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How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

 

As a parent, the most important thing you will do in life is raise your children to become good people. To teach them respect, honesty, ethics, hard work and responsibility is your number one job. I believe in a strict household with rules and high expectations but I also believe that is crucial to build a strong bond that stems from laughter and fun. A strong bond takes time, patience, acceptance and enthusiasm. One day these little people won’t be your responsibility anymore and they will be building families of their own. I want my kids to remain my best friends forever and I want to share some tips and secrets to build that bond with your children.

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Tips To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Where do we start in the journey of creating that strong bond with your child? It starts day one. All those diaper changes, cuddling, feedings do more than just keep this tiny human alive. You are building trust amongst your children and showing them affection. The baby phase is the easiest time to build a bond but when they start having their own opinions on life and start to push you away for other activities or friends, is when it can be more difficult. Here are some tips to remain close to your children:

  • Remember that your child is their own person with their own beliefs and own interests. My son is really into academics and not the best athlete. My daughter is already on her way to be an athlete. They are complete opposites personality and interest wise. As a parent, you have to treat each child as an individual and learn to love what they love. Okay, well maybe you won’t love it all but learn to respect and support their interests. You want them to play football but all they talk about it chess club, let them join the chess club and learn to play yourself. If there is a chess event, attend it with them. Your child won’t be that ideal you had in your head the day they were born. You probably are not raising a professional football player (dad’s, I am talking to you) but if you show that constant SUPPORT towards their passions in life, they will grow into an even better person that you imagined. I believe that 100%.
  • One on one time goes a long way! If you have more than one child, this is a crucial thing you have to do to create that strong bond we all want. Give each child at least one hour every week of your undivided attention. By the way, put down your cell phone during these times! Here are some ideas:
    • Have a “date night” with your child. Let them pick a restaurant and have a meal together to talk and catch up. This does not have to be fancy. My son picked McDonalds for years and it was perfect. Ask them all about school and their friends. See if they need anything. Is there an event at school coming soon that they want to attend? A new sport they want to try? Do they need some new clothes? Give them the opportunity to talk to you one on one about anything and everything. This can include big important discussions like drug awareness or something little like what type of socks they need replaced. The goal is to make sure they know that this time is to talk about anything on their mind, big or small, and to ensure all their needs are being met.
    • Play a sport that they love. My son and husband both love golfing and is the perfect activity for them to get time together. Shoot some hoops at the park, play catch or kick a soccer ball. You can get some exercise in, have a little talk and come home chatting away about the friendly competition.
    • Go to the movie theater and let them pick the movie. Grab lot’s of snacks and enjoy just being next to each other. I like movie time because they get to choose a movie that they are interested in and there is always a good talk in the car afterwards about how awesome the movie was and why they liked it. This is important. You are learning about your child’s interests and what makes them laugh or have emotions towards.
    • Take them to the zoo, museum, amusement park, or aquarium. Somewhere that they have interest  in to walk around just the two of you! They love to point out certain things that catch their attention or share something that perhaps they learned in school recently that is relevant. This time is great because nobody is competing for your attention. You are there and completely focused on them.
    • Walk the dog around the neighborhood together. These one on one times don’t have to cost you a dime. Take a long walk together to talk and joke with each other.
  • Take time daily to talk. Ask how there day was when you pick them up from school or sit next to them as they are completing their homework to see if they need help with anything. Just a couple minutes every day to say hi and see what’s on their mind. Typically, it is a generic response of “fine” but sometimes there is something important on their mind that they want to discuss like a classmate that isn’t being very nice or a frustration they are having. I also like to sit down together as a family during dinner and everyone talks about their day for a moment. Ask everyone in the family what the best part of their day was. This gives your child the opportunity everyday to have “the floor” so to speak to voice their opinion.
  • Allow your child have their own opinion. Let them voice their opinions. Hear them out. Assure that you acknowledge what they are saying. You don’t have to agree with them. Hear out why your toddler needs to eat this entire bag of candy before bed. Hear out your teenager on why they believe they can stay out all night. Then, tell them why it is a big NO. The important part is hearing their opinion and reasoning, and acknowledging their thoughts on the topic. Sometimes, their opinions are good and you can agree. Sometimes, it is ridiculous. Either way, you are teaching them how to have a healthy conversation on a topic where both sides don’t agree (we could use more adults in the world with this skill).

