Make Things Smell Good with Fresh Wave

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Well I will admit that I am sensitive to odors.  I find myself freaking out all of the time because I smell something unpleasant.  So I am always on the look out for products that are going to help my house and my family to smell our best.  I love that I recently found the Fresh Wave line of products that really do help to make everything in my life smell a bit fresher.

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**Our Living Room

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Our living room is where we spend nearly all of our time.  My kids are constantly spilling things on the carpet and for the longest time I thought that there was always a bit of a funky smell going on in there.  Put this together with a kid that has severe allergies and one that can not handle me burning candles and you will quickly understand how much Fresh Wave has been appreciated in our home.  Their natural products do nothing to his allergies and are great for us to be able to get that clean fresh smell that I desire.

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Since our living room is the only carpeted room in the house I use the Carpet Shake ($14) and the Vacuum Pearls ($12) both in our living room on a regular basis.  They are both perfect for helping to make this room smell fresher.  I honestly can not decide which one I like better and I use them both on a regular basis.

**My Son’s Stinky Shoes

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I have one son who has the stinkiest feet ever.   I have purchased so many foot powders and sprays over the years only to be left disappointed.  The Sport Spray ($5.99) is a great choice for anyone who has a sticky foot problem.  This spray can be sprayed into shoes and actually helps to eliminate the odors that one has when they have stinky shoes and feet.  It is a perfect solution to making stinky feet eliminated.

**Baby Areas

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While I do not really have baby areas any longer I love for the kids’ room to smell nice and with Huxley’s allergies it can be a challenge to find something that is not going to make them sick.  I love the Baby Spray ($5.99) as it not only helps to neutralize odors but it does not bother his allergies at all!  This is HUGE because even with natural products I have seen a lot of issues in the past.

**Our Car

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The other place that I feel like is always collecting some not-so-pleasant smells in our car.  It’s probably because most of the time our car looks like we live in it but the fact remains that it can get a nice funk going on in there and I hate it when it does.  There is a great Auto Spray ($4.99) that really helps to make the car smell better.  I have been using it on our carseats and throughout our car lately and it has really seemed to improve the quality of air that I get to breathe.

**Other Rooms

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For the other rooms in our home I received the Crystal Gel ($8.99-14.99) and the Home Spray ($9.99).  These both seem to help areas to smell better and I love that they are safe and easy to use throughout our house.

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**For Your Favorite Furry Friend

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Pets can often leave lingering odors.  While I do not have a dog myself my brother does and Dexter is likely to be the only nephew that I ever have.  I received the Pet Shampoo ($13.99) that I am going to be using with Dexter to help neutralize any smell of pet odor that there might be.

Choosing great products to help make my house smell better used to be a challenge with allergies and problems that we faced as a family.  Now they are something that I can easily neutralize with the right Fresh Wave products.

Tips to Find the Perfect Gift for the Woman Who Has Everything

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My mom is that woman. Seriously I laugh and call her the “woman who has everything” all of the time. There are few things that she asks for and it can be extremely challenging to find a great gift that his perfect for her. Recently I discovered The Pink Monogram and let me tell you, they have so many unique gift ideas that it is the perfect place for me to shop for her.

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The Pink Monogram offers a large line of unique high quality items that any woman in your life is sure to love. I thought that I would share with you a few ideas for some great gifts based on the things that the woman in your life loves the most.

 
**For the Woman Who Loves The Spa

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If you have a woman in your life who loves the luxury of the spa do not worry. The Pink Monogram can answer your gift buying dreams when you purchase her the amazingly beautiful Monogrammed Kimono Robe ($49). If I were giving this I would include some great bath or relaxation products and maybe even a massage or pedicure gift card. This is the perfect compliment to any woman because you can easily find it in a color that she will love since they give you so many.

 
**For the Woman Who Loves Being a Grandma

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My mom is one of those ladies that you might have to try hard to figure out what she loves, aside from her grandchildren. She loves them a ton and is always putting them first and maintaining them as a priority in her life. I was very fortunate to be offered an item from The Pink Monogram for review. With so many items that I loved it was really hard to pick something for a gift but I knew that my mom’s birthday was coming up.

