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5 Uses for Coconut Oil & Other Tips for Wellness from Sam’s Club

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As the fall season approaches and the busy school schedule kicks off into full swing, our family will be heading into cooler weather with a plan to make our health and wellness a top priority. Even better, since August is Health Awareness month, now is the perfect time to focus a bit more on what makes us feel better and prepares us for the months ahead. One of my favorite weekly stops is Sam’s Club which has everything my family needs to stay happy and well.

One of my favorite finds at Sam’s Club is coconut oil, but finding uses for this bigger tub can be daunting! To help you get your feet oiled up, I’ve put together a few simple ways to incorporate coconut oil into your everyday life – aiding you in your path to be more health and wellness-focused!

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1. As a substitute for cooking oil

The flavor of coconut is light and is one that easily passes in our family, but keep this in mind when cooking certain foods. I love substituting cooking oil in pancakes as a healthy alternative, cooking my morning eggs in it, and using as a standard way to prepare our chicken. If a recipe calls for vegetable oil, you can usually almost always substitute it for coconut oil.

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2. As an oral hygiene option

The art of oil-pulling can seem daunting at first, but if you’re willing to give it a try, you will not be disappointed! Each morning, I take a spoonful of coconut oil and let it melt in my mouth until it turns into liquid form. Once it does, I swish it around for twenty minutes, much like mouthwash, and then spit it out. Oil-pulling is the perfect complement to regular oral hygiene practices. Twenty minutes seem too long to withstand with oil in your mouth? Swish around during your morning shower and the time will fly by.

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3. As a morning smoothie boost

I LOVE making smoothies in the morning as part of our routine.  Along with my traditional ingredients (mixed frozen fruit, 1 cup of coconut water, flaxmeal and spinach), I love to put a small tablespoon of coconut oil for extra flavor and health benefits. I try to incorporate it as part of my smoothie recipes whenever I can.

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You need 1 cup frozen fruit, 1 cup coconut water, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 1 tsp flax meal, 1 cup spinach. Blend and enjoy!

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The perfect morning pick-me-up!

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4. As a Body Scrub

This exfoliating scrub is simple to mix up and with only two ingredients, it is the perfect pantry spa treatment. I love using this scrub once a week and it makes a great gift in airtight jars – think teachers, aunts, friends, family. The coconut oil is a great moisturizer with added vitamins and the sugar acts as a great exfoliant. If the oil separates, simply mix with your finger and reapply. A hot shower might melt it a bit!

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Blend 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1 cup brown sugar – be careful not to blend too much or the oil and sugar will separate.

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5. As a Face Mask

Ready for one more spa treatment? This one also uses pantry staples, including coconut oil, and it’s the perfect midweek treat for your face. Put it in your weekly face routine and your pores will thank you! I love putting this on while getting ready to shower, brushing my teeth, or just a relaxing time reading and unwinding.

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For this mask, you will simply need 1/4 cup coconut oil melted, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 smashed avocado. Melt coconut oil until liquid and mash together with honey and avocado. Apply to face and leave on for ten minutes.

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The beauty of Sam’s Club is that they have more than just coconut oil! They offer a full health section with everything you need from vitamins to supplements to hygiene products and more. They also have a pharmacy and offer in-store health screenings and immunizations. On September 12th, Sam’s Club locations will be hosting in-store free health screenings for their members – now is the perfect time to make your health a priority.

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Even better, Sam’s Club can help you on your wellness journey long after you’ve left the warehouse aisles. Check out the Sam’s Club Healthy Living Magazine which has everything you need to pursue a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. Covering a wide-range of topics such as nutrition and fitness along with categories geared towards general lifestyle and community, the Healthy Living Magazine helps you set and maintain health goals while also giving you the practical tools to do so. I love reading the health and wellness interviews and seeing recipes, tips, and more to put in place for our family.

Ready to get your health journey started? Check out all that Sam’s Club has to offer!

