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evian® Facial Spray Video Challenge

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This product was sent to me for review but all opinions are my own.
Hi there!
I was given the chance to test out  evian® Facial Spray and it's so nice! It's a micro-droplet mist of natural spring water that can simply refresh your skin or refresh your makeup after a long day. That's what I use it for.  
After a day out with my family for lunch, ice cream and a hike around a nature trail, I felt like my face needed a nice refresher.  I'd been wearing a full face of makeup all day and we'd been all over the area spending time in the brisk air.  I was feeling a bit dry and wanted an extra glow.  So I pulled out my evian® Facial Spray and gave my face a quick spritz.
Worked wonders! I instantly felt refreshed and got my glow back.  

This product can be used for so many purposes! Apply before and after your daily makeup routine, help wake yourself up after you've been staring at your computer screen all day, soothe your skin after waxing, you can even use it on your baby's bottom! Whatever you want!  


evian® Facial Spray comes in different sizes, including a 3oz travel size.  Check it out at any local drugstore or at http://www.evianspray.com.


Until next time, 


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🎶It's The Most Terrible Time Of The Year🎶

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Hi there.

Today I started singing a little ditty, so I figured I'd share - 

To the tune of "It's the most wonderful time of the year"

🎶It's the most TERRIBLE time of the year
All their fevers are spiking
And everyone's crying
There's puke everywhere!
It's the most TERRIBLE time of the year.🎶

That's as far as I got because I'm far too tired to use my brain anymore. Maybe one day I'll finish the song. But probably not. 

Seriously - this season fucking sucks.

My kids have been sick since MLK Day. Literally, an entire month.

Someone has vomited every single week since then.

Someone has had a fever, a cough, something. It's been a nightmare.

MLK Day took me an hour to clean up the puke mess. I sprayed bleached my kids sheets and mattress. I didn't give a FUCK.

A few days later my girl wandered into our room and puked right next to me. I was so tired, I didn't even hear it. Then I guess she wandered over to my husbands side of the bed and puked loud enough over there to wake him up. Thankfully I didn't step in the pile of vomit she left for me when I got out of the bed!!!!

My 2 year old puked on me while I was in the main office of my 5 year old's school. That wasn't embarrassing or anything... 

Turns out he had the stomach flu. He puked and pooped for 4 days. Holy nightmare.
Less than 10 minutes after this photo he puked all over me. 
The following week we discovered there's such a thing as perianal strep. Yes, you read that right. Never heard of it? Google it. It's weird and my little girl didn't sit on her bottom for 2 days. 

Took our 2 year along to that doctor appointment because he was coughing and mildly feverish. Turned out he had an ear infection. So, that was awesome.

I took a break and went to NY for two days. Thankfully all my kids were just fine while I was gone. Guess they were just saving all their sickness for when I got back.
BABY!!! My new nephew is so so so cute!!! I miss having a tiny baby. 
But this sick stuff sucks so bad - I'm not having any more!!!
No seriously, no one was sick for a full week so I finally got to meet my nephew who had been born 3 weeks prior but I couldn't go because we were all so infected with gross germs that we had to stay away. Man, is he CUTE!!!! I'm glad I got to go because - 

This last weekend - a long weekend with freaking 65+ degree weather in February, my #2 got what we know assume is the FLU!  She was down for 2 days with a 103 fever and random vomiting. Ugh.  
Today, #1 woke up with those same symptoms. We took him to the doctor to rule out strep because when I wrote his teacher that he would be absent, she let me know that a student who had vomited in his classroom while we were at the school for an event was diagnosed with strep. No strep.  The doctor said it's the flu.

After 48 hours of being fever free, #2 is now back up to a 101.2 fever with a hacking cough. SERIOUSLY?  SERIOUSLY!?!?!?! Can we just catch a friggin' break?!?!?!

I walked around today bleaching any surfaces I could. I even went into the toy box and tried to clean as many toys as I could. Never felt the need to do that before.  But I'm bleaching the fuck out of everything now.

I can't WAIT for spring! 

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hate this time of year.

The end.

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The Glam Mom Style Feature #5 - Emily Schiller, The Style DuJour!

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Hi there!