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Secrets To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

I gave you some of my best tips to build a stronger bond. My tips take patience, time and consistency. Now time for some of my secrets!

  • Share inside jokes with your children. Inside jokes aren’t just for the older kids either. Pay attention to what your kids are laughing about. Maybe everyone was dying laughing during a certain part of a movie. Take a home a quote from the movie and put it on repeat.
  • Be silly with your children. Build a blanket fort with them or play dress up. I don’t care if my child is 16 years old, we are totally building blanket forts! Why? Because it’s silly and fun. Learn to laugh with your children. Don’t always be on the outside observing; get in there and play, laugh, and bond.
  • Prank each other. Go all Ashton Kutcher on your kids and Punk them. Nerf gun wars are frequent in this household. Get into teams and turn the house into a war zone. My two year old even participates. Team up with the kids to get dad as he walks in the door from work even. This is 10 minutes out of your day and the kids are dying laughing and everyone has a moment of fun. We all like to scare each other too.  If I hear little feet coming my direction, I hide behind something and jump out when they are near. The kids always get me back! Just keep your pranks family friendly and safe!

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

Raising children is a hard job. Building a strong bond with your children doesn’t come without a lot of effort. I believe that you, the parent,  has to be the dictator in the household. Ultimately, you make the choices and guide your children to become a productive adult. Your children also need to have fun and express themselves. I want a bond with my children that will last forever. I want them to be happy adults by finding what it is that truly makes them happy in life. How do you play dictator and best friend as a parent? Find a balance! Set aside time for your children to speak their minds, give them one on one time, allow them find what they are passionate about in life but also stay strict.

These tips start from day one of your child’s life and continue throughout the teen years. Start today if you haven’t already and watch your relationship with your children blossom!

Share your best tips for building a stronger bond with your children in the comments below to share with the Leggings ‘N’ Lattes community!

Thank you JCS Modern Day Photography for your wonderful photography! 

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

How To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Children

30 Outrageous Blackberry Recipes

30 Outrageous Blackberry Recipes

30 Outrageous Blackberry Recipes

Blackberry Recipes galore! I have a real love for blackberries. In smoothies, desserts, drinks or to eat plain or garnish a beautiful dish. Some people are getting into the Fall season already but not me! I am rounding up the best Blackberry Recipes to share with you all and they are quite perfect for the summer and going into the holiday season.

 

Blackberries and Cream Slider Doughnuts from Certified Pastry Aficionado. These look gorgeous and delicious!

[Click HERE for recipe]

 

No Churn Blackberry Ice Cream from Cincy Shopper.

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Blackberry Honey Butter from Our Family of Seven. I want to take a big bite of that bagel right now! Don’t you?

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Fresh Blackberry Mini Pies from An Italian In My Kitchen. These are just so darn cuuute.

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Blackberry Lemon Mint Julep from Striped Spatula. Refreshing and perfect summer drink.

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Blackberry Lime Cupcakes with Lime Frosting from A Cookie Named Desire. Get in my belly!

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Frozen Blackberry Lemonade from The Kolb Corner. Someone bring this to me now!

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Honeydew Melon and Blackberry Salad from Shiny Happy Bright.

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Blackberry Cake from Preppy Kitchen. I used this cake recipe last Mother’s Day and it is gorgeous!

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More Blackberry Recipes

Blackberry Crumb Bars from Serena Bakes.

Tangerine Blackberry Ice Pops from Mama Likes to Cook.

Blackberry Bourbon Crush from Syrup and Biscuits.

Blackberry Muffins from Syrup and Biscuits.

Blackberry Refrigerator Jam recipe from Ann’s Entitled Life.

