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    Someone Needs to Say it- We Put too Much Pressure on Nap Time!

    “Just do it while your kids nap.”

    Why is that everyone’s answer to everything?

    Working at home Mom? Just work while they nap. 

    Need a nap yourself? Just nap while they nap. 

    The house is a mess? Just clean while they nap.

    Have 34 loads of laundry to do? Just do it while they nap. 

    Need some you time? Just do it while they nap. 

    Need to catch up on your shows? Just watch them while they nap.

    The bathrooms need to be cleaned? Dishes washed? Floors mopped? Beds made?  Emailed replied to? Book club book read? Political campaigns managed? World hunger solved? JUST DO IT WHILE THEY NAP. 

    I don’t know who it was that decided that nap time was the solution to every mother’s problems. But it’s not it cannot possibly be.

    I don’t know about your kids, but my kid is actually a really good napper. He’ll nap 2-3 hours every day. That’s a good chunk of time. And yes, I can usually get a thing or two done, but that’s it. One or two things. And my kid naps for 3 hours! It’s usually enough time to either get a blog post typed, or clean the house. Not both. And certainly not more than that.

    And Moms, if you want to take nap time to nap yourself, read a book, catch up on This is Us, or just sit in the quiet with a HOT cup of coffee and the chocolates you had hidden in the freezer because you didn’t want to share, that’s okay too!

    Take the pressure off of your kid’s nap time. It’s not always the time to hustle or stress yourself out. Your house doesn’t have to be immaculate by the time your kids wake up. They’re just going to destroy it again anyways.

    xoxo.

    It’s All Fun and Games Until Your Jeans Don’t Fit

    Disclaimer: Thank you to Pink Blush for sending select styles for this post. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    Unfortunately, pregnancy often means buying a whole new wardrobe. One day, you’ll wake up and nothing will fit you. Your old body will be a thing of the past and it’s time to embrace the bump! This isn’t my first rodeo, so luckily I had a lot of maternity clothes packed away that I could dip into. However, I really wanted some new nice things to help me feel pretty and confident during this pregnancy. During my last pregnancy, one of my favorite places to shop was Pink Blush. They have such cute maternity clothes!

    Pink Blush offers clothing for every stage of motherhood. Maternity, delivery robes, nursing, and postpartum. Their women’s line is awesome and I shop from there all the time when I’m not pregnant (Check out last years Fall Style with Pink Blush here). I love that they have something for no matter what stage of life I’m in. My bridesmaid’s dress from my sister’s wedding (almost 2 years ago now), and my baby shower dress from my pregnancy with Sawyer were even Pink Blush.

    Both my best friend and my brother are getting married this year so I wanted some nice things to wear to all the showers, parties, and rehearsal dinners I have coming up. I got 2 really pretty maternity dresses from Pink Blush.

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    The Newest Great Wolf Lodge Location- Why it Excels

    Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary 2 night stay, meals, and activities during the Great Wolf Lodge opening celebration in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.

    Last weekend, we had the incredible privilege of checking out the newest location of the Great Wolf Lodge- Colorado Springs!

    3 years ago, construction began on what was supposed to be a grand hotel and convention center. Unfortunately, the project was scrapped, and the future hotel sat there, unfinished, for almost 2 years. Finally, the Great Wolf Lodge came along and decided to buy the property for their newest location. Because construction on the hotel had already been started, that gave Great Wolf Lodge room to be creative with the extra space.

    Because the convention center space had already been built out, Great Wolf Lodge decided to utilize it to create the first “dry” adventure park in the Great Wolf franchise. This was by far a highlight of our stay. Great Wold Lodge offers adventure passes that allows you to experience the Adventure Park. The Adventure Parks offers attractions such as a full arcade, mini golf, a climbing wall, a ropes course, the creation station, a bowling alley and MagiQuest. The addition of the Adventure Park provides entertainment for days, making it so you truly never need to leave the resort during your vacation.

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    4 Ways to Pamper your Pup!

