The Glam Mom

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Hi there!
So listen - I'm usually a very non-confrontational person. I have to really be pushed to my limits to yell at an elder or a stranger. So, I've honestly surprised myself with the number of people I've yelled at on this trip.  From being spit on (accidentally - maybe???), to cutting in lines to having not so secret photos taken of me (yes, AGAIN!!!) People are so disrespectful!!! But despite the rude people and a TWO HOUR WAIT to get into Versailles, we had a very nice day.
Has anyone else waited this long to get into Versaille??? We went on our last trip here and I don't think we waited at all! And we went in July, so it's not that we went in a different season. Our kids were absolute troopers during the wait. They've honestly been amazing this whole trip.  We are super proud of them!
Versaille was underwhelming today. It was difficult to enjoy the palace because it was so crowded and hot.
The gardens  were super fun for the kids though. Renting a row boat was probably the highlight for the kids.
My poor mom got stung by a bee. They were out in full force. I'm glad it wasn't one of the kids!
My top is from SheIn! Blog post to come when I get home! These cute pants are from Target. They are linked below ๐Ÿ˜˜
Whatever made me think it was a smart idea to start writing a blog post at 1am, I have no idea. So I'm going to bed!

Until next time,

Xoxo

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Basic Invite's Christmas in July (Or August - Close Enough!)

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This is a sponsored post, but all photos and opinions are my own.
Hi there!
I know all of us moms are always looking to get our holiday cards online super quickly but also want them to look great. I tend to be SO last minute and end up printing my cards at a local drug store. This year I SWEAR I'm going to be proactive and think ahead! I SWEAR!!! LOL
I mean, I go through all the trouble to arrange holiday photos every year and then get them printed on some flimsy photo paper. It's not cute at all! So I heard about Basic Invite and tried it out. Because they let you get SAMPLES!!!
How cute are these cards???

I just tested out a few photos I loved to see how they might look on a holiday cards. I tried Christmas and Valentine's Day cards. Right now, they are having a Christmas in July sale! So, I know it's August. But, as usually, I'm late LOL! Use the code HOLI30 for 30% off your order! They don't have to be Christmas cards - the code is valid site-wide! So if you have a birthday or shower coming up, get to ordering!!!
This card showed all the color options on both sides
What I thought was really cool about Basic Invite is that even though you are working from templates, you can still customize!  Like I design, but aren't crazy about the color scheme? CHANGE IT! There are over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want.
Like I said, Basic Invite allows you to order a sample of their actual invitation, printed on quality paper, so you can see how it will look before you place a final order. I found this helpful, because as you can see on this card, there is a spacing issue. I didn't notice it when I designed it online. But, if this was the card I wanted to send to all my friends, I have a chance to go back and correct this issue before paying for 100 cards and having to send them out with this imperfection. 
I got my samples in about a week, which is cool. I think they came out so nicely!!!
And they offer over 40 different Colors of envelopes! I didn't take advantage of this, but it's fun to know it's an option! I also love that all of the envelopes are peel and seal so I don't have to lick anything LOL!
And, this I think is awesome - you can share a link to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request friends and family’s addresses. They will be stored in your account and added to the envelopes when you order! For Christmas cards there is no extra charge for this service, which is amazing!

One issue I had with the site was that it took a while for my photos to load in order to design the cards. I'm not sure if that's normal though. I was in a hotel using their free wi-fi when I ordered these samples, so that could have been the issue with the upload. But, once the photos were uploaded, design was a piece of cake.

Overall, I'm really impressed with my samples and plan to use Basic Invite for my holiday cards this year! I really like the variety of cards and all of the customization is awesome! I don't have to worry I can't find a card I like that doesn't clash with our wardrobe choices or just my general taste - I can change anything I don't like!

And don't forget their 30% off sale, using the code HOLI30!

Let me know what you think of the cards! And if you have any questions, just ask :) 

Until next time!

xoxo


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My Happy Tots with their Veggie Bowls

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This post is sponsored by Happy Family Brands but
the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Hi there!
I was recently introduced to the Happy Tot Love My Veggie Bowls, and my kid LOVES them! I just wanted to share them with you.

I grabbed some from Target the other day. Since they don't need to be cooked, I can basically carry them anywhere.
I picked the kiddies up from camp and went to the park. They wanted a snack. I had these with me just to test them out and pulled them out for them to try (along with some backups just in case LOL!). While my oldest was hesitant, would you believe he actually LOVED it??!?? He's a picky eater, so I was positive he wouldn't even try it. 
The kids thought they were another brand of ravioli that I used to buy a lot. Even though they weren't what they were used to, they still ate them ALL!
I made a little video to show how cute it was watching them enjoy their Veggie Bowls :) 
These Veggie Bowls are ready-to-eat. You can heat them if you want, but it's not necessary, which is why I was able to bring them to the park. They are organic and non-GMO with nothing artificial. Each bowl includes a full serving of veggies, so when we went home for dinner I didn't force them to eat their carrots LOL!
If you'd like to try these, HERE is a COUPON for $1 off any bowl. 
Tag me in pictures of your kids enjoying their Veggie Bowls!
Until next time,

xoxo


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Double Wearing this White Moto Jacket

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Hi there!
I just wanted to share this jacket I got from Fashion Nova a few weeks ago.