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Sam’s Club has everything you need to pursue health and wellness for you and your family. How do you make simple choices every day for your health?

Samantha

“Whine” & Cheese Platter: A FROZEN-Inspired Boredom Buster

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The summer is winding down and the school year is right around the corner! If you’re anything like me, your little ones are busting out the “I’m bored!” more often and the whining is in full swing. Now is the perfect opportunity to see what FROZEN things do in summer! In an effort to curb the whines and cries, I put together a FROZEN-inspired boredom buster that is sure to help you let it go and enjoy the last rays of summer sunshine to the fullest.

The first element that I put together was a “Whine” & Cheese Tray. I’m not sure about you, but my boys get HANGRY a ton. The fights increase and the whining is at full volume. I met Scott, a produce worker at Walmart, when I headed to snag some snacks at the store and he went in the back to give me one of the boxes that the grapes arrived in. I thought it was the perfect serving tray for our afternoon activity and snack!

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With growing boys, having healthy snacks on hand is super important and they just happen to LOVE grapes. We go through several pounds a week and it is definitely a favorite snack around here. When I find a fruit they love, I will buy it all the time.

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Even better, Disney has jumped in the fruit and vegetables game by using characters the boys love to promote healthy snacking! Imagine the the boys’ surprise and delight when I came home with this prized package of grapes – their favorite FROZEN sisters – Anna & Elsa.

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I used tinfoil to cover the bottom of my grapes “tray” and put my snack and activity on there to bring to the great outdoors (our backyard).

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What goes better with grapes than cheese and crackers? I sliced up some Colby Jack slices, included two different types of crackers, and even found these great FROZEN string cheese to include with our afternoon snack. Which character snack would you choose? I’m partial to Kristoff.

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Putting together a simple snack such as this looks like you spent a ton of time, but really just laid out in a few simples steps. I love doing set-ups like this for playdates, with mom friends, and as a special stack and build snack for the boys to enjoy.

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Once you’ve finished assembling your snack, it’s time to get active! With FROZEN in mind, I created a DIY “Snow” Painting Station for the boys to enjoy in our backyard. All you need is 1 cardboard “canvas” (we used the top of our grapes tray) and “snow” (tissues, cotton balls, shaving cream, and whipped cream). I used a step ladder as an easel and let the boys set to work!

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Summers were made to be messy, so don’t be afraid to let them get crazy! The boys loved using the whipped cream and shaving cream as paint and adding the tissue and cotton balls for extra texture. They never felt the need to lick their fingers, but keep a close eye on them just in case. This activity is was a fabulous boredom buster – a great way to keep them engaged and minimize the whining!

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Snacking and playtime is over, time for a little sweet treat! I used some of our FROZEN grapes and white chocolate to create miniature Olafs to enjoy.

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The steps are pretty simple. Melt down white chocolate chips over low heat and use a toothpick on the grape to dip and cover them. Place on parchment paper to cool and harden. I also poured little white chocolate “puddles” for Olaf to sit on once I assembled them. Put everything into the freezer or refrigerator to completely cool and set.

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Once set, “stack” the grapes using toothpicks. One in the bottom and one in the top should do it. Remind the children about the toothpicks before they eat him! I then used a little white chocolate with red and yellow food coloring combined to create orange noses. Use black decorating gel for the eyes and smile. Voila! You have your Olaf!

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While Olaf is freezing and avoiding the summer heat, mix up some more white chocolate and combine with a splash of creamer or half & half. This will help to create a malleable substance that is thicker than what you used to cover the grapes. Take a dollop and put on each of your little “puddles.”

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Grab your Olafs and plant him in the white chocolate “snow.” Pop him into the freezer for the last hardening that you need. Time to sit down with your children and enjoy this sweet summer eat!

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Ready to put together your FROZEN boredom buster? You can find everything you need at Walmart, including FROZEN grapes.  Be sure to look in the produce section because if you ask someone, they are likely to send you to the frozen food aisles instead (wink, wink).

