Why Do I Fail on All Diets?? A Look at Shake the Crave and What It Has Taught Me About Me

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I never thought that I would be saying the words that I am about to type.  I am a food addict.  I do not know why but sometimes I just shove food in my mouth rather than doing anything else.  This is something that has been a very real struggle for me and is something that I honestly dislike about myself and who I am.  I know that this is something that I need to change especially if I am going to be trying to get in the best shape of my life to improve my health for my family.  So I know that I am going to have to make some real changes and I am so glad that Shake the Crave is coming along with me for the ride.  I have some serious goals over the next few weeks and am going to be making the biggest changes that I have ever made in my life.  I thought that I would share my personal goals with you so that I can keep myself on track and work to get in the best shape of my life.

My Personal Health Goals

Write Down What I Eat

Nothing is as big of a deterrent to me as writing down what I am eating and seeing it on paper.  I am going to start tracking every single bite of food that goes in my mouth on Sunday this week.  Sundays are more of a start of the week for me than any other day so that is the perfect time for me to work on getting myself in better health and the best shape of my life.

Work Outs

Another thing that I have just failed miserably at doing is working out, well no more.  I know that I am going to work hard to get into great shape by working out harder than I have previously worked out in my life.  I am going to take things week by week based on my personal schedule and what I have going on but I know that I am going to make huge changes in the amount of time I spend on trying to get into shape.  I have all of the tools that I need but have seriously just been too lazy to use them.


Another thing that I have serious issues with is focus.  I know that when I take my medicine I do much better.  I have severe ADHD and sometimes for one reason or another I do not take my medicine and this means that I can not focus on much including how I am eating.  Instead of being like this I am going to start making sure that I take my medicine each and every day so that I can make sure that I am following my plan.


Finally I know that I am going to have to really start planning out my meals and snacks.  I need to do this so that I can personally stay on track and that I am not constantly failing.

The good news for me is that I know that I can do this.  I can beat obesity and get into better shape and I am so excited to share that I believe that the key for me to do this easily is with Shake the Crave.  I would encourage any of you who are struggling to lose weight to go out and try Shake the Crave for yourself.  It is a great tasting healthy shake that eliminates many of the unnecessary ingredients that other shakes have.

Getting Organized in 2015 — Monthly Goals

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Well our house feels like it is falling apart around us and one of my goals is to really focus on getting organized in 2015.  I would love to be able to work towards this goal and to be able to really organize the things in my life so that my home looks great.  I want a home that we can be proud of and one that we are not embarrassed of when we have friends or family randomly stop by our house.

I created a list of a few small goals each month throughout the year to get it looking stellar and something that we can do one small project at a time.  I plan on checking in each month and writing about where I am at with these projects and posting pictures of the finished projects.

