Traveling with Children, I say yes!

I recently took a girls trip down south with my mom and daughter. It reminded me of how everyone used to tell me, make sure you travel now because when you have children you won’t be able to. We didn’t travel very far this time but I still think it’s important to travel with my family as a whole. I have always loved traveling, I spent a year abroad working in my twenties, and vacationed regularly before I had my child. I don’t think having children should stop you from doing this, it just changes how you do it!

Nobody said traveling with your littles ones is easy but I am always up for a challenge! You have to pack a bunch of extra gear, entertainment, and still plan around their schedules. I definitely recommend doing it anyway. Traveling with your children even when they are young can be really beneficial for you both and here’s why.

5 Reasons you Should Travel with Children:

1. Traveling can be educational beyond any classroom.
Traveling to new places and seeing new things can truly help your child understand history, culture, and new experiences. It brings their story books to life. Seeing my daughter at 10-months old at the beach for the first time was truly a joy. Discovering sand for the first time was priceless, even though she tried to eat it!

2. They are exposed to different things.
Seeing new things and trying new foods helps develop a curiosity for the unknown.

3. You have time outside of your normal everyday routine to appreciate them and spend quality time together.
It’s hard sometimes to take a break from our everyday schedules to spend quality time together as a family. Taking a vacation helps you remember this and see people in a more relaxed environment. It’s amazing what you can learn by being in the same room without having phones and computers on all the time.

4. You make memories that will last forever.
Traveling with my family growing up I have so many great memories, tons of pictures, and good times. I still remember the family trips we took and cherish the trips I have taken with my family now. Experiencing new things for the first time together is special.

5. The cost is minimal for the reward.
Traveling doesn’t mean you have to go overseas or to a lavish location. Travel can be to the nearest beach town, lake, or even camping. I have found so many gems in and around Houston that are great for mini trips. Also if you do plan to travel further, resorts and cruises usually have childcare options and children under 12 stay for free.

Trust me, I have been that parent with the crying child in the plane, the mom who left the diapers in the checked luggage with an 8-hour delay, and the mom whose child pooped in the resort pool. It wasn’t always rainbows but I still wouldn’t change this for the world. I have made so many enjoyable memories with my family and will continue to take my daughter on vacation as much as possible. I think it’s the little things like travel that bring us together and help us better understand the world around us. Can you tell we love the beach? What do you think about traveling with children?

[Disclaimer: I was given the showcased product (hooded towel – Stiches by Natalie) in exchange for this review/post. All opinions are my honest ones, and I would buy their products anytime.]

My Galentines!

This week I had a lot to celebrate, it was Valentine’s Day, my 6 yr wedding anniversary, and the start of a new venture! I was under the weather with all the temperature change but I am finally able to breathe. In the spirit of all things “LOVE,” I am sharing my love for my fellow blogger babes.

Community over competition is really important in the blogger world and can be just as valuable as networking in the corporate world. When you support your fellow bloggers your community grows, your network expands, and brands see the power of influence from the blogger community. It’s a win-win for all parties!

This past week I attended several blogger Galentine celebrations. Valentine’s Day should be about love for yourself, first and foremost. A celebration with “gals” was just what I needed. I enjoyed meeting new faces and seeing some of my favs gal pals.

Sarah of Gracefully Sassy and Christine of CWright Photography joined forces to have a Galentines Night out at Kate Spade. Having a boutique this cute as a backdrop makes for beautiful photography. I was able to get the cutest braid up do, sip champagne, and eat delicious cupcakes.

Shasie from Live Life In Style hosted a gals brunch at the Presidential suite at Hotel Sorella. The views from this high up were so picturesque. She had a lovely spread from Eddie V’s – the banana’s foster was divine! I love DIY and I was able to make mommy and me matching earrings from Pop Shop America. I had a quick makeup lesson from MoonSun and we ended the afternoon with some awesome giveaways from Kendra Scott (sad I didn’t win).

My hubs was out of town so I had so much fun celebrating Valentine’s this year with the gals! I spent many years as a single lady on Valentine’s Day and never minded much. I think it’s important to give yourself some gal time it can make a world of a difference! As far as my new venture goes, you will have to stay tuned until next Wednesday for the official announcement on my blog!

Healthy Meals in a Snap with Snap Kitchen!

It’s 6pm and you’ve spent all day running around, cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping, working, chasing the kids and now it’s time for dinner. You’re exhausted and the thought of cooking just makes you nauseated. You have already skipped your workout because you were too busy. You decide that you want something quick and start going down the list of fast food places. Sound familiar?

