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 @ 10 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!

 WIN IT:  One lucky reader will win a $50 credit to go shopping! Enter in the form below.

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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.

Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point – A Fabulous Family Vacation

hotel breakers cedar point

 

A few weeks ago my family took a mini vacation to check out the newly renovated Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point. My husband loves roller coasters and the kids and I love amusement parks but it is really hard to take little ones to a park a few hours away. They need naps and breaks and it is rough on me and my husband to get a days worth of fun in and then drive home with tired crabby kids. When we realized that Hotel Breakers offered a place to stay that is just a short walk down the beach from Cedar Point AND guests get early access to the park well it seemed ideal.

 

hotel breakers bed

 

As a larger family hotels are really hard for us unless they are suite style. Hotel Breakers offers these fabulous suite style rooms that worked so well for our family, two weeks later my husband and I are still marveling at how well Hotel Breakers worked for our family. The layout of the hotel rooms could not have been better for us or any family. You walk into a sitting room with a couch (that pulls out to a bed), a coffee table and a chair. Off of that to one side is a small kitchenette with fridge and microwave and a few cupboards and on the other side sliding glass doors leading to a balcony over looking Lake Erie. The bedroom has two queen size beds and there is a two part bathroom that opens into both rooms (and the toilet and shower are separated by a door). All these separate spaces and little extras made our stay very, very pleasant.

hotel breakers collage

 

cedar point beach walk

 

The newly renovated rooms not only have a great layout but they look fantastic, the bold and cheery colors and great decor are fun and cheery and perfect for a theme park hotel. The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub as well as an out door pool, outdoor hot tub and outdoor mini water park play ares for younger kids. Hotel Breakers not only sits right on the beach, with a gorgeous stretch of beach to enjoy, it has a giant fire pits to enjoy on chilly evenings.

 

hotel breakers pool

 

hotel breakers water park

 

hotel breakers fire pit

 

hotel breakers at night

 

For us the early entry to Cedar Point was fantastic, my kids are early risers so early entry is perfect for us. The quick walk back to the hotel made it perfect for breaks and naps so I headed back with the little ones and my husband and the big kids stayed for more fun. Then my husband did some solo coaster fun testing out the new Rugarou ( twice and he loved it all while I took the kids back to get ready for dinner.

Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point truly was perfect for us and we have a new yearly vacation location. Not only do you have Cedar Point and Lake Erie you have Soak City Waterpark too. We went in early May so it was not warm enough for the water things yet but next year we plan on going when everything is open! And for those of you with a really large group they even have adjoining rooms with a total of 4 queen size beds and 2 bathrooms!

 

cedar point ride

 

cedar point car ride

 

If you always wanted to visit Cedar Point but just could not see how it would work for your family then check out hotel breakers at Cedar Point I know it has now made Cedar Point a yearly summer destination for us!

 

rollercoaster

 

 

Thank you to Cedar Point for the complimentary stay and park tickets, all opinions are my own.

 

 

Sleep Like a Baby Sealy Cozy Cool Mattress Giveaway

sealy cozy cool mattress

 

My kids are terrible sleepers so anything that could help them sleep better and I am all for it. My husband and I could have a second career as crib mattress testers, we have spent many a night on them. What, not you? We have very specific ideas on sleep and crying in our house and they don’t go together before our kids reach the age of 2, that means we lay down with our kids in bed when they switch to a toddler bed until they fall asleep. So yes we know EXACTLY how comfortable crib mattresses are.

When I heard that Kolcraft sold a Sealy crib mattress that has a soybean cool gel memory foam layer I was thrilled, crib mattresses are not comfortable. They cannot be all cushy and padded like a full size mattress for safety reasons so anything to make it more comfortable for my kids (and me) I love. My youngest is always hot, this little girls sweats so easily so the idea of a mattress that helps keep her cool I love anything to keep her comfortable and asleep.