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I chose the Vertical Names Necklace in Silver, Rose Gold, or Yellow Gold ($135).

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I chose to have the four kids’ names put on the necklace for her.

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Now I will be really honest and admit that this was one of the hardest gifts that I have had to give away. I LOVED this one and found it nearly impossible to not keep it for myself. When my mom saw it she loved it just as much as I did. She said that she loved how unique it was and that it was something different from the others that she had seen in the past. I know that giving it to her as a gift was the right choice even though it was pretty difficult.

 
**For the Woman Who Loves to Travel

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I know a lot of women who like to travel. I love that The Pink Monogram offers so many great choices for luggage like the Navy or Black Garment Bag ($35). Any woman who travels a lot will love having fun monogrammed luggage pieces to add to their collection.

 
**For the Woman Who Has It All

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I also know that there are many women out there who seem to have it all. I tend to be one of these because I generally purchase things for myself when I see them and want them. I do not do this on purpose but I just do not want a lot so when I actually see something that I fall in love with it can be quite difficult for me to pass it up. Classic Sunglasses with Monogram or Greek Lettering ($28) are a classic and timeless gift that any woman would love to have. It makes them the perfect gift for someone who seems to have it all.

 
Choosing gifts for the favorite women in your life does not have to be difficult. In fact The Pink Monogram can make it simple and easy to find something perfect for any woman whom you might be shopping for.

Fun Boho Chic Style with Isabelle Grace Jewelry

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I love the boho chic style that has been so popular lately. Isabelle Grace Jewelry is a great line with many unique and fun styles. In the past I have been able to review a few of their adorable children’s pieces and a unique stamped bangle set. While these items are beautiful they do not fully embody or capture the boho chic style that is my favorite. The new Lux Leather line of products matches this style perfectly.

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Tips to Create the Perfect Relaxed Boho Chic Look

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**Dress in Layers
Many people do not realize how easy it is to create a great boho chic look. I love many different things about layering but if you do not know the right way to layer, you risk looking frumpy. The first tip to layering is to choose fitted bottoms or a fitted tops. Do not dress in loose and flowy styles both on top and bottom at the same time. Choose layers that are fitted as well. Even if you are layering a loose or flowy sweater over what you are wearing you should make sure that your first layers are well fitted.

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**Choose Neutral Color Palettes
it can be hard to find the right boho chic styles if you do not know what you are looking for. Dressing in neutral tones and colors is a great way to be able to hit the mark with your boho chic style desires. If you choose neutral tones you will find that there are many great choices for you. One of the best things about the Isabelle Grace Jewelry Lux Leather line is that there are so many great pieces in these neutral colors. The Lux Mini Bangle Set ($88.00) offers this style and look for you.

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**Find Amazing Pieces in the Least Expected Places
I am sure that Isabelle Grace Jewelry was not what you thought of when you heard boho chic. The thing is that you can find boho chic pieces from a wide range of designers and jewelers. Isabelle Grace is just one of these. Their adorable Lux Leather Bangles in Fern ($120) are a set of bracelets that I love.

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I was not sure how I would like them because I do not normally wear gold. These bracelets look perfect with my summer skin and the tan works great with the gold. They are comfortable and I have gotten numerous compliments every single time that I wear these.

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**Accessorize
For me the best thing about the boho chic style is that you get to accessorize. You can layer on scarves with necklaces or multiple bracelets from different lines. This can make you have that effortless chic style that you are craving. So choosing the Lux Gold Nugget Necklace ($88) can make you comfortable and will help you to be able to have a great unique style that you desire.

 
All in all Isabelle Grace Jewelry will help you to be able to have the best well put together boho chic look. You can choose from their amazing line of lux leather pieces or you can choose from any of their other lines. Best of all when you are going for a boho chic look you can mix and match the pieces that you love from all lines to look effortlessly chic.