This is usually me and the phrase “TOO BUSY” is relative, but it happens. Then I discovered Snap Kitchen. A healthy option for those of us on-the-go. They have meals, snacks, and drinks that make it easier to eat clean and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They take the guess work out of it and clearly label everything, have different portion sizes, and dietary restriction options.

When you imagine healthy dishes you think, veggies + protein = NO FLAVOR. Not here! I decided to try some of their most popular dishes, the Bison Quinoa Hash and the NEW Hot Chicken with Mac and Cheese. These two dishes are so flavorful and remind me of home cooking. I love spicy foods and the Hot Chicken comes with a container of sauce to spice up your meal to your liking.

Five reasons you should try Snap Kitchen:

1. It’s quick and easy. Just as quick as other “fast food” options minus the processed junk and preservatives.
2. It’s healthy and won’t add to your waistline. All meals are portioned, responsibly sourced, and clearly labeled with nutritional facts.
3. The options are abundant and they have something for everyone’s taste. Including gluten free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.
4. No kitchen clean up. Time saver!
5. You can buy ahead and plan meals. No excuses for not eating healthy in a rush or when the kids want chicken nuggets and macaroni for dinner.

As a woman/mom on-the-go, eating healthy is not always easy and sometimes not a priority. I encourage you to visit Snap Kitchen and see what they have to offer. I was surprised to see healthy cookies, brownies, and chocolate bars that are low in sugar. Sweets are my weakness and I loved that I was able to satisfy my sweet tooth as well. What will you try?

A Makeover Day with Beaute + Giveaway!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Beaute Makeup and Flowe Studio in collaboration with The Hurried Hostess. As always, opinions are fabulously my own. Photography: The Hurried Hostess]

What woman doesn’t love to get pampered and look like a million dollars? As a mom that falls a little lower on the priority list these days. Tousled hair, t-shirts, and lots of caffeine fill my existence. I was really excited when I was invited to Flowe Studio and Beaute Makeup Bar for a makeover morning. The idea of having someone else do my hair and makeup had me doing a little happy dance.

This year, I said I was going to be that mom that takes a moment for herself and this presented the perfect opportunity. The studio is super chic, quaint, and nestled right in the heart of Oak Forest. The modern ambiance created a relaxed environment and the friendly staff greeted is with a smile.

The morning began with makeup by Natalie utilizing The Perfect Face Makeup. We decided on a more dramatic look, after all if we are going glam, why not go all out? She gave me a sparkly eye with the Penny, Stone, and Satin Sheets eyeshadows. The foundation she used made my skin look truly flawless. She finished the look with a little contouring, some dramatic lashes, and the Vixen lipstick.

Morgan followed up with a massaging (heavenly) shampoo and blow out. My hair is really long so I admire anyone willing to take on the task of a blowout. She finished my look with amazing smelling shine product and a little curl.

As you can see from the before and after- major difference! The mombie look was in full force that day! As I age, I can appreciate a makeup that is highly pigmented and has full coverage. Beaute Makeup Bar is a Professional makeup company which provides services by Houston’s leading Makeup Artists including special event makeup, party makeup, makeup lessons, and luxury makeup. The will be providing free makeup lessons on Valentine’s Day February 14 (10-5), February 15th (10-5) and February 16th (12-7 pm). Lessons are about an hour each and they will focus on our “Girl on the Go” look which will include a customized face chart. To book, email BeauteByYBF@gmail.com.

If you just want to stop by, The Perfect Face announces their official grand opening at Flowe Studio February 8th from 7-10pm. They invite the public to come check out the facility located at 3420 Ella Blvd. Houston, TX 77018. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff, see the studio, and have a chance to enter in the giveaways! I encourage you to stop by and learn about their Blow Dry bar options, full service color, and hair/makeup packages for events.

As an added bonus, we are offering our readers a chance to win some of The Perfect Face Makeup of their own. Beaute will giveaway one BB Cream and a Lipstick from The Perfect Face Cosmetics. Please follow the steps below for 6 chances to enter:

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5 Ways to Dress Yourself Thin

It doesn’t fit again? Story of my life right now! The biggest wardrobe challenge for me after having a child has been finding clothes that fit right. They tell you that your body changes but you have no idea until it really happens. I was always the petite one growing up and I never had much trouble finding things to wear. I could walk into the GAP, Ann Taylor, and J Crew; pick my size, purchase, and things would just fit.

