Tis’ the season to give gifts to those you love the most! Shopping for others can be difficult, especially when it comes to children. Many family members in our life have asked that we do not get their kids toys. This can make shopping hard but I think a great option is a meaningful book.
A book is a great gift for kids because most kids love to be read to or love to look at the pictures in the books. Couple that with a book that is ABOUT them and their lives and you have a winning combo! That is exactly what the Wonderbly books offer.
These unique books are personalized to each child which makes them such a special keepsake and a fun gift.
Marley’s book is called The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name and it is available on Amazon just in time for Christmas! We loved this book because it is about a little girl who goes on an adventure to find her name. The book eventually spells out the letters of the child’s name. Marley loved the bright pictures and the pages were very thick (not so easy to rip!) so the quality was fantastic. This can be personalized for a boy or for a girl.
Kellan’s Wonderbly book is called The Christmas Snowflake and it is also available on Amazon for purchase. This book is so special this time of year and it was personalized to include our entire family. We were able to choose NINE family members to include in the book that help the snowflake find his way home. The book even comes with a special keepsake ornament that we hung on our tree (which you can see above the book).
Books are such a great gift whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or even just because! Promoting children’s reading by including them in the story not only helps them learn but also makes it fun!
*These books were sent to me c/o Wonderbly, however all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.*
I’ve talked about it before in past posts but I will mention it again, I love living a healthy lifestyle! This past year I have lost 55lbs and that is L A R G E L Y due to changing my diet. I of course also incorporated workouts into my daily routine but that’s for another post!
Today I want to talk to you about snacking. I’ve always been a snacker, reaching for not so great options led, in part, to my weight gain. By cutting out the junk and replacing it with nutritious and filling options, the weight fell off! Not only was I losing weight but my energy levels stayed up, I slept better, and my overall happiness and mood changed for the better. I know many are like me and want to snack during the day, especially if you are a busy mom! Let me share what I reach for when I want a snack:
I recently discovered Power Up on Instagram and was intrigued. They were kind enough to send me a few samples of their delicious trail mix and I was so impressed! My husband has even managed to finish off a bag by himself. They have so many varieties and the best part is they are made from all natural ingredients, gluten free, and even Vegan!
It has taken me a while to find a yogurt that I will consistently buy and eat on a regular basis that is also healthy. Once I tried Oikos triple zero I never looked back. I like that it is low in sugar and high in protein. I top mine with a little bit of granola and fresh fruit to make it a little more filling but it is also perfectly fine on it’s own. I prefer the vanilla flavor but will occasionally reach for the peach or strawberry options as well.
I am a CHEESE lover! The problem is cheese can be loaded with fat. These little individual cheese packages are perfect for me. I find that one is a perfect afternoon snack.
I have always been a big fruit lover. We have this basket of fruit filled with the best seasonal options. This is great because if I am looking for something quick it is easy to just grab an apple or an orange. In the summer we stock up on peaches and nectarines. I also eat grapefruit daily so we always have those on hand as well. If you are looking for a little more filling option I like to top rice cakes with peanut butter and bananas or dip apple slices in peanut butter.
As with all things, life is all about balance! Although I tend to eat healthy the majority of the time, it doesn’t mean I am perfect. I love ending each day with something sweet with my kids! Hope everyone is able to treat themselves this Thanksgiving!
*I received some items in exchange for my review, however all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.*
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already next week! Christmas and the holidays will be here before we know it and then 2018, it’s basically March 😂
I’ve teamed up with PinkBlush to share two outfit ideas with you for Thanksgiving. Now, if you celebrate like my family then you keep it low key, casual and comfortable. Many celebrate with bigger more formal gatherings. I have attended such gatherings and they can be a blast too!
Let’s start with the more dressy look
This off the shoulder top is so cute. I loved that the material was soft enough that I didn’t feel uncomfortable in it. I really think this is the perfect fall top, the colors scream fall! The bell sleeves add a little something extra and unexpected. I paired this look with dark jeans and tall dark boots. I also added a cute hat for a little twist!
The next look is a little more comfortable, possibly for a smaller family gathering
This cardigan can be worn so many ways which is one reason why I love it! You can wear it open and draped, the fringe is such a pretty detail. You also have the option to button one or both sides for a more closed off look.
You really can’t go wrong with either of these options! PinkBlush uses such great quality fabric for their products which is always key when choosing a great outfit! Hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving🍁