Why It’s Time to Check Your Pet Food

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Why It’s Time to Check Your Pet Food

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Your dog is family and that’s Why It’s Time to Check Your Pet Food.  Today, I am breaking down the ingredients to look for on a label to guarantee you are feeding your dog the quality ingredients they deserve.

We all want our pets to live long, healthy and happy lives so let’s make sure we are doing everything possible to achieve this starting with the food. I picked up Purina® Dog Chow Complete Adult with Real Chicken Dog Food and Purina® Beneful® Grain Free With Ream Farm-Raised Chicken Adult Dry Dog Food to go over what we are looking for on a label.

About Chance

Chance is our nine year old Boxer-Lab-Australian Shepherd-Beagle mix. Boy-that’s a mouthful there. We adopted him when my son was a baby and fell in love with those droopy eyes and calm demeanor. Chance completes our family for so many reasons but his gentle nature and patience with the kids and other animals is what really makes him a special part of the family.

Chance has never been a picky eater and will devour anything I put in front of him. As his mom, it is my responsibility that I feed him a quality dog food high in protein and supplies him with all the nutrients he needs. With the amount of food Chance eats, I need to make sure the food is also affordable and I am getting a good value. Beneful and Dog chow give my dog real meat at the right price. 

Meijer is a weekly stop for groceries and I love that they also offer all kinds of necessities like clothes, home goods, office supplies and pet food so I can get my family everything they need in one stop.

Meijer has also rolled out Curbside pick-up. Curbside lets you add items to your cart and indicate when you want to pick them up at the store in the curbside lane. I look forward to this service being offered in my area soon but click HERE for more information and see if it is already offered at your Meijer location.

Another great Meijer perk is Shipt. I use Shipt occasionally to have my Meijer list delivered right to my front door. A personal shopper does all your shopping and drops it at your house with same-day delivery! This is a perfect service for those who are extra busy, have kids or just despise that weekly grocery store trip.

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Why It’s Time to Check Your Pet Food

It is time to check your pet food. Flip the dog food over to read the back label. Look at the ingredients including vitamins and minerals and the guaranteed analysis with daily values of protein and fat. Most dogs need around 20% protein- if your dog is very active (sled dog for example) protein needs may be higher.

Make sure to also always read the recommended servings amounts for your dogs weight so you are not over feeding or under feeding. Purina Dog Chow Complete Adult with Real Chicken Dog Food supplies 100% complete and balanced ingredients your dog needs with 23 vitamins and minerals.

What ingredients to look for on your pet food label:

Protein

Dogs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. Protein has amino acids that are essential for muscle mass and regulation of enzyme and hormone production. Proteins to look for include beef, chicken, fish, and lamb for strong muscles and joint health. Your dog food label may show meat by-products that are nutrient rich from sources such as lungs, liver and spleen.

Carbohydrate

Ingredients like corn, brown rice, potatoes and oatmeal supply your dog with energy. These carbohydrates help keep your dog energized for activities like playing fetch or daily walks around the neighborhood. Purina Beneful Grain Free With Ream Farm-Raised Chicken Adult Dry Dog Food has no corn, wheat or gluten providing carbohydrates from ingredients like soybean meal.

Fats and Oils

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential in your dogs diet. Just like humans, animals need a healthy balance of fat for energy, healthy skin and coats, joint and eye health.

Taste, Texture and Variety

Peas, carrots, sweet potatoes and broths will give your dog variety and make their meal more palatable.

Minerals

There are too many to go over today but all those __ sulfates, __carbonates and __phosphates deliver your dog with the minerals needed for all sort of functions including strengthening bones, boosting immune system and maintaining fluid balance.

Vitamins

Vitamins is another area where there are just too many to discuss. Biotin, vitamin A, folic acid, vitamin B-12, riboflavin are a just a few. Just like humans, animals need a all kinds of vitamins to metabolize their food and convert it to energy. Not to mention, vitamins help support vision, skin, bone, and muscle health.

Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein – we all remember that from high school science, right? Ingredients like taurine and L-cysteine will help strengthen muscles and promote heart health.

Have you checked your pet food lately? Now you have the information to read your dogs food label to ensure you are feeding your dog a formulation that is supplying the balance of nutrients they need. Make sure you are flipping that dog food bag and reading the label.

