Friday favs

Today is my first day back to work after a nice long winter break.  [cue all the tears]  But let’s focus on the positive, as I try so hard to do, and check out some things I’m loving lately in a Friday favs post – something I haven’t done in way too long.

I finally, finally hopped on the Snapchat bandwagon.  (I’m itz.linz if you want to add me!)  I don’t think I’ve ever posted a story (is that what they’re called??), but I am having fun playing with the filters.  My five year old niece Audrey taught me how to use them.  I’m still way more of an Instagram fan, but the Snapchat filters definitely provide a good source of entertainment.

Not to mention the “pretty” filters when you’re feeling a bit blah.  I imagine it’s only a matter of time before Instagram comes up with something similar.

I tried one of Jamba Juice’s seasonal flavors, berry berry chocolate.  It’s a total WIN!  Definitely my favorite flavor.  And better yet, I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram – five $10 gift cards are being given away for the New Year!

Speaking of the New Year, I did a power flow yoga class three days in a row at Yoga Six.  Some of you may remember when I used to do bikram on a regular basis (pre-William).  I miss it, but am definitely not in good enough shape to attempt that right now.  Power flow is awesome because it’s in a heated room and the class is an hour (as opposed to 90 minutes like bikram).  I get in a good stretch, a great workout, and an awesome sweat.  Plus, some time to get out of my own head and focus on my breath and body, something I have trouble doing in my home.

With school back in session, I’ll have time to go just once a week, but that’s better than nothing!  I bought a ten class package to ensure I actually do keep going.  Financial accountability!  I’m still working on getting back into / finding a new workout routine, but this was definitely a good week for me.

I was sent some argan oil from Actually Organic.

My hair tends to be dry and frizzy, so I do use a serum of some type in it. The argan oil provides moisture and smooths down flyaways.  A little bit goes a long way, so this little bottle has been lasting awhile.  The first couple of times I used it, I used too much and my hair was a little too oily.  Lesson learned.  A drop or two is all you need! You can use it on your skin, as well, though I prefer my hair.

I have so many adorable photos to share of William with his friends from the past month.  However, this one with his bestie, Wolf, takes the cake.  They’re so sweet.

And if you could have heard them.  Wolfie kept saying, “I love you, illy-yum!”

William and I have had a lot of fun over break together.  He’s just the silliest little thing and continues to amaze me on a daily basis.  We were playing with a Chanukah present and I asked him to smile for a picture.

That lightbox is like the one I just posted about from UncommonGoods.  It’s been fun to come up with different messages.

Yes, this is the third time I’ve blogged this week; you better believe it!  I’d like to get back into a blogging schedule.  While I probably won’t do Monday-Friday like I did my first few years, maybe Monday / Wednesday / Friday is more manageable.  We shall see.

What are your favorites from the week?

what to get someone who has everything

At some point during the holiday season, or perhaps a different joyous occasion throughout the year, I’m sure you have thought, “What to get someone who has everything?”  While this post won’t help with the holidays that just happened (unless you’re a really delayed gift giver, which if that’s the case, I’ve got you!), I’m sharing this post so you’re able to tuck this little secret into your back pocket for the next time you need to purchase a gift for someone who has everything.  Or for someone who may not have everything, but you’re totally lost in what in the world to get them.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to UncommonGoods.com.  I’m telling you, they’ve got the most unique gifts that you won’t find elsewhere and that are sure to please any recipient.  Furthermore, they’ve got a great mission.

At UncommonGoods, we’re working to change the way business is done by making sustainability a part of every decision we make. We’re steadily working to make UncommonGoods more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and an ever-more rewarding place to work.

Not only can you find an awesome gift, but you can feel good about it, too!  Their website is so easy to navigate.  It’s organized into 11 categories: gifts, fun, home, kitchen & bar, art, jewelry, women, men, kids, sale, and this just in.  Each of those categories then has tons of subcategories.  For example, if you click on women, there is an accessories subcategory with nine different options, there is a “by interest” subcategory with things like geek, cooking, business, and more, and then there is a “who are you shopping for” subcategory so you can really narrow down your search.  You could literally spend hours on the site just browsing!