5 Tips for Potty Training with Prince Lionheart

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Potty training is one of the hardest things that you must do with your toddler. It can be so hard because your toddler can be resistant to the process. Plus it is hard because you do not have have control.

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The thing is that if you are worried about your potty training success then you can relax when you try these simple and effective tips.

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Tip # 1 – Help Your Child Get Ready
One of the things that I have found to be completely successful is when you get your child their own potty chair. As a mom of four I understand using items from children before but I have found that a new potty chair is more motivation for a child who is potty training. The Prince Lionheart 3 in 1 Potty ($35.00) was a great surprise for Althea.

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Tip # 2 – Find A Potty Chair that is Functional
Since I have owned multiple potty chairs, I can speak from experience that not all potty chairs are created the same. They do not all work and some are easily outgrown. One of the things that I love about the Prince Lionheart 3 in 1 Potty Chair is that it is three different functional items in one. It can be a potty chair and then when your child is ready for the toilet it can be used as a seat. Plus the base can be flipped over and used as a stool. I love that this is one item that we will use for a long time and that we are not just going to add to our sale pile quickly after use.

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Tip # 3 – Stay Calm
Staying calm is the best way for you to be able to potty train your little one. If you are not calm when you are potty training then you are not going to have as much success with your little one. I have really had to work hard on this and learn that your child is going to potty train in his or her own time. I have four children and each one of them potty trained at a different time in their life. One was not two yet and one was three and a half. So there can really be a huge range in when your child is ready or not.

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Tip # 4 – Reward Your Child with Your Praises
When your child is potty training positive reinforcement is very important. You should reward them by praising them for what they are doing right. You should also offer up a sticker chart or a small treat each time that they use the potty. This is going to help you to have a lot of success with them.
Tip # 5 – Use Your Child’s Timeline
Do not try to make your own timeline for your child when you are potty training. Remember that each child is going to have their own perfect time and that they will potty train with ease when you choose to use that timeline. If you try to push before hand it can last a lot longer.
So when it comes to potty training you are going to have to be able to relax and enjoy these memories with your child. These tips can help make this possible for you.

Tips to Find Toys that are as Much Fun for Mom and Dad as They are for the Kids

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One of my secret obsessions is finding toys that I enjoy playing with as much as my children do. Let’s face it sometimes I get bored and just need to relax. Playing with their toys with them is one of the things that can help me destress as I see how much fun that they have. I have to admit that ALEX Brands and Ideal Toys have some of the most fun toys that I have ever played with. I love being able to see their joy and excitement as we engage in playtime together.

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There are some things that I look for in these toys and I thought that I would share my tips for shopping.

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**Look for Something that is Magical
Magic is fun. We all love believing in something that is a mystery which is why magicians continue to sell out around the world, many of whom have audiences full of adults. Think back to your own childhood and you can probably remember a time when you wanted to be a famous magician. Now you can experience that fame with your own family when you play with the IDEAL Ryan Oake’s Spectacular 100 Trick Magical Suitcase ($43.99). This case includes everything that you need to be able to learn how to perform magic tricks with your little ones.

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**Choose a Toy That Takes You Back to Your Own Childhood
One of the best tips for being able to find a great toys that you will enjoy playing with your children is to draw inspiration from your own childhood. Finding toys that you liked when you were little is a great way to bring out your inner child. One of the best things that I have found for this with myself is the IDEAL Electronic Arcade Speedball ($53.99) game. I loved this type of game when I was younger and am happy that I have been able to find this for my own child. Plus I will admit that this game looks like a ton of fun. It has taken all that I have inside myself to not open it up and play with it but we have put it up for a future gift for one of the kids.

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**Find That Toy You Always Dreamed Of
Another thing that you can do is look at toys and think about what toys would have filled your own childhood dreams. I am a very girly girl so one of the things that filled my dreams was the idea of being able to create something. I loved toys where I got to dress up and even remember sitting for hours playing with my fake make up kits. I would have died and gone to Heaven if I had been given the IDEAL SpaLaLa Perfumery ($22.99). I know that I would have loved this so I am pretty excited to give it to my own daughter so that she can make her own perfume.