What personality trait makes your dog extra special? I want to hear about how your dog is part of the family in the comments below. 

 

Tips For Managing Postpartum Depression

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Tips For Managing Postpartum Depression

Being diagnosed with postpartum depression feels like the end of a dream.

Once upon a time, you may have had a vision of a perfect life with a baby and you snuggled up, happily. You were the most in control, well-managed mom, and there wasn’t a single issue. The baby’s health was excellent, your health was excellent, and everyone lived happily ever after.

That’s a beautiful fantasy, but for some of us, the reality is a little different.

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Life post birth comes with the same troubles that life can often bring, and that can seem really unfair. Once you’ve been diagnosed with postpartum depression, your life is going to change, and don’t worry, it isn’t all bad. You can still be an amazing mother; and the baby? Well, that brand new life is pretty perfect, isn’t it? You’re not broken, you’re just struggling right now, and you’re in need of some help.

Fortunately, that help is available to you.

What you’re going to focus on once you’ve been diagnosed with postpartum depression is getting about the business of living well and managing the condition. But how do you do that?

Tips for managing postpartum depression:

  1. Do not be afraid to ask for help – research shows that women who have practical and emotional support from their partners, family, and friends, are less likely to suffer from postpartum depression.  Those who have already been diagnosed need that support even more. There’s no shame in it, so try to be patient with yourself and ask for what you need.
  2. Follow the treatment plan – remember that you went to the doctor for a reason, and they gave you your treatment plan so you could begin getting better. That means you need to follow the treatment plan to the letter. Go see the therapist, take the medication, or do whatever you need to do in order to get well.
  3. Let go of your perfectionism – easier said than done, I realize. When you envisioned being a mommy, this was not the plan. That’s a hard thing to let go of, but you’re here now, and it is OK not to be perfect. You’re doing everything you possibly can to keep yourself and your child safe. That IS perfection if you think about it.
  4. Join a support group – occasionally you’re going to try to explain to your loved ones what you’re experiencing and they just won’t understand. Joining a support group gives you access to people who share your struggles, and have been in your shoes. Having someone to say they understand is majorly validating. You owe that to yourself. If you can’t make it to an in-person support group, consider an online support forum or Facebook group to talk with women who understand.

You are doing so much better than you think you are.

Learning to respect and care for your mental health post pregnancy is critical to doing well with postpartum depression. Be certain to reach out for your support system, especially on the days when you are struggling. If you can manage this, you won’t fail.

 

About Rachel

Rachel Fink is a blogger at Parenting Pod and a mom of 7 kids. She is passionate about spreading awareness for mental health issues such as postpartum depression and ADHD. Make sure to follow her on Facebook HERE

Tips on managing postpartum depression

Clean Your Home in 20 Minutes

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Clean Your Home in 20 Minutes

One thing I cannot handle is a dirty home! I’m not going to lie- I am slightly obsessed with a clean house but there isn’t always the time to keep everything spotless, especially with kids running around, so I am sharing my secrets on how to Clean Your Home in 20 Minutes with big help from my Bona Hardwood Floor Mop and the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaning solution.

Getting a new mop has been overdue- my old mop system just didn’t have enough cleaning power so I looked to Bona and their family of mops and floor cleaning products! Bona Hardwood Floor Mop is the next generation of wood floor mops engineered to maximize it’s effectiveness on hardwood floors. Add in the industry leading Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaning solution for the perfect duo to help clean your home efficiently and thoroughly.

What I am loving about my Bona Hardwood Floor Mop and Cleaner:

  • The durable, lightweight design is easy to maneuver with a secondary grip for comfort and extra scrubbing power.
  • Delivers a fine mist within your control to clean the floors just how you like.
  • You get a full-sized refillable cartridge of Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Original Formula.
  • The redesigned mop has a larger head and redesigned for easy assembly and ejection.
  • Comes with a machine washable microfiber pad with soft flexible corners protect baseboards and furniture.

Why you should become a BonaFide Fanatic!

