May 2017 | The Glam Mom

Me And My Mini and Visionworks

Visionworks sent me these frames for free.
All opinions expressed are my own.
Hi there!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I LOVE matching with my Mini!!!
My #2 is such a girly-girl – she loves dressing up and I am taking full advantage!  But one thing I never thought of was matching glasses!!!
I wear glasses every. single. day. (And sometimes, when I wear contacts, I put on fashion frames just to add an extra flare to my outfit!) I got my first pair of glasses when I was 8 years old. 
My husband also has terrible vision so, thinking realistically, I’m sure all of our children will end up with glasses at some point. So matching glasses with my girl is something I can TOTALLY do! So, I’m starting now! (Hers are just glass of course!)
Visionworks provided me and my mini with several pairs of glasses to test out and we both LOVED them!! 

Pretty in Pink
My little girl is bursting with personality, so these Chelsea Morgan frames with an explosion of colorful wildflowers are perfect for her. No matter where we're headed, we'll be perfectly in style. 
We wore ours for an ice cream date. She was HAPPY!
Chelsea Morgan CM7006
Chelsea Morgan CMM3001
Summer’s a Breeze
You can practically feel the tropical breeze with these summery blue Chelsea Morgan frames. From the playground to a walk on the beach, they are perfect for any fashionable adventure.
We wore ours for a little photoshoot in these coordinating off the shoulder pieces. How cute and summery does she look!?!? I LOVE the bright blue stems on both pairs!
Chelsea Morgan CMM6000
Always On-Trend Tortoise
Twinning has never been easier with these classic Vera Bradley frames. I love tortoise frames - they go with everything!
 Can you even handle her??? I'm in trouble y'all!
Vera Bradley VBKelley
Vera Bradley Joni
Sick-Day Chic
Take a pair of classic Guess sunglasses along no matter where you're headed!
The first day we wore these, my #2 and #3 went to the doctor because they both had strep throat. Bummer! But just because you're sick doesn't mean you can't look cute! Look good to feel good right???
We also wore them for a day at the park. This girl! She's just TOO MUCH!!! She's DEFINITELY my Mini!!! Love her to PIECES!
Guess GU7426
Guess GU9164
With the largest selection in the industry, Visionworks has a pair of fashion-forward frames to match any duo’s style. If you have a mini who you love to match, head on over to Visionworks and try on some frames to show off during your best TWINNING moments!!!

Until next time!



Galileo Camps - Summer Science Fun!

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One week of this camp has been provided to my child free of charge.
I am sharing information about it in advance.

Hi there!

My #1 is really an amazing child. He's everything - cute as a button and smart as a whip. He's got a good ear for music, loves science, loves to play and makes friends so easily.  More than anything - he's got a HUGE heart and wants to help people solve their problems. Whether it's helping me match sock so I won't be sad (yes, I HATE matching socks!!!) to solving the water crisis in Africa, he just wants everyone to be taken care of.

 My little science lover!

My kids like to play in water. Honestly, they just plain waste it. They fill up bowls of water and just dump them over on the porch and do it all over again. Husband and I tried to explain to him that they shouldn't be so wasteful and that there are children in the world that don't even have enough water to drink, nonetheless dump out just for fun. 

This got his little heart and brain thinking about what he could do for those kids. And this is the solution he came up with - 
1 - Fill an airplane with water bottles
2 - Fly over Africa
3 - Dump the water bottles into a pre-dug pit
4 - The pit fills with water
5 - The people will come to the pit with their cups and drink the water

The simplest solution!

If only it was really this easy right? But he's a problem-solver. Which is why we think he will LOVE Galileo Camps!

"Since 2002, Galileo Camps has been shaping a new generation of innovators by teaching kids to explore, make mistakes and create without fear! Galileo’s curriculum packs serious substance and sparks kids’ imagination from pre-k through 8th grade."

This years themes are:

Galileo Amusement Park

Galileo Makers: Move It

Medieval Adventure

African Safari  

We are so excited to have a chance to send #1 here! We haven't chose our week yet, but I'm hoping he and his friend will be able to attend African Safari Week, because right now he's god a big obsession with Big Cats - he wore an Africa Leopard shirt to school today!
If you're in Chicago and looking for an innovative and transformative camp to send your child to, be sure to check out Galileo!  

And guess what! I have an exclusive discount code for you! Visit Galielo's Website and enter the code "CAMP17" for $40 off per family!

Let me know if you register!!! Or, if your child has gone to Galileo Camp let me know about your experience!  I'm excited for his week there and I'm sure he'll love it!

Until next time!



My Mother's Day Wish List

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Hi there!

Mother's Day is in a few days! Yea!!! 

I don't care. It's really just another day.  

But since what to get a Mother for Mother's Day is always a worry for husbands across the country, here are a few things I know I'd like for Mother's Day. Feel free to use it as inspiration.

1 - I want to sleep until at LEAST 8am. Preferably with no child in my bed kicking me in the back all night long or screaming out my name in their sleep waking me up for no reason.

