Friday, December 2, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

This is the 12 Days of Giveaways.  Twelve bloggers, twelve days, twelve amazing prizes! Be sure to check the calendar below, and to visit each site to enter on their giveaway day.  All giveaways will be open until the 18th......so lucky you, you can enter them ALL!12-days-of-giveaways-calendarGiveaways (click to enter each one):

December 2: American Girl Doll  - Lipgloss and Crayons 
December 5: 4moms bounceRoo - Walking in Memphis in High Heels
December 6: Evy’s Tree hoodie and Fawn Design bag - Sandy a la Mode
December 7: $100 Matilda Jane Gift Card - Momfessionals
December 8: Beauty Stocking Stuffers - Hairspray and Highheels
December 9: Minted Credit - Veronika's Blushing
December 12: Rebecca Minkoff handbag - Blushing Basics
December 13: Erin Condren planner - Lauren Mcbride Blog
December 14: Wild Dill credit - Still Being Molly
December 15: Skin Care Gift Basket - Makeup, Life, Love
December 16: World Market Credit- Kendall Rayburn
December 17: Mama Essentials Gift Basket - Elisabeth Mcknight

Friday, November 18, 2016

Redbook Red Box Beauty Review

this post is sponsored by Redbook however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #redbookbeautybox

last week after having the baby i returned home to find my Red Beauty Box filled with products from the hottest beauty brands. as a Team Red Contributor i get the opportunity to try these products out and there couldn't be a better time than postpartum to pamper myself and use some great products that help me look and feel my best. there is nothing like the blah's of post-baby body to get you amped up for some new products.

i have been a longtime fan of Dove and their new Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash is the best body wash i have used yet. it nourishes the skin and replenishes 12x more skin natural nutrients than competitors. the new formula includes Moroccan Argan Oil beads that helps to leave your dry skin softer and smoother after just one wash. it maintains and nourishes your skin with the NutriumMoisture technology to protect essential lipids and proteins as well as deposits skin natural nourishers into skin. other body washes have a tendency to strip the skin of essential nutrients or only add moisture to the top layer of skin. Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash penetrates surface skin up to ten layers deep and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.


OGX is a brand i have used before and really liked but this is a product i hadn't yet tried. the Bamboo Root Boost Spray plumps your hair with a blend of bamboo fibers and soy proteins for strands that have fullness and body. it is so easy to use. simply mist onto your clean, damp hair and focus the spray nozzle directly on roots. to get even more volume flip your hair upside down and blow dry with a round brush. you can also spray on dry hair for touch-ups throughout the day. postpartum can leave your hair feeling so dry, brittle and limp that my hair is begging for a product like the OGX Strength + Body Bamboo Fiber-Full Thickening Root Booster.


my biggest complaint postpartum is the swelling of your hands and feet. your body is left with so much excess fluid and because of unstable hormones and fluid these areas tend to swell. i needed something that would help sooth my irritated skin on my hands and that i could use to massage out the extra fluid. the Skinfix Hand Repair Cream for dry, cracked and irritated hands delivers healing benefits above and beyond the average hand cream making it the perfect solution for me. this hand cream has medicinal 1% colloidal oatmeal and natural active ingredients that relieve extreme dryness immediately. it has soothing botanicals and rich, natural butters and emollient oils that calms redness and itching on contact. this hand cream will also be a life saver during the winter months when my children suffer from eczema on their hands. this will help soothe and effectively treat eczema.



i really was so appreciative to try out these products to give myself the refresh that i was looking for. whether you are post baby or just looking for a little extra beauty boost i would definitely recommend adding a new product to your lineup and these make for a great option. great skin, great hair and all from a product that is affordable. definitely worth it.

xo,
kristie

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall Style With Rockport

this post is sponsored by Rockport however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #MadeForMovers

fall is hands down my favorite season to dress for. you can wear cozy clothes while not freezing your toosh off and rock your heels without worrying about snow or ice. the color combinations for fall are so inviting with warm, jewel toned hues and bright pops of color. i recently ordered these Rockport shoes because i fell in love with the color. they work great for styling for fall and are a color that works well for all skin tones. (seriously, take note, this hue works great for ALL skin types).

after i received these shoes in the mail i was even more surprised by their comfort. i had read the reviews on Zappos.com and one customer claimed they were like wearing high-heeled slippers. i wasn't sure how accurate that description was until i tried them on for myself. the new Rockport Total Motion design offers a comfort system that provides shock absorption in the heel and rebound at the forefoot. there is also a retention foam that provides support to the soles of the feet making them feel like you are walking on a cloud. 