  1. Bigger IS Better:  Largest base plate in the industry offers a 16.75″ mop head making your mop more efficient.
  2. Efficacy: The Bona Hardwood Floor Mop combines the Bona hardwood Floor Cleaning solution and Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pad in one easy device to give you just the kind of clean you want.
  3. Powerful Pad: The Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pad features a unique design with dual zone cleaning action. The dark blue outer fibers break up grime while the inner light blue fibers trap and absorb dirt with 2.5X more absorbency than the previous microfiber pad.
  4. Easy Click and Clean: Easy to assemble snap and click connection makes assembly and cleaning quick and easy. The retractable handle hook allows for easy storage.
  5. Proven Cleaning Solution: The Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is a fan favorite cleaning solution with a Greenguard Gold certification so it’s safe for use in your home and around your family.

How to Clean Your Home in 20 Minutes

A clean house is more than sparkling clean hardwood floors! My 20 minute cleaning session is designed to get the whole family involved in those times that family or friends call and are coming over last minute or when the mess has taken over and you have to get everyone up and working so you can have a piece of your sanity back.

The 20 minute cleaning session doesn’t involve scrubbing bath tubs or deep cleaning the freezer or anything else that takes a lot of elbow grease and time- it focuses in on those tasks that have the biggest impact on the overall appearance of cleanliness in your home. Throughout the week, I try and schedule a “big” cleaning task daily like bathing the dog and scrubbing his kennel, washing all the bedding in the house, cleaning all the windows or hand scrubbing the bath tubs. Completing one big cleaning task a day will ensure these 20 minute cleaning sessions are a breeze.

Let’s get this house cleaning party started! – Okay, so I may be exaggerating the “party”.

Begin with your checklist below- feel free to print the image and keep on the fridge to easily access. Delegate all the items on the list to everyone in the family. My 9 year old is capable of completing any tasks on the list while my 2 year old can really only pick up toys at this point so take into consideration age of your children when making your cleaning plan of action.

Bathrooms: 

  • Use disinfectant wipes on everything possible from countertops, sinks and any visible mess such as smudges on vanity.
  • Wipe mirrors with a window cleaner.
  • Scrub the toilet bowl with a disinfectant cleaner. I prefer one with bleach.
  • Empty all trash cans.
  • Mop floors. Bona offers a cleaner formulated for tile, laminate and stone.

Kitchen:

  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean countertops, smudges on cabinets and appliances (some stainless steel appliances need special cleaners).
  • Wash the sink. That sounds like an oxymoron but scrub the sink with disinfectant wipes or dish soap and a sponge.
  • Put clean dishes away and place any dirty ones into ones into dishwasher.
  • Empty trash can.
  • Mop floors using your Bona Mop with appropriate cleaner for the floors material.

Bedrooms:

  • Pick up toys and miscellaneous items.
  • Make the beds. This is a task that should be done in the morning in my household but let’s face it- it doesn’t always get done.
  • Clean the floors – depending on your floors this means vacuuming or mopping with your Bona Mop.
  • Use disinfectant wipes on anything possible – nightstands, dressers, and the jam that mysteriously found its way onto the doorknob.

Living/Family Rooms: 

  • Pick up toys and miscellaneous items.
  • Use disinfectant wipes on anything possible. We literally only have a sectional and a basket of blankets in our family room so not a lot of wiping done in there.
  • Clean the floors – depending on your floors this means vacuuming or mopping with your Bona Mop.

Miscellaneous: 

  • Clean the dining room table, chairs and highchairs if applicable.
  • Vacuum all carpets and rugs.
  • Mop floors using your Bona Mop with appropriate cleaner for the floors material. This includes the dining room, entryway and hallways.

 

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Valentine’s Day Cake Batter Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Valentine's Day Cake Batter Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Valentine’s Day Cake Batter Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Valentine’s Day Cake Batter Chocolate Covered Pretzels are made with white cake mix, white chocolate, pretzels and festive sprinkles.

I really wanted to make a super simple Valentine’s Day dessert that is also kid friendly. I think everyone knows how to dip pretzels in chocolate already so I put a little spin on these adding in some white cake mix to boost the flavor.

Guess what? They turned out really delicious. 

They taste like any other chocolate covered pretzel but with a flavor boost of cake inside. The kids gobbled these up so fast!

