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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ways to Show you Care - the true meaning of Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day is a day of love, a day of expressing your feelings and a dedicated day of flowers, chocolate and sex. What's not to love?  

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Several people celebrate this day of love, myself included, while others ignore it and go on with there life. When Valentine's Day falls on a week day like today, businesses get a kick out of it because that means they get two weekends full of business which means $$$. Society has turned Valentine's Day into a "Hallmark Holiday". Brands pushing you to buy overpriced cards, jewelry, chocolate, flowers, stuffed animals, balloons, wine and condoms; anything and everything in the colors pink and red or with hearts and kisses on it. 

Ads are everywhere. 

The pressure to look your best - hair, nails, make-up.

The pressure to buy the perfect gift - watch, chocolate, flowers. 

The pressure to plan a romantic evening - massage, five star restaurant, movie in the park. 

Somewhere in all the mess, we have lost the true meaning of Valentine's Day. No, I'm not talking about how Valentine's Day came about or the gloomy side of it but the fact that we lost site of what really matters and showing others that we care. Valentine's Day has become our Cinderella moment. A way to give fancy things, have a nice evening out and act as if everything is good in the world; then we wake up the next morning and go on with our life as if nothing happened. A peck on the cheek and out the door you go. 

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You should be treating everyday like it is Valentine's Day, especially if you are married or in a relationship. 

You should be able to dress up (or down) whenever you want because it makes you feel good about yourself. 

You should give flowers, candies, cards and chocolates just because you are thinking about the person not because society says to do it on a specific day. 

You should have a date night with your significant other just because you want to catch up with one another. 

To me, the true meaning of Valentine's Day is to show appreciation for the loved ones in your life and all that they do. You don't have to buy expensive items, get dressed up and go all out to show you care. Yes it may be nice, but to most people, it is the thought that counts or at least it should be. Most people just want to hear the words "I love you", "I'm thinking of you" "Thanks for always being there for me". They want to know that somebody cares about them and that somebody is there for them. Flowers die, chocolate gets eaten and cards get thrown away but knowing that someone will always be there for them will never fade. I'm not saying don't buy something or go out for a night on the town, I'm just saying you don't have to buy the fanciest item on the market or go to the most extravagant restaurant to show you care.

This Valentine's Day and everyday, show your appreciation towards others. Be generous and give because you want to. Have a night out (or in) just for the fun of it. Put down the cell phones and have an actual conversation. You'd be amazed at how much stronger your relationships with people will become if you treated everyday or at least several days like Valentine's Day. Maybe it is too late, the reservations have been made and the gifts have been bought and that is okay. There is nothing wrong with a fancy evening out but keep this on the back burner for next year. Remember that you should show you care everyday, not just on Valentine's Day. 

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Just incase you can't think of how you can show your appreciation throughout the year, here are a few simple ways to show you care for your significant other today and everyday:

  • Compliment them
  • Listen when they talk don't just nod your head
  • Hold hands while walking
  • Dance to no music in the kitchen or in a crowded room
  • Hold the door open
  • Pick up after yourself
  • Do the dishes
  • Cook dinner 
  • Bring home take-out
  • Recreate your first date
  • Get the car washed
  • Show up with your significant other's favorite candy or beverage
  • Show up with a single rose, better yet pick some wild flowers just because or make a Hand Print Flower Bouquet
  • Leave a post it note with a cute saying on it somewhere for your significant other to find - "I'm thinking of you." "Can't wait to kiss you tonight."
  • Use dry erase markers to leave a note on the mirror
  • Surprise them, especially if you are in a long distance relationship. This can be showing up at their house for a weekend getaway or sending a care package
  • Make a card instead of buying a card - a hand made card is less likely to get thrown a way and more meaningful
  • Give your significant other a massage after a long day with nothing expected in return
  • Send a text saying "Good morning, I hope you have a great day."
  • Put down the phones and have a game night or a conversation
  • Let your significant other sleep in while you get up with the children
  • Watch what your significant other wants to watch
  • Call and ask if they need anything before you head home
  • Be honest and kind

For others:
  • Call your parents or grandparents just to check in
  • Smile at people
  • Give a compliment to stranger
  • Cheer on a friend as they participate in a sport, race or event
  • Show up and be present for family and friends
  • Offer a homeless person your leftovers
  • Let cars using a turn signal merge into your lane
  • Let someone go in front of you at checkout
  • Drop pennies on the ground for children to find - nothing makes my children happier than when they find a penny at the grocery store
  • Carpool or share a cab
  • Give up your seat to someone on the train, bus or subway
  • Pay for a strangers coffee or lunch
  • Leave a generous tip
  • Give a gift card and attach a note that says "Dinner is on me"
  • Bring donuts to work and share them
  • Bake a batch of cookies or cake and share with your neighbors or coworkers
  • Volunteer to babysit for someone for free
  • Leave a positive comment - people love when they get comments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, Websites
  • Leave a surprise in a library book, restaurant menu, vending machine or DVD for the next person who uses it to find. This can be a note of encouragement or a few bucks to use as a rental fee or snack
  • Donate your old books, electronics, movies and clothes to organizations that won't make a profit off of them
  • Feed the ducks at park 
  • Throw your trash in the trash can
There are thousands of ways you can show your appreciation for others. You may not realize it but the simple things such as finding a penny on the ground, hearing that you look nice today or finding an inspirational sticky note in your lunch can make someone's day. So this Valentine's Day and everyday, remember the true meaning, to show your appreciation towards others. Feel free to comment below with some of your favorite ways to show you care. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Decorated Beer Box Gifts throughout the years

