail . com with contact information as well as a few details for the person.

All participants must consent to being photographed and featured on That Chic Mom in some capacity with a possibility of video footage. All items are gifts to be used by the mom nominated and not for resale.

Those chosen will be notified no later than July 31, 2015. Must 18 years or older, live in the US and all recipients are chosen at the discretion of That Chic Mom owner and Pampers with the right to change their mind.

What I Wore Real Mom Style: Camo Blessed Mama Tank

blessed mama camo tank

 

I am so excited to share with you all the newest item in my Etsy shop That Chic Mom Tees. I have been wanting to print some of my designs on organic cotton but it can get really pricey. Well when I saw the organic cotton camoflauge print tank I knew I had to do my Blessed Mama design on it, it is just too perfect a combination. All of my shirts are hand screen printed by an awesome couple local to Columbus, Ohio and they did an incredible job of making this tank top look exactly how I envisioned it.

I wore my new camo print tank to work at our parish festival over the weekend and I was so busy all night I never got a picture, but suffice to say very, very soft and I got lots of compliments! This is a limited edition one time print tank so if you love it grab it now before it is too late!

blessed mama tank outfit

Here is how I plan on wearing this camo print Blessed Mama tank in the future!

WHAT I WORE:

This post is about real moms who have real style. While we all fall into the jeans and t-shirt rut we are encouraging our fellow moms to take the time to dress their best and rock it like the rock star moms they are! Did you look especially good this week, were the other moms at the playground complimenting your outfit? Share the look that worked for both potty training, the playground and coffee with a friend and let’s inspire each other with some real mom fashion! Real Mom Style is a collaboration between Momma in FlipFlops and me That Chic Mom the link up is on Momma in FlipFlops this week so join in and share your Real Mom Style.

 

 

Join Me for the #CoolSmiles Twitter Party 7/16 7-8pm EST

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Don’t panic but we need to start talking back to school already!

This fall send your kids back to school in style and in order to do that they need to have the best accessory available… dazzling bright smiles and Sunstar GUM® products can help you achieve it.

Join me @ThatChicMomBlog and @SunstarGum as we chat about back to school style and how to keep your smile bright! Of course we have fabulous prizes including a wide assortment of Sunstar GUM® products and GAP gift cards so RSVP and join in the fun July 16 7-8pm EST #CoolSmiles

WHEN: July 16 7pm EST

WHERE: Twitter of course hashtag #CoolSmiles

Prizes:

  • 2 prize packs ($25 estimated value)
    • Sunstar GUM® products:
      • 1 GUM® Crayola SQUEEZE-A-COLOR Toothpaste
      • 1 GUM® Lalaloopsy/Power Rangers/How to Train Your Dragon Toothbrush
      • 1 GUM® Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Crayola Kids’ Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Technique Toothbrush

 

  • 1 prize pack ($50 estimated value)
    • $25 Gap Kids gift card
    • Sunstar GUM® products:
      • 1 GUM® Crayola SQUEEZE-A-COLOR Toothpaste
      • 1 GUM® Lalaloopsy/Power Rangers/How to Train Your Dragon Toothbrush
      • 1 GUM® Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Crayola Kids’ Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Technique Toothbrush

 

  • 1 prize pack ($75 estimated value)
    • $50 Gap Kids gift card
    • Sunstar GUM® products:
      • 1 GUM® Crayola SQUEEZE-A-COLOR Toothpaste
      • 1 GUM® Lalaloopsy/Power Rangers/How to Train Your Dragon Toothbrush
      • 1 GUM® Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Crayola Kids’ Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Technique Toothbrush

 

  • 1 grand prize ($150 estimated value):
    • $100 Gap Kids giftcard
    • Sunstar GUM® products:
      • 1 GUM® Crayola SQUEEZE-A-COLOR Toothpaste
      • 1 GUM® Lalaloopsy/Power Rangers/How to Train Your Dragon Toothbrush
      • 1 GUM® Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Crayola Kids’ Flossers
      • 1 GUM® Technique Toothbrush

To be prize eligible you must do the following:

1. RSVP in the Linky below with your Twitter name linking to your Twitter account.

2. Tweet the following anytime on Thursday 7/16: Join   7/16 @ 7 pm EST  for great prizes & a Twitter Party

What to Wear to A Summer Wedding

kohls maxi dress

 

Wedding season is in full swing and the great thing about a summer wedding is all the fabulous options and you don’t have to worry about a coat or sweater to keep warn. Recently I popped into Kohl’s looking for the perfect dress for a summer wedding we have to attend and I found a great selection. Last summer I fell in love with coral and the love affair continues this summer. Kohl’s has the perfect dress for every body type and every type of wedding so whether you want short or long they have it. I fell in love with this black and white striped maxi dress with just a hint of coral in the pattern, it’s comfy and classy perfect for any wedding.

