Breast Cancer Living Locket from OrigamiOwl.com

October is the month to think pink! Origami Owl, the customizable jewelry company is joining the cause and supporting strong women everywhere.  Whether you’re a survivor, want to honor a friend of family member, or are just an ally of the cause, Origami Owl has designed a Living Locket featuring themed charms to commemorate those who have given us hope and courage.

Not only is this piece beautiful, but you can either buy it “as is” or make it your own and design and customize it as you like.  It comes with it’s own little pouch, so you you can keep it safe while you are not wearing it.  This is exactly what it looks like if you purchase “as is”, without alterations.

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It is a great way to show your support, not just during the month of October, but year round. It’s also very pretty, and it does brighten up an outfit.  The eye goes right to it!  The silver color goes with just about anything, too. It’s easy to dress up or down, and unlike some articles of jewelry, does not “jingle” when you or it moves.  I don’t know about you, but when my jewelry jingles, it drives me mad.

The Breast Cancer locket features the Silver Heritage Living Locket with the pink ribbon charm, hope charm and rose Swarovski stardust crystals, with options to add additional charms and crystals to further personalize your locket. But the customizing doesn’t stop there – the locket also includes a Silver heritage plate to inscribe a special message, a date or initials for an everlasting memory.

Retailing at $90.00, the Breast Cancer Living Locket will be available for purchase through the month of October at OrigamiOwl.com, and for every necklace purchased 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Face in the Mirror, a non-profit organization that provides cancer patients with makeovers that calm the spirit and touches the inner person, giving back hope and self-esteem.

Head To Kohl’s for Everything You Need This Summer

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Summer is fast approaching, and it lately feels like it’s here already.  Doesn’t it feel like we skipped spring?  It’s about that time that we need to refresh summer wardrobes, grab what you need for that upcoming vacation or roadtrip, and make sure your kid’s sandals fit.  What, they don’t?  Of course they don’t, they never do!

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I don’t like to spend a lot of time going from store to store to get what I need. As a busy working wife and mother, I have a lot of hats I wear on a daily basis, and any way I can trim time I spend doing those “must do” activities is a bonus for me. That’s one of the many reasons I love shopping at Kohl’s- whether you shop in stores or online, it’s a one stop shopping experience that you don’t need to spend tons of time and energy on. Bonus? The prices are great- you can catch amazing deals, get rewarded just for shopping and buying what you need to (with Kohl’s Cash, good for anything in the store) AND they constantly mail out money saving coupons in the weekly mailers, snail mail, and the best ones come via email when you sign up to receive promotions. Really, you should- there is not a reason in the world not to. They only send you deals and updates, Kohl’s is not one of those places that bombard you with useless emails 300 times a week.

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While I usually enjoy shopping, shopping for my husband and son can be a less then fun experience, and one I prefer to either do alone or online. My son is OK if he’s with me, but if daddy is also with us, he turns into a whine machine. I don’t know why that is, but the quickness and ease of shopping at Kohl’s and getting what I need to for everyone in the family with no fuss is VERY appreciated by this mommy, let me tell you. Maybe it’s a guy thing- but they just don’t make shopping fun, and it’s great to go in with a list, sizes, and be done with it. Shopping online at 2 am is another great standby. No one annoys me then, and since they are both dudes? They don’t care what I buy them as long as it fits, and for the kiddo maybe has an Angry Bird or two involved, haha.

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Clarks Shoes for Fashion and Function

My son and I are not often given the chance to coordinate outfits or have something that compliments each other’s outfits. I always thought that Moms with girls were given that opportunity, but Moms of boys were out of luck.  It’s not something I would push on him, but it would be cute for occasions.  Sometimes, I just want that moment, you know, the moment of look how cute these two are!

Clasks USA gave my son and I a chance to have that moment via amazingly stylish, functional and comfortable footwear.  They match, but are not overly “matchy-matchy” in that obnoxious way, and we can both wear them normally in our wardrobe.

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I got to try out Womens Desert Boot Core in Oakwood Suede. Let me tell you a little more about this boot.

Inspired by the crepe-soled boots worn by British officers in World War II. Crafted from natural materials including oakwood suede for supreme comfort, its timeless styling has remained unchanged for over 60 years. Wear the original women’s Desert® Boot anywhere and celebrate vintage style.

This boot was instantly love at first foot in! No matter where go, these boots are comfortable, stylish and functional. No matter where I wear them, they get compliments. I like that I can dress up a pair of jeans or add a pretty texture to a skirt.

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My son got to rock a pair of Clarks USA Boys Dessert Boot Youth. These are great for active kids. He can wear them with his uniform, with his regular “play clothes”, with a nicer outfit, and this is the perfect choice in footwear for outings.  Not great for wet weather, since they are suede, and we have not treated them yet.

pic7We both liked the available colors in both the ladies and boys styles. We thought getting mother son shoes was a fun experience.  Overall I have been more than pleased with the Clark’s USA line of footwear.

