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Tuesday, July 09, 2013 1:11PM
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iHeart Pinterest Show & Tell! #1



SO its no secret to all of you how much IHEART Pinteret. Before pinterest I used to read a million magazines and fold over the corner of the pages and keep them in stock piles on the floors and closets. Well pinterest is the same idea but you get to keep them electronically into nice organized boards! 


So I decided its time to not only have you all join in on the fun but to show you my favorite pins for the week! 



Oversized Knit


                                       Catalano Striped Knit


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Mommy Style Watch Board! 


25 DIYs for a Summer Patio Makeover


Rubbermaid Touch-up Paint TIP! 

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There is No place like HOME! Board



Circus Animal Cookie Truffles


    50 Chicken Breast Recipes


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Striping Tape Nail Tutorial



25 New Products That Will Seriously Change Your Life

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I Feel Pretty...OH so pretty! Board


Sippy Strap with Suction Cup-Black with Pink Polka Dots




Ultimate List for Toddler Meals! 


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Keep it Simple Parenting! Board





Hope you enjoyed this weeks favorites! Come back again next week! OR just Follow @AMOMMYLIFESTYLE on pinterest and have access to awesome pins & boards all the time! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:16PM
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Top 10 Must Haves for Maternity Wardrobe! 


1. Tunic Top-  provides plenty of room where pregnant women need it – across the middle, to accommodate a growing belly, and in the length, to cover your expanding hips and bottom. It also keeps you cool in warm weather. 






Yoga Pants- preferably in black or gray, for versatility – do more for your shape than baggy "I've given up" sweatpants, and they're just as comfortable. Find a pair that are stretchy enough to hold their shape and yours. Look for a wide, fold-over waistband so you can adjust it as your body changes.



Maternity Skirts- Look for ones in darker colors to keep you looking slim, with a soft fabric that folds over easily at the waist. You wont feel constricted and have pleanty of ventilation for your fluctuating body temperature, Especially in the summer. A-line styles flatter most including those that are top heavy. 



Maternity Jeans- Invest in a pair of maternity jeans in a dark, slimming wash and a universally flattering boot cut. Or buy a few in different styles so that you wont feel so limited. You can find styles that fit over or under belly with several versions of stretchy material to grow with you. Lets face it you will probably wear them post partum as well so we highly recommend you invest especially if its your first and you plan on having more. 



Leggings- keeps you comfy and stylish year-round. Pair them with knee-high boots when it's cold, or ballet flats or sandals when it's warmer. While you can get away with non-maternity leggings, pushing the waistband beneath your bump, maternity leggings have a more forgiving belly band that grows with you. You will want to live in these, just like the yoga pants. THese can also be dressed up for work with a pretty dress. 


Dress Pants- they'll hug your curves and move with you. Make sure that the cuff falls just an inch or two from the floor to create a long, lean line from waist to toe. Any shorter can make your legs look stumpy; any longer can look sloppy and widening.




2. Maternity Tanks- have extra fabric in the belly that expands with you while keeping your curves comfortably contained. Plus, showing a little skin can keep you cool when your inner furnice kicks in. Go for hip length, which not only is more flattering but allows a pop of color to peak out beneath top layers, adding visual interest.

Cardigan- The silhouette that is most flattering during pregnancy is one that hangs loose and helps give a more vertical, elongated look to your figure. Choose one in a midweight, drapey jersey knit or lightweight wool blend. Depending on the time of year you will be heaviest. Try to find one that is a bit shorter in the back than the front, so you can wrap the longer ends around your shoulders or sides for warmth and shape.


Dresses Wrap/Maxi- plays up your shape without restricting it, and the V-neck showcases your growing bust. The crossover tie helps define your smallest area on your torso which helps you look tiny even with a bump. The maxi dress is great for hiding swellen legs and not being able to reach areas for remobing hair. ;) 









Comfy Flats- these have no laces or buckles means no bending over your burgeoning belly. They are super easy to put on and off without too must hassle. If you get ones that are super comfy then you will be able to withstand the swelling and pain that comes with a growing belly weight. Eventually the only thing you will be able to fit on are flipflops and I highly recommend Havanas! 



