This post is sponsored by Nature's Bakery but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
School starts in less than a month! And I can hardly believe how quickly summer has gone by. As I wrap my head around the fact that school will be here in no time, I’ve decided to get a jumpstart on back-to-school planning.
For me, planning goes beyond the backpack, clothes and supplies. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are of major importance to me in planning our back-to-school routine. My little one’s nutrition is one area where I do not compromise! So, this school year, I will be adding Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars as an option for her lunch and snacks.
These soft-baked bars are delicious and made with real fruit and whole grains. They are the perfect amount of sweet and Non GMO -Project verified, Certified vegan, Dairy Free, Soy Free and Nut Free. The fact that they have recognizable ingredients puts me at ease as a parent. I love being able to know that my little ones are eating healthy snacks. Plus, they are available in Certified Gluten Free varieties.
I’ve talked about Galveston in the past and it’s because it is the closest beach town to Houston. I’ll admin that while the water is not clear blue like that of other beach towns, I still love Galveston. Even more I love the atmosphere, people, food and entertainment options. The people of Galveston are so laid back and easy going, exactly what you’d expect from residents of a beach town. The food is pretty darn good and I have a few spots that have become favorites, read about them here. As far as entertainment, there are plenty of options for adults and children alike. We like to keep it simple and the girls don’t mind, so we have done all of the below and had a blast.
1. Take the Bolivar Ferry –
This is favorite because on all occasions we have been able to spot dolphins. This is exiting for the girls because it’s not an animal that you see often. It is also really neat to travel with the seagulls who follow along in hopes of being fed. Though you’re not supposed to, people often sneak in a treat for them.
2. Eat at Pier 21 –
Being near the sea, means better seafood options. There are some all over Galveston but I have to say that some of the restaurants along Pier 21 have great options, in particular Fisherman’s Wharf. Don’t be fooled, their extensive menu has plenty of non-seafood items too…
I’ll admit that I wasn’t concerned with home decor until we bought our home three years ago. Even before the house was completely built, I would search and save all sort of ideas on Pinterest. I would day about decorating every space in our soon to be home, from the nursery to the guest bedroom. Three years later, I still enjoy decorating. The only difference is that I do it on a much smaller scale.
Our master for instance, is neutral. I’ve made it that way so that with the simple motion of swapping out throw pillows, I could make the room feel fresh and ready for a new season. Our bedroom usually has pops of blue – you may have seen it as I have shared it on Instagram before.
This summer, I thought it would be fun to add bolder prints and colors. Since nothing says summer like leaf prints, I had to have these when I found them online. The yellow pillow covers, I found at our local IKEA and thought they’re contrast well with the bold leaf print. I do love that they have a velvet feel – super soft. While, I know it doesn’t seem like much, throw pillows are the easiest and least expensive way to change up any room in a home.
The foundation of a bedroom is good bed linens, so I also got a new king size set from Bluebird Linens. I am beyond pleased with this linens set! They’re great quality unlike the last set we had. So, if you plan to decorate your bedroom consider them for all your bed linens needs – you won’t be disappointed.
This Post is Sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All Opinions are my own! :)
I love discovering new products and being able to incorporate these to my lifestyle! So, I partnered with BabbleBoxx to try five summer essentials and share them all with you. Some of the products were new to me, while I was familiar with others. Needless to say, that I loved them all and have added them to my list of summer essentials!
With summer here, we’re spending a lot more time outside and refreshing products like Pure Leaf Tea House Collection, Cavit Rosé and My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream are a must. While, beauty products like Colleen Rothschild Beauty Water & Sheer Renewal Cream are essential to a good summer skincare routine. And cozy + chic pieces like Coobie’s undergarments are perfect for these hot summer days.
Whether you’re hitting the pool, beach or relaxing this summer, these goodies are ones that you’ll definitely want to try.
1. Pure Leaf Tea House Collection
I am a tea fanatic, and will almost always pick tea over coffee; whether it’s hot or iced! Pure Leaf is my go-to iced tea, when I’m looking for a refreshing drink. So, I am super excited about the Strawberry & Garden Mint and Spiced Chai flavors. Not only do they sound delicious but each taste SO good!
The Strawberry & Garden Mint is an organic Black Tea with hints of Strawberry & Garden Mint. The Spiced Chai is also an organic black tea with a blend of spices. If you love tea as much as I do, you’ll want to try these flavors. Explore the collection here
I must admit that I am the worse at self-care. And though self-care goes beyond the physical, I’d say that’s a good place to start. So, I visited Essential Body Bar to do a little self-care this month. I used my birthday as the perfect excuse to get away and try their body wrap and v-steam. Which, I will tell you more about…. But first, let me tell you a bit about the place.
When I walked in, I almost instantly felt relaxed. It smelled amazing and the ambiance was totally conducive to relaxation. I did walked around a bit and took a look at some of the products available for purchase. And there’s a bit of everything, from candles to hand creams – all handmade with ingredients that are good for you. The candles for instance, you can use them as a body butter. Yes, the wax is actually body butter! “They are using their medical background with the highest quality of client service to help heal your body naturally, while surrounding you with an elevated spa experience.”
What I thought was really neat about Essential Body Bar is its location. It is like going over to your girlfriends house for a spa day. Instead of your usual commercial store-front, where people constantly walk by and peep in, this location is more private.
School’s out! The kids are home and this is the perfect time for vacations. Friends and family that you haven’t seen in months are likely to come visit and spend a few days in your home. And if your guest bedroom is like mine – only occupied during especial occasions – it probably needs some TLC. While, I will admit that I was worried about what I’d do with out guest bedroom, I just followed these easy steps to get it looking and feeling cozy.
1. Pick Out Colors or Theme
This is the starting point, whether it’s a coastal theme or blue tones, it is important to have a clear vision of what you want for the space. Otherwise, you’ll waste time, money and can easily end up with something that you may not be happy with.
2. Find Affordable Bedding
Bedding can be one of the most expensive items in a room. So it is important to find pieces that look great, feel great – your guest will sleep on these – and look great. In our home I use lighter pieces like quilts and coverlets, because they’re light and can be layered with extra blankets if needed. I’m linking some below, including the style I have in our master – which you might have seen on Instagram before.