Sunday, September 14, 2014

Where I Get My Personalized Gear From!




I absolutely love personalized things. Mainly due to the fact that you can't just walk into any shop and buy something pre-made with my name on it. 


Yep, I am one of those weird named folks. 

Luckily for us, places like Initials, Inc. exists! 

Initials, Inc. provides everything that you need-from luggage to backpacks to purses to even jewelry! This company also provides free personalization on top of it all!

I had the chance to try out a couple of their headbands-as you know, I usually never leave the house without a headband ever since cutting my hair short. It adds a ton of feminine flair and is so much fun! I absolutely loved these two prints as they were vibrant and stuck out. They were also pretty comfy to wear all day-some headbands tend to give me a headache-yuck! But, these do not.



I received this personalized beach towel below. The funny thing is, I thought it was a rug! I had no idea that it was a towel... till I read the packaging-it is made of some pretty darn good material! 

And the embroidery? Fantastic! I loved my initials :)


I was also sent this Love Me Knot-Polka Dot personalized purse with my name embroidered on it! They also have an ADORABLE houndstooth print as well. Loved my name embroidered on it-again, personalization is 100% free with your purchase!


Overall, I was totally impressed with Initials, Inc. I had heard about them for some time, but am so happy to have finally gotten to try their products. I now have some gift ideas brewing inside my head for the upcoming holiday season!


Initials, Inc. also gives you an opportunity to start your own business with them, hosting parties, and creating a team! 

If you are interested in making a purchase or checking out the huge selection of adorable personalized goodies, visit here or contact the following gal:

SHENNA THOMPSON


Creative Partner

20.31woman@gmail.com

Disclaimer: I was given products to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.

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DIY One Step Leg Warmers for Fall


Cold weather is just around the corner! I love all things winter-including winter fashion & style. Leg warmers are great for the gym whether you are running, dancing, doing your morning yoga, or just lounding around the house sipping your morning cup of coffee, but they are also cute to wear with winter boots as well.

All you need to make these leg warmers?

An old (or new) sweater and a pair of scissors!

If you want tight leg warmers, choose a sweater with tighter sleeves. If you want your leg warmers a bit on the loose side, choose a sweater with wider sleeves.


Next, all you have to do is cut both arms of the sweater off by holding both sleeves out straight directly on the hem line beneath the armpit.


Like this!


This should be your result!


You may trim up the top if you'd like or just fold in the edges like I did!




Saturday, September 13, 2014

DIY Beautiful Booty Cellulite Scrub

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While us ladies are known to indulge in exoliation, a lot of us forget one importnat body part-our butts!  Exfoliating your bottom gently scrubs away dead cells that make your skin look dull and you may even reduce the appearance of that cellulite too in the process! 

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Here is a perfect butt scrub to use once or twice weekly while in the shower!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Coffee Grinds
  • 1/2 cup Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Raw Honey
  • 4 tbps Coconut Oil
  • An exfoliating glove or dry brush (very helpful, but optional)
Directions
  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Massage the scrub into your skin in a circular motion for 5 minutes per butt-cheek. You may also use a dry brush as well.
  3. Store in  an air tight container and keep in the shower for future use.

Monday, September 8, 2014

eBook Store NOW OPEN!


I am soooooooooo freaking excited to announce that my new eBook store is NOW OPEN!

4 Ways to Shrink Your Belly (Without Exercise!)


Would you believe that shrinking your belly fat has more to do with your lifestyle versus working out? They say that 80% of your impact to reduce your overall body fat has to do with dieting and what you eat-and the 20% involves activity and exercise. We have heard about how abs are made in the kitchen; however, they are also made in other ways, as well. 

Here are 5 ways to shrink your belly-no exercise involved. Don't get me wrong-exercise is great for the belly. But, as a majority, these matter first and foremost:

1. Sleep more. 
It's not just the amount of time you spend sleeping that keeps you lean, it's also the quality! Fat cells in your body produce a hormone called leptin-a hormone that controls hunger and feelings of satiety. This hormone is only produced during certain stages of sleep and if you skimp on those stages because you're not resting enough, and you'll disturb your hormonal levels, confusing your body and its signals Consequently, you'll end up storing calories rather than burning them. So invest in a new mattress or get some new blinds and dream away!