Blackberry Passion Tea Lemonade from Ashley Brooke Nicholas.

Fried Blackberry Hand Pies from the Tip Toe Fairy.

Blackberry Cheesecake from Moore or Less Cooking.

Fresh Blackberry Mango Mojito from Diary of a Debutante.

No Bake Light Cream Cheese Berry Cheesecake from An Italian In My Kitchen.

Blackberry Prosecco Mojitos from A Cookie Named Desire.

Blackberry Almond Milk Smoothie from Midwest Modern Momma.

Gluten Free Berry Crisp from My Wife Can Cook.

Blackberry Cobbler from The Kolb Corner.

Blackberry Cream Cheese Danish from The Country Chic Cottage.

Blackberry Sorbet from Small Town Woman.

Blackberry Coconut Fat Bombs from Low Carb Yum.

Blackberry and Pistachio Cake Squares from All She Cooks.

Fresh Blackberry Lemonade from Wanna Bite.

Blackberry Martini with Coconut Rum from Healing Tomato.

Blackberry Coffee Cake from Joy Filled Eats.

 

 

Date Night with a Twist

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Date Night with a Twist

The husband and I just had an amazing Date Night with a Twist! With two young children at home and jobs and family and friends and the everyday chaos, we really don’t get out much. Time with just us two is slim to non existent. I found a really fun way to bring date night back with Painting with a Twist!

Painting with a Twist is a painting studio with locations all over the country. There are 2 hour classes offered with numerous types of classes from Luau Night, which is what we attended, to paint your pet and classes for children or even date nights. You can also hold private events like Birthday Parties or employee bonding out of the office.

Check out Painting with a Twist and find a location near you!

 

I am far from an artist. My husband has a little more skill than me in this department but you don’t have to be an artist to attend a class with painting with a Twist! I promise. Half the class had no idea what they were doing like myself but the instructor walks you through step by step so you can create a masterpiece. Well…. maybe mine wasn’t quite a masterpiece but close enough.  There was a second instructor walking around to give advice and answer questions too. Both the ladies teaching the class were so nice and made the night a great one.

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What really made our Date Night at Painting with a Twist over the top were the little things. You are allowed to bring your own wine, beer and snacks. I can definetly use a glass of wine when I get a couple hours away from the kids. No offense to my kids but they drive me bonkers. There is also a fun box with funny hats and other items to dress up and be a silly bit silly. The studio itself has paintings all over the wall that is really bright and inspiring. You get to pick your apron with funny saying and characters like my Ariel apron. The all around tone of the studio is so laid back and fun!

Everyone gets their own easel, canvas, 2 paint brushes and a variety of different colors of acrylic paints. In your online reservation, make sure to add in the names of people you want to sit next to if you are going with a group. This would be a great night out with friends or family for a truly unique experience.

My next Painting with a Twist visit will be with my oldest child and I can’t wait! This studio is child friendly and I know he will have a blast with me.

Visit Painting with a Twist to sign up for a class!

 

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Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough

Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough

Edible OREO Cookie Dough

Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough is the best of all worlds as far as dessert goes. Delicious cookie dough, crispy bits of Birthday Cake OREO Cookies, and fun sprinkles mixed into a very quick and simple treat. Oh my!

 

OREO is having an amazing My OREO Creation Sweepstakes that inspired me to make this Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough. One of my favorite vault flavors is the Birthday Cake OREO Cookies and I got to thinking, why don’t they just mix the Cookie Dough flavor and Birthday Cake for one insanely amazing OREO creation? The Birthday Cake Cookie Dough OREO Cookie. Well, my idea hasn’t been developed yet so I made my own delicious bowl of OREO yum and am sharing the recipe with you all today.

What if Birthday Cake OREO Cookies aren’t in stock because it is a vault flavor? That’s okay! Use regular OREO Cookies or try out another fun flavor in the recipe!

Check out the My OREO Creation post to get more information on the sweepstakes!

Click HERE.

This Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough recipe that I created literally takes 5 minutes to put together. Whip up this recipe as an after school snack, movie night treat, or because you just have a major craving for cookie dough. No eggs are in the recipe so it is completely safe to eat! I have to admit something though. I am that person who eats cookie dough with raw eggs while baking. I just can’t help myself. Besides this recipe having no raw egg, there is no need to bake, cook, or even turn on an stove which is golden during these hot summer months. All you need :

  1. Mixing bowl.
  2. Hand or stand mixer.
  3. Measuring cups.
  4. A few basic ingredients:
    1. brown sugar
    2. butter, softened
    3. vanilla extract
    4. salt
    5. flour
    6. milk
    7. Birthday Cake OREO Cookies
    8. sprinkles

Add brown sugar and the softened butter to your mixing bowl. Use the hand mixer to thoroughly mix. Add vanilla extract, salt, flour and milk. Mix well. Hand stir in the Birthday Cake OREO Cookies and sprinkles. Place in fridge to chill and then enjoy! If you want to use this as a dip, no fridge time is necessary. That is it! This is a recipe that your kids can help in the kitchen with. I used almond milk but any type of milk will do fine. Get the complete instructions and ingredient amounts in the recipe card below.

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Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk ( I sued almond milk)
  • ¾ cup chopped Birthday Cake OREO Cookies (6-7 cookies)
  • ¼ cup sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Add brown sugar and softened butter to a medium sized mixing bowl. Use a hand or stand mixer to thoroughly mix.
  2. Add in vanilla extract, salt, flour and milk. Use the mixer to blend well.
  3. Chop your OREOS.
  4. Add sprinkles and OREOS to mixing bowl and mix in using a spatula.
  5. Place in fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve.

 

So, what do you all think about my Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough? Can you see yourself enjoying a delicious bowl?

My OREO Creation

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My OREO Creation

My OREO Creation just kicked off and I am over the moon! You can call me a huge fan of OREO Cookies. Give me the Double Stuffed, Red Velvet, Birthday Cake, Minis…. I don’t care. I love them all!

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Wait…what? You don’t know what the My OREO Creation is? I am getting ahead of myself here. My OREO Creation is an awesome contest where you get to develop the next OREO Cookie flavor. If that fact isn’t cool enough, you happen to get $500,000 in cash and a trip to New York City. That’s a major cash prize, ya’ll.  I already have my new house, car and wardrobe picked out in my head over here.

Find out more about the My OREO Creation Sweepstakes!

Click HERE to enter sweepstakes!

No PURCH NEC. 50 US/D.C./PR 18+.
Enter by: 7/14/17. Rules:

 

My OREO Creation

For all those who have been following me here at Leggings ‘N’ Lattes for a bit, you know how much I love to cook and create new recipes. I feel like I am meant to win a contest like this. Here is the sticky part though: coming up with a NEW flavor that hasn’t been done. I was thinking about Cookie Dough. Doh! Done. Mocha! Done. Cotton Candy, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Shortcake, Cinnamon Bun, Blueberry Pie. All done before. There is even a Root Beer Float flavor.

For inspiration, I went to my local Walmart for a My OREO Creation in-store demo to sample some delicious OREOS and grab extra savings. There are 20 varieties of OREO offered at Walmart. 20! Holy cow.

 

My OREO Creation

As I walked through Walmart and picked up some goodies (shown below), I got to thinking about what my favorite OREO Cookies have been. Birthday Cake OREO Cookies and Cookie Dough OREO Cookies topped the list. Red Velvet is pretty high up there too.

Then, it hit me.

My idea was obvious.

I am creating a Birthday Cake Cookie Dough OREO Cookie with an infusion of the best.

By the way, I know you are eye balling that Jelly Donut OREO package. Oh yes, there is a genius out there that created these babies.

 

My OREO Creation

I would love to hear about your My OREO Creation idea in the comments below and don’t forget to enter the contest!

Keep in my mind I get 20% of your cash prize if your idea is developed over mine. Just kidding. You better send me a photo of the sweet ride you bought with that dough!