Valentine's Day Cake Batter Chocolate Covered Pretzels

 

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Valentine's Day Cake Batter Chocolate Covered Pretzels
 
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Valentine's Day Cake Batter Chocolate Covered Pretzels are made with white cake mix, white chocolate, pretzels and festive sprinkles. You should get about 100 pretzels out of 1 cup white chocolate.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white chocolate candy melts
  • 16 ounce bag pretzel twists
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (unrefined cold processed)
  • ¼ cup white cake mix (boxed cake)
  • Valetine's Day sprinkles to decorate
Instructions
  1. Place 1 cup chocolate, ¼ cup white cake mix and 1 tablespoon coconut oil into a small glass bowl.
  2. Microwave in 30 seconds increments stirring between each until chocolate is melted. Make sure to thoroughly stir in the cake mix.
  3. Dip each pretzel into the chocolate and place on parchment paper. Repeat until chocolate is nearly out.
  4. Decorate with sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.
  5. Once the chocolate has set, you can serve.

 

I want to hear all about your plans for Valentine’s Day in the comments below. Do you have a family friendly night or an extra special date night with the spouse?

 

How to Give Your Adopted Cat a Warm Welcome

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How to Give Your Adopted Cat a Warm Welcome

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I have some exciting news to share- we have a new family member! We adopted a beautiful cat named Chloe and I want to share How to Give Your Adopted Cat a Warm Welcome because pets are family and deserve the best. We started our warm welcome with an adventure to PetSmart to grab TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter and other necessities so Chloe feels that she is now home.

Chloe is almost a year old and we adopted her about 2 months ago on a whim. We went to a pet store just to waste time and look at puppies because playing with puppies makes the kids happy but we saw Chloe instead as part of the adoption event. She is so petite and gentle that the whole family fell in love immediately. We all thought it was really unique that she is without a tail. Needless to say, Chloe came home with us that day.

Why You Should Adopt a Cat

So you also decided you want to adopt a cat! YESSS! Perhaps, you are still on the fence. Heck, maybe the kiddos are just begging you for a pet and you are in research mode to see if a cat is the right fit for your family. Here are just a few of pros and cons to take into consideration as you bring your adopted cat home:

PROS

  • Cats basically take care of themselves. They need just a few necessities like food, water, litter box and are self sufficient from there.
  • They need bathed often because cats keep themselves well groomed. Give your cat a bath once every 2 months or so.
  • Cats are affordable in comparison to many other pets. Vet check-ups, vaccinations, toys, food are all very reasonably priced.
  • Most cats are very affectionate animals. Chloe is snuggling my arm right now as I type.
  • Cats may help lower their owners blood pressure and reduce stress. We can all use less stress.
  • Cats are entertaining. They loves toys and playing… that is when they aren’t sleeping the day away.

CONS

  • Cats have claws that they like to put to use. Furniture, clothes, carpet, and whatever else they can dig those claws into may be shredded. There is a procedure to de-claw cats, however I do not agree with that direction but it still may be an option for you.
  • Cleaning the litter box daily. I still prefer cleaning the litter box over scooping my dogs poo from the backyard though.
  • If you have an outdoor cat, expect some dead mice or birds to be left out for you because they like to hunt. Although, this may also fit into the PROS category because you won’t have a rodent problem…ever.
  • Cats are very intelligent, however, they rarely listen to commands. They understand them but will just refuse and keep doing whatever it is they want to do. Chloe really has that “I’m busy, go away” look down.
  • Cats don’t always get along with children or other pets or people in general. I have come across just some straight up cranky cats.