Let’s take birthdays, for example.  Everyone has them, and most likely you celebrate with gifts.  There are 259 items in the birthday gifts category.  Here are a few that are my favorites:

  • Birthstone Wishing Balls: Not only are these gorgeous, but they come with 52 slips of paper for you to pause once a week throughout the year and record a message of hope or gratitude for you to insert in the ball.
  • New York Times Custom Birthday Book: This is a collection of the New York Times front pages from each year since your birth, personalized with your name and birth date, and preserved in a handsome library binding.
  • Construction Plate & Utensils: I know a certain little boy who would LOVE this!  This makes eating fun for little ones.
  • Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden: Keep your garden indoors and enjoy the beauty of flowers all year round with this easy to maintain kit!  Comes with certified non-GMO seeds in assorted colors.
  • My Cinema Lightbox: I actually received this as a Chanukah gift this year, and it’s SO much fun to create new messages!  (Check out my Instagram for some examples!)  It includes a total of 100 letters, numbers, and characters.
  • Birth Month Mini Dish: These gorgeous, stained glass bowls are handmade to represent each of the 12 traditional birthstone gems.

Another way to browse through the Uncommon Goods website is through the category of Anniversary Gifts.  HERE are my favorites:

  • Intersection of Love – Photo Print: Obviously I love this because it uses “Williams” as an example, but you could really get creative here and commemorate the moment paths first crossed with this intriguing, personalized art.
  • Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand: I think anything made from wood is nice, and this particular piece would give anyone’s kitchen a dash of rusticity.
  • Cheese & Crackers Serving Board: The “&” symbol makes this a perfect anniversary, wedding, shower, or engagement gift!
  • Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit: My siblings and I bought this for my parents a couple of years ago.  Succulents are low maintenance and the wood-framed garden is a work of living art.
  • Homemade Gin Kit: How fun to make your own alcohol!  They also have a homemade beer kit!  Definitely a fun do-it-yourself project for couples.
  • Lumen Oil Candle Shadow Projectors: This modern oil candle illuminates a tiny stainless steel tree, casting enchanting shadows on your wall.

My other favorite category to look through is home decor.  My picks:

  • 60 Hour Candle: Made from coiled beeswax, this candle is designed to burn longer than traditional shapes.
  • Deep Sea Sand Art: Bring a calming presence to your office with this desk sculpture that forms natural landscapes with sand. Simply rotate the glass ring and watch as delicate drifts of light and dark sand shift into deserts, mountains, clouds, rain, oceans and smoke, all ebbing and flowing into one another.
  • Personalized Mixtape Doormat: Relive the nostalgia of making a mixtape!  They have other personalized doormats, as well.
  • Blowing Leaves Copper Mobile: Mobiles aren’t just for kids anymore! This adds a nice touch to any home.  There’s also a beautiful butterfly mobile.
  • Recycled Glass Elephant Nightlight: The soft glow of this painterly nightlight illuminates a sweet scene of a baby elephant tagging along with its parent for protection against the backdrop of night. They also have flowers, owls, and sheep.
  • Cloudy Day Toilet Paper Storage: Everyone needs a fun way to store TP!

Aren’t these gifts so much fun?  They’re eclectic and can be found for any occasion.  I guarantee you can find something for your special someone that they don’t already have.  There’s also a wide array of price ranges to fit your budget.  Uncommon Goods is definitely my go-to for unique gifts!

What’s the most unique gift you’ve ever given or received?

~Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Uncommon Goods.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Chanukah 2016

With 2016 officially in the books, I knew I needed to get my Chanukah 2016 post up!  If for no other reason, because I love looking back on old blog posts from special occasions.  I know blogging has not been consistent these days, that’s a whole different issue, but really it’s for good reasons. I’ve been enjoying life, out of routine, and blogging simply has not been a priority.  I thought I’d try to catch up on life in a few different posts as to not do one huge photo dump of the last month.  So today, Chanukah 2016!  While I have many more pictures from Chanukah, these are specifically the menorah photos, since nothing says Chaunkah like a brightly lit menorah and smiling faces!

William will be three in April, so this is the first Chaunkah he started to understand how it worked.  After the first snow in St. Louis, before Chanukah began, I took him outside to show him the snow in the morning.  “It’s Chanukah?” he asked.  It’s funny how people always associate Christmas with snow, but my little Jewish boy equated Chanukah with snow.  Then, when the snow melted, still before Chanukah began, he questioned, “How will we have Chanukah if there’s no snow?”  The associations he makes and questions he asks continue to amaze me.

William celebrated Chanukah at his school where they played games, ate snacks, and made their own menorahs.

The first night of Chanukah may have been celebrated in the morning because both William and I were too excited to wait for the evening.  We lit the menorah first thing after breakfast and I gave William his first gift.