 

My OREO Creation

Better get back to enjoying my OREO Cookies. I mean, working. I’m working.

Catch you later mamas!

 

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This post is sponsored by OREO, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Sweepstakes: No PURCH NEC. 50 US/D.C./PR 18+. Enter by: 7/14/17. Rules:

Potty Train Your Two Year Old

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Potty Train Your Two Year Old

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We have officially made it to the potty training stage and it is slightly terrifying but exciting at the same time! My little girl is quickly becoming a big kid. I have tips for my fellow mother’s out there today on how to potty train your two year old. Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® is my biggest tool for making potty training a success! I am sharing with you signs that your child is ready to potty train, supplies needed and some tips and tricks to accomplish this big milestone in your little ones life.

Okay mamas! Let’s potty train your two year old.

 

Is Your Child Ready?

To begin, you need to determine if your child is ready to potty train. Most preschools will require your child to be completely potty trained before attending so I believe the sooner you can potty train, the better. Plus, kids learn quickly! At age of two, I believe most kids are ready to use the potty. Here are some signs that your child is ready:

  • You child wakes up dry consistently from naps and goes long periods through the day staying dry.
  • Your child acknowledges that they are going potty or need to go. Caitlin and myself have some awkward eye contact moments when she is going potty in her diaper and says “poo poo” while pointing at it.
  • Your child has an interest in the toilet and what happens while you are in bathroom. They learn from observation. Yes, having them tail you into bathroom while you go tinkle is a good thing. I do look forward to the day I can pee in peace though!
  • Your child may even want to go hide while going potty for privacy.

 

 

Yay! Your child is ready for the potty training phase so what now?

I explored my local Sam’s Club to find the supplies needed. You will need the right equipment and supplies to make potty training a success and it all starts with Pull-Ups! Sam’s Club is a great place to pick up Pull-Ups in large packs with really fun designs within the Diaper and Potty Training Supply aisle. Caitlin wanted the pink box and letting your child help pick out supplies will aid you in the potty training process.  Sam’s Club also offers their members online shopping, free pick up, and cash back for Plus Memberships. As a mom, I can tell you Sam’s Club is a necessity!

 

What you Need to Potty Train Your Two Year Old

  1. Pull-Ups. They wear like underwear to easily pull on and off with easy open sides for quick changes when needed. Plus, the Pull-Ups fade when wet to help your little one learn quicker.
  2. Child’s toilet seat. There are a lot of options. Some are on the floor and some cover your toilet like what I have shown here.
  3. Stepping stool for the regular potty. A stepping stool is also useful for hand washing in the sink.
  4. Flushable wipes to make wiping as comfortable as possible.
  5. Stickers. Never underestimate the power of a sticker! Give your child a fun sticker every time they successfully use the potty.
  6. Patience. Potty training takes time so be patient and consistent. Don’t get mad or upset. DO use words of encouragement, high fives and clapping.

 

Check out Sam’s Club by clicking HERE and get the supplies you need!

(Patience is not available online or in store. Yoga or meditation are recommended.)

 

Tips and Tricks

There are so many different tactics for potty training! Through potty training two children, I have found what works for us! I have just a few tips and tricks to potty train your two year old.

  • Start potty training on a week that is not crazy busy because the first few days will be time consuming and consistency is very important.
  • Start potty training in close intervals. Every 10 minutes, have your little one go to the potty to begin. This is a lot of work but when they begin to potty on the toilet, move out those intervals to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and so on until your child is voluntarily going to the bathroom when they need to.
  • Have a plan! Decide on your potty training tactics before the process begins to avoid confusion.
  • Let your child go without pants around the house. Just use the Pull-Ups because an extra layer of clothes can be frustrating for you and your child. Remember that your child is still learning how to put on and take off their own clothes so make it as easy as possible.
  • Positive reinforcement is huge! “Yay, you went potty! You are such a big girl/boy!” Words of encouragement will make the potty training experience fun for everyone. The stickers also help with the positive reinforcement. Let your child know how proud you are of them when they use the potty!
  • Go long lengths sitting on the toilet until your child goes potty. During the time, you can do activities like reading a book, practicing ABC’s, or playing with a small toy.