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If you have been following my blog then you may of noticed that every Valentine's Day I decorate a six pack of beer for my husband. My husband loves trying new and different beers so this is a cheap, easy and meaningful gift for me to give him. It has kind of become my Valentine's Day tradition. I currently have a list of puns on beer names to make him in the future and I will post them as I make them in individual posts with more sayings to go with that specific beer name but I thought it would be cool if they were all in one location. I will update this post as I remember with my yearly Decorative Beer Box along with a link to the post so you can have more saying ideas just incase. You can think of this post like a content table. All of the beer boxes are pretty much made the same way - a cute love saying, construction paper, markers and hot glue. You can find a detailed tutorial HERE. You can decorate any beverage box you want - coke, crush, Ale8 - it doesn't have to be alcohol related for this to work.

2013

I decorated a Blue Moon beer box with the saying, "I love you to the MOON and back". This is the first decorated beer box I made. You can find my original post here: Decorative Beer Box Gifts for Him.

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2014

I decorated a Leinenkugel Berry Weiss beer box with the saying, "I love you BERRY Beery Much!". You can use the phrase "Berry Berry" as well. You can find my original post here: Decorative Beer Box Gifts for Him.

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2015

I decorated a Corona Extra beer box with the saying, "I'm EXTRA lucky to have you in my life". I added a lime to go with the beer. You can find my original post here: Decorative Beer Box Gifts for Him.

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2016

I decorated a seasonal Blue Moon with the saying, "Once in a BLUE MOON you find a love this true". You can check out my main tutorial along with more sayings here: Decorative Beer Box Gifts: Blue Moon

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2017

I decorated a Big Wave beer box. Since my husband love Star Wars, I went with a Star Wars theme: "Yoda Obi-Wan for me". You can find my original post and more sayings here: Decorative Beer Box Gift: Big Wave.

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2018

I decorated a Strongbow Gold Apple beer box with the saying, "Our love is so STRONG it can't be broken.". You can find my original post and more sayings here: Decorated Beer Box: Strongbow.

***Link coming next Wednesday! My husband hasn't received the Strongbow beer yet so if you see him, don't tell him. He knows not to look at today's post. Hopefully he will listen!

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I will continue to update this post as I create more decorative beer boxes. I have a list of several more Ideas so stay tuned! Think of this like a content table. Each link will contain the beer box pictured along with more sayings you can use for that specific beer. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Love Beauty & Planet by Unilever Product Review

Disclosure: I received these products free from Crowdtap in return for my honest opinion. 

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What is Love Beauty & Planet?

Love Beauty & Planet is a new product that just hit the market. Love Beauty & Planet is brought to us by Unilever. Unilever also creates brands such as Dove, Axe, Tresemme, Cares, Lipton, etc. Love Beauty & Planet offers products from shampoo to body wash to hair oils, hair wax and even dry shampoo. The best part about this new product is that it is eco friendly. That's right, from the ingredients to the packaging, Love Beauty & Planet is 100% eco friendly. You can find more information about the products on their website, lovebeautyandplanet.com.



How much do the products cost?

Love Beauty & Planet products vary from $3 to $9 depending on the product purchased. It looks like the average price is $6.99 for the shampoo, conditioner and body washes. The price may vary on location. 

Personal Opinion: I personally find the price to be a little high for the size of the bottle and ounce per bottle but I am also use to buying the huge bottles of shampoo/conditioner for $5 a bottle and getting a bigger bottle of body wash for $3-$5. Honestly though I have never purchased an all natural, eco friendly hair care product before though so I completely understand why the price is higher.

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What scents does Love Beauty & Planet come in?

Love Beauty & Planet currently has six different natural scents that each do something different for you skin and hair. The scents include:
  • Tea Tree Oil & Haitian Vetiver - refresher 
  • Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Flower - repair
  • Argan Oil & Lavender - smooth and tame frizz
  • Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower - volume and bounce
  • Shea Butter & Sandlewood - hydrate
  • Murumuru Butter &Rose - moisturize
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Personal Opinion: So far I have tried four different scents and products. For some reason I didn't have high hopes because I'm not a huge fan of coconut or rose but I was very satisfied with the products I received. A little goes a long way. All the shampoo and body washes I tried were very sudsy and full of bubbles which I enjoyed because it makes me feel more clean.

Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash - The coconut smell is not super strong so once washed, your hair just smells clean. It made my hair feel thicker and a little dry after I washed it but once it dried it was less frizzy and my curls had a little more bounce to them.  

Shea Butter & Sandlewood Shampoo - So far this is my favorite scent. It reminds me of the beach for some reason. It is a very mild and soft scent. The shampoo seemed to work great as far as hydration goes. My hair didn't feel dry once I rinsed the product out like other shampoos usually do and it gave my hair a little bit of a shine making it look very lively. I wish I had received the conditioner with the product but you can't be to picky!