January 2015 —

1.  Rehang Andrew’s door

2.  Fix Andrew’s Light

3.  Paint Huxley’s Room

4.  Hang Canopy over the girls’ bed

5. Hang stuffed animal nets in girls’ room

6. Hang stuffed animal nets in Huxley’s room

7.  Hang tension rod and find curtain between Althea/Adeline and Huxley’s room

8. Hang curtains in Althea and Huxley’s rooms

February 2015 —

1.  Paint Andrew’s room

2.  Hang pictures and paintings in the living room

3.  Find curtains for Andrew’s room and hang them up

Later in the year other things to do…

Paint Entryway

Find and Hang curtains in our living room

Figure out Downstairs Bathroom Walls

Figure out Downstairs Bathroom Organization

Figure out Downstairs Bathroom Shower

Fix Window in Downstairs Bathroom

Find and Hang Curtains in Downstairs Bathroom

Figure out Upstairs Bathroom Toilet

Figure out Upstairs Bathroom Organization

Paint Upstairs Bathroom

Hang curtains in Upstairs Bathroom

Paint Our Bedroom

Find and Hang Curtains

Hang Phish Related Stuff on Our Walls

Paint Dining Room

Hang Stuff Back Up

Find and Hang Curtains in Dining Room

Paint Kitchen

Figure Out Kitchen Floor

Find and Hang Curtains in the Kitchen

Paint Hallway and Stairwell

Scrape Kitchen Ceiling

Scrape Dining Room Ceiling

Fix Step to Basement

Fix Back Porch

Fix Front Porch

Take Down Blinds on Front Porch

Find nice indoor/outdoor curtains to hang up on porch

Organize Basement




Holiday Gift Guide Feature — Bean Box

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Men are so hard to shop for….well actually many women are hard to shop for too.  One great gift for the coffee lovers in your life is the amazing Bean Box.  I have been so impressed with the one that I was sent to check out that I want to share some information with you and tell you all about it.

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Bean Box is a coffee subscription gift box that comes to you from Seattle.  What better place to get some locally roasted coffee?  I honestly can’t think of one and I am a huge fan of delicious fresh brewed coffee.  Each month you receive 4 delicious coffee samples for just $20 per month.  Plus we even received a delicious little treat in our box this month which was a sweet added bonus.

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This month’s Bean Box contained the following four varieties of coffee beans….

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Kuma Coffee — Guatemala Finca La Soledad (a beautiful coffee with hints of grapes, chocolate, toffee, and almond),…

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Herkimer Coffee — Drip Blend (a Honduras blend of coffee that has hints of deep caramelized sugar, chocolate and cherry),…

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Lighthouse Roasters — Roaster’s Choice (a unique blend of Sumatran, Ethiopian, and Latin Arabicas),…

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and Longshoreman’s Daughter — Ethiopian Yirgacheffe (lively and sweet tasting coffee with citrus, black tea, and cane sugar hints).
I have not been able to sample these yet but I can assure you that I already know which one is likely to be my favorite.  That does not mean that I am not excited to check them all out, but it does mean that I might have a premonition as to which ones I will really enjoy and which ones I might not enjoy as much.  I am interested to see if my thoughts are in line with what I really end up liking.

Tips to Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee

**Buy Fresh Beans

Of course with Bean Box you never have to worry about whether or not your beans are really fresh.

**Keep Beans Fresh

Do not store beans in the bags that they come in.  Instead store them in a airtight container.  This is going to help them to stay fresher longer.

**Choose Good Coffee

While some people swear that cheaper coffee is the same, to those who drink coffee for its taste it is jut not as good as the coffees that you can buy freshly roasted.

**Grind Each Day

Did you know that coffee loses its quality after being ground?  That means that the longer that it goes from being ground to being brewed the worse the quality is going to get.

**Use Good Water

Many people use their tap water to brew their coffee but they should be using their best bottled water for the best tasting coffee.

**Spend a Little More on Filters

Cheap filters might seem like a bargain but in reality they are not the same quality as the better filters.  This means that the better filters will help you to brew a better pot of coffee.

**Use Enough Coffee

Nothing is as disappointing as a weak cup of coffee and the reason that this often happens is that someone does not put enough coffee into the filter for  brewing.

**Don’t Use Water that is Too Hot

Many people also do not realize that if you use water that is too hot you are going to affect the flavor of the coffee and leave it tasting overly bitter.

**Clean Coffee Equipment

It does not matter what type of machine you are brewing your coffee on.  You have to make sure that you keep the machine clean.

Winter Style Guide — Cozy at Home for the Whole Family

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Hello all…I have sent out on a style adventure to find the best winter styles for your family.  I am going to be exploring different topics and putting together perfectly paired outfits that are going to be what everyone in your house will LOVE wearing.

Baby Girl

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I LOVE the Piped Yoke Ruffle Jumpsuit in Folk Floral from Kate Quinn Organics ($56).  This is one of the cutest little baby girl outfits that I have ever seen and I would have LOVED for it to be around when my kiddos were little.  I think that this outfit would pair perfectly with some of the adorable with the Little Lookers Classic Moccasins in Metallic Pewter ($35).