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**Look for Toys that Get You Moving as a Family
I am in the fight of my life trying to get into better shape and lose weight. I do not want to do this to my children. I want them to stay active and not have to battle these fights that I have to battle. So I am happy when a toy gets us up and moving together. The IDEAL Scaventure Kids ($19.99) game is awesome for my whole family. I love that it gives you lists for scavenger hunts so that you can go out and find things as a group. We do plan on playing this as a family with all of our children and not just the ones who are listed as age appropriate. However we plan on working as teams so that we can help the littler ones to play together.

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**Choose Games That are Perfect for the Whole Family
Another thing that I always try to find is things that the six of us can do together. One of the reasons for this is that I am always trying to be able to find different games and toys that are going to be perfect for us. IDEAL Cookin Cookies Family Game is perfect for everyone. I love that we can pair up and work together to create a delicious cookie recipe and we are always sure to watch out for those rotten eggs that will ruin the batch.

 
Choosing the right toys to enjoy with your children is a great way to grow closer and have a good time together. When you are shopping for toys that you want to enjoy with your children IDEAL Toys from ALEX Brands is a great choice for you.

A Look at the TLC Voxbox @Influenster

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I love being a part of the great Influenster campaigns and getting to review great Voxboxes. I have been fortunate enough to get chosen for several of these in the past but I have not gotten one like the TLC Voxbox in the past. To be honest we are going to use everything that we received in the TLC Voxbox and we are going to be using it all on a regular basis. This box was full of things that we all need to have in our life and things that I am going to be sure to use in the future as well.

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Neosporin Neo To Go (retail value $7.99)

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As a mom of four I cannot count the number of times that we have been out and around when one of my children has fallen and injured themselves. I hate not being able to carry something with me all of the time but tubes can break open in my purse and I hate when that happens. This is the perfect solution for something to carry with you all of the time. I love that it can be hooked on a backpack or diaper bag because that makes it easier to take with us no matter where we are going.

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Avon ANEW Reversalist Wrinkle Smoother (retail value $30.00)

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As a product junkie I try a lot of different products for wrinkles. I am someone who is always obsessed with maintaining my youth. So for me this was a product that I would have likely tried on my own. I love that you can put it on over makeup when you feel like make up is causing your fine lines to appear deeper. I also love that it is perfect for the rare occasion that I go without make up. Would I say that this is the best wrinkle product that I have ever tried? No, but I would say that for the $30 price tag it seems to do a great job and be something that is unique in that you can use it over make up. I reach for it on those days when I am tired and notice that I still look a little tired when I have my make up on.

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Shell Fuel Rewards Card (FREE!!)

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This is a great program for you if you have a Shell gas station that you can go to on a regular basis. We do not have a Shell in the town where I live so this is not something that I would be able to get a lot of use out of. The card does work at all Shell locations and it is completely free to sign up so it would be a great choice for you.

 
Puffs Plus Lotion to Go (sold in multi-packs under $1 each)

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I hate when I do not have a facial tissue handy. I always keep these in my purse so I was happy to receive something that I knew that we would use. I also love that these were the ones with with lotion because my children are always complaining when I have ones that do not contain the lotion.

 
Ivory Original Bar ($1.99 or less per bar)

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To be honest I did not know that you could still purchase this type of Ivory. I was still not able to find it in my stores even after receiving it from the Voxbox. I really love the soap and love that my skin does not have that grimy or sticky feeling that I often have after I have used a bar soap. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of this.

 
Breyers Gelato Tiramasu ($6.49 at my grocery stores but I am sure that prices vary)

 
I loved the Breyers Gelato that we tried in our home. The only problem that I had was that we liked it a little bit too much and I forgot to snap some pictures of this delicious treat before it was all gone. Since I have been dieting I did not want to purchase more because it is not on my diet and I am sometimes bad about will power. This is definitely the perfect treat for mom and dad with grown up flavors that are quite impressive when compared to regular ice cream that you would purchase for your family.

