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7.06.2018

4 Mom Hacks to Help You Live Your Best Life



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So, let's be frank, embracing being nearly 30 with my toddler in tow has been a real balancing act. I'm constantly debating with myself if heels are ever really worth the effort or if pants are really necessary at all times... I wear shirts that are covered in slime from breakfast covered hands giving me a hug and I often times sport a mom bun as my formal updo when leaving the house.


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It's not like I don't love this stage of life, because I do. But I'm also dealing with hair in unwanted places, a mom pooch that I can't seem to get rid of no matter how much kale I eat, I get drenched in sweat every time I walk outside like I'm having a hot flash, and fly away "baby hairs" are pretty much all that's left of my once full head of hair. These are the parts of motherhood that I didn't necessarily think about when I agreed to this whole parenting thing... I feel like I got conned.

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Obviously I'm being facetious, being a mom is my greatest joy and I wouldn't change a thing... even all of these baby hairs and these hot flashes are worth it when I feel my baby girl give me a hug or say "mama, wuv ya". That being said, I'm gonna dish out four of my "Mom Life" hacks to hopefully help you live your best life -

Mom Hack 1: Let's address how this all began, with me asking if heels are worth the effort and if pants are really necessary... and while the jury is still out on the latter, the former proves to be a yes. Heels are always worth the effort, but my suggestion for those mamas that are also uncoordinated (like myself) is to check out wedges. They provide just enough extra support to make walking in them a breeze... and they are still just as cute as heels!

Mom Hack 2: Now, let's chat about that sweaty, hot flash feeling that I mentioned. I'm fairly certain it's just a mixture of being older and this dang Florida heat but I'm hotter than a you know what in church nearly every time I leave the house. Instead of worrying about how I smell or if I've smeared deodorant on my favorite dress, I just grab for Degree’s UltraClear Black+White Dry Spray Deodorant.


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Not only does Degree UltraClear Black + White Spray go on clear and leave me smelling fresh for 48 hours, it protects my clothing against yellow stains or the dreaded white marks that I only seem to get when I'm wearing black and in a hurry. It also lets out an extra burst of freshness when I need it, which is pretty much every single minute of the day in Florida.

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Mom Hack 3: My next mom hack is all about you. It's time to find something you like to do... and do it. I know it sounds simple, but if you're a devoted mother like myself, you know it's often difficult to peel yourself away from Doc McStuffins imagination play with your toddler and go work on something you like doing instead... but I promise you, it's good for both of you to play.

I'm not saying you should take up bar hopping or spend hours away from your children, I'm just simply suggesting knitting while Judy plays with her Barbies or spending a few minutes each day learning how to edit photos in Lightroom while Joey plays with his toy cars. It's really important to find something you love doing and do it - that time spent getting creative or learning a new task is rejuvenating and your little one will benefit from it as well.


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Mom Hack 4: My last mom hack is one I've definitely taken to heart... and that is - photograph it all. They aren't kidding with you when they tell ya life flashes by in the blink of an eye. I swear, some days it feels like we were just discharged from the hospital and then I look at my almost two year old and wonder where the time went. Luckily I've taken her photo almost daily, with at least my cell phone camera, and uploaded all those memories to an external hard drive to make sure I never lose them.

I can't preserve time, but I can help bottle up a tiny bit of the memories and share them with her in the future and I fully intend to photography her daily until she refuses to let me do so.

So, tell me, do you have any "mom hacks" that I need to hear? I'm always looking for ways to make life easier, especially now that I'm hitting my dirty thirties. Haha. So dish out some ways you've found to make this motherhood thing a little easier in the comments below.

6.25.2018

My Favorite Carb-Conscious Meal: Smothered Turkery Burgers & Carrot Fries


This post is sponsored by Jennie-O but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Summer is here and you know what that means; I'm working on my summer body... well, kind of. While I'm trying to get a little more active than normal, I'm still my regular ol' foodie self - but I'm realizing rolls don't necessarily look great in a bikini, so I'm doing my best to try and make smart choices when it comes to meal time. I guess you could say I'm not "dieting" but I'm watching what I'm eating.

