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5.27.2016

Bargain Shop From Your Phone with PatPat!

Thanks to PatPat for sponsoring today's discussion, regardless all opinions expressed below are my own.


With a little baby on the way, I've been trying to cut corners and save a dollar anywhere I can. From scouring through second hand stores to browsing online sales, I've always got my eyes peeled for the best deals and I've luckily been able to save us quite a bit of money!

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Since my eye for sales is super strong, I'm also trying to find the best apps to search for deals while I'm on the go. From using coupons while checking out at department stores to finding new ways to shop, I like to think I'm on the up & up when it comes to using my phone to score a bargain! That's why I've been using PatPat for a while now and when they asked me to share my love for the app with you, I knew I had to share my little secret...

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PatPat is an app that has changed the way I shop for our little gal. Instead of having to search high and low for the best deals on cloth diapers, I can simply click on the app and find a great variety of styles! I'll be honest and admit I bought 3 the day I found out I was pregnant... if you're a fellow cloth addict, you know it's hard to not buy a stash of adorable diapers for a great deal!

http://www.patpat.com/category/Diapering?category_id=150

Plus, I love that I'm always able to find an excellent bargain on clothing whenever I want to buy adorable & unique clothes for our little baby girl and my nieces & nephews!


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They don't just specialize in baby items though, PatPat has a whole section dedicated to women and our passion for fashion! From the cutest maternity clothing to the best swimwear, I can always find something adorable to add to my wardrobe!

http://www.patpat.com/category/Women?category_id=166

The fun doesn't stop there for adults though, they also have a beauty section... which is how I found the app! When I was browsing for beauty blenders I had a friend recommend the app and I instantly fell in love, with stellar deals on items you could spend an arm & a leg on elsewhere... Any beauty product junkie will be overjoyed when they find the items they've been searching for at a great discount!

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While everything is usually sold at a great price to start with, another reason I love PatPat so much is the Flash Sales they offer. Sometimes you can score a dollar amount off, sometimes they run specials on just diapers but the sales are amazing, it all depends on the day and all you have to do to snag the sale is click on the app!

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Interested in seeing what PatPat has on sale today? You can download the app for Apple here or for Android here!

5.26.2016

Trendy Headbands for Your Little Fashionista from Rug Belly Boutique!

BIG thanks to Rug Belly Boutique for sending over a handful of headbands to include in my Baby Shower Gift Guide, regardless all opinions expressed below are completely my own!

These adorable accessories for your baby and toddler are the perfect way to make sure your little diva always looks like a true fashionista! Find out more about Rug Belly Boutique...

If you've been following the blog, then you know I'm expecting a girl in September... which means I'm also stocking up on clothing and accessories because that's what every little diva needs in her life, right?!

These adorable accessories for your baby and toddler are the perfect way to make sure your little diva always looks like a true fashionista! Find out more about Rug Belly Boutique...


While there's a million different items I want to stock up on before my princess arrives, I knew I needed to add a few adorable little headwraps and top-knot headbands to her growing collection of cuteness! So when I found Lauren's Rug Belly Boutique on Etsy, I instantly fell in love!

These adorable accessories for your baby and toddler are the perfect way to make sure your little diva always looks like a true fashionista! Find out more about Rug Belly Boutique...

Her shop is full of the cutest, trendiest hippie-inspired headbands on the market and I love that my little girl will look like a true fashionista while she's sporting her new headbands from the shop!

These adorable accessories for your baby and toddler are the perfect way to make sure your little diva always looks like a true fashionista! Find out more about Rug Belly Boutique...

Ranging in size from 0-3 months all the way up to 4T (with custom sizes available as well), you can rest assured Rug Belly has the style of headband you'll want for your little darling for years to come! Plus, the super soft fabric won't be a bother to your babe's head, a huge win for both you and your little!

These adorable accessories for your baby and toddler are the perfect way to make sure your little diva always looks like a true fashionista! Find out more about Rug Belly Boutique...

Not only does Rug Belly sell some of the cutest headbands, they also carry some pretty adorable rompers! I guess you could say Rug Belly is a one stop, ultra hip shop for all little divas needing to accessorize and I'll be honest, I can't wait for my girl to be here so I can make sure she's always rocking one of these adorable and super soft headbands!

These adorable accessories for your baby and toddler are the perfect way to make sure your little diva always looks like a true fashionista! Find out more about Rug Belly Boutique...

Are you interested in staying up to date with your new favorite accessory shop for your little gal? Follow Rug Belly on Instagram and be sure to add Rug Belly boutique to your Etsy favorites today!

These adorable accessories for your baby and toddler are the perfect way to make sure your little diva always looks like a true fashionista! Find out more about Rug Belly Boutique...


Interested in finding more awesome items for babies and new mamas?
Click here to check out my Baby Shower Gift Guide!
http://www.laurenpaints.com/p/baby-shower-gift-guide.html

5.23.2016

Host the Perfect Brunch & a Simple Breakfast Potato Bowl Recipe!


Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!
We've been blessed with warmer temperatures and sunny weather almost everyday in Florida as of late, so it's pretty safe to say I've got brunch on my mind. It probably comes as no surprise that I took the time to host an adorable and delicious brunch recently and I'll tell you right now, the items I served did not disappoint!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

From delicious delights like donuts and fresh fruit to mason jars full of Milo's Cafe Style Tea, my brunch guests were treated like royalty and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

If you're thinking about hosting a brunch soon, I don't mean to toot my own horn but this spread is the perfect way to impress your guests and serve up something that everyone will love.

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

So what do you need to make your brunch as spectacular as this? It's actually pretty easy to prep for a party like this.

