Must have for roadtrips!

We are a two vehicle family. Neither one of our vehicles has a built-in dvd player so, because a movie or a favorite show makes road trips a better experience for the whole family, we have been rigging an old portable dvd player to a suitcase, dog cage, or head rest on long road trips. I have looked into headrest mount cases for it, but because it is an older unit, it was too bulky for them. Because of the dvd players age and hassle setting it up in the car, I have been searching and asking mommy friends for recommendations for a new one.

During my searching, I came across this one.

This portable dvd player by Apeman comes with everything you need to have a successful road trip! It has a 10.5″ screen that rotates and folds flat to cover the buttons and disc compartment, a headrest mount case, remote control, car AND home charger, and it has a port to plug in gaming controllers for the bigger kids.

At first, when I saw this on *Amazon, I thought it was too good to be true. A headrest mount case plus a controller?! Not to mention all the other accessories that come with it. But I read the reviews and I couldn’t find a reason NOT to buy this! So, I waited patiently during the 2-3 days it took to arrive.

I was happily surprised when it came. The dvd player was protected in a bubble sleeve and everything was nicely organized within the box. We kept this sleeve for storage for some added protection.

We took a family trip to the zoo and gave the dvd player a try! We loaded the movie, turned the screen and folded it flat, and installed it in the headrest mount. The headrest mount was easy to install, held tight, and did not loosen or move. It also kept the player out of little hands so nothing was opened or pushed! The remote control worked GREAT! I was able to control the movie from the front safely without having to stop the car and get out to adjust anything. And it was nice not having to use an adaptor to charge it! The car charger cord was long enough to reach the charging port in the back of the car so there were no cords running throughout the car.


All in all, this was a great purchase! If you have kids and your family takes long drives or know someone who is in need of some in-car entertainment; I would highly recommend this portable player! Would make a great gift!!

*commissioned link

Fall Causebox

Causebox is committed to supporting small scale makers and artisans in an effort to end poverty while protecting the planet. Causebox is passionate about empowering women and creating opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged populations. This is the main reason I signed up and became an annual member!

The Fall Box is filled with clean beauty standouts and sustainable swaps! I was able to customize 4 out of the 6 sustainable, ethical, and full-size products! This beautifully illustrated box is worth over $250!

My first customized item was a choice between a Waffle Bathrobe or a Waffle Towel Set; both from Bathen. My pick was the Bathrobe in charcoal. This robe is handwoven in Panipat, India and is made from 100% cotton from a Fair Trade market that follows ethical manufacturing practices.

My second customized item was a choice between a Glass Tea and Fruit Tumbler from Tease Tea or a Milky Way Lantern from Artisan Direct. My pick, as you can see in the front right of the picture above, was the Milky Way Lantern from Artisan Direct. This lantern is created by a team that is 100% led by women and was designed especially for Causebox.

My third pick was between Love Scrub by Volim, De-Stress Muscle Gel by Aromatherapy Associates, or Rose Gold Criss Cross Cuff by Tribe Alive. I love massages so I went with the De-Stress Muscle Gel by Aromatherapy Associates. It smells amazing and I could smell it before I even opened the box. The oils are hand blended in London using only the purest, most ethically sourced, natural ingredients. No harsh chemicals or unnecessary synthetics; just nature’s finest ingredients!

Did you know that about 1.3 billion makeup remover wipes are thrown away Every. Single. Day?! That is why my fourth customized item was a Set of 10 Reusable Facial Rounds by The Green Co. I use facial rounds for my toner and serums and I have been struggling to find a reusable facial round I like. These I already love! One side is bamboo for exfoliation and the other is super soft cotton! The set came with a laundry bag so I can just toss them in with my laundry. Another way I am going green and trying to be waste free.

The two items that were included in every Fall Box were a Bamboo Serve Set by Core Bamboo and a Brightening Face Serum from Way Of Will.
Did you know that bamboo is grass?! It is harvested and then within a couple years each stalk will have grown back! This Serve Set is made from organically grown and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified bamboo. I am excited to start using this serve set as it is naturally antibacterial and easy to care for by conditioning with mineral oil.
The Face Brightening Serum from Way Of Will harnesses vitamin C and vitamin A to help take my skin care to a new level. It is infused with pure-grade oils and no aluminum, parabens or artificial coloring. I am hopeful this serum will help with my new “maskne” I have started to develop as well as fight signs of aging.

Are you trying to find clean beauty and/or make sustainable swaps? Want to help empower women while making those swaps?! The Fall Box is almost sold out! Reserve Your Box Now and get $10 off! Any questions about the products in my box?! Let me know!

Kid Friendly Halloween Decoration

I have a toddler at home that touches everything! I am always worried that she will hurt herself or break something else when she touches a heavier decoration like a wooden sign. I found these cardboard fabric bolts and knew this was exactly what I needed!

