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Solution to the Lunch Box Stink

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Finally. A more smell proof lunch box. No need to brace yourself for impact when opening at the end of the day.

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I really hate bad smells. Which sounds funny, because I am sure everyone hates bad smells, but I am particularly sensitive to bad smells and they can make me crazy.

One of my top personal odor offenders, is the smell the girls’ lunch boxes get after the school year gets underway. You know what I am talking about, right moms, that stale, gross stink that seeps into the plastic lining?

EWWWWW.

The plastic really starts to retain the stink and no matter how thoroughly we wash it, the smell always returns.   Therefore, when I discovered these Under Armour lunch boxes that are lined with plastic, I thought they would be worth a try to see if the plastic helped make it a smell proof lunch box.

I guess the official word for the plastic is PEVA lining.There is a pocket on the interior lid for an ice pack and there is plenty of room for a thermos and your reusable lunch box containers.

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You can buy them here on Amazon ladies…..

Then go ahead and give it your own whiff test this year!

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Frogglez Goggles

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Recently I was contacted by a company called Frogglez which claims to make the best swim goggles for kids – comfortable, leak-free, pain-free goggles. I was interested to learn more.

Over the years  I have dished out a ton of money on swim goggles for my girls and have yet to find a pair they actually like and wear! Until now!

The design is fabulous and my girls love them.  Here they are explaining why they love these comfortable swim goggles for kids!

Click on over to Amazon and buy your Frogglez here (affiliate link)! Your kids will love them too!

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Hello Shea! Minted Birth Announcements

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In today’s world of instantly gratifying Social Media we know immediately when a friend has had a baby by their Facebook and/or Instagram update –  it is so sweet when newborn babies are filling my feed!  I have to say, in this sea of online images I truly love when I receive an elegant piece of mail I can hold in my hands, boasting a photograph of a beautiful baby signed by the proud parents (and sometimes siblings).

The announcement feels grand, and important, and it makes me feel special that I was included on their list.

Minted Birth Announcements

So when Minted reached out to me and offered Minted birth announcements for our bouncing baby girl (#3) I was thrilled, of course!  Minted has the sweetest designs, and I love that each one is offered in different color options.  Some of my faves are So Much Love To GivePetite Measurements, and Fancy Floral Frame.

The high quality product consistently delivered by Minted is unparalleled.  Their card stock is the thickest.  And yes, thickness matters.

After much deliberation, I chose Watercolor Bunting Birth Announcements in pink since we had been “not finder outers” this time around.

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We had pictures taken by the amazingly talented Kristin Eldridge– watching her mold our sweet baby Shea into adorable little poses, softly patting her back to sleep when she stirred was awe-inspiring.  I wanted to take Kristin home with me!  We are in love with the images she captured of our Shea-Bear, and even more so with photographs of all three of our little ladies.

It was a must to include the backing option with a photograph so I could include Shea’s proud big sisters as well.

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The FREE recipient addressing is seriously a lifesaver for me right now.  I had entered all of our addresses into Minted’s Address Assistant for our Christmas cards this year and so when it came time to figure out our announcements it was SO EASY!

And, actually there have been multiples times I have referenced the Address Assistant from my phone when I’m out and about and need a friend’s address.  So very convenient!

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I am so excited for these to fill the mailboxes of our friends and loved ones!

Minted Nursery Art 

Minted also offers gorgeous nursery wall art.  We have the most adorable photograph I wanted to put in Shea’s nursery of  Shea and her Great Grandma Theresa Shea Paoletti the day she came home from the hospital.

The grin on Great Grandmas face is priceless, and Minted had the PERFECT nursery art design called Colorful Stages which allowed me to use my photo and include a caption to share the special relationship of Great Grandma and her namesake.  Surrounded by the whitewashed herringbone frame, I am slightly OBSESSED.

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Minted is always offering helpful stylized tips like their Gallery Wall How To on their homepage right now, which I have to say, I am in love with a well done gallery wall, but find the project intimidating.

Love a deal?  (Yeah, so do I!)  Minted is always running promo codes and sending out artsy inspiration so be sure to subscribe for their email updates at the bottom of their homepage.

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You Know You Are Pregnant When…

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You Know You Are Pregnant When

Fellow Orange County mom and pop culture humorist, Kate Casey, of Love and Knuckles has written a new book on pregnancy that will make you laugh out loud (just try not to pee a little when you do).

The book highlights real quotes from real women (and the men who had to live with them) on all the wild changes that happen during pregnancy. From hormonal outbursts to bizarre cravings the funny anecdotes are particularly amusing because, well, they’re real.

You Know You are Pregnant When… is the perfect baby shower or congratulations on your pregnancy gift.

Here is a sample of some of the quotes you will find in You Know You Are Pregnant When…

You Know You Are Pregnant When…

Hormones

You ask your husband at least three times a day if you are getting too fat.—Katherine L., Austin, TX

You consider punching your husband when he suggests you might be getting too fat.—LeeAnn P., Round Rock, TX 

State of Mind

You arrive at work to be pulled aside by your secretary, who tells you that your shoes don’t match.—Meghan M., Alexandria, VA

You start checking out strollers on the street like you used to check out hot guys.—Braunwyn B., Miami, FL.

Strange Habits

You add “pregnancy” and “normal?” to everything you Google.—Samantha S., Laguna Niguel, CA

You become obsessed with the color of your discharge.—Melanie H., Appleton, WI

Eating Habits

You make spaghetti at 8:00 a.m.—Julia M., Monrovia, CA

That second donut at the D&D drive-through is justified because it is “for the baby.”—Caitlin O., Boston, MA

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Limeapple Active Wear Sets at Costco!

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As a mom of two girls, I personally love the growing popularity of active wear lines. After all, “Strong is the new pretty” and I think that is a really powerful message for young girls. What I don’t love are some of the price tags that come along with some active wear lines which is why I am thrilled to share Limeapple active wear with you today AND a special Costco promotion they are running this month. For a steal.

See those four cute tank and capri sets above offered in girls’ sizes 6 – 14? In (Western U.S.) Costco stores now for a very limited time and also on Costco online they are selling for, are you ready…only $18.99! Ordering online? Shipping is free. Mommy like!

Limeapple Active Wear

Limeapple sent me a set for review and I tested it out on my SUPER active 3rd grader.

Give her a cute active wear set and a camera and she was on fire (below), and loves the pieces.

Note: She is a petite 8-year-old (51″ and 56 lbs) so the set she is wearing is actually a size 6. We also received a size 7, but it was too big on her.

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Limeapple also carries boutique pieces for school, active wear for weekends and afters school activities and also a darling swim line.

Mamas, if you have active girls stock up on these cute sets because I am telling you, the price is phenomenal for the quality and cute styles.

But you have to jump on this QUICK because they will only be available for this price at Costco through early May!

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