Zest of Glow Valentine’s Day Giveaway #MomBuzz #ValentinesGift

Zest of Glow Valentine’s Day Giveaway #MomBuzz #ValentinesGift

  Valentine’s Day is meant to be all about love. Taking time out from our busy lives to show that one special person just how much they mean to you, let your walls down and be vulnerable. Don’t let Cupid’s arrows and all that chocolate distract you too much! Accidents rise around every holiday and Valentine’s Day is no exception. As romantic as candles can be, they can also be incredibly dangerous. Sure, they are great for setting the mood, but on average there are 42 candle fires reported every day nationwide. That number almost tripled to 124 candle fires last Valentine’s Day, causing over $4.5 million in damages. If you are looking for an alternative and don’t want to give up any of your favorite candle qualities, Zest of Glow has Flameless LED Tea Light Candles. They switch on and off, have added the melted look to the outside to give more of a candle appearance. Unlike traditional candles, these are 100% safe! Perfect alternative and these can stay lit for days! Flameless LED Tea Light Candles are perfect for providing the romantic effect you are looking for without all the hot wax! Zest of Glow has sponsored this fun Giveaway! One winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a set of 24 Flameless LED Tea Lights. Giveaway ends 2/14, Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: Zest of Glow is responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email by Mom Buzz Media. This winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, otherwise forfeiting their prize. If the original winner does not respond in the timeframe given, a new winner will be chosen. All winning entries will be confirmed. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, […]

Posted February 6, 2016 by Julie in Giveaways / 0 Comments
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Gratitude and Goals Feb 5, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Gratitude and Goals Feb 5, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Weekly Gratitude and Goals My Gratitude for this week: I lost 3 pounds in my first week of Nutrisystem, so far so good! I’m able to fit into a smaller size pair of pants, so that’s a major win. Saturday I went to my favorite YA book club meeting for the first time in almost a year! They used to have it on weeknights but they just moved it to Saturdays and now I can make it again! We tried out Salata for the first time, and I really liked that restaurant. Baby H came with, and he did pretty well for the most part, but he did get bored after a while and wanted out of that high chair. One of the book club girls came up with a straw game for him to play and he really took to it. A great fine motor activity and I will share the details of it with my readers separately. Sunday I had a show as part of my season tickets to the theater: the Bridges of Madison County musical. It was a very lovely show. I only renewed one of my seasons this year since I would have to get extra babysitting while hubby is away, so this non-work time away to do something fun and with other adults was quite nice. As my regular visitors can see, the new branded look is up! I installed the wonderful Tweak Me v2 theme and I spent all last weekend tweaking and tinkering. I think I have it how I am happy with it, but there are so many options that I just might keep on tinkering. I did make the header graphic myself, tried to keep it simple and elegant, which is how I like it. Would love to hear your feedback on […]

Posted February 5, 2016 by Julie in Gratitude Goals Linky / 5 Comments
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Helping Your Child Develop Through Play [Infographic]

Helping Your Child Develop Through Play [Infographic]

Being a child is great, isn’t it? Everything revolves around play, and play is learning.  I’m a huge fan of all the toys available these days and walking down the baby toy aisle is quite fun. I love seeing how educational and interactive so many toys are, with buttons and colors and numbers and such. The littles get exposed to the early concepts of counting and words while practicing their fine motor skills. Babies learn and develop through experiencing the world around them, and what better way to help them then to play with them and make each learning experience a fun bonding game too? I wanted to share this lovely infographic about helping your child develop through play. Helping Your Child Develop Through Play by Wooden Toy Shop

Posted February 3, 2016 by Julie in Parenting / 3 Comments
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaway