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2. Elimate all refined sugars from your diet. Yep, even grains.
Yep. You read correctly. 

Sugar causes fat storage due to excess glucose being flooded into your system. Anytime you have filled your body with more calories or energy than it actually needs, your liver’s sugar storage capacity is exceeded. When the liver is maximally full, the excess sugar is converted by the liver into fat and returned to the bloodstream, where is taken throughout your body and stored as fat. And then there is the issue with excess insulin which screams at your fat cells to stay where they are! Lovely, right?

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Don't get me wrong-I love carbs! Carbs are my friend. However, if you have some serious poundage to lose around your waistline, to the point that your doctor is concerned, you might want to at least reduce your sugar intake.

This includes all forms of sugar:
  • cakes
  • pies
  • fruits
  • honey
  • alcohol
  • agave
  • brown rice
  • whole wheat bread
  • whatever can be converted into a sugar later, etc, etc..
You all know how we like to hit on the whole "gluten bloating" topic quite frequently. Well, it is for a reason-gluten actually makes you bloat-if you are sensitive to it. In order to achieve a flatter tummy, you will obviosuly need to stay away from things that cause you to bloat the most.

If you need help with clean eating, be sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Clean Eating ebook in my ebook store!

3.  Improve your posture.
If only we knew how we looked! Most people do not pay attention to their body mechanics which leads to poor posture, making your stomach buldge out sometimes. See below:

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Poor posture can:
  • make you appear shorter
  • make you look heavier
  • cause joint stress
  • cause your stomach to jut out
  • cause misalignment 
  • make you look like a humpback
  • etc, etc.
Improve your posture by going to a chiropractor and getting an alignment done. He or she will offer some pretty good tips as to how to keep your body in check. 
Remember-when you slump over, you will have a belly (usually). You can also improve your posture by stretching daily to release tight or tense muscles. Also, being aware of how you carry yourself or sit is a big bonus to improving your overall posture!

4. Don't forget to snack.
Snacking keeps your metabolism raging between your meals. Think of your body as a fireplace. Got it? Ok. A fireplace constantly needs wood to keep burning, right? Well, your body and metabolism are no different. you need to feed it something good, often. By good, I mean lean and protein. By not eating enough, we all know that it causes our bodies to hold onto that extra fat storage for energy later aka "survival mode." This is why we NEVER suggest skipping a meal-EVER.

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Some simple snack ideas are:
  • tuna & veggies
  • hummus & veggies
  • nuts/seeds
  • cheese
  • hard boiled eggs
  • beef jerky
  • deli roll ups (meat and cheese)
  • edamame
  • yogurt
  • tofu
  • protein shake
And there you have it! I would highly recommend adding exercise, though, since it will help speed things up :)

What Makes Us Wholesome: Getting the Family Together With Honey Maid {Sponsored Post}


My family is far from traditional
My husband and I are considered an interracial couple. 
We are a military family.
We both have both been divorced before. 
We have tattoos. 
The list goes on and on. 
However, there is one thing for certain: we are a wholesome family. No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will! 

Honey Maid launched a new campaign recently called "This is Wholesome." My family relates to it so much because only one thing matters when it comes to family-that's LOVE. It does not matter how nontraditional you are!



In our family, we love Honey Maid snacks.




Honey Maid provides snacks that:
  • Are wholesome
  • Are whole grain 
  • Are fun for the whole family
  • Have no high fructose corn syrup
  • Absolutely delicious! 
In particular, we love the Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Teddy Grahams and the new Grahamfuls.



I love to make s'mores using the Honey Maid Graham Crackers as a snack that both my husband and I love to share and indulge in. I use dark chocolate, marshmallows, and a box of these! Graham crackers are also very easy to hold onto for toddlers and fun to play with! Like building a graham cracker fort!



The Teddy Grahams have also been a favorite of mine since I was younger and will most likely be a snack for my son as he gets of age to eat them. They are so cute and portable and nevertheless-delish! They come in a variety of different flavors-my favorites are the honey and the cinnamon! These are also super fun to play with for toddlers-and even adults!