Murumuru Butter &Rose Body Wash - I like how this body wash has a pump. The pump makes it easier to use. I am not huge on the smell though. I feel like the rose smell is very overwhelming. It reminds me of the pictures of a bath tub filled with rose petals and candles which I guess can be a good thing. The body wash seems to work alright. My skin is still dry in places but it isn't as dry as it use to be. Like I said before, it is very sudsy so you won't need more than two squirts.

Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Hair Oil - Personally, this product was to oily for me. I put it in my hair and it made it look greasy and I never have greasy hair. It also pulled out my curls. I have used other oils in the past and my hair wasn't as greasy as this made it. A benefit though is it gave my hair a shine. I would probably only use this if you are planning on straightening your hair to help keep the ends hydrated. It didn't have much of a smell. Hopefully the shampoo and body wash have a stronger smell.

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Product Packaging Design?

As you can tell in the pictures, Love Beauty & Planet has a very new and sleek design. The product design is geared more towards women using light colors and flower/plant images. The font even screams girly. I personally love the design and think it is very original an unique. I did notice that different bottles have different designs. Im not sure if this is a marketing technique or if they are just testing them out to see what design goes over better but I personally like the design that uses the words "love" and "and" instead of the heart and & symbol. 

As far as the bottles, I love the shape of the bottles. They area easy to use, not to thick of plastic but not to thin and they are made out of 100% recycled material. I prefer the pump to the push top as far as body wash. Overall I like the design of all the the Love Beauty & Planet product that I have personally seen. 

Overall I like the products I have tested and would recommend giving them a try, especially if you are into the whole eco friendly, save the earth thing. Even though I am not huge on some of the scents, I can't stop using the products because I like how sudsy they are and relaxed I feel afterward. You can check out all of Love Beauty & Planet's products and read more about them on their website, lovebeautyandplanet.com




Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Being Mommy - the non luxuries of a stay-at-home parent

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The non luxuries of a stay-at-home parent. I chose parent because now-a-days both mothers and fathers stay at home to take care of their children. I am a stay-at-home mom to three little ones currently ages one to three (almost four). I'm sure if you are a stay-at-home parent like me you have been told at some point in time how lucky you are to be a stay-at-home parent or my favorite, it must be nice to sit on your booty all day and do nothing... umm obviously they have never been a stay-at-home parent. I always thought I would have a paying job by now so I have decided that once my children are in school and I attempt to find a paying job that I'm going to add chaos coordinator to my resume along with nurse, cook, professional maid, hair dresser and personal stylist because that's what us stay-at-home parents do just in fancy terminology.

Yes, there are several benefits to being a stay-at-home parent but by no means is it easy. It isn't all fun and games. It is hard work. It is very stressful and sometimes lonely. Some may say being a stay-at-home parent is a luxury because you get to be with your kids and you don't have to work but being a stay-at-home parent is definitely not luxurious. To be honest there is nothing luxurious about being stay-at-home parent or at least not a stay-at-home parent to non school aged children. Yes you get to be with your kids but you get to be with your kid's 24-7 with little to no breaks. Yes you don't have to go to work everyday but you work everyday taking care of your kids, your house, running errands, paying bills, laundry, doctors appointments, etc... without getting paid. Being a stay-at-home parent has become some kind of stereo type and everyone seems to have the wrong image unless they have actually been a stay-at-home parent. I know I did before I became one. Most stay-at-home parents stay home because they can't afford to send their children to daycare and the ones who can usually hire a nanny or house keeper to help out around the house. I am not here to judge or start the battle of the stay-at-home parents vs. the working parents but I am going to talk about some of the non luxuries of a stay-at-home parent.

From the moment I conceived, although I did not know it, my life had changed. I had become a mother and I had this tiny alien looking baby growing inside of me. From the moment I gave birth I became a parent. I was now responsible for someone other than myself. I have been a stay-at-home parent ever since I had my daughter. I never planned on being a stay-at-home parent this long but God had other plans, plus it made sense. No we are not rich and can't afford for me to be a stay-at-home parent forever, my husband is a teacher and we all know how much teachers make, but why should I work my booty off just to pay someone else everything I make to play with my children? Every time I started looking for a job I ended up pregnant and I don't know about you but the cost to send three kids that were three and under to day care was ridiculous. I would need to be making a teacher's salary if not more to have anything left over and anybody who says being a stay-at-home parent is not a job has never been a stay-at-home parent. If you are going to pay someone else to do it then it is a job and a hard one at that. Yes I know your children are your responsibility they shouldn't be considered work but anybody who has had a child and cared for a child 24-7 knows that they are work but that is besides the point.

Being a stay-at-home parent can be nice because you get to witness all your child's first milestones and you get to spend time with your children making memories but like I said before, it is hard work, very stressful and sometimes lonely. From midnight breast/bottle feedings to being covered in puke to explosive diapers and snot covered sleeves it is not very luxurious. What are some of the non luxuries of a stay-at-home parent you may ask?

