Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Not that Kind of Muffin Top... Quick & Healthy Breakfast

You guys, can we talk about mornings and breakfast for a minute? Who here thinks the whole morning routine with kids can get a bit crazy and overwhelming? Gone are the days when I made full pancake and egg breakfasts before school for my kids, ha. Yes, even with 3 kids I would try and make a hot breakfast every morning before school because I wanted to know they were getting a healthy and full meal before school. But that just didn't quite work out in the long run and we've had to rethink this whole healthy, quick and easy breakfast ordeal. Since I feed my kids pretty healthy foods and worry that they're not getting enough of the vitamins and nutrients that they need to be strong and awake during the day, finding the right food choices, especially for breakfast, isn't always easy. That's why when I found something that was a healthier option, something they would eat, and was quick to make, I jumped all over it! 

Let me introduce you to my new favorite breakfast option in our home. VitaTops MuffinTops are seriously what we've been missing in our mornings. Not only are they the best part of a muffin, but they are easy to heat up and come in many delicious flavors. These quick treats that I don't feel guilty about eating or serving to my children are low fat, high fiber, and only 100 to 150 calories. Plus, they are made with only clean and simple ingredients. Each VitaTops MuffinTops has its own unique health benefits, from organic ingredients, flax, chia seeds, protein rich or gluten free. 

We've tried a few different flavors but our favs so far are Deep Chocolate and Wild Blueberry. Lukas loves the Wild Blueberry and has one every morning, whereas Jakob loves the chocolate choice and sometimes has one as a snack. That's what is so great about these VitaTops MuffinTops, that they are perfect for busy mornings or a snack on the go. Some other flavors that are available are Superfood CranBran, Protein Banana Chocolate Chip, Protein Lovers Chocolate, and Peanut Butter Chip.

I found my VitaTops MuffinTops at Target! You can find yours at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop, ShopRite, or Target locations. And right now you can use this >>COUPON<<< to save on your next box of VitaTops MuffinTops

I'd love to know if you've had the opportunity to try VitaTops MuffinTops yet and what you thought of them... or if you're planning to! IF so, please use the >>coupon<< and read more about each flavor and what's inside. And I wish you all a successful morning/breakfast routine! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Valentine's Date Night {Style} Ideas

Can you believe that Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away?? What are your plans? A romantic date night with your man... a girls night out with your lady loves... staying in with the family and having a family Valentine's night? I know for me, I haven't had a proper date night on Valentine's Day in years ha. I guess that's what happens after 10 years of marriage and three kids. To me, a Valentine's date doesn't have to be a romantic one, but one where I'm with the people I love. Whether I'm going out on the town, you know, dinner and drinks, or catching a movie with the family after making them a meal full of love, I know it makes me feel good to look my best. 

I've put together a little wish list of all the looks I want for Valentine's day date night. I haven't figured out what I'm doing yet, but I want to be ready. I've been searching through Century 21, an online department store that I've recently fallen in love with. This store has everything for my family and the styles I wear. You know how sometimes you find a look online and when you go to the site there is really nothing else that catches your eye? This is sooooo not the case with Century 21... I literally could get everything in the women's department. So whether you're staying in or going out, have a look at some of the Valentine's Date Night ideas I've found...I'm sure something will catch your eye! 

Now tell me, what would you wear for your Valentine's Date night??

This post was sponsored by Centery21 Department Store. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

My Secret Weapon to Detoxing My Skin

Happy February! I hope this post finds you well and happy. Today, I'm bringing you my new favorite exfoliant and detox skin care products. I say new because I was just recently introduced to these products and the brand, but have really fallen in-love for so many reasons.

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask might be my new skincare obsession- and I don't say that often. I've shared before how much I enjoy exfoliating my skin and how important I think it is to find the right exfoliant for your unique skin type. Exfoliating and purifying your skin is so important, not only for the overall day to day look and feel of your skin but for long term health. And let me just say, I think I've hit the jackpot.

For starters, I've never used a skincare product with activated charcoal so I was really excited -I've heard such good things. I wash my face with the Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, which leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. The activated charcoal works like a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and environmental toxins. I will say that even for someone like me, who uses some sort of scrub daily, I could feel the effects of this scrub. It wasn't harsh at all but very effective. And it smells really pretty, too.

Next, I use the Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. It's a thick mask that you can spread all over your face and neck, and gentle enough to use daily. You just apply, wait for the whole thing to dry, then rinse. It also smells great and works really well at making my skin feel deep clean. I also noticed a slight smooth appearance and glow right after drying my face. I'm kind of obsessed!

Derma E and the Purifying Collection are something to talk about, and here's why... It's eco-ethical beauty. All their skin care products are 100% vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free, gluten-free, soy free, recyclable, and do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil or artificial colors. Derma E is committed to your health, well-being, and the natural environment. It's truly honest-to-goodness skin care.

So tell me what you think... Have you used Derma E skincare products before or heard about how eco-ethical they are? I'm curious to try all their product collections, there are so many to choose from!

Have a wonderful day!! 

This post was sponsored by Brandbacker. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Motherhood Got Me Feeling a Little...

You guys, I'm having a total 'mom moment' right now, so be forewarned. I don't know what's been going on in the stars lately {maybe I should ask my mom} but my emotions have been all over the place. Can you relate?? I mean, one day I'm totally content and loving life and thinking everything is how and where it should be, then the next, I'm thinking nothing is how it should be, everything's a huge fat mess, and why should I even bother caring! It's exhausting.

I know we have all been there, mother or not, it's just an adult female thing that we do. However, when you throw motherhood into the mix, it get's a bit amplified. Now, I've been dealing with these batty mommy mood swings for over 10 years, so you'd think I'd have them under control by now. Ohhh no my friends, time doesn't seem to be a factor in the "mom's having a meltdown" period of life. It can just as easily happen to an experienced mom as it can a new mom, with no one being more surprised than the experienced mom, amiright?!

Let's talk about what's been happening to me as of late. Maybe it's this never ending winter or the fact I have only seen my dear friend, the Sun, a handful of times over the last few months but I'm starting to get a little... agoraphobic.... and not in the fun, let's stay home and lay in our jammies and build blanket forts and watch Netflix all day way. More like the kind where I'm searching for survival gear on Amazon and shutting the blinds when it's still light out and having the kids all fall asleep in the same room so I can see them all, kind of way.

I can remember each time I brought my babies home from the hospital and having a little bout of agoraphobia. I mean, I think that's a totally normal thing after you have a baby, right? But waking up one morning with three non-newborn children and thinking, "Hey, the world is a pretty crazy place, we should probably not leave the house for a while because something horrible is going to happen," while simultaneously planning your next family holiday abroad, is a smidge nuts. And while fighting the urge to lock everyone up in the basement {that's where the playroom is, I'm not really cray}, I have to act like the spunky, do it all mom I usually am, while slowing dying inside. Does anyone else have this problem?? Please tell me someone else goes through this. Because let me just say, this is not my first time dealing with these overprotective emotions that are seriously kicking my ass.

When you've got three kids who are all busy with activities throughout the week, there leaves very little time in the day to actually just sit and give in to these anxieties. And even if I could muster up a way to get my kids to be at home with me, where I could keep a watchful eye over them, they'd never let me. With school, sports, music lessons, playdates, church class and everything else we have planned during the week, these three little people who are the reason for my anxieties and wacky mommy moments, are the same three reasons I get out of the house each day. Kind of a twisted joke.

I'd love to hear how you deal with these emotions and if you've dealt with these sort of anxieties?
Have a wonderful week!