Men's Summer Wedding Fashion

 

 

Kohl’s also has a great selection of men’s options for summer weddings. For summer a light gray suit is perfect and it would look great with a coral plaid tie. Or if you want to stick with black you could do a coral shirt with a  black plaid tie, both would look very sharp.

coral summr dresses

 

 

If this maxi dress is not your style here are 5 more dresses all in coral that would be perfect for a summer wedding. To make sure your dress is dressed up enough for a wedding add one of these eye catching statement necklaces to really complete the look.

statement necklaces

 

If you have not joined the Kohl’s Yes2Rewards program be sure to sign up an start earning points towards Kohl’s cash and of course download the app so you always have access to coupons!

Thank you to Kohl’s for providing a gift card, all opinions are my own.

Photos.com Travel Twitter Party 7/13 at 9pm EST #loveyourwalls

st louis cathedral new orleans

 

I love to travel and experience new places and when I fall in love with a place I want to bring a piece of it home with me. Now I am a decent photographer, but I am not winning any awards, and most o the time my photos are nice but not frameworthy. I just got back from New Orleans and I truly loved the city, especially the architecture and the culture. I snapped tons of photos but none can hold a candle to the images I found on Photos.com, I mean look at the cathedral, my picture is not like that. Or this building, I have the exact same photo and there is no comparison.

 

new orleans building

 

If you are looking to bring your favorite places to life in your home with vivid photos artfully framed then check out Photos.com by Getty Images. The people behind Photos.com have amassed an amazing collection of photos for you to frame in a way that best fits your home and the prices are affordable. So decorate your walls and make your home the dream you always wanted with stunning decor from Photos.com

 

rare surf photos

 

Framed art to transform your space

Photos.com brings visual storytelling into your space—be it the empty wall next to your bedroom window, the perfect gift for your favorite person, or the spot above the piano begging for a brighter touch.

 

I am excited to announce a Photos.com Twitter Party  hosted by me @ThatChicMomBlog

WHEN: July 13 9pm EST

WHERE: Twitter of course hashtag #loveyourwalls

PRIZES:

$100 credit to Photos.com – 3 winners

$200 credit to Photos.com – 2 winners

GRAND PRIZE $300 CREDIT TO PHOTOS.COM

To be prize eligible you must do the following:

1. RSVP in the Linky below with your Twitter name linking to your Twitter account.

2. Tweet the following anytime on Monday 7/13: Join   Mon 7/13 @ 9 pm EST  to decorate your walls  

 

For complete rules go HERE.

The Day I Doubted My Ability As a Mother

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.
Mia baby

 

 

I always wanted to be a mother, it was just who I was and who I knew I was meant to be. When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I was overjoyed and confident I could do this. After all I had been babysitting from the time I could hold a baby. I was the one who always asked to hold and care for the little ones at family gatherings and parties. I loved babies and I still do, everything about them is so sweet and pure and wonderful!

After my daughter was born life was going well, I felt relatively confident I could keep her happy with all of my experience and knowledge and we were both great. Then when she was about a week old it happened, she started crying and just wouldn’t stop. I still remember reaching the end of my rope and taking all of her clothes off thinking there must be a tag or something bothering her because nothing is working. Well it was not the case and I will never forget calling my husband in tears saying “how on earth can we have more kids like we want when I can’t handle this one?!?! I can’t even make this one baby happy, what is wrong with me?”

Later we figured out she has a very sensitive stomach and was suffering from gas and discomfort. As I had more children who also suffered from this to varying degrees I always wished there was something to help my kids with their discomfort. I hated having my little ones wriggle about in pain while I stood by helpless. On top of all that I really hated being woken constantly at night when they could not sleep due to discomfort.

 

little remedies

 

 

Recently I was introduced to Little Remedies Gripe Water and Little Remedies Gas Drops and I wish I had known about them before. I am sure that Little Remedies Gas Drops would have been my best friend, good news though I still have one child who will be benefiting from them I am sure.

 

 

 

Do you have little one’s who suffer from tummy discomfort? Have you tried Little Remedies on them?

I Got One Of The Good Ones

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#NauticaforDad #CollectiveBias
nautica life fathers day

 

My husband is an extraordinary man and even more amazing husband, I truly hit the jackpot when I married him.Without this man I would be lost as he is my anchor, my peace and my resting place, truly our whole family would be adrift without him.

 

fathers day anchor

 

As far as a father goes he really is quite amazing. As you know we have 5 girls and 5 kids can be a lot for any adult to handle. Ranging in ages from 9 to 18 months they can be a handful with their varied needs and interest, yet my husband never fails to engage them all right where they are at and he does it alone. Years ago I told him I only have one rule for his jobs, no traveling. The thought of him being gone all day and all night is just too much to bear. I love being a mom and I love my kids but the solo thing? Oh no. Flash forward to a few years ago and my first blogging trip, yep I wouldn’t let him travel but I do it. I don’t travel a lot and never more than 3 days and 2 nights but he is amazing about it and truly looks forward to daddy time with the girls.