Your living room will become a land mine of toys. Toys everywhere and you don't want to know what happens if you step on one. I don't know what hurts more the legos or the toy cars. Clean up and they do it again. It would be different if my children actually played with the toys but nope, it's only fun to dump everything out.

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Markers and Sharpies become your worst enemy. Lets add paint, chalk, glue, crayons and anything else that writes or is sticky because it will end up everywhere - clothes, walls, tables, chairs, the couch, all over your kids face.

Speaking of the bathroom, it never fails. You go to the park, "I need to go potty". You go to the store, "I need to go potty". The food is served at a restaurant, "I need to go potty". My husband and I have come to the conclusion that our children love the idea of exploring public bathrooms.

You have to go to the bathroom? Great your kids have front row seats to the show. Here's to never peeing alone again!

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Kids are blunt. They tell it how it is. I have been told several times "Mommy you need to get dressed." or  "Mommy your hair not pretty."  but I have also been told "Mommy you pretty now." and my favorite, "Mommy I love you!" which makes up for everything. Hopefully your kids keep the bluntness to you and not the random stranger at the store.

The best is when the kids combine potty training and bluntness together and yell out "My pee is coming out" in the middle of a group of people and runs to the bathroom. I guess they really had to go.  Embarrassing much? I'm not one to really get embarrassed but boy the kids will try.

Your new hobbies become cleaning up messes you didn't create and not sleeping. Hey that's what being a parent is all about right? I do love my children but I also miss sleep.

Sleep, what's that? Parent's don't need sleep to survive do they? You will be up early every day because when a child wakes up they need to eat, I don't blame them I'm hungry too. And you will be up late every day because there is always a mess to clean, a gift to wrap or you just need a few minutes kid free to relax. Don't even get me started on day light savings time - gaining an hour of sleep, more like loose two because the kids have no concept of time.

Nap time or bed time anyone? You will put your child to bed countless times. Even if you do everything from going potty to brushing their teeth and reading a book here they come and something is always wrong. "My finger hurts." "I'm not tired." "I need to go potty." "What's that noise outside?" "Aaaaaaahhhhhh it rain-in (raining)." And my personal favorite is when they sneak up on you and say  "Whatcha doing? Why I not watching?" ummm I don't know honey, maybe because I put you to bed thirty minutes ago... Needless to say, it is always something.

As soon as you finally get a moment of silence, whaaaaa, the baby is up or my new found favorite, "My blanket not working". Which leads to a lack of sleep and may eventually lead to drinking. The kids are whining so why can't I, right?

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You will lose things. Lots of things. The keys. The remote. The pacifier. Miscellaneous toys. Socks. More socks. Your spot on the couch. Maybe even your mind. I don't know about your children, but mine have a secret stash somewhere in the house.

Laundry becomes your worst nightmare. Grass Stains. Food Stains. Blood Stains. Poop Stains. Sounds like a dirty Dr. Suess book.  So many ruined clothes. Shout does wonders until you leave it in the heated attic for to long and baby #2 needs it then you have Shout stains. Laundry becomes like that song that goes on and on and on especially during the potty training phase.

Folding laundry? Wait until nap time unless you want your children to play dress up in the clean clothes. "Look mom it's a necklace!" with my bra around her neck or "Superman" with your shirt wrapped around his neck as a cape. It's all fun and games until they unfold everything you just folded. Wrinkly clothes, my favorite!

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Warming up leftovers for lunch or a nice hot dinner on your mind? You better think twice. The kids eat faster than you think, guess you'll have to wait. Now we all understand why mama bear's porridge was cold.

They eat, eat and eat again. I honestly don't know where they put it. My kids are always hungry and wanting snacks. As if you don't go through food like crazy now, just wait until they get older. The worst is when they find food on the floor or in the car and you have no idea where it came from. I hope that was a raisin...

Kids are messy. Their food will some how end up all over the table, the floor, the chair, the wall, their face, their hair and even you if you aren't careful. Spaghettio's and vegetables are the best for causing messes.

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Every time you are on the phone your child will starts to throw a fit, get in a fight with their sibling or need your help in the bathroom. It never fails.

Your nice new car quickly becomes a minivan especially when you pop them out as quick as I did. Just skip the car and go straight for the minivan. Trust me, you can rock a minivan just as well as any other stay-at-home parent can.

Your main vocabulary becomes "No", "Because I said so", "Don't do that" and "Go to bed". Lacking in adult conversations can lead to loneliness and lots of chocolate. Your kids become your best friends because it is hard to make mommy friends much less get out of the house. And when you do get a chance to get out of the house all you are going to want to talk about is your kids...interesting...

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Everything is on repeat. Their favorite song, "play it again". Their favorite movie, "watch it again and again". Their favorite book, "read it again, again".

The word "Why?" will be burned in the back of your head but hey, at least your child is curious and wants to know how things work or at least that's what I tell myself...

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One of your children gets sick, all of your children get sick. Looks like I'm cleaning the house again - germs germs go away. You will do more investigating than the cops will to try to find out what is wrong with them. Hey maybe you can add private investigator to your resume as well!

Want to watch a show or listen to that new song? Here's to constantly hitting pause and rewinding it for the fourth time. For those who may not know what I'm talking about, kids can be pretty loud thus canceling out every other noise.