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

I grabbed a fruit tray, the ingredients for my delicious breakfast potato bowls, fresh flowers, and Milo's Cafe Style Sweet Tea and Green Citrus Tea at Walmart!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

Wondering where you can snag this new, fresh-brewed tea in your store? You'll find bottles of this super affordable, organic tea in the refrigerated juice & dairy section, because of it being all-natural it must stay chilled! It actually comes in light versions too, for those of you watching your figure! The light versions are made with the perfect blend of organic cane sugar and stevia, to give you the same great taste without all the calories!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

While I was on my way home, I also grabbed a few donuts and pastries at a local shop to add to the spread... because you can't host a brunch without having some super sweet goodness on the table!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

Once I was home, I set the table with bright springy colors, added the flowers into a pitcher, filled a drink bucket with ice for the tea, filled each mason jar with the home-made tasting Milo's Cafe Style Sweet Tea & Citrus Green Tea and got everything else together for the brunch-tastic occasion!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

As I mentioned above, I made some delicious breakfast potato bowls to serve during brunch... and boy, were they a hit! You can find my recipe below and beware, paired with Milo's Cafe Style tea, you are in for one of the most delicious brunch meals of your life!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!


Breakfast Potato Bowls


Ingredients:
8 medium russet potatoes
1/4 cup chopped sweet pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 tbsp olive oil
6 eggs
1 tbsp milk
6 slices of bacon, cooked thoroughly and chopped somewhat finely
1/2 cup cheddar jack cheese
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp garlic
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper


You'll begin making these beauties by preheating the oven to 475 degrees.

Next you'll want to microwave all of the potatoes for approximately 9 minutes, then flip them and microwave for about 7 more minutes. Take the potatoes out of the microwave and let cool.

While you're waiting for the potatoes to chill, saute the chopped sweet pepper in a medium sized skillet. Once the peppers have softened some, add in the chopped onion and olive oil and allow the mixture to simmer until the onions are becoming clearish.

The next step in the recipe is to beat all of the eggs and the milk together. You'll want to add in the bacon and then pour the mixture into the pepper and onion scramble.

Now that the potatoes are likely cooler, cut each one in half and scoop out most of the inside, setting it aside in a large mixing bowl.

In the mixing bowl, add in the cheddar jack cheese and whipping cream, stirring vigorously. Pop this mixture in the microwave for just about 20 seconds or so and continue onto the next step.

Put skins face down on the pan and lightly add olive oil to each one.

Now in a small dish combine the garlic, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper and dust this mixture over the lightly oiled potato skins and bake approximately 8 minutes or so.

Take these beauties out of the oven and we're almost done!

To complete the recipe, add some of the potato mixture you removed and made earlier, top this with the egg scramble mixture and sprinkle with a nice amount of cheese over the top.

Place these back into the oven for around 4 minutes and serve!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!

Now that I've shared my brunch and all the deliciousness that went along with it, I'd love to know what you enjoy most while you're brunching? How will you celebrate summer with a glass of Milo's Cafe Style Tea in your hand? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

Hosting a brunch is a piece of cake with these simple instructions for the perfect brunch and the recipe included for Breakfast Potato Bowls is amazing!


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #TastetheMilosDifference  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

5.19.2016

The #1 Rated Car Seat: Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip

Thanks to Chicco for sending over this gorgeous seat to facilitate this review, regardless all opinions expressed below are completely my own.

Picking out the right items for baby is tough, find out why the #1-rated car seat is the best of the best!

I'm guessing I'm not the only first time mama (or parent, for that matter) that wants to do everything by the book. I'm searching high and low for safety ratings, the latest information on all the products I get for my girl, and I'm even asking my friends and family for their recommendations when it comes to what we need to make sure she's healthy and safe.

Picking out the right items for baby is tough, find out why the #1-rated car seat is the best of the best!

Whenever I heard that Chicco wanted me to review one of their amazing, highly-recommended car seats, I knew I couldn't say no. As a #1 rated car seat, it was easy to fall in love with this beauty, especially in the dashing emerald shade with a colorful and fun zipper!

Picking out the right items for baby is tough, find out why the #1-rated car seat is the best of the best!

For added style and convenience, the zip-off canopy, the zip-on visor, and the zip-around boot make this a car seat with gorgeous detail and the perfect accessories!

Picking out the right items for baby is tough, find out why the #1-rated car seat is the best of the best!

What makes this car seat so amazing? The ReclineSure® Spring-Loaded Leveling Foot is a great place to start describing the amazing-ness. This feature is included to help achieve proper base angle in vehicle seat. Another reason to fall in love with the Chicco KeyFit Zip is the SuperCinch® One-Pull LATCH Tightener, this feature applies force-multiplying technology to help achieve a tight and secure fit with a fraction of the effort!

Picking out the right items for baby is tough, find out why the #1-rated car seat is the best of the best!

If you have a super small baby, this car seat is a great option too. Supporting babies ranging in weight from 4lbs all the way up to 30lbs, this car seat is versatile and a great option to allow your darling to grow with.

Picking out the right items for baby is tough, find out why the #1-rated car seat is the best of the best!

This car seat really offers everything a new mama could need to keep her darling safe and since it's absolutely adorable, it's definitely the one I'll be putting in my car! Plus, with all the other amazing Chicco items, I know this brand and more specifically this car seat is one that I'll be able to trust for a long time!



So tell me, which car seat do you recommend if you're already a mama... or if you're expecting, do you think the Chicco KeyFit Zip would be a good fit in your life? I'm excited to hear what you have to say in the comments below!

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