Last night I couldn't sleep (thanks to my genius Venti white mocha at 8 pm) So I thought I'd lie in bed and schnazzy up my nails! I rarely get to do nail art any more, by the time the kids are asleep I'm too tired to do anything…but since I was awake, and I had piles of laundry and dishes to do…. I decided to do my nails. hah! and its kind of a relaxing therapeutic time for me.
Salon Perfect sent me this Seeing Stars and Stripes goodie package the other day, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to play! Hopefully it will give you some inspiration for the 4th!
All of these products are super affordable and available at Wal-Mart and drugstores!
(in a moment of insanity, I almost whipped out my camera to film me doing it…. then my body said, nuh uh… you are NOT getting up, haha!)
I won an instagram contest a couple of weeks ago! How cute are all the prizes? so some of the prizes have been trickling in so I thought I would share the ones I've received so far! (so excited to get freshly picked moccasins, they are $60!!!! )
Candles from Riles and Co. (the little tea lights are white tea and something, and smell so delightful!)
Snuggly bear from Hazel Village. My 2 year old did not waste any time claiming him as hers
Love love love this blanket from Yarning Made. I was excited when I saw the package was from Victoria, B.C.!! and the yarn they use is super soft! Love all the colors, they have neon ones now too, should have got a neon one! but this one is cute nonetheless!
2 month subscription to "a little bundle"
I'm excited about the other prizes as well. After I won this I have been entering every giveaway possible! haha!!
I feel like we live in a day where everyone wants to be a celebrity. Through social media and the age of "reality tv" even YouTube, everyone wants to be some sort of famous.
I think the core root of wanting to be famous, recognized, vip,…special is that people want to be noticed. They want to know that people "see" them. and that they are important and valued. The irony of it all is that chasing fame and celebrity doesn't really get you the results you want.
You might reach the masses…. but what really matters? what really makes you feel loved, valued and important?
I think every person has that desire in them. I know I do.
I realize that I can have that if I:
Make the people who are important, important.
Make the things that matter, matter.
Pour my love into those I love.
The people who know you, I mean really know you. Those are the people who matter.
My biggest and most important "fans" are my kids.
It matters to me what they think of me. How I live my daily life. When I'm ugly and in my sweats doing simple, normal, non glamorous things…. and my daughter tells me "mama, you're beautiful"
THAT makes me feel beautiful.
Knowing that my husband sees every facet of my being and still thinks I'm okay… THAT is not only a miracle, but that is how I know I am loved.
Having people around me that I love, having good moments, sharing memories and laughter… that makes me feel rich. No amount of money can buy that.
God tells me who I am. Not other people, not even myself. In the end, He is who fulfills that void in my heart. That longing and wanting to be treasured, validated, important and special.
I hope you all know how very important, beautiful and special you are.
There is something said for people who just "are". Who own who they are, don't try to one up others, who love deeply and living according to their purpose and living out their passion.
Everyone has influence. EVERYONE. Whether it is on a big platform or small.
It is up to you to decide what kind of influence you have.
I hope every day that I am used to influence others in a positive way. To encourage, share, grow and learn together with those around me.
Today I am reminded that God sees me. He gets me. and that's all the approval I need!
I went to the Plush Show for the first time… I thought I would share some thoughts!
It was at the Los Angeles Center Studios located in downtown L.A. (Parking was $6)
I guess this was the first year that they had it outside, and I think there were some ups and downs to that.
I definitely see the appeal for it being outside, especially for some kids activities…awesome chalk artist, bubbles etc. but it was a hot day today, so we actually ended up leaving earlier than we wanted because the kids got so sweaty and cranky. Also some of the booths were up on a very high curb that didn't have any stroller friendly ramps which made it a bit of a nuisance as the booths weren't accessible curbside, so you kind of had to bump up and down.
Since we left early we didn't get to hear any of the speakers or see who won the raffles (even though I think we entered every one!! boo hoo!)
People want to know about the swag situation.
If you purchased a VIP ticket for $125 + $7.87 you got a pretty good swag back including either a Joovy Babasling carrier or a Joovy foocot. I think the actual swag bags were filled with more goodies as well. Upon arrival I did receive a bag of coupons, a paci, newborn bottle, some sleep spray and a couple other bits and bobs. I was hoping for some more product samples from booths, but there were more coupons and such BUT I think that is because it wasn't as big as some of the huge (non-personal) trade show type events.
That being said, I was so impressed with how friendly and warm everyone I encountered was!
Picked up some supplements from deltalabsusa.com (I'll be posting a review once I see how they work! and the girls at http://thenannyleague.com were so so sweet (as you can see in the video). I have never had a sitter or nanny, but if I did.. I would definitely call them!
Loved that there was a breastfeeding lounge by the Pump Station and nurtury. The Pump Station was so sweet and gave us water and cookies while we fed our babies!