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I am a huge fan of comfortable organic fabrics for babies.  I really love the bright and fun colors that you can find with Hanna Andersson.  I think that any little man would look adorable and cozy at home in the Get Appy Tee in Organic Cotton ($20), Wiggle Pants in Organic Cotton ($16), and the Little Gnome Baby Fleece Jacket ($59).  The Robeez Curious Lion Soft Soles ($25) really compliment this outfit well.


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I LOVE Kickee Pants too!!  Their clothes are awesome!!  I love the Print Drop Waist Dress in Winter Rose Penguin ($52) and the Print Ruffle Legging in Winter Rose Stripe ($26).  The ruffles on the butt really get me every time and it makes me LOVE this adorable outfit.  I would choose to pair it with Zooligans Penny the Penguin which you can find for $46.99 at Kohls.  I also would paint my daughters nails in Bubble Trouble from Piggy Paint ($8.99).


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The Cargo Pocket Tee in Green Stripe ($30) from Kate Quinn Organics is adorable.  I would love to pair it with Straight Leg Pants in Charcoal ($22).  The Tea Collection Schlawiner Zip Front Sweater ($69) would keep him snuggly and warm on cold days.  I would pair it with the Livie & Luca Fox Navy Fall 2014 ($56).


Preschool Girl


The Gingerbread Stripe Sweater Dress ($69) from Tea Collection is the perfect warm sweater for your little girl to wear all winter long and it would be so cozy and comfortable too!  When paired with the Skinny Solid Leggings (22.50) from the same line you will find that there is no end where this outfit can go.  The best thing is that the leggings come in nearly every color of stripe from the dress so you can really pick hte one that is going to work best for us.  The Umi Shoes Rhian ($80) is really the perfect boot to pair with this adorable outfit thanks to their amazing details.  I would pair this one with Knocked Up Nails nail polish in Hey Baby ($10).


Preschool Boy


The Appaman Hooded Henley ($49) and Slalom Sweats ($44) are perfect for your little boy.  They are cozy, comfortable, and adorable!  I also think that they look great with Reebok’s ZigTech Big & Quick ($59.99).



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I love the Cheeky Smyle Birds in Garden Dress and the Black and White Stripe Legging with Floral Applique.  This outfit would look perfect on any little one and would be comfy too!  The Venettini 55 ALEXA in Black Patent ($84) are the perfect shoes to pair with this adorable look!  I would pair them with the Jamberry Chevron Blooms ($15/sheet) so that her nails would look gorgeous too!

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The Kids Long Sleeve Striped Thermal Tee ($29.50), PS – Nine Fleece Sweat Pants ($24.50), and Kids 09 MMX Zip Front Hoodie ($39.50) are just the cozy sweats that your little boys needs to stay warm and comfortable all winter long.  I would have him put a pair of the Tsukihoshi Youth Speed in Gray/Red ($60) on his feet!

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Teen/Tween Girl

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This is the hardest to shop for group in my opinion but I am sure that you can not go wrong with the AEO Crew Jegging Sweatshirt ($44) and the AEO Print Striped Leggings ($19.50) are comfy and still completely on trend with today’s hottest styles.  I would pair this outfit with the comfortable Women’s Flurry Moc from Payless Shoes ($29.99) and Jamberry’s Black and White Houndstooth Jams ($15/sheet) which would look great together!

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Teen/Tween Boy

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The Reebok ONE Series Elite Pants ($75), Reebok ONE Series Hoodie ($60), and Reebok ONE Series Long Sleeve Running Shirt ($50).  I would pair these with a pair of Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 ($119.99).

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When I think of comfort for myself the first thing that I think of is Gaiam’s amazing line of clothing.  I have been so lucky to get to check out a few pieces here and there and I have LOVED every single one that I have ever owned.  I would personally choose the Cascade Wrap ($88) as it is so cozy and warm, the Curve Legging ($78), the Pima Reverse Flow Tee ($62).