 

sealy mattress

 

So what is this mattress? The Sealy Cozy Cool Hybrid 2-Stage Coil & Gel Crib Mattress featuring:

  • CoolTex™ two-tone cover is soft and luxurious, helping to enhance the cool feel of the gel underneath and keep baby comfortable
  • Sturdy innerspring coil system plus soybean cool gel memory foam
  • 2 different sides one for infant use and one for toddler
  • PVC-free cover is both liquid and stain-resistant for a more sanitary sleeping surface
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified gel foam
  • GREENGUARD® Gold Certified which means it is certified for indoor air quality and low chemical emissions

I have an Amish handmade wooden crib and it came with a custom mattress that is not nearly this fancy and I am sure has lots of chemicals and PVC ( I don’t want to think about it eeek) and I was worried this mattress would not fit properly. Thankfully it is snug and perfect and safe so now my little girl has a better mattress to sleep on and pretty soon so do I… toddler bed here we come!

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a Sealy Cozy Cool Hybrid 2-Stage Coil & Gel Crib Mattress enter in the form below.

 

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Tips For Getting Back Out There After Baby Plus a Giveaway

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After my first was born I stayed in bed for 2 weeks, literally all 2 weeks until I was allowed to drive. I thought recovery was so difficult and the thought of leaving the house? Well no thank you. After my second was born I was going stir crazy and went mall walking the day I was 2 weeks postpartum.

When it is your first the idea of leaving the house can be so daunting, you think of all the things you need and then you get overwhelmed by all the possible scenarios that could arise. The key to being on the go with baby is having confidence in yourself as a parent, which can be really hard when you feel like a newbie.

 

5 diaper bag essentials for new moms

 

So here are my tips for getting back out there and resuming life on the go after baby!

  1. Go With The Flow: Understand things will go wrong, you will forget something and life will go on. Sometimes you just have to go with it, laugh it off, whatever it takes to not let it ruin your day.
  2. Timing is Everything: Know what works for you as far as timing do you want it to be nap time so baby sleeps or do you want nap time at home so wait until after nap time to go out.
  3. Use the Car: The one thing you can rely on when you are out and about is having your car so find a way to comfortably change a diaper in the car. I keep a fully stocked spare diaper bag in the car and have become adept at changing a diaper on the seat or in the trunk (works well for SUVs).
  4. Have your 5 Diaper Bag Essentials with You. SO what are these 5 diaper bag essentials?
    1. Pampers diapers – I have tried every other brand and there is just no comparison, don’t waste your money or your clothes ( when they leak or blowout) just buy Pampers)
    2. Wipes
    3. Baby Carrier
    4. Muslin swaddler – doubles as a nursing cover or burp cloth or sun shade and is of course a blanket and swaddler
    5. Backup Outfit

So armed with your 5 essentials, a little humor and the right timing you can and will have a successful outing with baby! Well maybe you want to keep a spare shirt for you in the car, speaking from experience you just might need one…

One of your outings should definitely be to Babies “R” Us for these great deals:

From May 3 – May 16

  • Duracell Coppertop AA & AAA 8-pack @ $6.49
  • Duracell Coppertop D4 pack, C4 pack, 9V2 pack @ $6.99
  • Quantum AA 6-pack, AAA 6-pack@ $6.49

From May 24 – May 30

  • All Duracell Buy One, Get 2nd 40% Off

From May 1 – May 31

  • $5 off Dreft 150oz

Also be sure to check in store for special offers on Pampers all month long!

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a Babies “R” Us Pampers prize pack including

  • $50 Babies “R” Us gift card
  • Two packages of Pampers Wipes
  • Babies “R” Us changing station pad
  • Babies “R” Us 2-in-1 food tote

 

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Spring Style from Max Jeans Plus a Giveaway

As the weather warms up the colors we wear tend to lighten up too. While I will never completely give up my dark wash jeans ( they are slimming after all) I do love some light colored jeans to brighten up my wardrobe. Max Jeans has a great pair of light khaki colored skinny jeans that I decided to try out, they seemed perfect for a twist on white jeans this spring.