When you are already out so you run to the grocery store to avoid another trip but it collides with nap time resulting in a cart full of crying children or sleeping children and no room for groceries.

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Going clothes shopping for you? Good luck the kid's clothes is so much cuter you won't be able to resist and if you happen to make it into a dressing room I hope you don't mind changing in front of people and no I'm not talking about your kids, the dressing room door will get opened at some point in time, most likely when you are pulling the shirt over your head because they think you can't see what they are doing.

Shopping sprees and grocery trips become horrible games of hide and seek. "No seriously where did my child go." "Get out of the clothes rack." "Put the cookies back." "Get off the floor." The worst is all the candy and toys they purposely put in the check out lanes that children can't help but touch. You will most likely forget something, hopefully it's something on your grocery list.

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Everything becomes a tissue - their hand, their shirt, your shirt, the blanket, the couch, the wall. When you finally teach them how to use a tissue, you will find the whole box emptied on the floor and don't forget to say "Bless you". My daughter mean mugs me every time I forget and says "You forgot to Bless me", it's actually kind of cute!

Children, especially babies and toddlers have no concept of personal space. Of coarse you can sit on my face, that's what it's there for!

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Speaking of space, when your husband and you finally start to get your groove on and the door slowly begins to open and you hear "Whatcha doing?" Or the thought of even doing the dirty is a no go because you don't want to chance having another mini me running around for a few more years.

At some point in time you will trip over your child. You may fall or hurt yourself trying to prevent it but as long as your child is okay then it is all good. For some odd reason kids toddlers like to hang out with their parents and are always at your feet. This also has to do with the fact that children have no concept of personal space. Save money on ankle weights and have kids!

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Going outside to check the mail usually ends one of two ways: 1. Turn around and your toddlers are running barefoot down the driveway or 2. You accidentally get locked out of the house because your toddlers don't yet understand how doors work. I vote for sneaking out while they are napping. Win win unless they hear the door open...

Forget about going to the movie theater until your children get older unless you have a sitter. At some point during the movie you will have to take your toddler to the bathroom, exit because they randomly start crying or feed the baby and breastfeeding/bottle feeding at a movie theater isn't as easy as you'd think. If you do attempt it make sure you have plenty of snacks! For now I will stick to movies at home snuggled on the couch.

Museums for a 3 year old are how much? Everything sounds fun but you quickly learn you can't do it all. Whether it's the cost, the fact that you will have to lug around a diaper bag full of snacks, diapers, changes of clothes and a stroller all day or that your little one just can't keep up and gets fussy because you missed a nap, it's almost not worth the hassle. For now I'm sticking to free events.

Throwing food, throwing toys, throwing fits. By the end of the day you will be exhausted and ready for bed but you won't be able to sleep because you will be thinking of everything else you need to get done around the house.

A benefit is that you'll always have an excuse to get out of boring events by saying you can't find a babysitter. The down fall is if you ever want to do anything without the kiddos you have to find a babysitter, pay a babysitter and plan it out in advance which is no fun plus you usually end up paying more for a babysitter than whatever you actually did.

By now I'm sure you got the point that being a stay-at-home parent definitely is not luxurious. No I am not complaining about my children or being a stay-at-home parent and I hope you don't take it that way but I hope that you can relate to and laugh at all the crazy, non luxuries moments you face as a  parent, stay-at-home or working. I never dreamed I would be a stay-at-home parent but I am glad I have had the opportunity to be around my children even if it is 24-7, seven days a week and my hair is turning grey  from all the stress because at the end of the day they say those four words that make it all okay, "I love you mommy!".

If you are a stay-at-home parent, try to remember the parents who would love to but can't stay home with their children and don't take it for granted that you can. If you are a working parent, try to remember that being a stay-at-home parent is a lot of work and not as luxurious as you may picture so please don't call us lazy for not getting paid for what we do. There are benefits to being both a stay-at-home parent and a working parent. Everything changes when you have kids. For better or worse you are now responsible for this little person that resembles you. Who looks up to you. Who watches every move you make and eventually repeats every word you say. Being a parent is the scariest yet most amazing experience you will go through. You will always be needed by somebody. You will always be looked up to by somebody. You will always be a parent, their parent. So be thankful and don't take it for granted.

Feel free to comment below with your funny or non luxurious moments of being a parent, stay-at-home parent or working parent. Please keep it appropriate!

Monday, January 29, 2018

GIVEAWAY - A Wish For You memento from the heart

GIVEAWAY CLOSED 2/12/18
The giveaway is closed and a winner has been chosen and contacted. 
Feel free to check out  A Wish For You's website to order your memento and personalized card today. The mementos are always changing and great for any occasion or just to show you care!

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I have paired up with A Wish For You to bring you this awesome giveaway. To enter the giveaway, head on over to my Facebook page and check it out!

What is A Wish For You?

A Wish For You is a new website/shop that allows you to create custom gifts for the loved ones in you'r life. Several of the items are handmade and from the heart. 

How does A Wish For You work?

