October Favorites – Fitness, Food & Beauty

October favorites in fitness, food & beauty!

October Favorites – Fitness, Food and Beauty

I have decided to start writing monthly favorites blog post. I will do these at the beginning of every month focusing on things that I loved from the prior month. In this post, I will go over my favorite items in fitness, food and (maybe) beauty products. I hope to continue this post in video form when I get my YouTube channel up and running. I love watching “Favorites” videos, leave me a comment if you like them too!

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Baiji Water Bottle Review

Baiji water bottle review

Last April, I bought two Baiji Water Bottles on Amazon for our trip to Hawaii. I had the intention of writing a review on the water bottles but it got put on the back burner. Well, after 6 months of not writing a review, here it is!

I took one of these water bottles to the gym the other day and realized that I needed to do a review. All opinions are my own, I bought the Baiji water bottles on Amazon for full price.

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5 best things to do in Branson for families

5 best things to do in Branson for families

I used to call Branson home, but it is also a very popular vacation destination. I didn’t realize just how popular Branson is until I lived there. I have had friends from all over the country tell me that they see commercials for Branson all the time. Families travel from all over the country (and sometimes other countries!) to see what this small, Missouri town has to offer.

Branson is a reasonably affordable place to stay, with accommodations ranging from simple hotels to very nice vacation resorts. It’s central location makes it drive-able from many states and easy to access from everywhere else thanks to it’s small airport. Branson has a lot to offer, and it can get overwhelming if you aren’t sure where to start. These are, in my opinion, the 5 best things to do in Branson for families, in no particular order!

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8 year old birthday gift ideas

Fun Fact: All six of our kids have birthdays in May-August. This means that “birthday season” is kicking off at our house. We actually aren’t doing big birthday gifts or parties this year, but instead we are taking all the kids on a summer trip and celebrating with activities instead of gifts. Even though that is what we are doing, I wanted to share some birthday ideas for all the birthday parties that you might be attending this summer!

My son is turning 8 on Saturday, and my husbands son will be turning 8 just three weeks after that! Earlier this month I wrote a post about 5 year old birthday gift ideas, so make sure to check that out too! All of the items listed are from Amazon, although you can purchase most of them anywhere. Generally speaking, I have found that Amazon has better prices than Wal-Mart or Target, unless Target is having a good toy sale. If you don’t currently have Amazon Prime, you can try it for free for 30 days. Use this link to get your Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.

If you’re on the fence about Amazon Prime, make sure to  check out my post about how to get the most out of your Amazon Prime subscription and then sign up for the trial. There are so many things included that most people don’t know about!

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Starfish Themed Beach Wedding Ideas

How to plan a beach wedding | Beach wedding ideas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HotRef Party Favors. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love the beach. I’ve been talking about Hawaii a lot lately, but I love a good beach anywhere! My husband and I got married on the beach in Galveston, Texas. I spent a lot of time researching beach weddings ideas. If you’re interested in having a Beach Wedding, you’re in luck! I’ve already found some awesome ideas for you.  I found tons of beach wedding stuff at HotRef Party Favors, but these were my favorites.

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How to work from home with kids and keep your sanity

Is it possible to work from home with kids and keep your sanity? I am going to be honest with you, it’s still something that I am working on! As I am writing this blog post, there are five kids aged ten and under in my house. Phrases like “he hurt me!” and “I’m hungry” and “moooooooommmmm!!!” are heard every 12.5 seconds (or less.) I don’t have it all figured out, but I do have some tips to make sure that working from home with kids goes a little bit smoother!

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5 Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas

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5 Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas

Fun Fact: All six of our kids have birthdays in May-August. This means that “birthday season” is kicking off at our house today. We actually aren’t doing big birthday gifts or parties this year, but instead we are taking all the kids on a summer trip and celebrating with activities instead of gifts. Even though that is what we are doing, I wanted to share some birthday ideas for all the birthday parties that you might be attending this summer.

 

Miss M is turning 5 today, so I am kicking it off with 5 year old birthday gift ideas. All of the items listed are from Amazon, although you can purchase most of them anywhere. If you don’t currently have Amazon Prime, you can try it for free for 30 days. Use this link to get your Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. I am including gift ideas for girls and boys, my daughter is pretty girly, but lots of girls like trucks and dinosaurs too!