 

max jeans beach colored jeans

 

 

The Sofia Skinny jean in bleach sand from Max Jeans has a bit of stretch to it making them super comfortable and a great fit. These jeans need heels and a jacket, it’s just something about them. They definitely work as a dressy jean and I love the color, it’s soft and feminine and perfect for spring into summer.

 

max jeans beach color

 

WHAT I WORE:

Max jeans is one of my favorite places to find great jackets, and you know how much I love my jackets. Right now they have several stunning jackets for spring and summer, my favorite is the Anorak Jacket in a light denim wash called cloud. Sticking with my theme of lightening my wardrobe up for spring this is a great twist on a jean jacket that is light and airy and super comfy (it’s a cotton linen blend). Recently I picked up a pair of cropped casual pants and had been stuck on how to style them until this jacket arrived, I love how this look turned out.

 

max jeans denim jacket

 

WHAT I WORE:

 

max jeans jacket

 

So what do you think? Will you be lightening up your wardrobe this spring?

Be sure to check out the super cute pieces Andrea is styling from Max Jeans over on Momma in Flip Flops.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win ap air of Max jeans summer jeans ( subject to availability), enter in the form below.

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The Must Have Summer Shoe for Kids from Pediped #Giveaway

pediped purple waterproof

 

Every summer there is one shoe that I MUST HAVE for my kids. I have tried others and nothing else compares to the waterproof collection at Pediped. These shoes meet all the needs of summer in one shoe plus they are cute, comfortable and supportive for my growing kids.

WATERPROOF – Running through the sprinkler ? Sure wear your shoes! Playing at the water table? Yep these shoes stay on your feet. Impromptu water balloon fight? Yes again!

CLOSED TOE – Heading to summer camp and need closed toe shoes? These work! Going to a park with mulch? Your feet are protected! Riding a bike? YES!

MACHINE WASHABLE – Wore them in the mud? No problem! Jumped in a creek? That’s ok!

pediped waterproof collection Collage

There are several different styles of waterproof machine washable shoes from Pediped for both boys and girls as you can see. Each style comes in multiple colors so you are sure to find a pair your child will love. When they say machine washable they really mean it. Here is a picture of my toddler wearing a pair of Pedipeds that are 3 years old and have been machine washed many, many times. Look how great they look, definitely getting my moneys worth out of these shoes!

 

pediped handmedown

 

And if you are looking for a more traditional shoe check out these adorable striped Mary Janes that Andrea’s daughter is wearing over on Momma in Flip Flops.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a pair of Pediped children’s shoes, enter in the form below.

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Product was provided for feature, all opinions are my own.

How to Make Laundry Fun with Preschoolers!

how to make laundry fun with kids

 

Laundry can be a daunting task for anyone but when you are trying to do laundry with little helpers it is pretty much impossible. I mean I pull out some baskets of laundry and start sorting into other baskets and what happens? Well my 1 and 3 year old start grabbing the clothes back out and throwing them around squealing with delight. While they are having a grand old time I am banging my head against the wall and cursing the mounds of laundry mocking me! So I came up with a few ways to make laundry fun with preschoolers AND actually get it done! Because goodness knows I can not afford to get too far behind on the laundry for 7 people!

1. Matching: Play the sock matching game. Younger kids can help sort by color, print, pattern ect. As they get older you can help them fine tune observation skills by helping them match  the socks within the same color by size and style.

 

2. Number Recognition: At our house each person has a basket that we sort clothes into and since my kids are young they have number sized clothes. Let your little one sort by number and help them with number recognition.

 

3. Letter Recognition: For the adult clothes and bigger sizes they can sort by letter into piles or baskets and work on letter recognition.

 

4. JUMP!!!! And them of course if you just want to have fun let the kids jump into the big pile of clothes or at my house just give up trying to stop them and let them have a few minutes of fun!

 

Eventually my kids will learn to do their own laundry and just like there are life stages Dreft has created laundry detergent stages to handle the different stages of baby clothing.