You start by choosing a memento. You can choose from several different items from earrings to hand towels to jewelry bowls and soaps. Next you choose a handcrafted card that is designed using a technique called Quilling. Lastly you add a personalized message. Prices vary depending on the memento chosen. Each memento price includes the card and shipping.Your chosen memento and card are then wrapped and shipped to your loved one's door. You can also select a memento package that has already been created and just add a personalized message if you'd like.

"Flowers don’t last, goodies are consumed, and texts are deleted and quickly forgotten — but gestures created at A Wish For You will be treasured, displayed, and cherished for years to come. A Wish For You is a special kind of website. It allows you to create a personalized gift for your special loved one." - A Wish For You

Where can I find A Wish For You?

You can shop on their website HERE or find A Wish For You on Facebook HERE. Twitter HERE.  Instagram HERE.

Did you say Giveaway?

Yes! To enter the giveaway, head on over to my Facebook page and check it out! One winner will receive a special code good for a wish of their choice to be sent to a person of their choice.
*See Disclosure below for more details.


*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The images are supplied by the sponsor, A Wish For You. One recipient will be chosen at random for one redeemable code to select a memento of their choice to be sent to a recipient of their choice. Recipient must reside in the USA. Void is prohibited by law. The contest runs from Monday 1/29/18 to Sunday 2/11/18. The winner will be announced Monday 2/12/18 on Bee-ing Mommy's Facebook page. I will be in touch shortly after it is confirmed that you followed the rules: like both A Wish For You and Bee-ing Mommy's Facebook pages along with tagging two friends in the Facebook Giveaway Post. If you have not followed the rules, another winner will be selected. Thanks for participating!

You can find my blog's full disclaimer at the bottom of my blog page

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

6 Tricks for getting Free or Cheap LulaRoe

NOTE: I am not a LulaRoe Consultant, just an everyday person like you looking to save some money!

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If you are on a tight spending budget or just can't afford the prices of LulaRoe but still want to get into the new clothing fad, here are some tricks to buying LulaRoe items for cheap. If you have no clue what LulaRoe is then you should start HERE but basically it is a fashion brand with comfortable clothes. Currently the cheapest LulaRoe items are the children's items but other than that is the leggings starting at $25. The tops average $35 and the dresses, skirts, covers and jackets are $46-$100 plus taxes and shipping. To some people that may be considered affordable but to others it is not. If you fall into the group of people that think LulaRoe is a little to pricey for you but would love to try it then here are some tricks to getting it for cheaper. 

1. Enter Contest

Join consultants groups and enter their contest. Several consultants have weekly giveaways from lulacash to free items. You have better odds in smaller groups but some of the bigger groups have bigger contest. Keep in mind that the consultants host contest to get people to join their group and award their loyal customers. All the contests are paid for by the consultants, not LulaRoe. The contest vary by consultant and it is not guaranteed that you will win. I've seen contest ranging from winner's choice to legging for a year to a Kate Spade purse filled with LulaRoe to $500 Lulacash. The majority of consultants will ship your free item for free but a few will charge you shipping. Either way $3 shipping is a lot better than $25 + shipping. May the odds be ever in your favor! 

2. Join Consultants Going Out of Business (GOOB)

I've noticed that several consultants are going out of business. LulaRoe doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon since they just signed a two year contract with Disney but selling LulaRoe isn't for everybody. I read that LulaRoe just changed their return policy so I'm not sure how it works as I am not a consultant but by my understanding LulaRoe will buy consultants items back at a discounted price and resell them to other consultants for regular price.  When a consultant is going out of business they usually have sales and overtime the items get cheaper and cheaper because they are trying to clear their inventory and still make a profit. I've noticed that most consultants would rather you buy their items for next to nothing than ship them back to LulaRoe. On average I have noticed the sale prices are leggings for $10-12, tops $10-15 and dresses/skirts for $15-25. I have seen some consultants post everything for $8 or everything of $15; the consultants choose the prices so of coarse it will vary by consultant. Some of the sale prices aren't bad but a lot of their inventory isn't the best as it is what is leftover. I have seen several beautiful items for cheap just because the consultant didn't have a ton of members but I wouldn't get your hopes up for finding your unicorn on sale. It's is worth a look though!

3. Shop the Sales/ Bargain Bins

Several consultants will hold sales every once in a while. Most of the sales take place around the holidays and vary by consultant. I've seen buy 1 get one free (BOGO), free shipping, 20% off, etc... sales. Others have Bargain Bins where every item in that album is discounted. Most bargain bins are found in Multi-Consultant groups and you have to contact the consultant for the discounts. I have also seen consultants have mystery bag sales where you pay $25 and every bag will have something extra in it from an extra item to LulaCash, the only problem is your items are mystery so you may not like what you get. Who doesn't love a sale?!

4. Host a Party 

You can host a pop-up party, an online party or both to gain hostess rewards. The hostess rewards vary by consultant, but the average is a free pair of leggings for hosting, a free item of choice for every 10 items sold and a % off for every in-between item sold (Hostess rewards not eligible on Disney). The best time to host a party is to find a consultant offering double hostess rewards and two free leggings for hosting a party. That means that for every 5 items sold you will get a free item. It is hard to find someone offering double hostess rewards but I have seen several consultants offer it for a short time frame. The benefit of hosting a party is that you get free clothes for just inviting your friends and family to shop, how easy is that?! The only downfall is you don't know if anybody is going to buy anything.