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5 Easy Swaps for Earth Day

5 Simple Swaps that you can make this Earth Day (and every day!) for a greener, cleaner life. | The biggest problem with any lifestyle change is that sometimes we try to do it at all at once and then get frustrated and stop. Taking simple steps and making simple changes are the best way to transition into a earth-friendly lifestyle.

I am finally back from Hawaii and getting back to focusing on the blog full time. I am so excited to share some of my third trip to the Big Island along with travel tips and ideas. May will be filled with travel tips and ideas, as well as many other ideas for summer fun. Make sure to follow me on Pinterest or sign up for my weekly newsletter for all the latest!

For now, I wanted to do a special post because of Earth Day. Any type of lifestyle change can be challenging, but will seem more more attainable if you take small steps. The following are 5 easy swaps for a greener, cleaner lifestyle. All of these swaps are things that I have done, or currently do and the best part is they’re all really simple!

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4 Things You Should Do Every Day

The 4 Things You Should Do Every Day for Maximum Productivity

Every day has 24 hours, but some seem to be so much shorter than the others. These 4 things you should do every day will help you maximize those hours in the day, and get organized from the time that you wake up. I’m not a time management expert, but between balancing a family, working from home & a photography business, I do try to keep things as organized as possible.

There are a few tricks that I have learned that can help maximize productivity. I also like to start with coffee, before anything else! Here are the 4 things that you should do every day (after coffee) for a more productive day.

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Cloth Diapering 101 | How to use wool diaper covers

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How to use wool diaper covers

Have you ever wondered how to use wool diaper covers with cloth diapers? Have you ever wondered why on earth someone would use a wool cover?  If you are new to cloth diapering or if you are considering it, you may be curious about wool. Wool is used as a cover for cloth diapers. Wool covers can be in the form of soakers, shorties, longies, and a few other options. There are many variations of wool covers, but they all do the same thing.

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Cloth Diapering 101 | How to wash Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapering 101: How to wash cloth diapers. A beginners series all about cloth diapers, don't forget to check out part 1!

Welcome to the Cloth Diapering 101 Series! Part two is all about how to wash cloth diapers. Make sure to check out Part 1 – Different Types of Cloth Diapers.

I believe that the number one reason why parents don’t stick with cloth diapering is laundry issues. Diaper laundry can be extremely simple once you get in to a routine, but finding a routine that works for you can be challenging. What works for one family may not work for another. Washing cloth diapers can seem very complicated for the beginner. I created this post to explain diaper laundry as simply as possible. Here are some common questions that a new cloth diapering parent might have about laundry.

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Cloth Diapering 101 – Types of Cloth Diapers

types of cloth diapers

Cloth diapering can get very confusing, especially when you’re just starting out. There are so many different types of cloth diapers, it can be overwhelming. The most important thing to remember is; every parent is different, and every child is different. Something that works great for someone else may not work for you and your baby.  Try not to get too overwhelmed by all of the information out there. Just take it one day at a time. For those of you that have heard about different kinds of cloth diapers but aren’t sure what is what, here is a simple breakdown. I am also including a link to each type of cloth diapersfor further reference.

Part 2 is here now! Cloth Diapering 101 | How to wash cloth diapers

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How to be a morning person | Wake up early & Be more productive!

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Do you use Timehop? I do, and I often look back at posts where I say something like “It’s so early, I can’t believe I’m up!” I look at the post time, maybe 6:30AM, and I laugh. I’m definitely a morning person, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I was 19 or 20, I thought having to be at work at 8:00AM was terrible. Five or six years ago, waking up early was a struggle, even though I was doing it more consistently. How to be a morning person.

Fast forward to now. I very rarely sleep past 6, and most mornings I am awake around 4:30AM. I became a morning person out of necessity, but over the past year of consistently waking up early I have realized that I am far more productive. I firmly believe that waking up early leads to a productive day. Here are the lessons that I have learned in how to be a morning person.

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