  • Dreft Newborn (Stage One): Expectant and new parents can wash their little one’s fabrics with Dreft’s same beloved hypoallergenic formula, designed to be tough on stains and gentle on baby’s skin with the beloved Dreft baby scent.
  • NEW Dreft Active Baby (Stage Two): Specially designed with a growing, developing baby in mind, NEW Dreft Active Baby helps to remove 99% of baby food stains and other outdoor messes with a gentle, hypoallergenic formula and fresh scent.
  • NEW Dreft Blissfuls (Stage Three): NEW Dreft Blissfuls in-wash scent boosters gives families the baby fresh scent they love. Safe on all fabrics, these beads help bring back that nostalgic, amazing baby scent (and all those memories) with every wash.

Join in on Tuesday, May 5th, from 9-10pmEST for a Twitter party and talk with Kelly Rowland about her life as a mom and how she plans to celebrate her very first Mother’s Day!  RSVP here: http://vite.io/DoubleDutyDivas. Also be sure to  download Dreft’s “Amazing Baby Days” app now available for FREE on the App store. This one- of-a kind app helps parents – and parents to be – capture the amazing moments of pregnancy through their baby’s first year and has recently been updated so that moms and dads can make keepsake movies from photos and videos captured within the app!

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Dreft. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review and compensation, but all opinions are 100% mine.

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WIN IT: One lucky reader will win a Dreft prize pack including:

  • Dreft Product Line
  • Little Me Receiving Blankets (check out their website for more info)
  • Booster Chair
  • Lovey
  • 5 Year Memory Book

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5 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

 

5 tips for organizing your garage

 

So confession time…. my garage is an embarrassing mess.

We are constantly cleaning it and reorganizing it but reality is each small step we take works but we need to finish and organize it all. Bikes for 7 people, ride on toys, toddler push toys, strollers, sleds, tools…. you get the picture. Our big family has a lot of stuff in our garage and then there is my big car that has to fit in too. If you were to look at my garage without the car in it you would probably doubt that it would fit, but it does… barely! Needless to say my garage door is very important to me, it keeps my mess hidden from view, if it were to break and not shut well that would not be good!

Here are 5 Ideas for Organizing Your Garage

  • Ceiling Hooks for Bikes: We hang our adult bikes from the ceiling using large utility bike hooks. This works well for us since we do not bike as often as the girls, they need their bikes to be more accessible so we don’t hang them unless it is winter.
  • Peg BoardPeg Board is great for hanging tools and small items on the wall.
  • Kitchen Cabinets – Do have old kitchen cabinets or know someone who is remodeling? Mount kitchen cabinets on the walls for some up high storage in your garage, this is great for items you need out of reach of little ones.
  • Large Bins – We have some old large recycling bins that we use to store balls and other miscellaneous items like rollers skate that the kids need easy access too.
  • Bungee Cords –  Bungee Cords are great for hanging things from the ceiling that you hardly use. We use 2 bungee cords like a hammock to put all of our pool noodles up high and we even hang our car top carrier with bungees from the ceiling.

Those are some easy tips everyone can try and beyond that I highly recommend you keep your garage door in working order. One way to make that happen is to sign up for garage door maintenance emails.

A new program from the International Door Association (IDA) – a worldwide trade association of door and access systems professionals – invites consumers to register for twice-a-year emails from its consumer website, GarageDoorCare.com. The emails will carry a simple message – it’s time to lubricate your garage door.

International Door Association wants you to take garage door care seriously and sign up for maintenance reminder emails and they have a provided a $25 GC for one of you to purchase garage door lubricant to keep your door running well.

WIN IT: One lucky That Chic Mom reader will win a $25 Visa GC, enter in the form below.

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

Brian James Sandals Perfect for Spring #giveaway

 

Let’s talk sandals for a minute, particularly dressier sandals. Heels can be hard to chase kids in but sometimes you need more than a flat, they can only be so dressy. For a comforabtle, dressier sandal you need to check out Brian James specifically the Lynette Sandal. This shoe is so incredibly soft and the velcro closure at the ankle makes it a perfect fit for everyone, plus that detail really ups the wow factor. These sandals really need to be seen for the fulle ffect of how fabulosu they are so I did a quick little video intro for you, check it out!