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We LOVE finding healthy options that the boys will love – Disney faces make them much more enticing! Which fruit or vegetable do you think could use a little Disney inspiration?

Samantha

TexMex Spicy Guacamole Burgers

 

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Summertime means grilling and it is absolutely one of our favorite ways to prepare our food. While I am no grillmaster, my hubby and I seem to make a great team – I think and prepare the recipe and he does the grilling and assembling. We love to try new things on the grill, but we also love the classics – such as burgers! In an effort to spice things up a bit, we decided to kick it up a notch and add some La Morena chipotle peppers into our burger blend and jalapeños into a guacamole that cools things down as it heats them up.  These subtle changes take this all-American classic and gives it a tasty heat!

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To create these for your next family barbecue, you’ll need to assemble the burgers, grill them, and then put together your guacamole. Let’s start with the burgers. You’ll need: 1 pound of ground beef (85% lean is perfect for juiciness), 1/4 cup ranch dressing, 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup flaxseed cornmeal, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, 1 can of La Morena chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce, 1 egg and spices to your taste.

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Top your ground beef with your cornmeal, oats, ranch, and barbecue sauce. Then, dice your chipotle peppers and pace them into your mixture, adding in some of the Adobo sauce as well which will serve to flavor the burgers even more. Then, add your egg and your mixture of spices (we like garlic, salt, pepper, a barbecue rub, and onion powder). Roll your burgers into a ball to take shape and place on wax paper until ready to serve. This pound mixture made about six hefty-sized burgers.

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While you’re assembling the burgers, fire up the grill. We prefer charcoal, but the recipe will work on whatever grill you have. Place on grill to begin searing and cooking process. When forming the burgers, use your thumb and create a well thumbprint. This will help the burger to retain flavor and juiciness as it pools there. Grill burgers until desired doneness has been achieved.

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While your burgers are cooking (which will not take long), you can put together your guacamole. These steps are why it is great if you are able to tag-team cook and assemble these bad boys. For your spicy guacamole, you will need La Morena jalapeño peppers, 4 avocados, diced red onion and tomato, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the juice from one lime.

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Remove your peppers from the can and dice finely. Scoop out your avocados reserving one pit, combine, and mash together. I find that a potato masher does the trick! Then, fold in your tomatoes, onions, spices and lime juice. Place pit in bowl of airtight container to help keep guacamole fresh.

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Voila! You’re ready to serve.

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By this point your burgers should be finishing up and you can toast your buns. I coated each side of the bun with Coconut Butter and grilled until they were crisp (just a few minutes). You can then set to work to assemble your creations!

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I placed one burger on each bun, topped with pepperjack cheese for extra oomph, and a heaping serving of our guacamole. The flavors work together to keep things nice and spicy and the guacamole helps to cool things down a bit. These burgers are so flavorful that no other condiments are required.

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You can see those bits of La Morena chipotle peppers and the adobo sauce flavor is throughout. Doneness for your burger is your preference.

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Enjoy these delicious burgers at your next barbecue and serve the spare guacamole with a side of chips!

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Ready to add a little spice to your next family barbecue? Head to Walmart to get La Morena products in the Hispanic aisle and then finish your shopping for everything you need to kick things up a notch!

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How do you plan to add a little spice to your next summer grilling extravaganza? 

Samantha

Loving All of Me, Vol. 13 #LeggingsWearDontCare

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We’ve been on this leggings journey for 13 weeks now and life couldn’t be better in the fashion regard! I don’t buy leggings as often, but instead create new outfits to jazz up what I already own and to reuse the pairs that I love a whole lot! My aim is to constantly be working to create new looks without breaking the bank. People often ask, “Why leggings?” And to that I say, “Why not?” I usually always know that I’m wearing leggings on a particular day and I’m quickly able to build an outfit AROUND what I put on my legs. I feel confident because I am more put together than I am most other days. Plus, who doesn’t love a big, bold colorful print?