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaway

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I wanted to share some lovely gift ideas for the special loved ones in your life. This gift guide also includes a giveaway of a very lovely handbag so don’t miss out. Valentine’s Day Gifts for Children I See Me’s Valentine’s edition of the ‘Who Loves Me?’ books. The Valentine’s book has a pink cover and also comes as a gift set with a sheet of stickers. Order by February 2nd to ensure delivery of the special Valentine’s book. The Who Loves Me? book comes in a blue cover or in the special Valentine’s edition pink cover. The Who Loves Me? books can be made for one child, two siblings, or twins, and is also available in a gift set with blanket. Get them some adorable Valentine’s Day clothes while you’re at it. Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Ladies This lovely Margaret Red Quilted Dome Satchel bag from the 88 Handbag Line. I received this handbag in exchange for my review. I’m also hosting a giveaway so you can win one too. I love the red color and the quilted pattern on this handbag. The bag itself is very light, so will really help with the shoulder strain caused by carrying a lot of stuff. The bag is a good size, large enough to hold quite a bit of everyday working mom purse essentials but not very large so it still looks fashionable and elegant. 88 is a vegan brand and no animal products are used. 88 is the number of constellations in the sky. 88 is considered the luckiest number in Chinese culture as it sounds like word for wealth. 88 is the ham radio sign off that means love and kisses… 88 represents the cycle of creation and recreation. 88 is […]

Posted January 31, 2016 by Julie in Gift Guides, Giveaways / 5 Comments
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Gratitude and Goals Jan 29, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Gratitude and Goals Jan 29, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Weekly Gratitude and Goals My Gratitude for this week: Baby H went to two birthday parties last weekend. Saturday was a 5-year-old’s birthday at an inflatables place, and it took him a while to get warmed up to the place but I went inside one of the bouncy houses with him and he started to enjoy it. Then he learned to drink from a juice box straw. Go Baby H! Sunday it was for a 2-year-old’s birthday, and it was at a restaurant with a play area. He was a bit small for the play area, but he ate everything on his kid’s meal plate. What a good eater! So yea we had a fun and busy weekend with all that. I got a lot of work done for this blog rebrand, too. I’m almost ready to unveil the new theme (which I’ll probably do this weekend) and maybe give it another week before I change the domain name. I wanted to make this a slow transition so I wouldn’t confuse my regular readers too much. I started the Nutrisystem diet now that my food has arrived. I’ll be doing separate posts to track my weight loss journey but so far so good. We’ve made it to the end of January, so 3 weeks down since Dada left for training. My Goals for the upcoming week: Get better, again, because it seems like I’ve been sick on and off for weeks. I guess I’m not getting enough rest. Only when I’ve really recovered should I start a plan for a workout regimen. Keep up with the Nutrisystem diet. Drink more water, aim for 100 oz/day. This I’m doing well with most days. Turn my blog ideas into actual THINGS. What are you thankful for this week? What are your goals […]

Posted January 29, 2016 by Julie in Gratitude Goals Linky / 9 Comments
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A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing Your Blog’s Traffic [Infographic]

A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing Your Blog’s Traffic [Infographic]

One of the things on my goals list is to grow this blog. Driving more traffic to a blog means more eyes on your posts and more interaction (hopefully). Since blogging is not a monologue, the more conversations we start and continue, the better we do in our blogging goals. So today I’m sharing this great infographic with real ways to improve the number of eyes on our blog posts. A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing Your Blog’s Traffic via BloggingWizard.com

Posted January 27, 2016 by Julie in Website and Blogging / 0 Comments
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Why the “Take Time to be a Dad Today” billboards make me sad

Why the “Take Time to be a Dad Today” billboards make me sad

This particular billboard is displayed in my town, and it always gets my attention when I drive by. So I decided to blog my thoughts since that’s what bloggers do. Look, I think Fatherhood.gov is an important project and has some great family resources. There is a lot of great information and wonderful programs mentioned on that website. My complaint is specifically about the billboards, and about the “reminders” for fathers to be dads. The message and takeaway of these billboards convey that we have a serious problem with absentee dads. It saddens me that we live in a world where men need to be reminded to be dads. It breaks my heart that we live in a society filled with the kind of people that would father a child and then disappear. That is one extreme, yes, but we do have a lot of single moms where the father is not involved in the child’s life at all. Then there are the situations where the father is around but works so much that he never sees his children and family. Being a parent is the single most important job someone can have, mother or father – both need to realize this and do right by their children. It shocks me every time people show surprise at how active my husband has been in our child’s life. That with his schedule of working four 10-hour days, he was the one able to take our baby to every weekly physical therapy appointment and DOC band check-up when he was just a wee little one. I certainly couldn’t – I worked full time and had just come off maternity leave so had zero time off. So I am to understand that kind of involvement is as rare as a magical unicorn? Because […]