 
As you can tell my TLC Voxbox contained several items that were perfect for my family. I have been impressed and think that you will be too if you try any of the above.

Is Your Child Ready for a Booster Seat?

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Recently I was sent the Combi Kobuk for review and there are many things that I love about this booster seat. In fact as a mom to four I have had my fair share of car seats over the years and I have not liked most of them. There was always something that drove me crazy or a feature that I wished was different. So when I received this one I could have never guessed how much I would like it.

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I started trying to think of a unique angle to give to you when I did the carseat review and I started thinking about how I see people moving their children into booster seats far too early all of the time. In fact it is not uncommon in my area to see someone pulling a two or three year old out of the car from a booster seat.

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To be honest I get wanting to move your child into a booster. They are very easy to secure into your car, easier to buckle your child into, and most children do not mind them. However putting your child into a booster seat too early can be dangerous. It is something that you should avoid for a number of reasons but the most important to me are the potential safety hazards.

 
There are some things that you should know about when your child is ready to be moved into a booster seat. You can check out this video that I made with my soon-to-be five year old, Huxley.

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Some factors that you should consider with the transitioning from a five point harness to the booster include the following:
**Your child weighs too much for their five point harness. (My almost five year old and six year old are very small so they would still be able to fit in a five point harness. I have just recently moved them both into a booster because they do not fit in their seats for some of the other reasons non this.)
**Your child’s shoulders are higher than the highest harness setting.
**Your child’s ears are the same level as the top of their forward facing carseat.
**Your child is between the age and size requirements that are listed on the carseat. For the Combi Kobuk your child should be at least 3 years old and weigh between 30 and 125 lbs. This is a guideline and some children are not going to outgrow these before they hit the weight.
**You know the laws for your state and the carseat is appropriate for the laws that you have.
**Your child is going to sit like they are supposed to in the seat. Check out this video of Adeline, my two and a half year old, who is not ready to fit in the Combi Kobuk.

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As you can see from this video, Andrew (my oldest who is eleven) is too big to be sitting in the Combi Kobuk. Andrew weighs around 120 lbs but he is obviously too big to fit into the carseat.

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There are five questions that you should ask yourself to know whether or not they are ready to be moved out of the booster seat and into a regular seat.
1. Can you child comfortably sit with their back all the way against the seat of the car?
2. Do your child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the car’s seat?
3. Is the belt fitting in between the neck and arm comfortably?
4. Does the lap belt fit low and touch your thighs?
5. Will your child stay seated in the correct position for the duration of your trip?

 
So as you can see, the Combi Kobuk is a great choice for a booster seat for your children.

Finding Unique School Supplies and Fun Learning Games with Eeboo

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A while ago when I was with Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog I worked with Eeboo for a review of some great products. I was very happy to work with them again to show what all they had to offer for your kiddos now that it is time to head back to school. I personally love school supply shopping. I am such a dork like that. In fact I loved office supply shopping when I used to work as well. So for me this time of year is so much fun. One of the things that I really strive to do is find the most unique back to school supplies that I can. In fact when I saw the supplies that Eeboo had to offer I just knew that I wanted to get my hands on them.

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We were sent some school supplies and art supplies to check out. I thought that I would share what I thought of the items that I received from Eeboo and then share with you some tips for finding unique school supplies that are not going to be like everyone else’s.

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One of the things that I refuse to do for my children is purchase cheap off brand art supplies. If you have ever worked with cheaper crayons or colored pencils then you know that the colors are not as vivid and they do not seem to work as well as some of the higher quality items that you can find. The Oil Pastels from Eeboo are still very reasonable in price at just $7.99 for a box of 32 and you will love how well they work. They have the right consistency and deliver dark pigment to your paper when you are working with them.