I painted it black using acrylic paint. I used the the Beware transfer, Bright White and Shimmer Olive Chalkology Paste, small squeegee, a mini squeegee, and our fuzzing cloth.

Check out me creating this kid friendly Halloween decoration here!

I am so excited to start decorating for Halloween knowing my daughter will not hurt herself or break something!

Exclusive Club

Chalk Couture offers an exclusive monthly subscription through Club Couture. For just $19.99 US/$26.99 CAD monthly, you’ll receive:

  • One exclusive B-sized Transfer (8 ½”x11”)
  • Three coordinating Paste Singles
  • Access to video and written instructions to make a unique finished project
  • FREE shipping

Being part of Club Couture, you also get access to private sales and special deals throughout the year! When you sign up for an initial *3 month commitment, you will be billed on the 5th of next month and each month thereafter. When you sign up, you can also add two exclusives to your order today:

  • 1. The current month’s Club Couture™ for $19.99 USD/$26.99 CAD (plus shipping, pending availability). This month’s Club Couture is Fall Blessings. You can see my project with it below!
  • 2. A Kickstart Kit at a discount price of $69.99 USD/$96.49 CAD (plus shipping). With a retail value of $76.94 USD/$106.44 CAD, this kit contains everything you need to create projects and it includes: a small squeegee, two Board Erasers, multi-tool, bright white Chalkology™ Paste and two surfaces.

*You can cancel anytime after the 3 months

Have I caught your interest?! I would love for you to sign up for Club Couture and gain access to everything above PLUS my VIP page! Join Club Couture here!

As I mentioned above, this month’s Club Couture is Fall Blessings. I absolutely LOVE this transfer, so many possibilities; but here is one of my takes on it!

I reused this board from last Christmas (measures 18in x 0.6in x 5in), dark brown and off-white paint I had, the Fall Blessings Club Couture transfer, Shimmer Harvest Chalkology Paste, Shimmer Copper Chalkology Paste, Chalkable Chip, Bright White Chalkology Paste, and retired Locally Grown Minis transfer. You can see me giving this board an update here.

I hope everyone is staying safe with our current times, wild fires, hurricanes, and anything else that my be impacting your life. Thank you for following along my crazy, creative mama life!

Hello Fall

Who else is like me and totally over the hot, humid, summer weather? I am so excited to finally enjoy the cooler and the cooler fall temps. Oh, and I am even more excited to start decorating for fall! Thanks to Chalk Couture I can create decor that works perfectly for my house.

I created this fall sign with a 24″ rectangle sign, 3 transfers: Jack-o-Lanterns Transfer, Summer Collapsed into Fall, and Hello Spring because my Hello Autumn transfer has not arrived yet. I used the following Chalkology Pastes: Shimmer Harvest, Pumpkin Pie, and Iced Coffee. Both Pumpkin Pie and Iced Coffee are retired but you can create a similar project using Papaya and Dune.

I am so excited to add this sign to my fall decor collection! You can see me creating it here.

What is your favorite fall decor in your collection?

Trick or Treat

In my opinion, it is never too early to start planning to decorate for Halloween! When the new Catalog released on July 15th, Halloween Phases was among the transfers I knew I had to have! These phrases are adorable and make for simple yet fun Halloween decorations. Plus, I have seen similar signs in stores, so Chalk Couture is right on trend!


I created this using Chalk Couture’s 5X5″ Double Sided Box frame, Halloween Phases transfer, Bright White, Orange Peel, Black Velvet, and Bumble Bee Chalkology pastes , a couple of mini squeegees, and our fuzzing cloth. See me creating this here on my Facebook page.

I am excited to create with the rest of the Halloween Phases to add to my Halloween decor.

Love this transfer and want to add to your Halloween decor collection?! Let me know and I will get you set up to create your own or I can get one sent out to you!

Grove

Before the restrictions with COVID and the cleaning products disappearing from the shelves, I never would’ve thought I would subscribe to have cleaning products and household supplies sent to me. I have heard of Grove Collaborative before but it wasn’t until my friend mentioned all the cleaning supplies I couldn’t find that she was able to get. So I joined that night, made my personal selection of items I needed, and my order came within 10 days.

Grove has almost anything you would need from household cleaners, personal care items, products for the kids; even products for your fur babies! My most recent box came last week with some of my favorite go to products, along with some new household products, and I was excited to get a fall scent in my selection.

My go to products that are in my reoccurring order are Method Body, Method Antibac Barthroom Cleaner, Grove Wrinkler Spray, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner, and Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes. The Pure Sense Washing Machine Cleaner and Method Daily Shower Spray are new to cleaning supplies.