Being a mom has changed this and I am ok with that. I did experience a difficult pregnancy and have a miracle child so I am truly blessed. I know one day I will focus on weight management but right now I am focusing on being a mom and enjoying this phase of my life. I feel more confident in my skin now than ever I did when I was less than 100lbs.

That was one of the main reasons I started my blog. I was now experiencing so many challenges finding something fashionable to wear that was flattering for my figure. I wanted to provide encouraging posts, outfit inspiration, and tips for women my size (smaller or larger) that face these same challenges. Quick things you can do as a woman on-the-go to find the perfect outfit while staying on trend.

Here are some of the things I do to create a slimming look:

1. Focus on colors that I know look good on me. Colors can make a huge difference in how you look. Wearing darker colors on the bottom can create a slimmer look overall. To learn how to find your colors- read my suggestions here.
2. Make sure to cover up areas that I think are not flattering. Some easy garments that do this are dresses with sleeves, vests – which cover back fat, and capes that take the focus away from your midsection.
3. Wearing heels. As a mom, I not always in heels but I try and wear them when I go to events and non-kid parties. Heels really elongate your legs and create a slimmer look (even if they are not 5 inches).
4. Understanding what lengths work best. In dresses/skirts I have to do short or long, nothing in between is flattering. I know in pants I usually can wear ankle or long. Knowing the lengths that work best saves you time and effort and you can then (well sometimes) shop online.
5. Remember, just because they make things in all sizes does not mean they should be worn. Look to see how something drapes your body and take a picture. The camera does not lie.

I hope that I will always provide some encouragement for women like me that struggle to find clothing quickly. We can all look great by taking the time to understand our bodies and using some simple guidelines when shopping. I am sure my weight will change again soon but I love to eat so the struggle remains. I must say Kate Moss lied when she said, “Nothing tastes better than skinny feels.” Yes, Kate- tacos do!

To see more of my outfit posts, click here.

A Cape Look!

The weather in Texas is seriously so indecisive lately you never know if you need a coat, a tank top, rain boots, or all three in one day. I have always lived here and you think I would be accustomed to this but it seems I spend too much time watching The Batchelor (don’t judge), This is Us, and Project Runway and not enough time on the weather channel. I am usually not a TV person but this weather has me indoors!

For the days when the weather changes without notice, a cape is a great solution. It covers enough to keep you warm but is airy enough to keep you from sweating. Capes are a great piece for layering and make for a beautiful silhouette. An added benefit is they are tummy friendly and I can always appreciate a garment like that! After all, when you have curves, sometimes you want to hide them.

I decided to give a little Valentine’s Day inspiration for my look today. I am obsessed with hearts and just can’t get enough of them this time of year. I paired my heart heels and bag with a black and white ensemble. This vintage caplet completed the look. This outfit is a nice combo for Valentine’s Day and can be paired with flats for a mom’s night out with kids.

To see more caplet looks- you can see my caplet styled for work here and a casual look for the rain here. I have put together some of my favorite caplets of the season below. Have a “cape” day loves!

[Disclosure: These photos were done in collaboration with Le Zu Photography, as always, opinions are fabulously my own). This post contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make.]

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For my “cape” recommendations under $100:

Girly Girl Handbags!

It’s about a month away from Valentine’s Day and I am already loving all the hearts and pink I see everywhere. This is the time when I am able to stock up all my feminine accessories and shoes. One of my absolute favorite girly items are the fabulous heart shaped handbags.

Valentine’s Day is actually my favorite holiday. Not because of the lovey dovey aspect of it but because of all the pink and hearts. I actually got married Valentine’s Day weekend and my colors were Blush and Bashful (pink and pink-lol). For all the girly girls out there I have put together a collection of my favorite handbags of this heart filled season. Hope you enjoy!

[Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you shop from my blog, I may be compensated for clicks or purchases that you make.]


A Statement Coat and Why You Should Consider One?

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I live in the South and the weather is warm pretty much year round but, I have always loved coats and think they add an extra touch to any fall/winter outfit. The great thing about it not being so cold, is that I usually get to wear my coats unbuttoned and you are able to see my full look. A statement coat is like the icing on the cake for styling.

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

A statement coat is really something I think is worth investing in. You always need your basic coats but a statement piece does just that, makes a statement. A fun embroidered coat can be something that takes a basic ensemble to the next level. They are definitely a conversation starter and more like a wearable piece of art.

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

Fashion Blogger Embroidered Coat

The one I am wearing has been in my collection for over 15yrs. It was inspired by Marie Antoinette and has some beautiful detailing on the sleeves. I paired it with a wrap shirt, denim skirt, and suede boots to finish the look. I then added subtle accessories and let the coat take center stage.