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We also received the Life on Earth Sketchbook ($5.99). The sketchbook is made of high quality paper that I can tell will withstand the abuse that my children put on paper when they are drawing or coloring. I am a light sketcher and writer so I never understood why the kids pressed so hard on their paper. In fact in the past some of our sketchbooks have ended up with holes in pages or pages have been torn because of how hard they are pressing on the paper. However with Eeboo this is just not the case. The paper is thick and withstands their abusive artistic style. Plus it looks great when they are done.

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The Mermaid Lock Diary ($11.99) was a perfect gift for Althea this year on her birthday. Some girls like to have their own diary at school instead of having a journal and this would work perfect for them. Althea loves having a place to write her secrets and share the things that she loves about life.

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We love to play games at our house and one of the things that I try to find all of the time is games that are going to help my child learn something new. I love the Simple Words Puzzle Pairs game ($14.99) that we received. This is a great tool to use with children who are just starting to learn how to read or write. I am excited to play this one with the middle two kiddos since they will both be working on more reading skills over the next year.

 
Tips to Find Unique School Supplies
**Think outside of the box about where you shop. The biggest tip that I have for finding unique things is to shop in unique places. I do a lot of our shopping online in an attempt to have items that are different than what everyone else has.
**Make sure you do not sacrifice quality for style. I hate it when the kids want character crayons. I hate telling them no but I also do not want them to have crayons that are not going to work as well. I love that Eeboo offers unique styles without sacrificing the overall quality of the products.
**Avoid taking pictures and posting them to social media before school has started. If you truly want your child to have something unique try to avoid showing others what you have until after school has started and they are likely to have already purchased their child’s.
Having unique school supplies might not be a big deal to everyone. For me it means that my child is going to instantly know which supplies are hers and is going to be less likely to have her supplies stolen or borrowed and not returned by other students. It offers me peace of mind to know that Eeboo offers some great high quality back to school supplies that feature unique styles that my child is sure to love.

Smashed My Week 3 Goal, Just What I Needed for Week 4 #NSNation

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I LOVE the results that I am getting from NutriSystem and I will admit that I am not even following it 100%. I love eating out and have done so a few times while I have been on the diet. The thing is that I feel like I am relearning how to eat. I am working hard to be able to smash my workout goals and I feel like I am accomplishing them far quicker than I would be on my own. I am officially down 6.6 lbs since my beginning weight. I am weighing in at 238.6. My week 3 goal was to be below 240. I tend to plateau and struggle with each 10 lb point so getting into the 230’s was the goal that I had in mind. I feel like I smashed this goal and am off to set new goals for week 4.
I am trying this small goal thing instead of looking at the big picture all of the time. I used to be so frustrated when I would have a goal to meet and I would not be able to meet it. This would stress me out and leave me feeling worthless and like I could not accomplish the things that I set out to accomplish.

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So instead of doing this I had promised myself to be different with NutriSystem. I had an overall goal of one day being able to fit into a few pairs of jeans that are way too small now. My thoughts were that I would have to weigh around 135 to accomplish this. So I was looking at a 122 lb weight loss to reach that goal from my official highest starting weight. This is a huge number and just seemed so depressing to me because I always felt like I had so far to go. This is why so many diets have failed me in the past, because I was looking at them in the wrong. So I changed my thinking. Prior to starting NutriSystem I had some goals myself that I was trying to accomplish.

 
My first goal was to give up soda. Now in the past three months I have only had a handful of sodas and I feel better and more energetic. Things are finally coming to order in all areas of my life because I no longer have the crutch that was keeping me where I was at.

 
My next goal was to get out of the 250’s. So I had approximately 8 lbs to lose. I was able to do this a few months back with hard work on my own. After that I wanted to get out of the 240’s which is where I was stuck when I started with NutriSystem. Now that I have met that goal it is on to the 220’s for me. While it is frustrating to see myself losing weight so slowly I know that I am doing it the right way and that I am going to be able to keep it off.