It’s easy to look at the flaws and wonder if there’s something you could change (there ALWAYS is), but the goal is to embrace every part of you – the good and the bad – because it is WHO you are! Your selection of clothes don’t define you as a person, but they can help you highlight and show little pieces of who that is.

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Shirt: Randy by Lularoe

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Leggings: Lularoe | Sandals: Zambia, Africa

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Dress: Lularoe| Leggings: Lularoe | Necklace: Payless | Glasses: Jim’s

Leggings in Motion

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Leggings: zulily | Sandals: forever old | Shirt: Don’t remember | Cardigan: Torrid | Necklace: Don’t remember

I LOVE THESE LEGGINGS!

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Leggings: zulily | Sandals: old | Shirt: old | Necklace: Payless | Glasses: Target

Life is too short to spend time caring about what other people think. So wear leggings, wear skirts, wear skorts, and wear shorts. But don’t ever forget to wear confidence that you are uniquely you and AMAZINGLY AWESOME just the way you are!

What’s on your fashion menu this week? 

Samantha

SNICKERS® & Sweets: The Perfect End of Summer Treats

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Summer is winding down and the crispness of fall is moving in. Before you pull out the sweaters, share a little sunshine by creating a colorful sweets table that’s sure satisfy that summer sweet tooth. Where the deliciousness of SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars meets the tartness of Starburst® Minis Unwrapped to everything that’s in between, celebrate the end of summer with the perfect colorful bang!

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Before you dive head first into a sea of primary colors and delicious eats, enter the Share Funshine sweepstakes for a chance to win a Walmart e-gift card EVERY DAY!

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Putting together this sweets table is simple and uses some great basics while adding a little oomph to some. You’ll need SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars 6-pack, M&M’s® Plain 42 oz. bag, M&M’s® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches 6-pack, Starburst® Minis Unwrapped, and Skittles® 14 oz. I loved using fun colors like greens, blues, and reds along with fun size jars and the SMILE banner!

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Now on to the specialty creations!

SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bar Inspired Fudge

This delicious microwave fudge recipe is simple to make and mirrors the flavors of everyone’s favorite ice cream bar. Filled with salty and sweet, it’s the perfect marriage of flavors.

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For this recipe, you’ll need 8 oz. of milk chocolate chips, 25 unwrapped caramels, 1/4 cup honey roasted peanuts, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, and 2 tbsp. cream. Sea salt optional.

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Combine the chocolate and condensed milk and heat until beginning to melt. Stir together. Line a container with parchment paper (the shape doesn’t matter, I used oval). Pour chocolate in the bottom layer. Heat caramel with two tablespoons of cream until melted and smooth.

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The next steps are to layer the fudge. Start with the chocolate layer, pour, and spread. Next, sprinkle with honey roasted peanuts. Pour over caramel layer, smoothing as you go. Lastly, sprinkle with a dash of sea salt for additional flavor. Cool in the refrigerator and store in an airtight container.

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Enjoy! I put together some extras as care packages as well. The perfect “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” treat!

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Salty and Sweet – the perfect end of summer treat!

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SNICKERS® Candy-Coated Ice Cream Bars

The next sweet treat is to jazz up SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars with a little something extra. Start with your bars and insert popsicle sticks for ease of eating. Then, melt white chocolate with a splash of cream and drizzle over the bars.

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Add M&M’s® and freeze until hardened.

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Serve alongside M&M’s® candy and M&M’s® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

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Starburst® Swirl & Skittles® White Chocolate Fudge

This fudge recipe is just as simple. You’ll need 8 oz. of softened cream cheese, four cups of confectioner’s sugar, 8 oz. white chocolate, 1/2 bag of Starburst® Minis Unwrapped, and Skittles® for folding in.

