Splurge / Save – Not What You Might Expect

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Kohl’s and Bloomingdale’s are carrying remarkably similar baby bodysuits. I want your opinion on this.

So, when you think of Kohl’s you probably think save and when you think of Bloomingdale’s you probably think splurge.

Am I right?

Think again.

Here’s what I found while looking around on the internet for baby clothes.

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Bloomingdale’s $20

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Kohl’s $30

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Bloomingdale’s $20

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Kohl’s $26

What do you think? Remarkably similar, no?

I found this quite funny, and definitely unexpected.

First Comes Baby Then Baby Fat Comes Off With FitTea PostNatal

 

Now that I’ve had a baby, losing the baby weight is not the easiest thing to do! I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about if you’ve had a baby before.

So… if you, like me, are a mom looking to lose weight post baby– you aren’t alone. I gained over 40 pounds while pregnant! And I just don’t feel like myself. While most of the weight does shed once the baby is born, your post baby body needs help. Eating less just isn’t going to cut it, especially when you feel hungry and still crave things for what seems like all the time. Plus the key, for me, is getting the wieght off, and keeping it off. I would like to get back my pre-baby body as soon as possible.

Statistics Show That 95% of Dieters Won’t Lose Weight (and Keep It Off) with Exercise and Food Alone

This is where FitTea PostNatal FatBurner comes in, it’s a herbal supplement that will assist you in getting rid of stubborn baby fat. Read about the benefits of using this product here.

This product is perfect for me because I’m breastfeeding, which burns calories, so I’ll be doubling my fat burning when taking this supplement! If you’re looking for a safe way to  increase your metabolism, burn fat, and even increase milk production FitTea PostNatal FatBurner might be the product you’re looking for.

Some highlights:

  • Increases your energy levels
  • Produces more lactation
  • Thermogenic fat burner
  • Contains NO caffeine or stimulants
  • Supports healthy weight loss

More:

You’re eating for two, which means you have to know exactly what’s going in your body! This 100 percent, all natural formula is safe for you, safe for your baby, and will make it easier to lose those stubborn pounds.

Their formula is not only safe, it’s great for moms that breastfeed! When you take FitTea Postnatal supplements, you’re actually increasing your milk production which means you’re:

INCREASING HEALTHY ANTIBODIES FOR YOUR BABY

BUILDING YOUR BABIES IMMUNE SYSTEM

INCREASING LACTATION—PROVIDING MORE FOOD FOR YOUR BABY

While FitTea’s PostNatal Fatburner is safe for use in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, remind your readers that it’s always wise to check with their doctors first.

So, I had a baby…

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And when you have a baby, especially if it’s a c-section (I know, because my first one wasn’t a c-section and it felt like it was so much easier to recover) you need something extremely comfortable to wear, and I mean extremely because everything hurts. This is especially true for undergarments– thank you too! Seriously, these underwear are (and have been) a life saver. But they’re awesome for anytime use, of course.

I had the pleasure of trying the hipster underwear in pink, and the bikini underwear in black (both pictured below) and I loved them (and highly recommend)!

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What’s really wonderful about too is that they will donate 1 pair of underwear, for every pair you purchase, to a woman’s shelter. So shop there for a good cause.

Expecting? Supplet!

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I just had a baby, and although that is joyous (yay, sleepless nights!) there are so many things we need when the baby comes (and before!). Companies that cater to expecting (and new) moms are awesome, which is why I want to cover my review of a wonderful subscription box called Supplet. This box is super helpful, and is chock full of products that mothers can use.

My box had helpful samples to introduce baby appropriate products to me– they also included a full size bottle of Bundle Organics juice (these juices are OBGYN recommended). It’s a nice surprise coming home to a box of goodies specially tailored to your needs.’

How it works:

“When you sign up for Supplet, every month you or your gift receiver will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products for mom-to-be or mom. Our goal is to delight and excite every mom–to-be and mom with a beautiful box filled with healthy and premium products that will help her and her baby live better. If you want to buy more of a specific product or gift a favorite item to a friend, we’ll give you exclusive opportunities to order more products at a great rate.”

They offer a 1, 3 and 6 month subscription.

“Inside each supplet box is a collection of curated goodness that will complement one of the most important times in a woman’s life.”

In addition, they have a store where you can shop their hand selected products.

Expecting? Just had a baby?

Supplet is perfect for you, give it a try! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

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Free Spring Fling Welcome Box for New Maven Subscribers

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It’s been a long winter and just in time for warmer temperatures and sunny skies, Julep has a new Maven subscriber welcome box offer that you will love. Fun brights and a top-notch beauty bonus is what you will receive in the Spring Fling Welcome Box and it’s free for new Maven subscribers (a $58 value). As a Julep Maven subscriber, you get first access to trend setting colors and top-rated beauty products every month in addition to plenty more perks such as:

  • Julep Maven is affordable. You get over $40 of full-size products in every box for just $24.99 per month.
  • Julep Maven is flexible. Once you are a Maven and have paid for your first box, you can skip a month if you need to or you can gift your box to a friend – you have choices.
  • Julep Maven is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don’t like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don’t want.
  • Mavens get benefits all month long at Julep – like 20% off Julep.com, free shipping, early access to secret sales and more – imagine what you can save on your shopping!
  • A Maven subscription is also a great gift for the nail polish and beauty product lover in your life.

