How To Keep Little Movers Active

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Milestones are everything they are cracked up to be and more.  A momentous collaboration of first time events will send any parent into a delirium of excitement.  Did you see that?  She waves.  She said DADA, when daddy walked in the door.  Oh my gosh so cute, get the camera…  We obsess over babies firsts. Whether it’s your fist born or third, milestones never get old.  The beauty of us humans is that we are all learning and growing at our own pace.  Some of us where wobbling along before our first birthday and some of us would rather celebrate our first birthday scooting around.  Whatever developmental stage you find your little one in, it’s essential to be prepared.  NEW! Huggies® Little Movers Diapers with Double Grip Strips give baby a comfier fit over time than Pampers Cruisers+ making babies new found active lifestyle more comfortable and drier.

How To Keep Little Movers Active

Show her the world and let her explore new sites and sounds without overwhelming her.  A quiet spot away from crowds is a great place to let your little one explore the outdoors.

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Bring along a few of babies favorite toys that bring a piece of home along for the adventure.

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Turn the outdoors into a sensory play moment.  Stimulating baby with a walk in the grass or sand.  Allow baby to take the lead and give you cues to when she has had enough.

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Kids in the kitchen with fun snacks

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My time with three boys is going to be spread thin with school starting back up.  I have recently begun to find the power in making things more accessible to my boys, so that they can do more with me.  A little pre-planning has allowed me to have more time enjoying them rather than rushing around to try and do it all by myself.  A big help has been making my kitchen more kid friendly and stocked with easy to make snacks.  I have rearranged my cabinets, drawers and even pantry so that my boys can help with snack time or even assist in setting the table if I need them to.  With a teenager in the house the kids can cook with a little assistance and I don’t feel so overwhelmed when everyone is hungry for quick snacks.  Have you ever cleaned the kitchen after lunch only to discover someone looking for food?  It happens here all the time. Today also marks the first day of school, and I can bet money I will have a very hungry kindergartner on my hands.  Enter my idea for fun snacks my kids can help make.  I made my weekly Walmart shopping trip and picked up Bagel Bites and Delimex with these coupons (Bagel Bites and Delimex).  

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Turn a crowd favorite of cheese Bagel Bites into a delicious maple bacon flavored treat.  Bagel bites are made with  real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g trans fat making them the perfect afterschool snack.  Being the bacon lovers that we are, I cooked up a few slices of maple bacon on a pan in less than five minutes.  Crumbled them up and topped them on our three cheese bagel bites.

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Tie in the delicious Delimex taquitos with a simple queso dip and you have variety that all your family will love. We opt for a simple snack time that takes us a total of ten minutes to pull together.  It’s delicious, filling and after school snack time is a breeze.

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Creating tradition with cards for kids

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It’s here the week I have been dreading all summer. Tomorrow marks the first day of school for my kindergartner. I am a wreck about the entire situation.  It seems that most of my friends are updating their facebook statuses about the countdown until school starts, and how they will finally get their adult lives back.  I am sitting here still deliberating homeschooling my little guy, less than 24 hours before his big day.  I really am not ready to give him up for seven hours a day, but my fears are bigger than that.  My sweet boy has spent the last five years of his life with me.  I worry how he will transition being with 15 other kindergartners.  Will he be the talkative one, the one that can’t sit still, the one who has a major meltdown because recess is over?  What will this say about me and my parenting?  Will his teacher know that I have spent endless hours worrying about how he will adjust.  Will her patience run thin, because my boys attention span is shorter than a toddlers at times.  Could I possibly drive this poor teacher to consume endless glasses of wine at night?

All fears I have thought about.  My focus finally turned to making this transition as fun and special as possible for my little guy.  As many times as I have poured out my love and admiration for him on my blog, I decided I would start creating tradition with good luck cards for this new exciting chapter in his life.  He will be learning to read before I know it.  

I made my weekly trip to Walmart and found a great selection of Hallmark poster cards that are specifically for kids.  Not only can I write a sweet sentiment for my little guy, but it is also filled with a great surprise.  