Visit the Pull-Ups® Potty Training Program to take a personality quiz and get more tips on potty training!

 

For the mother’s out there with a child in the potty training phase or have smoothly hit this milestone:

Make sure to share your best tips and tricks in the comments below!

Mom Style : PinkBlush Black, White, Grey Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress

Mom Style :

PinkBlush Black, White, Grey Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress

This shop was given this dress as part of the PinkBlush Ambassador program. This item was personally picked by me and all opinions are mine alone.

The PinkBlush Black, White, Grey Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress is a comfortable maxi dress that is a great staple for any closet. This dress is so lightweight and comfy! I don’t wear a lot of color and I am loving the colorblock shades with the black, white and grey. The dresses ties at the neck and cinches around the waist.

I can’t get enough of PinkBlush dresses and the trendy online boutique! Last month I wore a Magenta Sash Tie Maxi Dress that you can see by clicking here.

I am a shorty at 5’3″ and this dress works really well for us short people. It hits me right at the ankles when the top is adjusted at the neck as tight as comfortably possible. If you are short like me, you know how difficult it is to find long maxi dresses like this one in a length that is wearable with flat sandals. And I love my sandals so I will be rocking this dress all the time. If you are taller, this dress still works because of how the adjustment around the neck works.

A strapless bra will be needed with this dress because of how it ties. I am wearing a small and it is flowy and roomy but still fits well. As long as you are able to wear a strapless bra, this dress is for you. It will look fantastic on anyone that put it on and true to size.

Today, I styled this dress with some really fun drop earrings that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market here in Cincinnati awhile back. You can’t tell so much in the photos but it was CRAZY windy today so I put my hair up in a pony tail and kept it all really simple. I put on my favorite black sandals for walking and we hung out the park. Oversized sunglasses completed the summer look. The combo of a halter, drop earrings and an up-do is always flattering.

The PinkBlush Black, White, Grey Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress is very versatile! You can go from Sunday church to the park to a dinner out flawlessly and most importantly, comfortably!

Where do you see yourself wearing this fun maxi dress?

Shop this gorgeous dress by visiting PinkBlush :

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FabFitFun Summer 2017 Subscription Box

FabFitFun Subscription Box Summer 2017

FabFitFun Summer 2017 Subscription Box

Another season, another FabFitFun Subscription Box! This summer box is even better than springs. I literally love everything in I received and I am breaking down all my goodies for you with short reviews!

 

 

For those who are unfamiliar with FabFitFun, it is a subscription box that is sent to your doorstep every season. The cost is $49.99 but valued in the hundreds with items from beauty, fitness and fashion. Plus, other fun goodies like this seasons salt kit.

Use  promo code SUNSHINE to save $10 off your first box! Click HERE.

 

What is in the FabFitFun Subscription Box?

Here is what you will expect to find in your box this season:

1.Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate. Made with organic grape and carrots blended with essential fatty acids to moisturize and assist in smoothing fine lines. I have only used this product for 2 days and this sort of product takes a few weeks of using to really give am honest review. However, so far I love the product! Retails for $29.

2. Eau Thermale Avene is a lightweight sunscreen with SPF 50+. With my beach trips coming up this summer, I will be using this for sure! Retails for $24.

3. Bodipure Hand Mask is an add in my box that was $5. The neighbor ladies and myself each tried one while the kids played in the sprinkler yesterday and it worked really well. My cuticles look better and my hands are softer.

4. Cargo Cosmetics Cargo HD is a picture perfect highlighter in bronze. This product was just okay for me. I am going to play around with it more to see if I find any tricks to making it fantastic. Place it on top of the cheekbones and under the brows. I do have to say that the formula is very lightweight and great for summer. Retails for $30.