William is really into playing games right now, so I gave him a new game (Pop Up Pirate), and it provided a lot of entertainment for the day.  His imagination is running wild these days.  We played the game, but then he took the pirate and the barrel and turned it into a ship.  Then, we drew pictures of our own pirate ship and he made the game pirate hop in.

The second night of Chanukah was a big family get together at my cousins’ house.  They host a beautiful Chanukah dinner every year with my mom’s side of the family.  The cousins play, the adults visit, and many menorahs are lit.

My parents had our immediate family over for Chanukah.  I say it over and over again, but it’s still true.  William is so close with his cousins Jacob, Audrey, and Jackson.  I hope that bond is always there.  Yaya and Pops sure instilled love in our family!

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And now the kids picture:

The following night, William and I went over to Stephanie’s house.  Audrey was so kind in letting William help her with her menorah.  She was cracking up when he went out of order in putting in the candles.  She so gently held his hand while they lit the candles together.

Another night, just William and I spent Chanukah with my mom.  I love our big family, but some quality one on one time is definitely nice, too.

At William’s school, they made menorahs and wrapped them up as gifts which was sweet.

It’s funny because even prior to seeing it, I helped William make handprint menorahs for a Chanukah card for his great-grandparents.  I’m pretty sure there is a handprint craft for every single holiday out there.

The last night of Chanukah fell on New Year’s Eve.  We, of course, spent it with Jacob and Audrey.  Bright lights and a glittery gold background!

I love that Chanukah traditions are beginning with William, and he is starting to appreciate the importance of the holiday.  With our hearts full, Chanukah 2016 (and all of 2016 actually) is officially over!  We have many memories to look back on and celebrate.

How were your holidays?

Thanksgiving 2016

I thought maybe, just maybe, I had better get up my Thanksgiving 2016 post before Chanukah rolled around.  And with as fast as time is flying these days, Chanukah is going to be here any minute!  Thanksgiving break was a wonderful one, as it always is.  The days off work were nice, and the entire break actually felt like a break instead of each day zipping by.  William and I spent a lot of time with family and friends, yet enjoyed much down time together, too.

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My little boy looked so handsome on Thanksgiving!  Many times William wears Jacob’s hand-me-downs as he was quite the stylish dude, but I’m proud to say William’s outfit was all my doing.  (Even my sister was impressed!)  I bought his shirt and bow tie as a set and got him the cutest Toms boots, all from Nordstrom Rack online.

Just check him out:

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And Jacob and Audrey are obviously adorable, as well.  Don’t they look like siblings here?  They were just missing their other cousin Jackson!

My parents hosted Thanksgiving 2016, as they always do.  With *just* (ha!) 24 people this year, the crowd was smaller than their usual thirty-something.

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However, the company was just as nice, the laughter just as loud, the love just as strong, and the food just as delicious.  Spending holidays with family and friends is the best and Thanksgiving is such a lovely reminder of just that.

My mom did a beautiful job setting the table:

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There was enough food to serve an army, quite literally.  We all ate leftovers for the following week.  I’d say I was sick of it, but I don’t think I could ever get sick of my mom’s stuffing.

My family has a strong bond, one that can / will never be broken.  We genuinely enjoy spending time together, and if you’ve ever been to a “Williams” event, you’d know why.  Holidays are just another occasion that confirms the everlasting bond my parents instilled in us at such an early age, and a joyous time that celebrates everyone’s good health and happiness.  I can only hope, pray, and do my best that William grows up with that same type of closeness and love.  Right now, I’d say he is. 🙂

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I hope you, too, had a fabulous Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

4 Ways I #GoComfy in my Cuddl Duds

What if I told you there was a ladies clothing brand that was made so versatile and so comfortable that you could wear it during any and every aspect of your life?  Well, there is, and I found it: Cuddl Duds.  You can wear it while lounging around the house, going for walks, playing with the kids, hanging out with friends, running errands, as a casual or dressy outfit, working out, sleeping, and more.  That about covers everything!  Cuddl Duds provides the ultimate warmth and cozy comfort with the perfect fit.  I’ll tell you specifically, 4 Ways I #GoComfy in my Cuddl Duds.

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out and about running errands and visiting with friends

Cuddl Duds is perfect for layering and all their pieces can be mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe.  Over the weekend, I threw on a pair of jeans, a long sleeve white shirt, a pair of booties, and this Cuddl Duds Fleecewear Long Sleeve Wrap.  This is the first weekend that the weather was pretty chilly in St. Louis.  I’m definitely not a coat-lover, so I opted for this long sleeve wrap.