My skin is sensitive so finding a body wash is hard for me. I tried Method Body in our old house 2 years ago when we dealt with extremely hard water and it did wonders for my skin. I have continued to use it since we moved and Simply Nourish is my favorite scent with the subtle coconut.
When it comes to cleaning the bathroom, well, I hate it! Some cleaners require you to spray, wipe, and then finish with a rinse! Method AntiBac Bathroom Cleaner is my go to bathroom cleaner because it only has 2 steps; spray and wipe! I use it on the counters, sinks, and I spray it in the shower and tub before wiping them down. Cuts the time it used to take me to clean the bathroom in half!

When it comes to laundry, I am good at the washing and drying but, when it comes to putting it away, well let me get back to you on that in a few days. Grove Wrinkle Releaser Spray is amazing and helps me out more than I would like to admit. I spray a shirt I want to wear that sat in the hamper waiting to be put away for a few days, then put in the dryer for a few minutes and the wrinkles are gone! Plus, my shirt has a fresh lavender and rosemary scent.
I wipe my counters down, at minimum, 3 times a day after each meal. Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner is what I use. It does not leave streaks and it leaves my kitchen smelling amazing instead of the cleaning chemical smell. My go to scent, that I usually have come in my box is the Lavender, but I switched it up for the fall season.

I have not been able to find disinfecting wipes in store since February! I was surprised to see that these Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes were available! I use them around the house and I use them for my Chalk Couture tools and transfers. They are durable and each wipe lasts a long time! The scent is not over powering and the fresh lemongrass citrus is sooo much better than any chemical smell you might get from other wipes.

These 2 products are new to my cleaning supplies. As I mentioned before, I hate cleaning the bathroom. When I saw this Method Daily Shower Spray I knew I had to get it to try. It is so simple to use. Shower then spray the shower down and you are done! It smells amazing and it keeps our glass shower door free from water spots.
Growing up, we had top loader wash machines so it was easy to keep them dried out and order free. The last 5 years we have had front loaders. It is an adjustment but I was looking for a way to keep it clean without having to remember to throw in a cleaning tablet once a month. I have been using Pure Sense Washing Machine Cleaner for a week now and I have noticed a huge difference! I followed the directions and cleaned my washer with it then sprayed down after each load. No musty smells and the washing drum seems shinier too!

I will continue to share new products I get in my Grove Collaborative boxes and I would recommend Grove to anyone looking to take the hassle out of getting cleaning supplies! The extra selection of products are bonuses!

Are you in the same boat I was in and are struggling to find cleaning supplies still? Join Grove and receive a free Gift Set with your 1st purchase! Join here and when you do share what products you picked!

Good Bye to the beloved Pacifier

When I found out I was pregnant, along with research, I started asking family and friends about pacifiers. I received some as gifts, a few as samples in the mail, and I bought the famous green Philips Avent Soothie. I felt I was prepared, with a range of different kinds, in the event my baby would need one for soothing.

Then my daughter was born at 37 weeks, weighing 4lb 2oz. We did not start a pacifier right away but we did around month 2. I started with the Soothie, but due to how small my daughter was, the soothie was too big for her. Then I dug into my stash. The one that worked for her was the Avent Ultra Air Pacifier. Avent even has ones that glow in the dark, so we had those for bed time to make it easier for us when we were fumbling around for it! Those pacifiers went with us everywhere, especially in the car.

Around a year old, we started the transition to pacifiers at nap and bed time only. I was nervous about this because my daughters crying was (is) a trigger for my anxiety. Thankfully, it was a surprisingly easy transition for us. I kept them out of sight during the day and only kept them in her bed. The only time we would make an exception to that rule was if someone was watching her and they needed to sooth her. We also would allow her to have it if she got hurt or was really upset about something because hearing her request it through her tears told me she really needed it to sooth her.

Fast forward to today; my daughter is 2.5 years old now. We kept that routine of nap and bed time only with her pacifiers until recently. I have a family member who is a dentist and we have been talking them up to my daughter because we want her to be comfortable going to the dentist. We saw them recently and had her go through a fun, quick little teeth check with him. He said that all looked good but her bite seemed off. Granted it was a super quick, fun, check but I asked if she was born with her bite or if it was caused by something. He said most likely from her pacifier but it could be off on its own too.

That night, my husband and I talked to our daughter and told her that her pacifier was hurting her teeth so we needed to stop using them. She became upset but we told her she could go to sleep with it that night and we would try with taking them away for naps first starting the next day.

Monday, the 3rd, was day 1. I was dreading it because I had a long nap time to do list but after a few up and downs from her bed and a few extra books in her bed with her she took a nap pacifier free! Since nap time went well, we talked with her and she wanted to try bed time. We told her to pick out any stuffed animal she wanted to sleep with her along with her beloved taggie. Well, that night was a little rough. We were up a few times with her throughout the night due to her habit of waking up, finding one, and going back to sleep.