So, I started this feature way back when I first started blogging, but I let it go just because I was finding it difficult to approach moms with amazing "street style". I'm pretty shy!  So, I've decided to re-vamp and drop the "street" and just feature mamas who have great style! This time around, I want to introduce Emily of The Style DuJour!  
I connected with Emily a few months after I started my blog in 2015 when we collaborated on a jewelry giveaway. She's since moved on from sharing jewels on Instagram to sharing really fabulous fashion! You will want to follow her  - she's stylish, gorgeous, and her photos are really beautiful also!

Learn a few things about Emily below:

Name
Emily 

Age
33

Location
Chicago

Occupation
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, former PR girl and current work-from-home mom

Number of Children
Two littles under four. My current (and most demanding) clients, Teddy and Sloane.
Favorite item you are wearing today
A light pink mohair Cole Haan coat I just discovered at T.J.Maxx on the clearance rack. I love finding these kind of treasures when shopping! 
Favorite Clothing Brand 
I’m not sure If I have one specific brand I love, but when it comes to favorite stores, Zara and Anthropologie probably tie as the stores I could spend all day at. I adore Zara’s European-influence and how they make designer runway trends accessible. I love the bohemian and whimsical style of Anthropologie apparel, accessories and cute things for the home. 

Favorite Handbag Brand
Chanel (lust). 
Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff (must).  
Zara is my go-to for fun statement bags. 

Favorite Makeup Brand 
M.A.C. and Smashbox have always been staples for  for foundation and powders, but most recently I’ve added Julep and E.l.f. to my makeup kit. I also recently discovered  www.ShopMissA, a makeup retailer which sells everything for $1. This is my new go-to spot to experiment with different colors, shades and finishes.

Favorite colors to wear
Hands down navy and black. Forget the faux pas, I like wearing these two colors together because even a pair of leggings and a t-shirt will look polished. I typically add a pop of color, whether that’s in my jewelry, a pretty neck scarf, handbag or coat. And stripes! I love anything with stripes. It’s such a classic detail. 

Your Signature Style
High-waisted culotte style pants have been on rotation for me all year. They work all-season - just add a bootie or tall boot for these colder months – and they make me feel more polished and dressed without any added effort. On a typical school day with the kids, I’ll wear H&M high-waisted denim culottes with a grey or black sweater, neck scarf and low-heel booties.
Must Have Beauty Products for Every Day 
My skin routine is all about hydrating and repair right now because this winter weather is so rough on my skin! I use e.l.f. bubbling hydrating mask as a cleanser, followed by an antioxidant serum (from Trader Joe’s) and Advanced Clinicals Argan Oil Intensive Beauty cream. At night, I’ll also use a coconut oil on my hands, cuticles and even the ends of my hair to help hydrate overnight. When it comes to makeup, my day-to-day routine has to be really quick. As long as I have some mascara, tinted face lotion and a bit of cream blush, like Julep’s Skip the Brush in Golden Guava, I’m good to go!

How long does it take you to get ready each morning?
I typically have about ten minutes to get ready while my kids are playing. If I can manage to wake up before my little ones, I’ll have about 30 minutes. Let’s just say I stock up on dry shampoo!

Celebrity's Style You Admire
Olivia Palermo (all hands in the air emoji!) She always looks effortlessly chic. She’s the definition of street style perfection in my book. 
Why You Love Being a Glam Mom
Honestly, I love being a mom and If I can look and feel glam on some days, that’s just icing on the cake to me!

There you have it!  Now make sure you follow Emily all over social media!

Blog

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Thanks Emily for being willing to be featured!  

Until next time, 


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My First NYFW!

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Hi there!
This past weekend I got to go to my first fashion show in NY! I was so excited!!!  

Until I got there...

I'm not going to go into too much detail because I would like to be able to attend a show in the future LOL!

But I will say this - I requested VIP tickets and was told my request was granted. We arranged a last minute trip to NYC to enjoy VIP viewing at our first NYFW show. I had to arrange for help with my kids and ordered all new clothes (and paid $37 in shipping to guarantee they'd arrive in time because that's how last-minute the trip was!) so I could look extra special for what I thought was going to be a special event. But...
VIP for this show was NOT VIP. We ended up leaving because there was no way we would have been able to see the show from where we were told to wait.
I did end up getting to see a few minutes of the show by standing in a place I just wandered into without permission. We'd already called an Uber to pick us up by the time I found this spot, so I couldn't stay much longer. But I'm glad I got to catch a little bit of the show!
My details
Teka's details
So, the fashion show was a bust. BUT, we still managed to have some fun in NYC!