Join Julep Maven and get the Spring Fling Welcome Box FREE! ($58 value) Just pay $2.99 shipping Enter the code SPRING at checkout.

Three Signs That You’re Ready for Plastic Surgery

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When it comes to plastic surgery, timing is an important consideration. Undergoing cosmetic surgery during the cold winter months may seem ideal in terms of recovery. Baggy sweaters and scarves can mask swelling and other tell-tale signs of surgery, and holiday time off can double as recovery time. But the truth is, there is no perfect month or time of year for undergoing plastic surgery; whether or not you’re ready for undergoing plastic surgery; whether or not you’re ready for plastic surgery depends on several other factors that aren’t seasonal.

The first step in determining when or if you’re ready for surgery is consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the experience and knowledge to help you figure things out. Through candid discussions, you and your doctor can identify if the timing is good, or if there are reasons to postpone surgery for another time. Here are a few additional aspects to consider when planning your cosmetic surgery.

Mental and Emotional Stability

While most individuals who decide to undergo plastic surgery may have been considering it for months or years, there are a few who make the decision impulsively or for the wrong reasons. An experienced plastic surgeon will determine whether a patient is pursuing plastic surgery logically and rationally, or making a rash decision or attempting to please another person.

During consultation, an evaluation of different factors such as your expectations, general demeanor, and personal motives are essential to providing an accurate assessment of whether surgery is right for you.

Physical Health

A qualified surgeon will take all reasonable steps to rule out any potential health factors that could interfere with a successful operation. For example, if you have a few extra pounds you plan on losing, a doctor might advise you to hold off on a liposuction procedure to achieve optimal results. Medical conditions such as diabetes or lifestyle factors such as smoking must also be accounted for. According to the website of Dr. Kouros Azar, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks, California, overall health is important whether you’re having a simple breast augmentation or a complex multi-stage procedure. “All patients are carefully screened for medical problems that might contribute to problems during plastic surgery. These problems are either addressed or avoided prior to surgery as much as possible.” Looking out for your health, safety, and satisfaction is in everyone’s best interests.

Financial Security

If you’ve ever made a major purchase, maybe you’re familiar with how much goes into the decision-making process. Because undergoing plastic surgery isn’t a hasty (or cheap) decision, one could categorize a cosmetic procedure as an investment. However, it isn’t a necessity, and no one should put themselves in a financial bind to pay for plastic surgery. While it is possible to finance all or a portion of your surgery, ideally you should have money set aside to pay for at least part of the bill.

So, are the cold winter months the best time of year to have plastic surgery? Contrary to what the marketers would have you think, each patient has his or her own “best season,” and that’s whenever they are prepared mentally, physically, and financially.

Popchips Healthy Snack Options

As a mother, I like to think of healthy (and fun) snack options for my 5 year old and for the family, because if we eat healthy, we instill healthy eating habits in our kids; which is a great goal to have. My daughter eats a snack and lunch at school, often we are challenged in what to send her as a snack. We have gone through the veggie and fruit options; carrots and ranch, fruit bags, you name it– she’s had it. Often she eats them, which is great, but after having had the same thing over and over a few weeks at a time, she’s become tired of it. Kids like junk food (as do adults!)– she’s a big fan of chips and cookies (and who can blame them?) cookies are often decorated with colorful icing, chips have yummy flavors like Bar-b-que, and the list goes on. But we would rather she (and we) ate healthy.

Popchips are a healthy, good for you snack, that you can dress up as a fun snack for school and at home– for the whole family to enjoy. Why are they healthier? They are un-fried, contain good high oelic oils (High oleic oil is high in unsaturated fat, low in saturated fat, and has no trans fat.) giving them all the flavor and half the fat!

Yet they are loaded with flavor!

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And lucky for me, they have barbeque (my daughter’s favorite flavor)!

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Learn more about these delicious snacks here

Some snack ideas:

Pick a popchip flavor, put some tomato sauce on top and sprinkle a little bit of cheese heat it up, and voila, you’ve got yourself (or your child) a mini pizza!

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Sweet treats:

Popchip chocolate and marshmallow sandwich, quickly warmed up, for some almost campfire goodness!

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Or simply send them to school as a yummy side to any sandwich.

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Grab a bag and dig in!

This post is sponsored by Popchips, opinions are my own.

Shopping Season Survival Kit GIVEAWAY

Shopping Season Kit

The frenzy of the ultimate shopping season kicks off this month with Black Friday! Running around in crowds while checking off your holiday shopping list, means two things – getting frizzy and overheated.
Don’t lose your cool, Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths, and John Frieda Hair Care and Tools have got you covered.
The kit includes (as pictured above):
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths
John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum
John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Cream
Conair Ionic Brush

Make sure to tote these products in your hand bag this shopping season to keep yourself cool and your hair under control, on the go!