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I mean, eating vegetables, even if they are fried, is still eating vegetables, right?

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That's why I'm sharing a couple of my favorite recent recipes with y'all today. While this meal is incredibly tasty, it's also better for you - which makes it one to add to your "make again" section of pinterest.

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So what am I dishing up today? JENNIE-O® Seasoned Turkey Burgers smothered in delicious pineapple sauce, served on a bed of cabbage, & the side of the century - fried baby carrots!


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For the pineapple sauce recipe you will need:

1/2 pineapple - cut & grilled
1/4 cup white onion
2 tbs cilantro
1/2 lime
2 tsp brown sugar
4 cup water
1/8 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 1/2 tbsp coconut vinegar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

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To make the sauce, cut and grill your pineapple, then blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Now just saute and stir the mixture, on medium heat, until it meets a gravy-like consistency.

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Let cool in fridge while you start the JENNIE-O® Seasoned Turkey Burgers on the grill & prepare as instructed (which means cooking to at least 165*F), then get the carrots started with the items below:

2 cups of baby carrots cut into long halves

For the dry dip, mix these items all together in one bowl:
3/4 tbsp bread crumbs
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste

For the wet dip, mix these together in another bowl:
2 eggs beaten
4 tbsp milk

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Once cut, you'll want to dip the carrots in the dry mix first, then the wet mix, then the dry again. Line up on a baking sheet covered with wax paper until all carrots have been dipped. Fry in peanut oil at 350* degrees until crisped on the outside, which took our fryer about 6 minutes. Let cool a few minutes and serve.

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Now it's time to plate everything, which means you may want to add these delicious extras to your burger, although they aren't at all necessary - they do add to the over all flavor and provide a nice little boost:
Slices of Gouda Cheese
Slices of Avocado
Cabbage Leaves for buns
A small amount of Cilantro to garnish

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You'll just smother your turkey burger in the chilled Pineapple Sauce, once melting the cheese, and add an array of CARROTS that taste like delicious pockets of love to your plate & ENJOY!


So tell me, what is your favorite meal to make when you are watching your carbs? I'd love to add some additional recipes that still taste amazing without sacrificing my diet, so please share some of your favorites!

6.21.2018

Live Your Best Life - Learn How You Can Live a Better Life in Seconds!


This post is sponsored by Activia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

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Let's be honest, most days I'm struggling to make sure Delainey and I both have pants on and our hair brushed whenever we leave the house. I'm pretty much a mess, even if it's hidden under a layer of foundation and a cute dress. I think all mamas with a toddler at home can probably relate.

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She's going through this phase where she says "no" to almost everything, she has an opinion about things she never even minded previously, and on top of that, she's testing boundaries like it's her full time job. Basically, we've hit the terrible twos at 21 months old.

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It's equal parts amazing and challenging to watch her learning and growing, she's becoming such a sassy, independent soul that is fearless and awe-inspiring, yet she still needs to be with me anytime I'm behind a closed door. I guess this is what parenthood is all about... the sweet moments come along with the sass. I'm just learning to deal with my mini-me and it's eye-opening, no doubt.

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Speaking of eye-opening, I'm going to address something embarrassing... I've kind of let myself go as a mom... For a little bit there, I was eating what I wanted without regard, I wasn't sleeping much since I'm running the blog and Bloomology, and I hardly ever allowed myself time for me, I often share tips on how YOU can make time for yourself but I was having a real tough time taking my own advice... but now I'm working on that AND I'm not just saying that.

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Starting this month, I've made a real effort to take a few seconds for me... each and every day. Wondering how you can take just SECONDS from your busy day and literally change your life? Here's one way I've found to treat myself and I think you should try this as well.

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This goes without saying, but life is better when you learn to embrace the moment... sometimes that can be difficult without putting intention behind it. So lately I've been taking a deep breath and really taking in the view around me as I drink my Activia Probiotic Dailies.