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I would pair this outfit with an amazing Gaiam headband like the BFF Headband ($14), the Ahnu Karma in Black ($95), and the adorable Sugar and Spice Jams ($15)…I am pretty sad that I didn’t see this pattern until after I last ordered because they are soooo cute!

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Betabrand features a lot of clothing that is comfortable and still leaves a stylish impact.  I LOVE the men’s Gray Dress Pant Sweatpants ($108), the Navy/Gray Ping Pong Polo ($58), and my husband’s favorite the Shark Hide Hoodigan ($78).  I think that these all are comfortable while still being something that you could go out in which makes them perfect in my opinion.  I know that he would be pairing these with his favorite Bogs Urban Farmer ($80).

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Being cozy and staying warm this holiday season does not mean that you have to sacrifice looking good.  Even on days when you are cozy and warm and staying inside you can still look great in high fashion cozy styles.

Teaching Your Children How to be Thankful

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Thanksgiving is the time of year when we love to teach our children how to be thankful.  Each year I try to think of new and fun ways to make them think about the things that they are thankful for.  I thought that I would share some tips with you about how you can teach your child to be thankful.

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Tips to Teach Your Child to Be Thankful

 Show Your Own Thankfulness

One of the things that is going to teach your children how to be thankful is to lead by example.  They will learn far more by watching you show that you are thankful than they will by having you tell them to be thankful.

Find Creative Ways to Show Thankfulness

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One of the things that I LOVE to do when it comes to teaching my children anything is a hands on activity.  I was blessed this year to be able to work with Oriental Trading again.  This time I chose the Wreath of Thanks Craft Kit and LOVED what my kiddos were able to create.

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Each of my younger two had fun creating the wreaths with me while my older kiddos were in school.  I had planned on doing these with the older two also but we just had time get away from us this holiday season (not to worry since I can put the rest up and use them next year!).

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Share Stories About Thankfulness

Reading children’s books to your child about thankfulness is another great way to help them realize just how important the concept is.  My children have always been able to learn difficult concepts through reading books together and thankfulness is no different.

Teach Them About Generosity

When someone does something nice for your child, use that as a time to teach them a valuable lesson.  It does not take that long to talk to your child about how someone’s generosity can change their life.  You can also use this as an opportunity to teach them how they can be more generous.

Start a Routine About Thankfulness

One great way to help your child learn to be thankful throughout the year is to start a special routine with them.  This can be done in any way that you would like but sometime (the same time each day is best) every single day you should talk to your children and ask them to name one thing that they are thankful for.

Encourage Children to Pick Non-Material Items

Talk to your children about how lucky they are to be alive, to have their parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/siblings to support them.  Talk to them about how they should be thankful for more than just things.  Do let them know that it is okay to sometimes be thankful for things though.

Don’t Compare Your Children

Make sure that you are not comparing your children and saying that one person is more thankful than another.  This is only going to cause strife and problems in life.

Help Your Children Get Involved

Getting your kids involved in the chores, preparation of meals, and other things in daily life is going to teach them to be more thankful for what they do have.


Getting Organized in 2015 — Keeping It All Together with Kinsights & a $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Kinsights is an amazing organizational tool for parents who need a little bit of help to keep it all together.  As one of these moms who always needs just a little something to help me along the way I have found that Kinsights is definitely an app that I will be using as I try to get organized in 2015.  (Yes, getting organized is my one goal for the next year!!)

So I thought that it was only appropriate that I share some information with you all about Kinsights and everything that it can help you with.  Kinsights is an amazing little tool that takes the guesswork out of keeping track of your children’s medical records.  As a mom of four I never feel like I can keep track of everything or stay on top of everything so this is a great way for me to be able to make sure that I get it all done.

Kinsights is an online Pediatric Personal Health Record Keeper for parents. Gone are the days where you’re being held responsible for keeping track of slips of paper or lugging files and folders containing your children’s health information.  And in the event of an emergency, you can even have the health records sent to the ER or out-of-town doctor in a snap. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more.  This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions.  You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance.  Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more  What’s really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top.  Connect with Kinsights at their website to learn more and sign-up! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
So there are some amazing things with Kinsights and you are going to be so glad that you checked it out!!  The best thing is that Kinsights has offered an amazing $50 Amazon gift card giveaway which is sure to be the perfect little helper for your holiday shopping.
Click this link for a quick Rafflecopter form to enter to win!