the Rockport brand is a shoe brand that has always found inspiration in everyday life and the people who think (and act) on their feet. they like to call them movers. you and i probably know a few, in fact, odds are you are one yourself. movers are people who get things done and Rockport has designed a line of shoes that help you tackle your to-do list in comfort. 

now that i have a new baby life has not slowed down. i still have three older children that require the same constant love and support that i provided before baby came along. there are games to attend, practices to go to, school functions to help with and church service to complete. with this to-do list only increasing with baby i don't want to have to compromise my style to stay comfortable while tackling this list of things to get done. these Rockport Total Motion heels make it so i can get these done comfortably.





i love ordering from Zappos because not only do they have great customer service but they also promise fast free shipping and a 365-day return policy. this fits perfectly for busy lifestyles! i ordered my shoes and they arrived promptly with no issues and a no hassle return policy that gives you confidence when ordering. i may or may not have snagged a pair of Rockport shoes for my husband as well. why shouldn't he take advantage of comfort and great style as well?!


be sure to check out the full line of Rockport shoes here.

xo,
kristie

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Freshly Picked Marketplace


anyone who has had a baby within the last few years is surely familiar with the popular children's moccasin made by Freshly Picked. an overnight sensation that took over the world of baby. their comfortable, flexible fit designed to be ergonomic and best for baby comes in a variety of leathers making them a great pick for baby of all ages and genders. 

Freshly Picked's creator Susan understands the challenges of new baby product innovators trying to make their way into the marketplace and gain exposure for their products. there are a lot of great ideas out there but getting your product to the masses can be a struggle. this is why Freshly Picked has created the Freshly Picked Marketplace. this is a community where parents can be introduced to amazing brands, their stories and shop their products. this community of small business is truly the best of the best, hand-picked and tested by the Freshly Picked founders and then shared with you on the website.

to help spread the word for the new Freshly Picked Marketplace i was a sent a variety of products that can be found within the Marketplace. first is the Koko's Nest Grays Knit Blanket. these blankets are warm and soft without the bulk of traditional knit blankets. it can be used for swaddling, cuddling and tummy time. it comes in several colors in a minimal color block design. this is definitely a family keepsake and will be something you will want to share with your child for many years.

next is the Madeline's Box Suede Pacifier Clip. this side pacifier clip is stylish and simple. the metal clip will securely attach to any item that you want to keep safe and included is a plastic insert that helps protect your clothing. the specially treated microfiber suede does not crack, weather or smell. 

the last two items i was able to try were from Bannor Toys, wooden blocks and a toy car. Bannor Toys started as a basement hobby and has turned into a much larger venture than their creators could have imagined. they are handcrafted wooden toys that are made in the Mid-West. they use organic paints, beeswax and flax seed to finish the toys. the toys are created with the hops of inspiring children to use their imagination and develop creativity and motor skills. i know these will be a big hit with Beau because my older kids have already had fun with them!

be sure to stop by the Freshly Picked Marketplace to see all of the products they have to offer. there is sure to be something on your wishlist for the special baby in your life. 



xo,
kristie


Monday, November 7, 2016

Children's Bedtime Routine With Suave

this post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper and Suave Kids however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

my pregnancy has finished and i am kind of having a moment after sending my kids back to school. maybe it is because of the pregnancy making me extra emotional but i am having a hard time accepting the fact that i don't have my cuties with me all day every day, instead it is just baby and me home alone. in order to prepare to make this transition a little easier we have reintroduced our bedtime routine to help get the kids ready to make that transition to new baby a little easier. thanks to Suave Kids Purely Fun products for making this an extra easy idea to implement!

our bedtime during the summer varies with whatever we are up to that day. in order to provide a little more structure (i.e. read security for kids) we try to follow a bedtime routine to ease them to sleep at night. now with the baby here we have amped our routines back up to make life feel a little more stable. here's how our bedtime routine goes:

