Friday, September 29, 2017

Kitchen Confessions: Zaycon Fresh

Heading to the grocery store to purchase meats for your family's dinners is what most of us do on a weekly basis. What if we told you that wasn't the only option though?  We were recently introduced to Zaycon Fresh, a meat delivery company.  Now, we laughed at first learning that we were going to be heading to a drive-thru meat market and picking up a bulk order of pork tenderloin from the back of a truck.  However, the process was actually pretty neat and now our freezers are stocked with farm-fresh meats at amazing prices because we bought in bulk.


To read all about how Zaycon Fresh works check out our post on Savvy Sassy Moms.  We're also sharing an easy recipe for all that pork tenderloin that is one of our very favorites!




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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Celebrating Our Curves!

Thank you Curves International for sponsoring this post. Ready to get #CurvesStrong?

This last year we have both been doing our best to live healthier lifestyles. We've made it a priority to focus on our fitness and eating habits because we want to be in the best health possible for our family and ourselves. 

Not to mention you need a lot of condition training to keep up with our Mini Magnolias. A lot.


We want to show our children that you can be active and healthy your entire life. We want to be role models for having a great body image to our girls, and putting an emphasis on overall health. We want to be able to play and have fun with our children, grandchildren, and maybe one day great-grandchildren. To do that we know we need to be active in investing time in our health and ourselves.


All of that comes with work...but, it doesn't have to feel that way. We've found that you can have fun establishing healthy routines in your life. Doing so with some of your closest friends by your side - even better!

We are so excited to announce our latest partnership with Curves®!

WHY WE LOVE CURVES

For the next month we will both be participating at our local Curves®facility to learn more about our health, take part in some of their amazing fitness classes, and get advice from their knowledgeable staff. And we couldn't be more excited about it!


We love that Curves® facilities are owned and operated by women. From the moment you walk in the door you know that everyone there "gets it". We are all women... moms, grandmothers, friends, teachers, corporate executives, etc. We are all in the same boat - women trying to obtain or maintain healthier lifestyles. A healthier us. We love that feeling of camaraderie and support, knowing that we all have the same goal.



We love that Curves® makes it a priority to provide women with the tools to lead happier healthier lives, while understanding the immense pressures women are under. They've realized women are often on the go, and have perfected a way to provide women with quality studio fitness in just 30 minutes. Thirty! As busy moms to six children going in six different ways we totally appreciate that. Getting in a quality workout in thirty minutes or less in our world's is amazing!

JOIN THE CELEBRATION

Today Curves® 25!! Twenty-five years of providing women with healthier lifestyles one life at a time and they are celebrating in a BIG way!


Throughout the month of September Curves® has been hosting a number of special classes and giveaways to commemorate the special moment. The first 25 new members at each facility get to join for free (With annual membership. Varies at each facility, and cannot be combined with other offers.).

Today they are kicking off a huge bash, and will be celebrating around the globe with special workouts and in-club parties! Who doesn't love a good party? Non-members are also able to join in the fun at their local Curves for just twenty-five cents!

The fun doesn't stop at the workouts though. Curves® will also be hosting fun giveaways through their Facebook and Instagram feeds all day! So if you aren't able to make it to a facility today to join the party, you still get the chance to win some fun goodies!


We can't wait to get our (workout) party on! Will you be joining us today?


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This post was sponsored by Curves International but the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cuddl Duds: Live in Layers So That You Never Have to Feel Uncomforable








Summer is officially over and the cooler months are just around the corner. This time of year is always tricky in the South. We might wake up and be freezing cold, but by mid-day the temps have soared so high you have to double check the calendar just to make sure it really is Fall. 

The drastic swings make it so tough to plan what to wear. Do we wear a tank top? A puff jacket? Something other than flip flops? It's all sorts of confusing. 

As true southerners though, we know how to adapt. We learned long ago the key to surviving the confusing Fall, and the freezing Winter on the horizon, is to dress in layers! Layering is perfect for any seasonal situational, and it makes for a fun way to play around with what we have in our closets.  


IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BASE...LAYER

When it comes to layering we make sure we start with a good base layer. It's the first layer we put on, and the one that sets the tone for our entire day. We want our base layer to be comfortable and cozy without being cumbersome. With all those extra holiday treats we tend to consume in mass quantities sample this time of year, we've got enough bulk going on with out adding extra with our layers.


Our favorite base layering pieces are these amazing Cuddl Duds from JCPenney. They are the warmest, yet lightest, pieces we have ever worn. Not to mention super soft too! The Softwear with Stretch tops feel like silk on your skin. You would never assume when you put on that super soft, light weight layer could keep you so warm - but it does! Even on the coldest of days!



HERE. THERE. EVERYWHERE!

We have worn our Cuddl Duds everywhere. Literally. As moms to a combined six children we are constantly on the go. Our schedules are jam packed with school meetings, doctor's appointments, after school activities, working out, and so on. And on. And on.

{Featured: Cuddl Duds Flex Fit Long Sleeve V-Neck in Blueplum Space Dye}

It's a lot of in and out of the car, house and buildings we have no temperature control over. We don't want to spend our time worrying that we are dressed uncomfortably, and layering up is the best way to combat the constantly changing environments we are in.


We love the flexibility and the comfort Cuddle Duds provides when we layer. The moment we start our day to the moment we sit down to unwind, we have confidence that we are going to be comfortable no matter what the situation will be. 


From ski slopes to everyday activities - and everywhere in between! - Cuddl Duds will forever be our go to when it comes to layering for style and comfort. 