5. Search Sale Websites: Ebay

Several people will buy LulaRoe and resell it on websites such as Ebay. The only problem with that is that most people jack up the price, especially on unicorn prints. Leggings have sold for over $300 on Ebay which I personally think is ridiculous but depending on the item and print, you may be able to get it for cheaper. I have seen both used and new items on Ebay starting at $5. There is also a Facebook group called "LulaRoe No Rules Buy, Sell, Trade..." were people sell discounted LulaRoe items and will ship them to you after you paid via PayPal. I personally have not bought anything from Ebay or the Facebook group but make sure to read all the item description and look closely at pictures to check for holes because there are scammers out there. Don't be afraid to ask the buyer a question about the item or make a lower offer if you don't like the price.

6. Yard Sale Sites

Facebook has several yard sale groups all over the world. Join a couple in your local area and type Lularoe in the yard sale search bar and see if anything pops up. I have seem people selling both new and used LulaRoe items on yard sale sites from $10-$25 on average. Facebook also has a place on the side bar called "Marketplace". You can try searching the marketplace for LulaRoe. Other possible apps/websites include letgo and craigslist. Just make sure to meet in a public, well lit place if you buy from any of these websites.


Just because LulaRoe is mainly sold online doesn't mean that you can't get discounts and just because you get a discount doesn't mean you have to use it. Entering contest and shopping consultant's going out of business are my favorite ways to get LulaRoe for cheaper. I know some of the tricks are only minor discounts but in today's society, every extra dollar is a dollar worth saving. If you are new to LulaRoe and unsure about their items I recommend using one of these tricks to try it out, that way if you don't like it, you didn't waste as much money as it would of cost full price. Hopefully these tricks will help you save on your LulaRoe and if all else fails, hope the consultant puts a "She won this" sticker on your package so your husband thinks your are really lucky! Feel free to share your favorite trick to getting LulaRoe for cheaper below!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Follow Me on Social Media

The worst part about giving my blog a makeover and changing the name to Bee-ing Mommy is that I lost 90% of my traffic. OH NO! The best part is I am now on social media. If you could take a minute, please FOLLOW ME on social media.

You can follow me on Facebook HERE, Pinterest HERE and Twitter HERE. The links are also in the right sidebar. ---->

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If you like a post, SHARE IT. Maybe your friends will like it too. You can find share buttons at the bottom of every post. 

If you think you might want to make something posted, PIN IT on Pinterest. You can find me HERE. If you hover over a picture, a "Pin It" button will pop up in the top left corner to make it easy to pin.

If you have something to add to a post, COMMENT. Please keep it nice. Commenting also helps me know that you like what I've posted.

I have several ideas for future posts but feel free to MESSAGE ME if you would like to see more of something. I may not get back to you but I will see what I can do!

New blog posts are released every Wednesday! Maybe I will start posting more often on other days of the week but we will see...

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On a side note, I am still working on updating my blog so if you come across a previous post that has a "Daniz Designz" logo on the picture, it is still me. I am currently going back and updating some of my previous posts pictures but it is going to take a while since I had over 100 posts as Daniz Designz. I hope you are enjoying my redesigned blog.

Don't forget to Follow, Subscribe, Share, Comment & Pin. By doing this you are helping draw traffic to my blog.

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Thanks for bee-ing here,
Danielle

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Couples Card Game: Tease or Please

Discloser - Before you get to far, this is an adult (18+) bedroom game for couples. If you aren't into that stuff or don't like reading about it then STOP NOW. That goes for all you related to my husband and I as well, STOP reading...

...You've been warned!

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For those of you still with me, my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary in May 2017 (sorry this was started before my BLOG-CATION). The traditional wedding anniversary gift for three years is leather, the modern gift is crystal/glass and the flower is sunflowers.  For our anniversary I got my husband a leather watch box. I also created this card game called Tease or Please. You may be wondering how this game relates to our anniversary, well for our one year anniversary I made my husband an A to Z Wedding Anniversary Date Book. Each letter pairs with a year and year three is the letter "C". If you haven't guessed it yet, this is a Couples Card game so it fits perfectly with the letter "C", hence why I made it! You can check out our all about "C" Date and date ideas HERE!

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If you are here looking for a great way to spice up the romance by playing a sexy card game then keep reading but if you are looking for traditional leather gift ideas for your third anniversary, go HERE instead. Now that I've gotten all that information out there...

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WHAT IS TEASE OR PLEASE?
Tease or Please is a card game I designed for my husband for our third wedding anniversary. It can be played three different ways and is meant to help spice things up romantically in the bedroom.



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WHAT DOES THE GAME INCLUDE?
The game includes:

  • Game Directions
  • Card Box
  • 72 Game Cards (2 of each card)
    • 62 Task Cards
    • 4 Wild Cards
    • 6 Blank Cards to create your own tasks (3 tasks)
NOT INCLUDED:

  • Timer - you can use your cell phone timer, kitchen egg timer, etc...
  • Supplies needed to Tease/Please each other

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WHAT DO I NEED?
You will need:
  • A computer to download the FREE PRINTABLE
  • A printer with ink in it
  • At least 1 page of computer paper and 7 pages of card-stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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HOW DO I PRINT THE GAME?
You can print it anywhere you want as long as you have card-stock paper to print the game on. You can click HERE to print the game, Tease or Please. The game is 14 pages long but you will print 6 of the pages front and back.  