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Holiday Gift Guide Feature — ALEX Toys Has Everything You Need for Toddler Fun

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I will admit that some of the hardest people to shop for in my life are toddlers.  This might sound odd but I really like for the kiddos that I buy gifts for to enjoy them.  I am always happy to check out the different types of toys that ALEX Toys offers and I love that they have so many great gifts for toddlers.

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I have found that there are some great things that you can consider when you are looking for the perfect gifts for the toddlers in your life.

Choose Items for That Inspire Creativity

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All little kids, even toddlers, love being able to create and make new things.  One of the best products that I have seen in a long time is the Tots Art Start ($16.95) has everything you need to be able to spend some time teaching your toddler how to create wonderful works of art.  The kit peel and stick collage boards which are an awesome way for your toddler to learn how they can make their own collages.  It also includes first crayons for your toddler to be able to check out and draw with.  There are a ton of stickers which all toddlers love being able to peel and play with.  I am excited to play with Adeline because doing stickers is one of her favorites.  In fact this morning she woke up and did some stickers while I was getting ready and I got to peel stickers out of her hair…fun times right there!!  The set also includes fringe, tissue paper, crinkly paper, and doilies that you can use to have a good time and create new things that you might not have seen before.  It is going to be a blast getting to create with Adeline with this set and it is one of the Christmas presents that I am most excited to check out with her.

Pick Up Some Great Art Supplies

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The Tots First Crayons ($2.95) can be picked up for just a penny right now if you purchase the Tots Art Start set that was mentioned above.  You will find that these crayons are shaped for your toddler to be able to hold onto easier.  For Adeline they are fun shapes that she will enjoy coloring with even more than she enjoys coloring right now….and I don’t have to worry about her snapping these crayons like she did other ones!

Help Them Stay Clean

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Toddlers don’t intend to make a big mess when they are doing things.  The problem is that they are not coordinated enough to stay clean.  Adeline LOVES to paint but it is always messy when she does.  The Finger Paint Paper and Tray ($21.95) will help you to keep things clean and neat while your little one is painting.  While this might not be the most exciting gift for Adeline it is certainly one that mommy is excited about and it means that she is going to get to paint more often than she currently does.

Choose Something Musical

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The other thing that toddlers love is banging on things to make noise.  The Musical Owl ($35.95) is a great toy for toddlers.  I know that Adeline is going to be excited when she sees this one under the tree.

Checking out toys for toddlers has just gotten a whole lot easier.  You are going to find that it is a great thing to be able to shop for all of the toddlers in your life with ALEX Toys.



Holiday Gift Guide Feature — The Perfect Personalized Gifts with Free Personalization

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Initials Inc is a company that I am very passionate about.  I will admit that I am a bit obsessed and that I own a TON of products from this amazing company.  I love the quality and that even with me being super hard on bags, they seem to last forever.  I have honestly not had a problem yet and some of my products I have had for a few years now.

I thought that I would highlight my favorite items for everyone on your holiday list.

Your Lovely Grandmother

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Grandmothers can be very hard to shop for.  I will admit that I have struggled in the past but not since I have found Initials Inc.  In fact my mom and aunt even buy my grandmother items from Initials because she really loves having personalized and monogrammed items.  The Overnighter is one of my favorites and one that I am sure that my grandmother would love.  Plus at just $50 with free personalization it is a steal that you can’t pass up!

Your Fun Loving Cousin

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The Tailored Tote is one of the most fun items that I can find this season from Initials Inc.  What fun loving person would not love their own Cheetah tote?  None that I know of!  These totes are a great size and a perfect gift for all of those on your list who like a little something fun.  Plus these adorable totes are just $52 and you can personalize them for free.