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Since the weather was cooler, I threw up the hood and used the thumbholes – no need for hats and gloves yet!  The wrap is so comfortable, and it comes in black, too.  It matches every outfit.  I could easily throw it on top of anything I wear.  Yesterday I cuddled up with it on the couch because it’s like a wearable blanket, yet can look stylish at the same time.  Double win!

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lounging around the house

My parents hosted Sunday breakfast yesterday.  I rocked Cuddl Duds Flexfit Leggings and Fleecewear Long Sleeve Half-Zip Hoodie.  Lounging around the house is possibly one of my favorite things to do.  Compliment that with Sunday morning, my baby, a cup of coffee, and some comfy clothes? Perfect!

And did you see my Facebook post about what other shenanigans ensued? 

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walking and playing outdoors

William was playing with Jacob and Jackson, so Audrey and I went outside for some fresh air.  The long sleeve half-zip hoodie was ideal as it kept me warm without being bulky.  The leggings give a nice pop of color and are very thin and stretchy.  I do think the brand runs a tad on the bigger size, so take that into consideration when ordering / purchasing.  Macy’s is having a great sale now; all of the Cuddl Duds items are very reasonable!

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stylish outfit

I debated whether calling this a casual outfit, but casual to me means leggings.  I was wearing jeans here, so really, for me, this is a more dressed up outfit.  But I know most people get dressed on a more regular basis than me.  I’m wearing the same half-zip hoodie, but this time I paired it with jeans and threw a plaid scarf on over it.  Like I’ve said before, I love how versatile all of Cuddl Duds items are.  The fleece is incredibly warm, and all pieces are very comfortable which is a must.  Other toddler mommas out there know how important comfort is in getting dressed; we’re all over the place with the kiddos!

There are other items that are on my wishlist, like the Softwear Lace Leggings.  A brand that specializes in comfort, functionality, and style combines everything you could ever want in clothing!

What types of clothes are you living in these days?

What Should You Be

I feel like I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the election or what’s going on in the United States right now, but to be honest, I don’t know what to say.  There’s a lot that’s already been said (way too much on social media, in my opinion) and there’s a lot that’s already been done, negative and positive on both accounts.  So instead of writing about my views about our country’s situation, I’ve been thinking about what can we learn from this?  In a very general sense, how can what’s going on help to make me a better person, a better mother, a better friend, and a better teacher?

What Should You Be

Loving.  Kind.  Compassionate.  Caring.  Positive.

Yes, these are big words, but they have grand meaning behind them that could have major impact on your own self and those around you.

If you could love a little more, then maybe all the hate that is happening would decrease.

If you could be a kind person, then others could learn from your example.

If you could be compassionate, you would realize maybe someone else isn’t having the best day for whoever knows what the reason could be.

If you could be caring, others would know they are important.

If you could be positive, even when life presents challenges, you will hold on to the hope that is still there.

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After all, we’re all in this thing called life together.  Why not try to be the best version of our self for ourselves and for others?  Wouldn’t the world be so much more peaceful if we could all exemplify the aforementioned words?

There was a quote hanging in the teacher’s lounge yesterday morning.  You can still love people even if they don’t believe the same things you believe or act the way you act.  How powerful and true is that?  Love, my friends, LOVE.

Maybe this post is way too general for the heavy issues that are weighing on people’s minds right now.  I do think it’s important to stand up for what you believe in; that’s how change gets made.  But I think there are ways to do it where you don’t have to tear people down, where you can still be a good human.  I guess that’s what it comes down to.  If you want change, be the change, but in a way that you’d be proud to have people follow your lead.

I often think about how my actions affect William.  He is always watching and listening, literally always.  I want to show him love, kindness, compassion, give him all the care he deserves, and be as positive as possible.  I want him to be that kind of person, so I must, too.

What words would you add?

Fun Facts Friday

Oh hey there!  Let’s talk today and we’ll call it Fun Facts Friday, but what it really means is a list of random things I have to tell you about from the past week or so.  I miss blogging about my everyday life.  I know I’ve said it for the past six months or whatever, but I’d really like to find a routine in blogging again.  We’ll see what happens.  For now, here’s some Fun Facts Friday.