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Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar until mixed. Then, melt white chocolate with Starburst® Minis until blended. Combine chocolate and Starburst® mixture with cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture. Fold in Skittles® and top with a few. Refrigerate or freeze until hardened.

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Serve alongside Skittles® and additional Starburst® candies.

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The perfect tart complement to the chocolatey goodness of SNICKERS®.

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Ready to set up an afternoon of Funshine to celebrate the end of summer in colorful style? Head to Walmart for everything you need to create the best chocolate rainbow of fun!  Download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content.

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Head here to receive instant savings on M&M’s®, SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars, Dr Pepper® Cherry, Skittles®, Pedigree Dentastix®! I’d love to hear your favorite ideas for making the end of summer full of FUNSHINE!

Samantha

Goodbye, Bushes! Hello, Organization! House Tour 2 #ChezPrincess

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Hello, friends! I hope you are having a FABULOUS week! Here’s week two of our House Tour and I’m glad you came to “visit” again. We’ve had some BIG changes to our little abode and I couldn’t be more in love with this space. Charlie started school this week and everything seems to be fitting together nicely.

We tested out our ancient broiler. SURPRISE! IT works, so we created these DELICIOUS Chicken Pizza Pockets. OH MY YUM.

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We also snagged bunk beds from IKEA after much belaboring and we are in LOVE! The boys are obsessed and I’ll let you guess who decided to be up top. It’s a huge space saver and definitely great for sleeping.

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We have a rose bush. How do we know? Because this beauty bloomed in the last week.

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With the start of school and fall schedules, I put together this little command center after getting some feedback on Facebook and Pinterest. The artwork was from the old house and the other additions came from Target, Hobby Lobby, and TJ Maxx. I’m in love! It’s in full use now, so it’s definitely helping (so far!)

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The next big change was the removal of these bushes! Big and overbearing, they covered half of our windows and were a sight for sore eyes!

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Jim set to work lobbing off the tops and they quickly made a huge difference.

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He did both sides in one afternoon – using a saw and some hedge clippers. The garbage and waste people LOVE us!

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My neighbors (and parents) surprised us by removing three of the four stumps one morning while we were at church! They did the hard work and we SURE were appreciative!

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The After – We still need to add some flowers, plants, landscaping, but this has already made a HUGE difference. My project for the upcoming week will be this door. Remains to be seen how my handiwork plays out. I have an idea already, but what color do you think we should do?

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The last space for organization is right by the backdoor. The perfect spot for backpacks, extra school supplies and miscellaneous items. This clearance shelf from Michael’s fits perfectly. The hooks were already there. And I have yet to get the sharpener to work for me. Needs my hubby’s touch.

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This beauty greets us every day when we come home. Our first official lawn ornament. We love it!

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So what say you? Do you like our little big changes?

Samantha

On the Eve of First Grade

It seems like only yesterday I was talking about flying time and Charlie heading off to preschool. Crazy to think that it’s already been three years since then. Three years.

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And now he’s headed off to first grade. Full day. All day. And suddenly, this feels so much more like my heart’s just out there walking around.

Everyone warns you that time goes by so quickly. In the store. At the park. Family. Friends. And in the midst of harried motherhood we roll our eyes or sigh and gasp or never think twice of the kind advice from strangers. The advice that if I could shout from the rooftops now I would.

This moment right now will soon become yesterday and then the past, but will feel so much like it just happened. And you live in this sort of in-between where you are eager to see what the future holds, but you wish, if even for just one moment, you could turn back time and squeeze your little one again.  Not just any baby, but this one.

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Last year, the baby that was my first niece went off to high school. Just yesterday, she was standing in her room with no door, demanding that someone rescue her. Little did she know she could just walk right out.

Just the other day, the baby born between my boys went off to kindergarten. Wasn’t it just yesterday that he went careening down the stairs in one of those ride-on cars?

