5 Tips for an Easier {Military} Move

5 Tips for an Easier {Military} Move

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Moving house is always a complicated process, full of big emotions and sometimes difficult decisions. Some people are pros at moving and others, like me, find it a very stressful life event. In the past decade, I have moved three times, and one of those moves was halfway across the country. My husband and I have also had several situations where he had to temporarily live away, whether for an extended Army school, mobilization, or a new civilian job opportunity. These moves were all career-driven in one way or another, and some related to the military. My husband is currently in the National Guard, but this may change if he gets his way, and so I may soon experience the active duty side of military life. Of course, this will very likely include a cross-country move. A few years ago, we moved into this giant house and then had our baby. The amount of stuff we collected has increased exponentially. Just thinking about packing it all up and moving again is daunting, but is a constant reality for many families. I started thinking about how we can make our hypothetical (or realistic) future move easier. 5 Tips to Make Your {Military} Move Easier 1. Declutter before the move. Moving a huge amount of stuff may not be necessary. If you do the work in advance of the move and go through and get rid of things you know you will not need, the process is much easier. You definitely don’t want to have to move things you will not use anymore. Plus, less to unpack later. 2. Start packing early. If you know well in advance that you are moving, you […]

Posted April 30, 2016 by Julie in Home, Influencer, Military / 0 Comments
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Gratitude and Goals April 29, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Gratitude and Goals April 29, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Weekly Gratitude and Goals My Gratitude for this week: Last weekend was our final complimentary swim lesson. We had fun, but it sure is time-consuming. I’m debating on whether to continue with the lessons or reclaim part of my weekend. They are going to give me a military discount, though, so I’ll have to make a decision. I went to a book club meeting, and interestingly most of us did not like the book, and few even finished. But we had fun hanging out. And complaining about the rain. I’ve been walking with Baby H in a harness (with “leash”) this week to let him stretch his legs and run off some of that energy. It has been interesting, but a bit overwhelming for him I think to have this new freedom outside. He loves mailboxes though for some reason. I love walking with my awesome neighbor 🙂 My biggest and best yet brand ambassador post went up this week. Did you see it? I shared 3 hummus recipes, great for picky toddlers. I got hired for another wonderful brand ambassador post through the same group and I’m looking forward to finding out the details on that. My Goals for the upcoming week: Continue my progress with the Nutrisystem diet. 20 pounds down so far. Need to keep making progress. Keep walking several times a week. Drink more water, aim for 100 oz/day. I’m doing this also with drinking Zeal. Work on my content calendar for May. Stop biting my nails! Go to bed before midnight! What are you thankful for this week? What are your goals for the week ahead? Share your posts with us! Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Fab Working Mom Life and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The […]

Posted April 29, 2016 by Julie in Gratitude Goals Linky / 4 Comments
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

Mother’s Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

It is almost Mother’s Day. Do you know what you’re getting for the special Mom in your life? Here are some suggestions. These lovely bath bombs from my friends at Azalea Pine Bathworks. A lovely wooden chalkboard, or maybe shelf or chest, from my talented friends at The Skilled Smith Workshop. A new mom in your life would love this beautiful nursing poncho or a nursing tee from Bun Maternity. I’ve got one of each to give away! Enter below to win. Thanks to Bun Maternity for providing the prize. US only. a Rafflecopter giveaway Some yummy coffee or tea! I’m a fan of the yummy loose-leaf teas at The Full Leaf Tea Company. This super awesome baby carrier from Ergobaby! Because it allows her to hold the baby close, while still having her hands free. A great book to help her embrace a decluttering project. A yoga class she can take from the comfort of her home! A Kindle Fire! Perfect for Moms who love to read and use a tablet.   This lovely Margaret Red Quilted Dome Satchel bag from the 88 Handbag Line. See my review.   This lovely pregnancy scratch-off calendar, for the soon-to-be Moms.

