Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mommy Chronicles: Toothbrush Skills 101

One of the very first things I notice about anyone I meet is their smile. How good are your 'mouth skills'? I believe good oral hygiene is a determining factor to what type of person you are. Your mouth speaks VOLUMES about you-every ounce of pun intended! Seriously, if I can't trust you to take care of your own teeth, then I wouldn't trust you with my life and therefore our dealings will be few and far between. Because one thing about me is that I can't stand a bad mouthpiece. 

As a Mother, it is highly important for me to instill good oral hygiene practices as soon as the opportunity arises. Which is the exact reason for today's post.


Bubby received his first teeth about 2-3 weeks ago. The bottom two. They literally came through overnight! I've heard so many horror stories about teething but honestly besides a few grunts and endless gnawing on everything, my little took teething like a champ.

 

As soon as his teeth grew in all the way I immediately ran to grab his first toothbrush and paste set. Well, it didn't technically come as a set because I had to purchase them separately but I made sure they were both the same Aquafresh brand. No thriftiness here because Bubby is the only person I will pay full price for-but that's besides the point.

Gosh, it's so stinking cute isn't it? 


I always attempt to brush my teeth in front of him if he is awake, otherwise I will just explain to him what we are doing as I brush for him. Our conversations usually center around the fact that all the pretty little girls love when handsome little boys have clean teeth and fresh breath. I know it's a little early for all that but it's the truth.


The first couple of times we attempted our toothbrushing routine, I guided Bubby along...

Now, he likes to grab the toothbrush and do it himself. I'm thankful that he's such a quick learner and I'm hoping that my need to instill these values early will pay off in the long run with a bright smile and beautiful, clean teeth.


Mommies, how early did you begin brushing your littles' teeth?  And if you began early has it proven to pay off for those of you who have older children?

I can't wait to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!
XOXOXOXO

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How To Achieve Postpartum Abs featuring The Flex Belt®

**Product sample provided by The Flex Belt®**


I will admit that the first thought that crossed my mind when I found out that I was pregnant was my body, which I had worked so hard to keep in tact. I'm no health nut...nor am I a gym rat but I really do have an affinity for weight training and toning.  Before my little man got here it was easy for me to go to the gym at a moments notice-after work, super early in the morning, or as spontaneous as I felt necessary. Now, that moments notice is not so easy to act upon. Long gone are the days of hitting the gym. And since I have absolutely zero ounces of discipline, I don't work out at home either. 

Up until recently I had unfortunately began to accept the fact that what was left of my baby bump would forever remain. And then...I opened my email to correspondence from a Flex Belt representative asking me if I would like to sample and review their product. Ummm...YES, YES, and YES!!


The product arrived super quick and when I took it out of the box I immediately envisioned my baby bump troubles floating swiftly away!!!

The Flex Belt® is the first of its kind cleared by the FDA for toning, strengthening and firming the ab muscles. It tones and strengthens your stomach muscles using medical grade Electronic Muscle Stimulation to provide a perfect workout.  


The best and my MOST favorite part about The Flex Belt is the convenience of it. For a busy mom such as myself, convenience is everything I need in life!! This device allows me to get a "concentrated ab workout" while doing my everyday household activities.  


The unit has 10 different workout programs to choose from and the controller allows you to increase/decrease the intensity level of your workout as needed.  


There is a 30-Day Plan included in the instruction manual and that is what I will be following for the next month. Since I've only been using the belt for a few days, I don't have noticeable results yet but I absolutely can't wait for these abs to be toned once again. 

If you're interested in this program, it's super easy to purchase and really inexpensive considering its effectiveness. If not for yourself, the Flex Belt makes an awesome gift as both men and women can benefit from its use.  Just click here to start your hand free journey to terrifically toned abs. 

Follow my Facebook and/or my Instagram as I will be posting updates about the program there. 