 
I love that NutriSystem is encouraging me to eat right. I am able to go out to eat and make the right choices. If I make a bad choice I choose something small and do not go overboard like I once did. For instance we got Chinese take out the other night. I allowed myself one plate and had a little bit of rice, 1 crab rangoon, and a few pieces of sweet and sour chicken. Was this the healthiest option? No, but life has taught me that when I want something that I should really go for it. The reason being that if I do not and am still craving it I end up eating it on top of what I have already eaten which just means feeling bloated and overly full while eating more calories than I would have to begin with. This time I only ate what I needed to for me to feel full.

 
I am snacking the right way too. If I feel like I need a snack I am choosing the things that I know are good for me. I eat a lot of raw veggies and pistachios. I was used to eating raw veggies with dip but after not eating dip for a while I no longer even want it. In fact I am shocked by the way that the veggies taste on their own as they are so much more flavorful than I realized or remembered them being.

 
So what’s to come. Well I am hoping for week 4 to be the week that I get serious about working out. I have been sitting here thinking about how much more weight I could have lost had I been doing some easy workouts at home. So now I am off to Pinterest to find my workouts for the week as well as promising myself to do yoga each and every day. I need something that is going to improve my shape and while I am being more active actually exercising is going to be a huge help.

 

I know that week 4 is going to be great.  I am going to be working extra hard because my hubby and I are taking a weekend trip to the city together.  We are headed to Chicago tomorrow morning and won’t be home until Monday afternoon.  So we will be working extra hard during this time to get ourselves into the best shape of our life.

My Yoga Goals and How Gaiam is Helping Me Get There

Simply Shawn N Jenn Disclosure

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You will learn as you follow me here that I am in the fight of my life to lose weight and get in the best shape possible. One of the things that you do not likely know yet is what my personal fitness goals are. I honestly do not have fitness goals per say. Yes, I would like to run a 5K, maybe a 10K and maybe a ½ marathon one day but I don’t have many fitness goals beyond looking better in a swimsuit.

 
However since I love yoga so much there are some yoga poses that I would love to be able to master. So I guess you could say that my biggest health and fitness goals are really my yoga goals.

 
I hope to be able to do the following five poses with ease one day:
The Crane Pose

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The Firefly Pose

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Forearm Stand Scorpion Pose

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Lotus Headstand with Bound Legs

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Eight Angle Pose

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Now I know that these goals might sound easy to you and if they do I challenge you to Google them. Check these poses out and see if they are something that you can do. If you can then you are one of my yogi inspirations that I aim to be more like.
How I Plan to Get There

I plan to reach my yoga goals by working out and doing yoga on a regular basis. One amazing yoga company that I have been able to work with is Gaiam. The company has a number of great goodies for those who are trying to practice and learn yoga.

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I was lucky enough to be sent the Thin Grip Mat ($35.99) and I love it! I have practiced yoga for many years and have never had a yoga mat. I did not realize what I was missing until I did yoga for the first time with this mat. I no longer struggled to keep standing in certain positions and I did not slip or slide when I was trying to move in between positions. In fact this mat has been one of the favorite things that I have ever gotten for my health and fitness goals.

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In addition to the mat I received the Gaiam Sol Natural Cork Yoga Block ($16.99) which is a resourceful tool to help you with certain positions until you are strong enough to get there on your own. At first I will admit that I did not know if I would really use this or not. I also was not sure how often I would use it but I use this all of the time with my regular yoga workouts and can feel my body strengthening and needing to use it less and less each day.

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Finally I received two great yoga DVDs, Colleen Saidman’s Yoga for Weight Loss ($14.98) and Calorie Killer Yoga ($14.98). I have owned a ton of workout and exercise DVDs in my life and even a few other yoga DVDs but I have never liked exercise videos like I like these two.

 
I am able to see results, in the past few months I have lost and maintained an 11 lb weight loss. This is huge considering that I went on vacation during that time and ate out for basically a week straight. I know that I still am not eating as healthy as I should be but little by little as I feel better about myself I can see myself losing weight, eating less, and really doing the things that I should to better care for my body.