1.  I LOVE Instagram stories!  Like seriously love them.  I never got on Snapchat because I didn’t understand the point of posting a quick clip that would be deleted soon after, but now I get it.  And I love it.  It’s like a little glimpse into people’s lives.  One of yesterday’s story included William talking to the guinea pigs at his school.  “Guinea pigs!  Guinea pigs!  Guinea pigs, drink water!”  Follow me at @itzlinz!

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2.  This whole getting dark at five o’clock in the evening thing is not cool.  It always feels so much later than it really is.  And cold weather?  Ugh.  Give me summer back.  William had been sleeping amazingly.  Most mornings until 6:30, sometimes 7, which is crazy late for him.  Since the time change, he’s been up at six.  It’s still great considering where we started, but I liked the later time.  Last weekend, we napped together which is a rarity these days.  I cherished the snuggles.

3.  Four out of the five work days this week I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and got in a 30 minute workout!  I have not worked out in the morning during the school year consistently since William has been born.  If you read my blog prior to baby, you know I always used to get up at five and go to the gym before work.  I loved that routine and felt great the rest of the day.  It’s no secret that I’ve struggled to find a workout routine these last two and a half years of being a momma.  I kind of found one in the summer, got back in halfway decent shape, and lost it all once the school year began.  Let’s hope I’m on to something.

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4.  Sweet cousins.  My siblings and I are all very close, so it’s no surprise our kids are, too.  Stephanie tried posing them like when they were babies.  You should have seen those Instagram stories!  Silly babes.

5.  We’ve had  a surplus of candy at school these last couple of weeks and I’ve eaten my weight in Almond Joys and Reese’s.  I’m done.  Take it away.  Maybe #3 has something to do with this one.  Errrr…

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6.  These two are basically brother and sister.

7.  It was a three day school week for us due to the election.  Teachers were contracted for all five.  One day was spent working on progress reports and the other day we had district development.

8.  Dr. Manny Scott was the speaker for my school district.  He is an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the movie Freedom Writers.  He was an unbelievable presenter with a very inspiring story.  As an educator, I love my job and my students, but I did feel refreshed and was reminded of my purpose after hearing him speak.

 

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9.  Yes, of course I voted.  And of course I posted my obligatory “I voted” photo.  End of story.

10.  Are you still with me here?  I think this is the longest and most random post I’ve written in six months.  If you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU! 🙂

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Be the best version of yourself.  This means be kind to others.  If you want to make a change in the world, do so by example.  Do it because there are little bodies, young minds, open eyes, attentive ears, and tender hearts everywhere who are watching, listening, and following.  

What’s been going on with you? Share some Fun Facts Friday with me!

Soft Surroundings Birthday Event

must tell you about the fast-approaching Soft Surroundings Birthday Event!  I’m going to give you details first, then explain how I won a makeover there and how my fourth graders ended up on the news! 🙂

Soft Surroundings Birthday Event – For those of you that aren’t aware, Soft Surroundings started right here in St. Louis! They will be celebrating the 11th birthday of their first store, which is located at The Boulevard – St. Louis (across from the Galleria)!  Soft Surroundings began in 1999 as an online/catalog retailer and they now have 39 stores across the country with new stores opening every few weeks. The store at The Boulevard – St. Louis will be celebrating their 11th birthday on 11/11 (golden birthday!) and throughout the weekend of November 11-13. There, you can enjoy some drinks, treats, and a complimentary makeover while shopping!

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A couple nights before school started, my mom told my sister and I that she wanted to take us out to dinner for a girls night.  My dad came over to babysit William while my mom picked me up to meet Stephanie.  When we got there, my mom suggested we stop in Soft Surroundings so we could do a little shopping before dinner.  Stephanie and I thought like it sounded like a great plan since shopping with my mom is always fun!  Well, we walked in the store and Dana Dean, reporter for Show Me St. Louis, popped out from behind some clothing racks, threw a microphone in my face, and asked if I was Lindsay.  I was in complete shock looking at my mom and sister like, “What in the world is going on?”

Dana explained that Stephanie nominated me for a teacher makeover at Soft Surroundings and I won!  We had such a fun evening at the store!  The ladies at Soft Surroundings picked out several outfits for me to try on and model.

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I had been in the store a few times, but had never tried their clothes on.  I was amazed at how soft every fabric on each item was!  And it’s no surprise because Soft Surroundings takes great pride in choosing the very best fabrics for their clothing line.  They have so many gorgeous pieces that are perfect for teaching and everyday wear.  Part of the makeover included me selecting an outfit to keep; it was an easy choice and there was an obvious favorite of the many I tried.