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The trick to making a good luck card extra special is not taking them with you to shop at Walmart for your poster card.  When I surprised Brody with his Hallmark card when we got home from meet the teacher he was genuinely excited about the card sitting at his bedroom door.

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Kids cards are inexpensive and make great keepsakes to remind the kids in our lives that we are rooting for them.

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He already found a great spot on his door to remind us all to “let today be epic”.

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Hallmark Card Rewards Program will earn you rewards for the Hallmark cards you buy at Walmart.  For every 5 cards you buy, you’ll earn a reward.  So next time you are at Walmart pick up a few just because poster cards for all of those great moments.  

Make sure you check out Hallmark Kids Cards for yourself. 

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Fall in Love With HEB Beauty

Disclosure: sponsored by HEB beauty.

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It’s the countdown to fall and I am more excited by the minute.  I used to think South Texas fall weather was crazy.  Cold mornings, hot afternoons, repeat but backwards the following day.  But how lucky are we that we can transition our wardrobe rather easily.  No need to completely rule out sleeveless peplums and my favorite boyfriend jeans, because truly the weather cools just enough for us to layer and rock our favorite boots. The change in weather is an excuse for my to peruse the HEB beauty section and  upgrade my beauty essentials.

It’s all about warmer hues and rich colors for fall and I have a few must haves you will want to score at your next HEB shopping trip.

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NOT YOUR MOTHER’S Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner – I am obsessed with this spray in and forget about it spray.  My husband has stopped me quite a few times, because it smell soo good.  From stepping out of the shower, this leave-in conditioner is magic to my tresses.  Not to mention it’s clinically proven to help your hair grow stronger and longer faster, what’s not to love about this stuff.  

L’ORÉAL Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Light Infusing Prime – I live by primer, it’s been the base to my makeup routine for years to get flawless skin.  I am also a fan of that glowing luminous skin, that is almost always un-achievable.  It’s that iridescent glisten that some women naturally achieve.  I have found it in this little bottle of Studio Secrets Magic Lumi, it’s a light infusing primer.  Use it under your normal makeup routine.  It’s a lightweight brightener, I would suggest using it minimally on your cheekbones to brighten your face.

REVLON ColorStay Moisture Stain –  All day stain is the way to go if you run a busy day, with no time to reapply. I can literally apply in the morning and go on about my day.  Mid-day I can touch up to add the top layer of shine, or let it be and still have the stained moisturizing look.

REVLON ColorStay Shadow - Create your own custom palate with these perfect eyeshadows.  I love the onyx, and slate hues that will help you achieve a smoky eye for fall. Go subtle with an all over lid color or get an evening look with your custom palate.

OPI Isao Paulo Over There - Mocha and mauve unite for this hip Brasil inspired hue.  I love this transitional warm color for fall.

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Do you have any HEB must haves, I should know about?

 

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Operation fall in love with mom style.

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I love the transition from summer to fall. I love a warm color palette, layers and comfortable styles.

This year will get a lot more complicated for my family.  I have made the decision to send Brody to elementary school as opposed to homeschooling him. AJ is still part-time homeschooled, attending co-op classes twice a week. With three different schools to be at every week, Domi still home with me, after school commitments and working in-between; we are already seeing the pull to be everywhere at practically the same time.

I have been sorting out my commitments and preparing for how our days will change.   Working from home and homeschooling meant I could get away with just about anything in the clothing department.  You may still find me in my yoga pants, but I realize that my comfortable attire is just that. My attire is extremely dressy or extremely gym wear, with not much that can transition easily.

Enter operation fall in love with mom style.

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Four items I can’t live without this fall.

Leggings 
Leggings aren’t going anywhere soon. My number one tip is to try them before you buy them. Too loose, too tight, see through leggings are a definite no. Dark hues will go best on all body types.  Find a pair that aren’t bunching up around the thighs. Leggings should be worn with a long top that isn’t tight.  Chambray’s that cover your bottom, larger sweaters and tops.