How to Give Your Adopted Cat a Warm Welcome

  • Give your adopted a cat a litter box area that is convenient, clean and quiet.
  • Set boundaries with the kids. Your kids need to know what areas are the “no play” zones with the animals. When Chloe is in her hideout spot, nobody is allowed to come grab her away. The kids are not allowed near the litter box or her food and water bowls either. Make sure to set up those boundaries with your children.
  • If you have other pets, introduce them on common ground. Don’t just put the cat into your dogs bed right when you bring them home. All of your animals should have their own areas on the home so introduce them in a  community area wherever that may be that nobody has claimed as their own. Watch your animals very closely at first when they interact to ensure everyone is getting along nicely and if they are not, pull the animals away from each other and try again later. My dog loves all animals so he had no problem with that cat but the cat gave my dog a few good whacks across his face but I think they have come to an understanding now. My son also has a ferret that we had to introduce and of course, cats naturally want to hunt animals like a ferret so we still keep a close on those two playing together probably forever.
  • Give your cat a hideout spot. Chloe found her own in my closet where she likes to lay on one of the top shelves so I placed a bed in there for her to get away whenever she would like.
  • Pet-proof your home. This is basically like baby-proofing your home. Make sure chemicals are somewhere safe, small toys or other tiny items are stored away, make sure any of your household plants are safe to a cat. Also make sure to clean under the beds, behind couches and in other small areas the cat can crawl into to make sure there are no unsafe items hiding.
  • The must-have list from PetSmart. Below you will find a whole list of items your cat may need from nail trimmers to food and more.

The first stop after adopting your new family member is PetSmart for a great selection and amazing prices! Pets are welcome so take your furry friend on their first adventure with the whole family to pick out a collar, find new toys and grab the necessities like food and, of course, litter.

PetSmart carries all of the Tidy Cats products. TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter is a new dye and fragrance free littler option that does more than mask those litterbox odors. It actually works to destroy them with the odor-absorbing power of activated charcoal.

See what others are saying about Tidy Cats Free and Clean and get more information by

clicking HERE.

Send a photo of your PetSmart TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ purchase receipt to 30364 with the code “GIFT” in the message portion to receive a special $5 Spa Session gift card!

Click HERE for more information on the Tidy Cats rebates offer.

Offer good from January 8th, 2018 and April 8, 2018

The must-have list from PetSmart:

  • Stock up on TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Litter.
  • Litter pan and scooper. You pick from a basic pan to something fancier and covered. Grab a sturdy pooper scooper.
  • Collar that can breakaway. Grab a collar with bell attached in the appropriate size. Cats like to crawl, jump and squeeze into those hard to reach spaces in your home so make sure you have a collar that breaks away if they get caught on something for safety.
  • Cat food. I recommend dry food but when adopting, try finding out what the previous owner was feeding the cat so you can stick to the same diet or slowly switch over to a new diet plan.
  • Food and water dishes.
  • Toys. My Chloe loves those fury play mice and little balls to toss in the air and carry around the house in your mouth.
  • Bed. You cat needs a place to curl up and nap that is soft and comfortable. Chloe has her covered bed next ours in the bedroom and also a bed in my closet which happens to be her favorite area to get her quiet time.
  • Scratch post or nail caps. If you cat still has their front claws, you will need a scratch post! On our visit to PetSmart we also found some nail caps which are pet safe nails that get adhered with a non-toxic glue over their own so they cannot scratch on furniture or anything else in your home.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Treats. Try out a few different treats to find your cats favorite to teach tricks or to give when they are being a good cat.

*Make an appointment with Banfield veterinarian services at your local PetSmart as soon as possible to ensure your new cat is healthy and up to date on all vaccinations! A trip to a PetSmart on-site grooming salon isn’t a bad idea either to get clean and those nails trimmed up.

Have you recently adopted a cat? Let me hear about your tips, tricks, and advice for giving your cat a warm welcome in the comments below to share with the Leggings ‘N’ Lattes community!

 

6 Tips to Make Your Morning Less Chaotic Featuring Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt

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6 Tips to Make Your Morning Less Chaotic

featuring Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt

Post: This post is sponsored by Happy Family Yogurt but content and expressions are all my own.

Let’s face it– mornings are the craziest part of the day! From toddler meltdowns or someone not having clean underwear to running late or scrambling to put breakfast on the table. I am sharing 6 Tips to Make Your Morning Less Chaotic featuring Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt.

When I heard Happy Family was launching their new yogurt line at Target, I obviously had to make sure to be one of the first to snatch it up because this household loves yogurt, especially in the morning time! Happy Family Yogurt offers products in amazing flavors like apple-blackberry or apple-pear in convenient pouches and cups that includes a line specifically for babies. Most babies can begin to eat yogurt as soon as they are ready for solid foods. Happy Family Baby Whole Milk Yogurt Cups are a great choice for one of your babies first foods because it contains nutrients such as calcium, protein, live and active cultures, plus vitamin D.