Page 1: The first page is the Directions page. I printed my directions out on regular computer paper.

Page 2: The second page is the box template. You need to print this on card-stock paper.

Pages 3-8: This is the front of the cards. Print these six pages on card-stock as well. Once printed, place back in the printer the correct direction so you can print the rest of the cards front to back. Every printer is different so you will need to pay attention to how the printer pulls the paper though.

Pages 9-14: This is the back to the cards. Print these six pages on the backside of the previous six pages of card-stock. Make sure your paper is lined up correctly so it prints straight. My printer pulled my paper through uneven so mine didn't line up but I was able to cut it to work.

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I PRINTED IT OUT, NOW WHAT?
Now that the game is printed you need to cut out all the pieces. Like I said before, my printer pulled my paper through uneven but I was able to cut it to work. If it isn't lined up perfect, it is okay, just cut it the best you can. 

Box: Follow the box template lines (purple lines) and cut it out. I put a few directions on the template but I couldn't put them all on the printable version without messing it up so here is a template to show you where you need to cut and fold once you cut out the box following the purple lines.
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Here is what your box should look like once it is cut out and folded. Next you need to put a small amount of glue on the flap that says, "FOLD & GLUE" and glue it to the opposite side. Hold it in place for a few seconds to secure it. Next fold in the remainder of the flaps. You can secure them with glue if you would like but you don't have to. Once the box is made and dried you can fold up the directions page and place the directions along with the cards in the box. Now you are ready to wrap it up and give it to your significant other!

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HOW TO PLAY
There are three ways to play the game Tease or Please. I included a direction page in the printable but incase you want to to read the directions before you decide if you want to print the game, here they are:

Game 1: Tease or Please (Matching)
Mix the game cards up and lay them face down in a square. Player 1 goes first.  Flip over a card, followed by another card. If the two cards match, you must preform the task on the card. Once the task has been completed it is Player 2's turn. If the cards do not match then flip the cards back over and Player 2 may take their turn. The game is over once you complete the HOME RUN card.

NOTE: Lay the cards out in an 8x9 rectangle.

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Game 2: Teasing (Go Fish)
Place all the game cards in a pile and mix up. Deal seven cards to each player. If you are dealt a match, lay it down and complete the task. Player 1 asks Player 2 if they have a card of their choosing. If Player 2 has the card they must give the card to Player 1 and Player 1 gets to go again. If Player 2 does not have the card then they must say "quit teasing me". Player 1 must then draw a card. If Player 1 draws the match to the card they asked for then they may lay them down and complete the task; Player 1 does not get to go again. Once the task has been completed it is Player 2's turn. The game is over when a player gets five matches.

Game 3: Pleasing (Drawing)
Place all the game cards in pile or mix them up in a bowl. Player 1 goes first by drawing a card. The players must preform the task on the card. Player 2 then draws a card and the players must preform the task on the card.  Repeat until you are satisfied or draw the HOME RUN card. You may take out the duplicate cards if you don't want to repeat some tasks.

When I came up with the game, I originally planned on it to just be a matching game but as I created it I realized that sometimes playing a matching game gets boring and takes forever so I came up with more directions to better suit the mood such as slowing it down by Teasing (Go Fish) or speeding it up with Pleasing (Drawing). The benefit of playing Tease or Please (Matching) is that you can aim toward what card you want done.
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WHAT DO THE TASKS INCLUDE?
There are a total of 72 Game Cards (2 of each card). There are 31 written task cards that vary from different sexual encounters that will either Please or Tease your partner. The tasks are anything from kissing to oral to massages to a strip tease. I included 4 wild cards that allow you ask your partner  to do anything you want as long as they agree to it, I personally like to use the wild card for a back massage but you may have something else in mind. 

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I also included 6 blank cards. You can print more out if you would like. These blank cards can be personalized with 3 task that you and you prefer. Why 3 when there are 6 card? Keep in mind there are 2 of each card to play Tease or Please (Matching).

I know that everybody prefers different sexual things so feel free to add you own card cards to the game, I tried to keep the task cards pretty basic and added a spin on a few on the task by playing baseball, the 5 senses, math and stop-lights. I know that last sentence is confusing but if you read the cards you will understand.



I made the game, Tease or Please for my husband for our third wedding anniversary but it would also work for your first wedding anniversary, paper. It is also a great gift to give for Valentine's Day, Christmas or just because you want to try to spice things up and like playing games. The benefit of the game is that you can play it three different ways - Tease or Please (Matching), Teasing (Go Fish) or Pleasing (Drawing) so you can always change it up or end it if you are starting to get bored by finding the "HOME RUN" card. This game is created solely for fun and if you are uncomfortable with any of the cards you can remove them or change them to something else both your partner and you prefer. Please only print if you are an adult (18+) and remember to be safe not sorry. I hope you enjoy this game and it helps spice things up in the bedroom!


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