Posted April 27, 2016 by Julie in Gift Guides, Giveaways / 8 Comments
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3 Easy Healthy Toddler Meals with Hummus

3 Easy Healthy Toddler Meals with Hummus

I was hired by The Women Bloggers to participate in this #HummusMadeEasy campaign led by Kendal King Group and #SoapboxInfluence on behalf of BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy. Opinions (and excitement in creating these easy healthy toddler meals) are mine.    Feeding a tiny human should not be so difficult. But if your young toddler is anything like my 17-month-old, food is rejected (and tossed) immediately as a rule before even giving it a taste. There might be about a handful of foods he is willing to eat without a song and dance, pleading, or attempts at tough love (“I guess you’re not hungry…”) so I try to creatively include his favorites when introducing something new (or something resembling a vegetable – which is why I try to blend vegetables into foods). One food I know my toddler loves is beans. When dining out at a Mexican restaurant, he nearly climbs onto the table to devour (and wear) my side of refried beans and rice. But how often can this Mom put beans in everything? That’s why I was thrilled to learn about BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy! I personally love hummus, so I’m thrilled that my baby boy does too. When I say easy, I mean it! This Mom (aka me) is a fan of any recipe with fewer than a handful of ingredients and steps, and these are total winners in my book. Check out the steps to make your own hummus: Drain & rinse a can of BUSH’S® beans. Pour into blender/food processor. Add a packet of BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy to the beans. Blend. That was easy! Now let’s get creative and get to our three easy healthy toddler meals and recipes that both the Toddler and us grownups can enjoy.

Posted April 25, 2016 by Julie in Food, Influencer, Parenting / 29 Comments
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Gratitude and Goals April 22, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Gratitude and Goals April 22, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Weekly Gratitude and Goals My Gratitude for this week: Well, as you may have heard, Houston had some catastrophic flooding this past weekend. My Mom flew out that morning and the storms started after 10 pm Sunday. Monday found our street had turned into a river, and all the cars parked in front of houses were full of water, including my nanny’s. I’m grateful here that no water entered our house and we made out okay since many were not so lucky. We lost power, and even when that was restored, we still didn’t have phone/internet/TV all day on Monday – so I got a work-free day off to spend with Baby H (well, I do have to take a vacation day). I enjoyed the rest of my Mom’s visit and we had a blast our last full day together, which was Saturday. We had another swim lesson and this time I had Mom take a bunch of photos. I have my final free lesson this weekend and then I’ll write up a review post and share some of those photos. Also on Saturday went to a local park with a neighbor, and we went there specifically because the neighbor told us they have a patch of bluebonnets! Yes, because Texas. We got a couple of good photos taken, but for the most part, Baby H didn’t want to pose for them.  We tried anyway. I see all these lovely photos with babies around 9 months old in bluebonnets and that’s perfect because they can’t get up and run off when you’re trying to pose them in the flowers. I’ve gone walking with the neighbors a few times this week and according to my Noom walk app on my phone, we have been getting in quite a few steps! Last night […]

Posted April 22, 2016 by Julie in Gratitude Goals Linky / 0 Comments
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Toys always end up in landfills. Celebrate Earth Day and rent them instead!

Toys always end up in landfills. Celebrate Earth Day and rent them instead!

Thanks Pley for sponsoring this conversation. My baby is not even two years old and already he has collected more toys than I thought possible. My living room looks like a multi-colored toy fairy exploded all over it, and I bet you’re nodding because your living room or play room is littered with toys as well. I actually hid some of the toys that my son got for his first birthday in order to introduce them slowly so he doesn’t get bored with them all at once. I’m thankful we received so many gifts because collecting all of them can get expensive fast, and when the sweet little hellion of a toddler only plays with them for a few months, then that is quite bad for everyone’s budget. I keep saying when he grows out of these toys we need to have a massive garage sale, but that sounds like quite a bit of work since my little man is constantly getting bored with his toys and is wanting something new to play with. And the little tornado likes to throw things when he gets bored with them. So after he’s done with his toys, and if they last through any future children I may agree to have, these toys will definitely not be in any condition to sell. So most likely all these toys will end up in the garbage. According to this article on Mercola, America’s children only make up 4% of the world’s total, but we buy (and throw away) 40% of the world’s toys. How awful and not Earth-friendly to have all that plastic in landfills. Earth Day is April 22, and ideas to reduce waste start circling the internet and social circles. This Earth Day we can make a difference by renting toys instead of […]