Your Mom Who Loves to Travel

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My mom and dad seem to always be on the go now that they are retired.  If you have a mom (or anyone for that matter) who loves to travel on your shopping list then there are a number of Initials products that they need.  My two favorites are:  The Weekender ($85) and the Beauty Tote ($30).  I do not have the new version of the Weekender but I have three of the previous model.  I have one for myself and one for each of my daughters and they are perfect for traveling.  I also love the Beauty Tote and I take it everywhere with me.  Since I travel a lot for the blog and the travel magazine it gets a ton of use!

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Your Concert Junkie Sister

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We all know that I love concerts and going to festivals.  One of the things that I think is perfect for this scene is the Triple Zip.  Plus at just $25 this one is a steal and definitely a purchase that you will not regret.  Anyone who appreciates live music will love how the crossbody styling fits and will be happy with the fun patterns that the bag comes in.

Your Friend with the Most Kids

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Anyone who has multiple kiddos knows the pain of trying to take everything that you need everywhere.  I struggle with finding bags that are big enough to take everything with us.  Initials offers two of my favorite bags for when I am out and about with my children.  The Get a Big Grip and the One Trip Wonder are perfect for any mom of multiples needs.  They are both just $45.  I use both of them on a near daily basis.  The One Trip Wonder is HUGE it is the perfect tote to take when we are going somewhere as a family and I have to limit the number of bags that I am carrying.  It is so big that you can really fit everything that you need in there and you can easily carry it too with its sturdy and supportive straps.

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The Get a Big Grip can help you keep organized when you are packing for multiple people.  No matter where I go there is always enough room to put everything that I need in this bag.

Your  New Mommy Friend

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New mommies never know what they need.  Staying organized can be nearly impossible when you are a new mom but the Get a Grip is the perfect accessory.  This $30 bag can keep your things that you need organized for a day trip, in the car, or even help you organize your breast pump and all of the parts.  I will admit that I have a bit of a problem when it comes to Get a Grips and I have about 8 of them.  I use them for everything.  One of them holds all of my spare cosmetics in my bathroom.  There is one in my car that organizes all of my things like sunglasses and such.  Then each of my children have one and use them for different various purposes.

Your Fashion Forward Niece

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Fashionistas will love the Signature line of bags and accessories from Initials Inc.  Right now I am seriously wanting to purchase the Signature Crosstown in Godenrod Suede that is $62.  This is a great purchase for anyone and something that can be used to go with all of your favorite fall and winter fashions.  I seriously have been so tempted to purchase this one and I have a rule that I do not usually purchase bags for myself.  I ask for them as gifts from others because I have so many that it is just not something that I NEED to be purchasing.  However I do feel like I NEED this bag!

Your Beauty Junkie Friend

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I am a beauty junkie!  I can admit that I have a problem when it comes to make up, cosmetics and facial care products.  In fact I do not have just a little problem but I have a BIG problem.  So I am always on the look out for the best way to keep my make up well organized.  The You Zip Cosmetic Bag is my favorite make up bag ever.  It is just $26 and a steal at that price.  I even heard from my favorite Initials Inc rep that she uses hers as a first aid bag.  This make up bag really will hold it all including all of those extras that you want included for the summer.

Your Favorite Sports Star

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I have a son who is obsessed with soccer.  I find trying to keep all of his soccer stuff organized to be a big pain.  I love the Duffle Bag ($45) to keep all of his soccer gear organized.  This way when the clothes are washed they can be put back in the bag and we are never rushing around looking for something last minute because it is all together.

Your Favorite Child

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There are a ton of great gifts for children too.  You can purchase a junior backpack for $35. These are adorable and a great size for your grade school aged child.

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I also love the Love Me Knot ($26) and each of my girls has one of these.  They love having their own purse and these are not like the purses that you find in other places.  They are made to a higher quality standard.  In fact my girls got theirs two years ago for Christmas and they still look new.