Basically, it's one of the coolest tops I've ever worn.
I wore this and felt super cute when I attended Tuesday Toast at Le Colonial with my Sister in Law Teka. The event was to benefit Jackson's Chance Foundation, which a seriously worthy cause. After the bar portion we had dinner at Trubluck's.
It was just OK.

BUT their entertainer for the night - Nyla McDaniel - was freaking AMAZING!!!
I spoke to her after her set and she gave me some helpful tips for me and husband's next little gig. I can't wait to try them out for you guys to see! Follow her on Instagram.
I loved this jacket so much that I decided to wear it AGAIN on Saturday for a quick dinner with husband at Stefani Prime, a newer fine dining restaurant not far from where we live. It was nice to not have to go allllll the way downtown for a nice restaurant! Id go back, just for the atmosphere. The food was decent. Better than Trubluck's, but nothing amazing.
One note about this jacket - the only complaint. It's HOT!!! I mean, it's pleather. It doesn't breath at all. I wasn't noticeably sweating, but I was definitely feeling like I needed to air out after being in it for a while LOL! But the style was worth the heat!
Find my exact jacket HERE.

And I've linked a few others in various sizes and colors from other retailers below:


Until next time!

xoxo

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Santa and The Arc

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Hi there!

I'm trying something new. I'm blogging from my phone. Which is a pain in the butt. But I haven't blogged in so long because I don't have a ton of time to sit at my computer. So I'm gonna try this and see.
When I wore this top 2 days ago, a cutie in my #3's preschool class told me I looked like Santa. Right afterward, I helped in a effort to save some ducklings who lost their mama. They ran out into traffic and we ended up carrying them to safety.
Screenshot of me and one of the duckies
And I finally got to use my knock-off Arc bag. (Yes - most people are carrying knock-offs.)
That was a good day.

I linked some good Arc knock-offs for you on Amazon and LikeToKnowIt ๐Ÿ˜˜

 Amazon Options!




Until next time!

xoxo


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Reppin' The Chi!

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Hi there!

So, I'm trying to catch up on the new Showtime series The Chi. It's hard for me to find time to watch television, but I'm finally caught up on the Housewives, so I'm on to this one! Episode 1, and I was hooked! I love a good drama! And this one is about my city, starring local talent (some of which I've actually met!), so I HAVE to support!!!
A funny little tidbit before I begin - Last week I went to an event with some friends at Joy District. Beforehand, we went to a place called The Hubbard Inn for dinner and drinks. My Sister-In-Law saw our bartender and said she knew him from somewhere. She asked him and he said they'd never met. But she was certain she'd seen him around. She texted me a few days later and said she remembered how she knew him. He was on TheChi!!! As I watched the first episode - there he was, working in the restaurant!!! Funny! You never know who could turn up on your tv screen LOL!
I degress.

1 episode in, and I was hooked.
It's sad, you guys; the violence in our city. It's a vicious cycle. Innocent kids dying for nothing. Over sneakers and chains and nonsense. Yes, this is a TV show. But this is also real life. And it's sad.
But behind all this sadness is the story line, there is love. Jason's dad,Ronnie, loved him. Coogie loved that dog which caused him to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. His brother, Brandon, loved him. The cycle of love caused the cycle of violence. Ugh. It's kind of crazy! I'm on episode 3 now and plan to be caught up before the next new episode airs.
I will say that I noticed one character, Andrea, has a jacket that I have that I haven't worn in forever!!! And it inspired me to wear it the day after I started watching the show LOL! I felt inspired to rep my city, hence the outfit! I picked up this Chicago Flag necklace while I was at the Chicago History Museum for a play date a few weeks ago and have worn it a a bunch of times since. My kids love it also! 
And even though they suck, I'll still support the Bulls lol! 
But only because this shirt is cute and the United Center has good food LOL! I've linked pieces similar to my outfit for you below.




So listen, you need to watch this show. I have Showtime, so I'm able to catch up with no problem. But if you don't have Showtime, no problem for YOU!!! Because starting now, you can stream The Chi online!!!
Check out Showtime's streaming service using the free trial! Plus when you use my code your free trial will be extended from 7 days to 30 days!
You don't need cable! You can watch shows like The Chi,Homeland, Shameless and more right on your favorite device! To start your free trial (available to new customers only) - and extend it from 7 days to 30 DAYS!!! - use code THECHI30. And catch up on the first 8 episodes of The Chi ASAP!!! Episode 9 airs on SundayMarch 11th. I'm def going to be caught up by then!

Until next time,


xoxo

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