Monday, July 28, 2014

Huggies® Costco Giveaway!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Last week I told you all about how to plus up your baby care at Costco with Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus baby wipes. Remember, these items are exclusive to Costco Warehouse. Can I just say it has been a huge help to me buying my baby items in bulk? No more multiple trips to other stores or impromptu stops on the way home from play dates because I just remembered we're out of diapers or wipes again.

I am not a fan of going to the store with two kids in this triple digit Texas heat for one thing. It's a workout. A workout I wouldn't recommend. 

Not only do I recommend Costco for baby products but I also recommend them for anything that your family uses in bulk.

I have really enjoyed using the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus baby wipes. The diapers fit so well and the leak protection is amazing. As I have raved about here on the blog before Huggies® wipes have a special place in my heart. When you buy your wipes at Costco you'll receive two refillable containers. One of them is the super stylish clutch that I'm in love with. Both the diapers and wipes are a MUST try!

Because I love you guys so much I am going to offer you a chance win a $50 Costco cash card so that you can get in all of this exclusiveness that I've been enjoying! 

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"Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Mom Central Consulting."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Huggies® Costco Ambassador Program

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating”

Hey, hey, hey! I am so excited to share my participation in the Huggies® Costco Ambassador program! You already know how in love I am with the new Huggies® Clean n' Clutch wipes and now I get to share info about Costco's exclusive Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers, and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. 

Little Mike is getting into everything these days. I love how well the diaper covers and stays on his little bottom. I especially love that I don't have to worry about leaks when he sleeps for long stretches. The wipes are so thick and durable. Another plus is that they are fragrance free. Love that!


I'm a huge Costco fan but I have to admit it wasn't until this campaign that I took a closer look at all their options for babies. The wipes come with refillable dispensers. One of them is the super stylish clutch from Huggies that I blogged about recently. I've been seeing them on Moms everywhere so far this summer. It's so nice to be able to refill the clutch with the Huggies Natural Care® Plus wipes. I haven't had to use as many wipes as normal because they are so durable. 

Another feature of the diapers that has been a huge help is the SnugFit waistband. Little Mike is not a chunky baby at all but he is very long and wiggly. Sometimes it's hard to get a diaper to stay on him while he's exploring. He normally ends up with a weird diaper wedgie or the diaper completely falls off. Not with the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers! Savannah and Little Mike played a game of tag (which normally requires a diaper change, LOL) and he was still "snug and dry" in his diaper. A big plus for me!

Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers, and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes can only be found at Costco. Try a sample for yourself to see how incredible these Huggies® diapers and wipes are! Remember, these products are only available at Costco - you can't get them anywhere else!!

  • Costco Members: Click HERE to register for a FREE sample of the
    Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each day starting today July 21, 2014 through July 26, 2014 so try back tomorrow if you aren’t able get a sample today! You must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Running With Babies: Who Run The World?

Hey Ladies.

I just had to come here and share an achievement of mine. I would have never considered myself a runner before. When I was trying to pull it together for our trip to Vegas I started stepping up my cardio. That was big for me because I've never been a cardio girl. I'd take a walk with you all day but running was not something I was interested in unless I was being chased or I was chasing a baby.

The more I ran the more I liked it. Even though I couldn't run for very long at the time I still enjoyed the  way it made me feel. Then a friend of mine started the whole Operation Snapback movement and our first challenge was to run 26.2 miles this month.


I decided that I wasn't going to let anything get in the way of me conquering this challenge. By the end of this month I could be a runner. Today was the longest run I've ever done. I was into it too. Once Savannah started asking to leave the gym I knew I had to wrap it up, but I think I had at least one more mile in me.

I felt so strong afterwards.


One of my Flirty30 resolutions was to be in the best shape of my life. I think I'm well on my way. You couldn't tell me nothing when I left the gym today! I am sharing this story to remind you that no matter what your goal is you can do it. Don't let kids, husbands, work and all that other stuff keep you from achieving your goals. Do it and celebrate the small milestones along the way.

Four miles today could turn into a marathon tomorrow.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thought Bubbles...

Today I DVR'd an entire mini marathon of Caribbean Life so that I can go on a mental vacation anytime I want…

I found the perfect vow renewal dress today on Pinterest. Of course it's a pin of a pic someone uploaded with no details as to who the designer is or where the dress can be found…

BabyM is a little dancing machine…

Oh. And from now on I will be calling him Little Mike…

I have been enjoying running. My goal is 6 miles a week…

When I receive my BOB Flex stroller soon you won't be able to tell me nothing…



My husband's summer work and school schedule is crazy. I don't know how he does it…

I am considering getting a fitness watch…

I've been running a lot lately. I'm doing a marathon run challenge next month. You can join the fun by visiting the OperationSnapback Facebook page. There's no time like Summer to whip that body into shape…

I have no idea what to make for dinner tonight…

I'm suffering from a strong case of cooker's block…

Today my husband came all the way home from work just to pick up a bug for me…

His job is not even close enough for all that…

Gathering ideas for Sav's 4th birthday party. Why do pools in Texas close in August?…

Little Mike is showing himself to be a picky eater. Ain't nobody got time for that…

That phrase will never get old to me. Sweet Brown earned her place in the urban dictionary with that one liner…

We're throwing around ideas for a family trip this Fall. I have no idea where I want to go within these United States…

Maybe it's time we all got Passports…

I should probably head to Pinterest to find something to make for dinner. Procrastination never helped anyone. (Except for maybe the Mom that secretly doesn't want to cook tonight. Chipotle anyone?)…




Monday, June 23, 2014

BabyM Turns One (Photo Heavy)

On Father's Day weekend we celebrated BabyM's first birthday. We decided to make it a family affair by having a small low key party with just the four of us. I can not believe he is one already. Time truly does fly. I feel like I just had him yesterday.