One reader will win a kit– please leave a comment below explaining what you would do with your kit, and how you anticipate that it can help you during the shopping season!

GOOD LUCK!!!

Last day to enter is December 8, 2014 midnight PST.

Creating a winter wonderland garden for the kids

As the magical time of year fast approaches and the first icy chills of winter start to send shivers down the spine, it’s time for you to think about how you can create your own special garden for the kids during the run up to the festive season. There’s nothing to stop you from creating an enchanting experience – nothing except your imagination!

Getting started

You’ll find it’s always a good idea to have a plan, so take the time to think through what you want to achieve. It’s easy to buy a whole heap of fun things to decorate the garden, but consider how you want it to look before getting cluttered up.

Although where you live will obviously have an impact on temperatures and the likelihood of snow, you can design your winter wonderland garden to make the most of whatever the conditions are.

Winter brings out the bare bones of a garden’s design, so the structure will emerge looking very different from other seasons. Think about symmetrical lines and curves of your trees, hard landscaping and topiary. You could create a line of pleached trees with entwined branches to make a covered alleyway and stimulate the kids’ imaginations with your secret path “underground.”

By using strategically placed evergreens such as yew or box, you can topiarize them into low symmetrical hedging or, if your clipping skills run to it, create some winter figures out of the plants. Practice makes perfect, so draw out your ideas to begin with, keeping them simple. Maybe a row of rotund snowmen could emerge, or a few stars.

Winter color

With the bright blazes of summer and autumn gone, winter color can be simple and attractive, a cool palette delivering a composition of greens and whites, with vibrant reds interspersed.
Red makes a real splash when the scene is frosty, the color a perfect contrast to the whiteness of frost and snow and an eye-catching complement to the white and green flowers and trees. Do your winter flower research carefully – there are plenty that will flower in the cold. Consider planting some small conifers (they don’t all grow to huge heights!) and add that extra touch of magic to your garden.

Decorations

Try stringing lines of lights or rope lights between trees that will sparkle through the night, and get some silhouettes that you can use indoors or out. Reindeer, snowmen and holly are always popular, and you could always push the boat out and have Santa in his sleigh. For authenticity you’d have to have eight reindeer!

If the snow has stopped, you could always check out Pat’s snowthrower parts and get a machine that will make it seem as if it’s still snowing, a real delight for the kids.

Looking after equipment

It’s easy to forget, but your garden tools need to be looked after properly. Leaving them out in the cold and snow may damage them, so make sure you bring everything into the shed and clean and dry them ready for next year.

As your design plans come to fruition it won’t be long before you and your family are walking in your very own winter wonderland.

Trending in the crowd: Tips for attending concerts in style

For many of us, going to concerts is a great way to socialize and to get to see the bands that we love at the same time. Being able to see your favorite band live is an opportunity that should not be missed – who knows when you will get another chance to do that? There are some people who regularly attend live gigs, even if they are not sure about the music, simply because they prefer to listen to music live than via a CD or on the radio. Going to concerts also means that you can showcase your fashion skills and dress to impress.

Concert fashion tips

Everyone wants to look stylish and feel great when they go to a concert and some people will choose to emulate the style of the band or singer when they go to their shows. If you want to get noticed, a concert is the one place where a lot of effort needs to be made to help you to stand out from the crowd. Copying the style of your favorite musicians is fairly easy – you simply keep an eye on the type of things they wear – most of this will be easy to find in stores as retailers know that musicians help to set trends. However, you also need to remember that thousands of others could be thinking the same way as you, and you will blend into the crowd rather than stand out from it. You could simply take inspiration from what they do and then give it your own individual twist if you want to create a look that is all your own.

What to wear

You need to feel comfortable when you go to a concert, after all, you could be on your feet for a few hours. One tip is to consider your footwear first. Do you want to wear heeled shoes? Think about how comfortable these are going to be after a few hours on your feet. A good alternative is boots. As there are different styles available, finding one that fits the ‘genre’ of concert that you are attending should not be a problem. Avoid open toe shoes – with concerts there are always lots of people and the chances of being trodden on are high!

Remember how warm it is going to be in the venue – do you really need a coat? A light jacket should be enough – the last thing you need is to be carrying around a bulky item.

Jeans are a practical item – they are comfortable and will go with almost any top that you choose. Jeans will also fit with any genre of music – standard skinny jeans for pop or you can go for slashed jeans for heavy metal.

Consider a T-shirt as your top, no matter what the genre of music. It will be warm in there and a cotton top will help to keep you cool. Again, as they are available in different styles, fitting one to your music genre should not be a problem.

No matter whom you are planning on going to see, from Justin Timberlake to hip-hop artists, getting the right look should not be difficult. With a little effort you can be comfortable and stylish at the same time.