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You may recognize this outfit from my Back to School 2016 post.  The makeover was such perfect timing as I hadn’t even bought a new back to school outfit this year!  I love how classic, yet unique the top is and how it can really be paired with anything.  I’ll be layering it during the fall and winter.  The leggings are so versatile and actually called their “have to have leggings.”  Once you try them on, you’ll understand why.  They’re comfortable and flattering for all.  I liked them so much that my parents bought me two more pairs (in brown and gray!) along with a couple other items for my birthday.  Soft Surroundings also let me choose the necklace I’m wearing and a couple beauty items.  I was spoiled!

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It was a fabulous night and I’m so appreciative of everyone in involved, especially my sister for nominating me and my mom for being my biggest supporter!

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A couple of weeks later, KSDK came to my classroom to film in preparation for the segment that would be airing on Show Me St. Louis.  My students thought it was the coolest thing ever!  Check out the clip here:

To help celebrate Soft Surroundings golden birthday, I was able to select one item from their new line.  It was a tough choice, but ultimately I went with a plaid top that can be worn as a shirt, tunic, or dress.

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Seriously, so comfortable!  I wore it last night to family dinner and my mom and my grandma couldn’t believe how soft the material was!  It’s perfect to cozy up in or wear out and about with leggings and boots.

If you’re in St. Louis, I do hope you will join us at the Soft Surroundings Birthday Event this weekend! It will be a lot of fun and you’ll get to check out the gorgeous store (and have drinks, treats, a makeover, and more!).

Are you familiar with Soft Surroundings?

Happy Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween 2016!  This year for Halloween, little man William is…

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Mickey Mouse!  Thanks to cousin Jacob for passing down his costume from when he was two years old.  William loves Mickey, so it sure worked out perfectly.  This photo was when William was at Jacob and Audrey’s house trying on his costume.  More photos will be posted on Instagram (@itzlinz) throughout the day / evening.  When William puts on his costume now, he says, “Fat belly!”  Thank you, Jacob and Audrey for that one.

This is William’s third Halloween.  Last year, in 2015, William was Thomas the Train.

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He’s grown SO MUCH in the last year!  This year he actually “gets” Halloween.  Well, more than last year anyway.  He understands the fact that people dress up and wear costumes and that candy is involved.

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Let’s do one more flashback photo from William’s very first Halloween in 2014 when he was six months old and an obligatory pumpkin.

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Me oh my, he is growing up!

I hope everyone has a very happy (and safe!) Halloween this year!

What are you / your kids dressing up as this year?

Mom Hour at Costco

Mom Hour at Costco – now that’s where the party’s at!  We all know how wonderful of a place Costco is to look, shop, stock up, and eat.  But did you know that they are hosting a “Mom Hour” just for you, wonderful mommas?!  They are!

The Costco Mom Hour 2016 will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, swag, samples, and giveaways. (You know they’ll be good!)  And yes, 9:00 a.m. is earlier than Costco usually opens.  Beat the crowds and shop at this exclusive event!

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Register HERE. Want to become a Costco member, but can’t attend? Click to receive an exclusive membership offer to join.  Existing Costco members are also in for a treat when they refer friends to join! This refer-a-friend offer is only available on the day of the event. If you are a current Costco member and bring a friend to the event who becomes a new member, you will be eligible for a $10 Costco Cash Card. 

Also, Premier Protein is available at Costco.  Their shakes come in chocolate or vanilla and are perfect for busy moms like yourself!  It’s always important to fuel your body, but as moms, let’s be real, sometimes it’s challenging to find time to do so.  Stock your fridge with hormone free Premier Protein for an on-the-go, easy to grab, protein packed option!  Some of the great stats:

  • 30 grams of healthy protein, including all of the essential amino acids
  • Low in fat and one gram of sugar
  • 160 calories
  • 24 vitamins and minerals
  • An excellent source of calcium
  • Protein blend comes from cows that are treated responsibly, without the artificial growth hormone rBST

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Spruce up a regular shake by turning it into a chocolate berry shake!

Chocolate Berry Shake

INGREDIENTS: 
  • 1 Chocolate Premier Protein Shake
  • ¼ cup of raspberries
  • ¼ cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of granola
  • 1 cup of ice cubes
DIRECTIONS: 
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.

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Who is already a Costco member?  What are your must-have items?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Costco.