2 - I'd like bacon for breakfast. From IHOP is fine. No need for a crowded Mother's Day brunch somewhere. That's annoying.
3 - Mother's Day is on Sunday.  So, I'd like to watch whatever Housewives series is airing on Bravo at the time it actually airs instead of having to stay up until midnight to catch up like I usually do.
Patomac is coming on, so everyone shut it.
5 - I don't want to have to wash the dishes.

6 - Can someone please match all these fucking socks????  I just can't keep up! Better yet - throw all these in the trash and buy new ones.  
7 - I'd like a chocolate cake from Portillo's. 

8 - A cleaning lady.

That's it. 

Well OK, if you WANT to buy me something, here's something I'd love to have:

That's it. I don't actually NEED this, but it's pretty. I'm good with hugs and kisses and handmade things from my kiddos. DO NOT BUY ME FLOWERS. OR CHOCOLATE. Gummy bears are OK though. You can skip the Hallmark card, too. 

Until next time,



Tips for Improving How You (and Your Kids) Sleep at Night

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Hi there!

This is a guest post by Ben Murray, a writer and researcher for sleep science hub Hope you all find it useful!!!

"We all know that a good night's rest is important for our physical health and mental well-being, but the fact is that most people don't get enough sleep. A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that as many as 1 in 3 adults get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. The problem isn't isolated to grownups, either; the Child Mind Institute notes that 60% to 70% of teenagers have 'borderline to severe sleep debt', and similar trends have been reported in many children ages 11 and younger.

Thankfully, there are simple measures you can take to help you and the rest of your family members get the nightly sleep that you need. Read on to learn more about some of these strategies.

Tip #1: Establish a Healthy 'Pre-Bedtime' Routine
The hours before bedtime are crucial for winding down and getting in the right frame of mind for a healthy night's sleep. One way to achieve this is to limit ― if not outright ban ― television, video games and other electronic forms of entertainment for at least one hour before your kids go to bed. Cutting down exposure to tablets, smartphones and other smaller devices is recommended too. The reason: each of these items emits what is known as 'blue light', which can suppress the production of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate our sleep patterns. A good rule-of-thumb is to prohibit any blue-light-emitting device from your child's bedroom before they enter their teenage years ― and if you experience sleep issues, then it might be time to rethink that TV set in your bedroom, as well.

In place of electronics, experiment with activities that you, your spouse and your kids all enjoy. Board games, light exercise, or reading (of traditional spine-and-paper books) are all good alternatives. If your kids are young enough, then a good ol' bedtime story may also do the trick.

Tip #2: Install Adjustable Lights
Tablets and TVs aren't the only household items that emit blue light; LED and fluorescent light bulbs also produce blue light, along with another sleep-depriver known as 'artificial light'. Studies have found that artificial light on its own can reduce melatonin production by as much as 85%. Artificial light can also throw our sleep patterns out of whack because our natural 24-hour sleep cycle ― also known as of circadian rhythm ― is regulated in part by natural sunlight. One solution to this problem: adjustable overhead lights that you can dim in the hours before bed. Exposure to low-setting lights will make us feel naturally tired, so this may be a good idea for reading lights on bedside tables too.      

Tip #3: Serve Healthy, Sleep-Friendly Meals
Certain minerals and nutrients found in everyday foods can induce feelings of sleepiness. The most obvious example is tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey that makes everyone groggy after Thanksgiving dinner has been served. Tryptophan is also found in chicken, beans, and dairy products. Whole grains rich in carbohydrates ― such as pastas, breads, bagels and crackers ― are a good supplement to tryptophan foods because they produce insulin, which accentuates the effect of tryptophan by reducing the impact of other amino acids.

Calcium and magnesium can also facilitate sleepiness before bed, so foods that contain both ― such as bananas and leafy greens ― are a good pre-bedtime option. Finally, many raw fruits ― especially tart cherries, grapes and pineapple ― can be a good source of melatonin, a hormone that is also produced in the human body that triggers feelings of tiredness.

This leaves you with several meal options that will help you and your family members sleep more soundly. These include whole-grain pasta topped with melted cheese, yogurt with fresh grapes, or chicken-and-bean burritos on whole-grain tortillas.

Tip #4: Evaluate Your Sleep Surface
For many adult and child sleepers, the mattress makes all the difference. Do you sleep on your side or back? Memory foam or latex mattresses will likely be your best bet because they feature an ultra-soft sleep surface that conforms to your figure and helps align your spine. Traditional innersprings, which do not conform to your body at all, are much firmer ― making them the most comfortable option for most growing children. If you share a bed with a partner, then consider a memory foam or latex mattress (as well as latex hybrids); these models are designed to reduce disruptive motion transfer, which occurs whenever someone shifts positions or gets up from bed. Innersprings cause much more motion transfer ― but they also sleep much cooler than other mattress types, and their bouncy surface is considered the best for sex.

Only you, your partner and your kids can decide which types of mattresses will work, and which ones won't. If you are in the market for a new mattress, be sure compare and contrast different mattresses models before buying ― and, if possible, visit a brick-and-mortar store to test out models in person."

Thanks for the post Ben!  

Until next time,


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