Honey Maid recently launched their new product called Grahamfuls. They have a S'mores flavor and this Banana Vanilla Creme flavor. Now, I have tried the S'mores and it was AH-MAZING! However, this Banana Vanilla Creme flavor is absolutely yummy and it actually reminds me of the good ole southern banana pudding that my grandmother used to make! I throw one in my purse to snack on when I am out and about.

Honey maid snacks are more than just a snack-there's a little something for the whole entire family to enjoy & share. Because that's what truly matters: family.





Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honey Maid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Honey Maid, all opinions are my own.




Sunday, September 7, 2014

One Minute Butt Lift

7 Days to a Cleaner House

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It may not be spring just yet, but it is never a bad idea to start cleaning now! By the time spring does come, your house won't be as much of a disaster as it could have been! But sometimes cleaning can be stressful because you do not know where to start. That is when you take it a day at a time!

Day One: All Bathrooms
  • Clean toilet bowl, sink, bath, & shower.
  • Empty trash.
  • Change out towels.
  • Wipe down mirror and counter tops.
Day Two: Living & Dining Room
  • Clean TV & entertainment center
  • Dust
  • Wipe windows & windowsills
  • Vaccum rugs
  • Sweep floors
  • Dust coffee table
Day Three: Kitchen
  • Clean all appliances: stove, fridge, oven, etc
  • Vacuum rugs and sweep floors
  • Mop floor
  • Throw out expired foods
  • Organize pantry and the fridge
  • Do the dishes
  • Take out the trash
Day Four: Kids Rooms (if no kids, clean any other extra rooms in your home)
  • Pick up toys
  • Change bedsheets
  • Take out trash
  • Wipe down furniture and toys
  • Dust
Day Five: Master/Guest Bedrooms
  • Dust/clean bedside tables
  • Take out the trash
  • Vacuum floor
  • Mop floor (if applicable)
  • Change bedsheets
Day Six: Laundry
  • Do all laundry
  • Clean your washing machine & dryer
  • Clean walls and baseboards (dust loves to stay trapped in the laundry room!)
  • Empty trash
  • Mop floors
Day Seven: Organize Garage
  • Sweep garage floor
  • Mop garage floor
  • Organize tools & garage items
  • Wash cars

A Must Have For Making Baby Foods!



Hi mamas!
Is your little one ready for solids? 
Are you wanting to make your own baby food instead of paying over $1 for one pouch?
Well, here is a nifty little baby MUST HAVE!
It is called the Little Green Pouch!



The Little Green Pouch has some really great personality traits:

SQEEZE-ABLEThe size and suppleness of our reusable baby food pouch makes it great for use by those darling little hands. 


FREEZER-ABLE
If you like to cook homemade baby food in big batches, why not fill up a bunch of our reusable pouches and pop them in the freezer for later use?  You can defrost them in warm water when you are ready to enjoy.  Or, pack them as freezer packs in your lunch in the morning – they’ll be ready for squeezing by the afternoon.

DISHWASHER-ABLE
Our reusable food pouches are dishwasher safe - just prop them upside down over the tongs on the top shelf.  For best use, we recommend rinsing all the homemade spinach surprise out of the pouch and spout before running the cycle.

REUSE-ABLE

Our food pouches are made of durable, BPA-free, PVC-free & phthalate-free plastic.  They are built to withstand those beatings that only young children can give & (after cleaning) take some more.

FILL-ABLE
Zipper sealed at the top so the pouch can be opened & filled with up to 7 Oz of your favorite pureed foods, For the 1st use, remove cap & blow into pouch to expand it to its full, supple shape!


You can purchase a pack of 4 pouches for $14.99. The Green Little Pouch even offers a variety of baby food recipes to try nad make,


I decided to give the Green Little Pouch a try by making my son some homemade garlic peas, as you can see. The process went very well. I used my baby bullet, as usual, and filled the pouches and then freezed them! They were so easy to fill and held 7oz each! I love the fact that they are reusable, too.



Overall, I was so thrilled to try The Green Little Pouch! I use ours super frequently and am thankful that something like this exists! It makes the lives of mommies just a tad bit easier.

To learn more about The Green Little Pouch or to purchase your very own, visit their:


Disclaimer: I was given Little Green Pouches to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.

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