Thanks for reading. 
XOXOXOXO

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back To School Giveaway: $30 Children's Place Giftcard

**giveaway sponsored by Social Influenz**

What more could a super mom use other than FREE money to take care of some of those much needed back to school clothes for the kiddos!!??

Well that's exactly what I'm offering you today. 

This year let your kids go back to school in style with $30 in FREE moola to The Children's Place.

The Children’s Place is an American specialty retailer of children’s apparel and accessories founded in 1989. Children's Place provides apparel, accessories and shoes for children from newborn to 10 years old.  Here moms find big fashion for little prices for boys and girls.

They have a huge variety of selections and they even offer school uniforms to fit each child's specific needs. The Children's Place also has some super sweet deals going on which can be taken advantage of IN ADDITION to the $30 gift card that you're about to win!

·         Get 25% off every uniform piece or 30% if you buy 4 or more
·         Basic denims are only $10
·      Short sleeves graphic tees are $5 each

And don’t forget you can also take advantage of Tax Free Holiday (based on your state available) for an additional discount.

Visit your nearest Children’s Place and send your kids back to school with style. Check out their website at The Children's Place for more information about discounts.  You can follow then on Facebook and Twitter for more details. 

So here goes:


The deadline to enter this giveaway is FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014. Only one winner will be chosen. Best of wishes to you.

Thanks for reading and entering. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Product Review: Dr. Scholl’s® DreamWalk™ High Heel Insoles

**Products for this review were provided by BzzAgent**


I have never worn an insole a day in my life. To be totally honest, they are just a bit too rich for my thrifty and shameless blood! So when I received my campaign kit from BzzAgent I was super excited to finally be able to give them a try. 

My kit came complete with a full sized sample and coupons...my absolute favorite!!!

Dr. Scholl’s® has always been a trusted household brand.  Dr. Scholl’s® DreamWalk High Heel Insoles help prevent foot aches and pain caused by wearing high heels two inches and higher. Slip these specially crafted insoles into your favorite pair of heels, and you're ready to rock and roll in your most coveted pair of stilettos.

The very first thing I noticed about these insoles when I slipped them inside of my silver Mossimo heels was the soft gel arch that immediately shifted the pressure off the balls of my feet. The slim design of the insole didn't make my shoes feel tight and at the end of the day when I was ready to unwind the insoles were super easy to remove without damaging my shoe. 


I highly suggest that you ladies give this product a try if you're experiencing any difficulty remaining comfortable in your heels after a long period of time. They are specifically made to fit women's sizes 6–10, including all open-style shoes and they can be found at your most favorite retailer. I found mine at Target

Please feel free to share your experience, if you've had any, with the Dr. Scholl’s® brand. I will be waiting to hear from you. 

Until then, Thank You for visiting and reading. 

XOXOXOXOXO

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mommy Chronicles: DIY First Aid Kit


Since becoming a Mom, it's been super duper important for me to make sure that I'm fully equipped should my little man and I find ourselves in the midst of a 'boo boo' situation. 

So I was beyond ecstatic to be able to team up with Influenster and create my very own first aid kit using the Neosporin To Go (#NeoReady #contest) product that was included in my #TLCVoxBox.

Neosporin Neo To Go! is a convenient no touch, no sting spray that fits anywhere to give you infection protection, plus pain relief, on the go. It is specially designed for one-handed use and is great for your purse, kitchen, desk, workshop, golf, gym or travel bag.
Neosporin Neo To Go!

I love the convenience of this portable antiseptic. Its small, lightweight packaging make it easy for me to attach to my key ring and carry along with me at all times.


Here are some other things that I put in my kit to make it complete. Of course, I'm probably forgetting some of the most important stuff but this will do for now as things can easily be added or taken away at a moments notice. This kit will be kept in my diaper bag/purse so its easily accessible if needed.


If you have any suggestions as to things I may be able to add, please feel free to comment below. And if you're a Mommy on the go who has yet to create your first aid kit-what are you waiting for?