If you don’t own a statement coat, I would encourage you at least take a look at some to expand your wardrobe horizons. Just like with every garment, there is a style for everyone. I have linked some of my favorite statement coats from this season below. Hope you will take a look!

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You are Never Fully Dressed Without Your SMILE +Giveaway

Like they said in Annie, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile”. It’s the first thing people see and something that can create a lasting impression. As a mom (or busy woman), the schedule can be demanding and let’s be honest, I usually go from coffee time to wine time without a break in between. And for this, my pearly whites have suffered.

For years now, I have wanted to try some sort of teeth whitening treatment. I had asked my dentist, inquired at one of the spots at the mall, and researched online. It just never stayed at the top of the priority list. But it’s a new year and time for some changes and so I tried Smile Brillant, an easy way to whiten from home.

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Smile Brillant is definitely for the woman-on-the-go. There is minimal effort on your part and you get a customized experience. The company sends you everything you need. The initial process involves creating custom molds for your teeth which takes less than 5 minutes, yes even you, that busy woman, can do it. You mail them back and in about a week you have your custom trays to start the process.

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I have always had small sensitive teeth so I was a little reluctant to try this product because I tried the strips in the past and could not handle the sensitivity. SmileBrillant has a sensitivity gel that you apply after whitening treatments to help with this. I will be honest, when I first started the process I had to take baby steps and limit my time with the trays to combat some of my sensitivity. But as I continued, the treatments became easier and I am pleased with my results.

This was such an easy way to improve my appearance and you can literally whiten while doing anything. For me, washing the dishes, bathing my little one, and my blog computer time were when this worked best for me. The more multi-tasking we can do the better, right mamas? I know with the new year comes an opportunity to think about a new you. This is a easy way to improve something that is so important, your smile!

If you want to join me in my smile saving journey, I have partnered with SmileBrillant to give one of my lucky readers a chance to whiten at home (A $139 Value).Your smile is something you wear every day; don’t you think it should look fabulous? I do!

For more information you can visit there website and read the articles here, see some cool videos here, or read the reviews here.

[This blog has been compensated by SmileBrillant. I received some of these items in exchange for an honest review. But as always, opinions are fabulously my own.]

To enter please follow the steps below.

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Hello 2017, this year – I am that MOM!

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So it’s the new year and everyone is posting about new year resolutions. For me, I try to make a point of improving myself no matter what time of the year it is. After all, if you’re not improving, you’re staying the same. And who wants to do that?

As a mom, things don’t always go as planned and your life is no longer your own. There are some days when we are fancy and others when the top knot and tennis shoes suit us well. There are days when I am on point with my business and other days I am a MOMBIE and it’s a struggle. This year I am going to be THAT mom and I am ok with it.

I am going to be the mom that…

1. Lets go of the busy and loves my little one unconditionally
2. Is ok with my child eating sugar as long she continues to also eat her veggies
3. Is fancy somedays but not always
4. Says its ok to watch the tablet and TV to get work done
5. Experiences new things with my family and without them
6. Strives my best to raise a strong little lady
7. Focuses on growing my business more than ever and learning my craft inside and out
8. Makes new friends but keeps the old
9. Makes time to give to people in need
10. Does a better job of making time for Herself

As I look into the future, it’s important to reflect on the past and celebrate some milestones for 2016. The past year was definitely one for the books and I appreciate everyone’s support in getting closer to my dream. I definitely crossed off some items from the bucket list.

These are my top moments of 2016:

1. Did a Presentation on finding your colors for a local women’s group
2. I co-hosted (along with some other fabulous ladies) a Fashion Show for I Know Somebody Houston’s White Hot Fashion Event
3. I was a guest on The Little Radio Show
4. Sat on the Expert Panel for the Launch of the Council of Food Wine and Fashion
5. Had my very first Val Around Town Blogger Fashion Show – styled by me!
6. Designed a graphic tee for a brand
7. Sat front row at Fashion Week Houston and met another cast member from Project Runway
8. Visited Chi HQ and had a personal makeover with my HLB Ladies
9. Participated in a Blogger vs. Blogger Thrift Challenge
10. Had the courage to leave my 9-5 to blog full time

I think it’s important to take time to document the successes. I know doing that keeps me grounded, helps me focus, helps me in determining the direction for my business, and keeps me positive during the lulls. Wishing everyone a fabulous 2017 and a year of getting closer to your dreams. What are your biggest plans for this year?

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