Elementary School Age Bedtime Routine

  1. plan a fun bath time. allowing your child to relax in a warm bath helps calm down the day and mentally prepares them for bedtime. (i try to provide fun bath time soaps, bubbles & shampoos that they enjoy using. the Suave Kids Purely Fun Products are perfect for that.)
  2. after bath time is finished i have them dress in their favorite jammies. (my girls' first choice is Elsa p.j.'s which coincides perfectly with their Suave Kids – DISNEY FROZEN bath products.)
  3. we wind down by saying a family prayer and taking a few minutes to read from scripture and talk about our day.
  4. the last step is reading to our kids. i'll admit my husband is the preferred reader in this household but i swear by reading with our kids, it has definitely made them better students.
sticking to this routine has helped make bedtime so simple and less of struggle. it is definitely worth investing the time.

another investment that has been totally worth it are the Suave Kids Frozen products that are only available at Walmart. they are tear-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, easy to rinse off and residue free. my girls absolutely love using fun bath products and this fits the bill. Suave is now offering $1.50 OFF any 1 Suave Kids Purely Fun hair care product starting 11/6 and $1.00 OFF any 1 Suave Kids hair care product. be sure to visit the website HERE to get your coupons.

Suave definitely helps make bath time fun and every adventure ends in clean. winding down after these long days is so much easier with help from Suave Disney Kids.








xo,
kristie

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Maternity Photoshoot


my last indulgence this pregnancy was to photograph this baby bump. after having been through three other pregnancies photographing this moment was never an interest until i realized i would probably never have this moment again. suddenly i can't seem to let it go. i want to photograph this bump. i want to remember every moment. i want to hang on to every movement, hiccup and cough. i always thought it was so sappy when women would talk about how wonderful pregnancy was and the miracle of a child growing inside of your womb and now i am at the point. it IS miraculous. it IS wonderful. it IS one of the most amazing things i will ever do in my life. it is something that i never want to forget. it is also something i want my children to see that i truly love to do. bringing them into the world was the biggest blessing i have been given.

when planning this maternity shoot i found a company online that makes dresses designed specifically for maternity shoots. Sew Trendy Accessories specializes in gorgeous gowns to accentuate the beauty of your growing bump. along with that they offer beautiful floral crowns, dresses for girls and accessories for infant photoshoots. it is basically a one stop shop for all women who are expecting. i picked out this cute jersey dress and crown. i knew i wanted something neutral that would blend well with natural surroundings. i added the beaded belt for an extra bit of glam and finished off the look with some of my favorite Kendra Scott jewelry. 

my favorite photographer Danielle Torres Photography really captured the moment i was looking for. she has such a vision and an eye for detail that she can create beauty in the most abstract places. when we showed up here to shoot it had rained the day before and the park was flooded and marshy. somehow she still managed to make it look like the most beautiful, dreamy location and highlight the dress and the bump in their best light.

my intentions for these photos are to save them for my posterity. i want my kids to see these someday and see the beauty of motherhood, the miracle of families and my love and adoration for them. 




xo,
kristie



Monday, October 24, 2016

Preparing For Baby With cuddle+kind


Benedict the Bunny
baby's due date is days away. if you had asked me three weeks ago i would have never thought we would have made it this far and now that we have i couldn't be more thrilled. my 'nesting' has been taken up a little with each day. i consider all of the things the baby may need, all of the things i may need for recovery and whether our home is prepared to welcome this little bundle. after having been through this rodeo a few times i feel like i am better prepared to know what to plan for with baby's arrival. 

above are just some a few of the things i have picked up in preparation for baby. included on that list are aden+anais swaddle blankets, Saranoni cozy wrap blankets, baby diapers and diaper care products, a Solly Baby wrap to help keep me hands free and baby close and snug to my heart, cute clothes for the cool fall winter months and last but not least sweet items for baby to cuddle with like this cuddle+kind Benedict the Bunny.

when i was first contacted by cuddle+kind i was immediately drawn to the sweet design of their hand knit dolls because they are beautiful. i was even more impressed when i found out about their mission. with each doll sold cuddle+kind commits ten meals to children in need. their ultimate goal is not just to sell a great baby product but to also provide at least one million meals a year. in addition to this goal their dolls are hand knit by women in Peru to help provide them with sustainable fair-trade income.

not only is Benedict a great snuggle for the baby it was also just the right item for the girls to get excited about baby's arrival. of all the items i have picked up in preparation for baby nothing has really drawn the girls' attention like 'Benny the Bunny' (as they like to call him). they can't wait to show their little brother how fun it is to have a buddy like Benedict. i can't wait to watch them create the bond that only siblings can create.


xo,
kristie
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