The baby that was my first nephew will start high school next year and we talked recently about how it was just yesterday that he laid in bed screaming “Daddy, cover me up!” at different octaves and we laughed until our sides hurt.

And tomorrow, my baby will start first grade.

Wasn’t it yesterday that he squeezed his blankie close and used a binkie between his chubby cheeks?

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That he played outside with his chubby baby body and ran around in the summer sun with a swim diaper on?

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That he splashed in the fountains and  climbed and toddled around exploring the world?

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That he didn’t know what life was without the comfort of his own home and his best friend?

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I found that blankie yesterday. I’ll probably curl up in a heap tomorrow. just like it was yesterday.

So no matter what age the babies around you are right now, squeeze them. Stop what you’re doing and hug them so tightly and commit to memory this exact moment. And don’t roll your eyes and say “Everyone says that! Motherhood is hard right NOW!” Because I promise you, this in-between, this progress, and growing up to the next stage is oh so much harder.

Embrace right now because soon you’ll be thinking about what happened just yesterday while you’re readying them to go off to life’s next big adventure.

Samantha

Let’s Get Physical: Simple Backyard Workout Circuit

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For as long as I can remember, health and wellness has been a big part of my husband’s life. From running in high school to training for marathons and races in adulthood, he works hard every day – not just at his job, but in the gym. He wakes up SUPER early every morning, puts together what he needs to tackle the day (including much needed protein), and then heads off to work.  He is truly an inspiration – especially when it comes to taking care of his body!

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His busy schedule means go-go-go, so EAS Myoplex is the perfect complement to his busy, fit lifestyle.  He tosses one ready-to-drink carton into his bag and he’s ready to attack the day!  EAS Myoplex is complete nutrition and helps him finish strong at the end of a long day.

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When he doesn’t have time during his busy way to fit a workout in, he can run a simple circuit in the backyard in the evenings or weekends to keep his heart pumping! This visual is also a great example for our growing boys!

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The full circuit is located below and can be pinned for convenience. Form is just as important as the number of times you complete an exercise, so be sure to concentrate on HOW you are completing each. Once you’ve gone through it, the circuit will get easier, but the first step is to get out there and TRY! The first position is a jumping jack. Legs spread and arms extended over your head to meet one another. Complete 20.

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Next, burpees aka devil spawn. Stand straight up, squat down, jump out into push-up position, jump back in to a squat.

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Stand and arms up! Burpee finished! Complete 20.

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Jump back down into push-up position. Back, butt, and legs should be in a straight line, arms should-width apart.

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Push yourself down to the ground and push back up to complete one push-up. Do 20 push-ups.

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Then, remain in push-up position, body in a line, elbows to the ground, and hold for 30 seconds. You’ve now held a plank. Your abs will burn, but your body will thank you.

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Switch to your side, arm in similar plank position, and hold side plan for 30 seconds.

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Finish your exercises one round through and then repeat three times! You’ve tackled the Backyard Workout Circuit without ever using a piece of equipment. This is a great exercise regimen to do while the kids are playing outside, if you are low on time, or if you are just looking for something to change things up a bit.

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You’ve complete your circuit, now time for a reward! Grab your EAS Myoplex and CHUG! This is the perfect muscle builder and post workout drink to complement your exercise routine.

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Your muscles will thank you.

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Ready to start your workout? Head to Walmart to get everything you need, including EAS Myoplex in a variety of flavors – Chocolate Fudge, French Vanilla, Strawberry Cream, Cookies & Cream, Rich Dark Chocolate.

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What are your favorite ways to reach your fitness goals? Share your best tips for becoming the best you yet!

Samantha

Red, White & Leggings!, Vol. 12 #LeggingsWearDontCare

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Picking poses to go with my leggings is by far one of the more fun elements of this challenge. I’m not afraid to be silly and if my niece or Charlie are taking the pictures, I usually know they will have me do something REALLY bizarre. Like lay on the floor of Allstate Arena. Either way, I always try to go with the flow and just take pictures being ME!