Happy Family Yogurts grows with your child into the Happy Tot Yogurt line introducing new textures and tastes like with the strawberry-banana-oats and chai flavor.

Why we are loving Happy Family Yogurts:

  • Organic/Non-GMO.
  • Made with whole milk supplying my child with vitamin D, calcium and other nutrients.
  • Mindfully made with probiotics for happy tummies.
  • No added sweeteners.
  • Available in convenient pouches or cups.
  • Great flavors and taste!

My little girl is happy with a lap full of Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt in various flavors! Of course, we couldn’t get out of Target without some other fun items like new shoes and home décor items- we just had to have them. Now, time to cook dinner and get ready for tomorrow morning but not without sharing my 6 Tips to Make Your Morning Less Chaotic first!

6 Tips to Make Your Morning Less Chaotic

  • Feed the family a convenient and healthy breakfast. Fresh fruit, Happy Family Yogurts, granola, toast with a peanut butter spread or oatmeal for a few ideas.
  • Set your alarm 20 minutes earlier than you need to. I know this sounds painful and 20 minutes of sleep seems like ALOT as a mom but it really isn’t. That 20 minutes in the morning will give YOU a moment to drink a hot cup of coffee (it is possible!), style your hair instead of loading it up with even more dry shampoo, do some meditation or even get a quick workout in before the kids wake up. That 20 minutes can go far and really get you mentally prepared for the day ahead.

What you can do the night before:

  • Lay out your children’s clothes. My son is at an age that he can pick out clothes and change within a minute so I only lay out his clothes if something special is happening the next day like school pictures or we have an after school activity that involves wearing some particular. My daughter on the other hand, will easier spend an hour picking out clothes and changing 10 times before she is ready to walk out the door and she will still be screaming about what shoes she has on. I wake her up and change clothes before she has time to even think about how much she didn’t want to wear a dress.
  • Check homework and make sure everything is in their school bags/daycare bag. This is a lesson learned. We have on more than one occasion, had a child in the midst of an emotional breakdown at 6am because homework was not completed! Homework is now completed and checked the night before and placed in the school bag ready to go. If your child is still in daycare, make sure their bag is ready with extra clothes, pull ups, wipes and whatever else your child may need.
  • Pack lunches and place into fridge. Lunch is always figured out the night before. Make sandwiches, slice apples, portion out crackers… whatever you need to do. Place in the fridge so you literally just grab it, hand it to your child and walk out the door.

  • Have a set schedule. Repetition is recommended. Set your alarm for the same time everyday so your body naturally begins to waken at that set time, make all your nighttime preparations before bed, eat breakfast at the same time, and have a set order of who showers. Depending on your families needs, adjust this list to fit YOU.

Do you have a morning routine? I want to hear what works for your family and if you have any tips and tricks! Leave a comment below.

Make sure to visit Happy Family on Target’s website to find your new favorite flavors and locate at a store near you!

Click HERE.

 

10 Headboards Under $300 That Will Transform Your Bedroom

10 Headboards Under $300 That Will Transform Your Bedroom

10 Headboards Under $300

I decided to give our house a makeover starting with the master bedroom! A master bathroom renovation is underway with am oversized shower and I am sprucing up the bedroom furniture. I am sharing my pick for our own bedroom headboard and sharing some other great affordable options to transform your room and make a statement.

Turin Tufted Upholstered Panel Headboard is 55% off right now at Wayfair! This headboard comes in various colors but I can’t take my eyes off this magenta. $226.53 for a Queen size.

I love the cabin vibe that this Bear Springs Panel Headboard has. Bonus for $250 sale price tag for queen size. A cowhide seems like a must have with this look.

Leatham Upholstered Wingback Headboard in olive green. Who doesn’t love a wingback headboard? This one is gorgeous and this color will give your bedroom a warm and cozy feel. Prices starting at $172.

Valet Panel Queen Headboard for $224 will bring in a cozy farmhouse feel to any bedroom.

Black and White Harrogate Upholstered Panel Headboard is 75% off at the moment! WHAT? I am so in love with this headboard. Add a vibrant color on the walls and you are in business.

Elof Velvet Panel Headboard for $287.66 for a queen size. This bed looks so luxurious with the velvet and height. This has a very expensive look for a small price.