Your Pregnant Sister

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If you know someone getting ready to have a baby then Initials Inc has some awesome offers for them as well.  I love the Signature Mini Bag ($42) because it can be worn three different ways.  This means that it is perfect for anyone who needs to be hands free as well as being a great clutch to toss into a diaper bag.  Moms will find that this one of the must haves for them regardless of the time of year that it is.

One of the greatest things about Initials Inc is that you can host a party and even do it all online.  When you host a party the hostess rewards are amazing.  Each month there is a special hostess bonus that is only offered to those who take the time to host a party.  If you host a qualifying party you can pick up a Weekender for just $40 or an Overnighter for $25.  Both of these are featured above.

This month’s customer special is any Bauble Bag, Pretty Pleats, You Zip Cosmetic Bag, or Beauty Tote (the latter two were featured above) for 1/2 off with every $35 spent.  This is an awesome steal on these great products that you are sure to love.

I am hosting a party for the blog.  If the party total reaches $650 in sales I will be purchasing someone any item up to $30.  If the party reaches $1000 I will offer any item up to $50 and if the party reaches $1500 or more I will be offering a $100 shopping spree.  Take advantage of these offers and check out the blog’s Initials Inc party page here.

Now I know you all want to go shopping with me to try and win some great goodies!!  I am excited to see what you all are ordering!!

Banz Offers Everything You Need for Sun Care

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Baby BanZ are a great line of innovative children’s products that are geared towards protecting your little one from the harmful damages of the sun.  There is a great line of products that are geared towards children who are between the ages of 0 and 12.  The line features hats, sunglasses, swimwear, and even hearing protection.
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The brand was created in Australia.
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Check out the great Banz line of sunscreen and sun care products.  These innovative products are safe to use on your youngest family members and perfect for your skin too!
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Cool Kids’ Sunnies feature great features like unbreakable lenses and flexible arms.  This makes them perfect for children as they are not going to tear them up.
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Little girls who have their own sense of style are going to love Banz Retro as they are a great unique choice that features a lot of amazing style.
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Baby Banz feature the perfect sunglasses style for the youngest members of your family!
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Banz earmuffs offer the protection that your little one needs for loud noises and are even perfect for live music.
If you are going to be checking out some of their amazing gear then consider ordering now so that you can get a free case for your sunglasses and a sample of sunscreen.  Just use the code FREE at check out to to get these free offerse.

Get Out Of Taht Style Rut, Add Variety & Personal Style

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When you lead a busy life, it’s easy to fall into a style rut. You likely wear the same types of clothes every day, get the same haircut every couple of months and use your favorite makeup products over and over. If you’re ready to add some variety to your personal style, you don’t have to pay for an expensive, full makeover with a professional stylist. Instead, incorporate some of these simple ideas.

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Go Bold with Accessories

New clothes can make you feel like a new person, but they can also be very expensive. If you can’t afford a whole new wardrobe right now, mix up your look with trendy accessories. A little black dress will have a completely different look when you pair it with a chunky red necklace and shoes. Adding a scarf, belt or statement necklace to your favorite basics will give you a fresh new look without blowing your budget. Since trends in accessories are constantly changing, don’t be afraid to buy cheaper costume pieces. You can have fun with them without spending a lot of money on items that will be out of style next year.

Try Some New Makeup

It’s amazing what a new shade of lipstick or colorful eye shadow can do for your look. The next time you visit the store, pick up a shade you don’t usually purchase to mix things up. You can even try out different types of makeup to see what works best with your skin. Try out a modern airbrush makeup kit, experiment with false eyelashes or experiment with other products you’ve never used before.

Use a New Hairstyl3 ist

Even if you love your current stylist, it can be fun to occasionally see another stylist. When you make an appointment with a new stylist, you’ll get fresh, new opinions about what works best for your hair. It can be scary to trust your mane to someone new, so ask your friends or family members for stylist recommendations instead of randomly picking a salon. During your appointment, let the stylist know you’re not afraid to experiment with a new style or color.