5. BKR 500 ml bottle. We all know this company for their great water bottles. The color is awesome! I love it and will be using it every day. Retails for $35.

 

 

6. Himalayan Pink Salt Kit is a really fun addition to my box. It is one of the choice items. You can pick traveler, artist or chef and get an item based on that. The Himalayan Pink Salt Kit will be used a lot in my kitchen and would be a great item to place on the table during dinner parties. Retails for $26.

7. Michael Stars Ruana is a great styling item for any closet. Wear it as a scarf, shawl or sarong for a great pop of fun! I wish I would have received the black and white but I guess this will force me to wear actual color! Retails for $54.

8. Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace is probably my favorite box item. I received turquoise, although you may get a different color. I love how the item is packaged and will be layering this necklace all summer long! Retails at $58 (which is more than the whole box costs you).

9. Klorane Dry Shampoo. This was another choice item where you pick either fitness or beauty. My pick was for beauty. I have used a lot of dry shampoo since being a mom. Sometimes my hair primarily consists of dry shampoo so perfect item for me to receive. This formula was light and didn’t leave any sort of residue. Plus, gave my hair a bit of volume. Retails for $20.

I also received a sample packet for Vital Proteins Marine Collagen to place in a drink for 10 grams of natural collagen protein.

Take a look at what I received in the FabFitFun Spring 2017 box HERE.

FabFitFun Subscription Box Summer 2017

Kid Style : Dot Dot Smile Dress

Kid Style : Dot Dot Smile Dress

Kid Style : Dot Dot Smile Dress

This shop was given this dress from Jen with Dot Dot Smile. All opinions are mine alone.

Dot Dot Smile is a new line for kids clothing and we are super excited. They offer beautiful dresses are rompers that are flowing and comfortable. There are solid colors are fun designs like this one shown in a sort of water color print with lots of vibrant color. Add a cute pink bow in the hair and some simple sandals and your little one is set! Ignore the crazy bed head. This girl always has some curly, uncooperative hair that is going through somewhat of an awkward stage. I know some of you understand that one.

Caitlin is 2 years old and wearing the Classic Cap Dress in a size 2. Typically, she wears a size 3 but the 2 fits perfectly. If your child is in between sizes, I recommend going into the smaller size for great fit. The dress can be used for years, think about how could this would be as a tunic later on with fun bright pink leggings underneath!

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Where do I see this Dot Dot Smile dress worn? Anywhere! Going to the Zoo, walking around the neighborhood, as a daily play dress or a nice dinner out. The Dot Dot Smile dresses are very versatile and with how comfortable the material is, there won’t be any complaining that the child is uncomfortable or pulling on the dress. My daughter always yanks on her dresses, especially ones with tutus like “get this off of me”. However, Caitlin was really comfortable wearing this dress all day. There is also a ballerina cut dress that is super adorable! Check it out for sure.

 

How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation {+ Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe}

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How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation

{+ Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe}

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My kids are officially on summer vacation and after 2 weeks spent in Orlando, we are back in the real world. Two kids against one stressed out and tired mommy. Moms, I don’t want you curled up on your closet floor in the dark to escape the chaos. The countdown to the first day of school has begun but I have tips for you today on how to survive your kids summer vacation!

Needless to say, my #1 tip is coffee! I found a fantastic new product available at Walmart from Starbucks® called Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher packs and I have a great recipe for a Coconut Cold Brew Coffee that you can easily make at home.

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How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation

  1. Create a sippable moment daily. What does this mean? Take a moment for to pour yourself a Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew and sip your coffee in peace. Even if you can only make 5 minutes a day for yourself. Get up a few minutes early if you have to so you can just sit on porch and drink your coffee before the hectic day offically begins. Maybe your kids still take naps and you can get your sippable moment during naptime. P.S. I am sincerely jealous if your children take naps!
  2. Keep your kids busy with activities. Activities don’t have to be expensive or grand. Here are a few ideas to fill in those Summer days:
    • Parks, lakes, creeks, nature trails or anything outdoors. Find an outdoor space where the kids can run around and explore the outdoors. We like to go to the creek to catch frogs and get messy.
    • Zoo or Aquarium. Get a membership to at least one and make sure to get a schedule of events. Many Zoos host member events like outdoor concerts.
    • The movies. Cool off in air conditioning and let the kids pick a movie at the theater. My local theater has a free movie played every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Check your local theaters to see what events are taking place.
    • Amusement Parks. I understand not everyone lives near an Amusement Park but if you do, it is worth the annual fees to spend a few hours during the week riding roller coasters and running around.
    • Museums. History, Aviation, Art, Science… the possibilities are endless. Museums are great because most are air conditioned and it is educational. If you are on a tight budget, many museums offer free days so check your local museums to see what they offer.
    • Let the kids create a piece of artwork on your driveway with chalk.
    • The pool. What kid does not love the pool? Sunscreen everyone up and head out to the neighborhood pool. Bonus is that swimming is tiring! Pool day equals daytime naptime. Fingers crossed.
    • Arts and craft projects. Go to your local hobby store. Let the kids pick out some crafts to do over the summer.
    • Let the kids build a fort inside the house with blankets.
    • Walk or ride bikes around the neighborhood.
  3. Take time for yourself weekly. Get a babysitter so you can relax at the spa with a pedicure, grab dinner with a friend, browse the mall, or whatever you enjoy doing to take at least an hour every week without the kids to recharge. Sometimes even just having the husband take care of the kids while I go grocery shopping with a coffee in hand seems like a mini vacation. You deserve at least an hour every single week to clear your head with a little bit of quiet time.
  4. Schedule your life. During the school year, we are on a tight schedule. Kids actually respond very well to a set schedule. Continue to wake everyone up by a certain time, eat breakfast together, have bath time at a set time, read every night before bed and so on. Create a schedule that works for your family and stick to it. I have found it helps to also schedule  the daily activities so Monday is craft day, Tuesday is spent at the pool, Wednesday is movies, Thursday is outdoor fun and Friday the kids spend half a day at the babysitter so I can unwind. You can only hear, “what are we doing today?” so many times before you want to rip your hair out. Just being honest. Write the schedule down weekly on a big board where everyone can see it. You will still hear “what are we doing today?” at least 5 times a day still but it is better than 40 times.

Coconut Cold Brew

Let’s get back to what’s really important : COFFEE.

I am making a delicious Coconut Cold Brew with Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew. Keep an eye out for these pitcher packs at your local Walmart so you can make some fantastic cold brew at home.

You will find Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew on the coffee aisle in a simple brown box. Inside will be a foil packet with 2 pitcher packets. Drop both the packets into 4 cups of water, let steep for 24 hours, add in another 3 cups of water and pour over ice with our homemade coconut creamer. Don’t forget to remove the pitcher packs. Easy peasy. Now, time to find your sippable moment and seize the summer!

The coconut creamer is really simple to make. Make a batch when you make your cold brew pitcher and you will have Coconut Cold Brew ready for the week. In a sealable container, add one can of coconut milk, 4 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Give a good mix and set into fridge to use as needed. Shake well before each use. You may also add a pinch of sugar if you like your coffee extra sweet.

Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Recipe Type: Drinks

Author: Amber

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher pack
  • toasted coconut to garnish
  • 13 ounce can coconut milk, unsweetened (sweetened would work as well)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Brew your Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew pitcher packs : In a pitcher, add 4 cups water, open one foil pouch, drop in both pitcher packs, cover, set in fridge for 24 hours. Remove pitcher packs. Add 3 cups cold water after 24 hour steep time.
  2. Mix the coconut creamer. In a container, add one can coconut milk, 4 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Mix well.
  3. Garnish a glass with toasted coconut. I used a little bit of honey of the rim and dipped it in the coconut.
  4. Add ice, Fill 3/4 full of Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew, top with desired amount of coconut creamer. You can add a pinch of sugar if you like it sweet.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Find your sippable moment!

 

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