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Savings Cravin': How To Save Money on Printer Ink



So my HP ran slam out of ink right in the middle of printing my coupons for the HT Super Double event last week. Usually I'm able to run out to Office Max to pick up another cartridge but that began to get costly, besides the fact that it was 2AM.  I searched my trusty 'ole Ebay for refill ink and ended up saving myself about $110. This is the best thing since sliced bread IMO.

Here's how you can get your own. 

If you're a fan of Ebay, you can start there, however, I'm sure mass merchants like Amazon will have the same thing if you prefer ordering there. 

You will need to type the exact name of your printer in the search bar along with the words 'refill ink'.  You can then make the best selection to fit your needs. I ordered this 3 pack.  


Each pack will refill my cartridge 3 times. That's 9 cartridges of ink for $7.96!!! The ink that I would have normally purchased is anywhere from $13-$17 per cartridge so you do the math.

My package arrived in 2 days. I was super excited!


And installation was the easiest part of all. The refills came with an 'instruction manual' that was a cinch to read and understand. 


 After about 4 easy steps and 5-10 minutes of my time.....


 I was back up and printing and I didn't even have to leave the comfort of my own home. 


Trust me when I say as long as Ebay is in business, I won't ever buy ink from Office Max again unless they are practically giving it away.

 Let me know if this tip helped. 

And stay tuned for more deals, savings, and thrifty and shameless shenanigans. Please feel free to follow my Instagram as well as Facebook pages for additional info.

Thanks for reading. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thrifty Threads: My Couponing Outfit


I don't just coupon to save money on grocery items; my first love is shopping for clothes. Even then, "if it ain't got a #sale sticker on it, my money ain't buying it"!! I went couponing today in my clearance ChuckTaylors that I scored from Target when they had the smoking hot $5 off Converse coupon out. I got them for only $6.98. Believe it or not, the t-shirt came from Dollar Tree-check out the other t-shirt that I scored from there in this post. Last but not least, my boyfriend shorts were on sale for $5.99 a couple of seasons ago at Aeropostale. Talk about dressing on a budget. Yeah, I'm totally about that life!!

 I'm thinking of making this a regular feature here on the blog, which I've totally abandoned lately. Please forgive me. Would you all be interested in reading?

Follow along on my Instagram page as I post most of my hauls and deals there. You can also like my FB page to stay updated on other freebies and deals

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning with Kroger...

***Product coupons were provided by BzzAgent***

One thing I can't stand is a nasty house! I will take clutter and disorganization any day, but filth...I.CAN'T!!!

What better time than Spring Break to get some necessary cleaning out of the way? That's exactly what I did with my time off. I especially love to shop at places like Kroger for my cleaning supplies because not only do they offer great deals and prices but they also allow you the opportunity to earn Fuel Points towards your gas by using their rewards card


If you're unfamiliar with their Fuel Points system, it allows you to save $.10 per gallon of gas for every 100 points that you earn and redeem from your rewards card. Currently, they are running a promotion wherein you can earn 4 times the normal amount of fuel points for purchasing participating products.

Products that you would normally purchase such as this Clorox Cleaner + Bleach


Let me tell you....there's nothing like the fresh smell of bleach to signify a cleaning job well done!!! Especially when it's damn near free AND gives you points towards discounted gas! Double WIN!!!

No....let me take that back!

It's a TRIPLE WIN for me because it cleaned my bathtub like no other. Check out my before pic here...


I know what you're thinking!

I promise you all that I'm not a filthy chic but I had to make sure to let the dirt buildup in the tub enough so that you could visually note the difference in the before and after pictures. Otherwise, this whole post would be pointless.


See...it's not as bad as you think!


But take a look at the end results-AMAZING!!! 


Even better news is that BzzAgent has sent me 5 extra sets of coupons to share with my friends so that they can take advantage of the 4X Fuel Points Program before the promotion ends. 