Ankle Boots 
Wear them, love them.  Ankle boots are all the rage and add a trendy chic feel to just about any outfit.  Wear them with leggings, skinny jeans, dresses and skirts.

Jewelry 
A great bold black watch and dangle gold earrings will dress up a pair of leggings and denim styles.

Smart Phone 
My phone is my life line. It’s my calendar, alarm, emergency contact, and a long list of other awesomeness. I have found my favorite phone of all time in my Samsung Galaxy S5 . Not only is it a sleek phone, along with my Cricket Wireless coverage I get more for less.  Like no contracts, unlimited talk, text and data.

 

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Back-To-School Essentials Tanger Outlets San Marcos

Thanks to Tanger Outlets San Marcos for facilitating a gift card in exchange for this post. 

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Are you ready for back-to-school?  Brody is hitting a new milestone and entering kindergarten this year.  I am excited and sad that my little guy is growing up.  I mean where did my baby go and why did summer just fly by?!  I am going to miss our days together, so excuse me while I let out a good cry or two the next couple of weeks.  I fought with the idea of private school, public school and homeschool.  Ultimately public school was the best fit for us and I bit the bullet and registered my five year old two days ago, can we say procrastination.  I then sat pondering all of the back-to-school necessities Brody will need.  Seriously I am a last minute person, always have been.

I convinced Brody to take a little trip with me to Tanger Outlets in San Marcos,Texas.  We embraced the idea of of back-to-school, because who doesn’t love to go shopping for back-to-school essentials.  Backpacks, new shoes and fall threads…  oh my.

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Brothers – polo and khaki shorts | Naartjie Kids – button top and jeans | Journeys Kidz Sperry boat shoes | Abercrombie Kids  polo and shorts | Old Navy plaid button up| The Children’s Place jeans | Old Navy Outlet  shirt and shorts | Disney Store water bottle | Famous Footwear Outlet Nike backpack 

 

Back-To-School Essentials at Tanger Outlets San Marcos

Backpack

Our back pack of choice was the Nike Hayward Futura Backpack found at Famous Footwear outlet.  I wanted something sturdy that will last through the year.  We love the size of this backpack which isn’t overwhelming for my kindergartner, but also is big enough that he can carry his essentials, lunch box and a light jacket in.   

Water Bottle

I was surprised to see a water bottle on my kiddos school supply list.  We found this awesome Planes sports bottle at the Disney Outlet store.

Shoes 

We ended up with four pair of shoes, because my little fashion forward kiddo has a love for shoes of all things.  A good pair of tennis shoes will suffice, but if you are looking for a pair of dressier shoes that also look great with casual outfits opt for a pair of Sperry’s or converse.  We found both at Journeys Kidz Outlet.

Shirts 

Tee shirts, button shirts and polos, all essentials when you are looking for a back-to-school wardrobe.  We opted for 10 new shirts.  Two dressier button down shirts, three polo style shirts and five tee shirts that will go with just about anything.  All go well layered and will fit right in to his current wardrobe.  Old Navy, The Children’s Place, Abercrombie Kids had the best deals on long sleeve and short sleeve shirts all at ten dollars or less.

Bottoms

Being in South Texas means we have a lot more hot days, than we do cold days in the fall.  We still need shorts in our wardrobe and jeans are the ultimate essentials.  Six new bottoms will last us most of the year.  Three pair of shorts, 4 pair of jeans and three pair of khaki’s and dress pants.

Tanger Outlets in San Marcos has all of the stores and name brands we love with the best deals.  Stop over to the Tanger Outlets site now and get your coupons. 

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KidSTYLE Fashion Camp & Tour at Tanger Outlets San Marcos August 31st 

Bridgit Mendler Free Concert 

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 – TANGER OUTLETS SAN MARCOS

1pm – Live musical performance by Campfire Soul 
2pm – Bridgit Mendler in concert followed by Q&A session
3pm – Meet and Greet Autograph Session 

 

See you there. 

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