Clapham Canopy for only $239.99 for a King size. A canopy bed always makes a statement and suits a large bedroom where you want to pull in a more intimate vibe.

Van Andel Queen Platform Bed is just a hair over $300 but over 50% off at the moment. This kind of bedframe will last forever and always be in style.

Last but not least is the Gabriel Upholstered Panel Bed in Navy. I just ordered this headboard for $260 in queen size and was delivered in 2 days. Took us about 20 minutes to put together and looks beautiful! This headboard fits our eclectic design.

Which style is your favorite?

2017 Leggings ‘N’ Lattes Most Popular

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2017 Leggings ‘N’ Lattes Most Popular

We are counting down the 2017 Leggings ‘N’ Lattes Most Popular articles! From recipes to body scrubs, we are sharing the most popular!

  1. How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation with a Coconut Cold Brew recipe. This article was at the top for the year 2017. Maybe it was the delicious cold brew… maybe it was my fellow moms trying to get through summer vacation without losing their minds! Whatever the case, the page views, pins and shares keep rolling in. #CraftYourCool , #CollectiveBias , #ad, Coconut Cold Brew Coffee, How to Survive Your Kids Summer Vacation, motherhood
  2. Rock Your Skin Care Routine is in the number 2 spot for the year with the most popular pin from Leggings ‘N’ Lattes. Affordable, convenient, effective skincare is always “in”. skincare routine
  3. Peanut Butter & Jelly Mini Cookie Sandwiches. I love how these mini cookie sandwiches came together and the lighting in the photography. These cookies are a great treat for kids to throw into their lunchbox. #ShopRitePBJLove , #ad, #cbias, PB&J, lunch ideas, lunchbox, cookies, Peanut Butter & Jelly Mini Cookie Sandwiches
  4. Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough. Cookie dough and OREO cookies. How could this treat NOT be a hit? Edible OREO Birthday Cake Cookie Dough
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Effortless New Years Eve Style with Sequins

Effortless New Years Eve Style with Sequins

Effortless New Years Eve Style with Sequins


Effortless New Years Eve Style with Sequins put together with skinny jeans, a plain white t-shirt, black booties and a sequin blazer for a dressed up but still casual holiday look this season.

I am pretty laid back and my style is casual. This doesn’t change for holidays and parties. I like to be comfortable but still dress appropriately for the occasion. For my New Years Eve look today, I am pulling pieces already in my closet that I love and throwing a black Sequin Jacket over the top for my bling and sparkle. Toss your hair in a bun or leave it down. I didn’t wear a lot of jewelry… just focused on the sparkle of the jacket.

You can bring this look up a few notches by putting the Sequin Blazer over a little black dress or over a leather mini skirt and simple top. This jacket is actually an Amazon find! Woo-hoo for being an Amazon Prime member and I received this jacket in less than 48 hours. I do recommend going one size up because the arms are tight. I typically wear a XS/00-2 but I purchased a small in this jacket and it fit just right and closed perfectly.

Effortless New Years Eve Style with Sequins Sequin Blazer | Express Jeans | Steve Madden Booties | Hollister White T-shirt | Velvet Clutch

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Shirley Temples

Shirley Temples

Shirley Temples

Shirley Temples made with ginger ale, a splash of grenadine and a maraschino cherry on top for a great non-alcoholic drink that adults and children will enjoy.

Shirley TemplesSince I was a child, Shirley Temples have been one of my favorite drinks. It was that drink I always ordered when I went out to dinner with my family. I loved chasing that little maraschino cherry around with my straw to pick out and eat! Shirley Temples are simple, caffeine free, taste delicious and have a beautiful color. This fun drink is commonly made with a lemon-lime soda but traditionally calls for ginger ale.

Shirley Temples are a fun treat in my house that I mix up every now and again for my own kids to enjoy. Of course, I always mix myself one too! The great color always makes this drink a great holiday non-alcoholic beverage for parties and gatherings with friends.

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Shirley Temples

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Shirley Temples made with ginger ale, a splash of grenadine and a cherry on top for a great non-alcoholic drink that adults and children will enjoy.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 1 maraschino cherry
Instructions
  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add the grenadine and fill the glass with ginger ale.
  3. Add a maraschino cherry garnish.

 

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