{Featured: Cuddl Duds Long sleeve Softwear With Strech top in Black, and Flex Fit Legging in Blackgrey Space Dye}

What are some of your favorite ways to layer and stay warm in the cooler months? 




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Cuddl Duds are the best layering pieces for fall and winter! So cozy, lightweight - and stylish! #LiveInLayers


Monday, September 25, 2017

15 Uses for Command Hooks Around the House

A few weeks ago a friend of mine was telling me she needed a solution for her daughter's necklaces that kept getting tangled.  I used to have the very same problem until I came up with a way to keep them organized. I shared my command hook tip with her she texted me a few days later thanking me for sharing and saying it was working out perfectly.  That got me thinking because I use command hooks for SO many things around my house.  This post is not sponsored in anyway.  I just really do love these handy little things, keep extras at my house at all times, and thought it would be fun to share all the ways I use them!  Also, this isn't one of those posts that is going to be pretty because I literally  just walked around my house and took pics with my cell phone, but I do hope it will be practical!


1. Since I mentioned it above, I figured I would share that first.  My girls' necklaces used to get all tangled in their jewelry boxes, so I started using small hooks in their closest for them to be able to hang up and really have easier access to their necklaces.


2.  Obviously Boo-Boo does not have the same need in his closet, but he does have SO many hats so I put them in his closet for him to hang is hats on.


3. Also in the girls' closets I have some hanging for them to keep their bags and purses organized.


4. In our downstairs coat closet I put large hooks on one side so the kids could easily grab and then hang up their coats during the fall/winter. It's much quicker than trying to get them on an actual hanger and keeps them from being on the ground.


5. On the other side of that hall closet I have hooks for some of their sports bags.



6. Outside the door leading to the garage I have a hook where we hang our dog's leash.


7. The playroom has lots of hooks.  One for hanging bags and another for aprons the kids use in the kitchen.


8. I use large clear ones outside on doors for my wreaths and other decor that I hang.


9. I use outdoor hooks for hanging garland at Christmas time.



10. I recently discovered these large waterproof hooks that are perfect in the shower.  They hold the shower caddies down low enough so the kids' stuff is within easy reach. 


11. I have them hanging on the kids bathroom walls because we didn't want to mount towel racks down low (knowing the kids would be growing taller and eventually need them at a normal height), but I can't stand wet towels on the floor.  This was a good temporary solution so the kids could hang their own towels without needing my help and without us needing to move towel racks down the road. 

12. Our reward jars are mounted on a window in the kitchen that is easily accessible and a large, heavy duty hook has been holding them for 3 years now!


13. In my pantry I have my aprons hanging on a hook. 


14. I also use them to hang wreaths inside my house. I didn't want to ruin my cabinets, but knowing this will come right off when I'm ready for it to, I don't have to worry.



15. I use tiny clear hooks on the brick mantle to hang our Christmas stockings and then will leave them up all year because they aren't visible and then be able to use them for other holiday decor.





So there you go!  I probably have a bunch of other random ones around my house, but those are the ones that popped into my head.  How do you use them?  Any fun organizational tips you could share!?

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  We always love Fridays around here, but this Friday is even better because my kids are on fall break next week.  Kind of crazy to think about it, but since they started school at the end of July they have all of next week off.  They're excited about no school for the week and I'm excited about no early wake-up time for the week!  Today we're linking up with some of our favorite bloggers to share our Friday Favorites. 



I shared this bench on Instagram a few weeks ago and am still pretty obsessed with it.  I recently inherited this piece from my mom and just had the cushion recovered.  Story has it that there were originally two of them and it is what my great grandparents slept on when they were first married.  I just love family pieces and the story behind it is even more special. That with all three of my kids' baby pictures hanging above it makes it one of my favorite places in my house.  I walk by it a million times a day so I get to see it often.  It's sitting in the loft area at the top of our stairs and fills the space perfectly! 



Can't stop thinking about the mango salsa I made a few weeks ago.  Seriously the BEST appetizer I've ever had and a favorite for any weekend.  I can't wait to whip up another batch of it for us to have while we watch football all weekend.  

If you've been a reader here for any amount of time you know my little guy is obsessed with baseball.  Like, totally obsessed. He wants to play every second of every day and I spent hours outside "practicing" with him.  We play catch every single day and because of this, his fielding skills have become pretty impressive for a 6 year old.  He's been wanting to catch a pop fly in a game so he could make that type of out and last week he caught two in two different games.  He got the game ball for his first one and we were so proud!  One of my favorite things is to watch my kids play the sports they love and I'm so happy he has really found "his thing." 




With fall break next week and the real fall season just around the corner, I get so excited about boots and sweaters, but truth is, that is going to be awhile.  I mean, it has been in the 90's this week so we are all still sweating in the southern heat.  However, I do like to start doing small things that make me feel more like fall like wearing fall colors (even if it's shorts and a tank tops) and also fall nail polish colors.


I picked up this new Essie shade, tribal text-styles, this week and love it!  It's my new fall favorite. It's a really dark gun-metal gray with sparkles!  


And while the heat will stick around for at least another month, that doesn't mean we can't get into the Halloween holiday mood!  Our sweet friend, Kathryn, from Feathered Nest Boutique hooked us up with these super cute monogram tees. 



The cute chevron is Halloween colors is so fun and will be the perfect thing to wear for class parties, Halloween neighborhood gatherings and visits to the pumpkin patch! 




We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and we'll see you back here next week!  


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