Posted January 26, 2016 by Julie in Opinionated / 8 Comments
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Our DIY Swing set project

Our DIY Swing set project

Baby H got a lovely toddler swing for his first birthday, but hadn’t been able to use it too much. See, it is meant to be hanging from something, and that something is typically a tree. But it has been raining so much here lately, and our yard stays wet for days and days after a big storm. So we really didn’t get to swing him much since no one wants to wade through  mud to swing a little boy. Hubby to the rescue with a DIY idea to build a swing set out of lumber that can stand on our patio and thus be available for any good weather days, no matter what the condition of our lawn is. He did the bulk of the work, because he’s awesome and I’m not handy at all. He basically built two A-frames connected at the top and bottoms. I helped paint! We picked “Safety Yellow” as the color because yellow is Baby H’s favorite color. And yes, we know that because we have a ball pit in his room, and he only digs out and carries around the yellow balls. Work in progress: Finished product: Now if it would only stop being so cold, we could enjoy this more often. What do you think?

Posted January 25, 2016 by Julie in Home, Parenting / 10 Comments
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How I Re-branded My Blog, Part 1

How I Re-branded My Blog, Part 1

I’ve mentioned before that I was struggling with a bit of a blogging identity crisis and thought I might need a rebrand. I have blogged casually since my college days, and my domain name reflected that. When I became a Mom, my blog gained a purpose and I started to use it more specifically as a platform to learn about motherhood and connect with other bloggers, and less as just a place to house my random thoughts. My blog became more organized, more professional, and became something I was proud to work on. But what held me back was the old domain name. Velvet-Rose.net was purchased back in 2004(!) and while it was a fun poetic name back then, it just doesn’t work now. So I agonized over it for months but no inspiration came. Then I joined a wonderful blog tribe and had a brainstorming session with Erin from Stay at Home Yogi. She really lit a fire under my butt with that discussion we had, and later that evening I registered FabWorkingMomLife.com (I use NameCheap for my domain names). I wanted a domain name that spoke to my life as it currently is, but also had room to grow (my word for 2016!). I wanted something with pop and style, but also something short and sweet. This fits perfectly and I am so excited to have that inspiration hit me in the brain. So let’s talk about what I’ve done with my rebrand so far, and what I’m going to do next. My plan was not to start all over on a fresh website and hosting plan but to instead rebrand “in place” as I like to call it. I wanted everything to remain, just to change the name of the website. That way I wouldn’t have to decide […]

Posted January 23, 2016 by Julie in TopPosts, Website and Blogging / 19 Comments
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Gratitude and Goals Jan 22, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Gratitude and Goals Jan 22, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Weekly Gratitude and Goals My Gratitude for this week: I hosted book club this Saturday and we had a lovely time. Baby H was a bit of a crankypants and yelled a lot but hopefully we’re not getting kicked out of book club yet heh. My book blog co-blogger and I got together to plan out some fun things for Chapter Break. If you follow that blog too, stay tuned for a read-along and more fun. I have exciting blog news! I finally registered a new domain name for this blog! FabWorkingMomLife.com! YES! I’ve been struggling with a blogging identity crisis for some time now and my wonderful friend Erin lit a fire under my butt and inspired me with her awesome brainstorming session in the wonderful tribe she started. I love this tribe! I have so many great ideas jotted down, now to just find time to implement them. This will really help me to grow my blog since I feel like the old name from 2004 was really holding me back. I will be making the transition slowly over the upcoming weeks. I started walking again and it feels amazing. I actually went for a walk at 8pm and it was cool and felt awesome and I was very energized. Maybe it was due to that energizing walk and FB chat with Erin that the inspiration just smashed into me. My Goals for the upcoming week: Work out at least 3 days/week. Plan a workout regimen. Drink more water, aim for 100 oz/day. Take all the ideas for this blog and actually put pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard. Get better, again, because some symptoms are lingering or maybe I caught a new cold. What are you thankful for this week? What are your goals for […]

Posted January 22, 2016 by Julie in Gratitude Goals Linky / 8 Comments
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