Posted April 20, 2016 by Julie in Influencer, Parenting / 9 Comments
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7 Workplace Health Hacks for Working Moms

7 Workplace Health Hacks for Working Moms

We working moms have our plates so full that we can’t see past the water glass sometimes. Ok, so a silly punny thing to say, but in all seriousness, you know I’m right. Sometimes it is difficult to balance it all, and we tend to put ourselves last. It is not easy to take care of our own health while working full time and taking care of a family. I wish it was. But, there are a few things we can do while at work to help take care of ourselves, even a little, and to remain healthy. Healthy Hacks for the Workplace Here are just some ideas I have that can help us stay healthy at the office: Drink a glass of water for each cup of coffee (gotta stay hydrated). Get up and stretch every hour and rest your eyes from the screen. Walk down the hallway a few times a day if possible (like to the restroom, or to meetings). Keep a stash of healthy snacks (such as nuts or popcorn) to avoid the vending machine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator if possible. Pack your lunch to control what you eat, and how much you eat. We know that eating out can get dangerous for our waistline. Lists are great, but graphics are even better. Thanks to the lovely folks at Nuts.com for making this custom infographic for me. What are some things you can do at the office to be healthy? Share your tips with me!

Posted April 19, 2016 by Julie in Health, Working Mom / 8 Comments
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Save on the Everyday with Groupon

Save on the Everyday with Groupon

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Groupon. All opinions are mine. Nowadays it is almost silly to pay full price on items, food, or experiences. Deal sites are popping up all over the place, but the first one I used, and the one I still use most often, is the Groupon Coupons site. Why I Groupon I have purchased Groupon deals for quite a few different experiences. My husband and I took a horse-back riding lesson due to a Groupon. I have bought movie passes on multiple occasions – two for one deals are awesome. I also purchased a Yoga package and had fun attending with a friend. I got Groupons for several Paint and Wine studios and came home with my masterpieces. I’ve painted pottery with a Groupon. We attended a murder mystery dinner using a Groupon deal. I’ve even done my taxes with a Groupon! I’ve also utilized Groupon Goods, and I am a fan of that option. For example, I ordered our lovely Egyptian cotton sheets, for a great price! I think I might take a little baby clothes shopping spree with Groupon and stock up on some future size Carter’s brand clothing. Why Should You Groupon? You can search for deals for items and events you are already planning on purchasing/attending. You can browse local deals to decide “what’s for dinner”. You can find out about new venues in your area and experience new adventures. The savings, obviously. Groupons are a great way to get together with friends, on a budget. How to Groupon You can sign up for Groupon here. You can check out Groupon on Facebook. You can check out Groupon on Twitter. Do you Groupon? Tell me about a fun deal you recently bought.

Posted April 17, 2016 by Julie in Deals and Steals, Influencer / 0 Comments
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Gratitude and Goals April 15, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Gratitude and Goals April 15, 2016 #GratitudeGoals

Weekly Gratitude and Goals My Gratitude for this week: My Mom is visiting for my birthday! I love having one-on-one time with her (well, with Baby H, too). She’s my personal shopper and came with a suitcase full of awesome new clothes for me since she knows I have no time to shop on my own and the little dude won’t give me any peace to try stuff on in store heh. We had a lovely week just relaxing and spending time together and going out for some yummy meals. I’m definitely off my diet this week heh. I even took some days off work this week to enjoy time with her. We’ve had lots of fun going to parks, we went to the Children’s Museum, we’ve even gone shopping a few times. Having an extra set of hands with the baby helps quite a bit. I’ve enjoyed my birthday week 🙂 My Goals for the upcoming week: Continue my progress with the Nutrisystem diet. 18+ pounds down, let’s keep at it. Hoping I didn’t mess up my progress with all the eating out we’ve been doing while my Mom was visiting. Keep walking several times a week. Drink more water, aim for 100 oz/day. Get back into working on my content calendar for the rest of April and May after my Mom’s visit. Stop biting my nails! What are you thankful for this week? What are your goals for the week ahead? Share your posts with us! Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Fab Working Mom Life and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this […]

Posted April 15, 2016 by Julie in Gratitude Goals Linky / 1 Comment
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