Please feel free to email me to let me know if you are interested in receiving a sheet of coupons.


Here's what all I purchased with my set of Kroger coupons..all for under $5!!!


Cleaning products are super expensive so great, high value coupons always come in handy.

Again, let me know if you would like a set!

Thank You for reading.
XOXOXOXOX


Monday, April 14, 2014

Product Review: #FindItAtTarget VoxBox

***I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster's Vox Box Program***

The best part about being an Influencer is that I get to test and review products that I normally would  not have thought to purchase.


Recently Infuenster launched a campaign with Target, my single most favorite store in America, in order to introduce various products that may or may not be new to the average Target shopper. Being that I'm literally there at least 2-3 days of the week, there aren't many items at Target in which I'm not familiar with so I was dying to participate. 

Truth be told,  I had my heart set on a new lip color, nail polish, or maybe even a new body wash but instead I received this...




Apparently, it sprays on your wet hair and dries to create 'beach waves'.

So yeah, that's about all I can tell you. I'm honestly a little disappointed with this #FindItAtTarget VoxBox for 2 obvious reasons.

First and foremost there was no product information included in my box so I literally had to rely on the knowledge of my Instagram followers to find out what it was. 

Once it's identity had been established I became even more disappointed because there was no way that I would be able to benefit from it's use with my near natural black girl roots.


Next time they run a campaign such as this, I would expect them to complete a much more in depth pre-screening before they ship out a bunch of products that no one can use or benefit from. 

To the stockpile the Sea Salt goes. 

Anyone else receive a #FindItAtTarget VoxBox?

What was your experience like? 

I can't wait to hear from you!!
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DIY Lunchables: My Balanced Snack with Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese


***This post is sponsored by Alpine Lace®. All opinions and views are my own.***

Happy Tuesday you all!

I haven't been the best blogger friend lately. Honestly, I'm still getting adjusted to life as a Mother-yes, even after almost 4 months I'm still struggling with time management. My lil man is my world so literally every waking moment of my life is about him. Never will I feel guilty or apologize for taking the time to be an awesome Mother.

Being an awesome Mother means that I'm constantly on the go-obviously-because I rarely have the time to blog on a consistent basis anymore!! Being an awesome Mother who nurses means that I have to consume extra calories and remain well hydrated and healthy for the sake of the little life that I have been Chosen to care for.

Let's face it, I've never really been a huge health nut and sometimes I feel like slapping myself for having coffee or a soda-even though they're decaf-because I think they're ruining my little angel and somehow influencing him to develop horrible eating habits already. Even though I'm slim and I've already lost more than what I gained when I was carrying my Bubby, my eating habits are not so stellar! My sweet tooth is absolutely ridiculous and I consume wayyy more cheese than the doctor ordered.

Somehow, I would like to believe that cheese, and any dairy product for that matter, provides me with the fuel that I need to get through life.

 But mainly cheese. 

Seriously, I've been on a cheese kick for a while now. Each week, trying a different type. So far, I've experimented with Swiss, Muenster, and Gouda cheeses-respectively ordered according to my favorites.

I particularly love the Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese.  And the fact that I can make healthy snacks with it. Snacks  like these DIY Lunchables that are perfect for a busy Mom such as myself. 


Most varieties of Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese are reduced fat, perfect for snacking on the go or adding delicious flavor to your favorite sandwich or snack cracker. Its great taste comes from high-quality ingredients, and it provides a good source of protein and calcium.  


Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese helps fuel your busy day, providing you the energy and deliciousness to prepare you for your next adventure. 


I love that these delicious snacks give me and my lil man just what we need to stay energized.

They're the perfect Life Ingredients!!

Share your adventure and life ingredients on your personal Facebook page and be sure to “like” Alpine Lace®.

And again, thanks for reading and sticking in here with me!

Until next time!
XOXOXOXO


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