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheDogumentaries #CollectiveBias


    Dogs are family too! And it’s important to show your dog that they are loved. Bennett was surrendered when he was 18 months old and we rescued him 6 weeks later. He has horrible anxiety and doesn’t like being left alone. He needs a lot of love and reassurance, As most dogs do. We cannot communicate with them with words, we have to show them we love them with our actions.  Taking good care of them is one of the best things we can do for them. We like to keep Bennett looking his best by feeding him good food, giving him regular baths, and making sure he gets exercise. We want Bennett to be the best in show!

    Bennett was our first baby. We adopted him after we had only been married a few months, and before I got pregnant with Sawyer. He got a lot of love an attention when he was an only child! And, now things have changed. A lot. And it’s important that he knows how much we still love him. Bennett is the best family dog, and he loves Sawyer so much (and Sawyer is borderline obsessed with him). He’ll sleep in Sawyer’s room with him, and play with him, and lick his face when he cries. Sawyer shares his food with Bennett and insists on holding the leash when we take him on walks. Seeing their relationship flourish is such a blessing to me.

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    Grove Collaborative January Picks

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Visit my disclaimer page for more information. 

    I know, I know, its February 3rd.

    But January was a really hard pregnancy month (#firsttrimesterproblems), and I took a lot of naps and my little corner of the internet had to go on the back burner to my nausea and fatigue.

    But now, I’m in my second trimester and my energy is back! Mostly. So I’m catching up, and you’ll get 2 Grove posts this month.

    If you’ve never heard of Grove, head here!

    This month I had some really great finds! I got a Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning set, Method All Purpose Cleaner, Method Dish Soap, and a Grove All-Natural Hand Sanitizer.

    The Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning set is by far my favorite purchase this month. The lavender scent is heavenly, but I really can’t get over the adorable carrier!

    It’s great for transporting my cleaning supplies from under the kitchen sink (where I keep them), to wherever I need to clean that day! It can hold quite a lot! Cleaning spray, paper towels, a swiffer, glass cleaner, and more! It makes cleaning the upstairs a lot easier, and it’s just so cute!

    My Mrs. Meyer’s all purpose spray ran out last month and although I didn’t have any problems with it, I decided to try something new and opted for Method instead (what fun is monthly ordering if I get the exact same things every month, and never try anything new?). The scent is grapefruit and it smells so yummy!

    I did get more Method Dish Soap, just like always. But I’ve been trying a new scent every month and I have to say- I don’t like this one as much as previous ones! I’ll switch back to the fruity scents next month.

    The hand sanitizer smells amazing and I love that it’s free of harsh chemicals. I keep it in my diaper bag for on the go diaper changes.

    Not pictured: I also got more Say Yes To Grapefruit Facial Wipes because I loved them last time! They make my face feel clean and fresh and my skin glowing. They’re great to keep next to my bed for when I’m too tired to wash off my make up.

    As always, if you want to try Grove for yourself, I’ve got some freebies for you!

    FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap and $10 e-pantry credit click HERE.

    FREE Seventh Generation Hand Soap and $10 e-pantry credit click HERE.

    And this is the really good one…

    FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap AND Dish Soap plus Free Shipping click HERE.

    All freebies and discounts will be automatically applied at check out of your order when using the links above.

    xoxo.

    Pack your Purse to Combat Morning Sickness and Pregnancy Woes

    It’s still that time of year. The time for sickness. Yuck. Especially the stomach bug! Just this past weekend we were out of town and my sister came down with it. But, even when it’s not that time of year, there are still a lot of things you can do that will keep you healthy.

    I’ve always had tummy issues. It’s caused me a lot of pain and sick days over the years. I’ve learned a good way to keep my gut healthy is by taking probiotics.

    What is a probiotic?

    Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

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    Chemical Free in 2017- Odors

    Disclaimer: I received these products in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. 

    Hello!

    My apologies that I haven’t been posting as often the past couple of weeks. This pregnancy exhaustion is getting the best of me. But I’m nearing the end of the first trimester and starting to get some energy back so hopefully I will be back to my regular blogging routine soon!

    I’m connoting my journey to rid my home of harmful chemicals into 2017. I made a lot of progress last year, but I’m not done yet! Today I want to talk about odors.

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