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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:03PM
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 As we get settled into a new year many of our resolutions have become failures. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean you. But in the spirit of keeping ourselves motivated here are few things you can still start doing to make your life happier and easier. 



Wear More Color

Spring time is coming quickly and it’s the best time of the year to sport colors in your wardrobe. Especially with the newest trends embracing color it is easy to do. It is important to know how much color is too much. Keep in minimal or to at least just a couple accent colors on a neutral base. Pale pink flatters most. Lemon flatters dark skin. Blue is universally flattering {best hue is a greenish blue}.
Get Nails In Shape
I always preach about nail maintenance. I can’t handle when my nails are a mess. Try new trends without looking like a cheap hooker either. Don’t be afraid of color its only for a short while and it will brighten up your day. Use cuticle cream or oil on your cuticles daily. This will keep them from drying and cracking which will make a nail look yucky!
Get Up Earlier
I love when I wake up early and have a ton of extra time. My day just seems to flow better and I don’t end up as big of a stress ball by the end of the night. I also try to set up as much as I possibly can the night before to help my mornings run easy. Think about everything you need to do in the morning for yourself and those around you. I have a checklist I leave at the door to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. {its usually making sure the pup has food & water}
Get a Doable Workout Routine & Stick To it
My best advice is to try anything until you find an activity you won’t mind doing at least 3 x’s a week. For me its Bikram Yoga and Kickboxing at my local gym. I also love to hike and go on walks. DON’T THINK JUST DO!
Take Better Care of Your Skin
First Moisturize, then wash before bed, then use sunscreen, get facials regularly { I try to go at least 1 x every 2 months}. A daily regimen is very important to protect your skin and keep it looking as young as possible for as long as possible. Think about everything we go through all day long and what that can do to our skin.
Streamline Closet & Keep Organized
The best way to organize your clothes is by type and then by color. This will make you go to the area that you will find what you are looking for that is appropriate to where you will be going and then you can decide on color/textures.
I have found that if you are not sure what to purge use the backwards hanger method {you put all clothes hanging backwards, as you use them turn the hanger inward. After 6 months you will be able to see what you haven’t worn and get rid of it!}
Take Better Care of Clothes, Shoes, Handbags & Jewelry
I am guilty, guilty, guilty…How many of us have time to polish our shoes or handbags. {not me} but there are a few things we can do that do not take as much time to keep them in good shape and last longer. Make sure you separate your clothes when washing and that you use the proper procedure to clean. Handbags should be stored in fabric bags to keep dust away. Once a quarter take bags out and wipe down {if leather treat with a polish}.
Make Homemade Food
Commit to cooking something homemade at least 3-4 times a week. You can start slow and the more you learn to cook well the more motivated you will be to cook more often. Start with simple recipes, nothing more than a few ingredients or that takes no longer than 20-30 minutes to prepare. It is also a great idea to take one day a week to prepare for cooking throughout the week. Another way to stay committed is to track how much money you save by cooking at home.
I personally commit to cooking lunch {for work} & dinner 5 x’s a week!
Change Diet Slowly
Every week commit to changing one bad habit in your diet. Whether that is eliminating sweets, or bread or soda. Just go one week at a time and it won’t feel so overwhelming.



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Sunday, February 10, 2013 10:55AM
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Spring & Summer are slowly creeping our way and its time to start thinking about vacations and beaches!


Hayden Ries has amazing bags that are perfect for everyday, vacation and so durable for kids. All the products are made from the hightest quality of sailcloth called Dacron. This means that the products are super lightweight, water, sand, and sticky fingers resistant. They are comfortable and so chic! I am going on a trip to Miami soon and cant wait to sport my new bag on the beach. :) It folds up into almost nothing and wont take up any extra space in my suitcase either which I definetely need. Please check out these amazing bags. The patterns they offer are super cute and perfect for taking to the park, by the pool, or for anything really! 




Thanks Hayden Ries I love my new bag! 

Friday, December 28, 2012 4:50PM
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"Are You Forgetting Something?

Lists of things women often neglect, but don’t go


My First Guest Post!  Check it Out Here!