 

platform sandals styled

 

 

So these shoes are fabulous and very, very versatile. You can wear them casually with a fun cuffed jean. You can wear them with a printed, tapered pant that will show off the ankle detail well or you can pair them with a dress. All 3 options are great!

 

 

 

platform sandals styled with a dress

 

So many cute ways to wear these sandals and they are so very comfortable and just $39! These sandals are a must have for every wardrobe and they come in several colors so check them out! If you truly need a dressy flat then you must check out the Brian James Monique sandal, Andrea is styling them over on Momma in Flips Flops and I am having serious sandal envy!

foxcroft tencel tunic

 

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The Perfect Tunic for Spring – Foxcroft Collection

tencel tunic foxcroft

I adore tunics but ironically I do not own all that many, a great tunic is hard to come by. The perfect tunic is a fabric that drapes and flows well yet has  good structure and fit to it. The length must be right, not too short or too long and of course it has to fit you perfectly.

Well I found it, all you ladies out there searching for that perfect denim tunic look no more for I have found it! Introducing the Foxcroft Soft Tencel One Pocket Tunic. This denim colored tunic is made of tencel so it is incredibly soft and flowy giving it great movement and feel. This tunic is also available in petite and plus size so everyone can have and enjoy this great blouse!

 

foxcroft tencel denim tunic

 

My favorite way to wear a tunic is with leggings, you really can not get more comfy than a tunic and leggings and if you add the right shoes and accessories it is super chic too! I paired mine with my favorite scuba leggings (they are nice and thick so they suck it in and smooth it out plus no underwear lines) and these fabulous Naturalizer open toed booties.

 

foxcroft tencel tunic

 

The great drape of the tencel fabric means you can also wear this tunic as a blouse tucking it in for a more casual look. I did a half tuck of the tunic and paired it with my favorite distressed straight leg jeans, some platform sandals and great gold jewelry to complete the look. The tencel tunic is as soft as your favorite tee so this is another great cozy outfit for practically anything.

So how do you feel about tunics? Love them, hate them, still looking for the perfect one? I suggest grabbing this tunic while you can it is on sale and selling out fast and sooooo worth it to have in your spring wardrobe.

Foxcroft has lots of other great items in the spring collection just check out this great navy and pink striped sweater Andrea is styling over on Momma in FlipFlops.

Thank you to Foxcroft for providing the tunic for feature, all opinions are my own.

Mint Julep Boutique Giveaway

mint julep top blue

 

I love discovering new online boutiques full of cute affordable fashion for me to want and love. My most recent discovery is The Mint Julep Boutique. This adorable online boutique has women’s fashion, curvy girl fashion and even maternity fashion… where was this place during all my pregnancies?!?!

After browsing all the adorable pieces at The Mint Julep over and over I finally settled on the Know What’s Best Blouse in Royal Blue. I love breezy, flowy blouses for the warmer months as they look so classy yet still keep you cool as the temperatures rise. This bright royal blue is a very on trend color and a must have your spring wardrobe. On the site they showed it with white jeans which I totally plan to replicate as soon as I find a pair I love but for now I am wearing mine a bit more casual with some boyfriends jeans, a cute whale scarf and my favorite gold espadrille flats!

 

mint julep jacket

 

I kind of sorta have a jacket obsession especially light weight ones like this Zip Me Up Jacket in Peach. The temperatures are all over the place right now and a jacket is definitely needed in the morning and the evening and sometimes all day. I love the bold color and the fun asymmetrical zipper and oversized collar on this particular jacket. The soft stretchy material gives it a fitted shape making it very flattering as well as comfy, I will be living in this for spring!

Are you drooling yet for some cute new fashion from Mint Julep? Be sure to checkout what Andrea is styling over on Momma in Flip Flops then come back here and enter to win a $25 GC to Mint Julep!

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