Month: July 2012

Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

If there is one thing that all moms have in common–it’s laundry. Piles and piles of dirty laundry. That task that is never ending and time consuming. I always find it funny that everyone seems to do & sort their laundry a different way-this became […]

Everyday Solutions For Moms

Everyday Solutions For Moms

  Mompact is back with a new great bundle of products! These might look pretty familiar as I’ve done reviews of many of them. Twooth Timer Review  ~ such a great, fun way to get kids to brush their teeth for the right amount of […]

Mamavation Monday ~ Back Again!

Mamavation Monday ~ Back Again!

After completing the 2 Week Challenge I decided to take a bit of the break from the scale and tracking for a few different reasons. The main one was that hubby had the time off and it also contained 3 of the 4 birthdays in our family.

We had a great time hanging out, organizing and decluttering, and getting appointments and things that have been hanging around on the to do list done.

I’m happy because even though I didn’t work out except for twice during the 2 weeks I was able to maintain my weight.

Today is my first day getting back into our normal routine and I did workout this morning. It’s always amazing how fast you loose that muscle :S I’m happy to be back to working out though!

Lately it keeps popping up everywhere that when it comes to weight loss it really is more about what you eat than how much you workout. I know for me this is super true-especially with this last 10ish lbs I’m trying to ditch. Now than all the holidays and birthdays are behind us (for a few months at least, haha) I’m going to really try to crack down on the sweets and late night cravings!


Where are you at in your goals? I’d love to hear an update and if you have anything that helps your cravings. I just came across this blog post on what your cravings mean and thought it was a great one!

The Power of Giving and How It Leads to Success and Happiness

The Power of Giving and How It Leads to Success and Happiness

I recently talked about how I’m moved by Random Acts of Kindness. Growing up in a Christian home I came to appreciate and learn to practice the art of giving. After all the Bible teaches us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” […]

Quality Kids Clothing with a Carefree Attitude

Quality Kids Clothing with a Carefree Attitude

In addition to organizing our closet these past weeks I also took the opportunity to go through and par down all of the kids baby and outgrown clothes. While many baby and kids clothes are adorable there are things that need to go into consideration […]

Makeover Your Man {and you!} By Organizing Your Closet

Makeover Your Man {and you!} By Organizing Your Closet

During hubbies time off recently we spent several days prepping for our upcoming move. Being in the military has kept us used to regular moves and the decluttering that goes into them.

This time we both decided it was time to get rid of a bunch of our older clothes. A surprising result of this was that in doing so we both re-discovered old favorites that had been lost in a sea of crammed clothes.

Another thing that we were both able to do was take stock of what we actually have, really wear, and what we need. Now that our walk in closet isn’t stuffed to the gills we can actually see what is there and available to wear.

 When you have a closet stuffed full of clothes and still have the “nothing to wear” syndrome it’s probably a sign you just need to get rid of some clothes.

With the purging behind us we both realized that some of our staple items–like underwear–was super battered and needed replacing! 7 years into marriage it’s easy to slip into that easy, comfortable, who cares type of relationship-but it’s good to shake out of that every once in awhile and add some fresh new things in your life–clothes are a great place to start!

So off we headed to Target! We decided to take a fun family trip together and pick up all sorts of things. Isn’t that the awesome thing about Target? You can get everything you need there!

For hubby we found the Mario Lopez MaLo Underwear right away in the Men’s Fashion section of the store. They had this nice end cap display and there was a large variety of #MaLoUnderwear to choose from even for a small display! One thing that I’ve always liked about Target is the quality of clothes that they provide for the value. Hubby is hard to buy clothes for since he’s 6’7″ so for his shirts and pants we often have to shop at clothes that cater to such TALL guys so it’s super nice that we can catch a break on things like underwear, haha! 

After picking up the essentials we had a ton of fun wandering around and playing in the accessory section (hehe) Who knew that buying new underwear could be so much fun?!

Hubby is a lot like me in that he won’t sacrifice fashion for comfort. We both agree that you should be able to have the best of both worlds! I think that with his new purchases of some cute polos and his mix of comfy t-shirts, jeans, and plaid shorts (plus the snazzy new underwear) he has a great new and refreshed closet that really highlights who he is-my awesome, fun, studly hubby!
Are you looking to treat your hubby to a makeover? Be sure to check out MaLo on Facebook and Twitter
Malo Underwear

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Bausch + Lomb Biotrue Challenge & My Ugly Duckling Stage

Bausch + Lomb Biotrue Challenge & My Ugly Duckling Stage

I went through an “ugly duckling” stage. I think most people do. You know-that awkward stage when you look back and photos and cringe? Mine consisted of big glasses, braces, and big bangs. Right around the time I turned 15 I was able to ditch […]

Five Easy Steps to a Fabulous Guest Bathroom

Five Easy Steps to a Fabulous Guest Bathroom

With summer vacations and playdates in full swing you’re likely to have many more visitors needing to use your restroom-whether for a quick potty break or for their 2 week stay. If your family is like mine your main access bathroom also doubles as your […]

Bag It Forward this Back to School Season

Bag It Forward this Back to School Season



Don’t let the sweltering days fool you–school is just right around the corner! Although Amber will still be doing preschool with me this year the church that we go to runs a wonderful, if small, Christian school. When I heard about the opportunity to contribute to BagItForward.org by donating a bag (or in our case box!) of quality school supplies they immediately came to mind!


Knowing that the best deals can be found at Wal*Mart me and Amber headed on over. (check out the fun we had along the way in our Google+ Album!) When we got there I wasn’t disappointed–the prices were crazy low– 50 cents for a box of nice quality crayons and $1 for markers? Awesome! I was thrilled that we were able to fill our cart with enough for 4 students, and a few goodies for the teachers, for under $20.



At the display I found information about the Elmers 1st Day App download.  It allows you to take and upload pictures and for each For every photo uploaded, Elmer’s will donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation(KINF) (up to 200,000 products). If that’s not reason enough for you to download (and I hope it is??!!) X-Acto Desinger Series and Walmart are offering a chance to win a trip for four to Disney World!  Entry form can be found on the 1st Day App site



My little budding artist decided she wanted to help me get the donation all ready so we turned it into a several day long craft! Amber loves to paint so we started off with that!


She refers to Sunday School as “my school” so the entire time she was jabbering about how excited she was to send the “presents” to her “teachers”.  We’re both looking forward to when everyone gets back from their vacations so we can bring it to them!


This was such a fun, easy, and inexpensive project–Amber and I both hope you’ll catch the bug and choose a teacher or student to #BagItForward to as well!

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10 Tips for Clothes Shopping Online

10 Tips for Clothes Shopping Online

If you’re my Facebook friend this picture will look awfully familiar as it’s my new profile pic. I’ve gotten SO many compliments and likes on it-so thank you! 😀 Want to know my secret? Everything I’m wearing I got online! As you know you can […]