I will never forget the second year of Reviewer’s Retreat ( now iRetreat Conference). The conference was held at Great Wolf Lodge and we went as a family. All day I was in conference sessions and my husband had the 4 kids by himself. As I sat waiting for a session to start I hear one mom say to another …. Did you see that dad with the 4 girls? Wow he was wearing the baby and playing with the other 3 in the waterpark solo… what an impressive dad. You guessed it they were talking about my husband and my heart swelled with pride. I know what an amazing hands on dad he is, he has his own diaper bag and baby carrier that he picked out after all, but it was so rewarding to hear others acknowledge and validate what an amazing dad he is.

 

nautica fathers day

 

When we tell people we have all girls people always look at my husband with a touch of pity and make a comment to the effect of “you poor poor man”. But the funny thing is he would never think of it that way, he actually loves having girls. Little girls have a way of really grabbing their daddies heart and pulling him in. They have a way of loving and adoring him that makes him feel like the king of the world.

Every year as Father’s Day approaches I stress about what to do for my husband. How do you possibly convey how amazing and important one person is? How do you say we could not survive without you? There really is no gift in my budget that says that so I move on to ways that I can express our love and gratitude.

Nautica has come out with a new scent called Nautica Life, a scent designed to reflect the rich emotional life of the man who is deeply connection to his loved ones, and that is when I knew this would be the perfect gift. I have spent this week doing little things for him each day to make him feel extra special and loved after all when he became a father I became a mother, we have each other to thank for our special role in life.

On Sunday we will spend time as a family and the girls will give him the Nautica Life gift set along with that adorable plaque about stealing his heart (it’s so perfect) and then I will tell him we are going to see the Columbus Crew play. With these gifts I hope he can get a glimpse of just how much he means to us, after all I went to Macy’s  and braved the mall with 5 kids alone to get him that Nautica Life gift set!

 

How do you celebrate the anchor in your life?

 

nautica life gift set

 

nautica life in store

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Tips to Energize Your Wardrobe this Summer

navy leggs

 

Summer has begun and with that so has wedding and graduation season. All of those special occasions mean you want to look and feel your best, especially since the chance of being photographed is very high. These occasions also call for long days on your feet and very tired legs. When I was pregnant I had circulation issues in my legs and wore compression tights a lot, the difference they make in your energy is amazing, but they are HOT so I would never wear them outside of pregnancy. L’eggs has come out with a fabulous new collection of energizing sheer tights to help us look great and stay energized. L’eggs Sheer Energy Sheer Tights offer 360 degree medium support with micro-massaging technology and they come in great colors! L’eggs sent me some of these new energizing tights to add a little extra energy to my look and I had so much fun styling them.

I admit it was at first challenging to think of tights in the summer but after putting these on and seeing how sheer they are I was sold, my legs felt and looked amazing (hiding all those ugly varicose veins pregnancy gifted me). When I think of energizing my look for summer 2 things come to mind bold colors and animal prints!

 

leggs sheer energy

 

 

Energizing Your Look with Bold Colors: Try something unexpected. I took an outfit I already liked and added a little boldness to it by introducing a bright new color with my purse, earrings and lipstick. The navy sheer tights really gave the look a finished touch and I love how it turned out, unexpected and fun!

 

leggs black energize

 

 

Enerigize Your Look with Animal Prints: Animal prints are always bold and fun and the perfect way to add a striking element to a look. I paired a basic black dress with some tribal embellishments with some leopard heels and my black sheer tights. I added a white purse with neutral animal print detailing to keep the outfit light for summer and the finished look is elegant and fun.

 

leggs black hosiery

 

How do you add some bold energy to your looks for the summer?

 

Product was provided, all opinions are my own.

Shop To Build A Better World #Giveaway

orchid necklace

 

I love hand crafted jewelry and decor and I love even more when purchasing those items helps raise someone out of poverty.

When I was in college I had the life changing experience of spending time volunteering in Kingston, Jamaica at an orphanage for abandoned disabled children and abandoned kids with HIV and AIDS. The orphanage had a full time person who just created beautiful pottery to sell to raise money for the orphanage, I still have this stunning giant fish plate as well as several small bowls around my house that I purchased. They also had women who made these beautiful banana leaf cards, many of them hung in frames on my walls for years offering a beautiful reminder of those children who touched my heart and all the need that exists in the world.

blue orchid necklace

Even if you have never had this type of experience you can support artisans around the world who are helping their family through their craft by shopping with NOVICA. NOVICA has partnered with U.S. Fund for UNICEF to create an all new shop where every order directly impacts children through UNICEF’s global programs. The site offers jewelry, accessories, home decor and even greeting cards. I urge you to check out all the great items for yourself and gifts for others!

I fell in love with this gorgeous floral jewelry from artist Danai in Thailand. I ordered that first orchid necklace and it is stunning and my purchase provided polio vaccines to immunize 4 kids!

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This post is a collaboration and I was provided a store credit to purchase the necklace, all opinions are my own.