Sounds so cheesy, but I loved the http://cutiescitrus.com booth! I got some juice for the kids and a little almond milk coffee sample, but did not get myself a cuties juice and later my friend was like, ooooooh those drinks were BOMB! so now I must go pick some up! and the 2 working the booth were so sweet too.
All in all I am so glad I went and got to spend a fun filled day with a good friend and got to see some cool new things for my kiddos!
Thank you so much Plush Show for allowing me to come and experience it.
All that hard work paid off, hope you all get some good rest!
Hi friends, I've been debating doing a post like this since….probably LAST mother's day? I think like most people it is hard to be vulnerable and open about personal things. BUT I think it is in those places in our hearts that we can encourage others and strengthen ourselves by opening it up.
Being a mom of four now I realize that I am kind of on my own. So I've learned along the way how to learn, grow and better myself as a mom, wife and woman.
I hope some of these are helpful to you. If anything, please know that you are not alone. No mom is perfect, and tomorrow is always a new day.
1. Accept that you didn't have the parents that you should've, could've, wanted to have and move forward.
2. Decide what kind of parent you want to be. If it helps, make a physical list.
3. Observe other parents. The good and the bad.
4. Ask someone you love and that loves you to be honest…. I mean HONEST, about how they think you are as a parent. AND (this is important because you know we all get defensive about our kids and how we parent) be open to what they are saying. If you really want to be the best parent you can be… truth hurts some times.
5. Surround yourself (and your kids) with good people.
6. Encourage other parents. We all need a pat on the back (or a big ol chocolate cake) once in a while!
7. Forgive yourself. Don't beat yourself up. Kids forgive so easily, you need to forgive yourself.
and remember, that tomorrow, the next hour, the next minute is a new opportunity to do better.
As many of you know, no topic is really is tmi for me, so I thought I'd share my first period after baby experience. Everyone is different, every pregnancy is different… every body is different. So this is just my experience, no medical expertise. Just one mama to another!!
9 years ago I married this man. I didn't know the depth and importance of the decision I was making…but today I do. We are best friends. Parents to 4 kids. Partners in ministry…and more in love than we had ever been. We made a commitment to never give up on each other. To never quit. When you take that option out of the equation, you work things out, you serve each other, love selflessly and experience love that is open, vulnerable and fuller than anything you could ask for. Thankful to this man for showing me what love can be. Thankful to God for thinking I'm good enough for him!
Hey everyone! here are my May fabkids picks! I love love love the outfits this month. So colorful and bright. Makes me feel like I'm in a candy store. (wish I had a matching outfit for my littlest one, fabkids… we need fabbabies!!)
Right now they are having a 2 for 1 deal! That makes each adorable outfit under $15!
So a couple of mom friends and I were talking yesterday about how our kids ask us all day to read them books. We were talking about those books that use to come with cassette tapes that read the book for them. Then I saw this today!
Have any of you tried Audible book? We spend a lot of time in the car, so I think I"m gonna try this and see if they pay attention and like it.
I am loving these Memeboxes. There are definitely products that I love more than others, but I love that I get to try items that I normally would not.
This is Memebox #9. Unlike other beauty subscription box services…you don't have to subscribe. You just buy boxes as they come out if you want them.
go to memeboxusa.com and sign up and they will email you when a new box is available. Make sure you do the 1:1 inquiry and use "alittleaboutalot" to get credit in your account you can use towards boxes, or any other products on their website.
wait. did I tell you they are all korean beauty products?! that's the best part!!
I love how all of our kids look like they could be cousins. So adorable.
For those of you who may not have heard of Fabkids before, it is a monthly subscription for adorable kids outfits for $29.95! you fill out a profile for each kid and every month they send you a look book to choose an outfit from. If you don't see an outfit you like you can skip for that month (but I doubt that will happen!)
For new members buy one outfit get one outfit free! click the link below to see all the cute outfits, they have super cute girls shoes right now for $10 too (see previous blog post!)
ok now for the fun part!
we will be giving away THREE outfit credits to fabkids! I am so so excited about this, make sure you enter and follow each of the mommas for more entries. Giveaway will run for one week and winner will be announced on my blog/instagram and Facebook.
Memebox is a beauty box full of korean beauty boxes, this is not a monthly subscription!
get yours at memeboxusa.com if this is your first time registering, make sure you do the 1:1 and write "alittleaboutalot" and get a $5 credit that you can use towards any product or beauty box!
If you love something, then you can order the full sized product.
After you've tried them you can review them on their website and earn points to use towards future purchases!
boxes available in Bulu Box, or Bulu Box Weight Loss
Hey everyone! It's been a little over 2 months since I started my "fit journey".
I told myself I wouldn't worry about it until I was finished having all my kids and my youngest was atleast 1 year old. BUT…. sometimes when you get motivated, you have to grab onto that motivation and start moving (literally!)
So since I started I've lost 15 lbs. Some pounds definitely came off easier than others and I still have a ways to go… but I thought I'd give you an update and Bulu box provided some boxes so I could show you what is inside!