I went to NY with my Sister-In-Law, Teka. We spent Saturday afternoon before the show shopping for an outfit for her to wear to the show. We hit up H&M, Sephora, Aritza, Free People and Zara. I bought my first-ever top at Zara and can't wait to wear it!  
I was a bit tipsy in the hotel lounge
After the show, we had drinks at the hotel and then hit up The Museum of Sex!
I've always wanted to go there! 
It was small and there really wasn't much to see.  But it was still fun to go and look around. And I wrote the penis bicycle! Hard! LOL! But I won't go back.  Not worth the admission really.
Then we met up with my cousin Tamara for dinner at a restaurant called Beauty and Essex. We couldn't get  a reservation until 11pm! We ended up eating right around midnight. They offer girls free champagne in the bathroom! So, we went to the bathroom twice. 

Sunday, we got a late start, despite setting an early alarm.  That's what happens with you go to bed at 3am, right?  It was raining so we didn't want to do much walking around outdoors.  
We took an Uber to Chelsea Market, just walked around and ate tacos and mini donuts from the Dohnuttery, which were DELICIOUS!!!
They tasted like funnel cakes! So good!
Listen - a weekend in NY is still a weekend in NY! Even if it didn't go as planned, it was still a good time! And I'm really grateful that my husband was excited for me to go and also SUPER grateful for my great friend Kellie and my Mommy and Daddy who came by to help my husband with the kids while I was gone. THANK YOU GUYS SO SO SO MUCH!!!
We managed to snag a seat at the bar fairly quickly at Jacob's Pickles!
My weekend nails
Teka's Bloddy Mary at Jacob's Pickles
Waiting outside the show
Ran into Brad and his wife Sarah at Laguardia! He sent this selfie to Andrew :) 
Uber selfies
I'm hoping to go back to NYFW in September. And hopefully it will be a better experience! But hey - we tried!!! And I got to sleep from 3am to 10am, with no interruptions!  WINNING!!!

Until next time!

xoxo



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Working Out with One Love One Tribe Apparel

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The clothing was sent to me for review, but all opinions are my own.

Hi there!
New year, new me, right??? No. I'm kidding. I'm still the same old me! BUT - I could stand to drop a few pounds and I know this. So...I've started going to the gym. Not consistently, but in all honesty, I hadn't been to the gym since 2012 so the fact that I've been 5 times in the last month I'd say is a major accomplishment for me LOL!

Going to the gym is just not me. I have to sweat. It messes up my hair. Workout clothes are not cute. Wait - scratch that.  My workout clothes ARE CUTE!!!
One Love One Tribe provided me with these seriously cool flare yoga pants and cute tops to wear for my workouts and I LOVE them!!! They are super comfortable, lightweight, and the patterns are really fun! 
One more thing - they are reversible. Each piece provides 2 very different looks!  
And one more thing - many pieces go up to a size 3X!!! A HUGE draw for me as a plus size woman.

And one MORE thing - they are made from recycled water bottles!!! Seriously. Cute AND good for the environment!!!

You have to read about Bobbie, the owner, and her history of philanthropy and how she is using her fun, fashionable active wear to help the world.  
Here I'm wearing the Vintage Blue Hawaii Bell Bottoms.  I love them!  I'm a big bell bottom/flare lover, so this cut is just my style. I also love that they have a super high waist!!! So I wasn't at all uncomfortable wearing them with the coordinating Sports Bra. I've already worn these to the gym twice! Not a fan of bell bottoms? No worries! They sell leggings too! And also hoodies, shorts and other accessories!
Here I'm wearing the Buns of Steal off the Shoulder Long Top and coordinating Sports Bra. I LOVED this top!  
I wish I had more photos of myself actually working out in the clothes, but after I took this shot, I was told I couldn't take any more photos in the gym.  

Overall, I'm a fan and I totally recommend this brand - for workouts or just plain looking cute in your casual wear! Please check them out at OneLoveOneTribe.com and know that your dollars are going to a good cause!

Until next time,

xoxo





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