Tuesday and Wednesday were great for nap again but we still had a few wake ups both nights. But, then on Thursday my parents came into town. I was wondering how that would affect us trying to make a new routine. Surprisingly, it didn’t change anything. My daughter told them how her “paci’s” where hurting her teeth and how she got to pick out a stuffy to sleep with if she wanted. She took great naps and slept through the night pacifier free!!

Friday, we told her if she had another good nap and slept through the night we would go get a treat Saturday morning for breakfast to celebrate no more “paci’s”. Well, on Saturday morning, we got up and headed to our local family owned coffee shop for her to pick out a cake pop! And, to our surprise, they had a family own cotton candy vendor there too for the day so she had fruity pebbles cotton candy for a breakfast treat to celebrate too!

We are so happy to be closing this chapter of having a good night sleep thanks to a pacifier. This is how we said goodbye to “paci” in 7 days. Why am I sharing this?! Well, every child and family is different so what worked for us might work for you or something completely different might be the thing that works for you.


Did you have to say good bye to “paci”? How did that look for your child(ren) and your family?

Get Naked……Just Kidding!

July 15th Chalk Couture had a NEW catalog release! I had a long shopping list that I had to cut down and break up for purchases across the next few months. You can check out all the new beauties including holiday favorites here.

One of the transfers I ordered in my first order was Get Naked along with the new, double sided, 5×7 box frame. I have seen similar signs in stores and have not purchased one because I always told myself “you can totally make that!”. Well, thanks to Chalk Couture, I finally made my sign! And, it took just about 5 minutes to do so!

I created this using the 5×7 box frame, Get Naked transfer, Black Velvet Chalkology Paste, a mini squeegee, and our fuzzing cloth. See me creating this here on my Facebook page and also see some new goodies I received in my order.

This fun sign will not only give bathroom visitors some friendly advice but it’s sure to get a chuckle too.

Want one for your bathroom?! Get in contact with me and we will get you set up to create your own or I can get one sent out to you!

Shred

I have been saying for months now I need to focus on me, my health, and my physical activities. I decided to finally do something about it by doing my first ever Shred10 with JuicePlus+. The Shred10® program is a “do-able jump-start to better health”. While completing the Shred program, there are 10 simple guidelines to follow while focusing on “clean living” and flooding my body with “whole food nutrition”. I followed 9/10 guidelines; this mama needs her daily coffee! My 10 day Shred was July 7th – July 16th.

Day 1-5: July 7th-11th

Day 1 was our first day back from spending time away social distancing at my parents lake cabin. We had limited groceries in the house because of this, so I was unsure how my Day 1 would go. Surprisingly, it went pretty well! I had my daily capsules, a Complete Shake for breakfast and lunch, and I had a salad as my dinner. Day 2 through 5 went just as easy. The only struggle I had was curbing my snacking/desserts. I turned to the Shred recipe book and I made Lemon Coconut protein bites, Complete Cookie dough, and I found a new love for sweet peppers dipped in garlic hummus.

Visit the Shred10 website to learn more about this program

Day 6-10: July 12th-16th

I was not doing this for weight loss but decided to step on that dreaded scale and see if there was a number difference to go along with how I felt. And, to my surprise, there was a 4 lbs difference! I was noticing my clothing fitting a bit different and was contributing it to less bloating because I had decreased my beer/wine intake! But, as I sat back and thought about everything I realized I not only decreased my processed food intake while increasing my whole food intake but I also curbed my snacking drastically. Both clean eating and curbing my snacking are both life choices I plan on continuing after these 10 days.

Along with realizing I dropped 4 lbs, these last 5 days were fun for me because I was able to grocery shop based on the yummy Shred meals from the recipe book. My favorite recipe I made was the Veggie Fried Rice. I made some sweet and sour chicken to go along with it for my husband and daughter. I knew it was a hit because my daughter asked for seconds!

Visit the Shred10 website to learn more about this program

I also increased my activity level these last 5 days by either walking or doing yard work during nap to taking the whole family to the local state park to get our miles in. We had dinner outside of the house once this week and I felt terrible and fatigued the rest of the night for the carb/gluten overload that my body was not used to. I followed up the next day with a Complete Shake for breakfast and lunch, water all day, and a salad for dinner and was amazed at how much better I felt.

Today, July 16th is the end of my 10 days. I weighed myself again and I am down a total of 8lbs since I started and can honestly say I feel great! I was unsure of what to expect when completing this Shred10® but I am happy I did this. I am going to continue replace at least one meals a day with Complete Shakes and limit my gluten intake but not completely eliminate it from my diet because I love the way I feel and want to continue to feel this way.

Have you completed a Shred or a diet change that you are continuing because of the positive change you saw? Share with me because I would love to hear about it. Are you interested in completing a Shred10®? Let me know because we have another 10 days lined up in August and would love for you to join!