I kept all of the decorations simple and easy. When Savannah turned one we were living near family and she had a huge party that hit our pockets deep. Call it second baby syndrome but I was more than happy to have this low cost family only party.


To add a special touch to his birthday I took his photos myself. This was my first time ever trying my hand at a real photo shoot. I think his pics turned out great. I was really happy with them. I now understand why you only get about 6-10 shots from a photographer, LOL! I edited the pics using picMonkey. Oh. And taking his pics made me want a DSLR even more. Maybe for Christmas?




During his one year well baby appointment the doctor was pretty pleased with how he's grown. Remember BabyM was born five weeks early?! Look at him now. So big and strong! He talks a lot and is standing up but hasn't decided to walk yet. If he's anything like his sister he'll wait until he's good and ready to walk which could be a couple months from now. (Savannah was 14 months when she decided to walk.)




Speaking of Savannah, here she is serving (and enjoying a lollipop). She has been such a great big sister this past year. She plays so well with her baby brother. Every now and then I do have to remind her to share but other than that I am so happy that she didn't put me through any of the nightmares I hear about toddlers reverting when a new baby comes home. Shout out to Sav for being such a big girl!



How do you think my pics turned out? Any photographers have tips for me?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Rant About the Kindergarten Checklist Pin

Okay Mommy friends. You might remember this post  where I shared some of the learning goals for Savannah between now and next year when she starts school. Well. In that post I had a pretty little checklist that I thought other Moms would find helpful so I pinned it.

The response has been overwhelming. Thank you to anyone that pinned, liked or shared this pin with a friend. I really appreciate it. The amount of people that "liked" this pin outweigh the naysayers and negative nancies. However, I would be lying if I told you I wasn't confused about some of these comments.


For starters, I would consider myself a good "Mommy friend". Meaning that I'm not critical of what my friends or other Moms choose to do with their kids. I have friends with kids in private school, public school and I have friends who homeschool. All of them made the decision that they felt was best for their child. Now. While I may joke with my friends about things (like how many of them think I should continue to homeschool and I already know I'm not 'bout that homeschool life long term - at least I feel that way now - things could change…) I don't ever make them feel like their decision is wrong. 

That's just not how I get down. If you like it, I love it. If you want to teach your child everything from the basics to multiplication and how DNA works all before Kindergarten - good for you. If you only want to cover the basics with your kid - good for you. And lastly, if you don't want to teach your child anything before they start school then do you boo but that's not how I operate.

As a stay at home Mom I feel that I would be doing my children a disservice if I didn't at least try to give them a stronger foundation for learning. I am home with them everyday. Everyday we have an opportunity to learn something. Sure we still play and have lots of fun but in my house education comes first. It always will. So, there's no point in waiting until they start school for them to learn that. They need to know that now. Those are the expectations we have for our children. 

I strongly believe that a child is capable of learning anything as long as their is someone willing to teach them. That willing person also has to believe that the child is capable of learning. He or she will also need tons of patience and a little time. 



I didn't create that pin to make anyone feel inadequate about their own decisions. I made it for parents like me that want to expose their child to as much as possible. Learning can be fun and is a great way to bond with your child. We are our children's first teachers. I will always push my kids to go above and beyond what the standard is. That is what you can expect to find here. 

Be a good Mommy friend and support what your fellow Moms are doing. This is the last time I will address the Kindergarten pin (here, on twitter and my email). Be comfortable enough in your decisions to not be swayed, upset or critical of what someone else is doing. 

Before I go I also just want to encourage everyone to not ever come for Savannah's (or BabyM's) mind again unless it sends for you. I would hate for you to meet "Ratchet Mommy". She isn't about being politically correct for the internet and I don't think she knows Jesus. 

Thanks again for all the positive support. It means more than you know!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Out and About: H&M Grand Opening

Last week the kids and I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of H&M at The Shops at La Cantera. I knew it was going to be crazy out there but I had no idea it would be as crazy as it was. The line started at H&M and was wrapped all the way around the mall to the Cheesecake Factory. Bananas.


The city has been waiting on H&M for quite some time. I normally shop the trendy retailer online so it was nice seeing all of the merchandise in person. I saw lots of cute stuff for the summer. Bathing suits, accessories, shorts and shoes all at affordable prices. Love.


Their kids stuff is pretty cute too. I buy lots of Savannah and BabyM's clothes from H&M. They wash and wear very well. No shrinking or fading of colors. Here is Savannah in a head to toe H&M look. (peep the line of people)


Before leaving the store I snagged a couple summer essentials. I didn't have much time to look around but I found these cute speckled shorts, black blouse and statement necklace. I wore the necklace yesterday and got tons of compliments.


What do you think of my outfit? What do you consider to be a summer essential?
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