Bolder Bands – Great Headbands for busy lifestyles

Disclosure: The headband from BolderBand  was provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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As you know I live a very busy, active lifestyle. I feel like I am always on the go…even during my relaxing days. I like to somewhat be up dressed, a little makeup at least, and hair somewhat done most days. My wonderful new Bolder Band has made my mornings more successful than I could have imagined!

About BolderBands:

Amy Crouse was the founder and creator of Bolder Band. She is a Colorado native and a cross fitting/running mom of three kids and a husband who is her business partner!  She really enjoys working out, but could never seem to find the right thing to hold her hair back. Every name-brand elastic head band would pop off her head in the middle of her workouts. She got fed up with the interruption of fixing her headband every few burpees and decided there had to be a better alternative.

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Refresh Your Child’s Wardrobe this Spring with RUUM

I don’t know about your kids, by mine grew like a weed over the winter months. He is going to be taller then me by the time he is ten, I swear.  That being said, with Spring right around the corner (and here for much of the USA), we have the perfect excuse to refresh and brighten up our kid’s wardrobes.

03 02 2015 cannon 021My son loves his new duds- he says they are soft (the thing that he cares most about) and comfortable.  He has worn the pants the most, as it is still winter weather here, and the sweater as well.  We are looking forward to T-Shirt and shorts weather- when will that be, again?  April is in a second….

03 02 2015 cannon 016With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can pick up some basic upgrades for your children this season. Head to http://www.ruum.com/ , they have some fun sales going on right now. The clothes are also fashion forward for the kid who worries about keeping up with trends and styles, and they are easy to mix and match.
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Family Easter Outfits at Kohl’s

Spring is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe, and with Easter looming, it’s a great reason to drag even the most resistant men in your life out for at least a small upgrade, true?  We recently headed to Kohl’s to see what we could find for both of the men in my life to wear for the holiday this year.  The smaller one is usually pretty compliant, it’s the bigger one that can be somewhat of a fighter, lol. They both agreed, however, on getting new pants and nice shirts.  We got them things they could wear not only on Easter, but for future events.

20150314_135829Now that I look at it, it seems they are almost matching, though not intentionally- one blue on top and beige on the bottom, the other reversed, ha. My son decided he wanted to go in shorts (can you tell we’ve had it with winter and he’s looking forward to warm weather?) and my husband decided to get new jeans, which he could use. They both picked out their outfits without the other one seeing- my son was with me, and the husband was in the men’s department all by himself- I was amused when I saw how similar their selections were when we met in the boy’s department 😉
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March Trends at The Children’s PLACE

The Children’s PLACE has come to deliver marching orders: Put your best foot forward this spring with the best on-trend outfits and styles. With everything from dressy Easter attire to casual clothes, shoes, and accessories, The Children’s PLACE has everything you need for the stylish kids in your life. Girls can have fun in floral accents and casual dresses they can style up with a pair of sparkly flats or make more casual by pairing with an ankle bootie. Boys are all about preppy and sporty looks with bold pops of color.

easter clothingThe Children’s PLACE is also one of my favorite places to shop for our son, because it’s easy to mix and match clothing and the prices are wallet-friendly. He likes the clothes because they are soft, for him a must.

He can be picky about his clothing- not so much about the style, but about the fit.  He really dislikes jeans for some reason, and anything that feels tight, stiff, or “scratchy” is a no-go.  He likes khakis (in any color or print), track pants, sweat pants, and the like, which they have so many options of at The Children’s PLACE.  He will wear most shirts, as long as they fit the above qualifiers.  He used to love, love, love wearing ties, bow ties, and vests (not sure if you all remember, but there was a time he wouldn’t leave the house without them on!) but now he’s all about the casual.  I’m glad that it’s easy to match clothes at The Children’s PLACE, because you can get more wear and more outfits for your money that way, without having to shop as much or have as much clothing.  With as fast as they grow, who wants to spend that much money for a single season of use?
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Work It Out at Kohl’s

Getting into shape is “one of those things” that many of us struggle with daily.  We all want to look and feel great, but many of us weren’t born with perfect genes or a great metabolism.  Couple that with the junk that is pumped into food these days (yes, yay for technology) and busy lives, and it’s just not easy, is it?  It’s no wonder why so many people make losing weight or personal fitness their New Year’s resolution.  Did you start off strong in January, but now that February is here, you are wavering a little?  Kohl’s has your back.

WP_20150222_15_33_40_ProThey have great sales on everything you need to lose weight and get into shape (without breaking the bank).  I love all the bright colors as well- with a winter that seems like it will drag on for all eternity, it is nice to at least wear the colors that the outside world is missing, yes?

WP_20150222_15_34_06_ProI belong to a local gym, which is helpful for me, because I really dislike this cold weather, and I promise you I would not be out in it much for walks or whatnot.  I am outside as little as humanly possible right now, so I am grateful for that membership!  Another option that I utilize is at-home workout DVDs and yoga.  Kohl’s has a fairly wide variety of both DVDs and workout equipment, from weights to yoga mats and more.  They carry all the brands you know, trust, and love, as well as the DVDs with trainers you really want to watch. Even better news- they are all on sale.
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