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Leggings: Target | Shirt: Torrid | Sandals: Ancient | Glasses: Target | Necklace: Payless

I also had the honor of attending the Crosstown Classic (thanks to my brother!) and wore my leggings in style. The perfect contrast to black, grey, and white! Hibiscus leggings for the win (literally!) Go Cubs!

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Leggings: Lularoe | Shirt: Sports store in the mall | Necklace: 100 years old | Sandals: Who knows? 

I also finally got to wear my newest favorite pair of leggings! These stained-glass beauties were paired with a black shirt and sandals and I LOVE THEM! I cannot wait to pair the colors in it with solid colored shirts that come from the colors in the prisms. Definitely my favorites!

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Leggings: Lularoe

As the calendar ticks by, I find myself looking forward to fall all the more! All of my pieces will look so different with sweaters and boots – giving me even more oomph. I can hardly wait. One of my favorite elements is taking the same pieces and using them in a variety of ways!

As always – Be bold. Be beautiful. Be YOU!

What are your signature fashion pieces that you love to wear all the time?

Samantha

“Are We There Yet?”: Road Trip Survival Kits for the Whole Family

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Family Road Trips were always a big part of my childhood. No matter where we traveled, our main transportation was a car. We spent many hours “bonding” – a nice way of saying that we tried not to kill each other along the way. I have fond memories of traveling the U.S. in our family car and was thrilled when we decided to do the same with our own boys.

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Earlier this year, we traveled to Florida and tried our best to hedge off the “Are We There Yet?” questions that seemed to rise from the backseat. In an effort to be prepared, I decided to create “Are We There Yet” road trip survival kits using surprises from Jewel-Osco in an effort ward off boredom. Even better, you can entered Jewel-Osco’s Best Road Trip Ever sweepstakes for a chance tow WIN when it comes to your next big vacation!

I put together a kit for each member of the family so when we get to those moments of “ARE WE THERE YET?!” we can reach for a bag and hopefully get the oomph we need to make it the rest of the way!

For the Kids

OREO Double Stuf cookies

Peanut Butter M&Ms pouch (LOVE because they can stand up and have a resealable zipper)

Lifesavers Gummies – 5 flavors (shareable size)

Capri-Sun juice pouches

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For each of the kids, I used a gallon size baggie with a few little surprise snacks for them. I included a smaller bag with a few cookies (because OREOS!), a candy selection for them to share with each other, and a juice pouch.

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As an added bonus, I created little I-Spy jars for them to look at and explore.

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To create your own I-Spy containers, you will need empty dried out water bottles, rice, little trinkets (such as buttons, safety pins, and miniature toys), and glue of sorts. First, make a list of each of the trinkets that you plan to add to the bottle to make it easy to check off those items once you’ve found them. Make sure your water bottle is dry. Then pour rice in about halfway. Add a few of the trinkets. Add more rice. Repeat until finished, leaving some room for the rice to move around. Shake up the bottle. When the boredom hits, pass out your road trip survival kits and pass along the I-Spy bottles. These are also great for restaurants when you are waiting for food.

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For Dad

Peet’s Coffee K-Cups – Major Dickason’s Blend Dark Roast

SNICKERS bites

Altoids Curiously Strong Mints Tin – Wintergreen

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For Mom

Peet’s Coffee K-Cups – Major Dickason’s Blend Dark Roast

Dove Dark Chocolate-Covered Whole Cranberries pouch

Altoids Curiously Strong Mints Tin – Wintergreen

OREO Double Stuff cookies

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Did I mention coffee??

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You’re all set for the drive ahead!

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Ready to get on the road and get running? Head to Jewel-Osco for everything you need for that perfect road trip pick-me-up!

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Ready to travel the world by car? Be sure to share your Best Road Trip ever  for a chance to win big! I would love to hear about your favorite dream destination!

Samantha