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Whether I'm at the beach and sipping one of these beauties as part of my breakfast or I'm spending time on the patio after dinner and enjoying a "dessert" that helps my gut, I'm a huge fan of these Activia Dailies and recommend all mamas add this tastiness to their routine. I also think every mama needs to take a deep breath & learn to embrace the moment while enjoying their Dailies, it's just good practice! I've been doing this for two weeks and I've noticed a difference, in my body and my spirit.

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Are you in the same boat as me? Struggling with a tough toddler? Kinda feeling lost in motherhood? Start bettering your life with one tiny change at a time... adding Activia Dailies to your busy day and taking the time to take a deep breath shouldn't negatively effect what you're able to accomplish each day but it could help you be in the right mind to accomplish even more. So tell me, what do you do each day to better yourself?


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6.19.2018

The Baby Bird Boutique - Friday Drop Shopping Tricks & Tips!


This isn't news to you, but we're huge The Baby Bird Boutique fans.

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D has been promoting the brand and wearing precious rompers, peplums, and dresses since she was tiny and  we will be lifelong supporters of the mama bird behind this shop who has been with us through so many milestones. She inspires so many and I'm just lucky enough to have had the chance to learn a little under her wing.

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I've recently shared a few posts involving our favorite brand and dishing out the deets on mama bird, but you know what I've failed to do... TEACH you how to shop the brand.

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Wait... what? I know you're thinking you know how to shop... but if you're new to this small shop, you should probably pay attention. The cuteness factor makes these babies sell like hotcakes... and I'm also going to share how you can snag some epic discounts.

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First, let's chat about how to navigate the website - TheBabyBirdBoutique.com is where the magic happens. You'll want to be present at 10:00am central time, refreshing the website, and be ready to cart! If you want to get something, don't hesitate... I've had items PULLED out of my cart while checking out so be quick!

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Navigating the site quickly is a little tricky though, only because Dorie has so graciously sorted the collections in a multitude of ways and when you're in a scramble to cart. This is fabulous if you are leisurely shopping, but on drop day, it's nice to have a clear path mapped out to get what you are wanting. The quickest way I've found to access the Friday "Drop" is to click on the "Drop" tab under the shop tab. That's where all the newbs will be hiding out and they are always AMAZING and often fly out of the store.

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With that said, if you need a solid for an upcoming event or you're in a hurry to complete the perfect #ootd, then check out the other tabs and see what is in store. But, be mindful of the season and order accordingly, solids are only available in certain shades to coordinate with the season, so don't expect to snag your red white and blue during the fall. As for right now, you can get your hands on some of our favorites - including coral and turquoise and this weeks blue floral drop is TDF... so I suggest you go ahead and cart your solids before Friday's drop and have them ready & waiting for you to check out with the new blue floral!

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Which leads me to my next BBB bit of advice - always spend $50+, then you save on shipping! I'm a firm believer on spending more on clothing than spending anything on shipping. I'm a goof like that... but surely I can't be the only one who feels this way? With that said, I know you're probably a huge fan of coupons as well... so don't forget you can  score an epic discount with the code DELAINEY!

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Speaking of discounts, if you happen to be a member of The Baby Bird Boutique VIP page or following The Baby Bird Boutique page, you probably have noticed mama bird HOOKS US UP on the regular with discount codes... including flash sales and access to epic coupons regularly! If you aren't on the bandwagon yet, I suggest you "like the page" and join the group... these discounts are amazing and you'll often catch special sneak peeks of upcoming collections!

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So tell me, what kind of Baby Bird Boutique posts would you like to see here on the blog in the future?

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Also... this isn't necessarily related to carting your next The Baby Bird Boutique items, but if you're a fellow die hard BBB fan - it's time you consider repping for the best team ever. The Baby Bird Boutique is seeking new members for their rep team and your babe could be the next one. Check out the BBB instagram before 6/25 for all the details and follow the directions to a TEE to be entered for the chance to be a member of this epic team!

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